October 16, 2005

Musical De–Stress

What can I say; playing an instrument for its own sake. Not in a band, or with the intention of joining a band. Not for any other reason than it's so bloody relaxing. And there's something intriguing about seeing your own instrument bedecked shadow flitting across the wall. It's like you're doing something, when in fact you're doing nothing, escaping the mounting pile of work (academic and paid), washing up and general all-encompassing life. Here lie no decisions likely to impact on anything other than the next five minutes.

So here, for no reason other than to celebrate their calming influence, are ten songs which I need only to play along to in order to feel better.

1) Interpol – 'The Specialist'
2) Muse – 'Stockholm Syndrome'
3) The Cooper Temple Clause – 'The Same Mistakes'
4) Red Hot Chilli Peppers – 'Californication'
5) The Killers – 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine'
6) Joy Division – 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
7) Manic Street Preachers – 'Design For Life'
8) Ash – 'Goldfinger'
9) Doves – 'The Cedar Room'
10) Jimmy Eat World – 'Bleed American/Salt Sweat Sugar'

That is all.

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  1. I sometimes conduct music with a pen as a baton. There, I’ve said it. Conducting keeps my hands from typing. Do you know how much work I’ve done on my dissertation today? I corrected the page number of a footnote in a chapter I haven’t started working on properly yet. It said “p. 24.” I changed it to the correct “p. 139–40.” I nearly mis-referenced Émile Vuillermoz in Brownlow.

    I once twirled round a banister to Mozart. I sometimes walk in time to things. This evening, I fell asleep to Schubert. I only got up at 3 p.m. I have slept another two and half hours this evening. Bah. Time to reference some Nietzsche…

    16 Oct 2005, 03:24

  2. Christopher Rossdale

    I know what you mean Holly, I play the Eels or the Chilis to calm myself down – never fails.

    16 Oct 2005, 10:48

  3. I play whatever I find challenging.

    16 Oct 2005, 16:25

  4. Christopher Rossdale


    16 Oct 2005, 17:15

  5. My personal favourite trick is to turn my electric guitar off and then furiously try and keep up with wahtever song takes my fancy (I'm crap and not really up to much on the guitar). If I believe hard enough I can convince myself that I am so perfectly in time I can't tell the difference between me and the CD anymore. It's like that bit in "Hook" where he believes in the food- I'm working on that too, not having to pay for food would be awesome!!

    18 Oct 2005, 11:39

  6. Christopher Rossdale

    As you haven't posted lately (rather meanly if i may say so!) i'll use this comment to beg you for a play of Debaser tomorrow night.

    Quite honestly you'll have the biggest ginger fan you'll ever win through this very small and kind action. Debaser :P

    21 Oct 2005, 01:35

  7. Ah, apolgiies Chris, I've been rather lacking in electricity at home, as well as not lacking seminar reading in any way. Some entries soon.

    And why no check out my little protege, the Crash Blog where all your Crash-y desires can be aired.

    Me likey 'Debaser'.

    21 Oct 2005, 10:49

  8. Heh, 'Goldfinger' by Ash was playing when I walked into Topshop in Coventry on Saturday last. I was like 'hello, is it 1997 already?!'

    A song that always calms me down is 'Just Like Honey' by The Jesus and Mary Chain, I can't really say why, I just love the guitar sounds. A song that makes me dance around dance dance revolution style is 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie' by Baccara

    21 Oct 2005, 13:08

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