Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Unexpected off

I arrived at school today only to find out that this week's lessons were cancelled due to sickness. (Always the last to find out.) Too bad. Now that the other students there have a vacation I thought I'd take the opportunity to practice on one of the pianos there (as I would have less people to embarass myself in front of). Playing on a real piano is very different from playing on a cheap MIDI controller; the keys have a much greater sense of weight to them on a real piano.

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Having nothing better to do at the time, I went by the library and borrowed some Beatles stuff: a couple of CDs, sheet music (hopefully I'll get around to looking at it this time) and a book called Beatles In Their Own Words, basically a collection of quotes.

In any case, I've come to think that John Lennon was a bit of an asshole. How about this quote:
"People like me are always aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine... I always wondered, why has nobody discovered me?
In school, didn't they see that I'm cleverer than anybody in this school? That the teachers are stupid, too?"
-John Lennon
Sheesh, like everyone didn't go through that phase where we think we're geniuses (or genii, if you prefer that). As it turned out, he was damned good at writing songs, but I wouldn't call him a genius.

In truth, I think I look up to Paul a bit more, even though it would be more hip to idolize someone who's dead. Paul just seems more versatile, and a bit more subtle. I like subtle.

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I came to think of something when walking around in the library. It's almost as if I'm partly going backwards in time with regards to music; when I was younger I listened to a lot of 80's Bon Jovi due to interest by proxy (my brother being a fan), then Vangelis' earlier material ca. 1970, and now I'm on the 60's with the Beatles. And at the library I also borrowed a CD called Jazz 101, Introduction to Big Band Swing, the decision to borrow it surely inspired by the Swing Girls movie.

No doubt I'll be starting on the classics soon.

8 comments:

Ainu said...

You weren't the last one to find out!

Ainu said...

I've heard just a little bit of Vangelis, but I liked what I heard..

Jonas said...

"...In school, didn't they see that I'm cleverer than anybody in this school? ..."

Could he have been sarcastic? Shouldn't it be "MORE clever" and not "cleverER", which sounds pretty stupid to me. You know, sort of like a self irony thing.

I hear what you are saying about the piano being different than a midi. It's like acoustic and electric guitar. Two completely different beasts.

Swing Girls? Sounds like a porn movie to me. Cool that you're getting into that though. Swing Jazz is a part of rock n roll history you know.
Pretty soon you’ll be one of those artsy jazz types writing incomprehensible piano licks and songs in weird keys…like C# or something.

Jonas said...

As far as the Beatles go; I think John was the real talent in the group (or so I heard). Based on the work each of them did post-breakup. Anyway, why not idolize George Harrison? He was modest, laid back AND he’s dead. Personally I think Ringo looks cool.

Oh, and wasn’t John the one who said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus at one point? Seems like an arrogant thing to say but within context (in that era, young people probably were more into the Beatles than going to church) it seems pretty logical.

Perhaps fame got to his head but who can blame him? I’d do and say all sorts of crazy shit if I was famous..Hell, I say crazy shit all the time and I’m in no way famous

Ainu said...
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Ainu said...

Anki oli erittäin kiinnostunut!

Jonas said...

Who is this Anki-character? And *what* is she interested in?