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A New Interpretation

Got bored so I figured I’d interpret a song for fun.  Today we’ll be studying Nada by The Refreshments from Fizzy Fuzzy Big and Buzzy.  Here’re the lyrics:

I see the lightning from the storm down in Mexico
And I see my speedometer doesn’t work
I cross the desert and disappear into the tumbleweeds
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

I hear the thunder in the storm down in Mexico
And I leave the border far behind
I feel the dust stick up my teeth and turn my sweat to mud
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

There ain’t no moral to this story at all
And anything I tell you very well could be a lie
Been away from the living I don’t need to be forgiven
I’m just waiting for that coal black soul of mine
To come alive

Well I feel the wind blown from the storm down in Mexico
Gasoline for another hundred miles
I cross a river and leave my shoes upon the other side
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

There ain’t no moral to this story at all
And anything I tell you very well could be a lie
Been away from the living I don’t need to be forgiven
I’m just waiting for that coal black, sun cracked soul of mine
To come alive

Come alive

Well I feel the raindrops from the storm down in Mexico
Truck will go no further out of gas
I walk through the desert past a lizard and a rattlesnake
I tip the bottle and bite the lime

There ain’t no moral to this story at all
And anything I tell you very well could be a lie
There ain’t no moral to these stories at all
And everything I tell you can bet will be a lie
Been away from the living I don’t need to be forgiven
I’m just waiting for that coal black, sun cracked, numb inside soul of mine
To come alive

Come alive

So there we have it.  First thing that got me about this song was the first two lines of the chorus.  There and no moral and I’m telling you lies.  Which means that there is an intended moral to the story.  So what could that moral be?  Well the song is telling a story of his trek into Mexico, but, again, this is a lie, which means that the story itself is a metaphor.  My interpretation is that the storm in Mexico is some sort of sad feeling that he’s been keeping bottled up, and so he’s travelling towards it (using tequila to help him get there).  He sees the lightning, knows what’s coming, hears the thunder, knows he has to do something about it, leaves the border far behind, passes the point of no return, feels the wind blown, starts to feel what he’s been bottled up, feels the raindrops, cries it out.  So there’s what i figure the story means, so, again, what’s the moral.  Seems to me that the moral is an important one.  If you got some feelings, you gotta work through them so that you can get your numb soul to come back alive.

So there’s how I see the song, if you managed to read through it please let me know what you think or if you have any further ideas.

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July 8, 2007 Posted by | Musical Notes, Poetry, Popular People, The Refreshments | 1 Comment

Scratch That – Reverse It

Remember Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  Not the new-fangled Johnny Depp one which got pretty much everything right but the script, but the old one with Gene Wilder.  It’s a wonderful movie.  Gene Wilder’s comedy being a much more subtle brand made Wonka seem like a nice bloke at first, and when the creepiness came out it was almost surprising, yet it felt completely natural for his character.  My favorite bits are when the parents ask questions and Willy gives em flippant answers like “Are the oompa loompas going to rape my precious daughter?”  “I’m sorry ma’am but those questions will be feilded after the tour during a Q&A period.”  I’ll always remember how his eyes grow large as he says “The excitement is terrible!” When Augustus Gloop is being shot up the chocolate tube.

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March 27, 2007 Posted by | Computer Programming, Games, Kelgray Arena, Language, Movies, Popular People, programming, Technology, Videogames | Leave a comment

I spent St. Patty’s Day with Epoc

It was at a small party of just about 12 people or so.  Epoc showed up with a girlie from back in the day.  I didn’t talk to him much as I don’t really know the guy, but I know of him in many ways.  When I first learned of Epoc it was when he was running ravehard.com, the site that fuelled the rave scene for the few years that it was running.  He was one of two local DJs who would always be able to get more people dancing than any headliners that they could bring in.  Him and DJ Double D.  He was somewhat of an icon of Calgary’s rave community.  But that’s not the only way that I knew of him.

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March 20, 2007 Posted by | Beer, Calgary, Computer Programming, Games, Generalities, Musical Notes, Popular People, programming, Videogames | 5 Comments

A defence for Dane Cook

Seems as though lately there’s a mob growing who claim that Dane Cook steals material.  You can take a look at the so-called “damning evidence” here and decide for yourselves.  Personally I don’t see actual material that’s been stolen.  Yes there are asides that are similar while he discuses similar subject matter, but the subject matter itself is matter that is discussed across the board in comedy routines.  It looks to me like nitpicking.  Like saying that Dave Chappelle stole material from Richard Pryor by doing an imitation of a white man in a similar fashion.  It’s silly.  But the main argument against this mob is simple.  If this was actually the case, why hasn’t someone credible covered it?  Who do these bloggers think they are?  The speak as though their Internet-based research is just as reliable as someone interviewing each comedian (or, at the very least, each comedian’s publicist) and getting their points of view on the entire situation.

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February 14, 2007 Posted by | Dane Cook, Generalities, Movies, Philosophy, Popular People | Leave a comment

Movie Time

So I was reading Kevin Smith’s blog, and I saw that he’d done a list of his top ten movies that have come out over the past year.  Since I have absolutely no originality of my own I thought I’d steal this idea and do my own list.  Now the problem was that I’ve seen a total of 15 movies that came out over the past year, which isn’t much compared to Kevin Smith’s 85.  I gathered two things from this information.  The first is that as an avid movie watcher I should really try to make a point of seeing more new movies.  The second is that doing a top ten list would only serve to show my bottom five, and since I enjoy describing what exactly I did not like about a movie, I figured hell, why not just do a top fifteen list.  So here are my top fifteen movies out of the fifteen movies that I’ve seen that have come out over the past year starting with the best:

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February 1, 2007 Posted by | Movies, Popular People | 1 Comment

Bob Battles Big Bad Business

Robert Santangelo is fighting back against record corporations.  Finally someone who is willing to show how the suing of your average Joe for downloading music is baseless and counter-productive.  I support Robert and his sister whole-heartedly.  Though I don’t think that it’s going to go anywhere.  He has a case when it comes to the fact that it was never really made clear by any companies that the downloading of music was illegal, and that just because the files were on his computer and the P2P software was on his computer, that doesn’t entail that he used the software to download and upload those files.

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January 31, 2007 Posted by | Popular People, Technology | Leave a comment

BluRay’s goin down

So the format war between HD DVD and Blu Ray might be decided already.  And who decided it you ask?  Why the porn industry of course!  Well Sony is really going to be the manufacturer of it’s own downfall when it comes it this. 

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January 24, 2007 Posted by | Popular People, Technology | Leave a comment