The sound of silence

I know it is hard.

But I’ll tell you a secret.

I’ll tell you a shortcut.

To understand me is to understand what… and why I am listening to (music)…

Start talking to me about music and then you’re in.

If you want to, I’ll keep you busy with music for a long time.

I would want nothing more than coming home to the soothing sound of interesting, or weird music accompanied by a discussion about it.

 

That’s the secret…
Now you know!

This is a good one

Peace out~~

MWM: 11 Synths!

You know what I love? Synthesizers!

When did that happen you ask me?

Well, it started in my teenage years when I explored and discovered a lot of types of music. The thing I started to like was to experiment, to find new stuff. I was lucky to have a good friend who listened to music that was not being played on the radio. Prior to my teenage years most of the music I was exposed to was what the radio fed me. Sure, some times I did find a bit of different tunes on MTV (Which was way better in the early years) and the Swedish equivalent with ZTV. And radio did of course give me old classics and stuff. But the library became pretty predictable after a week of repetition so that didn’t really keep me interested.

From my friend I found a bunch of metal, rock, punk and so on. But most importantly, the curiosity to find new stuff.

Because of this I became interested in what my sister was listening to, and boy am I happy that I wanted to do that. Me, my brother and my sister weren’t really fighting that much, we actually spent time together and liked each other. I don’t think my sister really thought about it at the time, but she really did influence me (and my music taste) in good ways. She introduced me to Welle:Erdball, Wolfsheim, Covenant and other pretty  intense synth music. This led me into Kraftwerk and other similar bands. But what I mostly stuck with was Welle:Erdball  (BTW, I think she introduced me to Infected Mushroom! One of my absolute favorites but in another genre). I think that I stuck with Welle because the tunes are still very melodical whereas Kraftwerk is more industrial and exploratory (Although I do like me some industrial stuff).

I haven’t been listening to Welle:Erdball continuously all these years of course. But recently some synth music has seen a resurgence in my library due to the revelation that a close friends is interested in synth music. This got me to dig up some old tunes, and they do still work for me!

So here you go, two of my favorite tunes:

Link to a Spotify playlist with all the songs from my MWM’s

MWM: 10 “Woah, are you listening to this?”

The latest edition to the everlasting list: My Weird Music is X-Japan. And this is also the latest edition to the everlasting category of responses like “Woah, are you listening to this?” . Both of them are growing strong.
But this blog is not, you know, life has to be taken care of, a life which eats time as a freshly popped bag of popcorn.

But yes. I do really like different styles of metal. Come to think f it, I have not posted any metal songs. So, yeah, this is fitting! (Grammatically correct on Mars to use many commas in a single sentence. Look it up)

MWM #9 : OST

Boom Blox was a great game. IS a great game! The music was fantasticly well fitting for what it was. It is also good enough to listen to outside of the game, in the “real” world. This song is in my study-playlist.

 

Peace out! ~~

MWM #8: Strings

I love strings but I don’t really care for classical music. I just really love the sound and the way passion flows when people play, for instance the violin.

I’ve talked about the concept of music that I can’t really share with friends before. This is something I can’t really put on when I have friends over and expect them to be as taken by its splendor as I am. I’m not saying it is a bad thing but very few would actually want to listen to it. It might be because some music is inherently better to listen to by yourself. Or is it?

Don’t get me wrong, I would love for someone to be with me, sit down with me, and just enjoy it with me. I don’t even want it to be a special moment. I just want to be able to share what I love, without someone shooting it down. Because you know what, I want to know what you love, what you hold dear to you, what you don’t feel comfortable with sharing with everyone. That is in some way true honesty.

It is a bit scary though, and instead of risking that someone ruins the magic for you, you just keep it to yourself.

 

 

 

MWM #7: Cheesy

“How can you listen to this cheesy shit? “

This is not even a guilty pleasure. This is good. It is not even weird music. But it seems to some that this should not be up my alley.

Well it is. So here you go. A couple of cheesy songs that are very “feely”.


This one in particular is special in itself since it is a cover of a song that has the exact same lyrics, but is way less “feely”. It is interesting how the difference in production can change the whole feel of a song. The topic in question could be a conversation starter for a long and interesting discussion about music. Feel free to use it :D. Covers CAN actually be good!

The original by NeYo is a dance-pop-hit-thing that is shallower than the cover much because of its overproduced nature. It is made to work on the dance floor for people in a state where deep lyrics really doesn’t matter. That is OK, but not for me. I am just happy that Gavin Mikhail rendered this song very pleasant!


This one is not as cheesy but still very deep. I usually listen to songs like these when I want to get less afraid of my own feelings. Songs like these remind me that it is OK to feel a lot. Because I do.


Rarely do I listen to Anthony without the effect of fluids building up in my tear canals. This is also something that I rarely play for people, mostly because there are no moments to do so. But even if I would, how and why would I do that? What would the discussion be about? I don’t really know. So I just don’t. I am fine with leaving it in my box of songs for when I am alone.

Although I do remember playing one Anthony song at a friends party where I was in charge of the music quiz. To my surprise someone got it very quickly.

THAT VOICE wow wow wow.

My MWM list can be found on Spotify

See you another time ~~

 

MWM#6 Chill Rap

A general conversation concerning music might go something like this:

“So what kind of music do you listen to?”
“Oh well, you know, I listen to everything”

I guess you have heard that very response a lot of times. I have at least. And if you haven’t, man I’m jealous because you’ve met some nice people!
On the other hand, if you have been the one saying that you listen to everything, get a grip on life, explore a bit and don’t be so close minded. If you don’t want to though, that is actually fine, but don’t lie and say that you listen to everything just because you ACTUALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LISTENING TO.

…because you listen to what you are being fed.

I’m ranting. And I have probably ranted about this before…

This is not the point.

The point is. A person saying “I listen to everything” would still not listen to this:


Spotify link

And it is legit as fuck! The world seems to be have little room for rap that is not “gangsta” so I am happy that I found K.Flay. It is in a different style that I appreciate much. She is skilled at what she does and she is cool! I think I was on a rap hunt and remembered that I heard some nice rap in the song 5AM ~~


So I looked her up and found some cool stuff!

People say that they don’t like certain genres (sure in general that is OK and understandable). But I say, genres are for closed minds. Instead, say “I listen to whatever I enjoy”. That kind of mentality will open you up to stuff you never thought you would like, it removes genre from the equation. So you might end up listening to rap, and liking it.

Even though that answer might sound douchy in a way, it is easily followed by a couple examples of what you do listen to and why, what it means to you. Music is very subjective.

Remember though that good music and what you enjoy is NOT the same. They do not go hand in hand. Because the statement “This song is good” is objective. Unless you add “… to me”. But usually people don’t. So as a reminder. Do separate between the two.

For instance, I could say that Coldplay is good, but it still might not be for me. I do appreciate what they are doing (or did, maybe it is a bad example, but whatever) but I am not enjoying it enough to listen to it maybe more than occasionally.

 

See you~~