For me anyways.
(to listen to the songs noted in each picture, just click it.)
It all started when by brother gave me Bruno Mars’ debut album, Doo-Wops and Hooligans.
I started to appreciate it more and more.
And eventually liked it a lot.
I even got a bit weird with it too.
But, as Q said in the Next Generation finale, All good things must come to an end. Songs on the album got a great deal of exposure and were picked up by teenyboppers.
But once the Mini Pop Kids covered it, it was pretty much damaged beyond repair.
Thanks a lot everyone. You know, this is why we can’t have nice things.
All my life, I’ve been taught by televisions finest that opera was a noisy, unpleasant, long, drabby, boring musical play done by large Scandinavian women with their blond braids topped with a large viking hat, horns and all.
In recent days, I’ve come to realization that I was wrong. So very wrong. I am shocked that for all these years I’ve turned a cold, ignorant shoulder to the fine art of Opera.
A few weeks ago, I saw Montreal Director of OSM (Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal) Kent Nagano and his Symphony Orchestra do a performance with some circus and an opera on CBC. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Hell, it was one of the best things I’ve ever saw on TV. Ever. (I think).
This made me change my mind about opera and drove me to research it. I listened to many opera singing videos on Youtube. They gave me chills man, they gave me chills. I grew even closer to opera.
Flipping through channels one day, I came across a movie of Carmen (the opéra comique). (There are dozens of films adaptations on Carmen, so I’m not too sure which one it was). I watched till the end and gave it a standing ovation. I mean it was that good.
I am now making future plans to see an opera sometime. I admit it. I am in love with the opera.
(Ha, as I’m writing this, I’m listening to a cover of Rusalka.)
You know that feeling when you come home from a long tiring day, and turn up the radio to find that an old favourite song from an old favourite band is playing? You end up dancing and singing around the room, feeling as joyful as ever. And doing a duet verse with your Skull desk partner, Richard? (I think that’s just me.)
That’s how I felt today. After a long day of driving in a stuffy back seat of a BMW 325i (a car that can only be comfortable if there are two people in the back seat, rather than the three that was occupying in my ride) cross-border shopping, going to restaurants and sightseeing, being held up by border police, cutting tags and organizing clothes, and having your coat rack fall apart twice, I really needed some lightening up. Then I thought I heard a familiar drum beat on the radio. I turned it up, and it was Bedouin Soundclash’s hit single “When The Night Feels My Song“. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlsBPH8O7q8 ) The ultimate happy song if you ask me. (If you haven’t heard of Bedouin Soundclash, look them up! They’re a Canadian Alternative Rock and Reggae band. I actually remember the first time I heard that song. It was during a Zellers Commercial a few years back. The song made it my favourite commercial, and prompted me to look the song up, and eventually, making me a big fan of them.)
I ended up listening to their whole YouTube play list, and having my throat super sore from all that singing.
If any one else had an else had an experience like this please do share in the comments! If not, just share an old favourite band you haven’t listened to in a while.