Back To School Music

This goes out to all those parents sending kids back to the classroom over the next week or two… Alphabutt Kimya Dawson Good luck! Read and post comments | Send to a friend

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My Favorite Gadget

One of the things that I know will get a good workout while I’m off is my piano.   With a pretty wide-open schedule, there’s really an opportunity to spend some time really getting better (and I mean relatively, I’m not sure I’ll ever be “good”…) at this thing. The piano is a funny thing.  In…

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Open Door Policy

So one of the things that I really dislike when I’m on Facebook are the really bad margin-ads that always seem to be there.  You know the ones, “I’m a lazy jerk and I make more than you.” or “Pimp your space” or whatever.  Finally though, one of the little programming gnomes got it right…

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First-line Lyrics Meme

Bookishly Fabulous had a good rainy-day meme today that I thought I’d copy.  The rule is put your iPod on shuffle and write the first line of the song and see if folks in your neighborhood can guess.  I chose our “Happy Hour” playlist, which includes songs from the 1940s until today.  A few are…

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In Lieu of a Holiday Party

Ahh, the company Holiday Party.  A chance to dress up and have a free shindig on the brass.  Usually a pretty good time with prime activities being: eating, drinking, watching to see who drinks too much and embarrasses themselves, and watching to see who dresses like a skank and embarrasses themselves.  Good times. Well, for…

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Viva La?

So, I’ve been listening to Coldplay’s new album Viva La Vida, and it's ok.  To me, it sounds good, but the lyrics banal at best.  I think what gets me is that Coldplay sounds like they’re trying to be really deep – and they’re just not.  There was a piece in Time a few weeks…

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From Iceland, With Joy

  Cruising Wikipedia, I noticed that yesterday was Icelandic National Day, which celebrates their independence (in 1944) from Denmark. Iceland-flag To celebrate that (and because this song played on my iPod on the way into work this morning), I thought I’d share a little of my favorite Icelandic export – the band Flis. Kveðjukossinn Flís…

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A Collection of Sunbeams and Rainbows

Of course, I’m talking about the new Death Cab For Cutie album, Narrow Stairs, which was released this week – because nothing says cheerful like Death Cab. By my analysis, the album breaks down like this:    Disillusionment: 3 songs    Empty relationships, settling: 4 songs    Stalking: 1 song (technically two, one radio-version, one long-version)    Life post-break-up/hitting…

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My Keys to Relaxation

So, nearly two years ago already, I decided to use my tax return that year to buy a digital piano.  It was kind of an unusual choice – I’d never played any musical instrument in my life and couldn’t read music.  But I’d always enjoyed music and been intrigued by learning to play the piano. So,…

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