• Playlists

    Instrumentals for Everyone.

    I put so much emphasis on lyrics, that today I want to focus on instrumentals. Sometimes we need to forget about words – and just let our brains absorb the music – let the meaning of the music really hit our soul. Feel the rhythm, the guitars, dulcimers, drums, bass, keyboards, and whatever other instrument might find its way into any given instrumental. Don’t worry – despite this article’s image, there will be no alpine horns. Though if I had found a decent example – I might have included a song with said horns. What do I mean by instrumentals? Do I mean classical music? Well – not really. Sure,…

  • Playlists

    The super duper, these are my unemployed emotions playlist!

    About a month ago I was laid off from a job that I had been at for nearly ten years. This is the first time in eighteen years I have been unemployed. A cornucopia of emotions hit me from the moment my now former boss broke the news to me. Some of these emotions are, of course, negative. I have felt despair, grief, anger, and etc. There are also a few positive emotions. I felt free, and maybe even a little happy and hopeful. As I have begun to search for a new job, these unemployed emotions continue. How do I deal with these, or really with any emotion –…

  • Musical criticism and commentary

    Ladytron’s Playgirl

    Ladytron will release a new album this year! I was part of the Pledgemusic campaign, and I am extremely excited. In preparation for the new album, I’ve recently listened to every Ladytron album. This made me remember a theory: In many Ladytron songs, appears a reoccurring character – the Playgirl. Ladytron portrays the character as tragic at times, but at times we see this character as someone who one should be warned against. We see the Playgirl at different stages of her life. Sometimes, she loves her lifestyle, sometimes she hates her lifestyle. More importantly, The Playgirl in these songs serves as a cautionary tale both to people like her,…