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20 April 2008 @ 09:46 am
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I have an interesting co-worker with, as it turns out, extremely limited knowledge of music. I was listening to Iron Maiden's "State of Mind' album. He asked to hear some. After listening for a few seconds, he commented, "Reminds me of Supertramp." Hahahahaha.

My musical listening activities have varied tremendously the last week. Really got into Bruckner. Listened to the 9th Symphony the other day. Very moving and spiritual. Musicologists have speculated that Bruckner was trying to approximate the sound of the organ in his orchestration. It really shows in this symphony. I could imagine hearing it in a great cathedral and being deeply affected by it.

On the other end of the spectrum, I've also been reacquainting myself with the Ramones, Radiohead and Iron Maiden. IM's Flight if Icarus is fantastic! The lyrics nicely encapsulate the myth. As to the Ramones, well..."Hey, ho, let's go...Blitzkrieg Bop!!"

My week was capped with the nastiest fight I've ever had with a woman. Makes me wonder what we'd be like if we actually ended up dating.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Genesis: Dodo/Lurker
Catnip: birditerininfinitum on April 21st, 2008 08:17 am (UTC)
I've heard of the Iron Maiden ensemble. Don't get the joke.

Never heard a Bruckner or Mahler symphony. But late one night I heard most of what I strongly suspect was a symphony by one of them.
I've heard that organ/orchestra idea, too. Quite true, methinks.

Nasty fight, eh? That could mean a few things, none good. Maybe it ended well, though?
letobelgarionletobelgarion on April 22nd, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Iron Maiden is a heavy metal ensemble. Supertramp was a 70's-80's pop/art rock group. It's like listening to Wagner and thinking it's Chopin.

A music student who has never worshipped, or for that matter, never even heard Mahler? WOW!!! At some level, that's refreshing.
Catnip: willowlakeiterininfinitum on April 22nd, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Wagner and Chopin. Hah, good analogy.

Keep meaning to actually listen to a symphony or something by Mahler, but never get around to it. Yeah, so many music students do seem to worship him.
Keep meaning to hear a Bruckner symphony, too.
letobelgarionletobelgarion on April 23rd, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I recommend the 9th to start. The Te Deum is also memorable. There is also a connection, as Bruckner considered adding the Te Deum as the 4th movement of the 9th Symphony.

As to Mahler, try the 4th.
Moose Fluffmoosefluff on April 21st, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
The very fact that you HAD a fight seems to show that it's a good thing you DIDN'T date. I will beat her for you, though, just to make you feel better.
letobelgarionletobelgarion on April 22nd, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha. You are a true friend and yes, you are right. It is a good thing we didn't date.
Catnip: interestingiterininfinitum on April 22nd, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes...how fitting, solving violence with more violence (you can't spell violence without "viol"...coincidence, I think NOT)!

But regardless, there are many reasons to fight. Every now and then I see random ads on my LJ for "Martial Arts Singles". Amusing concept. I imagine fighting and dating would be integrally intertwined in that kind of relationship?
Or some way to bond, perhaps? I don't know, never dated a martial artist before...
letobelgarionletobelgarion on April 23rd, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Hahahaha. There was no initial violence (except of the conversational variety). Moosefluff was, undoubtably going to beat her in a pun competition. Given the girls lack of English language skills, it will be a walkover.

I do know a married couple who both are into mixed martial arts and ultimate fighting. I didn't ask them, but I was thinking sex could be a full contact sport, at many levels.
Catnip: interestingiterininfinitum on April 23rd, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
Ah, so Moosefluff would 'pun'ish her severely. I see.

There's much I would say about ground fighting, core strength, stand-up, positional and situational training, submissions, and all manner of possible applications and connections. But, well...not necessary, just watching a fight really says more than words need to.