Listen: King Crimson are awesome. I’m listening to Discipline right now, which is from the early 80′s, meaning that it’s halfway between things like Starless and Bible Black and things like Thrak in terms of how it sounds. There’s a lot of big bass (I’m pretty sure Tony Levin is on Chapman stick) and distorted guitars, along with King Crimson’s tendency to play these twisty, windy melodies in odd time signatures in unison (at this point Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew) and then having one person omit a single note from the pattern while they play. So they’re doing a unison sixteenth note pattern in 9/8, for example, and then one of them drops one of the notes from his pattern, meaning that he’s now playing in 17/16 while the other is still going in 9/8. And they keep going like this until their patterns meet up again, and then the one who dropped the note adds it back and they keep going. They do this in a lot of songs, including “Frame by Frame” and “Discipline”, which are probably the two best examples (and “Three of a Perfect Pair”). This video is a good example of that happening, from an awesome concert DVD that I’ve watched too many times. The whole song is, actually, but that part is especially crazy. I don’t really think I’m right on with those time signatures, but it was just an example anyway. Also, check out King Crimson’s amazing stage presence. Tony Levin in the power stance, Bill Bruford all calm and collected behind his huge kit, Adrian Belew doing some type of shuffly movement, and Robert Fripp being a cyborg. I saw him once at World Cafe Live, and he stood up…and waved at me. I was amazed to see him showing any emotion at all, let alone smiling, let alone standing up – while playing guitar! Pretty impressive for someone who’s half computer.
You Can’t Love ‘em All hasn’t updated in three whole days…what’s up with that? I need to know what’s going on!
I forgot to eat yesterday, and I made it to the end of my day around 12:45 AM, only then realizing that my stomach was growling and I couldn’t go to bed without eating something. Before that point, I’d had my customary bagel, cream cheese and orange juice (plus a strip of mind-blowingly scrumptious bacon) at about 11 AM, and a small L.A. Burdick hot chocolate at 5. And that’s it…for the entire day. I was in good company, which can apparently sometimes lead to forgetting to eat. But I was kind of dying by the end of the evening. So Eric made me some eggs, because he’s a great roommate. I need to get better at this, though – the fact that there’s food around at my ‘home’ home makes it easy to just eat whenever I’m hungry, but so far we’re not at the point here in NYC where we keep the kitchen stocked with anything that’s both healthy and convenient enough to suit my pre-class lethargy. This needs to not happen again. Eating is healthy, and I don’t want to perish in the middle of Concert Recording because I was too lazy to put some eggs and milk in a pan that morning.
For the first time in my college career, I was able to resist the temptation to buy a bunch of shiny new school books before the classes have even started. I realized something while book shopping the other day (with a little help from the above awesome roommate) – I need to be careful about which class textbooks I spend money on, because it’s my money now. I don’t really make that much. I need to save. So I stopped myself from spending hundreds of dollars on these huge music history anthologies, as well as not paying full price for my “Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in Java” book (my awesome roommate has a copy he’s giving me for half price). It’s not necessarily that I won’t get these books, I just need to make sure that they’re good investments first, because I’ve been in more than a few classes with a 150 dollar textbook that I eagerly bought before the first class and then never used. I need to be careful, because I’m only going to get poorer as time goes on. Sweeeeeeeet!