Sometimes I just cannot believe what a corrupt and sometimes plain pathetic people are responsible for managing my country. Well in theory I knew that all the time but now I have the honor to feel it on my own skin. This is the story I want to tell everyone and encourage everyone to re-tell it everyone else who might care (or tell them even if they don’t care… just for the hell of it):
My parents live in small village on the outskirts of Kuldiga, a beautiful place surrounded by forest and nature so typical for Latvia, my fatherland. Additionally, the area is a nature reserve… well at least we thought so. Then a “swedish company” came and deforested everything down naked. Well I am exaggerating of course – in their generosity they left the tree with the swing my father put up for the kids (thank you “swedish company”!)
Sure, formally everything is probably according to law (check out this nature reserve site of my government). That is not even my point. My point is this:
For the past years my friends were asking me: “Reinis, why should we go to Latvia, what is going on there?” and my answer was always this: “Well, not much, but the nature is rich, beautiful and mainly untouched…”
Today I am affraid that soon enough I will have to change my answer to: “Well, not much…”
I am putting up a screen-shot from Google Maps (thank you Google for making it possible) which still shows the forest. As soon as the map is updated I will post the follow-up to show everyone who cares what is left of that once idyllic nature place.
The impact is so big I just had to write about it immediately. For a long long long time I am facing difficulties to find NEW music I really like.
There are some exceptions like soma.fm for example. The issue here is that unfortunately they too have limited selection and after some time one know their repertoire and artists by heart. When it happens, an era of repetition and mixing begins until…
I was watching some video on youtube.com with a background music that absolutely stunned me. Thanks to lord, some dude wrote it’s title and I went searching for it… boy I was surprised when I landed in internet site of original author of the song I heard… he offers ALL of his music FREE OF CHARGE to download directly from his site!!! That’s right, check out: http://www.generalfuzz.net/tunes.php
By the virtue of luck I browsed to the bio and blog of the general fuzz and besides his brilliant music I got an answer to why I have those difficulties finding music I like…
“Unsatisfied with the popular consensus that electronic music = techno…”
This and other thoughts of the general brought me better understanding of myself. Realizing that the most important thing in the music I listen is the music itself! It has to be rich with rhythm, sources, harmony and variation and it has to be about music.
I realized that I like instrumental music because voice overruns music with additional and different layer that has to be interpreted – the lyrics. Techno lacks variation, jazz – sources, modern jazz – oh so often groove or even rhythm. Acid jazz comes very close to what I really like, but when I listen to acid jazz I miss downtempo. Drum ‘n’ Bass although offers super rhythm, often lacks variation or groove… well I could go on and on with the list of “likes and dislikes” but the point is – music of general fuzz and his mindset matches to that of mine. When I listen to it sometimes I get the feeling that I have heard it already… in my dreams
Originally, I wanted to write new post every two to three days. But something messed up my plan… it happened yesterday, November 4th 2008 at 03:45. Her name is Lina, she weighs 3550g and is one of the three hottest women of my life. Check out her pics:
From time to time the urge to convey something overtakes the overall inertia and lack of motivation to produce a post that actually adds some value 🙂