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April 2, 2013

This other blog called Diva Devotee

Filed under: Music nerd discussion — Lauren @ 6:21 pm

Has a category called “Vocal Profile” which contains the range, description, & personal analyses of a whole slew of female vocalists, most of whom I have no interest in due to their chosen music genre, but there were a few I am familiar with.   The blogger has some spelling & punctuation problems, but the content itself is pretty interesting.

Alison Goldfrapp – the ethereal-sounding singer of Goldfrapp, which recorded “A&E.”

Kristin Chenoweth – I only knew of her from Pushing Daisies.   I don’t like her voice, but her entry is fascinating.   Lyric coloratura soprano?   Holy crap, what is that?

Gwen Stefani – I can’t STAND her voice.   But it was still an interesting analysis.

Lana Del Rey – I like her.   I didn’t consider her much of a singer.   But the profile sounds pretty serious!

Enya – I guess you can tell she’s got less than 2 octaves.



September 26, 2012

A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own

Filed under: Nostalgia — Lauren @ 11:25 pm

If there is anything that can get me out of a foul mood, it is Tom Petty.   While looking for various Tom Petty on YouTube, I revisited some of my favorites from Full Moon Fever.   It took a few tries to find my favorite posting of “A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own.”


May 7, 2012

Tired Of You

Filed under: Picks for Malo — Lauren @ 12:50 pm

The Foo Fighters, along with Dishwalla, Lifehouse, Robbie Williams, & Toad The Wet Sprocket, are one of those bands that can seem to do no wrong in my ears.   This is a gem from the One By One album.   Seems fitting for my Monday.

February 23, 2012

This Is Gonna Hurt

Filed under: First listens — Lauren @ 11:35 pm

This is what’s in my car right now.

Sixx AM is Nikki Sixx’s band, & it’s him plus DJ Ashba (whose name is actually “DJ;” he doesn’t use a turntable but actually plays guitar for Sixx Am as well as Guns n’ Roses) & a Simon Le Bon-looking dude named James Michael who apparently does everything in the band other than bass & lead guitar.


January 17, 2012

Gotye, Kimbra

Filed under: First listens,Picks for Malo — Lauren @ 5:48 pm

First, this.   Cool break up song.   There’s a cover in which the dude who sings the chorus has a cooler voice than his but overall I like this guy.   If you can get over his nipple in the beginning of the video it’s a pretty cool video as well.


December 30, 2011

Best cello string review ever

Filed under: Music nerd discussion — Lauren @ 1:24 am

A friend & I are recording a rather goth sounding original & in the shower today I added some cello licks to it in my head.  However, it’s time for new strings (& possibly a rehair, although I’m praying not because I don’t know any of the luthiers in town any more) & there are way more brands & styles available than I remember.  It’s proof that wisdom doesn’t always come with age.   I’m a noob all over again.

Certain brands sound familiar to me, like Pirastro &… ok, just Pirastro.   I recall I only ever used gut strings, but that was when I played constantly.   Being on a bit of a budget I’m not sure it would be worth it to drop $250 on a set of gut strings just to add some parts to a recording.

Or is it?


December 22, 2011


Filed under: Songs that get stuck in my head — Lauren @ 8:06 pm

Ok, I know I’ve been gone a long time.  I’m still here & I still have a ton of music-related crap to write down, but… but I’m just a slacker.   I think I’ve also done the OCD thing & overwhelmed myself by overthinking everything I think about writing, when really, I should just write it.

Anyway, I can’t remember how I discovered this band.   I ended up buying their CD, Seventh Tree, which contains a handful of songs that don’t engage me until the middle sometimes, but which engage me to the point where I can’t delete them off my playlist.

Mostly it has to do with singer Alison Goldfrapp’s very pretty vocals.   There are certain artists like Chris Daughtry & Leona Lewis that can make me love an uninteresting song simply because their voices engage me.   There are songs on this album that are like that – they would be boring except that the vocals just sound so… pretty.


April 21, 2011

The Civil Wars

Filed under: Picks for Malo,Songs that get stuck in my head — Lauren @ 3:01 pm

I’ve got this friend named Malo who, like O-Dogg, has turned me on to a lot of really good music that I would have never otherwise heard.   Every so often I hear something I know I’ve got to tell him about.   I figure I’ll tell you guys about it too.

In this case this is a song that O-Dogg posted on Facebook that I fell in love with, & decided to share with Malo.   The Civil Wars is a duo with one debut album out which I am expecting now any day in the mail.   Their single “Barton Hollow,” which is, according to customer reviews, the most exciting song on the album, got stuck pretty soundly in my head.   I love the fourths & fifths.    Love them.


January 22, 2011

It’s Not Really Like Riding A Bike

Filed under: I don't know — Lauren @ 1:56 am

When I was in 6th grade I decided to play cello.   The first time I heard the sound of 4 distinct musical parts played in harmony (violin, viola, cello, bass) I was hooked.   I never practiced playing cello.   It never felt like practice.   It was just that enjoyable for me.   In 8th grade I joined the high school orchestra & in 10th grade I joined the UH Symphony.   And then in college I discovered guitar.

I met a dude at a party & we hooked up; he turned out to be the bass player of a punk band.   We ended up renting out a house together (although the bass player & I did not remain an item) & I bought an Aria Pro II bass (Faith No More!) & ended up playing with a couple of guitarist friends in our lead singer’s living room every day after school.

And then one afternoon we were lying around the living room playing cds, & someone put Metallica’s Ride The Lightning on.   As soon as I heard “Fade To Black” I knew I wanted a 6 string.   I bought an electric blue Washburn Lyon (LA Guns!) the next day & sat down with the tablature.   I had it by the end of the week, along with a lot of missing finger skin.


December 14, 2010

On The Honolulu Symphony: an insider’s thoughts

Filed under: I wish I could play like that,Music nerd discussion — Lauren @ 8:26 pm
My post but not my writing.   A friend with close ties to the Symphony was sharing with me his views about the Symphony’s current situation & he made so much sense that I asked him to write it all down for me & let me post it on this blog.   The pictures were added by me for aesthetics.   Please feel free to discuss in the comments, but be warned that I will nazi any abuse or abject stupidity.   There’s enough of that out there already.

First off, I’d like to apologize. This is going to be a fairly long post. I have a lot of things to say about the recent demise of the Honolulu Symphony. Much of this is background information before actually getting into the question of what should we do in Honolulu.

After 110 years, the Honolulu Symphony has finally come to an end. For those of you who did not know of the problem, the Honolulu Symphony filed for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection about a year ago due to mounting debt. The other day, the federal courts approved a request from the Honolulu Symphony to transition from a Ch. 11 to Ch 7 liquidation.

I’ve read numerous articles over the past two or three years about the financial health and viability ofthe Honolulu Symphony, and taken the time to go through comments from time to time. Everyone seems to have an opinion and it seems that seems that a lot of people think the problem has clear cut and simple answers. Like everything else in life, there are many other factors at play that make the situation much more complicated. It’s not just as simple as saying management was bad, the business model was outdated, or something like, “if it can’t support itself then we don’t need it.” I’m not saying that I have the answers, but I’d like people to think a little more before making a snap decision or comments.


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