Posts Tagged ‘music’
This was a truly wonderful concert. What’s better than sipping herbal tea in an old church, seeing Anathema in concert for the first time? I still get goose bumps on my back just watching the recording.
As record labels have long recognized, image matters in the music business (hell, it matters in almost all businesses). Even, or perhaps especially, the music hipsters who don’t like to listen to commercialized “mainstream” music try to find music with an image that they can identify with. I’m not immune to this phenomenon, though I do like to think that I’ll listen to whatever I like, regardless of what the political preference or fashion sense of the artist is. Even if it means having to hide some cd’s when my music hipster friends come to visit (aye, being a hipster isn’t always easy).
Anyway. There’s some eighties (former) hair metal I enjoy, like Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden and Queensrÿche. Also – and I’m dead serious about this – Bon Jovi. Apparently Bon Jovi isn’t appropriate material if you’re a music hipster, as I’ve heard on several occasions. This was all baffling to me, since I thought they’d made some pretty good songs, with particularly good guitar solos (Dry County is great), and not all that different from their contemporaries that I mentioned earlier.
That is, until I had to stay in the same hotel as the British Bon Jovi fanclub for three nights in a row. I get it now. I still listen to Bon Jovi on occasion, but with my headphones on, feeling slightly guilty.
No sane DJ is going to burn their fingers on a song title like this:
“And by Our Own Hand Did Every Last Bird Lie Silent in Their Puddles, the Air Barren of Song as the Clouds Drifted Away. For Killing Their Greatest Enemy, the Locusts Noisily Thanked Us and Turned Their Jaws Toward Our Crops, Swallowing Our Greed Whole.”
I listen to a lot of music, most of it loud.
Every year I spend a fortune on headphones. It takes at most two months for me to ruin a perfectly good set of in-ear headphones, and roughly twice that for a larger (and more expensive) pair. How? Clumsiness. I put tremendous amounts of strain on them. I fall asleep with headphones on my head and wake up with the cord curled around my neck. I walk away from my computer, forget that I was listening to something and tear the cable out. I stand up while standing on the cable while wearing the damn things.
Enter wireless headphones. Seems like the perfect fit, right? Well.. not so much. Wireless headsets need batteries, and batteries need to be charged . Somebody needs to remember to charge those batteries. Oh, and where those fucking headphones are – non-trivial given they’re not attached to anything.
Ah, well. Off to buy my next set tomorrow.