I haven't written much lately because I finally got around to playing Elder Scrolls: Oblivion and Far Cry 3. Sneaky characters for the win. *ahem* I've also been putting a lot of time into making my knowledge of time series econometrics more solid. It's a lot of formulae, but its also very interesting stuff! The applications are so relevant to real life too :)
I have nothing new to report on the tea front (shocking!). Fortunately my good friends, who were travelling around Korea, have procured some nice green tea and persimmon tea for me. And another friend actually gave me some English Breakfast teabags in a cool tin that looks like a red bus. Thanks everyone! :D
My musings on my incoming loot will be posted up later... So for now, I'm just going to post a bit more about my thoughts on music.
So my taste in music has changed a few times in the short time that I've been alive. I can distinctly divide them into: Punk-pop era, Metal era, and... the present. Or Awesome era? I don't know. It's hard to sum up the current era into a word.
It's taken me many years to get over the idea that the genre defines how good the music. There can be a strong correlation, but its not the cause... Great music transcends the shackles of genres and conventions. To me, it is defined by the stories that are told and the way the music conveys it, no matter what is being used.
So now I still listen to metal most days, but when I feel more chilled I turn to jazz and indie pop. In particular, there is one I would absolutely recommend as one that everyone can actually listen to.
Quitters - Lauren O'Connell
So this is an album I recently purchased after I was introduced to her works by one of my good pals. I'm still waiting on the physical copy, but Bandcamp is awesome and I got to download the digital version while I wait. But you can listen to the rest of her songs at http://www.youtube.com/user/LaurenOC12
And wow. It's one of the loveliest albums I've listened to in a long while. I love Lauren's singing and song-writing, which are both top-notch. The songs are just a treat to listen to any time of the day.
This album in particular is so personal and empathetic to the little joys and sufferings in life. The themes are so easy for me to relate to, and I'll admit it's got me hooked. It's all the sincere feelings infused into catchy songs - It's a winning formula!
Best Song - A tie between I Belong to You and Maybe True Stories.
The first is definitely something I would play at my own wedding one day. It's such a simple, sweet and sincere song that really captures love and devotion so well.
The second one seems to me to be a quirky and funny story about innocence, hypocrisy, honesty and the little white lies that we tell each other.
All of her songs feel like you're having deeply personal conversations with a dear friend about all the small things in life, good or bad. But of course, even the little things hold so much importance to us, even if we don't like to admit it openly sometimes. Yes, there are bigger problems out there... But sometimes one can't help but stop and whine a little bit about their own troubles. After all, we're only human :P
I think Lauren really captured that fact so well, and it makes the whole album so much more appealing.
This is what pop music should be. Intelligent, funny, happy and maybe sometimes a bit melancholic. Not this tripe (:P). And Lauren really should be more well-known. But hey, I guess I'm doing my bit to help her out.
Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to listen to it again :)