• After summer

    Ago 5 2012, 20:44

    Hey guys!
    Summer's over and I'm reading for the 4 (!) exams I failed last year. It comes right back and bites me, doesn't it.
    The other day, I were looking through my YouTube favorites and playlists, when I found this video, originally made by some girl nicknamed dietcokewithcherry. It's been in my "good" playlist for years, and she performs the song "Call It Off" beautifully. Then I did something I never did before; I looked up the original song. Apparently, it's made by Tegan and Sara.
    And when I heard them sing, a feeling of euphoria went through me. So beautifully sung!
    I felt as though I could place my own thoughts and feelings in the lyrics. This song really blew me away!
    Tegan and Sara - Call it Off
    I checked out some of their other songs, and they are kinda awesome. Certainly something I'm going to dig deeper into.

    Other than that, a new semester is about to begin. After my 4 exams, of course!
    And hey! My tattoos are all done now. Check 'em out!

  • What turns up in the dark [...]

    Feb 1 2012, 4:19

    Woo, another journal entry! And a new tattoo. And then another one!

    Recently got two new tattoos. They are both based on a skull-lady design. I'm so happy with the outcome! Pictures attached at the bottom. They'll get coloured in a few weeks.

    So, music. I haven't listened much to Björk lately, strange enough. Seems like I'm too concentrated on school to let my mind float around.
    A few days ago, I "found" a band I liked: The New Pornographers. Or I didn't really find them, I just rediscovered them. To be precise their song Crash Years. Continued listening through their album Together, then I heard Valkyrie in the Roller Disco and were simply blown away. Such a beautiful song! The album is overall very good IMHO, but that song just made my day.

    Other than that, I've been listening a bit to The Police and Leonard Cohen. Duh, got to have some variation.

    I haven't really "trawled" for music in a long time. Should do so soon. Maybe pick up a new genre or something.

    Until next time, Get Ink'd! :)

  • An update on music and/is my life

    Gen 4 2012, 12:51

    Hey guys! Thought I'd give you a little update on how things are working out for me.

    I'll start with my life in general, and then move on to what you really want to hear about, music.

    It's a new year! Hooray! For me, it started as good as I could hope for. I were at a party with some old friends. There was also the girl I've been lusting after for three and a half years. Our relationship has seen both hate and friendly intimateness, and everything in between. It has kinda gone back and forth. To get to the point, we hugged right after the switch to 2012, and that really warmed my heart. Though, I don't think there will ever be, nor have there ever been, romance between us. That might even be the best for us. But that's not all that's on my mind.

    In October 2011, I got my first tattoo; a fairly large dragon on my right leg. Turned out really nice. Those of you who have tattoos probably know how it is: You get thirsty for more! So January 23rd, I'm getting my second tattoo. It will be kind of a combined woman/skull with leaves and sort of a column beneath. This will all be on the underside of my left arm. The tattoo artist is very professional, so I'm not worried at all about the result; but I am really, really excited!

    Other than that, life is as usual. In Kragerø now for christmas and New Year's Eve. Can't wait to get back to Trondheim and see my friends again! And, of course, there are more parties there. But enough about this 'life' stuff, let's talk about music!

    Since my last journal entry, my music taste haven't changed much. Still listen passionately to Björk. As a matter of fact, I fear I'm listening too much to her. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Occasionally, I listen to Patrick Wolf. I find his songs highly packed with meaning and message, as opposed to regular pop music. As I've been stuck in this Björk-Sigur Ros universe for so long now, I wish to move my taste in a new direction. I'm thinking maybe a little more goth rock. So, naturally, I started with Evanescence! Listening to their 2011 album now. Definitely lovable! But I don't get the same feeling of passion as I get with Björk. But that's how I started with her, too. There was only this one song, The Dull Flame of Desire that caught my feelings. Gradually, it infiltrated me. It's been a wonderful experience, but as you all know, it's not good to be passive. Always gotta move on.

    A thought hit me yesterday: I adore listening to music, but do I love making music? I couldn't answer. I've played the violin, the piano, the guitar and different other instruments, but still, I had no answer. I'm bringing my guitar with me to Trondheim this time, so maybe I'll find out.

    As I mentioned, I'm listening to Evanescence right now. Not all of their songs appeal to me, but I've found that if I force myself to listen to them, I'll eventually start liking the sound. It's like the subconscious mind works with the sound and rewires my brain to make me like it. I can also state that musical taste lies very close to mental state. Like if I'm down, I prefer listening to one kind of music, and if I'm 'up' and have a surplus of energy, like now, I prefer another. Namely, energetic music. I think the 'goth' part lies deeper in my mind, and I don't know how to explore that area!

    I find these phenomena extremely interesting. If you have any references to papers/studies on the subject, please let me know in the comments!

    I guess that's about it for this journal entry. So long everybody, and a Happy New Year!
  • My first journal entry!

    Nov 5 2011, 15:20

    Hey guys!

    So I thought I'd write a little something here, it's been so empty for the last four years. :P

    In my younger years, most of the music I listened to were Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Herman's Hermits and 60's in general. Mostly because those were the only kind of CD's we had in our house. There were some pop music too, but I weren't too fond of those.

    When I first joined last.fm, I believe I were listening a lot to Within Temptation. I was like 15 years old, and so I were in my "rebel stage". You know, metal, hard rock, that kind of stuff. I remember I listened to some industrial, too.

    Within Temptation followed me for a few years; I really loved them, and I still do to some extent. But my music taste changed. I were never really into goth rock, but during these years some goth bands caught my attention. Most notably Nightwish.

    By the time I reached 18, I had come across a webcomic called "Questionable Content". It's this awesome comic about an indie rocker dude and his crazy roommate, Faye. That's how I were introduced to indie rock, which is pretty much my favourite kind of music these days.

    In the beginning of my "indie days", I didn't really know a lot of bands. I just surfed around and listened to some bands other guys recommended. Eventually, I discovered Björk, and I fell completely in love with her style! Her song "Dull Flame of Desire" really touched me. Whenever I listened to it in bed, I'd lay there and think crazy thoughts I'd never imagine my head could contain. It was merely a spiritual experience. Like, mind-expanding.

    These days, I have broadened my horizon a little. Somewhat more from the old days, like goth rock and a little pop sometimes.

    I feel the music I listen to at a given time largely reflects my mood. E.g. when listening to indie rock, I know I'm not going to be very "socially oriented" that day. When listening to goth rock, I feel really ravenous. And get me some techno/pop, and I'm in the mood for a party!
    I don't know what comes first, though: The music or the mood. Nevertheless, I feel I can't live without music. It's become an integral part of me, and it'll probably always be.

    I regard myself as a tolerant person when it comes to music. Even though I have laid out my main directions in music genres here, I have listened to and liked a lot of more uncategorizable music too, like Cranberries, Kaizers Orchestra etc.

    Oh, and I almost forgot: I've always had a weak spot for classical music. In particular Tsjajkovskij. Also meta-classical music like Charles Aznavour. And NOTHING beats listening to those guys on LP!

    Best regards,