Yeah, I know…I told you he was pretty awesome.

Sidney Paget's original 1891 illustration of Holmes and Watson, from the Strand magazine. Photograph: Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Sherlock. Holmes. I. Love. Him.

In my last blog post I mentioned this amazing character by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is absolutely amazing. Yes, I know…you are now wondering how and why Mr. Holmes fits into the subject of my “innate gift”. First off, the only reason why I am totally and completely obsessed with human emotion and behavior is due to Mr. Holmes and his ability to be specifically correct, ALL THE TIME, about anything and everything! Second, he’s just really cool. And anybody who wants to disagree with me can just go to– okay, sorry…sometimes I get very defensive. But still, all of you out there know what I mean.

Let me break down Mr. Holmes’ character in one word, EPIC (Emotionless Prodigy with Intellectual Composure). What makes him supremely brilliant is that he never loses his ‘cool’ and this is mainly because he has mastered this amazing skill of never being attached to anything that he is involved with. Some may call that heartless or shrewd, but I believe that it is an excellent behavior that one should obtain, or at least try to obtain. Mr. Holmes, is of course very intelligent, he has a very vast knowledge on various different subjects which he is able to analyze and dissect in every form possible.

Okay, so now you know why he’s “EPIC”, however I still need to address the issue to how this relates to my “innate gift”. See, about a few years ago I began reading the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Mind you I’m still only in the middle of the entire collection. I believe that since I have been reading the works for some time now, subconsciously, I have begun to pick up on a few of Mr. Holmes’s traits. Now, I am not claiming to be “EPIC” myself, but I think when you have been exposed to such a character who has these deep thoughts and mysterious habits, you begin to occupy your mind with questions about that character. After these questions, you begin to act like the character, and that’s how I guess it began. I am only good at one thing though. I can only tell when people like each other. Well, I think that isn’t as bad as having no super cool trait. Hence, I am proud of myself =D

This episode of Sherlock Holmes is one of the best. Hope all of you enjoy it.

My Innate Gift…

In the past few years I have began to understand the concept of human psychology. The human psyche is one topic which never seems to arouse boredom out of me. I am never disinterested when I read about people and how they feel towards certain things or how they may react. One thing in particular I just LOVE about the human psyche is how certain individuals act around others. These actions towards people help determine the individuals feelings towards the other. And thus, bringing us to my innate gift. I believe that I have this amazing sense of knowing when people grow a liking towards somebody else. However, what makes this even more interesting is the fact that I may not even know the two people very well to know that one may be affectionate towards the other. Awesome, right? First off, of course I don’t believe that I am physic. That’s just crazy. I guess I know people. Since I have this vast knowledge about human emotion it is probably not that big of a deal to catch one of the most felt emotions by individuals all over the world. This concept of ‘liking’ has always been one of my keen interests. I say ‘liking’ because I do not believe such a thing as love exists. That argument is best saved for another time and another post. Hence, my two interests combine to make one mega super humanistic sense. I can go on and on and on about this before I do that though, I would really like to refresh my mind with a few readings on these topics. So I know exactly what I am talking about without feeling as if I an uncertain. I would also like to begin reading Sherlock Holmes because he also is one man who is very good at applying his senses to the world that is ahead of him. He is able to tell something right off the bat without ever having an interaction with whatever the subject maybe. Yes, I admit it…I aspire to be him. He happens to be my idol.

The Garbage Bag Fashion:Interesting Concept

39948_5_468Just a couple hours ago I was looking through this fashion magazine while I was waiting in line at the local grocery store with my Mom, when I noticed that utter and pure nonsense is taken as breathtaking and beautiful. I mean, like a garbage bag for Christs sake! How can something that is known as literal ‘trash’ be passed as fashion? Hence, that got me thinking. Can I write complete nonsense and get away with it, being captured as marvelous or a tremendous piece of literary work that should be displayed with the great works of Charles Dickens or Shakespeare. Fine, maybe I might be going a bit too far. But, I should really give this a shot now should I not? It is an interesting idea, to write something that basically is ‘gibberish’. I should began with words that make no sense, gradually built my way to rubbish sentences and so on and so forth. And, hey! You never know… it just might turn into the biggest phenomenon, I guess I owe the Garbage Bag Fashion people an apology, after all they are the reason I will become a best selling author in nonsense and rubbish!

Nature, The Gentlest Mother- Writing Style

I have always found it ‘odd’ when poets decide to categorize the different elements of nature into a specific gender. Why must nature be given personality? Does it not have characteristics already? Yes, nature is beautiful…though why does it have to be described in such a feminine way? Why does it need to resemble the beauty of a woman? Now, do not get me wrong, I do not believe this is sexist in any form, however, placing gender tags on mere weather patterns and enchanting plants is just weird. I feel uncomfortable with the idea. I stand on ‘Mother Earth’; doesn’t that make you feel as if you are literally standing on a poor woman? Okay, so if I stood on Earth, it is a completely different story now isn’t it? I do not have to feel guilty about standing on the earth’s floor because it does not hold a personality; it does not have a soul….

One may argue that something does not need a soul to be given a gender to it. It does not need to have a personality for it is living, it can breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Oxygen is now what all animals breathe in. In order for us to survive. Hence, it is natural for us to define earth as Mother, due to the fact that it has given us life.

Fine, that’s understandable…though I still find the concept somewhat strange. I guess it is just me who tends to find faults in things that are never really questioned all that much. I also now have to accept this concept now that I have found out one of my favourite poets, Emily Dickinson, has already written a poem that specifies the Earth as ‘mother’.

Nature, The Gentlest Mother

Nature, the gentlest mother,
Impatient of no child,
The feeblest or the waywardest,
Her admonition mild

In forest and the hill
By traveller is heard,
Restraining rampant squirrel
Or too impetuous bird.

How fair her conversation,
A summer afternoon,–
Her household, her assembly;
And when the sun goes down

Her voice among the aisles
Incites the timid prayer
Of the minutest cricket,
The most unworthy flower.

When all the children sleep
She turns as long away
As will suffice to light her lamps;
Then, bending from the sky

With infinite affection
And infiniter care,
Her golden finger on her lip,
Wills silence everywhere.

 

Memoriam: Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels is a Toronto based Canadian poet, best known for her 1986 award winning collection of poetry called The Weight of Oranges. She has written one novel, Fugitive Pieces, which is an exploration of the Holocaust through the perspective of the possibility of love and faith. Along with writing poetry and a novel, Michaels has also composed musical scores for theater.

I actually just randomly picked her out of the list of authors on the International Festivals of Authors website. The first thing I did was go straight to her poetry section. I began reading a poem by her called, Memoriam, and I was just mesmerized. The way her words flowed together when I read them aloud, the way every line had something to say without actually directly saying anything. It reminded me of what our teacher always refers to when we write, we should write with as little information as possible and concentrate more on the details.

“The lake’s slight movement is stilled by fading light.
Soon the stars’ tiny mouths, the moon’s blue mouth.”

The lines above are a great example of what our teacher refers to. Michaels was trying to portray a situation where it was night time, and the moon and stars had come out too, in more descriptive words, which of course makes a huge difference in the way we interpret the scene. I think it’s an absolutely wonderful way of describing a situation without saying what it is. I believe that it makes an individual’s sense of imagination grow and accumulate ideas in various different forms. I am extremely terrible at this method of writing, and I feel that is because in the past years we have been taught to focus our attention more on the information and less on details, so that we can get straight to the point. During this course I would really like to master this skill by writing more poems because I have realized that poetry is an excellent way to use very descriptive language, and that it is easier to work with.

Cry, Laugh, Speak: 15 verbs (synonyms )

Cry:cry_by_Hidden_target

  1. Weep
  2. Wail
  3. Sob

Laugh:laugh_ha_ha

  1. Cackle
  2. Chuckle
  3. Jeer

Speak:Lets_talk_by_insp1ration

  1. Talk
  2. Converse
  3. Discourse

Move:baaa532ae11db0a103cf3e98bb5a9d04

  1. Transfer
  2. Maneuver
  3. Shift

Smile:Smile_by_engelvleugels

  1. Grin
  2. Smirk
  3. Beam

Cadbury Dairy Milk Commercial

I just found this ad really amusing. I think it kind of relates to what we have been doing in class about sound and how individuals react to it.

Joe James, Aint Misbehavin’

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Joe Jones was an avant-garde musician who was associated with Fluxus, he was very well known for his creation of rhythmic music machines. In the late 1950s he began a short career as a jazz drummer. In the 1960s Jones began to study avant-garde experimental composition first with John Cage and then Earle Brown. Through these connections, Jones was able to form artistic associations with  Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles and La Monte Young. In 1962, he began experimenting with mechanical instruments which resulted in creating objects such as musical boats, solar music umbrellas and a pedaled vehicle that pulled handmade instruments on wheels called “The Longest Pull Toy in the World”.

Jones’ musical style is a lot different from what I have heard recently in class, mainly because his sound experiments have more to do with mechanical sounds rather than vocal sounds. Though, after I heard his piece Aint Misbehavin, I realized he also experimented with the vocals. I really enjoyed listening to this piece because for some reason I’m very fascinated with low pitches and he really does work it! It’s quite hard to find him in his own words, or have someone quoting on him. For now, lets listen to another piece I really enjoyed…

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! What All Gibberish Should Sound Like…

Before I being to investigate the Joy of Gibberish , I would just like to point out that I’ m in love with Stephan Fry and his comedic genius. I think him and Hugh Laurie were just amazingly hilarious in the series Jeeves and Wooster. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, listening to the Joy of Gibberish was very entertaining, especially when you know who Stephan Fry is, it makes everything a lot more pleasurable! What made the piece interesting were the examples or the audio clips that were a part of it, they made the argument more strong. And what was the argument, one may ask; true rubbish should be devoid of all meaning. I had never known that. I always thought that all gibberish had at least some sort of meaning, like when toddlers speak. Even thought they may be saying complete and utter gibberish, there is a meaning behind it, a sort of command or need. I guess, it’s the meaning that lies within the action and not the speech. One thing that really caught my attention was the little piece on the Mary Poppins classic song,  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, I ended up looking into the actual lyrics and realized the song was meant to tell kids that,

“When trying to express oneself, it’s frankly quite absurd,
To leaf through lengthy lexicons to find the perfect word.
A little spontaneity keeps conversation keen,
You need to find a way to say, precisely what you mean…”

So I guess speaking in tongues can more likely save you a lot more brain power! I would actually really love to speak gibberish and record it. I know for a fact that I speak while I sleep, hmmm maybe I can record that.

Even though this song is called Gibberish, it actually has nothing to do with ‘gibberish’…I just like the song :p

If I Were a Poet- Beth Anderson Investigation

bethandersonphoto2Beth Anderson is a critically acclaimed composer of neo-romantic, avant-garde music, text-sound work, and musical theatre. She has worked with the likes of John Cage, Terry Riley, Robert Ashley and Larry Austin at Mills College and U.C. Davis. Although, she was born in Kentucky, she mostly studied in California. She is a member of Broadcast Musicians Inc. (BMI), the American Composers’ Forum, International Alliance of Women in Music, the American Music Center, Poets and Writers and New York Women Composers. She resides in New York City where she produces Women’s Work, a concert series, for Greenwich House Arts.

When I listened to Anderson’s piece If I Were A Poet , I literally went blank. I had no thoughts, no feelings, no reactions towards the piece. I basically just listened to it. Once I finished listening to it, I listened to the piece again, hoping I’d get some sort of reaction. Fortunately, I did, she reminded me of Jaap Blonk and his piece on What the President Will say and Do. Though, both had a different approach to their own pieces, one thing that made their pieces similar was the repetition of what they were enunciating. Anderson, in her piece, also changed the word order, and often repeated the same word more then a couple of times. This made the piece contradict Blonk’s piece, where he only deducted the vowels of the words without changing the word order of the sentence.

I was unable to find Anderson’s thoughts on her approach to what she does. However, others have commented on her brilliance:

At the start of the twenty-first century, composer Beth Anderson is one of the most exciting personalities on the American classical music scene, bucking trends of formalism and attempting to make touch with her inner self, tastes and identity in her music.

–David N. Lewis, Assistant Classical Editor, All Music Guide

A refreshing simplicity without naivete–deeply felt, direct, and yes, beautiful.

–Alan Gillmore, musicologist

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