Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Hey there. Not too much to report on.

I spent the vast majority of my day thus far in court, politely and delicately doing battle with the undauntable Rosa Theofanis. I was stuck in court until about 2:30, arguing about whether someone should have to do probation for smoking marijuana or spend six months in jail for beating his wife. The wife of the accused beater is now telling me that the beating never happened and that she wants the case dropped, but then again, the victims all say that on those abuse cases (as Rosa will quickly tell you).
Speaking of which, here's a side note for the ladies in the audience (though few they may be):
If your boyfriend ever hits you, dump him. Don't make excuses for him or listen to his excuses or let him suck up to you and beg forgiveness after the fact. Don't believe that all men are violent and he just got out of control one time (hey, as angry as I've been at some women, I can honestly say I've never wanted to hit one). If he hits you, dump him. Otherwise, you are in for a recurring pattern of violence follwed by ass kissing followed by more violence- a pattern which is manipulative and designed to slowly lower your self esteem and allow him to isolate and control the people around him (especially women).
Anyway, I'm off my high horse now, but this case today just got me thinking.
Never got a lunch today. Damnit.
This weekend is Easter, and I have no plans. The Wilsons are going on a romantic anniversary getaway, so someone better step up and entertain Steanso. I don't get any days off for Easter, though. What kind of crap is that? Here comes Peter Cottontail to kick Jason in the jimmy and go hopping off on his merry way.
Last night I watched Star Wars: Episode IV, a birthday gift from the lesser of the Steans brothers. You know what? That's still a damn fine movie and enjoyed the hell out of it. I can't put my finger on exactly why it's so cool, except that at the time Lucas and co. made it, they were still true believers. Instead of trying to sell some wierd sci fi movie to a reluctant audience, Lucas put his vision out there with confidence, saying, "This is cool. If you can't see that, it's your problem." Lucas had a strong understanding of myth and epic storytelling, and despite the fact that he was telling a wildly fantastic space saga, he didn't go about telling his story in a half-assed, apologetic, tongue in cheek style. His story was straightforward and displayed amazing events and things in a manner that underlined their importance as a fable. All I mean is, he didn't try to make his story too cute or goofy in order to get the audience to swallow it. Instead, he just threw it out there for the audience to accept or reject as though he were recounting history ("A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...").
Yeah, yeah- we all know Star Wars rocks. These blogs can be hard to write.
Last but not least, I submit for your consideration the fact that The Polyphonic Spree may, in fact, rock.

I know that they are dismissed by some as gimmicky, but they seem to all know how to play their instruments (and/or sing), and they're trying to do something which is actually fairly innovative- create and perform compositions for a large orchestral group that are still hummable pop tunes. I know that many other bands have employed orchestras from time to time, but this is a touring, functioning band which consists of a whole gaggle of people, and their income of individual members is probably substantially limited by the size of the group. In addition to the entertaining cult-like quality which they possess, they also seem to make some good tunes. This is probably harder than it sounds. If all of the people are playing the same notes, the songs will sound trudging, monotonous, and dirge-like. If there are too many different things going on, however, you'd probably just get a chaotic mess without a discernible melody. The Polyphonic Spree seem to be able to effectively use the large numbers of people in the group to keep things interesting without letting their large numbers destroy their ability to produce, fluid, straightforward songs. So like 'em or leave 'em, the Polyphonic Spree are at least creating something different, new, and sort of fun. Let's all give 'em a hand for at least being willing to wholeheartedly lend themselves to a unique, new endeavor.
Those kids are alright.


Anonymous said...

I too like Polyphonic Spree. They're not my favorite band, but I did pick up their last album. It's pretty good. I think what I like best about them is that they are trying to be unique, to do their own thing, and to do defy conventional music wisdom. It's tough enough to make it in the music business so for this band to have to divy up earnings amongst the 20+ members really shows committment or insanity. Let alone touring with that many people. You had better like people if you're in that band.

CrackBass said...

i dont like people at all. thats why im in crack
we hate each other. and we hate our audience

J.S. said...

It's true. We do hate our audience. If we could, we'd kick'em all in the butt, one at a time.