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FFF – Influential

Someone once said, “…the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they’ve taught me.”

This seems to have been the theme of my summer. The joy of change is that you meet new people, hear new thoughts and remove yourself from the stagnant nature that you wore like a comfortable old shoe. To further that shoe analogy, sometimes new shoes pinch, but in the end, they look spectacular and you adore them.

I have often found some of the best musical influence at work. Sean B. is a great example, plus, he likes blog shout outs (Hi Sean!). And over the course of the last few months at work, I have talked more about music than ever. A testament to some of the amazing people I met this summer. Even when arguing the merits (or lack thereof) of Nickleback and AC/DC (more on that next week). I learned these past few months. I learned that just because a song is successful doesn’t make it a sell-out. I learned that everyone has a unique taste in music that should be appreciated, even if it is not agreed with. I learned that there are people out there that are more than just their reputations and when instinct tells you to look closer, you listen and are often rewarded for it. I learned that there are other people out there, who, like me, listen to lyrics and notes and make music an integral part of their day and life. And these are the people that influence me and inspire me most.

Hollerado was a great recommendation this summer.  Canadian Indie at its finest.  They are a bit Weezer-esque.  Got to Lose never fails to make me smile. The lyrics, especially when recited verbatim, combine sentiment and quirk; definitely a fun song.  One that will always carry the memories of this summer. Introduced to me because I took time to listen and learn. It was my reward and I am terribly grateful for it.

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Politically Incorrect

Most of the time I prefer my music without a heaping blatant side dish of politics.  Some politics.  Okay, mostly just Canadian politics.  In this case, since I’m mocking it, I’ll play the musical politic game.  Just for today.  Mostly because it is shift-switch week and between spending four non-production hours in a classroom trying to stay away by alternatively kicking my own self under the table and yawning for increased brain oxygen (no, really, it wasn’t because I was bored.  I swear!), I’m feeling a bit lazy for a Monday.
Let the mocking ensue.
Picture this:  Chad Kroeger from Nickleback and Stephen Harper.  Cuddly.  Cute.  Kind of like that picture of Harper with the kitten.  Only slightly more nauseating.
Aside from Gravol, laughter seems to be a good cure for nausea.  In this case Graeme Phillips’ report for nowtoronto.com on the musical reaction to said photo during this year’s Juno Awards.  Funny shit.
Highlights include: the sheer look of “Hat the Fuck?” from Sarah McLachlan and both comments from Holy Fuck and Fucked Up (How have I never heard of these two bands? Hilarity.  Off to YouTube.)  Skip Jim Cuddy’s PR-spin bullshit.  It’s sweet and nice and typically Canadian (read: too polite for our own good).  In my opinion, he sounds like a press release.  Yawn.  There I go again.
Check it out.  A snerkeriffic Monday:
p.s. If Stephen Harper wins the election and has Nickleback write a new National Anthem, do you think I could flee my home country and claim refugee status elsewhere?  I can claim “irreconcilable creative differences.”

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