For You, Daddy!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Boy With The Dragon Tattoo(s)

So you met the dragon tattoo the last time. He has more. Dragon tattoos and other tattoos. But never mind those. Now, meet Bestie Boy.

 

Toasting his daddy at (his) Daddy's birthday do two months ago.

 

It is Bestie Boy’s birthday the day after tomorrow. Friday, the 17th of February.

One of our shared interests is music. Coincidentally, our favourite genres are Rock and Classical. I have formally studied the piano for 8 years beginning at the age of seven.  Bestie Boy played the drums in his teens and went for drum lessons at the age of nineteen. Today, he still plays the drums well and I cannot play the scale of ‘C’. Thank goodness, my life does not depend on it. Despite the short duration of formal training, Bestie Boy is far more knowledgeable about both genres – Rock and Classical music. “Well, I don’t hafta be great at something to enjoy it”, mutters the jealous one. Um, yes, me.

Earlier, I used to listen to heavy metal only when I was in an angry mood.  Below, I will paste our correspondence regarding my foray (for pleasure) into this often misunderstood and maligned subgroup of rock. 

Bestie Boys words will be in his favourite green and mine in brown.

Bestie Boy: I’m attaching two Moonsorrow song files. They are from an album called ‘Kivenkantaja’ (meaning ‘Stonebearer’ in Suomi) by a Finnish heavy metal band called Moonsorrow. Actually, this album is one of my favourites. It would definitely warrant inclusion on a ‘desert island discs’ list. 

Moonsorrow is probably one of my all-time favourite bands. They write epic, sweeping, majestic, long, soaring, musical sagas; exactly the kind of thing I love.  

I’m eager to hear what you think about the songs. Feel free to branch out into other Moonsorrow stuff, but I’ve chosen instrumentals because the vocals are usually very harsh and it’s a bit of a barrier for most people. 

 

Song: Tuulen Tytar     Artist: Moonsorrow     Album:  Kivenkantaja

 

Tuulen Tytar (track 5) is the best example of that ‘epic’ sound I just love. 

MeI like the opening piano trill and love the piano bits throughout. I’m not a fan of bagpipes, not right away at least. The bass creeping in at close to 2’ caught me off guard. Two minutes is a long time for it to show up. I love how the stage explodes with fireworks at almost 3 minutes. I enjoy monastic choir chants, so that was a nice interlude. I wasn’t fooled by the lull in pace and volume after that. My anticipation was rewarded when the bass burst back in. I’m with you on the ‘epic’ sound of this song.  

 

Song: Matkan Lopussa     Artist: Moonsorrow     Album:  Kivenkantaja

 

Bestie Boy: And the final track, Matkan Lopussa in this album is just a beautiful song. I’ve no idea what she’s singing about,

Me: I like Matkan Lopussa simply because it opens with soft, but noticeable bass strumming, and has a consistent heavy thump all through. When the chorus joined the lead female, it took me back to my concerts in music school. I just feel like twirling around the room, Vienna waltz style.

Bestie Boy: but I’ve never been one to care much for lyrics.

Me: Me, too! I just don’t notice them unless they’re hammered repeatedly like the chorus. But instruments? I pick up on little strings or pipes or drums doing their thing in the background. I know of people who don’t hear the instruments at all and pick up the lyrics very easily.

Bestie Boy: There’s something about both tracks that encapsulates a cold, ‘wintry’ feel. With most Moonsorrow songs, they have an ability to evoke strong images, which is a quality I admire greatly in music.

MeI did not read your comments before I listened to the songs closely because I did not want to be influenced by your opinions. I’ve added them here so that we could see how we enjoy the same music, but interpret it quite differently. I find that interesting because I used to think that there was only one way to “see” music. For me, it wasn’t cold or wintry, but soothing at times (prolly because of my familiarity with classical music) and vibrant at other times (the rock influences parts).

I really like the name Moonsorrow. I will name something after it; my next stray pet probably. 

 

Song: Weight of Wind     Artist: Borknagar     Album:  Epic

 

Bestie Boy: Also attaching a natty little instrumental by a Norwegian band called Borknagar that came on Jango (an online free ‘radio’ station) the other day. For some reason, that piano riff has stuck with me since I first heard it. 

Me: Love the Weight of Wind, too. A winner from the opening bar. The single synthesised whine promised an extravaganza. And it delivered! Deliberate, powerful, furious. The short, staccato drum rolls in the beginning were another nice touch. Pure rock (metal?) with generous splashes of Western classical and some sprinklings of Middle Eastern rhythm.

I never knew metal would sound this good. When I’m mad (as in angry), I play metal off the online genre specific stations, but those songs are just noisy. I can enjoy them only when in that foul mood, but these songs that you’ve sent just blow apart the image of metal that I had.  

Off the audio and onto some visuals.

This photograph from a few years earlier is one of my favourite pictures of Bestie Boy. Despite looking right into the camera, it is a very natural shot.

Warning: Display of skin ahead.

 

Bestie Boy is the inked one on the right. With Best Bud (from primary school days) when on holiday in China.

 

I like how tired he looks. So tired, he’s not concerned about slouching or not smiling for the camera.

Back to our chat about music.

Me: So why were you so keen on my Moonsorrow feedback? Did I win a prize to join you for their performance in Berlin?

Bestie Boy:  Well, Moonsorrow are probably my favourite band du jour, and even perhaps longer than just un jour, maybe of the year, the decade…. who knows. I just wanted to bounce some of their more accessible stuff off you and hear the response. When I say accessible, I mean, stuff without nasty rasping lyrics, which I find is usually the first barrier to (uninitiated) people’s enjoyment and understanding of metal. I’m glad to see it’s widened your views on metal.

As Gandhi* (probably) would’ve said himself, “To change one person’s perception is testament enough that the journey is worth making”.

Touché, Bestie Boy!

*That’s a little dig, if you will, at me because my e-mail signature is, no, not my blog URL (he..ck NO!), but this Gandhi quote:

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 

 
 


Thank you, The Book of Terrible  and mj monaghan  for commenting on my last post. Thank you, maze a dayPHOTOBOTOS.comThe Book of Terrible  and mj monaghan  for liking my last post.

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P.S.: Cheerful Monk adds a footnote to every post acknowledging those who comment on her previous post. She also links the commenters’ names back to their own blogs.

 I like both these practices of acknowledging the time and effort made to comment, and the free advertising! So I’m doing what I do well – being a copycat! 



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9 Comments »

  1. I loved this look inside your world! It’s a fun, creative place bubbling with magic and populated by people who adore you – and rightfully so!

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    Comment by The Hook — Thursday, 16 February 2012 @ 8:26 am |Reply

    • Somewhere in your fun, creative, bubbling, magical, populated comment is a compliment. As is woefully obvious, I’m not too good at accepting one gracefully. Thank you, Hook.

      Yes, I know I’m blessed to have certain people in my life. I don’t let them forget it either. That is why I cannot afford to blog any more frequently than I do. Deprive them of my drivel via e-mail? What kinda lousy friend would I be? 😉

      Kate

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      Comment by For you, Daddy! — Thursday, 16 February 2012 @ 10:34 am |Reply

  2. Greetings Kate,

    I glanced through this post yesterday, but left no hint of having been here because I wanted to circle back and really check out your links,etc. Tell Beasty boy “happy birthday” for me tomorrow. Like you, I have a few platonic male friends. Some people don’t think it possible for the genders to relate without sex. I never understood why. I couldn’t imagine my long term and honest friendships being limited to women only. I also like that you adopt the stray critters that cross your path. I think most of the animals I’ve ever owned were strays of some sort. I could never turn them away, it seems. So kudos to you for your abundant kindness.

    I don’t know why I was thinking when I visited yesterday that there was a soundtrack for “Moonstuck” embed into your post. I’ll have to surf YouTube to see if they’re there, as you have me curious now. I am really more of a classic rock, oldies, and/or sometimes country music fan. But it is always nice to check out new adventures. From experience, I’ve stumbled across a lot of music that I might not have enjoyed, had it not been through the recommendation of others.

    Congrats on having lasted through 8 years of piano lessons. I love the piano and used to love to hear my mother playing “Moonlight Serenade”. I would stop whatever I was doing to listen to her fill the room with the delightful sounds of that particular piece and even now, when it is played, I take pause and think of Mom, may she RIP. For whatever reason, I could never play an instrument or sing. I used to sing along to the radio when I wanted my X to up the volume when we were in the car. It was my way of avoiding a fight. LOL. I’d sing, he’d turn up the volume to block me out, then I could shut up and enjoy the music . . . pretty slick,huh? Whatever works (peacefully).

    I enjoyed reading about your conversation with Beastie Boy. He is lucky to have you as a friend. TTYS, Marcy 🙂

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    Comment by orples — Thursday, 16 February 2012 @ 1:38 pm |Reply

    • >Tell Beasty boy “happy birthday” for me tomorrow.
      – Thanks, Marcy! I sent him an e-mail right away with your wish. He was away on work and has only just replied to acknowledge your wishes.

      I’ve PMed (Private Message/Personal Mail) you with his response because I’m afraid something might prompt him to Google his madness and he might ….. ARRRGH! … discover this blog! Can’t risk that. Whew.

      Thank you very much for the birthday wish, Marcy. Life is made up of little thoughtful gestures like this and every little thing adds up.

      Kate

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      Comment by For you, Daddy! — Monday, 5 March 2012 @ 7:36 am |Reply

  3. Hello Marcy,

    It is reassuring to see that your comments are as lengthy as mine. 🙂

    >Like you, I have a few platonic male friends. Some people don’t think it possible for the genders to relate without sex. I never understood why. I couldn’t imagine my long term and honest friendships being limited to women only.
    – I have 5 other very good male friends who are either married or single. Our friendship goes back decades, much before their spouses came on the scene. At least one evening a year, groups from each phase hang out without spouses and littles in tow, just to re-live the good ol’ days.

    Gal pals and homies are part of the Life Pyramid. (Think Food Pyramid.)

    >I also like that you adopt the stray critters that cross your path.
    – I learned that from my daddy and mummy! All our pets that I remember (rabbits, squirrels, pet chickens, white mice, birds, tortoises, a sea-horse and of course, the staple cats and dogs) were rejected by their original families or allowed to “walk into the house”. The only creatures we bought were the fish.

    >I think most of the animals I’ve ever owned were strays of some sort. I could never turn them away, it seems. So kudos to you for your abundant kindness.
    – It’s not hard at all for me. Today, I have two of the, uh, fugliest stray cats. The poor things were abandoned because they really do look ugly. But below the unpleasant coloured fur and u-g-l-y (they can understand, you know?) faces are cats. Plain and simple. I’m a bigger dog person, but they require more time, which I don’t have.

    >I don’t know why I was thinking when I visited yesterday that there was a soundtrack for “Moonstuck” embed into your post. I’ll have to surf YouTube to see if they’re there, as you have me curious now.
    – I don’t know the tune and all that comes to mind is Cher. 🙂 Yes, do enter the name of the song and artist and … go over the moon!

    >Congrats on having lasted through 8 years of piano lessons.
    – Fortunately, it was a mostly pleasant experience. Except having to start my day with scales practices. (Groan!) Today, I’m glad Dad and Mum didn’t succumb to my whining. I think I have a little better appreciation of life because of that knowledge.

    >I love the piano and used to love to hear my mother playing “Moonlight Serenade”. I would stop whatever I was doing to listen to her fill the room with the delightful sounds of that particular piece and even now, when it is played, I take pause and think of Mom, may she RIP.
    – Said a wee prayer for your mummy, too. This is especially for you, Marcy, from Mom via YouTube.

    One of Dad’s favourite tunes was ‘The Merry Widow Waltz’. When I spoke to Mum the first time after I got that news of Dad’s demise (I was in the mountains of China and unreachable for three days after he died), I reminded her of this piece and I told her, “Now you’ve got to be a merry widow because that’s what Daddy would want. “ She managed a teeny tiny laugh.

    >For whatever reason, I could never play an instrument or sing.
    – But look at you now! Lighting up lives all over the world with your word and pictures!

    > I’d sing, he’d turn up the volume to block me out, then I could shut up and enjoy the music . . . pretty slick,huh? Whatever works (peacefully).
    – What a nice compromise!

    >I enjoyed reading about your conversation with Beastie Boy.
    – Actually, it’s Bestie Boy. (No ‘a’.) It is a play on Beastie Boys. They were a group I enjoyed, and Bestie Boy is my best guy friend.

    >He is lucky to have you as a friend.
    – It works both ways.

    Kate

    P.S.: Oh look! I managed another post-like response! Hee hee!

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    Comment by For you, Daddy! — Thursday, 16 February 2012 @ 10:22 pm |Reply

  4. Another glimpse into “Kate-World” takes us down a musical, magical mystery tour (like the Beatles!). Great to see you open to all types of music. I like a little jazz and blues as well as the normal rock, classic rock, show tunes, and rap/hip hop, and throw in some CCM for good measure, of course.

    It’s always a privilege to be taken in on your flying saucer to the exotic planet! Enjoyed this post, my friend. 🙂

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    Comment by mj monaghan — Friday, 17 February 2012 @ 1:05 am |Reply

    • >Great to see you open to all types of music.
      – I enjoy all kinds of music. (I even came to tolerate enjoy Chinese opera during my time there.) The “type” of music I listen to depends on the setting.

      Oh, I also like the sound of my own voice. If you hadn’t already noticed the amount I blab.

      >I like a little jazz and blues
      – When I’m having a sit-down good time.

      >as well as the normal rock, classic rock, show tunes,
      – When I’m on a dance floor or doing chores around the house.

      >and rap/hip hop,
      – On the floor. (To be sung to the tune of J.Lo’s ‘On The Floor’.)

      >and throw in some CCM for good measure, of course.
      – I rarely listen to CCM at home. But I sing in the choir every Sunday. And I sang the Responsorial Psalm (solo) for Midnight Mass this past Christmas. Can I have my halo back now, please? 😉

      I listen to Country at Sunday lunch and Classical at Sunday dinner. Just like Daddy and Mummy did when I was growing up.

      >It’s always a privilege to be taken in on your flying saucer to the exotic planet!
      I’m privileged that you feel that way, mj. Planet mj is no dusty rock; it’s a pretty bling-y one, too. Which is why I’m a regular lurker and sometime open-my-mouth-er on your e-Rock From The Sun.

      Kate

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      Comment by For you, Daddy! — Friday, 17 February 2012 @ 2:23 am |Reply

      • All I can say, Kate, is you have the wittiest, most charming comments. Ever! Love to get them on my blog and to read them on your blog!

        Hmm, country at lunch and classical at dinner – sounds like a blog post to explain the reason for those two types of music. Very interesting to me.

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        Comment by mj monaghan — Sunday, 19 February 2012 @ 2:54 am

      • >All I can say, Kate, is you have the wittiest, most charming comments. Ever! Love to get them on my blog and to read them on your blog!
        – Even those comments when I drone on and on and on and make a post outta it?

        Oh, and thank you kindly. (See? I still suck at the graceful compliment acceptance.)

        >Hmm, country at lunch and classical at dinner – sounds like a blog post to explain the reason for those two types of music. Very interesting to me.
        – That’s just what Dad and Mum did in my childhood. Since you said this, I asked Mum why and she shrugged. (She’d probably forgotten why.) I prodded and the gist of her response was something like this. “Sundays were(/still are) family days. These genres fed(/feed) our souls and are soothing.”

        Can ya believe it, mj? I responded to a comment with a comment; not a post! Yaay!

        Kate

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        Comment by For you, Daddy! — Sunday, 19 February 2012 @ 3:36 am


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