Diebold-slayer, activist, musician, entrepreneur, law student. Co-founder of OpenHatch, Students for Free Culture, and the Junior Pyrotechnics Association.
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Katie Chastain - “Snowshow”
I really love the physical world that this music video creates. Sometimes you can create more magic without CGI and camera trickery.
Planetary Annihilation Gameplay — 2v3
If two people can attack you by loving each other you’re not a “real man,” you’re a Care Bear villain.–
Actual truth about Homophobia.
"Change Is" is the title track from the "Change Is" album, and it’s very thematically appropriate for the fall season we are in.
I feel changes in the air
You can tell I’m a little scared
I got used to sunny weather
To you and me together…
The lyrics do a great job of painting a picture with words: “I hear wind high in the trees / I see orange in the leaves…” I like the variety of instruments they field in this song, including chimes during a key transition, and what might be a dulcimer, mandolin or banjo during the bridge. I also really dig how the song turns a corner part way through, turning from sadness & loss to optimism & belief in the future, which is something I’m trying to achieve right now:
Downhill every seed must fall
Some will make it after all
And I’ll put on a sleeveless shirt and
I will wear a shorter skirt and
I’ll find saplings in the dirt!
I discovered Jennie Avila & Amy Torchia (a.k.a. Amy & Jennie) when I stumbled across a live performance of theirs at Longwood Gardens with my parents. I really loved (you’ll notice a theme on this blog) their vocal harmonies, the way Jennie’s earnest alto blended perfectly with Amy’s smiling soprano. Their music was always sweet, pretty and calming, even the bouncier numbers, and some of their songs were rather witty, such as their musical rendition of “Jabberwocky”.
I proceeded to buy all of their albums and attended at least a couple more of their shows with my folks. Here’s a photo of me (looking like a huge dork) posing with them at one of their last concerts at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA:
Sadly Amy was pregnant at that concert, and she announced she would be moving to Canada to raise her family and the band would be breaking up. (At least that’s how I remember it.)
Jennie Avila continues to make music, in fact this album is still available from her website, but the CDs are sold out! Only cassette tapes are still in stock! (The mp3 is not readily available from any electronic retailer AFAIK.) Unfortunately, in my opinion Jennie’s music just isn’t the same without Amy, they were a fantastic duo. (Here’s a friendly article about their last album, from 1996.) I have no idea what happened to Amy. I hope they are both doing well because they made some beautiful music that I still treasure.
I started a blog about music that I like that nobody has heard. Can you tell me whether my writing sucks? :)
Hackett’s Bike Generator
TURN THE RADIO ON by The Suburbs http://bit.ly/157XSFq
My band Wrong Side of Dawn just released a new music video for our song, “Baseball”! Watch me recite part of “Casey at the Bat” very dramatically at the end ;-)
St.Mary’s Fireworks Factory, Imqabba, Malta, Tower of Light 2013