Last night rocked. I got sidetracked from coming home when i ran into my Battle of the Bands cohort Kathe, and instead of just grabbing a bite to eat we went out to dinner, and then back to her place to listen to music for hours. We listening to some of her cds, we listened to the three-song mixdown of my demo, and then we listened to tracks from 20 of my recent favourite cds, 10 of which she really liked. I love my success ratio! Afterwards we got drunk and sang along really well to Tori, and then we watched Chasing Amy. I had forgotten how incredibly fucking miserable the movie makes me, and you’ll all have to make sure i never watch it again. Yeah. No rewards for the viewer. Well… except for when Ben Affleck lays one on Jason Lee. That was rewarding…
I’m one of those people that always whines about needless clutter on albums; does that piano really make sense there? Did they really need another backing vocalist? But, at the same time i wince when i hear extra goodies piled on for what seems to be just the sake of piling them on, i do appreciate when some spare instrumentation is used to really bring out the flavor of a track. I feel myself stuck somewhere inbetween … i can justify everything on “Under My Skin” as being warranted, but some of the fooling we did with “Never Say Goodbye” just feel like clutter on a good arrangement. What did i always envision for that song? Backing vocals, sure, but randomly strewn throughout the verses, or just on the chorus? And, is a piano totally unacceptable? At this point, of the two i’d say the piano fits better with the track … all i did tonight was decide what to keep from the vocals and piano – i’ll ultimately decide if either one gets used tomorrow.
Erm, if this is 90210 and i want to stay a virgin for a long time, does that make me Tori Spelling? And, didn’t she eventually lose it to someone before the run of the show was over? Also, did Tori Spelling ever hook up with Jenny Garth, because… um… well, i suppose that’d depend who the Jenny Garth of my life is. Hopefully they won’t have chipmunk teeth like she does…
How do you give up on someone who is in love with you? Shouldn’t that be enough? Or, to quote The Mexican, “When you’re in love, when is enough finally enough?”
Julia Roberts didn’t know the answer, but Brad Pitt got it right on the first try. Selina and I laughed so loud when we heard the question that i think we drew nasty looks from the other people in the theatre; it’s the kind of thing that’s only funny when it seems like the question is being asked right at you from the screen. I guess no one else there was being spoken to…
Well, i was going to post a public apology, but then it got lost to a shuffle of copy and pastes, so here’s the condensed version.
I slagged the new Patti Rothberg record on the 11th of January. I didn’t like it. Since then, i’ve grown to like it, but it’s my stance that i don’t reccomend albums that i don’t like on my first listen to the general public (though i still have kind words for them to fans), so i never updated my review.
This week Mr. Freddie Katz, Patti’s current guitarist and songwriting pal, found my site via Google and read my scathing review and my indictment of him as the fault behind why i didn’t like the album. He emailed me and basically pegged me as the kind of fan who isn’t. It hurt. But, it was true, because what i said hurt him, and as a member of the general public i shouldn’t have that right.
Whoever knew someone mildly famous might randomly search down their name on my website? Certainly not i. Anyhow, i replied to Freddie and apologized, and informed him that i quite like the record now, which is true. I honestly would have rather heard Patti produce herself, or play every guitar on the record again, but she’s the artist and he claims the record met her artistic vision … which is enough for me.
Anyhow, my best wishes to Patti and Freddie in the future. I’ll still be listening. I dunno if either of them ever want to talk to me again, though. I think what this all proves is that i’m a shithead… yep. In case you hadn’t figured it out already.
The aforementioned Biz Stone has a link to the movie site for Plan B, which happens to be the title of one of the most disarmingly entertaining books i’ve read in the past year. A cursory glance at the site would seem to indicate that it doesn’t have anything to do with the book, which sucks, because i was really hoping for a movie version of it! The book is essentially the story of five friends who are all about to turn 30 while still being totally miserable and unadult. One of them happens to be a movie star, and his cocaine addiction brings the five of them together for some arson, car accidents, fisticuffs in the middle of the road, and sex. Just pretend that Joey on Friends was slightly more intelligent and a much better actor, and then you might have an idea of the relationships all of the other characters have to each other. Anyhow, i was really excited for a second there. Also, Biz Stone seems to rock, so go read him.