Hard to love

After a recent personality test, I’ve discovered that my Myers Briggs archetype is ENTJ (extroversion, intuition, thinking, judgement). It was hard to hear that my personality type has problems recognizing, utilizing a full emotion spectrum. That my opinionated, objective-seeking perspectives can be found as abrasive condescending. My Inner (lets be honest, exterior) drama queen was in full blown hysterics. How could such a simple concept be so illusive when my sub/un conscious mind should at the very least understand six basic emotions!! (Nerd Alert).

This new internal conflict was creating a narrative of shame and a tin man who was hard to love.

With the advocacy and current pushes for mental health initiatives, I’m trying to reduce these intrusive failure chronicle that needs a re-write to a story. Brush this shame off my shoulders.

Cascades – Metric

Metric follows up Synthetica with Pagans in Vegas. Ms. Haines previously explored the idea of Vegas in Rock me Now.

When she was seven years old she saw a man get shot
But no one came for a long time
Because it happened in a remote parking lot in Las Vegas
And she was waiting for her mom to come back
From working the blackjack table at the Circus Circus Casino

And that night her mom said that
The two of them and the now dead guy
Were the only three people who ever really lived in Las Vegas
Everybody else just arrived
Ate their complimentary shrimp cocktail and left

– Metric, Rock Me New, Grow Up and Blow Away (Recorded in 2001)

Now over a decade later Vegas is now the focal point of the album.

This new track is heavy on the synth and connected to her concept of the robot Synthetica – an alter ego that detests humans as a result of their imperfection. This new track, Cascades is a large departure from what we have previously heard from the band.  The Marquis from the album art work is The Chisca Hotel, where Elvis debuted his first track.

Shattering the Counterpoint

Shattering the Counterpoint by Samantha Brown and Jeff McIntosh

Perhaps our bad days are merely good days in disguise.
Without the sweet sounds of your tangents, the longest night continued without end.

I could not hear your melody as I traversed the staff, out of time.
The notes were muddled in the onslaught of sound. No matter; we never yield to these temporary setbacks as we advance bar by bar to the final note.

The great crescendo has yet to be hit, as our pitches embrace, falling, lifting, and breaking in the counterpoint.
It goes like this; my third and your fifth, and from them is drawn the undeniable symphony.

Jeff vs Queen West Hipsters. 

Hodman: They closed down that  Church with the ‘Out of the Cold’ program for the homeless to put in one of those hip ‘Anthropologie’ stores. What’s next? Damn that article stating Queen West was trendy! It gave the hipsters justification they needed!

Jeff: That is the epitome of gentrification. 

Hodman: Word. 

Utilities Not Included | Renter life

Excuse me?

Under ‘security deposit’ on this application there’s just a photo of what looks like, of course I could be mistaken, a loaded gun and what seem to be written….

‘Good luck’

That may or may not be written in the previous applicant’s blood? I mean I still want to know the square footage of this place.

Whoa, Whoa – What do you mean utilities included?

#TorontoRenting
#Rent #WarZone #MurderHeWrote

Cellar Door

Cellar Door

A layer at a time you fold back and and what lies beneath makes a dramatic reveal.
The realization sets in and your floodgate act in defense.
For every one step forward we waltz three back. Dancing endlessly around the point.

I fear this will be our last stanza together.
You, me and what could be.
Perhaps I am alone on this page as you suggest.

That Was Then; This is Now | Deus Ex Machina

First off, Imogen Heap. Sparks. One of the best albums of 2014.

For Ms. Heap’s fans, she has been long working on this project to help her be closer with her audience.  These musical gloves allow the user to use gestures to create sound or loops of sound.

However, CNN’s title makes it sound like anyone can literally slip on these gloves and become a musician.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/12/technology/imogen-heap-mimu-music-gloves-blk/

Heap’s gloves will not magically turn anyone into an artist.  It will not replace knowing musical composition, structure and musical knowledge. Heap and her team have brought a new technology into existence as part of her artistic expression.

Just for Now, off of her album Speak for Yourself shows what she does with her synthesisers live.  Me the Machine, off of 2014 Sparks, Imogen can drop the keyboard and 808s and truly be in front of her audience.

Can she bee any more remarkable?

More on her gloves:
http://imogenheap.com/thegloves/