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13 December 2007 @ 10:23 am
New SPN day finally, and the usual randomness  
Looking forward to a new Supernatural, which I hope will be written by one of SPN's usual writers and not one of the S3 newbies. *crosses fingers*

Pushing Daisies: Okay, definitely missed an episode and will be visiting Torrent. For last night, "I have not un-deaded you now or at any other time" is one of the most bizarre comments ever taken out of context. So, did anyone else think that the Wish-a-Wish lady looked a teensy bit like our own anteka? Though I don't think even PWT would have melted that rotten kid's veneer of angry. There, I said it-- chronic illness is a terrible thing, but somehow I don't think that boy was ever anything but dreadful.

Led Zeppelin: Christopher has the broadest musical tastes of anyone in the family-- he's happy with anything but Disco/Pop, including C&W (ack!), rap (I'm good with fusion like Beck, but otherwise No), and 50's stuff (a little goes a long way for me, depending). He likes classical and jazz, he likes the hardcore rock and 60's stuff and grunge and alternative that I like. Recently, he's come to think Led Zeppelin is the be-all-end-all, which I cannot disagree with. ;)

I wasn't that familiar with the broad spectrum of LZ until moving to Sacramento, where a station used to run "The Led Zeppelin Power Hour" every week. That's where I discovered 'Dancing Days' (should annoy the heck out of me, but does not) and 'When The Levee Breaks' (wars with 'Whole Lotta Love' for fave LZ song ever), and all the earlier stuff. Now I've got virtually all the albums on CD. And yes, I've made my peace with Robert Plant's voice-- that was a biggie.

Raves: The LZ version of 'In My Time Of Dying' is INCREDIBLE. When I realized last year which song that was, I went in search of other covers (it's a standard) and... meh. My god, there's practically no melody in any of the other versions-- and the slide-guitar just makes the LZ version. I have similar suspicions about 'When The Levee Breaks' vs. the original-- Must track that one down.

Not-raves: My former brother-in-law, Jeff, was in a band years ago. I asked what they were working on, and he said, 'Black Dog.'
Me: 'Black Dog'? Which one is that? *digs out disc and listens*
Me: Oh. That one's really hard!
Jeff: Yeah. I guess the fact that the original band couldn't play it should have been a warning to us not to try it.

And he's right. The majority of the song goes well, but there are parts of the bridge sections that are just this drift where the drummer and Jimmy Page do not agree on the principal rhythm. You get this effect of everything going along all right in the verse, then mid-bridge there's this "chucka chucka murky mud cats-fighting-in-a-closet *flail* door-bursts-open SYNCH! chucka chucka."

I've listened to it again and again, and I really can't say which of them should be "winning" the argument over how that section goes. Just that, speaking as a musician myself... the rhythm clearly degenerates into mystery, and they should have practiced that at least 20 times more before recording it.

My Office: We work with many East Indians, which is a challenge when the names get really multi-syllabic. Over 4 syllables, and I have trouble getting a fix on the name. However, the person in our office who has Kl posted as his last name? I think that's going a little too far in the other direction. Dude, list your actual name. Make us work for it! Unless that's his Klingon name, but I don't think so.


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poisontaster on December 16th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Did you notice that the bitter wheelchair kid from Pushing Daisies was Michael, from SPN's Something Wicked? I recognized his VOICE, of all things. *laughs*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on December 16th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
You're kidding. As in, Michael the kid who asked "King or two Queens?" and when Dean said "Two Queens" said, "Yeah, right."

Is that Michael? He looked tons older here. Well also, kind of ashen and bitter and mean. ;)
poisontaster on December 16th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
YES. That Michael. He does look a lot older. But he's at that age, you know? I'm sure he looks different every six months.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 17th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Wow. You've got a good ear, if you picked his voice out when he looks so different!

My husband is the king of identifying people from their commercial voiceovers. Tragically, about half the time it's Peter Coyote (and my husband has a vague hatred for him), but still. What a talent!

I usually have to close my eyes to block out all the visual in order to focus on the voice. I'm good at identifying them also, but... not in your league! :D