Today, many of the old discotheques are abandoned and collapsing, and victim to vandalism. Sometimes they are still used for underground parties and raves, but they are more often occupied by homeless people and others seeking temporary shelter.
There's a wonderful set of photographs of "Abandoned Italian discoteques" over at Slate. I love this stuff. I'd love to visit these places and take my own photos, or do a small gig, or something fun and creative. Unfortunately, these wonderful buildings serve a more "real" purpose today:
I'd love to have some "underground parties" in a space like this...
... or this...
Here's a link to the actual photography project that Slate's referring to.
The way these ruins can just be abandoned kind-of reminds me of Egypt, where we saw thousands of buildings abandoned or unfinished. They could abandon buildings because the climate was so dry that they wouldn't rot. In BC we can't get away with that; abandoned buildings rot quickly and usually get torn down. Perhaps that's why I like these "modern ruins" so much; we simply can't have them here, so they're particularly exotic to me.
I just heard this story from SNAP! Judgement last night. Here's the live performance.
Here's my favorite part:
I mean we've got so much that we have to adapt to. We have to solve problems. We have to deal with change, uncertainty and questioning is the tool or one of the primary tools that lets you do that. A great definition I saw for questioning is that questioning enables us to organize our thinking around what we don't know. So in a time when so much knowledge is all around us, answers are at our fingertips, we really need great questions in order to be able to know what to do with all that information and find our way to the next answer.
Nothing fancy, but it's nice to hear a few or my biases get some confirmation.
By the way, I got a little more recording done. I recorded my uncle Monte's guitarwork and my cousin-in-law's voice for "Living the Dream," as well as a touch of vocals from my brother's wife Rachelann on "Soothe Me." I'm very, very close to having it all done. I can almost taste it.
In my "idealized version of what could have been," I'm a desirable musician who happens to have the time to work out and read and collect things and own a home and I'd totally be awesome and people would interview me and I'd always say very intelligent, funny things. I'd have people calling me up to talk to me and I'd never have to go out to find any friends or anything.
And there are all the other things in my ideal life that I won't post here for professional reasons.
Oh, the things I could have done to make my life so exciting and awesome. Oh the things that could have happened to make me the greatest guy this side of Glendon.
Instead I've lived a pretty good life so far. So meh.
I'm feeling pretty good today.
Later in the song, when the big lead guitar returns over the final repetition of the chorus, I didn't need to splice this in; in that section, the slide was dirty enough. But for the solo proper, the bits of lo-fi distortion seemed necessary.
My daughters, like everybody else in the world, love LEGO. I went down to Cherry Bomb Collectibles in Victoria and picked up a bag of used LEGO. The girls have been making loads of weird stuff to go along with their RV sets.
Here are a couple recent LEGO photos of their LEGO creations and adventures.
I've been adding photos to Panoramio in an attempt to get them onto Google Earth. My latest project involves finding unique places around Victoria. It takes a few weeks for them to appear on Google Earth, but it feels pretty cool when I finally see my photos show up.
Lately I've been trying to find nostalgic places around the Saanich Peninsula. Here are a couple of my favorites so far.
I know it's not healthy to compare your own music to other music, but how can I not feel a little out of date? I even tried to make this music sound more modern than my first album, but it still seems to come out entrenched so deeply in the rock tradition that I don't think I can find my way out.
Perhaps I need to admit to myself that I play rock and roll, that rock is my genre. But it's a frightening thing to admit. It's scary to admit that I'm old hat when I haven't even started.
I started thinking in this direction, by the way, partly from hearing this wonderful ditty...
on the same online post where I saw this one:
By the way, I'm in Victoria. I'm taking courses at UVic, but I hope to finish a bit of recording at the end of August. I have to record Kate, Monte, Rachelann, and Briellen before I head back to the Mainland to get a couple more voices and a piano. And then I'll be finished! Weird, eh?