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Feb. 11th, 2012 11:54 pm
annwfyn: (Mood - pondering fox)


I was listening to this song earlier. It's by Joshua Kaddison and is sort of the sequel to his awesome and unmatchable Jessie.

I'm undecided whether I like this song or not. I mean, as a song it obviously isn't nearly as good as 'Jessie', but my ambivalence is about more than that.

Part of what makes Jessie so amazing as a song, I think, is that it is ambiguous. It's about a guy talking about the girl he's not quite over, the girl he wants back, but knows the odds are against it, after all they've been through. And yet there's still that hope. The song ends on that hope - 'and who knows, maybe this time things will turn out just the way you planned'.

And we've all been there, right? God knows I have. I've had that moment of knowing that the odds are really freaking well not in my favour, but damnit, I want to believe. I've had the ex I'm not over, the hopes and dreams still lingering. And when I hear 'Jessie', I get that feeling again which says that logically there is no chance in hell that they will make it to Mexico, but you keep listening because there's still the hope.

Now, the follow up song in some ways makes me happy. It gives the listening a happy ending. It's the story of the singer of 'Jessie' lying in bed with Jessie. And yeah, they never made it to Mexico, but they did make it together. They beat those odds.

That's lovely, but I don't know that I think it's nearly as powerful as the ambiguity of the original, and I kinda feel that it almost detracts from it. A song about a crazy hope is far more potent than a song about a guy deciding to rebuild his relationship, especially once you know, as a listener, that things will work out in the end.

It's not about the moment, the hope, the leap into the dark.

It gives 'Jessie' a road map, and that isn't nearly as artistically effective.

What do you guys think?

Jessie

Feb. 11th, 2012 11:54 pm
annwfyn: (Mood - pondering fox)


I was listening to this song earlier. It's by Joshua Kaddison and is sort of the sequel to his awesome and unmatchable Jessie.

I'm undecided whether I like this song or not. I mean, as a song it obviously isn't nearly as good as 'Jessie', but my ambivalence is about more than that.

Part of what makes Jessie so amazing as a song, I think, is that it is ambiguous. It's about a guy talking about the girl he's not quite over, the girl he wants back, but knows the odds are against it, after all they've been through. And yet there's still that hope. The song ends on that hope - 'and who knows, maybe this time things will turn out just the way you planned'.

And we've all been there, right? God knows I have. I've had that moment of knowing that the odds are really freaking well not in my favour, but damnit, I want to believe. I've had the ex I'm not over, the hopes and dreams still lingering. And when I hear 'Jessie', I get that feeling again which says that logically there is no chance in hell that they will make it to Mexico, but you keep listening because there's still the hope.

Now, the follow up song in some ways makes me happy. It gives the listening a happy ending. It's the story of the singer of 'Jessie' lying in bed with Jessie. And yeah, they never made it to Mexico, but they did make it together. They beat those odds.

That's lovely, but I don't know that I think it's nearly as powerful as the ambiguity of the original, and I kinda feel that it almost detracts from it. A song about a crazy hope is far more potent than a song about a guy deciding to rebuild his relationship, especially once you know, as a listener, that things will work out in the end.

It's not about the moment, the hope, the leap into the dark.

It gives 'Jessie' a road map, and that isn't nearly as artistically effective.

What do you guys think?
annwfyn: (Misc - hedgehog & fox)
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I sort of hit a blank here. I have a huge range of songs I love, and I tend to change my mind a lot depending on what mood I am in. I do have a huge love for song lyrics which tell a story, even if it is only half hinted at, like Once In A Lifetime. I have loved Hazard since I was young for similar reasons. Other mentions should go to China In Your Hand (which is based on Frankinstein), Shalott (which is about the Lady of Shalott), and It's All Coming Back To Me (which is about Wuthering Heights).

I also adore the opening sequence of Ian McKellan's Richard III, just for the awesome jazz version of Come Live With Me and Be My Love. I wish someone would do this with more classic poetry.
annwfyn: (Misc - hedgehog & fox)
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I sort of hit a blank here. I have a huge range of songs I love, and I tend to change my mind a lot depending on what mood I am in. I do have a huge love for song lyrics which tell a story, even if it is only half hinted at, like Once In A Lifetime. I have loved Hazard since I was young for similar reasons. Other mentions should go to China In Your Hand (which is based on Frankinstein), Shalott (which is about the Lady of Shalott), and It's All Coming Back To Me (which is about Wuthering Heights).

I also adore the opening sequence of Ian McKellan's Richard III, just for the awesome jazz version of Come Live With Me and Be My Love. I wish someone would do this with more classic poetry.
annwfyn: (sally - st trinians)
So, I'm listening to '90s indie music (of some description) tonight, and remembering what it was like to be seventeen again.* And I'm finding all kinds of songs which I loved when I was about seventeen, and so am sharing them with you lots.

Assorted youtube videos )

OK. So the Cranberries aren't really indie, are they? But I loved that song anyway. I also think that the Garbage song might have somehow seeped into my consciousness on a deeper level than I initially realized, because I've certainly lived large chunks of my life (both pretend and otherwise) with that as my mantra.

So, those are the songs of my adolescence. What music did you absolutely love when you were seventeen? And do you still like it?




*This also has a lot to do with the fact that I'm doing a couple of scenes as Rio who's soundtrack is made up of a lot of '90s indie music. But that's a different story.
annwfyn: (sally - st trinians)
So, I'm listening to '90s indie music (of some description) tonight, and remembering what it was like to be seventeen again.* And I'm finding all kinds of songs which I loved when I was about seventeen, and so am sharing them with you lots.

Assorted youtube videos )

OK. So the Cranberries aren't really indie, are they? But I loved that song anyway. I also think that the Garbage song might have somehow seeped into my consciousness on a deeper level than I initially realized, because I've certainly lived large chunks of my life (both pretend and otherwise) with that as my mantra.

So, those are the songs of my adolescence. What music did you absolutely love when you were seventeen? And do you still like it?




*This also has a lot to do with the fact that I'm doing a couple of scenes as Rio who's soundtrack is made up of a lot of '90s indie music. But that's a different story.
annwfyn: (Sally - dreamscape)
So, today I have been pottering about on Pandora, where I cannot listen to music (due to my inability to understand proxy servers) but I can go to the 'backstage' area, and get lists of artists which are apparently 'similar' to ones I like and then go and hunt them down on Youtube.

Thank God for Youtube.

I therefore have a small pile of songs and musicians I need to investigate later, who's videos I leave here, partly for my own reference, and partly if anyone else would like to listen.

Read more... )
annwfyn: (Sally - dreamscape)
So, today I have been pottering about on Pandora, where I cannot listen to music (due to my inability to understand proxy servers) but I can go to the 'backstage' area, and get lists of artists which are apparently 'similar' to ones I like and then go and hunt them down on Youtube.

Thank God for Youtube.

I therefore have a small pile of songs and musicians I need to investigate later, who's videos I leave here, partly for my own reference, and partly if anyone else would like to listen.

Read more... )

Aerosmith

Jun. 24th, 2007 11:41 pm
annwfyn: (Sally - top hat grin)
Just got back from the Aerosmith concert.

We nearly didn't make it. A combination of vile weather and having a headache meant that we (we being myself, [profile] pierot and [profile] isalani) spent most of the afternoon faffing. We first of all decided to skip the afternoon's support acts, and just head in for Joe Satriani and Aerosmith. By 6 pm, Jeremiah's headache had gotten worse.

There was a brief discussion about whether we should skip it entirely. Jeremiah dosed himself up on painkillers, and Anthony and I lurked hopefully.

Finally, at around 8 pm, we set off into the night.

In the end, we got there just as Aerosmith were coming onstage. I rather hopefully texted [personal profile] davywavy who was there somewhere too, but failed to make contact. I thought I saw him moving through the crowd at one point, and tried shouting, but got no response. Sorry Dave!

It was a nice gig. Not quite at the level of gloriousness of Bon Jovi, which was the last concert I went to, but good fun. I shall write up more tomorrow, but for the moment I shall just say that my boots are muddy, my knees are aching, and my cheeks are sore with smiling.

I need to do more gigs...

Aerosmith

Jun. 24th, 2007 11:41 pm
annwfyn: (Sally - top hat grin)
Just got back from the Aerosmith concert.

We nearly didn't make it. A combination of vile weather and having a headache meant that we (we being myself, [profile] pierot and [profile] isalani) spent most of the afternoon faffing. We first of all decided to skip the afternoon's support acts, and just head in for Joe Satriani and Aerosmith. By 6 pm, Jeremiah's headache had gotten worse.

There was a brief discussion about whether we should skip it entirely. Jeremiah dosed himself up on painkillers, and Anthony and I lurked hopefully.

Finally, at around 8 pm, we set off into the night.

In the end, we got there just as Aerosmith were coming onstage. I rather hopefully texted [personal profile] davywavy who was there somewhere too, but failed to make contact. I thought I saw him moving through the crowd at one point, and tried shouting, but got no response. Sorry Dave!

It was a nice gig. Not quite at the level of gloriousness of Bon Jovi, which was the last concert I went to, but good fun. I shall write up more tomorrow, but for the moment I shall just say that my boots are muddy, my knees are aching, and my cheeks are sore with smiling.

I need to do more gigs...

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