D’Arline – The Civil Wars – “The Civil Wars” (2013)

Oct 28
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No signs of a reunion yet so I’ll just keep working through the two albums that I have at my disposal.


“Eulogy for A Rock Band” – Weezer – “Everything Will Be Alright in the End” (2014)

Oct 27
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They aren’t dead yet but they definitely need to gain a little momentum over the next album or two in order to guarantee that they don’t turn into a “nostalgia” act. I like the new album though. Nothing earth shattering though; sounds like the Weezer that most of us fans know and love.


“48 Roses” – Mariachi El Bronx – “Mariachi El Bronx” (2011)

Oct 24
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So here’s what I do on Thursday afternoons: I catch a two o’clock bus on Oneawa across The Pali transfer downtown and ride a second bus to campus. It takes about an hour and a half, counting the wait for the second bus, and then I hang out at the library (with Diamondhead in the background) catching up on reading, working on projects, and seeing how the Thursday NFL match up affects my fantasy football team. I then go to class, try to sponge as much as possible from the smart people that surround me, eat some dinner with my classmates, and hitch a ride back to the windward side with my nice friend Maria. I ain’t pretending, it’s not a bad way to spend the majority of my Thursday PM hours. I spend a big chunk of my inbound earbud inserted hours listening to Beyonce… no, I don’t, why would I do that, the latest survey says that only dummies listen to Ms. Knowles… and I show nugh ain’ bowt 2 be consyderationized ass noh dum dumn… kech all dat… shoots… don’t jugde me.

What I was trying to say is, I listen to TED talks during my journey to Thursday class. I love how there can be so many perspectives and interesting insights on so many topics whether the topic is seemingly narrow in scope or covers a big generalization about the human condition. (80’s hip hop fans, you’ve got to check out the talk on What Is Original? and how the Doug E. Fresh / Slick Rick classic has influenced practically every era of pop music since then). Yesterday, I listened to a fantastic TED hour entitled Framing The Story. One of the presenters included in this specific TED compilation was Andrew Stanton. You many not know the name but I’m willing to bet my bus pass that you know his work. He co-wrote all of the Toy Story movies and Monsters Inc. and co-directed Finding Nemo and WALL-E.

Stanton says a lot of profound things in his 19+ minute talk. He starts off with a joke, shares some of the secrets that have helped him to create blockbuster movies, reminisces about his childhood, and connects his life’s work with his personal beginnings. “Make them care” is part of his mantra for building a story that will engage people. But like so much stuff that I hear on TED Talks, and what makes the content of the series so engaging to me, you can apply this to anything and not just movies. “Make them care” about anything that is important to you and you have added meaning. After I watch or listen to someone such as Stanton, someone who has a notable level of fame or accomplishment, I usually head straight over to Wikipedia and look up that person, movie, album, etc. I did this with Stanton and I found this, his theme for WALL-E:

“What really interested me was the idea of the most human thing
in the universe being a machine because it has more interest in
finding out what the point of living is than actual people.”

I know what movie I’m re-watching tonight. I hope your Thursday was great and your Friday and weekend even better. When you need a time out from spoken word wisdom, give Mariachi El Bronx a spin. These guys are true genre busters and have a little something for everyone.

And finally, I was just kidding about Ms. Beyonce. The real dummies are the ones who wasted their time conducting that poll.