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(no subject) [Jul. 21st, 2004|11:51 pm]
So, did this die?

I've got a good intellectual debate, maybe.

What makes a good pop song? Aside from traits such as being catchy and all the other basics that everybody says, that is. Musically and lyrically, what do you think makes a great pop song a great pop song? Why is "Hit Me Baby One More Time" as good a pop song as "I Want to Hold Your Hand"?
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(no subject) [Apr. 22nd, 2004|11:46 pm]

I think it's time for an update... Any takers?
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Jimi Hendrix/music appreciation debate [Mar. 10th, 2004|07:08 pm]

[Current Mood |nostalgicnostalgic]

Recently someone (whom I will not disclose) said that all of Jimi Hendrix's music "sounds the same." Obviously he was exaggerating, and maybe it was partly because he knew only the hits, but I don't really see how anyone can make such a point. I have nearly all of his records and below I have listed example of songs which I think sound completely unique, and which I think prove his talent at songwriting.

To name a few:

Burning of the Midnight Lamp
The Wind Cries Mary
Pali Gap
Little Wing ... perhaps his finest
Third Stone from the Sun
1983 (A Mermaid I Should Turn to Be)
Hey Joe
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)
Bold as Love
Spanish Castle Magic
House Burning Down
I Don't Live Today

And besides these original songs, hasn't he taken so many songs and almost "make them his own songs?:" ie: Star Bangled Banner, All Along the Watchtower, Like a Rolling Stone, Johnny B. Goode, Wild Thing, etc...

Yes, many of his songs are blues- based, he even called his music "freakish blues" and "electronic blues." Yes, Voodoo Child Slight Return is similar to some other songs of his, and many of his songs are riff-based, and Purple Haze is similar to Foxey Lady, but I think that those are exceptions and that they are all really distictive, yet I would say that at the same time you can pretty much always discern that its Hendrix. Furthermore, he was veering towards a much jazzier fusion-style of music before he died. Who knows where he was going?

Maybe I just am too into Hendrix, but doesn't it annoy you when people make sweeping generalizations about music, and say things they don't really know are true as if they were factual? Sometimes I have to stop myself from overgeneralizing...
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Space... the final frontier (and an interesting battlefield) [Feb. 8th, 2004|06:13 pm]

[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |Modest Mouse- Third Planet]

So I was discussing military strategy in Hebrew School today, and for some reason I thought of this:
Has anybody ever made a book or movie that does space combat right? What I mean is, in every movie I can remember, the space battles are nearly identical to either aerial duels or naval engagements. These both really don't do justice to what it realistically would be. In space, there is no up, or down, except what you define that as. I read a book called Ender's Game, and they had some anti-gravity combat. Ender, the amamzing strategist, told his squad to forget what "real" up and down are, and to make the enemy's base "down". This seems a lot more like how it would really work.
That said, I'd imagine that ships wouldn't always line up perfectly with one another, and that flanking could be just as easily accomplished from above or below. I was thinking of maybe trying to develop some sort of model, or at least basic strategy as a mental excercise, sicne traditional combat rules wouldn't apply. Anyone interested or have any thoughts? I thought it was a cool topic.
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hopefully a catalyst [Feb. 7th, 2004|01:12 pm]

[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |Travelling Riverside Blues - Led Zeppelin]

Okay, I thought I'd throw a topic out there that I know gets a lot of people quasi-emotional... however, although the topic is somewhat argued to death with trite and repetitive qualms, say something beyond "i hate invasions of privacy!" and "damn the man" or "fuck terrorists!".

what do you think of the patriot act?

please, before responding at least read some of it. too many people argue about it without ever having read any of it.

but i'm sure here that goes without saying. just thought i'd get it out there.

i have many thoughts. however, this is the sort of thing that people get self-conscious about, so before i go on my "tirade" i thought i'd get some responses first. just to be fair, if you'd like to ask me a question about my opinions before you respond, i'd be more than happy to indulge you with a thorough answer.

if you wish, you can go into thoughts about the word "terrorism", or jingoism, sept 11, homeland security, george bush, osama, osama's mama, american flags, or alien conspiracies. however, try to relate it all back to the patriot act, as otherwise the topic is vastly broad and very amorphous.

ok computer, go!
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(no subject) [Feb. 1st, 2004|11:08 am]

So... anyone curious about something?
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Serah bat Asher [Jan. 11th, 2004|11:09 pm]

[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

This isn't so much a discussion topic as it is something I've been researching recently and found very interesting.
Serah Bat Asher is somewhat of a Jewish legend. She appears twice in the Torah proper: once in Genesis, when she is listed as one of the sons of Asher (one of Jacob's sons), and again in Numbers, when she is listed as one of the descendants of Asher leaving Egypt with Moses. There are a number of reasons why this alone is interesting. She is a woman, and women are hardly ever listed in genealogies... especially when they aren't mentioned anywhere else in the Torah. Also, for those who aren't too good with the math or Jewish chronology, those two places are around 400 years apart!
Legend takes over here. Serah is credited as the person who told Jacob that Joseph was alive in Egypt. Some people claim that he granted her immortality as thanks. She then shows up in legend again when Moses is leaving Egypt. He is unable to leave without Joseph's bones since Joseph's last request was that his bones get taken back to Israel when the Jews return. However, Moses cannot find the bones until Serah tells him that Joseph was buried in a sealed tomb at the bottom of the Nile, and the incantations that Moses will need to raise the bones.
Serah appears later, as "a wise woman" during the time of King David. She stops Joab, the commander of David's armies, from destroyign a city because of one bad man, citing Abel, as if to show how knowledgable one can get after living for thousands of years. Serah has also been mentioned as a female counterpart to Elijah the prophet. Some say that she described what the messiah will be like and she frequently shows up to signal Elijah's presence.
The end of her story varies. The ancient belief is that she is immortal; she may have even entered heaven without dying. Isfahan, a city in Iran, is supposed to have her tomb. It says she died in 1133 CE, in a synogogue fire. Nobody really knows the truth. It's pretty interesting though.

-A great article on Serah
-An interesting article that discusses the Elijah connection
-A shrt article that mentions Isfahan
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God, the scientist? [Jan. 8th, 2004|11:35 pm]

Did God create the universe? Everything seems to be so perfect. Things seem to just work. Planets orbit the sun, moons orbit planets, solar systems are part of galaxies etc.. There is life on planets. Such complex life that we are able to think for ourselves, make technologies, even go into space.

This all seems to be "perfect" though of course in some other universe, somehow, somewhere, perfect is burning trees and donut shaped planets, but perhaps God created all the chemical things. He made sure that the solutions worked out and that certain events would occur due to these chemicals. All these atoms, molecules, did God create?

Share your thoughts on this one. Many people seem to disagree. Many people don't even believe in God. Many people feel that it was all an accident and just seemed to work out like this. I'd like to see what you think.
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(no subject) [Jan. 8th, 2004|11:18 pm]

Someone wanna start a new topic? I will, but I'd like to give you guys a chance first...
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Dance Music [Jan. 6th, 2004|11:04 pm]

[Current Mood |confusedconfused]
[Current Music |Justin Timberlake- Rock Your Body]

This is pretty silly for a first topic, but I'm in need of information so I figured I'd throw it out to you (even if there are only two of you).
What makes dance music dance music?
As far as I can tell the only consistant feature is a rock solid drum beat. Otherwise, everything seems to be up for grabs. Sometimes there are guitars, sometimes there aren't. Sometimes there is two keyboard rhythm/lead interaction, sometimes there is only one keyboard. Frequently, horns are used, but obviously not enough to be considered a staple.

How the hell am I supposed to make this stuff if I can't figure it out?
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