Friday, March 30, 2001
You know, it's really bothersome to me that the overall reaction to the recent wave of school violence is to look around for something to ban. Personally, I feel that fixing the sociopathic beliefs that fuel these tragedies by reinforcing to kids that life is precious and actions have consequences would have a much better long-term effect than not allowing a particular piece of pop music to be played. It's easier said than done, particularly by me since I don't have any children. You can bet, though, that when I DO have kids, my wife and I are going to do our best to instill a strong and rational moral code in them before they get to the point where they snap. (It helps that my wife has a psychology degree.)
Thursday, March 29, 2001
POEM-CEES/INTERSTELLAR/K'ALYN - 7:30-10:30pm
University of MD, Nyumburu Cultural Center
$7 ($5 FOR UMCP STUDENTS)
See the amazing beat-box routine! Thrill to "Sha Sha" and "Test"! Make them perform "Good Morning" and "The 180" for a change!
Wednesday, March 28, 2001
DAN'S RATING: GRREAT!
By the time I entered high school, I'd decided I had enough. My year of Hell had shown me who my true friends were and I decided that I was never again going to waste time and energy trying to impress someone. It was about this time that I started searching for music beyond what was played on Twin Cities radio. My brother, who had recently moved to Seattle for college, gave me a tape of an all-black rock band who were doing stuff that spoke to me much more than Poison, Bon Jovi, and the other hair-metal bands did. There was a strong funk-vibe underneath their tracks, along with a much richer singing voice and more aggressive, musical guitar solos. The album was Living Colour's Vivid. I ran around proclaiming its glory to anyone and everyone I met. Many were scornful. Few of my classmates wanted to believe that a black band could rock harder than their precious Def Leppard and Whitesnake. A year later, many of these same kids were running up to me and raving about this "brand new" band and their awesome song "Cult of Personality". I smugly reminded them that I had played the song for them over a year ago. My reputation as "the guy who knows everything about popular music was born. In a supremely ironic twist, many of the kids I'd been trying so hard to impress were suddenly trying to impress me. (This only lasted about three months, but it was an enormous confidence-booster.)
Since then, Living Colour has held a special place in my heart. I related to the band in a very personal way, partially because they were the "black band", but more because they were one of the bands I used to reinvent myself from "nerdy, wannabe popular junior high dork" to "nerdy but confident high school student who couldn't give a damn what you think". It's a subtle distinction, but without it I probably wouldn't have had the confidence to spend a summer abroad or move halfway across the country for college. I couldn't be happier that they're getting back together.
Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Monday, March 26, 2001
After this, I'll give a listen to Black Box Recorder's The Facts Of Life. I know I like the title track and "Weekend". Let's just see how the rest of the album stands up.