Thursday, 12 January 2012

I've lost a lot of sleep to dreams...

I'm quite indifferent about 80% of the music I hear on the radio, TV etc.  I don't like it or dislike it, but I'll probably know all the words to the chorus as I've heard it that many times on the radio!

I like about 15% of the stuff I hear from the same sources mentioned above.  My personal definition of liking music is wanting to download it, so i can burn it on a CD and listen to in the car, or on my phone.

That leaves about 5% to songs I actually Love.  And to be honest, these songs hardly get played on the radio- and if they ever are played I get super excited and start singing/dancing in the car with excitement *Happy Dance*.  

I'm quite fussy with music.  there are very few songs, and whole albums actually, that I'll listen to for the whole duration.  I usually get bored and change songs after the chorus (even for songs I like).  This is due to my poor concentration span (I'm rubbish like that).  When I first hear a song I love or really really like, I'll listen to the whole song, but after I've heard it a certain number of times, it'll join the category of 'change after chorus'.

I'm not really feelin' any of the music made nowadays, it all sounds the same.  At the moment it's all pop dance drivel, and before that it was all pop RnB drivel.  But i s'pose pop music just goes with the flow really, a kinda full circle thing.  Everything just repeats itself in popular culture really- in terms of fashion and music I mean (I can't really see my self going back to my old school  nokia 3330 anytime soon).

I think music was better when I was a kid in the 90's, early 2000.  Dance (primarily house), RnB, Hip Hop, Garage (the little niche phase), Indie and Alternative rock, even pop!...all of it was better then (That's just my opinion anyway! to each there own).

Very few songs move me; I don't really think I can explain what I mean by 'move', songs that  kinda make me think really, really deeply, or feel super profound for no reason at all! Actually, I kinda feel de-tached from myself when I hear something that really moves me.
I'm sure you kinda get what I mean when I say a song moves me?  If you don't then whats wrong with you!?! You need to start listening to more deep shit.

A short list of songs that have 'moved' me, or made me feel a bit funny inside:
'Sail to the moon'-Radiohead (they had to be on the 'moved' list, right!?
'Strange and Beautiful'-Aqualung
'Inside my love'-Minnie Ripperton
'I Remeber'-Deadmau5 (the full version, not the short radio edit)
my minds gone blank now....

Sorry folks, no Adele.  Don't get me wrong, I loves me some Adele, she's bare deep an' that, but not really moved me.  I s'pose it's quite an individual thing really.

The latest song to turn me into a deep philosopher, questioning every little thing around me is 'Sleep' by The Roots, in fact their whole album 'Undun' is pretty fudgin fantastic!

Also give this a listen, 'tis beautiful:

On another note, I discovered my big brother Izzle (not his real name) is pretty deep and cultured!

It began with him dramatically turning to me, and saying 'Today....You'll be a man my son!'
I found this is highly offensive, seeing as I'm NOT a bloke.
Just before I was about to slap my brother across his face, he told me that it was a line from the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling.  I'm not really one for poetry to be honest, but this is a pretty awesome one! (I mean you know a poem is good when it's described as 'awesome'! How often does some say that about poetry?)


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son! 

Rudyard Kipling.  



  1. I really like your brother's interesting ploy, just have a line ready, and then when it offends or when the situation goes the wrong way, just say, "Oh, that's just from a poem, dude" or pick some song lyrics. I can tell I am going to have fun with my wife with this idea. I will let you know if I am still married 24 hours from now! (of course if I have been mysteriously killed, I won't be contacting you)

  2. Haha your poor wife (or poor you depending on your wifes reaction!). I would highly recommend you recite her a love poem or something else instead, but follow your heart esbboston :)

  3. love the banter between you & your brother! I'm the same with music have my few favourites & listen to them BUT I do like Adeles music! At the moment I have been listening to Lloyd- your loving don't change...very groovy tune! I enjoyed listening to the Roots...thank u for introducing me to them & lovely poem @ the end there....mmmm good idea to use a line like that may try it with my partner lol ;)

    1. You call it banter, I call it harassment. I like that LLoyd song too! I think it's called dedication to my ex :P
      Enjoy the Roots in all there marvellous glory :D x

  4. A very interesting selection of a poem by a nobel prize winner. A decade or so after this poem was written, Kipling lost his son to a terrible death in the trenches of France. This event broke Kipling who spent the rest of his life trying to put together the last moments of his sons life. Guilt might have played a part since it was through Kiplings intervention that his son got accepted into a particular regiment despite the objections of his mother.

    I find the poem acutely relevant today, having just posted in my own blog the five main regrets of people who are dying. There is none of that "white mans burden" about this poem although if one knew its history, one might disagree. It was after all written about Dr Leander Starr Jameson, the leader of the famous Jameson Raid that effectively started the Boer War. "I am the captain of my soul and the master of my destiny" has a nice ring about it too. Mandela and a victoria writer. Bill Cosby loves if. His son died too.

    1. Wow thank you for that brief history lesson, very interesting! I do love this poem, I think it's truly wonderful and is one of my favs (I'm not really a poetry reader if I'm honest though!)