Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The End

I really didn’t know how to start this post, or end it for that matter with the exception of the usual tunes. The year 2009 has come to an end, and that's about it. I'm not the most New Year-y person, if the makes sense, and I'm not the best with resolutions, mostly because I think if you're going to change, quit planning for it and just go on ahead and do it. Anyhow, I hope you had a good one and that you have an even better year ahead of you. I hope that you enjoyed your ups and learned from your downs and know that if you learn from what brought on the bad times, more good times will come your way. That's what I think anyway.

Be good and be kind. These two seem like very simple things you tell a four year old, but believe you me, doing them on a daily basis feels good – especially if it's heartfelt - and you'll be happier than you are now.

Take care of your heart and health. Do that and you'll be grateful for them later on in life when you're surrounded by your life's true loves in good health. If it's your health that's in trouble, stay clear of strong meds and rest it out with a bowl of vegetable soup and aspirin. If it's your aching heart, remember that life's too short to burden your thoughts with yesteryear's bitter clouds. The only things that'll come out of that are frown lines and a few zits, depending on your age and genes.

Whatever you say or do, always know that life's too short and at the end of the day, throwing a fit over something might seem kind of stupid one or even ten years down the line. Lighten up, take it easy and try to make the most of your day with a light heart, mind and soul. Trust me, you'll feel a lot better.

Todd Rundgren - I Saw the Light such a beautiful song to get lost in...
Leon Russell - Stranger in a Strange Land
Lovin' Spoonful - Do You Believe in Magic
Lovin' Spoonful - What a Day for a Daydream
David Ruffin - Heaven Help Us All
Tame Impala - Remember Me
The Grass Roots - Sooner or Later
Tommy James - My Baby Does the Hanky Panky

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Question of the Day: Why do babies make us do the most absurd things?

After days of being surrounded by my beautiful nieces and nephews, I started to wonder at what they had put me and my family through, specifically, the sound effects that we made that more or less belonged to a zoo, the jumping, crawling, hopping, balancing and other physical acts that were performed for the sole purpose of receiving a single smile or laugh of approval.

Of course it was worth it, because their pleased response made us laugh even more, as if we accomplished the impossible, as if this baby is the best of the worst critics of comedy and comedic acts done by relatives and a few courageous family friends who don't think twice about shrieking like a tortured squirrel to see the little tot wiggle and giggle in return.

Whatever this is, this primal instinct to delight a baby by such sounds and gestures, it crosses cultures, countries and time. Whenever their with their babies, mature and sane adults exert abnormal vocal and physical energy and/or movement just to make the kid laugh. And no matter how deep a man's voice is, he always manages to take it to a higher and softer pitch.

That's another question: Why do we always have a higher pitch when we're entertaining babies? Our voice is always softer and tad bit shrill. That's the case here when we do the Kuwaiti peek-a-boo (well that's what I'll call it here), "Tiyaaaa!" or other playful sayings.

MP3's...(zSHARE) Lounge/House
Washed Out - Feel It All Around such a beautiful song...
Theo Parrish - Summertime is Here
Moodymann - Don't You Want My Love
Andres - Sing About It (Ft. Tracy Vox & KDJ)
Andras Fox - Gettin' Into You

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hello Boys & Girls

Strangely enough, it feels like I stopped blogging for about six months, not one. I really did want to write something sooner. I had all these curious thoughts running in my head and I always wanted to sit down and type out a little paragraph and end the post with a few melodic clinchers. But no matter how interesting (or so I think) my random topics of discussion are, my excellence in procrastination outdoes my want to blog. But here I am, so hello again.

I'd like to give a shout out to my good friend Fee. If it weren't for you I'd probably settle for writing out a post for New Years. But why wait right?

Before I bring up any cutesy topics (they're probably going to come up in the following posts), I want to get one thing off my chest, and that is the so-called artist called Rihanna. Now, I do listen to the radio. When I do, I usually tune into:

- BBC: I love it when people say "BBC" in different diale
cts; I get a kick out of mimicking them for some reason. Although I like their programs and interviews (some are very interesting and can get quite heated), I'm trying to make a habit out of knowing what's going on in this world of ours instead of getting my news from relatives and friends by listening to World News.

- 99.7: I cannot get over how sadly outrageous Linda is. I have a feeling that one morning, we'll hear this melancholy nobody announce her pa
ssing away. She's been there for so long I won't be surprised if she starts to mold.

- Mix FM 98.4: Sometimes I listen to the morning show. There are three people on that thing: Talal who can get a little bit annoying because he
overdoes the whole thick American accent thing (agool…latitqa9ab), the witty Egyptian chick Sandi who's the closest thing to being a legit RJ and the most annoying thing on earth, Rasha. Can anyone tell me why she's even on the show? Who the heck hired her? I mean, apart from being lame, dull and unoriginal, both her English and Arabic skills are below average. Again, why? I sometimes listen to Osama's show, "El Kha6ar Bel Letter." I confess that I sent them about a total of ten text messages but I never got on that darned show. I really do think I can win! Oh well…

If I'm not listening to the above or my iPod's precious music, I turn the dial to the stations my parents usually listen to, either old Arabic music or talk shows.

Anyhow, back to the matter at hand: my resentment toward Rihanna.

I couldn't really understand her rise to fame. For one, her voice is exactly the same in all her songs; this boring, robotic monotone sound that always made me flinch in annoyance whenever I come acros
s it. And her style – or lack thereof – is equally as annoying. There's nothing fierce about it. It's not stylish; it's odd, outlandish and doesn't suit her figure. Case in point the photographs below. But what really aggravates me is her lyrics, especially that atrocious song of hers, "Take a Bow." I am not going to contaminate my blog by placing an MP3 of it, but you can listen to it on this YouTube link, just in case you're curious.

I remember the first time I heard it, I scowled at my radio and kept on saying, "What is that?! What is that?!" I hope you'll know what I mean if you read a major part of the song's lyrics below:

You look so dumb right now,
standing outside my house,
trying to apologize.
You’re so ugly when you cry.
Please, just cut it out…

You're so ugly when you cry? What the hell is that?

Grab your clothes and get gone.
You better hurry up before the sprinklers come on.

Sprinklers? I swear I heard that and I kept saying, "What? What?" I really do think that I can do a much better job than whoever wrote this poopy song of hers that's for sure.

Talkin’ about, girl, I love you, you’re the one.

This just looks like the re-run.

Please, what else is on (END)

No wonder she got beat up...

This is her my-scarf-matches-my-glasses look...

I know that this is supposed to be a haute couture piece but it ain't haute or hot. Since when did papery dresses make their way into the mainstream? And what happened to going for something that's actually nice on you? Here's a word of advice: If it's not "you," then it's not for you!

Anyhow, here's a good and healthy dose of real old school music. Enjoy folks.

MP3's (zSHARE)...

Tupac - In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins Remix) real nice one if you're not familiar with it...

Tupac - Hellrazor

Public Enemy - I Ain't Mad at All

Public Enemy - Rebel Without a Pause

Eric B & Rakim - Don't Sweat the Technique

Digable Planets - Dog It

Digable Planets - Blowing Down

Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight

Beats International - Dub Be Good To Me

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