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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 12:31amSanction this postReply
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They cannot give themselves entirely to anything.

And they think you're crazy if you do. Thanks for finding that gem, Linz.




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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 6:27amSanction this postReply
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Linz, the quote reminds me of an article by Frank Sinatra, of all people, in the old Life or Look magazine very many moons ago, arguing that the most important elements of singing are the words and he believes in taking them very seriously.



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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 6:34amSanction this postReply
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"A person can't change their psychology to suit your own or change it on a dime, and making that be an important point for SOLO is only going to fill your site with pretenders and eliminate thoughtful but perhaps not ‘exuberantly joyful’ people. Francisco, exuberant as he is, won't be interested in a site that excludes and/or mocks Rearden.”"

But one CAN and SHOULD focus on the positive. One CAN and SHOULD change their 'psychology' -- whatever that means in this context. Usually, it means a person's bearing and attitude. Changing one's attitude or bearing CAN easily be done. There are only about a million ways to do this, but when I get gloomy or start focusing on problems, I break the pattern by reminding myself that: (1) there's alot of great things going on in my life and the world; and (2) sitting around and bitching and moaning about problems only magnifies them, and does NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. Gloomy inaction is anti-life. Life is action. Action and solving or bettering a situation is pro-life. End of story. Unless someone wants to argue that they have no control over how they focus their conciousness, this is possible and ought to be done daily-- or hourly if need be. Aside from this, a positive, can-do attitude is essential to success and happinesss in life, and it is the one characteristic in Ayn Rand's "AS" characters which are not idealized--THIS aspect should be emulated by us all, every day.

THe second section of the quoted material brings up a separate issue: as to personality types and tendencies. Here, I agree with the quoted individual--SOLO should be a haven for the more reserved as well as the more boisterous. But I think it already is.

Great article, Linz.



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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 7:17amSanction this postReply
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I loved the article.
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If it's called the Free Radical, why do we have to pay for it?

;-)




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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 7:27amSanction this postReply
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but when I get gloomy or start focusing on problems, I break the pattern by reminding myself that: (1) there's alot of great things going on in my life and the world; and (2) sitting around and bitching and moaning about problems only magnifies them, and does NOTHING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. Gloomy inaction is anti-life. Life is action. Action and solving or bettering a situation is pro-life. End of story.
 
I agree with Scott 100%!
This, is the mind of a productive man!
Bravo Scott! 
Linz, you need to add a radio web on solo, once your voice is heard is very addictive.
 
ps.
"THERE COMES A TIME when, if you feel strongly about something, you have to say
'to hell with the consequences.' I wanted to speak my mind and that's what I have done.
It feels a little like diving from the high board, but I've surfaced."




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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 7:36amSanction this postReply
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But one CAN and SHOULD focus on the positive. One CAN and SHOULD change their 'psychology' -- whatever that means in this context. Usually, it means a person's bearing and attitude.
 
Reminds me of two passages.  The first from Tennyson's Ulysses:

"Come, my friends, 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield
."

 
And the second from The Meditations:
 
"Whatever happens to thee, either happens in such wise as thou art formed by nature to bear it, or as thou
art not formed by nature to bear it.  if, then, it happens in such wise as thou art formed by nature to bear it, do not complain, but bear it as thou art formed by nature to bear it.  But if it happens in such a way as thou art not formed by nature to bear it, do not complain, for it will perish after it has consumed thee.

Remember, however, that thou art formed by nature to bear everything, with respect to which it depends on thy own opinion to make it endurable and tolerable, by thinking that it is either in thy interest or thy duty to do this"

SmS





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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 7:51amSanction this postReply
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"For my purpose holds to sail beyond the sunset..." has always been one of my favorite lines... good  ones, Summer...



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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 8:15amSanction this postReply
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From Ciro: "Linz, you need to add a radio web on solo, once your voice is heard is very addictive."

The Daily Linz via audio? Sounds complicated. But I'd tune in.




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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 9:01amSanction this postReply
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Ciro, grazie per le parole gentili.



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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 9:22amSanction this postReply
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What about a SOLO podcast?



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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 3:04pmSanction this postReply
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Yeah. What about a SOLO podcast?



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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 6:20pmSanction this postReply
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Tibor wrote:

Linz, the quote reminds me of an article by Frank Sinatra, of all people, in the old Life or Look magazine very many moons ago, arguing that the most important elements of singing are the words and he believes in taking them very seriously.

He was a great exemplar of attending to the lyrics. Jose Carreras, too, often speaks of singing for the words. When I interviewed him ten years ago he cited three singers as exemplary in this regard—Giuseppe di Stefano, Mario Lanza & Frank Sinatra. Interestingly, di Stefano says dismissively of Pavarotti: "He sings notes. I sing words."

Of course, there are times when one would have urged greater attention to the notes upon both Mario & Frankie—the former spent some time atop the notes, the latter underneath them! :-)

After all, there's no lyric/melody dichotomy! :-)








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Friday, November 11, 2005 - 11:26pmSanction this postReply
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A further thought about lyrics. Giving them due attention assumes they're worth attending to. In the case of headbanging caterwaulers, of course, that isn't the case. When I go to the gym I wear ear-plugs because of the headbanging caterwauling they have going at unbearable volume (any volume of such excrement would be unbearable). Today, some group of irredeemable savages on some wretched "music" video was screaming "Dot com, dot com" over & over & over. No melody to speak of, just the screaming & a mindless, thundering jungle drumbeat. Unspeakable maggots. I'd love to hear Ayn Rand's reaction to that kind of inexpressibly evil esthetic depravity. And to know I'm not alone in finding it revolting beyond any words I have with which to capture it. It's as though this generation has moved beyond the mute indifference Rand wrote of in the words I quote in my article here & is trying to drown the accompanying despair in cacophony for cacophony's sake. "Evil set to cacophony" as I've said elsewhere.



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Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 12:14amSanction this postReply
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"Dot com, Dot com?" The horror! How sickening! How antilife!! ;)

I joke, but I have to wonder what the point of the lyrics could be...anyone know the "song" in question?

On the "no lyric/dichotomy" bit: I've been curious about something: How do you reconcile your Objectivism with Lanza singing "I'll Walk With God"? Is it more about the voice and the passion, in spite of the lyrics (like Rand's take on the "International"), or do you interpret the words in a different way (say, in the manner that Rand sometimes said "God bless" something or other)...or is there something else? Is there a connection for you with the lyrics to the melody and the quality of the singing?

I ask because I've personally had experiences with songs where I liked the melody but paid no attention to the lyrics, but when I finally paid attention to the words I didn't like them, and it usually bugs me afterwords to hear said song. But a song like "I'll Walk With God" makes sense to me, because the music starts low, then rises step by step to a climatic high, and the lyrics, though appealing to "God", appeal to a spirit of rising above one's troubles, so it makes sense in relation to the music.
(Edited by Joe Maurone
on 11/12, 1:00am)




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Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 12:55amSanction this postReply
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Most of today's music is indeed "revolting beyond words." This is true not only of the so-called lyrics and melodies currently in vogue, but of the voices that deliver this excrement. For just as in the visual field, where anyone can call himself an artist (remember those acclaimed "haunting and provocative" semen-stained blankets, Linz?), so can anyone call himself a singer nowadays. It's got to the point where the rare pop performer with a genuine voice (eg, George Michael) is sneered at for making pretty sounds. In other words, it's uncool to have talent.

If folk here haven't already done so, I suggest they read my essay Headbanging Caterwaulers:

http://solohq.com/Articles/McGovern/Headbanging_Caterwaulers.shtml




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Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 1:13amSanction this postReply
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Joe M–there was no point to the repeated "Dot com, dot com" that I could detect. And the noise was atrocious.

The appeal of something like "I'll Walk With God"? First, the magnificent quality of the singing, to be sure. But over & above that, as far as the lyrics are concerned, I remember Rand's words to the interviewer just after he had got her to say, "Thank God for America." She said, from memory, "I may not mean literally a god, but I like what that expression means. God bless you. The highest possible."

Some of the most beautiful music ever written was religious. To dismiss it on that count is just infantile. This music is reverence for life writ large.

Read Diabolical's paean to "I'll Walk" elsewhere on this site. Better still, listen to it while reading the paean. I personally witnessed Chris reduced to a weeping jelly when we listened to it together. That's what persuaded me he was redeemable. :-)

Right now, I'm listening to Lanza singing Silent Night. Eat your heart out! :-)

Linz



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Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 1:33amSanction this postReply
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Now listening to Carreras singing Panis Angelicus, from an album called, delightfully & appropriately, Passion! Eat your heart out again. :-)

Linz



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Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 1:37amSanction this postReply
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Derek, I can sympathize with your disdain at those who claim that punk music had originality and innovation. In the immortal words of Johnny Rotten: "Do you get the feeling that you've just been cheated?" And I've argued that when rock musicians especially, but any musician really, aspires to something more, the cry of "too good" is hurled as an insult. Slacker generation, indeed.
All this has been hashed out time and time again on SOLO. But what caught my attention in your piece was the ending, where you quote Cameron Pritchard (where's he been, anyway?):

"At the latter, we again see masses of braindead people gathering to switch off their minds and replace thought with a primal, group "instinct" as they raise their right arms to salute the Fuhrer. I think the parallels are not surprising. Both Nazism and most modern music are anti-thought. The worry is that my generation’s excuse for music will deliver it into the hands of another Hitler in the future."

No better example of this is Pink Floyd's THE WALL, where "Pink" takes on a Nazi facade. The story being based on Roger Water's growing alienation from the audience, who refused to listen to the message and instead acted like mindless sheep at the concerts. The movie, for those who are unfamiliar, visualizes this in a grand Nazi like rally, with Pink as dictator, marching hammers for swastikas, and the audience marching in unison, raising their hands in hammer formation, and morphing into good little sheep, even as they themselves are subject to Pink's tyranny ("are there any queers in the theater tonight? Get them up against the wall!"). Waters was certainly aware of the thought behind Cameron's fear of music having the power to deliver a generation into the hands of another Hitler! And I point out the irony of Water's abandoning the rock format in favor of traditional opera in my review of the recently released

CA IRA , which translates into "There is Hope." (To be fair, his solo "rock" albums have the seeds of this project, but even there, the hopeful songs are not "rock".

Reflecting on this, though, Waters, too, pointed out the masochistic aspect of rock concerts (especially the trampling of others in order to be in the presence of "the gods". But it's not just "caterwauling" rock that's been used for propaganda purpose, but the common denominator is a steady beat, usually major chords, (or in the case of rock, "power chords" (fifths without major or minors), but more emphasis on a hypnotic rhythm as opposed to a seriously developed melody, and never a minor key, which is believed to encourage thought...that's why when people get drunk to forget their troubles, they put a "happy song" on the jukebox, since the slow, less rhythmic minor keys usually remind them of their troubles. A piece can be harmonically consonant yet still be mob entrancing with the right repetitive rhythm.
(Edited by Joe Maurone
on 11/12, 1:55am)




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Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 1:43amSanction this postReply
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Linz:"Read Diabolical's paean to "I'll Walk" elsewhere on this site. Better still, listen to it while reading the paean."

I've heard and read both, but not together; but I can imagine the emotional alchemy! I'll have to save that for a time when I really need it.

Thanks for clarifying the appeal towards the song. Figured it was something like that, and after I asked, ANTHEM came to mind...

Now, I have to ask...WHY DO YOU KEEP GOING TO THE SAME GYM????? ;)
Maybe Santa will bring you a Soloflex this year? I'd say an iPod, but I know how the volume gets cranked in those places, headphones can't compete...:(
(Edited by Joe Maurone
on 11/12, 1:58am)




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Why do I keep going to the same gym? Because all others have the same headbanging caterwauling blaring. This one is the closest to where I live. But like most banks, shops etc., its walls shake with evil. And that's what it is. Pure evil. I can't persuade SOLOists of this, so I don't have much hope for the rest of the world. But this crap is the greatest testimony to Rand's identification of the eyeless sockets gyrating in dank basements to mindless jungle "rhythms." Well, that is the enemy. That is the musical equivalent of Islamo-Fascist Saddamy. Usually, Saddamites are fans of headbanging caterwauling as well. Funny that. Brainless, soulless maggots, all of them, at the same time & in the same respect.

Yes, I'm effing furious. My space is being invaded by headbanging caterwauling from across the courtyard right now. Boom, boom, boom. Imbecility, imbecility, imbecility. Ugliness, ugliness, ugliness. Boy, is it disgusting.

If this be the wave of the future, there is no future. Slipknot rules, by pseudo-Objectivist default. But not mine.

Linz-on-Fire.





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