brainwashed

lose your dreams and you will lose your mind, ain't life unkind?

11.04.2005

brrr



I just became really cold, like I shivered A LOT for a long time, but I'm not that cold anymore.
Man, "No Rain" by Blind Melon is a wonderful song. I am in love with this one, I am.

About performing:

Sometimes I get nervous before I go on stage. Actually, I used to get nervous every single time I performed in front of anyone in general, but I'm pretty much over all of that now. It's really nice. I get anxious, maybe a little nervous still. When I'm playing though, I sincerely can not make eye-contact with people. I don't know why. Maybe I think it's awkward or it will distract me. I usually just put all my thoughts into the song. Actually that's not true at all...lol I'm lying to myself. I think that I think about other things besides the music along with thinking about what I'm playing and what I'm singing. I'm like triple tasking. It's fun though. I love it when the crowd gets involved you know? When I can get them to sing, or when I played "You Can't Always Get What You Want", and people got their cell phones out and waved them around. It was great. Wow, I'm acting like I've done this tons of times! haha.
Ok, sorry I haven't been on for like a week. I don't know what's up with me.
Cheers..

- claire -

p.s. Umm new obsession = Billy Joel

5 Comments:

At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find your interest in The Beatles, The Who, and other earlier Rock & Roll groups interesting.

It's like you have the soul of a person who lived back then.

Maybe you lived then, and died in some tragic plane crash on the way to a gig, and have reincarnated? Just joking.

But it scares me a bit. I loved those groups growing up. But I found myself getting more, and more worried that I'd end up closing my mind to new groups, and styles.

When I was your age I very much was involved in a struggle to define myself against my parents generation. They hated rock, and roll with a passion. They hated long hair, and other aspects of our teen culture.

There was a generation gap - it was real - no doubt about it.

I vowed then never to close my mind to what was to come in terms of music, fads, etc.

I ended up liking alternative college rock, and then began to classify 60's, and 70's rock talents, as "Classic".

I didn't shun those earlier groups, but many of them started breaking up, and so I listened to them less, and less over the years.

At various times I've listened to music from my teen years, and realized that much of the music was very fundamental. That it was basic rock, and roll without a lot of gimmicks. I also noticed that some groups outshined others as the years passed - like the Beatles. Their music will be around a hundred years from now, and will still very much be considered "good" music from this historical period.

I also began to notice as the decades passed that many of the alternative groups which I liked sounded "old", gimmicky, and that their music was too shallow for my taste anymore.

I listen to commercials with some of their songs today, and find it amusing how "cute" some of thier very serious songs sound. I suspect was just impressed with the newness of their sound at the time, and that the quality of their music wasn't all that high to begin with.

There's a rule called KISS. Keep It Simple, and Stupid. Essentially, KISS has been applied to a lot of goals, and projects. The idea behind KISS is that if you make things too complicated they tend to break down more easily. And so the goal is to make things very simple, and in that way goals, and projects are more easily achieved, and the results more easily maintained.

I suspect that KISS also applies to music, and the themes that are carried out through music.

The simpler the emotion, the simpler the idea, the simpler the means toward presenting these elements through music the longer that music will stand the test of time.

Perhaps, you are much smarter than I was when I was your age, because it took me a long time to appreciate simple things for what they are.

I still keep an open mind. I like classical, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and contempary pop (although not all).

I hope that as you grow older, and as peer pressure is brought to bear upon you, that you manage to maintain your high level of commitment to your sophisticated taste in music.

I wish you the best in your ambitions.

And write on!

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Bblayla said...

I found your blog via Stuart's--you know the bass player with Rachel Fuller. Did you know he linked to you?

I am impressed with your taste in music---how did you find The Who, Clapton ( everyone knows the Beatles)? Are you "Brainwashed" because of Gerorge Harrison?

I went to college in Columbia--many moons ago.....

Belinda

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Hi Claire!!

Just stopping by. I sent you an email because I was feeling generous! You will get what I mean when you read it. I will be around tomorrow evening late so if you are interested I will send something to you then!

Take care dear!
Molly

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

Hi Claire!!

Just stopping by. I sent you an email because I was feeling generous! You will get what I mean when you read it. I will be around tomorrow evening late so if you are interested I will send something to you then!

Take care dear!
Molly

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

Keep rocking. Great taste in music. Doesn't make me feel so old.

 

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