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Tomorrow or today

I woke up to the rumbling of distant thunder today!  It was the only thing in the world that could’ve saved such a dreary and gloomy morning, even if it stopped before I could get myself up and out of bed.  Then it rained poured down for hours on end, before the wind suddenly stopped and the weather cleared up late in the evening.  Just in time for the annual fireworks concert, too!

It was very nice indeed.

I`m currently listening to ‘Spiegel im spiegel’ and calming myself after a very long and strange day.  I don’t think I`m going to travel tomorrow anyway, because I haven’t really packed anything. And if the weather today is any hint, I don’t want to travel at all tomorrow.  ‘Tis a good thing I planned a day ahead, so I could do this!

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*yawns*

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Y’know, I`ve been talking a bit lately about going to Sweden to work, and moving to my uncles (plural, yes) nearby so I have a place to stay whilst working.  Well, this morning I got a message asking if I could come in early and start working right away, which would clash horribly with my plans to see my cousin tomorrow, not to mention attending the yearly (and very traditional to me) fireworks concert in town on Friday.  Naturally, I am not too pleased about this.  I haven’t even had time to pack anything, and getting there as early as Saturday was having high hopes!  Then I got the news that it’s because one of my uncles had a heart attack yesterday.  That’s why my other uncle can’t work, so they want me in.  I`m stuck.  Do I just throw everything into a bag, drop every plan (which I`ve been looking forwards to for several months!) and go right into a job I`m unprepared for, more than 4 hours away from here?  I really don’t want to be a bad person, but I can’t just do that!  And now my darling uncle is in the hospital, and I know the other one will be completely devastated, and his sister is my boss, and…  I really hate this.   My poor uncle!  =(

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I`m trying to plan out how I`m gonna go about my week now that I suddenly have everything happening all at once.   Visit from cousin, where to put her?  Music for the (half-royal) fireworks on Friday, where to stay then?  Traveling far east on Saturday or Sunday to obscure parts of the family, must pack for several weeks!  Start working on Monday or Tuesday?  Must do everything before the weekend, then.

I also need to shop for work clothes, get Wendy (my new iPhone) super-synched so I can still listen to music (and other types of audio) while abroad without Internet connection, aaaaand… I`m moving out from here.  Wait, I am NOT going to stress with that before I go work!  After, then.  One week of intense packing AFTER work, and then I`m out of here, on my own, unsure of where I`m gonna stay.           I hate uprooting.    And packing.

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It’s been less than ten weeks.  Less than TEN* short weeks, both an eternity and the single blink of an eye in the big picture.  So much has happened in this short amount of time,  all because of  one person  and it’s been somewhat of an avalanche of events.  I almost gave someone all the honor just now, but I can’t justifiably contribute everything that has happened to just one person, no matter how important he/she might`ve been to get things going.  That would be like obtaining a goal through hard work and then saying it was all God or Buddha or something.  Fuck no, most of it came from within yourself!  Why would you let someone else take that honor away from you?  I`m proud of what I`ve done lately, even if I had to let out parts of my inner self in uncomfortable ways now and then.  It’s the price to pay for moving forwards, according to some people.  I don’t easily agree with that kind of shit, I need some pretty solid proof first.  And it ain’t proof until I understand it for myself. And understanding, real understanding, can only be done by one person:  You.

So, uhm… yeah.   I have no idea where I was going with this tangent.

I guess I just needed to vent.  There’s a lot of energy happening these days.

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*berre neuf om tres dagar.

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This beautiful piece of music is currently the only thing keeping me sane. …-ish.

There’s no accounting for taste, I know.  But here you have it, my perfect track. Maybe I`ll change my mind in a few weeks, maybe in a few years. Who knows?  But right now, this (and most of the other tracks created by the same genius) is the musical incarnation of beauty to me.

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Okay, maybe I was supposed to post this a week ago.   Details, details.

So, what did I memorize  this  last week?

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When You are Old, by W.B. Yeats.

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When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

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I`m back to being stuck on movie music again.  I don’t think it’s going to last as long as it has previously, since my “normal” collection has expanded so much lately (due to some very good recommendations this year) and taken over my listening time.

 

‘Soundtracks’ would be the only genre I actually sort by.  When listening to my other stuff, I don’t care if it’s classical or R&B or hiphop or rock or trash.  I listen to what I want to listen to, and genre makes no difference in that regard. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.  But I just don’t care about what genre I`m listening to.  Unless all movie music would be its own genre, that is.  But hey, there’s a lot of difference there too!  I don’t like to mix Hans Zimmer with Alan Silvestri, for example.  Actually, I`m not sure if I like to mix any composer like that at all, now that I think about it.  Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams go well together, but since  that’s an intended co-operation, I`m not sure it counts. Because it’s Remote Control Productions.  It’s just different.

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As it is with nearly all composers, most of Alan Silvestri’s stuff sounds the same.  His use of beats and repetitive percussion and then the equally repetitive softer parts just gets a bit much sometimes.  That’s why I really liked the main theme from Captain America, he makes such a recognizable theme, impossible to confuse with other stuff of his!  Ah, but then he does the action-scene music, and it’s like listening to Van Helsing all over again.  Not bad at all, don’t get me wrong, I love that soundtrack as well, it just gets a bit boring after a while.  He goes a bit beyond what I`m used to hearing from him in the Avengers soundtrack, which is probably why I like it so much.  It’s just brilliant!

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I`m currently caught up in the epic that is this new Norwegian(!) composer who sounds a lot like Hans Zimmer.  My brain may have melted a little.  Pardon my meltdown, but this guy has made something so spectacular that I`m AMAZED that I had not even heard about it before now!   Just… listen!

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