Saturday, July 15, 2006

The locks

I'm in a bit of a rush but I have loads of new pics to share!For those of you who have been asking me, this is how my hair looks now.The Afro died a few months back!Now back to weekend activities!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Songs I love (part deux)

I had so much fun doing the white 80's pop post yesterday that I have decided that I will make one of the chill out music that I love.Chill out/ambient music is a genre that not too many people are into but let me assure you that once you get in you are hooked for life.I have several gigs on my MP 3 player.Anyway here goes....

Chicane is a pseudonym used by UK-based electronic musician, DJ and record producer Nick Bracegirdle while Clannad is a famous Irish band whose music is a mixture of folk music, new age, and Celtic. Enya is a famous former member. The band won a Grammy Award in 1999 for Best New Age Album.

No chillout collection is complete without a song by Enigma!Enigma are the husband and wife team of Michael Cretu and his wife Sandra Cretu.

This also another song anyone who isn't a chillout fan should be able to identify with.Deep Forest is a musical group comprising of two French musicians, Eric Mouquet and Michel Sanchez. They compose world music, mixing ethnic with electronic sounds and they were nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993 for best world album, and in 1996 they won the award for the album, Boheme.

Thou shalt not have a chillout post without Moby!Moby is an American electronic musician. Moby's real name is Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965 in Harlem, New York City) - he takes his performing name from his relative Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick.This is one of my favourite songs from the first Moby cd I ever owned.

Sarah Mchlachlan is one of my number one musicians!Life isn't the same without her in my music collection.I put in this video for Kenyanmusings, I think after all that blog drama and toothache ya need something nice!

Still Sarah Mchlachlan but 15 years later!I love this song and this video as it has a lesson.Seeing the clip of Kibera made me remember how far we have to go and how much there is to do.Kudos to Shiroh for making an effort!

Delerium feat Sarah Mchlachlan - Silence. I bet you now know I am a big fan of this Canadian Chic's work.This is also another song that is timeless for me!

Can't do chillout and forget Enya can we!

So that's a little something for you to relax to.I may toss out some audio samples soon for all of you to listen to if I can get time to do so!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Songs I love.......

"I always forget how white you are until I look at the playlists on your MP3 player," No Aco did not bleach himself during the week.The Derailer tends to refer to me as white because alongside what you what you would call "black" music ie rap,hip-hop,raggae,ragga, r 'n' b,soul; I tend to listen to a whole lot of alternative,techno,pop etc.The kind of music some people don't expect a black man to be listening to (yes I know that's short sighted) but onwards (I should tell you how once back home when my Uncle came on holiday from the states her tore into me royally for listening to rock music, I was told that that music wasn't for me but for unruly young white folk).I do agree that there are racist musicians out there but I dont listen to everythuing that hits my ear, that and the fact that I cant stand country music too!
Anyhoo just thought I would tell you that things havent changed much but I still have a major love for the old stuff I used to listen to because most of what is out nowadays is pure and total crap!Is it just me or is creativity in music a totally obsolete concept?Remember those days when you could buy a tape (yes I'm that old!) and all the tracks on it would be slamming and would have a completely new sound?The good old days wghen boy and girl bands actually knew how to sing and dance?
Here are some songs of videos that I have loved and still do...

White Town - Your Woman.I don't know how many of you heard this song?But I love it to this day!

Alphaville - Big in Japan.I can't recall when I first heard this song but it makes my day.But looking at what the singers are wearing, it's amazing what people used to wear them days!

Culture Club- Karma Chameleon.Another wonderful relic of the past but those bastards at CArnivore used to play it every Rock Night.This is not a rock song, bastards!
This post is till in progress.More songs on the way!

Yes - Owner of a Lonely Heart.This song feels so 80's!But I must confess that it had slipped my mind and it is only GTA (Grand Theft Auto: San Anreas)That put me onto it.Yes I actually listen to the songs that play in the game!

Kid Frost - La Raza. This is what we had before reggaeton!Makes for better listening if you ask me.

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight.Before he started making crappy songs for Disney movies this man was a guru.This track has been sampled by rappers ad nauseum but the original still sounds the best!

Human League - Don't You Want Me Baby. As Udi would say,"That song shikas like a nonesense!"

Men At Work - Down Under.Please please lie to me that you do not know this song!You are only excused if you were born after 1985!This song is a masterpiece!

Toto - Africa.This song just takes me way back plus it's a nice song!
Anway lest I stay here and give videos for all the good old songs I have to get back to work.Happy Birthday Milo!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

World Cup,Hostel and my paranoia that followed

First things first..Viva Italia!Once Brazil went down I said the team that won between Germany and Italy would go home with the cup.And how right I was!Much as France seemed to be a re-energised force, the fact that they couldn't score from open play in their last 3 games was indicitive of how things would turn out.Henry dived for the free kick that led to his goal in Brazil, it took a penalty to beat Spain and a dubious penalty to score against Italy.Italy on the other hand were on form for the whole tournament.Their centanacio (padlock) was only breached twice in the tournament, I would say one of the goals was by an Italian (an own goal).But any life returns to normal till La Liga, EPL and the other leagues resume, plus I want to see how the Italian match fixing scandal turns out.
My netflix membership resumed.I wanted to cancel it but ended up putting it on hold, I will still cancel it but I plan to enjoy the two weeks that I have left.One of the movies they sent me was hostel.

Even for me who is used to stomach churning spectacles found this movie somewhat disturbing.But charnel house fare aside was the fact the movie reminded me of my bouts with paranoia involving strangers.There's this phrase "when the deal seems to good, think twice!"I remember loads of anecedotes/urban legends that we used to exchange with my pals back home.
There was the one about how you would go clubbing alone, this pretty girl would approach you.Buy you a drink or two and as the night went on let you know that she's down for a one night stand.A few beers,a short skirt and cleavage more often then not wears down a man's ability to reason.So the chic would suggest a nearby hotel to save time.You being horny as every would be more then amiable to this.She'd direct you to a dingy lodging/hotel and get a room for the two of you.After some drunken groping by you in the room she tells you that she has to go to the bathroom and that you should get comfortable.Of course that's the cue for you to strip and you do so.After you do that she'd walk into the room after a few minutes and before you know what's happening you'd hear some movement from underneath the bed.3 men would pop out,take all your belongings and beat you senseless for good measure.So there you are drunk,naked and beaten black and blue with blue balls to boot!
There is also another variation of the scenario that starts the same way but instead of you being robbed the girl would come in with 3 or so hefty men and you would be subjected to some major rear entry action!
There is another scenario where you go out as a dude to have a drink or two to unwind after a long day, to celebrate sunset etc.What would happen here is that a guy would come up to you and ask to sit on the stool next to you and start up a conversation.He would be one of those gregarious individuals and you would get to chatting.Some time down the line he'd offer you a drink and if you are like any other dude you'd accept.With all the beer you'd be drinking you'd have to go to the washroom and it's at that point that your drink would be spiked.After sometime you'd fall to the effects of whatever was put in your drink and begin to get disoriented and drowsy.At that point in time your new friend would carry you out of the bar and no-one would bat an eye lid as the two of you were seen together.From here different scenarions would unfold....
1)You would wake up with a sore back door in a place you have never been.It would seem that a mob had it's way with you and that you are now a star in a gay porn movie and sadly you will never receive any royalties for your performance.
2)You wake up in a ditch somewhere with only your clothes.Every other thing you own is gone!You were robbed and if they knew where you lived you have also been cleaned out!
3)You wake up with clouds around you,the sound of angels singing and in line at the pearly gates.Someone (business rival,scorned lover,wife who found out about your affair,disgruntled employee or all of them) had you killed.You are at the gates of heaven awaiting judgement.
Oh and I forgot the classic one.You meet this chic who rebuffed all your advances sometime back.She is dressed to kill and seems keen on you.You have been on the bilas train for so long that your seat has conformed to your contours (I will not name names).You cant wait to get some of her so you go to her place, things get hot and heavy and it seems that all that you heard about her ability to do things with her tongue was not hot air being blown by her ex-boyfriend.Time for the coup de grace comes and you pull out your condom, she says that it feels so much better without a condom and does that thing with her tongue to your neck, you dont even remember her taking it out of your hand and putting it aside.You have the screw of your life.You cant get her out of your mind and you try to get in touch with her but she seems to have no time for you.This saddens you but you console yourself with the fact that at least you got a taste of the goodies.Life moves on and after a while this becomes one of the conquests you tell your boys about.
A few months down the line someone tells you that your conquest was ill and passed away.Faint suspicion crosses your mind but you remember how buxom she looked so you brush this thought aside.As a mark of respect you go to the funeral.You catch up with alot of old college pals outside the chapel and get to talking.Ther sermon like most funerals is rather somber and as after the usual sermon and eulogy your conquest's cousin takes the podium to read some last words she left as death began to tighten it's grip on her.She talks about how she had been a good girl all her life and tried to be moral and upright.She talks about how many men had tried to take her virtue but she had turned them away.This was before she met that monied,slick talking older man who made her feel like a woman.He was her first but it seemed that she was far from her first,last and only.After a while she was discarded, she thought she would die from hearbreak but she recovered.
Her recovery was hastened by the fact that she had gotten that job with a multi-national that she had always wanted (in other versions it's a job as an air hostess).After reporting to work and initial training she is told that she has to undergo a medical so she can be under the company's insurance scheme.She knows she has no congenital illness and other illness so she goes in totally confident.It is a few days later during training that she is told to go see the company Doctor.The Doctor asks her to sit down and asks how she has been feeling.With this new job she feels on top of the world and she tells the Doctor that, the Doctor looks her straight in the eye and she has this feeling of unease.The Doctor goes ahead to open her file and tell her that she has tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.She shakes her head and says it cant be because she has only slept with one man!(I am so tempted to make her shout a blogger's name in this story, any nominees?)As a result of this the company cannot employ her.She goes home in a daze and spends the next few weeks crying and sleeping.The picture of that Casanova keeps appearing in her tortured dreams.She puts herself together and tries to find him only to discover that he is on his death bed.She is incensed that all her dreams can be crushed by one man, his lust and selfishness.She knows that she is not the only one who has suffered this fate and she vows to get payback by sharing the gift that she was given with all men who think that she exists to satisfy her carnal desires.She gets another lower paying job that is enough to pay rent, a stunning wadrobe and for her to go to all the major clubs and bashes.From that day she shares herself to any man lusty enough to fall for her charms.At that point the church is deathly quiet.You feel a thick lump in your throat and can hardly breath.Her cousin concludes the letter, your conquest feels no shame for what she has done and says the following individuals should enjoy their final moments on earth as she has shared her gift with you.A long list of names is reeled out, many of them sound familiar as they are your friends and college mates.You look around and you can see faces turn ashy, while some slink out in denial.You can't move because you know it's coming...your name is read out!
I have heard that this scenario has actually unfolded with some details here and there changing but a list was read out or pinned up in a public place.Anyway I have to go!
ps:To keep your property,health,anal virginity and life please be careful about who you make friends with, where, why and don't go jumping into bed with strangers!Don't say Aco doesn't care for you!