Author: ehawkes

Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice – The Annotated Vanilla Ice

“Ice Ice Baby” is a hip hop song by American rapper Vanilla Ice, and DJ Earthquake. It was based on the bassline of “Under Pressure” by British rock band Queen and British singer David Bowie, who did not receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it had become a hit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Ice_Baby

Singles can be rough going, especially very popular ones. It’s often hard to admit that you were one of the eight billion people who streamed “Gangnam Style” at its hottest. That’s how irony culture works. My biggest records in DJ sets now are “Ice Ice Baby” and “U Can’t Touch This,” and I wouldn’t have dared play them at any hip-hop cred party twenty years ago. All the songs I spin for ironic purposes are now legit parts of people’s enjoyment.

Music Is History
Questlove

An anachronistic corruption of the phrase “word to the mother”, which was a popular reference to Africa or “The Motherland” during the late 1980s Afrocentric movement. While the replacement of “the” with “your” effectively obliterated the term’s Afrocentric roots, it continued to be used in the same manner, that is, to express agreement. Alternatively, the “your” could take on sinister connotations, implying that speaker was sexually intimate with the listener’s mother, as in “say hi to your mom for me“, or, in keeping with the whack terminology, “props to your mom, she’s da bomb”. Finally, the phrase might mean nothing at all, and be used to ineptly feign street cred, in the style of Vanilla Ice.

Art – Something You Hear on Your Way

But art – I’ll offer a criterion – does not recruit people to believe or act or feel in a particular way. Søren Kierkegaard put it like this:

The indirect mode of communication makes communication an art in quite a different sense than when it is conceived in the usual manner … To stop a man on the street and stand still while talking to him, is not so difficult as to say something to a passer-by in passing, without standing still and without delaying the other, without attempting to persuade him to go the same way, but giving him instead an impulse to go precisely his own way.

Such Stuff as Dreams: The Psychology of Fiction
Keith Oatley

Bibliography citation:
Kierkegaard, S. (1846). Concluding unscientific postscript (D.F. Swenson and W. Lowrie, Trans.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press (current edition 1968).

Art – Making Order out of Chaos – Sondheim Quote

GROSS: You know, that actually really fits into what you were talking about wanting rules and structure in music.

SONDHEIM: Yeah. Order out of chaos. Order out of chaos. That’s why I like crossword puzzles – order out of chaos.

GROSS: Right. Right. Right.

SONDHEIM: I think that’s what art’s about anyway. I think that’s why people make art.

GROSS: To create order in…

SONDHEIM: To – out of chaos. Yeah.

GROSS: …In a world that’s chaotic? (Laughter).

SONDHEIM: The whole – the world has always been chaotic. Life is unpredictable. It is – there is no form. And making forms gives you solidity. I think that’s why people paint paintings and take photographs and write music and tell stories and – that have beginning, middles and ends, even when the middle is at the beginning and the beginning is at the end.

‘Fresh Air’ remembers Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim (Part 1)

Safety Tips from the North Dakota Oil Field

Mobile housing units, tanks, trailers, and chunks of the rig litter location. It is unusual for a rig move, but the company in control of drilling operations moved some of its own material before hiring us to complete the job. We stroll around the pieces, investigating the tools. The Wildebeest points at things that could kill me.
“See that cable there?”
“Yeah,” I say.
“That snaps. It’ll swing back and whack you clean in half.”
“Oh.”
“Fucking kill you.”
“Right.”
A few steps later, “See that bucket of grease there?”
“Uh-huh.”
“Better not get that on you. Hell, no. Breathe that shit for too long . . .”
“Yeah?”
“Fucking kill ya.”
He points at what looks like a winch. “That’s called ‘the dead man,’” he says. “They use it to lower a tool. It goes miles into the ground. To make sure the drill string is going straight down. I once saw a guy get pulled through there. When they carted him out, he was this big around.” He makes a circle with his hands the size of a football.
“Fucking killed him,”
I say. “Oooaahhhhyyyeeaaaahh.”

The Good Hand
Michael Patrick F. Smith

Public Restrooms in America – Shortage, Need for More

Kai Ryssdal: It’s not just me, right? I mean, public toilets have been disappearing in this country for a good, long while.

Elizabeth Yuko: Absolutely. It was something that I think came to our attention a bit more during the pandemic, especially the early days. But really, we haven’t seen the construction of new public restrooms — genuinely public restrooms, that is. So not restrooms that are in retail establishments, or theaters, or hotels, or bars, or restaurants, but actual facilities built by and maintained by either the city or the state. But yeah, the last major wave of those that were built was in the 1950s, during, you know, the expansion of the highways, and they were rest stops. In between the ’60s and ’80s, you saw a lot of closures for money reasons, because of concerns about crime or vandalism or drug use. And 9/11 really was the final nail in the coffin for a lot of the remaining public restrooms, and a lot have been closed since.

https://www.marketplace.org/2021/12/01/why-dont-american-cities-have-more-public-bathrooms/

There is a serious lack of restrooms in Denver. Most of the light rail stations in Denver don’t have any.

Upbeat, Positive Things – Links to

If you need a break from negativity, check out the links below.

https://www.reddit.com/r/MadeMeSmile/
A place to share things that made you smile or brightened up your day. A generally uplifting subreddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/UpliftingNews/
A place to read and share positive and uplifting, feel good news stories.

https://www.reddit.com/r/HumansBeingBros/
A place for sharing videos, gifs, and images of people being total bros.

https://www.reddit.com/r/AnimalsBeingBros/
A place for sharing videos, gifs, and images of animals being bros.

https://www.reddit.com/r/raining/
A cozy place to enjoy the rain.

Lithium – Nirvana

On the simplicity of Nirvana’s music
I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s proved to be so effective. The guitar playing is very simple. The drumming is very simple. … We would record a song in one or two takes. It was very pure and honest and real. And I think when Kurt wrote songs, he really tried to capture that simplicity because he realized that that’s kind of a direct route to someone’s heart or soul or mind.

On Cobain fluctuating between being fun and reclusive
When I moved up and started living in that small apartment with them, I mean, this was someone that I had never met before. I didn’t know at first — I thought, maybe he’s quiet, maybe he’s shy, maybe he has social anxieties, whatever it is. There were times, too, where he was outrageously funny and really fun to be around. The two of us would get $7 and go to the grocery store and spend half an hour in the freezer section looking for the perfect TV dinner. And those moments were so much fun. So it wasn’t always doom and gloom. …

A lot of the times when we’d go to the apartment after rehearsal, I slept on the couch, so I would kind of get on my couch and he would go in his room, close the door. Little did I know that most of that time he was writing in his journals, and more often than not, the next day at rehearsal, he would have a new song. So I think he had moments of being introverted and sort of reclusive, but that was also balanced with someone that was pretty fun to be around and pretty great to be in a band with, because when we counted into a song, it exploded, and it was real, man, it was real.

Dave Grohl retraces his life-affirming path from Nirvana to Foo Fighters
Fresh Air, NPR

Musil’s Librarian

“‘General,’ he said, ‘if you want to know how I know about every book here, I can tell you! Because I never read any of them.’”

The general is astonished by this unusual librarian, who vigilantly avoids reading not for any want of culture, but, on the contrary, in order to better know his books:

“It was almost too much, I tell you! But when he saw how stunned I was, he explained himself. ‘The secret of a good librarian is that he never reads anything more of the literature in his charge than the titles and the table of contents. Anyone who lets himself go and starts reading a book is lost as a librarian,’ he explained. ‘He’s bound to lose perspective.’

‘So,’ I said, trying to catch my breath, ‘you never read a single book?’
‘Never. Only the catalogs.’
‘But aren’t you a Ph.D.?’

‘Certainly I am. I teach at the university, as a special lecturer in Library Science. Library Science is a special field leading to a degree, you know,” he explained. “How many systems do you suppose there are, General, for the arrangement and preservation of books, cataloging of titles, correcting misprints and misinformation on title pages, and the like?’”

Musil’s librarian thus keeps himself from entering into the books under his care, but he is far from indifferent or hostile toward them, as one might suppose. On the contrary, it is his love of books – of all books – that incites him to remain prudently on their periphery, for fear that too pronounced an interest in one of them might cause him to neglect the others.

How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read
Pierre Bayard

Reference is to:
The Man Without Qualities
Robert Musil

In Praise of Bad Music – Proust Quote

Detest bad music if you will, but don’t hold it in contempt. As it is played and sung much more often and much more passionately than good music, so much more than the latter has it gradually been filled with the dreams and tears of mankind. For that reason you should venerate it. Its place, insignificant in the history of art, is huge in the sentimental history of societies. Respect for – I do not say love for – bad music is not merely a form of what might be called the charity of good taste or its scepticism, it is, more than that, the awareness of the importance of the social role of music. How many melodies, worthless in the eyes of an artist, become the confidants chosen by a whole host of romantic young men and of women in love.

Pleasures and Days
Marcel Proust