holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
On occasion, I've had the pleasure of waking up to a full-scale orchestra playing a composition just for me. It sounds as if I'm listening to live music--like the strings and woodwinds and brass and everyone is gathered around my bed to serenade me awake. The illusion is fragile--one breath that's too deep or a slight shift of my head, and it dissolves, fading into the background or dissipating entirely.

I've always assumed that not everyone has had that particular experience, but I was sitting at my desk today with my usual round of song snippets in my head* and thought: "Huh. I don't know that I've ever NOT had a song in my head."

I have songs playing in my mind when I am at work, or swimming, or reading, or driving (even when I don't have the radio on). And then I realized, based on how I've heard other people talk about having music stuck in their heads, that they MIGHT NOT have a constant low-level radio playing in the background of their thoughts. So I asked my coworkers.

One said she hardly ever has songs stuck in her head. Another said she had music in her head about 10% of the time.

So now I'm curious to know what other people's experience is.


*Currently I have about three songs that I'm switching between--and it's not like I listen to one song all the way through and then move on to the next--one song gets stuck in little pieces, and then all of the sudden it's a different song's pieces.

I also tend to add my own rhythm section by tapping my molars together in a way that makes my dentist despair.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (leverage_geekinherit)
First, I have not forgotten about the meme responses I still owe a couple of you from my last post. Once I have those done, I'll do a master list to all of them. (I just have to say, though, that this meme was a fabulous idea, because it got me out of the whole "But I've already written that idea!" rut, and was much lower pressure than actually posting fic.)

Second, I saw Florence + the Machine this last weekend, which was RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. Florence Welch is just... RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. I wanted to sing like, the whole time, but made myself shut up (most of the time) so my neighbors could enjoy the concert, too. *grins*

The only problem was that I would have LOVED to be a lot closer. (IT WAS STILL RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME.)

I'm really glad I got to go, Cut for trials and tribulations in concert-planning )
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Fish)
I lost a song.

I was in a coffee shop--it's my new favorite place ever, because it has a great cozy-yet-slightly-industrial feel, and it's small, and has wonderful cinnamon rolls, and isn't the old coffee shop of which I will not speak. Mind you, no coffee-drinking actually takes place while I'm there, at least not at my table.

Anyway, I was at the coffee shop, and this Song came on. It was so beautiful my friend and I actually stopped talking to listen to the whole thing, and while I meant to write down a portion of the lyrics, various circumstances conspired against me and I can't remember enough to find it.

I seriously considered being the nutty customer who goes up to the counter and asks, "So, there was this song, in a minor key, sung by a woman, really soft and melodic, and it was a couple of weeks ago that I heard it… do you know it?" But I didn't.

*sighs*

I will have more Stargate rewatch soon, but 'Politics' severely slowed me down. Clips shows are remarkably boring when you're watching faster than once a week.

Meanwhile, here are some awesome internet things:

[livejournal.com profile] gravity linked this wonderful time-waster.

I laughed… because it's true(ish).

The Periodic Table of Storytelling.

Beautiful, sad Fringe Vid.
holdouttrout: (Skeptic)
I've been bored with my regular radio station lately, which has led to all sorts of fun like listening to NPR and feeling smart, or listening to pop music and feeling even smarter.

Most of the time, that is, except for some reason I can't stop myself from listening to songs with catchy beats and really, really terrible lyrics. I'm actually okay with this--fun music is fun!

Most of the time, that is, except that for some reason I can't fathom, I start crying every time I hear "Firework." Yeah, that one. I don't even know. I mean, I recognize the lyrics (Such as "After the hurricane comes a rainbow") are totally insipid, and that the song isn't actually designed to make people cry, but there I am, listening in my car at 7:15 am, and I start getting tight in the chest and my eyes well up, and then I'm making those funny breathing noises people make when they're trying not to cry.

Really.

It's embarrassing.

And now you know and can make appropriate fun of me. *g*

This is not a completely isolated incident, as certain songs tend to do this to me. However, this is certainly the most inappropriate example.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Helen_smile)
My external hard drive wouldn't give me the time of day last night. *sighs* I knew this could happen, of course, but that doesn't make it easy.

In a happier vein, if you need something fun to do, check out this article about (the myth of) tone-deafness at the BBC, and then take the How Musical Are You? quiz. You'll have to sign up/log in, but it was quite entertaining and interesting. I scored higher on some things than I thought I would, and lower in interest than I think is accurate.

The Sanctuary rewatch is proceeding quite well. :-) I've just watched the first ep of Season Two, and I'm sure I'll have thoughts later this week on it along with others. (Huggy-bear!)
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
I need fast-paced songs to walk to that have no lyrics, have fairly incomprehensible lyrics, or have lyrics in a foreign language that I will not be tempted to start singing to as I walk in the early morning. (Humming, unfortunately, will continue to be a risk, but that's my problem.) Preferably songs that evoke some kind of bad-assery, as in "Why yes, I DO know how to use this," or "Are you sure you want to try to take over the world while I'm still alive?" or "In fact, I AM the sexiest person in the universe."

I have a few songs like this in a playlist already, but I find myself needing more... any suggestions?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
I need fast-paced songs to walk to that have no lyrics, have fairly incomprehensible lyrics, or have lyrics in a foreign language that I will not be tempted to start singing to as I walk in the early morning. (Humming, unfortunately, will continue to be a risk, but that's my problem.) Preferably songs that evoke some kind of bad-assery, as in "Why yes, I DO know how to use this," or "Are you sure you want to try to take over the world while I'm still alive?" or "In fact, I AM the sexiest person in the universe."

I have a few songs like this in a playlist already, but I find myself needing more... any suggestions?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
Music! Lee Koch, who [livejournal.com profile] teaghlach threw my way tonight, described as Americana/Blues/Soul. He's quite awesome, and if you liked the last band I linked, you should check him out.

And for the geeky-minded soon-to-be parents? this pirate vs. ninja mobile. Just for fun.
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077 and I were talking about our on-screen pet peeves. Hers has to do with bad science. Mine is any time it calls for a character to "play" piano. Ninety-eight percent of the time (yes, I'm making that up), the hand movements aren't even in the right SECTION of the piano. Even when they don't show the hands, I can tell by body language whether or not the actor is even making an honest attempt.

And don't get me started on music syncing.

So what's your pet peeve? Something you know so well that any little thing wrong jumps out of you and takes you right out of the story?
holdouttrout: not your ordinary fish (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077 and I were talking about our on-screen pet peeves. Hers has to do with bad science. Mine is any time it calls for a character to "play" piano. Ninety-eight percent of the time (yes, I'm making that up), the hand movements aren't even in the right SECTION of the piano. Even when they don't show the hands, I can tell by body language whether or not the actor is even making an honest attempt.

And don't get me started on music syncing.

So what's your pet peeve? Something you know so well that any little thing wrong jumps out of you and takes you right out of the story?

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