Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Flyleaf – “All around me”

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

I was listening to a mix over on Pandora, and was introduced to Flyleaf. Wow. Fantastic stuff. I am so glad that I have a 30% off coupon for Borders – I am going to buy a CD this weekend! (who said streaming digital music was killing CD sales?)

All Around Me

My hands are searching for you
My arms are outstretched towards you
I feel you on my fingertips
My tongue dances behind my lips for you

This fire rising through my being
Burning I’m not used to seeing you

I’m alive, I’m alive

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

My hands float up above me
And you whisper you love me
And I begin to fade
Into our secret place

The music makes me sway
The angels singing say we are alone with you
I am alone and they are too with you

I’m alive, I’m alive

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

And so I cry
The light is white
And I see you

I’m alive, I’m alive, I’m alive

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healing

Take my hand
I give it to you
Now you own me
All I am
You said you would never leave me
I believe you
I believe

I can feel you all around me
Thickening the air I’m breathing
Holding on to what I’m feeling
Savoring this heart that’s healed

Phantom

Thursday, November 19th, 2009
In sleep he sang to me
In dreams he came
That voice which calls to me
And speaks my name
And do I dream again?
For now I find
The phantom of the opera is there,
Inside my mind

Sing once again with me
Our strange duet
My power over you
Grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me
to glance behind
The phantom of the opera is there
Inside your mind

Those who have seen your face
Draw back in fear
I am the mask you wear

It’s me they hear

My/Your spirit and my/your voice
In one combined
The phantom of the opera is there
inside my/your mind

Is that the phantom of the opera?
Beware the phantom of the opera

In all your fantasies you always knew
That man and mystery

Were both in you

And in this labyrinth
Where night is blind
The Phantom of the opera is here

Inside my mind

Sing, my Angel of Music!

He’s there,
the Phantom of the Opera . . .

Nightwish - the band

Phantom

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

It all started in 1995. My little sister bought front-row seats at

Phantom of the Opera - LONDON

Phantom of the Opera, at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, as wedding presents for us.

In 1998 our software team was recognized by management, and with the bonus that was paid out I purchased tickets to see Phantom of the Opera, at The Fox Theatre in St Louis as a 3rd anniversary gift. Alison, being a math & science geek like myself, immediately asked “does this represent a mathematical progression? We saw Phantom in year zero of the marriage, now again on year three. What about year six?”

Phantom of the Opera - NEW YORK

Year six came around and we celebrated our anniversary in San Antonio, TX. Chosen specifically because Phantom was playing there. And thus it was settled. Every three years.

It’s funny, looking back, because more of a special deal was made about our 9th anniversary than the “big one-zero” at 10 years: we stayed in the Hilton in New York, and saw Phantom on Broadway, to celebrate year nine.

Phantom of the Opera - LAS VEGAS

Continuing the tradition was important – forget the passing of a mere decade, it was the full-dozen that was more of a deal. For year twelve we saw Phantom of the Opera, at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

So, what’s next?

Phantom of the Opera - ? Phantom of the Opera - ?

August next year, and I am already planning. It’s year fifteen – a Phantom Year – and the options are endless. As usual the question isnt “what will you do to celebrate your anniversary?” it will be a question merely of where … and therein lies the delicious mystery!

Code Monkey

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Code Monkey

Words & music by Jonathan Coulton

Code Monkey get up get coffee
Code Monkey go to job
Code Monkey have boring meeting with boring manager Rob
Rob say Code Monkey very diligent
but his output stink
his code not functional or elegant
what do Code Monkey think
Code Monkey think maybe manager want to write goddamn login page himself
Code Monkey not say it out loud
Code Monkey not crazy just proud

Code Monkey like Fritos
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
Code Monkey very simple man
with big warm fuzzy secret heart
Code Monkey like you
Code Monkey like you

Code Monkey hang around at front desk
tell you sweater look nice
Code Monkey offer buy you soda
bring you cup bring you ice
you say no thank you for the soda cause
soda make you fat
anyway you busy with the telephone
no time for chat

Code Monkey have long walk back to cubicle
he sit down pretend to work
Code Monkey not thinking so straight
Code Monkey not feeling so great

Code Monkey like Fritos
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
Code Monkey very simple man
with big warm fuzzy secret heart
Code Monkey like you
Code Monkey like you a lot

Code Monkey have every reason
to get out this place
Code Monkey just keep on working
to see your soft pretty face
Much rather wake up eat a coffee cake
Take bath, take nap
This job fulfilling in creative way
such a load of crap
Code Monkey think someday he have everything even pretty girl like you
Code Monkey just waiting for now
Code Monkey say someday, somehow

Code Monkey like Fritos
Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew
Code Monkey very simple man
with big warm fuzzy secret heart
Code Monkey like you
Code Monkey like you

… except manager’s name isn’t “Rob” and it isn’t a login screen. However, the general “code monkey” mood is there.

Take it from the other music I was listening to on the way in – Linkin Park’s “Meteora” – loving the tracks “Numb” and “Lying from you” especially. Music was blasting in the car and windows happened to be part way down … and I noticed when I pulled up at the lights that the car to the side and the car behind were noticing the music too. Hmmm.

Is it a bad sign that I went from Weird Al through Phantom of the Opera to Guns ‘N Roses and now Linkin Park (Seether, Staind and Nickelback come later today in the playlist).

When you were mine

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

I am still trying to track down the definitive list of the top 10 breakup songs – apparently George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” got ranked #6. Personally I think “When you were mine” would need to be in there somewhere.

First recorded by Prince, in 1980, it seems this track has been covered by a fairly large number of people.

When you were mine
I gave you all of my money
Time after time
You done me wrong
It was just like a dream
You let all my friends come over and meet
And you were so strange
You didnt have the decency to change the sheets

Oh girl, when you were mine
I used to let you wear all my clothes
You were so fine (so fine)
Maybe thats the reason
That it hurt me so

I know (I know)
That youre going with another guy
I dont care (dont care)
Cuz I love u, baby, thats no lie
I love you more than I did
When you were mine

When you were mine
You were kinda sorta my best friend
So I was blind (so blind)
I let you fool around
I never cared (didnt care)
I never was the kind to make a fuss
When he was there
Sleeping inbetween the two of us

I know (I know)
That youre going with another guy
I dont care (dont care)
Cuz I love you, baby, thats no lie
I love you more than I did
When you were mine

When you were mine
U were all I ever wanted to do
Now I spend my time
Following him whenever hes with you

I know (I know)
That youre going with another guy
I dont care (dont care)
Cuz I love you, baby, thats no lie
I love you more that I did
When you were mine

When you were mine, yeah, oh no
Love you, baby
Love you, baby
When you were mine

The version I remember best is from Cyndi Lauper’s “Shes so unusual” album. As a female singer, you’d expect her to change the pronouns throughout, but she didnt, leading to a fairly clear implication of a breakup with another woman (though it’s got to be said, Prince is pushing things with lines like “I used to let you wear all my clothes” and then later on, “When he was there / Sleeping inbetween the two of us“).

Other artists folowed and I found myself caught by a version by Tegan and Sara (that sounds like the Prince version but includes
Cyndi’s gender-bending lyrics.)

(and before you ask, no, I am not breaking up with anyone!)

Turn of the year

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Bilbo’s walking song (as he is leaving Bag End, in “Fellowship of the Ring”) seems somehow appropriate:

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

Enjoy the Silence

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

I ran across Lacuna Coil’s video for “Enjoy the Silence” on Facebook earlier.

Enjoy the Silence

Words like violence
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Cant you understand
Oh my little girl

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

Vows are spoken
To be broken
Feelings are intense
Words are trivial
Pleasures remain
So does the pain
Words are meaningless
And forgettable

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm

Should we or shouldn’t we?

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

In Christianity Today there was a recent article:

Barring Yahweh

The Vatican gives orders to excise the name from worship. Do Protestants agree?

Observant Jews have traditionally not used the name Yahweh, refusing to pronounce the so-called proper name of God out of respect, or to be sure they do not misuse it. Now neither will Roman Catholics, at least in their worship services.

“Protestants should be following their lead,” said Carol Bechtel, professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. “It’s always left me baffled and perplexed and embarrassed that we sprinkle our hymns with that name,” she said. “Whether or not there are Jewish brothers and sisters in earshot, the most obvious reason to avoid using the proper and more personal name of God in the Old Testament is simply respect for God.”

Both Yahweh and Jehovah have been removed from the Christian Reformed Church’s Psalter Hymnal, turning “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” into “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer.”

The article finished by saying

Protestantism has long traditions of both using and avoiding the name Yahweh, according to John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. “Some people said using Yahweh emphasized for them the transcendence of God, which you might say is precisely the goal of not saying the term.”

Seems to me that people are missing the point entirely given that we are to relate to God on a personal level:

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)

So in honour of missing the point, I offer one of my favourite worship songs:

He is Yawheh
© 2001 Vineyard Music

Who is moving on the waters?
Who is holding up the moon?
Who is peeling back the darkness,
With the burning light of noon?
Who is standing on the mountains?
Who is on the earth below?
Who is bigger than the heavens,
And the lover of my soul?

   Creator God: He is Yawheh
   The Great I Am: He is Yawheh
   The Lord of All: He is Yawheh
   Rose of Sharon: He is Yawheh
   The Righteous Son: He is Yawheh
   The Three-in-one: He is Yawheh

Who is He that makes me happy?
Who is He that gives me peace?
Who is He that brings me comfort,
And turns the bitter into sweet?
Who is stirring up my passion?
Who is rising up in me?
Who is filling up my hunger,
With everything I need?

   Creator God: He is Yawheh
   The Great I Am: He is Yawheh
   The Lord of All: He is Yawheh
   Rose of Sharon: He is Yawheh
   The Righteous Son: He is Yawheh
   The Three-in-one: He is Yawheh

You are holy and eternal
And forever You will reign
Every knew will bow before You
Every tongue will confess Your name
All the angels give You glory
As they stand before Your throne
And here on earth we gather
To declare Your name alone

I stand corrected

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

A helpful [sic] comment from Sheila pointed me to do a little more research on the song that was going through my head. Wikipedia said:

When the song “Bitch” first hit the airwaves, most call-in listeners believed the song was by Alanis Morissette due to the similar sound and Morissette’s success in rock music at the time. To this day, people still think the song is one of Morissette’s 

So, yes, I stand corrected. The song in my head was by Meredith Brooks and released in 1997. It still doesn’t diminish my dislike of Alanis in any way, shape or form however!

I am…

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

I feel somehow dirty. See, I really dislike Alanis Morissette and will leave the room if her music is playing. It was “hate at first sight” – she appeared on the Jools Holland show back in 1995 performing “You oughta know” – I remarked at the time that she sounded like an angst-ridden little harpy. I’ve not really changed my mind since. You can imagine the reaction, then, when I was writing the “about” tagline for the blog and I thought “Im a geek and believer …” and some song lyrics came to mind:

I’m a bitch I’m a lover
I’m a child I’m a mother
I’m a sinner I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell I’m your dream
I’m nothin’ in between
You know, you wouldn’t want it any other way

The song appeared, fully formed with full backing, and her voice attached. The words rearranged themselves

I’m a geek and believer
I’m a ‘limey’ I’m a husband
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m a writer and I’ll dream
I’m nothin’ in between
You know, you wouldn’t want it any other way

I filked an Alanis song? Ewww.