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|Posted on November 2, 2011 at 7:39 PM||comments (21)|
This week I've got a blog that's deeper than Nietzsche and Dostoevsky at the bottom of the Mariana Trench!
When I'm driving my friends to the pub or a gig, I'm also usually driving them up the wall with the latest bands and artists on my iPod. In fact, I've recently become so obsessed with the latest new music, I'll even check the release date before downloading a new album. For some bizarre and highly irrational reason, I seem to have arrived at the conclusion that when it's less than a year old, it's gold. This will often sway my thoughts away from buying an album from a band that's a couple of years old and, instead, towards a newer band, even if they're not as good. I also seem to have a tendency to forget about the 110 gigabytes of my existing music collection because of the 'moth to flame' enticement to new music that's out there.
This is where the Genius that is Rory Sutherland comes in. He is the CEO of a company called Ogilvy Group UK, a successful worldwide advertising company, and has an amazing outlook on the world. In the clip below he asks 'why do we always get drawn towards novelty, instead of celebrating the positives in what we've already got'. It's counter intuitive but I certainly see his point.
This got me thinking. Sometimes you just want a product to do what it was initially designed to do. A great example of this is my iPhone. It's great for playing Angry Birds but, by the time you've unlocked the screen, entered in your password, closed the app you were previously in, checked your contacts list, realised you don't have the number in your contacts list, entered the number in on the keypad and waited for the reception to reach anything that doesn't resemble a Fat Boy Slim remix, you've forgotten the reason you wanted to make the call in the first place. However, I believe I would've suited the 1920s much better. In fact, if you've seen me prancing around in one of my trilbies, you'll probably feel the same way.
Sutherland also mentions that often we're so focused on the engineer's solution of shortening the time it takes to get from 'A' to 'B' that we actually forget to enjoy the journey. What use is knocking 30 minutes off a 3 hour journey if it's still 2 and a half hours of time you wish you were somewhere else? After thinking a long time about my daily commute to work (especially whilst commuting in road work season), I now leave half an hour earlier, whack on some of my favourite tunes, drive a little less frenzied and arrive a little more contented. It's amazing how a calmer start to the day can create a calmer day all the way through.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it.
Finish listening to this awesome remix of Little Fluffy Clouds by The Orb, watch the video of Sutherland's speech and listen to a few of your favourite timeless classics on your next journey into work.
|Posted on October 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM||comments (2)|
When I first heard of Youtube, I thought it was another weapon against loose lady bags, I never thought it would become the home of home videos. However, as well as being the best site for finding shocked kittens, bigoted cheerleaders and overweight Star Wars enthusiasts (who genuinely believe they are Jedi) it's also a great place to find music videos. The music industry has always fought against this because it's impossible to get these websites to pay performance rights.
Of course, it didn't take long for the music industry to see sense and soon they were even uploading the music videos themselves. As the old saying goes, if you can't beat them, and you've tried the biggest weapon available, then it's probably time to take off your trousers, cover yourself in KY jelly and get stuck in (easier said than done when KY jelly is involved).
Youtube has not just changed the way the music industry works, it has also changed the world of covers. Never before has anyone been able to show the world their talents at the click of a video camera or mouse button. It's this which, actually, fascinates me most about the website. It's due to the ease in which one can upload these videos, that nowadays, you can actually judge how great a song is in a numerical form which genuinely means something to the fans and doesn't just mean greater profits for the labels. It a true accomplishment to be able to write a song which instantly inspires others to attempt to make it their own.
An example of a song which inspires thousands in this way is 'Paradise' by Coldplay. First of all, I would like to make you aware of the fact that, I am not usually a Coldplay fan. Frankly, I would ordinarily state that Chris Martin's dreary vocal tones would send me to sleep quicker than a pint of Rohypnol and the band itself has about as much personality as a sheet of cardboard with a smiley face drawn on it (see below, and I think you'll see my point):
However, this time the band has really done it. Their track 'Paradise' has inspired so many people, that I can no longer sit back and ignore the covers. The fact that this song can be simplified down to four notes (or chords) or can be as needlessly complex as the dialogue from The Matrix Trilogy and still sound amazing is a testament to the band.
Because of this, I have lovingly uploaded 4 of my favourite re-versions of this song for your pleasure. They range from a classical pianist's beautiful rendition of the song to an awesome dubstep remix (not the whole song because it's still a work in progress, but you get the idea anyway), and the best thing about all of these re-versions is that I don't have to watch Chris Martin as he attempts to come across as more messianic than that bloke who died for our sins (no, I don't mean Michael Jackson). Let's face it, I'm just jealous really. ENJOY!!!
|Posted on September 30, 2011 at 6:16 PM||comments (0)|
Whilst we're all waiting for the brand new podcast that's winging it's way to the interweb soon. I thought I'd give you guys a taster on what to expect. Check out these awesome tracks. I love all of these artists too much to put them in order, as they say in Canada, 'check them oot':
|Posted on September 26, 2011 at 6:15 PM||comments (2)|
Guess who just got entered into the ISC (International Songwriting Competition), yep, that'll be me!!! What gave it away? Was it the fact that it was written on a blog, on www.timparris.com? I'll bet your bottom dollar it was! If you want to hear the song I entered into the ISC, you can find Our White December on any of the music players on this website.
This week's video of the week is Gotye's (pronounced Goat-ee-yeah) Someone That I Used to Know. It's beautiful!