Archive for June, 2009

Let’s Get Hype!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hope on June 23, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

I’m not exactly consistent with my exercising, but when I decide to  I love to do it with music…it’s the only way to do it really. About 2 or 2 & 1/2 years ago I made a mix called “Kick Ace!” that I pretty much use every time I need exercise music, usually when I dance around inside rather than go running. I’m not the type who likes to hold an ipod while I run really. My workouts change, but I usually do ab work, push-ups sometimes, and I always dance around like crazy however I feel moved to. I also have a hula-hoop that I love. ;) Anyway, I’ve decided to share Hope’s workout mix with you all. There are a few songs I don’t really like as much as I use to, so I usually just skip through them…keep in mind this was two years ago and #’s 9-11 are more cool down songs. ENjoy.

1. I Like the Way You Move by: The Bodyrockers

2. Intergalactic by: The Beastie Boys

3. Dance Dance by: Fall Out Boy (one of those I don’t like so much anymore)

4. The Rockafellar Skank (Funk Soul Brother)  by: Fatboy Slim

5. I Just Wanna Live by: Good Charlotte

6. I See You Baby (Shaking that …) by: Groove Armada

7. Jerk it Out by: The Caesars

8. Alive and Amplified by: The Mooney Suzuki

9. You Only Get What You Give by: The New Radicals (which has long been one of my all time faves and is also my phone ring )

10. Beverly Hills by: Weezer

11. My United States of Whatever by: Liam Lynch

12. Float On by: Modest Mouse

13. Love and Memories by: O.A.R.

14. Sexy Back by: Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland

15. London Bridge (Oh Snap) by: Fergie

16. Black Horse and The Cherry Tree by: KT Tunstall

17. Ain’t No Other Man by: Christina Aguilera

18. SOS (Rescue Me) by: Rihanna

19. Lady by: Lenny Kravitz

Anyone want to rate my workout mix?

New Wave of New Wave

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hope on June 18, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

So not only is there a musical genre referred to as New Wave, but there is actually, in all honesty, one called New Wave of New Wave (which is also known as neo-New Wave).  It was apparently short lived, which kind of makes it seem like an old wave of old wave to me, just sayin’. Can you really be successful by starting anything that includes new in the name? It just doesn’t seem like it wouldn’t ever last. Am I being to frank? But we’re learning here, so I’ll continue.

According to Wiki, New Wave of New Wave “was a term coined by music journalists to describe a sub-genre of the British alternative rock scene in the early 90s. NWONW bands typically consisted of young, white, working class males playing guitar-based rock music.”

But even though the movement was short lived..”several of the bands involved were later linked with the more popular and commercially successful Britpop.” So I really shouldn’t make fun, or I should but don’t really have the grounds to, but it’s fun, so I’ll continue.

“The term “New Wave of New Wave” referred to the apparent parallels between the music scene emerging in the early 90s and that of the New Wave or Punk scenes of the 1970s and 80s. NWONW bands were often politically outspoken and critical of the then British Prime Minister, John Major, but lacked any specific political ideology.” (Sounds to me that they just wanted something to rant about, kind of like me…right now).

“The NWONW movement was linked with use of the drug, speed, which led to the band members being characterized as skinny and pale.”

So Wiki, what you’re basically telling me is New Wave of New Wave, was a bunch of skinny punks on speed yelling about what they didn’t like in Britain? Awesome. What have we learned today kids? Name your stuff Old that way no one will be disappointed. Oh and don’t do speed..right.

Speaking of new I spent a good amount of my day today looking up phones online, trying to find the newest and most improved phone for Sprint (which, at the moment, seems to be the Palm Pre) and comparing it to the newest iphone and what it would cost. But seeing all of this NEW and improved terminology gets kind of ridiculous because I know in another month they’re just going to have something even smaller and faster and NEWER! I just can’t keep up…so what am I going to do? Stay with my old Samsung until I actually have money for an iphone I guess…but I’ll be happy about it. I really like my phone, I can’t get on the internet whenever I want to, without being charged on it..but I’m on the internet right now aren’t I? So I can’t pull up large documents, so I can’t plug in a USB to my phone, and I don’t have unlimited texting, so I’m going to stop talking about it before I get sad.

I should just be happy knowing that my music will one day fade and if people start to hate it I can still love it and I can always write more that I love, which in turn others will love as well. I’m also happy with keeping my name Hope instead of changing it to New Gilmore.

P.S. Someone commented on my last blog about movie scenes and soundtracks. I thought of another classic one. In “Say Anything”, in efforts to win her back,  Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) goes to Diane Court’s (Ione Skye’s) House, and holds up his boombox as high as he can, with the volume as loud as possible, so that she can hear it from her window, while “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel plays on it. Those who have seen the movie know that the song was in an earlier scene and is thus quite significant for the sappy film. Gotta love it!

Oh and another!!!…at the very end of Wicker Park…after all of Matthew’s (Josh Harnett’s) toil and searching for his lost love, Lisa (Diane Kruger), who has been hidden from him by a pyscho stalker.. he searches for her in an airport. And what better song than “The Scientist” by Coldplay has begun playing in the background and as the crowd parts Josh spots her where she is kneeling on the ground and has just tried to call him for what seems like the last time…and with all of his anticipation he doesn’t run up to her…instead it looks as if he may cry and he gently approaches from behind…she sits there a moment in sadness, then she begins to feel his presence and turns slowly to find it’s finally him. And ofcourse …no words…just lovely kisses. :) That has to be one of the best scenes of all..and to me makes the whole movie worth it.

Sweet Soundtracks

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hope on June 14, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

According to my new close friend Wikipedia, we’ll call him Wiki, the correct definition for the genre Soundtrack is that it “refers to three related concepts: recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, television program or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film or TV show; and the physical area of a film that contains the synchronized recorded sound.” Since I was young I have had a special love for movie soundtracks. Not only do I love movies and music but to have them together is a whole other experience. I love how just by the addition of something like strings or even a full on song it can allow someone to fully embrace the mood of a scene or an underlying message. Imagine how boring it would be to read the credits of a movie without music behind it. So many classic movies are known for their musical themes, for example: Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Gone with the Wind, the list goes on. It’s incredible how when I listen to a soundtrack it can take me right back to a scene in a movie and make me laugh or cry all over again. One song in particular that moves me is “Let Go” by: Frou Frou (Imogen Heap, before she went solo) which was in Garden State. I always see Sam (Natalie Portman) crying on the steps not wanting to “let go” of Andrew (Zach Braff), then he leaves and she’s crying in the phone booth, he’s on the plane and the next thing we know he’s decided to come back to her! What a perfect ending. Another memorable one is “Colorblind” by Counting Crows in the movie Cruel Intentions when Annette (Reese Witherspoon) is going up on the escalator to find Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) is right at the top waiting for her to tell her he’s in love with her. Some of my favorite instrumental (or mostly instrumental) soundtracks are Braveheart, Edward Scissorhands, The Titanic, The Horse Whisperer, The Man in the Iron Mask, Jurassic Park, Bed of Roses, Meet Joe Black. The Truman Show, and the Prince of Egypt (which also includes the well known song “When You Believe” performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey). The soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet is pretty good too, with songs like “When Doves Cry”, “LoveFool”, and “Kissing You” (which plays during the scene that Romeo first discovers Juliet). Some fun ones are My Girl, Now and Then, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Juno, Grease, Moulin Rouge, and Mission Impossible. Just to name a few out of the ordinary ones I am particularly intrigued by: The Saint, Virgin Suicides, Vanilla Sky, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I also loved the original music written for the movie Once, which won a 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song (for the song “Falling Slowly”) and received a Grammy nomination for the soundtrack as a whole. Needless to say I really really really really like movie soundtracks. Enough rambling for one night, happy listening!

Now that’s Nardcore!

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 11, 2009 @ 11:20 am

So I know I said I’d be back “tomorrow”, but I got a life here. Anyway, I finished counting the different types of music listed in Wikipedia. For N through Z: N=85, O=33, P=116, Q=7, R=76, S=130, T=61, U=8, V=14, W=16, X=3, Y=6, Z=12, so all together for types that begin with N through Z there are 567. So the grand total of music genres from A to Z is: (918+567) 1485. That’s a whole lotta songs. I thought a funny one I came across today was Nardcore. “Nardcore is a hardcore punk movement that came out of Southern California in the early 1980s, originating in Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard and Port Hueneme….Much of the early promotion of Nardcore came from Mystic Records, in Hollywood, Ca., and its founder Doug Moody. While questions have been raised about their financial dealings with the artists, this label not only launched many bands onto vinyl, but also promoted the Nardcore scene as a whole…..The name is a reference to the Oxnard, California hardcore punk scene. This suburban community, sixty miles north of Los Angeles, California, was the spawning ground for many hardcore punk bands of the early ’80s and became a hotbed for punk and skate bands; collectively, their sound became known as “Nardcore.”" Suhweet, now that’s Nardcore! Say it aloud, don’t you sound like an idiot? I sure did.

Genres and Genres OH MY!

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 8, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

I was thinking the other day how interesting it is how people are constantly reinventing new genres of music. Sometimes people mix genres and make them a new one in order to appeal to a bigger audience or just because they love those genres so much they can’t settle on one. Anyway, I looked it up on Wikepedia to see the different genres and I had no idea how many there were, but now I do….since I counted. ;) I just counted the different types from A to M (and forgive me if my counting is a little off): Genres beginning with the letter: A= 27, B=95, C= 174, D=75, E=43, F=47, G=81, H=57, I=36, J=47, K=73, L=42, M=121. That’s 918 genres just for A-M!! Unbelievable. I’ll count the rest of the alphabet tomorrow. ;) And I wonder how often these genres are updated or added to.
So I’m randomly picking a label today, how about Bakou:trilling vocals that accompany Wolof wrestling. Awesome. What is Wolof wrestling?.. you may ask. “The Wolof are an ethnic group found in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania. The Wolof Empire was a medieval West African state that ruled parts of Senegal and The Gambia from approximately 1350 to 1890.” “The trill (or shake, as it was known from the 16th till the 19th century) is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, usually a semitone or tone apart, which can be identified with the context of the trill.” Anyone want to write a Bakou song with me? We could write hundreds of them and then we would have boucou Bakous. I just realized that most of you may not know what boucou means, considering it’s a Louisiana term, only found in the Urban Dictionary. It means alot, for example, he has boucou money. But I guess it’s also very close to the French term for alot. Now that we’ve learned some pointless jargon I’m going to get ready for work.
Have a loverly day!

House Music and Kibitzers

Filed under: Music Genres — Hope on June 5, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

Rainy rainy day,
all day nothing but rain,
guess I shouldn’t complain,
tomorrow I’ll see the sun again.

Walking home in the rain, Thai food to-go in hand, I noticed a 40-something year old woman wearing a “House Music Festival” t-shirt. I thought to myself, I know a little about House Music, but not much, what better time than now to really find out? To me, it’s always seemed like one of those forgotten genres of music, usually the artists are only known by people who spend most of their time looking for it or just searching for new music. I am not one of those types, I tend to stumble upon it, or hear about it from others. But I don’t even listen to the radio anymore, so I’m probably a pretty bad example of a music lover. But hey the music that I love I really do love. For those that don’t know House Music is a style of electronic music infused with soul, funk and disco, at least that’s what Webster says about it. (Speaking of Webster’s dictionary, today’s word of the day happens to be kibitzer: one who looks on and often offers unwanted advice or comment, which is what I’ll be doing on this here blog. If you don’t like that I apologize in advance.) So back to House Music. It actually originated in Chicago in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. Then it moved on to New York and Detroit and eventually caught on in Europe. It seems like house music is predominantly played at clubs and as background for runway shows. This one track I just listened to had a beautiful violin underlying it’s reggae beat: “Jazz-Funk Mix” by Billy Davidson. I found a pretty cool rendition of Superfreak, which develops into other popular songs, on youtube.com. Check it out, it’s called “house-music SESSION by JOJO)”, it gets better the further it plays. The downside for those wanting to guard their eyes is that the video is a collage of half naked woman, so there’s your warning. Happy music hunting music lovers.

Yay for a new word: kibitzer!

The Doves

Filed under: Updates — Hope on June 4, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

Went to The Doves concert tonight at Terminal 5. The venue was pretty cool. My boyfriend and I stood on cushioned seats in order to see, it was pretty much standing room only. We went to the top (third floor), it was less crowded up there. The 2nd and 3rd levels had V.I.P. sections blocked off right by the balcony edges. I enjoyed it, but the sound wasn’t quite as great as it could have been. Perhaps I’m spoiled by sound of the album. I was surprised by how nice the venue was, especially for being so far on the West Side of Manhattan. They showed videos throughout the whole show on a big screen behind them, it was more entertaining than some shows that just shine bright lights or show swirlies on a screen the whole time. They came out for an encore after perhaps 3 minutes of clapping. I’d guess the audience was about 2,000 people maybe, give or take a thousand, kidding…probably 2,000, but I was never the best at guesstimating. The songs were pretty well balanced between their old and new albums, which I liked.

I scored a free ticket to a show the last week of May, one night after work. It was for The Roots, it was pretty dope. It wasn’t what I expected though, they actually had quite a few guest artists come on stage every once in a while to perform. I really liked the opening band, Elevator Fight. I had heard one of their songs before. The lead singer, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz’s daughter had a really great stage presence. It was a fun unexpected thing to do.

I should really start making it a goal to see at least one live performance a month.


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