Sunday, October 25, 2009

the human life

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It's now 6h40, and the sky is clear, but it has gotten colder these evenings.

I am actually at the office doing this. I had to come today to do some preparations for tomorrow morning because I was away this weekend. Friday afternoon I left with some students to go to a place I can never really pronounce correctly because it sounds too much like Nepal, with the only difference being the initial stress. The actual place is called Nepal Mori and it's often used for events with big groups. This weekend was the orientation for those students who decided to major in western cultural studies. There were some presentations about job hunting and exchange programs and examinations, but it was not all about work - I played some volleyball and badminton with some of the students, which was really fun, and it also gave me the great opportunity of getting to know them better. Unfortunately, I hadn't played sports in an ice age, so yesterday and even today, I hurt all over, and to add to the pain, I think I am coming down with a cold. However, all in all, it was worth it.

Saturday, however, was also quite packed because the morning was the continuation of the orientation, followed by a trip to buy some clothes and finally a party for the first year western culture studies majors.

Sunday has been a little more relaxing, but like all trips, you need at least a couple of days to take it easy afterward and rest up, something of course which most of us do not have the pleasure of having. I must say though that despite the pain, and the cold that will probably hit me tomorrow...hard, it has been a nice weekend, and I wouldn't mind doing it again. I guess I am the type who prefers to be too busy than too free.

Well, speaking of that, I should get going because I have to start cooking. Tonight we are going to have pizza from 10-4 (Yeah!), and to go with that, I am going to make minestrone soup, although I don't remember ever making it, so it should be interesting. The song tonight, 'the human life' is pretty catchy in my opinion. I also like the lyrics because they are not so straightforward although they may appear to be. I think this one though may sound better with effects and drums, but until I find someone to play with, I'll leave the song as it is because, well, I don't really have the time recently that it would take for me to add drums to this and although I started this blog so that it wouldn't take me so long to record and upload, I think tonight's video took me an hour, which is something that I can't afford to do, especially if things go well and I start school in the new year.

cheers,
alexander

Monday, October 19, 2009

your white knight

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It's been almost 10 minutes since I started this post and still haven't written anything. I wonder why I have writer's block or maybe blogger's block is more appropriate. I just can't think of anything to write, or maybe I hesitate too much. Perhaps I should just let myself go and write anything, but that probably would not be the greatest idea - better safe than sorry, right? Of course, I don't mean to sound like I have something really controversial to say, it's just that I don't want to say anything that will make me go 'What the hell was I thinking when I wrote that?' in the future. I guess you're probably thinking, 'Well, if you are so worried, then why the blog?', but really, would a lonely video be interesting? Maybe yes. Maybe no. I guess I would lean to the 'maybe no' group then wouldn't I?

I suppose if there was something to talk about, it would be about 'Hanamame', or fava beans. I haven't seen them in many stores, but the Seicomart, a convenience store, near the place where I work has them, and I can't get enough. It's nothing extraordinary, just some deep-fried salted fava beans, but really, if you try them, you'll know what I am talking about.

Well, I guess I should talk a little bit about the song for today before I go, but there isn't much to say, just that I like this song, and I think it could definitely be an earworm. I think if I were to play it in concert, I probably wouldn't write any other lyrics, but maybe just work with those because I think that if I add anything to the current lyrics, there is a high chance of ruining the feeling of the song. Honestly, the more of these short songs I write, the more I think I should perform them as if they were dance tracks because often that kind of music repeats itself, but usually with good effect. Maybe I should consider doing something like that, but instead of using electronic gadgetry, because I am so technically challenged, I should just have drums and guitar. Of course, there is just one thing...where can I find myself a drummer?

Cheers,
alexander

Sunday, October 18, 2009

she

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It's 1h24, and although I can't really see from where I am, it looks cloudy.

Well, I finally went out and bought an external hard disc drive, so tonight hopefully, I will format my computer and send all the evil spirits residing therein back to whence they came, or so I hope. It will be nice to have a clean computer again, and I hope that it will work better than it has been recently. Of course, after formatting, I have to remember to do monthly cleanings, or I am sure it will all happen again.

Well, today's song called 'she', but to be honest, it is probably only a tentative name came to life this morning while listening to the radio. I forgot the name of the show, but they were talking (I am typing too fast for my computer it seems), about earworms or songs or choruses of songs that just stick in your head and never leave. Honestly, I think earworms sounds a little creepy as it reminds of that scene in that Star Trek where they put that thing in his ear to control him. Shudders. I have to say that in some ways what I am doing here is kind of making little earworms because I am not yet posting the full song, and have even been considering changing my style and writing only short pieces or at least simple songs both musically and lyrically. Of course, that doesn't mean my songs will stick in your head, although that would be kind of cool, but I do hope you out there will like these songs and maybe pass them on to your friends.

I also tried something a little different - animation, again if you can really call it that, but usually I just have a picture with the lyrics, but today I thought hey, why not? However, I will probably not do it for every song because it does take time and one of the original reasons for this site was to allow me to post my music in as short a time possible and if I start designing animation, well, you know what I mean, it won't quick anymore.

Well, gotta go and bring back some movies. I have been watching Veronica Mars (I for some reason call her Myers, no idea why) and finally finished season 1, but probably will not move on to season 2. Besides, I still have some Sex in the City and Without a Trace on Gyao to watch, so I should be OK for a while.

alexander

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

五時の人

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It's 9h23, and I just got back from work.

Today I used my kerosene heater for the first time this year, so you can guess what the weather is like here - cold. Actually, it isn't too bad in the morning because I get a lot of sun, but around 4, you can start to feel the cold. I really don't mind it that much though, because I like autumn; it is the season that inspires me the most.

Well, this post is going to be really short because to be honest, I can't really think of anything to say, although I am pretty sure that once I post this, a tonne of ideas will come to me. I just wanted to post this song because some people have been requesting it. Like most of these pieces on this blog, I do not know if this song will ever become anything, but I have to say that the atmosphere of this song is quite soothing. I hope you all like it. Again, feel free to leave a comment or if you'd like email me. Here is the address:

sneakergroove(a)hotmail.com

Cheers,
alexander