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Another one from Rukia

September 6th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

Just a quick one to answer heheh, I’ve been kinda busy but I like answering questions. The question is “Can a person’s personality change?” and here’s my answer:

I believe that a person’s personality can change, but it would depend on the reasons. If you try to change your personality based on trying to please other people, you’ll probably fail and end up miserable. If your personality changes because of a different perspective or outlook on life, then you’ve got a good chance.

That’s all I guess. Depends on your reason for wanting to change. :)

Coloring Black

August 31st, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

I found this on admin Rukia’s blog, and thought it would be an interesting thing to answer. So here’s the question: How would you describe color to describe someone who is blind?

Well what comes to mind right now is through music (And what a coincidence huh? Hahaha), but I think this is the most effective way I myself could make a blind person see color. Hot Jazz
For instance, in trying to explain the color red, I’d play a very hot jazz tune. With the trumpet or piano loud and fast, a feeling rushes to your cheeks, you think of an intense feeling, you think of red.

If I were to explain the color blue, I’d play some cool music, soft and easy, a little swing, nice toned-down beat, crisp sounds. I think there’s music for every color, and I can think of some off the top of my head right now, but to really get it, I’m gonna have to share some with you. Hopefully soon.

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I’ve been tagged

August 29th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

Since I said I’d share something from Max Roach, I found something already uploaded. If you like Jazz, you’re gonna like this. Max Roach on drums in “Speak, Brother, Speak!”

And since kt_sanctuary tagged me, here are my answers :D Thanks for the tag! My 5 best nights:

1. When one of my best friends came over unannounced, like the random person she is, dragged me off to have dinner and walk around outside. Was cold out and it felt good.

2. A school night when I was studying, we couldn’t leave school coz of the storm and the floods outside. Local diner supplied us some food. It was a little miserable at first, but now it seems like a good memory.

3. At a retreat, that night I came to know Jesus (This is the most important for me actually).

4. Night at a 5-star suite with bestfriend. Random, no occasion, and it was around the area I work in. But it was really nice there.

5. Any night I can have a long restful sleep.

Haha sorry about that last one, I couldn’t think of others, I guess I have a bad memory? But I do love sleep. :)

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R.I.P. — Max Roach

August 17th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

Max Roach

Jazz legend Max Roach, arguably the best jazz drummer of all time, passed away yesterday (August 16), at the ripe age of 83.

Roach was one of those musicians who broke the rules, and yet amazed everyone when he did. Musical visionary, the man was a genius. He was given several awards by different prestigious musical associations, and was given 8 honorary doctorate degrees. May he rest in peace. Maybe next time I’ll share something of his.

The Numa Numa Phenomenon

August 7th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

It shouldn’t make sense, but at the same time it does. Why did the numa numa thing get so big? I guess because it’s so catchy.

This is something I found off the net (of course) and wanted to share anyways. I’ve been neglecting this blog…not good. Heheh. Anyways, I hope you enjoy that video.

If ever you wanted to sing along, here are the lyrics. Now I know what you’re thinking, this is a pretty cheesy thing to do, woman. But actually, I heard of this song before it became so big, and I actually like it. The lyrics are good. So here I offer you the Romanian and English translated lyrics to “Dragostea Din Tei”, more popularly known as the “Numa Numa” song.

Dragostea Din Tei
by O-Zone

Ma-ia-hii
Ma-ia-huu
Ma-ia-hoo
Ma-ia-hahaAlo, Salut, sunt eu, un haiduc,
Si te rog, iubirea mea, primeste fericirea.
Alo, alo, sunt eu Picasso,
Ti-am dat beep, si sunt voinic,
Dar sa stii nu-ti cer nimic.

Vrei sa pleci dar nu ma, nu ma iei,
Nu ma, nu ma iei, nu ma, nu ma, nu ma iei.
Chipul tau si dragostea din tei,
Mi-amintesc de ochii tai.

Te sun, sa-ti spun, ce simt acum,
Alo, iubirea mea, sunt eu, fericirea.
Alo, alo, sunt iarasi eu, Picasso,
Ti-am dat beep, si sunt voinic,
Dar sa stii nu-ti cer nimic.

Love from the Linden Trees
(Translation)

Miya-hee
Miya-hoo
Miya-ho
Miya-hahaHello [on a cellphone], greetings, it’s me, an outlaw,
I ask you, my love, to accept happiness.
Hello, hello, it’s me, Picasso,
I sent you a beep [cellphone signal], and I’m brave [or strong],
But you should know that I’m not asking for anything from you.

You want to leave but you don’t want don’t want to take me, don’t want don’t want to take me, don’t want don’t want don’t want to take me.
Your face and the love from the linden trees,
And I remember your eyes.

I call you [over the phone], to tell you what I feel right now,
Hello, my love, it’s me, your happiness.
Hello, hello, it’s me again, Picasso,
I sent you a beep [cellphone signal] and I’m brave [or strong],
But you should know that I’m not asking for anything from you.

Lyrics from: Catteacorner.com

Black Music Month

June 21st, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

I just found out that thus month is “Black Music Month” on Yahoo. Meaning, they are paying special tribute to the black musicians and singers for the whole of June. An interesting reaction came from the discussion on their forums, and on other blogs I’ve seen:

Why is there no “White Music Month”?

They were�saying that if�they�were to start celebrating a White Music Month, they’d be called racist. That if the music industry truly were promoting equality, then there should be no highlighhting of any race. According to them, music is music, and there should be enough recognition from either side.

This is my stand on the matter: They’ve got it all wrong.

The reason why I think there should be a Black Music Month is because they managed to make advances in music DESPITE the oppression. And those advances have been so influencial to the rest of the music scene, that in fact, I think their influences are most felt among any. The point of Black Music Month isn’t to�say that they’re better than white musicians, but to celebrate how their music survived, thrived, and conquered. All this, despite the opinions that continue to think they have no right to celebrate their music, which truly is special.

What exactly is this “White Music” that they want to celebrate anyway? Rock music (which seems predominantly white) had its roots from early African American R&B artists. Even pop music has been influenced so much by Black music nowadays. That influence in itself should be reason enough to dedicate this month to them.

They say that they’ll be called racist for making a White Music Month, and they should not wonder why, if they are so adamant about it. This is not about individual talent, because that would be something that doesn’t concern race. If you claim to defend music and the anti-racist stance, you’ll understand why there has to be a Black Music Month.

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Just Sharing

June 19th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

I made a photo video on Dream Studio (I could really get hooked on that thing…if I’m not already heheh). Well, I’ve mostly been uploading videos I find in the internet, but this time I thought I’d try something different, so I made this really simple video of Ne-Yo, with a song I really like.

I really like Ne-Yo’s voice. These are the types of songs I listen to when I’m on the road home at night or something. I guess R&B is my feel-good music, and oddly enough, it’s also my wake-me-up music. Yes, while other people think rap and R&B are boring, I think it’s the beats that really draw me in. While I really like rock music (etc) as well, when I’m sleepy, my ears tend to tune it out and I could so easily fall asleep even if the volume’s up.

So anyway, while that was rather mindless rambling (I apologize), hope you like this song. :)

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Chromatone

June 16th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

I found this video of a guy playing a song called “Together”, but it was on a funny-looking instrument that was really unfamiliar to me. Anyways, like most other videos I find amusing,�I uploaded it on Dream Studio:

Sounds good no? Piano-ish. Apparently, the instrument is a Chromatone 312. Yes, that would be a model name, at least I think it is. It has a Janko keyboard, now that’s our answer. The layout like that was patented in 1882 by a Hungarian mathematician/musician named Paul von Janko. Apparently the octave span is smaller, so it’s easier for small hands.

Honestly I think it looks like something from a bad dream, when you’re just starting on a 500-word term paper due the next day, and you have to do it on a traditional typewriter. Then the letters on the keys disappear and next thing you know there are 39746289347 keys. Yes, I have issues. Well, if the instrument works, then it’s good…I guess.

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Paper Walls out 7/17!

June 14th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

Yellowcard will be coming out with a new album on July 17! They’ve released some sample music already, and so far I really like the songs. I’ve just been recently introduced to their music by a friend (who happens to have everything of theirs including liver stuff haha), but I gotta say they’re really good. I like the arrangements too, and when I say that that means I really really like their music. Haha.

Well to be honest, I used to be sorta biased against songs that are labeled as “emo”, because there are some songs that I’ve heard that aren’t really all that good, just very expressive heheh. But I gave this (and some other bands) a shot like a good citizen, and whaddaya know, I came to like these guys.

These guys seem to have a really massive fanbase. They call themselves the Underdogs, but I think their fanbase is awesome, you can really feel the love and support. And for good reason. Anyways because I wanna spread this said love, here’s one from the upcoming album. Enjoy!

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JoJo: The High Road

June 12th, 2007 by mufflednoise:mymelody.com

The High RoadThis album has been out for some time now, but I never had a chance to listen to it till about a week ago. Actually I’ve never really heard much of her songs except for a couple of really mainstream ones. Anyways, this girl gets special mention from me.

What I like about this album is that it’s the type of thing I can put on random, loop, and just play. The beats are nice and I really like her voice. She’s definitely very talented and skilled for her age, and it sounds so effortless. Makes me forget sometimes that she’s only 16. Heck, her first album reached Platinum, and she was only 13 then.

But anyways one thing I noticed though is that the themes of her songs are pretty mature for her. Let’s just say, she obviously didn’t write them, and even if she did, they wouldn’t be based on experience.

But all in all, great album. I’m probably not gonna get tired of this anytime soon. I read that her next album won’t be out till she’s 18. Hmm too bad.

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