Saturday, February 19, 2011

Song of the Day #15

The song of the day is by a Saskatoon band who is in a contest on the Rolling Stone magazine website in which the winner gets on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and will get a record contract.  So go to the Rolling Stone website by clicking here.  Please make sure to rate them five stars.  Their song "I Don't Know" has been getting some airplay on Rock 102 FM here in Saskatoon.

"I Don't Know" by The Sheepdogs
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Snow

Snow, snow, and you guessed it, more snow.  What happened to the unseasonably high temperatures we've been having.  What happened to that?  In the course of a day, we dropped 21 degrees.  Going from +4 C on Tuesday to -15 C on Wednesday.  I'm not saying that I'm not used to the cold or anything, but all that in 24 hours takes some getting used to.  Then again, I live in Saskatchewan where the weather can change in an instant.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

February 14th is the day marked as Valentine's Day.  If you truly look at the historical roots of Valentine's Day, then you see that it is rooted in Christianity (much like St. Patrick's Day being named after a historical Christian).  Over the centuries, Valentine's Day has been shaped and molded into this day of love and all that is related to it.  People do loving things or give gifts to someone specifically for this day.  I guess this is the one day where it's common practice to nice things for someone.  What about the other 364 days of the year?  Are those just another day where you don't have to do nice things for someone?

Has this idea of Valentine's Day become so ingrained in us that we have to associate it with love, Cupid, and related items only?  Those ideas associated with Valentine's Day can be used throughout the year.  If you do that, then Valentine's Day can be just another day.  Plus the whole idea behind Valentine's Day has become another reason for the business world to make money hand over fist and commercialize it much like other days of the year and holidays.

If Valentine's Day followed the original traditions then I would be all for it.  But it's been turned into something vaguely like the original except, as I said, it has become more commercialized.  Some Middle Eastern countries don't even use the excuse that Valentine's Day promotes western ideologies.  They don't want Valentine's Day celebrated in their countries because they are predominantly Muslim and the historical roots as I said are based in Christianity.  There has been some issues between the two religions throughout history.

Don't go thinking that I'm only saying this because I'm single and bitter.  That is further from the truth.  You can have Valentine's' Day any day of the year.  You don't have to have it on the prescribed day of February 14 necessarily.  If you love someone enough, one day of the year shouldn't force you to do something special for them.

Judging The Whole Of Something By The Mainstream

I see this a lot in certain things like music and professional wrestling.  People will judge it as a whole based on the mainstream.  When it comes to music they say: "Music nowadays sucks."  That subjects music as a whole to being terrible.  If they looked outside of the mainstream box when it comes to music, then they would know that there is good music out there.  I don't subject music as a whole to this standard that the mainstream projects.  Sure there are a lot of terrible artists and songs in mainstream music, but there are also a lot of good artists and songs in the mainstream.

If you took time to look outside the mainstream or look to find the good music in the mainstream, then you would find some great underground, indie, and or mainstream artists.  But oh no, that would take too much time and effort to look for artists who are not mainstream or that still very good yet mainstream.  As well, just because you are more mainstream doesn't you are just mainstream.  Look at Arcade Fire for instance, they are still an indie rock band, but they are very popular have broken into the mainstream.  Some people might think that being indie as well as mainstream is an oxymoron, but that is not the case.  Again, Arcade Fire have proven that theory wrong.

Arcade Fire performing on the 2011 Grammy Awards have further proven that they can still be indie while performing on a mainstream awards show.  Part of being indie is not just the style of music they play, but being indie is also about being signed to an independent record label.

When it comes to professional wrestling, people say: "Wrestling is shitty."  That is also subjective because indy wrestling is great.  The mainstream product of wrestling is not as good as it has been in the past.  But don't stereotype all of wrestling as being shitty because the WWE and TNA project itself that way.  There is a lot of good wrestling out there if you take the time to look for it.  You have the Internet, so use it to your advantage.

I find that a lot of people are just too stubborn to look outside the box.  That's why I continually say this when it comes to music and professional wrestling.  If you are going to judge something, you need to choose the right words or actually have an idea of what you are talking about because it would make you look like you know what you are talking about.  As I said, you have the Internet, so use to it your advantage would be a smart thing to do.  Go figure...  After all, you use it to bitch and complain about how bad mainstream music and mainstream professional wrestling are.  Do it see the good rather than the negative.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Song of the Day #14

Here is another song of the day.  It is "Dead Hearts" by Alexisonfire which is a cover of a Midnight Oil song.  The original version by Midnight Oil was released in the 80s.  This song is what Alexisonfire wanted to achieve and that is a radio friendly hit.  As well, this is the only Alexisonfire song I like.

"Dead Hearts" by Alexisonfire
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Floor Hockey

The last couple of weeks I have been playing floor hockey at Ebenezer Baptist Church.  Last week I got three assists while this week I got a goal and two assists.  My friend Rob has been playing and I decided to go and it's good exercise.  We play on Mondays.  So anybody in Saskatoon know where the church is located, we play at 7:00 on Mondays.  I can't wait for next week to see if keep my scoring streak and my points streak going.