Wednesday, 3 October 2012

3, 2, 1....GO!

RIGHT! Today I'm going to test something out. I'm going to write here on the blog everything that I'm going to do today. Because when I tell people that I'm going to do something, I am much much more likely to do it. When I say to myself "I'm going to do this..." it's a lot easier to change my mind. If I'm trying to do something that is getting a bit boring, I find it quite easy to say to myself "Actually...you should make a cup of tea...maybe do some washing...and finish this tomorrow. You'll do a better job then..." WRONG. That's just procrastination. Grrr. (Can you hear the motivation/drive in my tone?)

So here goes. These are the things that I'm going to do today:

- Read at least 3 chapters of "Song Means"
- Do some washing (this is not procrastination...I genuinely need clothes...)
- Watch the Lunchtime Concert at Uni
- Find a few copyright free short videos to practise writing music to
- Create storyboards for these videos
- Work on remixing Alex's track
- Drink tea

RIGHT. Off I go...

OOH!

I'm going to leave you with this track. It's rather lovely I think. And uplifting. :)



xxxxxx

5pm update:

I decided that to say I'd read THREE chapters of a Song Means was a very big ask. It's packed with very important things that I need to remember, and after a chapter, my brain is saturated. So I'm going to change that aim to "Read a chapter a day"...

Aside from that, I went to the Lunchtime Concert, my washing is in the machine, and I'm drinking tea...and I'm just about to cook dinner.

After that I'll do my video search! :) Skillz.

26 comments:

mercury said...

Good idea: Reading at least three chapters of "Song Means".

mercury said...

Dickes Lob! As a non-native speaker I have real difficulties with "Song Means". It's very complex and I often fail in joining the cogitations of the author.

me said...

Lol ~ no comment ;-) xxx

mercury said...

PERSEVERANCE

mercury said...

OK. I will reveal the reasons, why I'm so interested in books like "Song means". The main reason is, that I'm deeply involved in a scientific matter, that I named "decontextualisation". Decontextualisation means the drift of something, that is initially near, to something, that is more distant(Don't be bothered by the very generic diction). This seems to me an immanent process throughout biological and cultural evolution. The mere fact, that we can communicate like we do, using a medium internet is a "result" of decontextualisation.
You can view at decontextualisation by looking at biological evolution putting on "glasses", that are adjusted on "distance of impact" and you will see that a bacterium has only a "radius of damage" of a fraction of one millimeter. A man using internet has a radius of about 20 000 km (if not in space).The whole evolution has taken place in the range in between these two distances.
Now I will change my "glasses" and look at the sensual range.
At first, there are only chemical sensoriums, followed by magnetic and simple optical senses(Euglena). Highly developed acustical sensoriums are very late in evolutional history. Hearing is a distance sense operating normally in a range of a few kilometers up to zero.
In human evolution the acoustic sense is very prominent, because spoken language with all its nonverbal admixtures uses this sensory channel. So we can presuppose, that a great part of the human brain is occupied with analyzing incoming acoustical information and connect it with "meaning". Meaning, whatever is hiding behind this term, is the basis for further action or avoidance of action.
Music coopts the acoustical machinery of the brain and even the meaning system. And that's the place, where Allan F. Moore sets in.
In my humble opinion a very deep comprehension of "meaning" can only be achieved, if we leave the hermeneutic path and switch to a neuropsychological one. Why? Because there have been so many success stories in doing this in the past.lol Another trail seems to me very important: Synesthesia. But this would take too far afield
That's in a hurry and a little bit overly didactic, what I have to say about my motivation to deal with "Song Means"

Glenn said...

I have similar problems with New Year Resolutions, Holly ;).

Tony said...

Good plan Holly, and glad to see you already sticking to it, also that you are able to rationalise the need to trim it to suit reality!

Can't help with your music stuff but if you are still in need of a copyright free vid then please feel free to use the one of Tigga on my UTube channel (eeple200)
It's only about 40 seconds and has a completely awful sound on it anyway, mostly wind with some vague comments from me.

No problem if you don't want to use it as what music could be put to a vid of a greyhound jogging round the park and peeing on the bushes anyway lolz

Look forward to seeing the finished articles and nothing at all wrong with drinking tea, it helps keep the brain working and doesn't hype you as much as coffee.

toodle pip

Trevor said...

Alternative plan for tomorrow :
1 ) Say you're feeling a bit off colour and ask amenable flat mate to make you a cup of tea .
2 ) Tell amenable flat mates that you think you need to rest and have a peaceful day ; ask if they wouldn't mind leaving you on your own and , just by the way , would they mind terribly if they could take your washing to the laundrette .
3) wait until they've left then fiddle about on Delilah and write new song .
4 ) eat chicken soup which amenable and compassionate flat mates have kindly left for you .
5 ) refine new song .
6 ) Begin email to WG to say you're feeling really poorly and could he just email you the general drift of Chapters 5-8 of " Song Means " . Think better of it and instead email amenable and compassionate flat mates with the same request .
7 ) Record brilliant new song .
8 ) Eat lovely meal that amenable and compassionate flat mates have made for you .
9 ) go to bed early saying that you think you're over the worst of whatever it was and that you think you'll be OK in the morning . Thank amenable and compassionate friends profusely and tell them you don't know how you would have managed without them .
10 ) wait five days to post new song so that amenable and compassionate flat mates don't realise that you wrote and recorded it when you were supposed to be ill .
11 ) wait at least five weeks before repeating this exercise .
12 ) note to self that this ruse could also be employed at home .
Happy Days ! x

xenonrush said...

I looked at the blog this morning to see what you are planning to do today (Thursday) but there was no entry. Then I remembered the schedule of student life and thought "Ah! She'll be fast asleep for at least another hour or so, I had better have a look at lunch time".

Trevor said...

Apparently she's feeling a bit under the weather today , xeno .

Tony said...

lol @ Trevor...lists are great and yours is sooooo subversive hehehe

H said...

Lol!! You guuuuuys. ;) Jokers, the lot of you. I was actually at Uni all day today! Thursday and Friday are my lecture days. :) xxxx

xenonrush said...

Wow! Two lectures a week! Where do I sign up?

H said...

You forgot the part where we do all our work outside of lectures. ;) (And it's 4 lectures a week. ;))

Trevor said...

Test.

Trevor said...

It's always fun to tease Holly about being lazy or of taking advantage of the good will of others because she is the least likely person ever to be or do such a thing ........it's still funny though. :-)

mercury said...

Clever Trevor showing us the classical dressage of freedom. He's got it: Freedom is just not having to do, what I don't want to do. We Germans did it wrong by following Mr. Hegel, who said "freedom is insight into necessity". Holly it's time enough to toggle!!!

Trevor said...

Free to make my own way ,

Free to greet the day .

Free to go where I want to go ............

I'm flying now .....

Because I'm free

Yes , I'm free .

Coincidentally , these are a few of the lyrics I wrote for a little song a few months ago .

mercury said...

"Der Engländer liebt die Freiheit wie sein rechtmäßiges Weib. Der Franzose wie seine Braut- der Deutsche wie seine alte Großmutter." Heinrich Heine

Trevor said...

Exactly .

xenonrush said...

I'm Free

Trevor said...

Gosh , I do hope that Mrs Xeno has been informed of this rather sudden and somewhat alarming development !

mercury said...

She might already preparing liberty damping and stress inducing countermeasures to lead him back to the serious side of life. But time runs short. The infection with the freedom virus is often irreversible.

Tony said...

This freedom lark sounded pretty good to me too:... then I realised I would also be free to do all my own washing, cleaning, accounts management and bill paying.
None of these freedoms appealed much so I decided to maintain the staus quo of being happily locked down :p

Yvonne agrees and adds although freedom fighting looked cool on Che, I would be happier in my pinny..

nuff said

Trevor said...

Just a brief reminder that a week has almost passed so you should be thinking about putting more washing on .

mercury said...

ProcrastinaXation