We have a pact, you and I. I write down what song I had in my head when I woke up in the morning. And, maybe, why.
You click on "What's in your waking ear?" and tell me what's in your head right now. We discover new music and maybe learn something about how our minds work. Yeah?
So nobody's posted in a while and we're all really busy. Time to hang it up? Any suggestions for reinvigorating the Ear?
Just testing to see whether this works.
/"I Don't Wanna Know" -- I don't think sampling is shameless plagiarism. It takes genius to pull a hip-hop beat out of an Enya album.
But in this chart hit, Mario Winans sings over the same beat the Fugees used in "Ready Or Not" a decade ago, y'know, back when Enya almost sued them for using her voice without her permission. The same exact beat! It just doesn't seem right.
But I'll give Winans credit in this sense: in the Fugees' song, Enya's voice sounded ominous and scary. She was coming to get you. You couldn't hide. But under Winan's pouty tenor, Enya sounds sad and wistful. It's a neat trick to show how a few minor adjustments can change the beat's tone completely.
/"Rubber Band Man" -- Free T.I.!
This song ("Call me trouble man, I always in trouble man," etc.) has some sort of hidden power, or life force, if you will. I can't understand or express the joy I feel when T.I. claims he's wild as the Taliban. It just doesn't make sense. And the college marching band beat... it's just too much.
I'm still messing with the blog; the following post comes from Schmubb:
"The Rat" -The Walkmen
Phant came to me about a month and a half ago and told me that this song was unbelievable. I had heard if faintly from my computer speakers while listening to KEXP at work. I believe Phant said it was the best song that had been released in 2004 up until then. I wholeheartedly agree with that claim. I don't know what it is about the song that makes it so amazing. The elements that stick out to me are the soaring guitar strummed at one hundred miles an hour, the military drumming that reminds me of "Sunday Bloody Sunday", and the amazing vocals that come out of Hamilton's throat. Whatever it is, it has been stuck in my head daily, at least a bit, since I first heard it. It is stuck in my head again today. My question to all y'all is:
Is there a better song released so far this year?
P.S. Thanks to all who wished Bri-ness and I a happy engagement. It has definitly been wonderful and I expect it to continue that way through the hitching process...
Administrative Note: I'm trying out some of the new posting options
Google has added to Blogger, so bear with me if things look weird here
for a little bit. Just healthy experimentation.
Twista feat. Kanye West
-- O Kanye, ye can do no wrong. This song is the latest in my Kanye love-fest -- a head-bobbing little gem that is simply BAD ASS. Who else could mix the words chinchilla, Robert Cavalli, BCBG and 106 and Park in the same song? My other favorite line: Dre told me you tha prototype.
tells me the sample comes from Lenny Williams' "Cause I love you." Never heard of him. Anyone?
Oh, and sorry I haven't posted in a while. Been busy.
Other big news: I'm moving to San Antonio!
Sorry, little blog. Didn't mean to leave you unattended so long. We've just been busy.
Girlfriend and I went to Coachella, got within spitting distance of Dizzee Rascal and got a bumper sticker from Murs, who is just a really decent guy. We also saw lots of other bands, and many were good.
Schmubb got engaged. To be married. So congratulate him, everyone.
Chelle has no excuse; she just hasn't posted the last two weeks. For shame.
Back into the swing of things on Monday. For now, have a great weekend.