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... and this guy from Seether is the ring-master running amok in my head.

Your result for The Which DOORS song are you? Test...


STRANGE DAYS


"Strange days have found us ... and through their strange hours, we linger alone"



You scored highest in Exile, so your Doors song is Strange Days. It is the dark and brooding masterpiece that starts off the album of the same name, which is undoubtedly the most grim and pessimistic album the Doors ever recorded. Like almost everything else on the album, this song is about alientation and being out of touch with the world, but it is not so much about being different from other people as it is about being different from the world itself, being one of the countless people overwhelmed by the changing times and the general confusion and madness of modern existence ... which if anything has only gotten worse since 1967. The song sets the theme for the entire album, with its cover picture of circus freaks and bizzarre performers. Strange Days is the most direct statement The Doors ever made about how people can feel like a stranger in their own homeland ... how the longer we live in this world, the less we seem to understand it ... how in the end, nobody really knows what the fuck is going on. And how we are dragged day by day into an even stranger future.



Strange days have found us. If you don't believe me, take a look around ...





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MY SCORING SYSTEM ... OR A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF WHY ANY OF THIS SHOULD MAKE ANY SENSE WHATSOEVER



I based this test around four of the crucial elements underlying much of The Doors' music, and also what I perceive to be four distinct facets of Jim Morrison's personality. It's not a perfect system but I think there's a certain logic to it that we can apply here (if you have a better way of doing it, be my guest). These four variables are as follows ...



>>> The Shaman is a spiritual guru, the American Indian's "medicine man" who enters into a trance-like state and enacts a ritual to bring his audience to enlightenment. This is an essential quality of songs like "Break On Through To The Other Side" or any Doors song where mystic knowledge is sought after.



>>> The Reveller is a hedonist that alters his consciousness through physical ecstasy -- sex, alcohol, drugs, and so on -- seeking the Palace of Wisdom through the Road of Excess. This is an essential quality of songs like "Light My Fire" or any Doors song about passion and youthful exhuberance.



>>> The Exile is an outcast that has been alienated by his fellow man, an outsider condemned to a lonely and misunderstood existence. This is an essential quality of songs like "People Are Strange" or any Doors song dealing with alienation and rejection.



>>> The Nihilist is an existential cynic that sees Death as the only real Truth. He or she lives life for the moment and objects to laws, tradition, religion, or any other form of social control ... life is too short to worry about other people's rules. The Nihilist is the proverbial Rebel Without A Cause. This is an essential quality of songs like "When The Music's Over" or any Doors song based on discontent and fatalism.




Most Doors songs contain varying degrees of these four principles, although some songs are very strongly inclined towards one of the four. I didn't include every Doors song ever made in this test, but I did try to include most of their best songs, at least insofar as I could fit them into the framework of my crude scoring system. It's far from perfect, but I think it works in a weird sort of way. Hopefully Morrison isn't rolling over in his grave right now. I mean assuming he's actually in there to begin with.



THE END is the exception to the four variables ... you cannot get this song by scoring high or low in any of these variables. You can only score THE END if you look beyond the four variables and see the true essence of The Doors. There's more to The Doors than "the image" of The Doors ... it's not just about a sex symbol in leather pants tripping on acid and saying the word "fuck" over and over. Forget the hype, just listen to the music. It's some of the most unique and innovative and mind-opening music you will ever experience.




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What's funny is that this test is actually fairly accurate. Strange Days is probably my favorite Doors album... it has all those dark carnival elements.
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This is part of why I love the Delta blues ;)

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Ok, amidst much eye-rolling, I'll bite.

Yes, back in the 80s, in the dawn of MTV... the video for Thriller was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen in my entire life, all 10 years of it at that point.

But, honestly, I liked the duet he did with Paul McCartney - Say Say Say.

And Ben.

Give me a break, I was like, 5! That movie tore me up worse than Ol' Yeller.
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I've had random songs running through my head all day. I only have to hear a song a couple of times (if I like it, anyway) and I will have it pretty much memorized. It's a blessing and a curse - I could pick up a tune quickly when I was in high school band... but then I'm stuck with this crap filling my mind for the rest of my life. I probably have more of my brain dedicated to song lyrics than anything else, which means I can't remember simple math, but I can sing the Ladybug Picnic word for word after not hearing it for like, 20-some-odd years. Or the Kookaburra Song - why we learned the Kookaburra Song in kindergarten in California, I have no freaking idea, but I still know the damned song (thanks, Moonvoice, btw).

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Merry merry king of the bush is he
Laugh Kookaburra, laugh Kookaburra
How gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Eating all the gumdrops he can see
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
Leave some gums for me

Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop Kookaburra, stop Kookaburra
That's no monkey, hey, that's ME!!!


I've also been pissing & moaning about my spectacular lack of creativity lately.

I was trying to confirm whether our feisty black, brown and white birds are actually mockingbirds (they are, probably the Northern mockin'bird, Mimus polyglottos) since I've been calling them mockingbirds without actually knowing that they are mockingbirds. I don't even know how I determined that the birds are mockingbirds in the first place. I must have heard or seen it somewhere without fully absorbing the source material. Mockingbirds are called mockingbirds because they don't have original songbird material - they mimic other birds' songs and sounds they hear in their environment... like car alarms. This blurb I found on 10,000 Birds.com struck me as personally funny: "It’s been theorized that this species has more brain matter devoted to song memory than most other birds do."

I'm like, great, I'm a bird-brain.
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Without much hesitation at all... I'd have to say Fake It by Seether.

Now, if you're talking my stripper theme song - then it's Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie. "Who is this irresistible creature with an insatiable lust for the dead?"
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Another forgotten thing...

Lux Interior, the beautiful psychobilly madman, has passed into the lux infinitus.

Rock will never be the same.
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Mostly due to job-related stress, my stomach's been acting up. My ulcer has returned to active duty. I guess it's a good thing - my stomach screams for mercy before I can get good & drunk. But I'd really like to get good & drunk for that release. I think I need a vacation, but I'd prefer it if I made it to Feb. 11 so I could take a legit one instead of getting a permanent unpaid vacation.

Chelsie was a Good Dog™ again today - I had to go to the DMV to get my license renewed, which was a 3 hour ordeal, & then we went shopping & stuff... when we got back, we just had a very happy puppy - no mess, no fuss.

Eh, life. It goes on. I just try not to think about tomorrow too much, or the next day. There are too many things out of my control for me to worry about.

If anyone happens to have a good place to download Emmylou Harris' Deeper Well (it's off a Lilith Fair album) let me know. I'd be deeply appreciative.
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- Choose a singer/band/group
- Answer using ONLY titles of songs by that singer/band/group
- Tag 7 more people. Or not.
I'm not tagging anyone, just so y'all know :P

My band of choice is... (drumroll please) The Rolling Stones! (Hah, fooled ya, didn't I?)

1. Are you male or female?
Honky Tonk Women

2. Describe yourself.
Beast of Burden

3. What do people feel when they're around you?
Mixed Emotions

4. How would you describe your previous relationship?
Under My Thumb

5. Describe your current relationship.
You Can’t Always Get What You Want

6. Where would you want to be now?
Going Home

7. How do you feel about love?
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

8. What's your life like?
Paint It Black

9. What would you ask for if you had only one wish?
Get Off of My Cloud

10. Say something wise.
Laugh, I Almost Died

AaagghhH!

Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm
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Freak on a Leash is ten years old?!

Fuck me, I'm getting so old.
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[Error: unknown template qotd] To quote Robert Plant...

<i>Carry me down to the sea
Carry me down where they're waiting for me
That's where I want to be
That's where it all comes around

Watching the ships pass by me
Friendships and small ships and hardships and dreams
That's where I want to be
Here where it all comes around

Oh, my head is in the sand
All my life passin' by
All of my days I have seen
All of the tears and the laughter and dreams
Movin' before me
Waves and the ocean and sea

Life is a big tambourine
The more that you shake it the better it seems
This is my wisdom
These are just words from the sea

Oh my head is in the sand
All my days passin' by
When I get older, settlin' down
Would you come down to the sea?

Ah-ha Carry me down to the sea again, ah-ha
Oh, carry me down to the sea again, ah-ha, ah-ha</i>

Why am I here in this desert? I think the majority of all my problems lay in a deficiency of sand and salt water.

Music Meme

Dec. 11th, 2008 10:50 am
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Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post a line or two from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: For those who are guessing -- looking the lyrics up on a search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own


1) I bow my head to confess / The temple walls are made of flesh

2) We linger alone / Bodies confused / Memories misused

3) What would you do / If the whole world turned its back on you?

4) and the grand facade, so soon will burn / without a noise, without my pride

5) To get your prescription filled / I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy

6) Falls from my obsessions, you’re the last to know / You’ve arrived, arrived to my confession

7) We've got a long, long way to run, / The moon is up, / Tonight, I am coming home

8) I'll be a diode, cathode, electrode / Overload, generator, oscillator

9) If you don’t rate / Just overcompensate / At least you know you can always go on Rikki Lake

10) From the day me born Jah ignite me flame gal / A call me name and it’s me fame

11) Old woman, upon your hand I see a death's-head ring. / Old woman, it's our winter, and we'll never see a spring.

12) I’m counting on you, Lord / Please don’t let me down / Prove that you love me

13) Everybody says its nice / Can I can and come and visit? / I’ll be at your house tonight

14) Ran into a chum with a bottle of rum / And we wound up drinking all night

15) You’ve got quite an appetite / For being wronged and in the right

16) Tease a little more / Easy operator come a knockin' on my door

17) Cynthia wore the prettiest dress / With different color socks

18) And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you / Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand to…

19) As you search for your demi-god / And you fake with a saint

20) Currents breed tiny monsters / True sailing is dead


Ok, these did not come off an mp3 player, they came off Yahoo!'s streaming radio. Which has no shuffle - I just fast-forwarded through the songs.

My musical taste is not obscure enough for this meme, at least my musical taste as reflected by Yahoo's streaming radio. Most of these are no-brainers, but have fun with it if you want.
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So I'm sitting here watching The History of Metal (on VH1, no less), and they start talking about Iron Maiden.

So here I am in my living room, making the horned fist & chanting, "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!" And when they show him, I squeeeeal.

The first image that shows up if you type 'Eddie' into Google's search image is, well, Eddie.
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I may be sage, but am I divine sage?


Your result for What Spice Are You Test...

You are Sage!

10% Habanero, 30% Sage, 10% Thyme, 10% Ginger, 20% Garlic, 10% Curry, 0% Cinnamon and 10% Oregano!

Sage is a very classic herb. You tend to use intelligence in making decisions instead of brute force.


You are the type of person that people want to get to know and be friends with. You don't feel as if you have to impress people because you tend to be very self assured.


At a party you would be happy to just sit in the corner and watch people, or perhaps find someone to have an intelligent conversation with.


You prefer to think before you act, as you are rather analytical. You can be both dazzling and graceful. People tend to notice you without you trying to make it happen.


You may not be religious, but you are very spiritual. You desire relationships that last rather then passing ones.


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Part of the fun of having a puppy is feeding them weird (harmless) stuff. Like soda water. Chelsie wants some of whatever we're eating or drinking & Rob's got some club soda. He poured some into a bowl & it's just a riot watching her deal w/the bubbles & fizz. She licks the side of the bowl & backs off, shaking her head. She licks the air above the bowl, she barks at the bowl, she pounces around the bowl. (Oh dear Gods, Rob's now letting her drink it from the bottle... y'all don't even want to know what's going through my head while watching that!)

I've got a 5-page report for my History of Rock class due by midnight & you see what I'm sitting here doing. I was originally going to do it on Peter Gabriel, until I looked at the due date yesterday & saw it was due today. So I said, Ok, fine, Led Zeppelin it is! I love the Mighty Zep, I really do, but I've never tried to write a paper on them before and it's astounding how much I don't know about LZ. Robert Plant got a 2008 Country Music Award for an album he did w/Allison Kraus (which is a fantastic album, too, & they look like they had a lot of fun with the videos). Jimmy Page is an officer of the Order of the British Empire (basically a knighthood) for his charity work w/his wife in Brazil. (Jimmy Page also looks like old Bilbo Baggins now that he's stopped dying his hair black). They also never received a good review from Rolling Stone for any of the albums they released as a band.
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Sometimes I think my last lifetime was in the 60s... and I'm starting to rethink my future as a computer geek.

I just did my Ch 7 quiz in the band class, & I already knew all the answers w/out having to read the chapter... Not that 'Who was Brian Epstein to the Beatles?' is a big secret or anything, but it does have me wondering just how much space in my brain is taken up by random music trivia.

My History of Rock class has reminded me exactly how much I love music & loved playing music. I don't know exactly what kind of careers are out there for a middle-aged hasbeen, other than music instructor or 'History of Rock Professor'. I could probably tolerate kids enough to teach them to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bat on their beat up school instruments. Usually by high school band students are there because they are band geeks, not because they're forced to take the class - I know because I was a band geek. I just couldn't teach marching band - I can't even march & play at the same time.

I just have this serious yearn to hold an instrument in my hands again & make music, but I barely have any time for anything anymore, what with work, school, Rob & the new dog. Whatever I got would most likely be pushed aside like the drums or the oil paints to paint the drums. I think the one I did should be fully cured by now, I just haven't gotten around to doing any touchups.
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I don't usually go for folksy stuff, but I really like this song. It gives me the chills.:

She Cries Your Name by Beth Orton
Falling from the west an' so to find yourselves alone again,
Wondering where you have been,
Your lonely voice calls across the starlit coast,
Reaching out to be seen.

She cries your name,
Three times again,
She cries your name,
How long can this love remain.

Cut beneath the surface screen of what we say and what we seem,
Is a trick to be seen,
She keeps crying out your name,
But her screams sound the same,
How fickle fate can be.

She cries your name,
Three times again,
She cries your name,
How long can this love remain.

Birds that scream for territory can learn to sing euphorically,
Give him time an' he's real,
And theres a wasteland in your soul the burned out trees will leave you cold,
Living out an ideal.

She cries your name,
Three times again,
She cries your name,
How long can this love remain.

She cries your name,
Twelve times again,
She cries your name,
How long can this love remain.
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Let's see...

Today I completed all the Gadgetzan quests once again & have headed out to the Hinterlands. I'm just trying to get my huntard to a 55 before WotLK comes out. It's slated for mid-November, so I've got a little under 2 months to get those last 8 levels. Yesterday was pretty much wasted on Brewfest drunkenness & buying wolpertingers.

We cleaned the snake tanks & I bathed the snakes. Nessie hates the water w/a passion, Ed just lays in the tub til it gets cold. While he was enjoying his soak, I finished reading the 2nd History of Rock chapter, which was mostly about Elvis. I just don't like Elvis. Never have, never really will grow to appreciate his voice, musical stylings or impact on rock & roll. I can honestly say I hate Elvis, and I'm not a huge fan of the Beatles, either & that's where the class is headed next. The Grateful Dead & the Beatles. Ugh.

And I've done laundry. Yay. I have this huge heap of clothes piled on my ironing board & every weekend I am bound & determined to iron them before the work week ensues, and every weekend they pile a little higher. I don't even know why I have hangers because all my clothes are in a heap on the ironing board.

I also looked into the class catalog at CSN & I can take guitar or violin lessons through the college. That was something else I didn't get a rountuit for - going to music stores. But, basically a 4-month span is like, $275 for private violin lessons or $180 for a guitar class. So the violin breaks down to $91 a month & the guitar is about $45 a month. What I need to do is compare some lesson prices out there in the real world w/those of CSN & see which is the better choice. I'm not looking to become a maestra, just proficient. It's been so long since I've picked up anything other than a frame drum... I don't think I remember how to read music anymore, and I definitely have forgotten all the chords & notes on the guitar. When I was living w/Aunt Liz, all the sheet music & song books came out of my allowance, scraped from the band teacher at school & my guitar teacher during lessons. At least now, teh internets is my friend - free music as far as the mouse can click.

Reading music is all about math, and strangely, it was the only math I was ever any good with. It used to be instinctive, and I could keep the beat fairly well... Now it's all just circles and lines. Of course, a metronome is always a good thing to have around, so that's something I'd need to pick up as well.
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Is almost 35 too old to learn to play the violin?
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Rob's playing Korn on his computer. I like Korn. However, saying 'I like Korn' always makes me wanna go 'huh huh huh' afterwards. I like Korn (huh huh huh).

Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

NFDC - The Seeker

Nature, Foreground, Detail, and Color

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on what's in front of you (the foreground) and how that is affected by the details of life. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to deal directly with whatever comes your way without dealing with speculating possibilities or outcomes you can't control. You are highly focused on specific goals or tasks and find meaning in life by pursuing those goals. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow.








The Perception Personality Types:


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Eric & I would sit around in his garage, getting drunk, fucking intermittently & I would dance spastically to music he would spin.

I've been looking for awhile now, but I cannot seem to find any of the techno remixes he had... There was one group or DJ that did remixes of popular music, like Metallica's Enter Sandman and Madonna's Like a Prayer. I don't know if it was the same group/DJ who did it or not, but there were also some techno mixes of Beethoven's music. There was another one who did crap like the theme to Speed Racer (there he goes, there goes speed racer...), an Inspector Gadget mix w/a hook that ended up in Lords of Acid's "Must Increase My Bust" & the Sesame Street song. It's been driving me nuts because I think the group had some kind of number in their name, like Front 242 or U96 or 311 something (but it's not one of those). (Hah, speak of the devil - I just looked over at my streaming radio to see Beefcake Mix by Front 242)

I have e-mailed Eric about it but he's sporadic at replying, and usually never replies to anything I ask him directly... I think he sent me back some oddball link to the Mutter Museum the last time around. Gods, I love my few existing friends.
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I just tried to add 'Robert Randolph & the Family Band' to my interests & was informed by lj's error handling that interests are limited to 4 words. What's up with that?!

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