June 2nd, 2010

iAm iSaid

Meme, Day 14!

Day 14 - A movie that no one would expect you to love
The Waterboy with Adam Sandler. I was semi-dismissive of it in 1998, but it's grown on me to being a comfort film now. "Don't hurt me!" The drunk cheerleaders. Fairuza Balk. Kathy Bates. "You can doo eet! You can doo eet all night long!" Captain Insano. The assistant guy you can't understand. "And I like Vicki Vallincourt and she likes me and she showed me her boobies and I like them too!" Hee.

Day 14 - Favorite male character
Not sure. Maybe Kermit.

Free writing, 5/28/2010

Having a chance to write at times I don't usually get to write, and stuff like this comes out:

Don't be portentous.

Or pretentious.

Don't try to sound epic. It'd be trying too hard to do so. Words don't have to be high-calorie. They don't have to be heavy-lifting. They can have weight, they can be fun, they can even frog-jump off the tongue like "obstreperous," but they can use room to breathe. They can use room to be.

Words are your friends. Be a friend to them. Imagine that they like being used: take "jape" off the word-shelf and polish it and use it somewhere. There's "jape," all excited about being activated and put in, shoulder-to-shoulder with a word to the left and a word to the right linked by sound and the eyesight of whomever winds up reading the sentence. Linked like a Hands Across America that worked!

There. You just made that word feel good. It'll get read. It'll do its job. If someone reads it in Braille, the word gets touched. Extra sensation in return! Even words like "good touch."

Music! Live and in person!

eustaciavye has asked people for the bands and musicians they've either A) seen or B) want to see before they die. I'll take part!

She suggested giving one-word reviews of each show, but I don't feel like doing that. I may do that later (and, maybe, add to the list of bands I want to see).

By the way, I love how eclectic this is.

The bands and musicians I’ve seen live (in no particular order):
Elton John (my first concert, unless you count Jesus Christ Superstar)
Tori Amos (twice, once as a free concert; other free concerts will be marked with an asterisk like this *)
Lilith Fair 1999 (Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Luscious Jackson, and more…even Sandra Bernhard singing lounge!)
Ani DiFranco
Sleater-Kinney (their final show! At least for now)
*Cowboy Junkies
S.J. “s00j“ Tucker
Tricky Pixie (Sooj, Betsy "stealthcello" Tinney, and Alec James Adams)
Oregon Symphony
Randy Newman
Kris Kristofferson
*Tears For Fears
*John Andrazik of Five For Fighting
*Dave Pirner
March Fourth Marching Band
The Trail Band (project by Marv and Rindy Ross of the 80s band Quarterflash: 19th-century instruments and songs from/inspired by the Oregon Trail era)
Richard Gilewitz
*Anna Nalick
*Suzanne Vega
The Thermals (opening for Sleater-Kinney)
Philip Glass’s live opera of La Belle et La Bete (music played and sung live to Cocteau’s 1946 film)
Stovokor (Klingon thrash metal band. I am not making this up. Hey, you can’t understand thrash metal even when it‘s in English, why not Klingon?)
The Punk Group
Logan Whitehurst (at a Dr. Demento lecture at Reed College)

Bands and musicians to see before I die:
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Mark Knopfler
Lyle Lovett
Regina Spektor
The Decemberists
The Killers
Gorillaz, or something by Damon Albarn
Amy Winehouse. Please, Ms. Winehouse, clean yourself up and figure out how to live in a way that’s not going to kill you.
Storm Large
Helle’s Belles (seriously. All-girl AC/DC tribute band out of Seattle, I think. I‘ve heard they‘re a BLAST.)

Had I compiled this 5 or so years ago I’d’ve said “Meat Loaf,” but I’ve heard how he sounds lately and it’s not pretty.