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by grant
Wed May 28, 2003 10:41 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: To Laura, Age 14: Emotional Damage and Pop Music
Replies: 25
Views: 21171

To Laura, Age 14: Emotional Damage and Pop Music

Before Nick Hornby's High Fidelity came out as a novel, a section of the first or second chapter was excerpted in Granta (the magazine that thinks it's a book!) under the title "To Laura, Age 14." It's an OK piece of writing, describing the narrator's various infatuations & close brushes with the fa...
by grant
Tue May 20, 2003 7:23 am
Forum: Cattywampus
Topic: founder's forum rules
Replies: 19
Views: 12733

A rondeau.

This high coup might topple Princes Though lonely word rarely convinces Those who hardly feel oppressed; So cries of "foul" seem, well, obsessed -- (Though points are won by eloquences) Where one man's brief survey evinces Proof of tyranny, he winces, and counts his syllables, distressed (though met...
by grant
Mon May 19, 2003 12:07 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Which comes first?
Replies: 9
Views: 8720

It's not the chorus, then the verses, then?
by grant
Mon May 19, 2003 12:04 pm
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Keyboards and such
Replies: 23
Views: 17939

Except, perhaps, Ms Marni Rice. She's not happy, she's mysterious . A accordionist fatale. And Merlin, I would say that you too are the wind beneath my wings, except that would lead to an awful lot of wind, and quite possibly some damage to our feathers. I will, however, attest that if loving you is...
by grant
Mon May 19, 2003 7:12 am
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: Pretentiousness: a response
Replies: 79
Views: 40605

Were there spelling nerds when people used cuneiform? Yes. They were known as scribes , and held in rather more high regard than today's lexicographers & logophiles. However, their influence came at a rather high personal price: (from the above link) To meet this need there were a number of scribal...
by grant
Mon May 19, 2003 7:01 am
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: Pretentiousness: a response
Replies: 79
Views: 40605

meg wrote: Everything is performative, "performance" is just the part where we name it. Which I think is what grant said.


Yes, quite.

Doubly so for those whose existence is defined by a stage performance, yclept "indie rockers."
by grant
Mon May 19, 2003 6:47 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Keyboards and such
Replies: 23
Views: 17939

the problem with pianos/keyboards is simply that you have to sit down while playing. i think tha't why many people on keys look a little pissy by default. Au contraire ! Not all keyboardists sit: http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:sgax-zRMqDoC:www.daveedmunds.com/images/jerry.jpg . http://images...
by grant
Thu May 15, 2003 11:51 am
Forum: Cattywampus
Topic: founder's forum rules
Replies: 19
Views: 12733

You put the kibosh on a bounder? Good show!
by grant
Thu May 15, 2003 8:26 am
Forum: Cattywampus
Topic: founder's forum rules
Replies: 19
Views: 12733

Merlin wrote:God, these are all so much better than mine


Petrarchian, old fellow. The Japanese forms are all well and good, but they can leave you feeling a bit hungry after. Nothing like a European form to stick to the ribs.
by grant
Thu May 15, 2003 7:53 am
Forum: Cattywampus
Topic: founder's forum rules
Replies: 19
Views: 12733

'Twas in the twilit city streets, the anarchist and I Would often walk, the best to talk away from listening ear For in those times, the loose-lipp'd thought could loose the bonds of fear And surveillance trumped our common sense, with all this might imply. "When suspicion shackles trust," he cried,...
by grant
Thu May 15, 2003 6:56 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Keyboards and such
Replies: 23
Views: 17939

Actually, I've found it quite surprising, the sounds you can make with a simple Casio keyboard by simply running it through a pedal or two into a guitar amp (overdriven, with reverb). And then miking the amp.
by grant
Thu May 15, 2003 6:52 am
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: Pretentiousness: a response
Replies: 79
Views: 40605

Which is not to say that the famous cannot be sincere; some of those celebrated chappies are quite decent sorts once you get to know them properly.

But once you get to know them properly, you're not seeing 'em as famous, now, are you?
by grant
Thu May 15, 2003 6:49 am
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: Pretentiousness: a response
Replies: 79
Views: 40605

Not that the question was directed at me, but yes, yes, sincerity is mutually exclusive from fame on at least one level, because fame is performative and sincerity, presumably, is not.

Footlights and makeup, as opposed to making up over candlelight.
by grant
Wed May 14, 2003 12:26 pm
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: Pretentiousness: a response
Replies: 79
Views: 40605

I have a little scrap of paper with "the plainest words are the finest" scotch-taped to my computer monitor. It gives me something to focus on when I'm having a slow-word day -- so as you can imagine, I was happy to have a moment to employ my adopted credo somewhere besides in my day-to-day writing...
by grant
Tue May 13, 2003 8:51 am
Forum: Give Me a Moment
Topic: Pretentiousness: a response
Replies: 79
Views: 40605

This is the diary entry being discussed . On first read, that "coy vocals" line appears to be a bit (ho ho!) counter-revolutionary. But then, I would say that, as a fellow who has dedicated far too much effort to the ironic appropriation of pathos. I mean, if you're a ruddy post-modernist, what isn...
by grant
Fri May 09, 2003 5:47 am
Forum: Cattywampus
Topic: Tootsie Pops and other oral favorites..
Replies: 12
Views: 7172

A long life with a bare modicum of vices, carefully selected and only indulged in moderation!
by grant
Fri May 09, 2003 5:45 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Keyboards and such
Replies: 23
Views: 17939

And what samples will you be feeding into the Nord Electro? Oh, wait a bit -- just looked at the site: http://www.clavia.se/nordelectro/ where it says: The organ in the Electro 2 is based on a digital simulation of the mechanical tone wheels of the B-3 organ. It offers a number of very innovative so...
by grant
Thu May 08, 2003 11:49 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: straw poll: the best noisemaker....
Replies: 33
Views: 26391

The local radio broadcast of " Evenin' Jazz " uses, as its signature tune, one of the most unusual applications of the oboe I have ever heard: Yusuf Lateef playing a version of " In the Evening ." Quite something, that. French horns - lovely, distant, emotionally wrought instruments. Yes. I am all i...
by grant
Thu May 08, 2003 10:23 am
Forum: Band Nerd!
Topic: Keyboards and such
Replies: 23
Views: 17939

Just been reading up on the Optigan. Splendid, stirring stuff. Optical sampling -- just lovely. Nonetheless... I'm wondering two things: First, how an Optigan might compare with other sampling instruments like the mellotron, in general character and timbre and what-not. Second, and most contentiousl...
by grant
Thu May 08, 2003 9:56 am
Forum: Cattywampus
Topic: Tootsie Pops and other oral favorites..
Replies: 12
Views: 7172

Characters, you say? Excellent! Outstanding! Hen hao, likewise! It's all chicken scratches to me, you understand. Any alphabet with more than 28 figures leaves me utterly confounded. MacGyver - one of those Lochaber fellows, mixed up with the Campbells and so on? Hold on, that's a MacIver. All wrong...