Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

This is the start of the Diary entries I’ll do for this site. The basic idea is to review my pop culture consumption for each day. It’s also my own attempt at being mindful in what I do in my life. As stated in the About page, I will probably write most about science fiction, but my interests go far and wide. Any given day can find me listening to music, checking out TV news bulletins, playing computer games, watching movies, going out to see concerts, or reading a book. I’ll even take note of my social media habits and what’s going on there. For a closer look at my interests to see if yours fit with mine, I refer you to My Favourite Things.

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Listened to Twice‘s new With You-th album, which I bought yesterday. They’re a Kpop group I love very much. This is their thirteenth mini album, and it’s so good. Pop heaven. I especially like the songs Rush and I Get You. Rush actually has a NewJeans vibe that’s just this side of respectful, as opposed to outright appropriating. Their label mates NMixx┬á have a song, Passionfruit, on their new album FE304 that’s got the NewJeans sound too. But then, another song on this Twice album, New New, sounds a bit like NMixx in parts. Ah, they steal from each other! Anyway, new Twice album: life is good! Check ’em out on Spotify.

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Felt the need to play some No Man’s Sky. I just wanted to lazily fly around my home planet, Mina, for a while. This is where I was spawned. It’s a highly radioactive planet in a very quiet solar system. I seem to be the only human in the whole place, which is nice. Buzzing around my home planet, especially at night, flying over the hills and valleys, has a dream-like quality. It calms me. I called it Mina after my favourite Twice member. When I did that I realised I had to go and name eight more planets after the other members, which I did. I like visiting their planets, and each one has something about it that reminds me of them. I didn’t really have any criteria for Mina because it was my first planet, and I just chose the first thing on my mind, which was her – as it often is. But come to think about it, it fits her because her luminous beauty is radioactive.

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Went to the open mic at the Herd bar in Healesville. I go there to see my mate Josh Bain perform, but it’s also just a good night out. Josh put on his usual great performance, singing three of his unique original songs. Then he surprised me by doing a cover, the Beatle‘s Something with the drummer Isaac on piano. Everyone joined in for the ‘You’re asking me will my love grow’ bit. ‘I don’t know-o, I don’t know’. (Check out a video of Josh doing his song Angelica at the Herd below. He’s also on Spotify under Joshua Bain or The Going Away Party. It’s good stuff. I recommend his Going Away Party song Bogan Rhapsody as a starting point.) A young girl, about 11, got up and wowed us with her singing and confidence on her ukelele. Dad hovered around filming the whole thing. I guess they let kids in to perform at pubs these day. One couple got up and sang some countryish tunes. Their voices melded in harmony beautifully and reminded me of Gram and Emmylou. Him on guitar and she just on vocals. She was a buxom thing wearing a low cut dress. Eye candy. Ash, the host got up after them and, thanking them, congratulated the guy on his great hat. “Who’s your milliner?” he asked. Ash also wears a distinctive hat. Then a girl called Claire performed, with Isaac again on piano. She was amazing. Her voice was professional quality. She did Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah better than just about anyone I’d heard do it. I asked Josh after his performance if he ever got nervous having to go up on stage in this company. He said no (he was up just after the 11 year old). Then he paused, and added with a laugh, “Sometimes.”

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Continued on some reading. This one’s A New Day, by Mike Barnes. A series of articles about the UK prog rock scene from the seventies. It’s a big book but I plan to just read some of the articles that interest me. It took my eye (borrowed at the library) because they actually write about the Moody Blues, one of my favourites. Articles about the Moodies are few and far between, and usually they’re a bit snide (Moodies aren’t considered ‘cool’ by rock writers). I don’t think there’s even a biog out there. This time I read the two articles about King Crimson. I have the first two albums, In the Court of the Crimson King and In the Wake of Poseidon, but I really must get into Red and Starless and Bible Black.

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