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Music, seriously

Monday, April 30th, 2012 | fliX, musiX | No Comments

It’s mostly fun and games here at TDoL … because, well, we’re talking about music, not working on the cure for cancer. At the same time I’m not oblivious to the emotional power of music, and I couldn’t help but be moved by this clip from Michael Rossato-Bennett’s documentary Alive Inside.

The documentary centers on a group of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s, who are awakened so to speak after listening to music from their youth. The clip below shows 92-year-old Henry Dryer, who suffers from dementia; he barely speaks and doesn’t recognize his own daughter. Once the headphones are placed in his ears Dryer miraculously snaps out of it. He continues to talk about it once the music stops, recalling memories of songs and artists from when he was young, saying “[Music] gives me the feeling of love.”

Also featured in Alive Inside is author and neurologist Oliver Sacks, best known for his book Musicophilia. And while there have been loads of other studies on music’s effects on the brain, and there appears to be some well-executed product-placement for the iPad here, the results are still powerful.

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Not OK Computer: A TDoL Joint

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 | fliX, musiX | No Comments

Larry fell on his radiohead again.

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Xtranormal Presents: A TDoL Joint

Monday, April 19th, 2010 | fliX, musiX | 1 Comment

I’m no filmmaker, nor have I ever aspired to be one. But since discovering Xtranormal last week, I’ve made three animated shorts.

Xtranormal is a not-so-new [AP Style update alert!] website that claims “If you can type, you can make movies.” I can type. Barely. And that is really all it takes … perhaps a little wit and some camera-savvy helps. Not only can you create dialogue, but you can choose your scenes and angles, add music, sound-effects, choose your actors, which language they speak, and so on. It’s good fun … and a great time sucker, which I know we could all use.

So far it’s sucked about 30 minutes out of my life, give or take. Hipster Hoo Haw (above) is my second … I know, I hope they get better, too. I have a couple others floating out there in the ether: Bacon, You Idiot (my directorial debut) and Clowns Are For Kids, both of which are fast becoming Internet (still capitalized per AP Style?) sensations.

The plan is to keep making semi-regular shorts here at The Days of Lore that are topical, musical and, of course, radical. You’ve all been warned.

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It might, possibly, perhaps get loud(ish)

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 | fliX, musiX | 9 Comments

I recently watched Davis Guggenheim’s It Might Get Loud, the documentary that takes a gander at the electric guitar by way of the calloused fingers of David Evans, James Page and John Gillis. Yeah, I’ve never heard of ‘em, either.

And I really liked it (save for maybe the trio’s flimsy rendition of The Band’s “The Weight” at the end)—especially the backstories of Jimmy Page and The Edge (Page’s early days as a young virtuoso skiffle player, and The Edge barely knowing what to do with that old Explorer). Seeing/hearing that old footage again of U2 before the members had probably ever touched razors to their faces was fun. And the smile on the (then) 64-year-old Page’s face as he played air-guitar to a crackly 45 of Link Wray‘s “Rumble” was pure gold.

When I first heard about the film—and who was being featured—my immediate thought was, “Jack White?” Don’t get me wrong, I love White’s Detroit punk and R&B background (especially his love of Son House and cheap Montgomery Ward guitars), and I’m probably more in tune with his philosophy on music than I am his elders in the movie. BUT (there’s always a but) while Page and The Edge define styles that can’t be duplicated, White is more of an encyclopedia of blues licks with a stomp box.

That said, I found his thread in the movie the most interesting. He’s definitely the most charismatic of the three … I mean he had a younger version of himself following him around fer chrissakes. And in all honesty, when asked by Poor Old Dirt Farmer, I was unable to come up with another guitarist that could replace him (at least one that I could stomach).

Of course, it could also be argued that Page and The Edge could have been replaced—hell, it would probably be easier. Townshend? Clapton? Johnny Marr? Eddie Van Halen? So, let me ask you this: If you could remake It Might Get Loud, who would you feature in the film?

Post your ideas in the comments section, along with a full script (just kidding). Keep in mind this is about the electric guitar and that each guitarist represents a different era. This is not a test, although you will receive bonus points for not choosing Yngwie Malmsteen.

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Zack Attack and The Roots?!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 | fliX, musiX | 5 Comments

I was a huge fan of Zack Attack in high school. The way Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski and Lisa Turtle’s harmonies blended together gave me chills. When they broke up, so did a part of my left ventricle.

I was more than excited when Morris appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other night. He talked about the old days, his new career in acting, his divorce from Kapowski. Morris even timed Fallon out (which I enjoyed quite a bit) and capped the appearance with a performance of Zack Attack’s hit “Friends Forever” with The Roots.

Fallon is working on a class reunion of sorts for our old pals from Bayside High—the only two holdouts are Kapowski and Screech. Who would have thought Screech would be the most successful one of the group, with his work as a stand-up comedian, film actor (Saved By the Smell is a must-see) and as a musician? Might be tough to nab him.

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