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17 March 2008 @ 06:10 pm
Blogging Where I've Rarely Blogged Before...  
This is the follow-up to that meme-thingy, where people offer topics for you to blog on that you otherwise likely would not.

For gatheringlight, who had entirely evil reasons for asking about this one, the last CD I bought:

I actually bought two at the same time, and will blather accordingly.

First, Boston (the title album by Boston with the spaceship on the cover). Given that you can download individual songs for a reasonable fee these days, I don't know why I didn't just download Side One! That's the only Boston my husband and I have ever liked-- thick, fantastic, sound with boiling guitars (I used that in an SPN drabble once, because it's true) on all three of the Side One songs. Side Two is "meh," and the song "Amanda" seems like a less-exciting mutation of "Peace Of Mind."

Second, Aerosmith's Greatest Hits. *Sigh* THIS was a missed individual download opportunity, definitely. One of my first must-have songs was "Dream On"-- a boyfriend finally gave me his jukebox copy of it on a 45 LP! I used to play it over and over, even though 45s are a pain in the butt. I also like "Walk This Way," and lurve "Sweet Emotion" (mainly the guitar chorus sound effect, dah-dah-dah-SCHWOOP--duh, duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh, dah-dah-dah-SCHWOOP--duh, duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh, with a nice syncopated rhythm). Guitar Hero 2 introduced me to "Last Child," and I thought, "Hey, what if there's all this undiscovered Aerosmith music I might really like?"

You know-- as happened with all the Led Zeppelin albums I bought years ago.

Except, NO. Track One is okay (but I can't remember its name!), and I can tolerate "Rag Doll." But I kind of hate "Love In An Elevator," and I SERIOUSLY HATE "Angel," which as I mentioned weeks ago I've been hearing on the gym radio and had always assumed was by some hair band. Gah!

So in fact, I should have just downloaded the four Aerosmith songs I actually like.

And? I'm afraid to listen to the second of the two discs!

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For lampshade_days, my thoughts on country music-- which you should totally skip if you are a fan of that genre :

Okay... The two-second version is that I hate country music. HATE it. Always have.

I can't tolerate the basic sound of it at all-- neither the twanging guitars nor the caterwauling guitars. Most songs pretty much sound the same to me, as the style tends to override the melody (much the same as hip-hop/rap, which I also don't like).

In general, though, it's also true that I hate nasal singing and voices with a passion. About the only nasal things I can tolerate are oboes and English horns, but otherwise that type of sound drives me nuts. Case in point: I can't stand Alanis Morrisette, and I wonder if that would be true if she didn't sing through her nose so aggressively? My. God.

I occasionally like music that is on the borderline between country and something else. I like Chris Isaak, whose three earlier albums were more Rockabilly-oriented. I've actually knowingly bought k.d. lang albums that had country music on them, because her voice is incredible and for her I'm willing to consider it. We have some Cowboy Junkies albums (though their stuff really does all sound like the same song). However, Johnny Cash is too far over the line for me (my husband likes him, though). Similarly, there's some alternative music that is kind of rap/rock fusion that I like (Beck is a case in point).

And really, I don't care for the culture much-- not the clothes, not the "old-fashioned male/female relationships," none of it. I'm going to stop there before I start offending anyone!

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For aeroport_art, my "type" in men:

I notice good-looking men the same as anyone, and the "ideal" body-type for me tends to be lean and muscled (Season One Sam Winchester, Wentworth Miller). And I tend to like the longer hair on guys rather than shorter, hair, though mostly I like what looks best on them (which is stubble for Went and long hair with bangs for Sam, and Season One Dean hair).

I totally miss the 70s, when men wore tight jeans and short-shorts. Because the baggy cargo shorts and crap are really unflattering. Case in point: we'd never even KNOW that Jensen has a great ass if he only ever dressed like Dean does. So disappointing.

But, this is only the physical part. So, assuming that a guy is nice-looking, while I'll notice other kinds of men on a sexual/hormonal level (Hello, Dean Winchester! Hello Dominic Purcell!), the type that's fatally attractive to me is... sweet.

Not doormat sweet (ideally not), but kind and thoughtful and unable to keep from being so.

Also, smart, good-sense of humor, good hygiene, non-materialistic are all ideal qualities for me, and low-to-moderate intensity in personality.

In other words, my husband!

And not someone like Jared, who although kind and funny and attractive and smart and sweet, comes off as incredibly high-intensity.

I once had a platonic friend in college that I could only spend a few hours with at a time, and then would have to get some separation. He was so intense that it just wore me down to be around him for too long. Basically, I had to recharge the batteries before I could deal with him again. :0

There was also this guy in Illinois that kept wanting to go out with me, and I had NO interest in him whatsoever. But apart from that, after about 5-10 minutes around him I was exhausted. He was stimulus-overload in human form.

I.e., my freakish personality traits did not overlap well with his.

So, more than any of you ever wanted to know, right? Although, no discussions of kids, biking, hedgehogs or household chores. ;)


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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
The sad part is that, after stumbling on the "Led Zeppeling Power Hour" on radio back 20 years ago, and buying a bunch of Led Zeppelin CDs, I discovered all this great music of theirs that I loved!

And then with the Aerosmith, it was everything I ever feared in buying songs I haven't heard before.

Except that "Angel" was insult-by-ambush, and I almost feel that Stephen Tyler should be made to burn his spandex pants for foisting that one off onto the airwaves. SO much hatred.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
And 'Love in an Elevator'
I can't decide if I hate the sound of that one, or just mostly the male sense of "entitlement" it celebrates.

and 'I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing'
Hah! I don't even know that one! *is safe for now* *so long as I don't listen to any but those five songs*
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
HOW?! I've been assaulted by it on a regular basis since 'Armageddon' came out! *shudders*

I'm picky about radio. I used to listen to stations that mostly played alternative rock and grunge (yay grunge!). But when they started to play alterna-pop and then just pop, that was it. The radio's been off for the better part of a year, and it was headed that way for awhile beforehand.

Top40 was only tolerable for me in the range of the early 60's to the early 70's. Otherwise.... argh.
aeroport_art: tds yay!aeroport_art on March 18th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Awww, I'm so happy you found your perfect guy!! *clappy* And ditto on the high-intensity thing...I'm way too laid back for that. Some people tire me out just to look at them, much less be obligated to interact with them o_o
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
Awww, I'm so happy you found your perfect guy!! *clappy*

Me too. :) It's funny, I'd spent years of having one-sided attractions (from both ends), and then when I met my husband I actually suspected by the third date that he was The One. I didn't think I'd ever be lucky enough to find Pretty Close, so what a shock THAT was.

Some people tire me out just to look at them, much less be obligated to interact with them o_o
I wonder how you're doing in New York then? Guy #1 above was from Greenwich Village, and he would talk at 90 miles per hour (he was scary-smart, and his brain was always in overdrive and say your name every 2-3 sentences. That used to drive me nuts-- "WHAT already? I'm right here, I'm still listening!"
Kimberley: record playerlampshade_days on March 18th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I have pretty much the same thoughts on country music. I can handle a genre mix, but it has to be more rock than country for me to get into it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
but it has to be more rock than country for me to get into it.
Yes, me too. The Eagles I can handle, but pure country is just unlistenable to me. I just can't take it.

Pop is irritating in a different way because it's bubblegummy and insipid, but at last it doesn't make me want to howl like a dog covering up a siren to drown out the noise.
Deadbeat Nymph: dean indie rockdeadbeat_nymph on March 18th, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
So, more than any of you ever wanted to know, right?

Not at all! It's great to learn more, and the topics are definitely interesting.

I have to laugh about the Aerosmith, because I really loved "Dream On" when I was a lass (haven't heard it in years), but most of Aerosmith just bugs me. It's like they were teasing me with one awesome song.

As for country music, I sort of know what you mean. I mean, I was vehemently anti-country music for most of my life, but somewhere along the line little snippets found their way in, and now I love country! Having said that, I should expand: top 40 country is like most top 40 music - fucking awful. Basically, Nashville is anathema to me. But Not Nashville (which isn't so much a style but a category of styles that are country but are not, well, Nashville) has so much wonderful stuff in it, and so much variety, too. I'm by no means an expert in it, but I've found a lot to like.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 18th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
I have to laugh about the Aerosmith, because I really loved "Dream On" when I was a lass (haven't heard it in years), but most of Aerosmith just bugs me. It's like they were teasing me with one awesome song.
Hahaha! So you know exactly how I feel then! Though I do like 3-4 more songs than just "Dream On," but not to the same degree.

It's different from a One-Hit Wonder band, because those are known for JUST the one song and the rest is "meh." As opposed to the rest being hits that other people liked but you personally can't stand.

I'm by no means an expert in it, but I've found a lot to like.
The basic sound is a major problem for me-- just as heavy guitars in hard rock are a problem for other people. I hate the basic "country sound," and distinctions within something I already hate aren't that meaningful to me.

My mother, for instance, hates ALL popular music. Imagine my shock at discovering that she can tell the jazz styles apart (swing, big-band, bop, hard bop)easily... but still hates them all.