Friday, February 08, 2019

Words and songs and words and songs of experience

 I want to listen to stupid people.  I want to listen to crazy people.  I want to listen to irrelevant people.
What I mean is that I want to bloody know something about something before I start to think I know anything.  Call it research.

My teachers promptly appeared, thank God:
Inscape, a short story by Yaa Gyasi, for Guernica
an essay by A. Igoni Barrett in The Guardian
I've built a bit of a reading list (my FOMO reading list) of contemporary literature mostly by Africans now in like their 30s, 40s.  Igoni's books, On Black Sisters' Street, and I haven't even read something called "White Teeth" that everybody has read.

I have good ears, yes, but I don't listen to my mother.  It's one minute, or ten minutes, or sometimes, rarely, an hour, and then I disappear to listen somewhere else - to The Guardian, to comedian Stephen Colbert's show, to musical artistes, and so on.

    If you like boring gist, this is me overanalyzing: oh, I see, what my mother is trying to say is that she's passionate about food preparation.
Ok.  I'll try to build on that knowledge next time instead of fleeing the scene when she starts to make small-talk with a complaint about some food or the other that she did not eat, not buy, not try because she suspects that it is bad or full of sugar or full of oil or full of overcooked oil or bad chemicals or fat or full of salt or dirty or not good or not well cooked or...

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

The things we used to want (to do, to be, to have?)

I found an old list of the one hundred most popular 43things
Yes, I had at least one of those goals on my own list: "Be happy" 
 It seems that you can do similar goal-tracking things on the DayZeroProject site. 
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

(very) good, better, best - my 2018 top music+video list

We'll start with the best:
Poverty Die (animated vid), by Olamide
Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae

The A**/A++ list:
It Runs Through Me by Tom Misch
Beyond by Leon Bridges

The A+ stuff:
Rocket by En Vogue
Your Father by M.I. and Dice Ailes

2013 - my A++ list
2014 - my top-five experiences
 - 2015 - my top five music+videos 
  - 2016 - my top five music + videos
    - 2017 - my top five music videos  
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