Musicaholism

There are some people who love music. There are music fanatics. There are (shudder) people who DON’T listen to music.

Then, there are people like me, who live their lives as if it were their own personal musical. There probably is, or should be, some kind of psychological classification for us. I’m hoping it can’t just be me. By musical, I mean life IS a musical for us. A few words in harmless conversation can be triggers to sing a chorus or two before the conversation proceeds. If we’re lucky enough (and haven’t scared off or offended the other person) they will join in with us. A few tones here and there or a few keystrokes on the computer have us reeling in someone’s drum solo or even some lilting voice amidst a symphonic piece.

The last four digits of a phone number my friend had while growing up were 0941. On the key pad it sounded like the refrain in a Sousa piece, I believe. “Duh, nun, nun nun nuh-nuh-nuh, nunt nuh!” You know the one—it’s a famous number usually used in any racing scene in a movie or commericial. Anyway, you are, doubtlessly, trying it on your phone even as I type this to you.

One of my old passwords on the computer when finished with the ENTER key was the main bit in the Nutcracker Suite.

We are the people who sing when there is no music, who drum on the steering wheel and find every excuse to include music in our conversations.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. This is a perfectly normal response to life, and a very healthy one. Now, those people who don’t like or listen to music, that’s a cause for concern!!!

Be well and rock on,

Rachael

A self-professed and some day renowned music write

ok radiohead

guilty as charged: this will make the third blog about radiohead, i think. forgive me. but okcomputer is an incredible work, especially “let down.” there is something about radiohead that makes me want to write in all lower case so i apologize if that’s weird. when taking okcomputer off my cd shelf, i hesitated. oh, god, have i really come to that point where i’m inconsolably down? this is not always the case and not always necessary for listening to radiohead but i worried nevertheless. sometimes, listening to sad and/or mellow music can make you feel better and bring you out of your funk.

after three days of having radiohead aboard with me in my cd sleeve, i finally gave it a play today. ooh, ooh! i have to listen to let down! i excitedly told myself as though i was going to a happy occasion. there is something, however, so melodic and beautiful that happens in that song that makes it a happy occasion.

call me crazy, but the steady bass and electronic sounds over a metered bass drum beat…well, it’s simply magical. the sound effects remind me of butterflies by the thousands being released into the golden sun. in a way, the sad song does make a happy occasion.

another great track, of course, is “karma police.” when “exit music (for a film) ” came on, however, i had to change it, exuding “too sad for a before work song, too dark!” immediately, i tuned to 92.1 fm and the achingly beautiful chorus of “black” was playing. “ahhhh,” i said, and became giddy like a kid who gets a lollipop from the bank teller. the irony made me laugh. sure, radiohead is too said but black isn’t?!

what are some of your thoughts on radiohead?

i’d love to hear them.

be well and rock on,

rachael

this track has been brought to you by Thom Yorke and Co.

…just like some real rock star…(insert musicians wanted ad here.)

Dear friends,

It’s time. It’s time for me to be collaborating with other musicians. If you, or someone you know, is looking for a talented musician to play music with, please refer them to me. Here are my usable music skills:

I write lyrics
I sing (alto to mid-soprano, if it matters. Tone quality like Sarah McLachlan.)
I play the bass
I just picked up the ukulele
I can mess around a bit on the guitar
I can mess around on the harmonica
I love the tambourine, though I don’t own one
I can read music

My rock influences include: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tool, the Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, R.E.M., The Replacements, Buffalo Tom, Guster, Teenage FanClub, Dinosaur Jr., The Lemonheads, Toad the Wet Sprocket, The Pixies, Modest Mouse, Jack White (anything he does)

Female vocalists: Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco, Fisher, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss

Male/folk-a-lists: Glen Phillips, Paul Westerberg, Jonathan Kingham, Ryan Adams, Simon and Garfunkel, Howie Day, Tom Petty

Other: Nickel Creek

I get audition anxiety, but the talent is there. I love performing but the initial audition always kills it for me.

Just throwing that all out there, since it’s been way too long since I’ve played music with others.

Thanks.

Be well and rock on,

Rachael