tea berry-blue (teaberryblue) wrote,
tea berry-blue

It's comin' down, brick by brick.

Uggh, I was so good about updating and now I've been so bad about updating. I need to start forcing myself to post every day again, don't I?

ANYWAY, I have bronchitis! But I also have codeine! But codeine means I can't drink :-( Boo, hiss. So I bought myself many fun things to make non-alcoholic drinks with, although it looks like my grocery store is out of tamarind soda. I am a little worried they've stopped carrying it because it looks like they only have Jarritos in pineapple, tutti fruitti, and orange, and tamarind soda is my favorite soda as it's not as sweet as most sodas and mixes well with rum. It's a little disappointing since same grocery store seems to have stopped carrying Fentimans, which is one of my favorite mixers. Grrr.

So, yes, bronchitis. Lots of liquids and soup and tea and soda and water and oh my god FLUID.

So, I've been listening to music a lot more since I got Spotify. You know, when I remember to put it on, which I...don't, always. But more. I actually have gotten to listen to songs I haven't heard in years and it's interesting how my perception of them does or does not match the actual recording. The songs I sing a lot have morphed in my head to sounding much more like my own interpretations of them which are deliberately not always like the original. Listening to Lamb's Gorecki, which was actually in the soundtrack for my junior year final project but which I don't think I've listened to much since then in spite of singing it in the shower constantly was like an epiphany! Nothing like I remembered it.

Recommend things for me to listen to. I have a hard time describing my likes and dislikes because I don't really care one whit about genre but I think I came up with a good explanation when trouserminnow asked which I think is that I like melodic songs with interesting instrumentation.

liret says I like creepy music. I think this is because I listen to a lot of songs that are in minor key. I don't like most of the music liret tells me to listen to, I think mostly because it is traditional folk music with tunes and lyrics that I find too predictable and not enough percussion or complexity in the arrangement (it always sounds a bit thin and reedy to me), but I love her anyway.

I like songs that tell stories with discrete beginnings, middles, and ends (regardless of whether there are lyrics). I like symphonic instrumentation and the use of surprising instruments (theremins, saws, kiddie toy instruments, calliopes, whatever), especially if they're incongruous with the genre of music.

As far as lyrics, I like complicated and poetic lyrics with surprising rhymes and patterns. I like puns and plays on words in my lyrics. Basically, I think I like music that challenges me. I'm not a passive listener most of the time; I listen to music actively in the sense that I can't just listen to music in the background if I'm doing something else; it tends to be the center of my focus, so it has to be the kind of thing that can hold my focus.

This probably sounds super pretentious at the moment so just a run-down of what I've listened to tonight: Cocteau Twins, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello (whom I always listen to), Buddy Holly, Bruce Springsteen, Lamb, Roy Orbison and Cat Stevens.

But I really listen to a dearth of new music and am not familiar with much from the past couple years unless it's pop music (although quizzicalsphinx recently recommended Fern Knight and I've quite liked her)

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