elessa: (rainy day)
Coming out the other side of two weeks of bronchitis. Nice to not be coughing every minute or so.

Part of my resolutions for this year is to be more social, hence my catching bronchitis. I went to a convention in Seattle two weeks ago as there were going to be two bands playing I really wanted to watch. Friends I haven't seen in many years were also going to be there. Bonus!

After giving me a big hug, my friend turned to the side to cough. She mentioned she had been sick for a couple days. I knew I was doomed.

The concerts were fantastic. I really enjoy the sounds of the bands, "Brother" and "Faun". Something about bagpipes, didgeridoo, drums, harps, guitars, and hurdy gurdy to make the soul soar.

It was a last minute decision I made to attend the show. Basically on Thursday I asked for time off on Friday. I am glad I did. It is good to get out and about.

This past Friday I went to a gallery show. Ended up meeting a friend beforehand to have a late lunch, then went for a motorcycle ride to the art museum. Learned that on Fridays admission is $5 after 5:00p. Cool thing is it was only 4:30p and we still got the bargain admission price.

Really dislike modern art. It has no attraction to me whatsoever. Two plates of rusted steel welded to a bar? A canvas painted 5/8s solid blue and 3/8s solid yellow? Stripes on canvas? A bronze turd?

The exhibit of art from Venice was nice. Some wonderful paintings, sculptures, and musical instruments. I was really sad that when illuminated books are on exhibit only two pages can be shown. I would like to see the other 50-100 pages in the books.


Listening to the rain falling from the sky in large drops which are pounding upon the window panes. Drenching type of rain. If I weren't sick I would be inclined to go outside to become soaked. Would be fantastic for the hair.
elessa: (music)
i have been watching the media coverage of the death of michael jackson. i have read posts made by friends on their blogs/journals/facebook/etc. declaring their thoughts of sadness and loss. i have noticed images of tributes, memorabilia, wailing fans.

heh, michael jackson never did a thing for me musically. i have never owned a single album of his. he is a celebrity whose passing doesn't mean a hill of beans to me or my life.

sorry.

can we move on now? i am tired of the saturation.

thank you.

ghost town

Feb. 10th, 2009 09:59 am
elessa: (music)
an updated 80's sound by shiny toy guns

Ghost Town
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i have come to find that music defines the soundtrack of my life. at times, if i stop to listen to whatever music is playing in the background i am not surprised to discover that the words or simply the music describes what i currently happening.

one of the music groups i have come to love is dead can dance i often play their albums by setting my ipod to randomly play all their songs. their music can be described as creating an aural landscape.

the above video is from their album the serpent's egg which came out in 1988. the song is the host of seraphim. watching it i feel the hair on my arms stand up.
elessa: (labyrinth)
this video by kate bush came out in 1986. due to the violence portrayed it was not shown on some british outlets. as the world has progressed in the last twenty three years with war i do not find the theme of this video to be that far fetched of a military experiment gone horribly wrong.

if you pay attention you may catch a glimpse of hugh laurie of "house" fame making an appearance.



enjoy with goosebumps Experiment IV
elessa: (holly)


sung by clyde mcphatter (tenor) and the drifters. bill pinkney singing bass. animation by joshua held.
elessa: (trees)
a little ditty about portland, oregon by loretta lynn and jack white. i love his guitar work, not to mention his other affiliation...the white stripes.



give me a pitcher to go!
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Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits
By SARAH MCBRIDE and ETHAN SMITH - wall street journal


Instead, the Recording Industry Association of America said it plans to try an approach that relies on the cooperation of Internet-service providers. The trade group said it has hashed out preliminary agreements with major ISPs under which it will send an email to the provider when it finds a provider's customers making music available online for others to take.

Depending on the agreement, the ISP will either forward the note to customers, or alert customers that they appear to be uploading music illegally, and ask them to stop. If the customers continue the file-sharing, they will get one or two more emails, perhaps accompanied by slower service from the provider. Finally, the ISP may cut off their access altogether.


does this mean that my ISP is going to be putting my internet use through a filter to determine what sites i am going to, what files i may be uploading or downloading? do i have an expectation of privacy in my browsing that doesn't really exist? are the ISP's now 'big brother' and going to tattle to another private corporate entity?

these are not government agencies. even if they were, i am taking it to understand they are operating under my loss of constitutional right under the fourth amendment related to search and seizure due to the patriot act?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

my use of the internet is going to be searched by private parties? how is that legal? or are they going to be monitoring any webpages, public and private, which i may have hosted on their servers to see precisely what code i have installed?
elessa: (unicorn)
i love fantasy imagery when it is well done. this music video is for the song "Shine on Me" by chris dane owens. it was directed by special effects artist robert short who won an Oscar for makeup in Beetlejuice, constructed the mermaid for Splash, designed the suit for the tv show The Flash and created visual effects for Punisher: War Zone (i am sorry).




oooo, check out the wall jewelry swords by marto. /snark
elessa: (trees)
rush has an interesting view of religion



i always have liked their music.

the lyrics to faithless )

which are words i think [livejournal.com profile] descendingchaos can relate to.
elessa: (screaming bunny)
from the washingon post

Download Uproar: Record Industry Goes After Personal Use


By Marc Fisher
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 30, 2007; Page M05

...Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

The industry's lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are "unauthorized copies" of copyrighted recordings...


wtf! i buy a CD, i copy it to my computer's music client, itunes, and then upload to my ipod and the RIAA is saying that is illegal?

read the article people, speak out, pass this on!
elessa: (meow)
while in discussion with a friend who argues that it is alright to download music from file sharing sites without paying for it, he provided some articles to support his view. i do not believe that he comprehends what he provided in his support as he doesn't bother to send to the artist any money directly, which is what the articles espoused. he simply takes music, listens to it, and copies it for friends.

anyway, there was a link in one of the articles to a site which supports independent artists, cd baby, which sells cd's and mp3's. for each cd sold the site keeps $4 and the rest of the cost is sent to the artist weekly. for mp3's the site keeps 9% for operating expenses and sends the rest (91%) to the artist. the prices vary from $10 per album to $26 per album. the artists are seeing far more than the $1-$2 they receive from their labels if they have one, or from iTunes.

the site has 210,091 artists and to date has distributed over $62M paid directly to them.

pity my bank account.

i have discovered some new groups which sound awesome.
elessa: (pink flowers)
i have to admit, i never understood the appeal of elvis presley. i liked listening to some of his songs. not many, but a few. never was rabid about having any of his albums like some people have been. he died when i was in high school. my best friend cancelled her sixteenth birthday party upon the news of his passing she was so devastated.

in his memory his daughter, lisa marie, has released a new recording of the song, in the ghetto, singing in duet with her father. the song is one i have always liked. his voice is very nicely showcased in the arrangement and with her treatment of it as a duet, i found it even more moving than the original. i found the song lyrics especially apropos after reading an article earlier tonight about the surge in crime rates in new orleans.

i will listen to his music if it happens to be playing somewhere, but i still don't understand the obsession with him.

music

Feb. 9th, 2006 10:15 pm
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do ye ever listen to a particular song or entire cd and have it bring up memories? tonight i have been listening to a few cds by delerium and enigma. for me, they remind me of the time spent over a 2.5 year period with a guy after my divorce. these cds were usually playing in the background while we were in the bedroom. he has been gone from my life since january 2004, yet these tracks bring up intense memories.

perhaps one day there will be another guy and another series of cds playing in the background.

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