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Last Wednesday night I went to see Girlfriend at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre with [personal profile] serene. I like Matthew Sweet's music, so I was pretty sure I would enjoy the show and I was right. It was a wonderful evening. The Berkeley Rep did two musicals based on popular music this season. American Idiot by Green Day and Girlfriend. Although, American Idiot was more successful as a musical, I'm not entirely convinced that current music lends itself to dramatization. My working theory which is very preliminary is that back in my youth there were such things as concept albums. Where the music was actually intended to tell some kind of story. We don't seem to do that much anymore (although American Idiot appeared to be conceived as a musical and Green Day was much more involved in its show then Matthew Sweet was in Girlfriend.) So the musicals have much more of a concert feel to me. This isn't a criticism, I enjoyed both shows very much. it's just that after both shows I didn't feel like I'd gone to the theater. Of the two "musicals" I've seen at the Berkeley Rep, Girlfriend was less successful in my mind as a musical.

[personal profile] serene looked beautiful in her sparkly black dress. After the show we got sushi where I was introduced to butterfish sashimi which was very tasty and I ate usual tonkatsu (I'm almost sure I misspelled that, but I'm too lazy to go look right now.) I really enjoyed myself. Thank you so much [personal profile] loracs for the transportation assistance. The evening was much more enjoyable being dry. You wouldn't know it from what I write here, but I have a really good life. Much better than I ever expected.
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Pretty!
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Embarrassed to realize, I'm currently rocking out to Taylor Swift's, "Forever & Always". *sheesh* Thank goodness White Stripes is coming up.
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This has been around awhile, [personal profile] loracs sent it to me and it made me happy.

Can you feel it? )
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I'm wondering if anyone has any particular strategies with how they use Pandora.com? Since it allows 100 stations I tend to have a station for each singer or group that I like. I think I'm interested in limiting the variables Pandora can uses to select new music for me. I hardly ever nix a song unless I really really hate it. I also don't tend to tell Pandora I like a particular song. If I like a song I add it to my favorites list. I'm not sure if Pandora uses that to help it decide what else to play.

I'm a little dismayed at how often the same musical qualities show up in the music I like. I think of myself is being fairly eclectic in my musical preferences. Seems like, although I listen to many types of music. What I like about music is pretty consistent. I like "strong vocals, mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation, mild rythmic syncopation, and major key tonalty."
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Via [personal profile] sturgeonslawyer but seen all over.

You know the drill. Go to www.musicoutfitters.com and do a search on the most popular 100 songs from the year you graduated high school. (You can do this by searching on the year you graduated [Actually easier to go to www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/xxxx.htm and replace the x's with your year. No, they don't have anything more recent then 2001]). Bold the ones you actually like. Pick a favorite. Underline that favorite. And strikethrough the ones you loathe. Italicize the ones you consider to be guilty pleasures.

To this meme I will add an advertisement of my own ignorance by putting those I just plain don't know (at least by title/band, though I might recognize them if they were played on a tinny AM radio) in this font. This will leave very few indeed in normal font, saying, "I know it but don't care."

From 1977 )

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