Archive for March, 2013

Mona Vale sunrise

Tuesday, 26 March, 2013

On Saturday I went out to a concert – the Sydney Symphony playing Carmina Burana – and so got home late. I wanted to get up early on Sunday to go photograph the sunrise (best time of year for it right now), but I was tired. So I decided not to set the alarm, but if I happened to wake up before 5:30, I’d get up and go out.

I slept solidly and when I woke up it was still dark. I turned to look at the clock… and it said 5:29.

So I got up and drove to Mona Vale, which is possibly my favourite beach and ocean baths for sunrises. It wasn’t a great sunrise, but I think it turned out to be worth it.

Muted fire

Monster of the Week

Thursday, 14 March, 2013

Oh my. How had I not heard of Monster of the Week before?!? A webcomic rendition of every episode of The X-Files? And it’s by Shaenon Garrity!! So you know (1) it’ll be good and (2) this isn’t a project that the writer will quit after a dozen strips.

Sign me up!

The band really is getting back together

Thursday, 7 March, 2013

So last year my friends and I finally got together and had a group practice session for our nascent band. We’ve scheduled a second session in a couple of weeks’ time and we’re learning our parts for our second song (I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers).

So at lunch today we were discussing various related things, like what name we should call our band, and what other songs we should stick on our list of easy songs to learn while we’re starting out. And we started to realise that all of our musical tastes have very little overlap. There were three of us there (out of five) with iPhones/iPads chock full of music, and we could not find even one song that all three of us had on our devices.

One of us would call out something like “The Beatles!” and another would go, “Yes, of course!” and the third would go, “I don’t have any Beatles”. And then someone said “R.E.M.” and one would say “Yes!” and the third would say “no”. And so on. Billy Joel. Beethoven. U2. Blur. Muse. Enya. Mozart. Sinatra. Everything we tried, at most two of us had.

And then there were the other two guys in the room, one who is mainly into prog rock, which none of the rest of us are, and the other… well, he listed some of his favourite artists, which included Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Chopin, Scriabin, and some Polish composer I’ve never heard of. This guy took eclectic, cut the ends off, threw away the middle, and glued the two ends together. Seriously.

So in trying to come up with a list of more songs we could start learning, everything that someone suggested, most of the others had never heard of. We were amazed by the fact that we’ve all been friends for years, yet there seems to be virtually no overlap at all between any of our musical tastes. And we’re trying to form a band.

The good thing is that we bring a huge variety of enormously different music into this project, and we will all be expanding our musical knowledge.