Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Day 242 – Road to Canaan

I was taking photos over the last few days at Yapa’s Shift This Conference 2010 and to finish off one of the evenings they had the band Road To Canaan playing for the kids. I got talking to their frontman Daniel after the gig and was really impressed by his passion for music. Its the reason I like taking photos of unsigned bands, the dedication they have to doing something they love, going beyond just jamming in their garages and getting up on a stage and putting so much energy into a gig even if the audience be a handful of conference kids at a private gig rather than 40,000 or so paying fans. Its a bit inspiring I guess, oh and they weren’t half bad either!

Quote of the day: “Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night”  – Terri Guillemets

Project 354 – 14th Sept 2010

Posted: September 14, 2010 in Project 365
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Day 226 – Music in Blue

The picture for today is my classmate Fred when we were sent out to experiment with external flash and bounce flash.

Quote of the day: “Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes” – Bill Cosby

Day 96 – Sad Songs Say So Much!

A fair percentage of today was spent listening to sad songs trying to achieve my pre-weekend-game objective (which I’m not about to explain!) and it just got me thinking of how listening to sad songs can make people feel better. The motivations are funny because I listen to them to get me purposely down!

But there are so many industries being created and supported by people composing and emersing themselves in songs and pieces that deal with the depression, agony, heartache, pain and suffering of human experience. And there are so many reasons given for the same. Is it because we feel better knowing there are others in a worse off state than us (i.e. the song’s author!), or that identifying with other’s pain gives us a sense that we are not alone in the world, that if our peers survive the same emotions we too can do the same. Or is it simply having a connection or communication with someone on any level, about any faucet of human experience.

Or could the reason be something entirely different? Do the words and music of sad songs connect with us on a level that excludes any emotional input, whether real or fictionalised on the part of the artist. Do the ‘minor falls’ have a psychological effect on us, or are they called ‘minor falls’ because it is what our psyche connects with at times of certain negative emotions? I’m sure music critics would be able to theorise on it much better than me, and I have no intention of doing any more research into it for the purposes of this blog considering time constraints!

Lastly I wonder does it actually help? Does listening to sad songs and intensifying the emotion almost push one through that emotion, as if one could exhaust something by feeling it in its extreme. I’ve often felt it could, that the answer could, in fact be, to push oneself through the pain by reliving the experience until it no longer has the same emotional impact. More would say that all that is needed is to think it through in silence, but of course that excludes musical influences. My own opinion is perhaps that works better for those with a better memory than mine!

Anyway quote of the day:

“When the day is long and the night the night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life
well hang on, Don’t let yourself go
’cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes”

– REM – Everybody Hurts

Day 88 – Painting on Silence

How excited am I to get my guitar back? VERY!!

Some musical thoughts:

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done

“Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues.  The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg:  I have it in my pocket” Henri Rabaud

“Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought” – E. Y. Harburg

“I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours.  But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places.  Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality.” – H.A. Overstreet

Music, when soft voices die
Vibrates in the memory

~Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings”  – Robert Benchley

“I’ve never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down” – Virgil Thompson

“In order to win you must be prepared to lose something. And leave one or two cards showing.” – Van Morrison

“People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.” – Robert A. Schumann

Day 54 – Here Come The Drums

For those of you who don’t know I come from quite a musical background!

In my youth (and childhood) I learnt the tin whistle for about 4 weeks. I played the keyboards for a few years and even won an award that meant I was called up to perform at a regional musical concert (well I got there to find that there were actually 2 Marie Keating’s and I wasn’t the one playing, they gave me an award in sympathy for their mistake!). I took a singing class at National school (we were all forced to sing a song every week or else – i think mine was always The Halls of Montezuma as far as I can remember). More recently I was one part (Sr. Mary) of the (in)famous ‘Srs. Mary, Petunia and The Pancakes’ band before I packed it all in for the photography. We would’ve made the big time if it weren’t for those pesky flippin Pancakes!

So I was heading home from Stanton library and for the second Friday in a row they have this Twilight Food Fair going on (yes including a pancake stall!) with free entertainment, hence the picture of the drum kit. I just thought what a fantastic way of spending a Friday afternoon, as I walked swiftly past for fear of being tempted by the pancakes! You still get that Friday-end-of-week buzz but with the freshness of the outdoors instead of  the inside of a pub.

Anyway I’m randomly talking crap about music and the food fair because i don’t want to think about the , OTHER, disturbing photo I took in North Sydney Square about 10 mins after that. Lets just saw if I didn’t see it with my own 2 eyes and have the photographic proof…! One best kept in the archives methinks (not deleted though in case the police need it for some sort of evidence later).

Quote of the day: “Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” – Saint Thomas Aquinas