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Do things like this remind you of a “movie moment”? This was a such great movie!

Do you have moments like this where you relate a current experience to some moment in an old movie you’d seen decades ago. That movie moment must have really made an impact to be remembered after all these years!

 

rowers photo

 

Here’s an example I recently experienced.

I’m waiting for a business meeting and I get to the meeting place early (as I always try to do).

 

I see this old photo of rowers in a frame above a fireplace. I’ve got some time before the meeting. I study the haircuts, the looks in the eyes and the “young man’s pose” of pushing out your bicepts.  Hey, I used to do this too – though I wasn’t quite as buff as  as these young men. 🙂

 

young rower

 

 

Anyway, this photo took me back to a very memorable scene in one of my favourite old movies. See if you can identify it.

 

I had to search and find the actual lines. I had a rough memory of the overall meaning.

I’m so glad the photo inspired me to think of the movies – and the to  search out what the real lines were.

Imagine you are hearing this line as you look at the old photo.

 

rowers photo

 

“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you.”

 

Recognize the movie? Remember the scene?

 

Now, maybe  I am just too impressionable – but let’s just say this photo triggered my memory of this movie moment I’d found and still find inspiring – and that inspired me to truly seize the day.

 

I sincerely hope, this post inspires you to do the same!

young rower

 

“…if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

 

What do you think? Did this movie (Dead Poets Society) inspire you?

 

Does some other movie moment inspire you?

 

Please share in the comments section below.

 

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Why we love the early #Cure – how songs are always the same – again and again and again and again!

If you are reading this you are probably a fan of The Cure – and you’ll get the “reference” in the title.

A Forest

 

 

I loved The music of The Cure when they first became famous – and I’ve been listening to them again a lot recently.

 

I’m listening to the Cure as I write this blog – Jumping Someone Elses’s Train.

 

That song includes the lyrics:

 

It’s always the same and again and again and again

 

And in The Forest we hear:

It’s always the same

I’m running towards nothing

Again and again and again and again…and again and again and again and again and again and again….and again.

 

On reflection, I reckon part of The Cure’s success was due to the repetition – repeating musical lines again and again and again and again. There is variety – but there is also a lot of repetition.

Many of the great bass lines or drum rhythms and fills or keyboard lines are so powerful because they are repeated so often.

video-the-cure-a-forest

I once read how Robert Smith didn’t like it when bass players of keyboard players got too fancy or “overplayed”.

He likes it when players played the same basic line again and again and again and again and again – like the keyboard in Play For Today.

At uni I played in bands (as you do). In some bands I played guitar along with very talented drummers who could play in the style of Stewart Copeland from The Police.

 

 

Eugene and the Egg copy copy

 

I also played in an original “indie” band Eugene & The Egg  where I was the drummer.

I was a very, very basic drummer – yet my very basic style seemed to fit the sparse, minimalist music of the times.

I was happy to just keep a basic beat –  the same rhythm again and again and again and again and again.

And that CAN be a good thing.

egg gig 14

 

The guys and I are back playing again –  after living apart in different cities for many decades.

My drumming is still very basic – but in the type of music we do – that’s not a problem. It’s actually an advantage!

The guys seem to like “my restraint” in not over-playing. The truth is I couldn’t over-play even if I wanted to! 🙂

In this case a limitation can be a strength.

 

That’s another reason why I reckon The Cure were so popular – in their early albums they made you feel like you could be in a band – even if your musical skills were very basic.

In our practice space there was this old poster! (from the 80s I believe)

poster cure

Loved The Cure back then. Still do – even more so!

 

 

 

The connection between #StarTrek and the #B-52s

Did you see the  connection between the band the B-52s and Star Trek (the original TV show)?

I was a big fan of the B-52s and I must say, as well as enjoying the music, I loved the fashion sense – especially the costumes and hairstyles  that reminded me of Star Trek.

I first saw the groovy B-52s on Countdown.

B52 countdown

 

The guitarist Ricky Wilson’s outfit that looked like a Star Trek shirt

Rickywilson b52 star trek

 

and of course the high hair and short, groovy 60s looking skirts.

star trek high hair

 

 

b-52s

 

 

B52s group shot

The B-52 took their name from the high hair style (aka Beehive because of the beehive shape) and seemed to love the exaggerated 60s culture.

I saw a great T-shirt that combined these two great things – the B-52s AND Star Trek and here it is…

live long and lobster

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Laughs for #StarWars fans

My 10-year-old son and I are both big Star Wars fans.

O star wars

 

For us, Star Wars Day celebrations last much longer than one day!

 

1. There’s the build-up – enjoying all the geeky humour on sites such as The Dork Side and Think Geek (and many others). Lots of things get recycled – but they are still amusing.

 

 

its-a-von-trapp

 

 

 

tarp

 

2. Then there’s the actual day – May the Fourth – we went to a Star Wars Movie Marathon. This was the first time my boy had seen the movies on the big screen.

 

starwars marathon

 

I like to make the day special for my boy – so I started off by making Star Wars pancakes.

Star Wars pancakes

 

My Yoda got a bit burnt and looked like he was going over to the dark side.

 

SWP darkside

 

Luckily other charred pancakes I could pass off as Luke’s aunt and uncle – or Alderaan. He got the references!

 

 

3. And just when you are having withdrawal symptoms…because we celebrate the day in Australia, before the US – on the day after, we get to enjoy all the social media stuff that comes out of the US.

Then the anticipation starts all over again!

 

This blog is NOT JUST ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things from your past that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

 

 

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May the joy be with you – #StarWars Day 2014 – before and after

My 10-year-old son and I are both big Star Wars fans.

O star wars

 

For us, Star Wars Day celebrations last much longer than one day!

 

1. There’s the build-up – enjoying all the geeky humour on sites such as The Dork Side and Think Geek (and many others). Lots of things get recycled – but they are still amusing.

its-a-von-trapp

 

tarp

2. Then there’s the actual day –  May the Fourth – we went to a Star Wars Movie Marathon. This was the first time my boy had seen the movies on the big screen.

 

starwars marathon

 

I like to make the day special for my boy – so I started off by making Star Wars pancakes.

Star Wars pancakes

 

My Yoda got a bit burnt and looked like he was going over to the dark side.

 

SWP darkside

 

Luckily other charred pancakes I could pass off as Luke’s aunt and uncle – or Alderaan. He got the references!

 

 

3. And just when you are having withdrawal symptoms…because we celebrate the day in Australia, before the US – on the day after, we get to enjoy all the social media stuff that comes out of the US.

Then the anticipation starts all over again!

 

This blog is NOT JUST ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things from your past that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

 

 

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Do you remember retro games like Battleship? Check out these “treasures”

Did you ever play this as a kid?

 

The other night my family was visiting another family (from school) and I spotted this on a shelf – partially hidden under other things.

 

I couldn’t help myself – and had to take a closer look.

 

battleship

 

Yes, it was the original Battleship game – not a newer model – but the same one I had as a kid.

 

The retro art work brought back so many memories. I bought my son a newer version – but it just wasn’t the same!

 

I was impressed how this fellow dad had kept all the pieces together for so long.

 

This takes discipline. I don’t even know what happened to my old Battleship game!

 

Yet this dad played the retro version of this game with his son – AND he kept all the pieces together.

BS pieces

 

Don’t you love the clean-cut retro cover? How “the girls” are in the background doing the dishes! Take a look.

bs2

 

Anyway, this fellow dad knows I dig retro –  and later in the night he wants to show me something.

Down in the rumpus room – in a cabinet (locked up) are other well-kept retro games – from his wife’s side of the family – probably games she played as a girl.

 

Games like…Bionic Woman.

bionic woman

And my favourite (apart from Battleship) a very retro Scrabble. Check out the fashion and the carpet!

 

 

scrabble1

 

 

 

scrabble

I also saw a word that was soooooo popular when I was a kid – but a word I hadn’t seen for decades.

 

That word?

 

 

toltoys

 

Toltoys!

 

Please share your favourite memories of board games in the comments section below.

Our kids came and gathered around us as this dad showed me his collection of retro board games.

“Back in our day – we didn’t have video games or the internet” we said (sounding like Grandpa Simpson!)

 

 

battleship

Maybe next time we’ll have father-son teams playing the retro Battleship game. The girls (our wives) will be busy washing the dishes (by hand!) 🙂

 

Only joking! They’ll probably be playing Bionic Woman!

 

This blog is NOT JUST ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST – IT’S ABOUT HAVING A LAUGH TODAY (about things from your past that make you smile).

You are probably not the only person who enjoys these memories. Please share this with someone you think will get a smile from it!

 

 

 

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Why you should enjoy the indulgence of listening to early Cure albums – in bed!

 

video the cure a forest

On a recent beach holiday, my wife and I would tag team with our two young kids. I’d take the kids to the beach in the morning. She would take the kids in the afternoon while I would:

1. try to get some writing work done

2. clean up around the unit we were all staying in.

I had the rare gift of time – and I loved it.

 

the_cure-seventeen_seconds

 

I decided one day to enjoy a real indulgence. Instead of having my favourite music on in the background while I did chores – I decided to listen to two of my favourite albums by The Cure – uninterrupted  – and in bed!

Please let me explain.

 

When I was a teenager I fell ill with glandular fever and I had to stay in bed. I’d read and often listen to my favourite albums at the time including The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds and Faith. 

I know The Cure had a reputation for depressing music – but I was more interested in the “art” of those albums – the sounds that were  so “new” for that time (the drums and the phased guitars and bass) – and how short instrumentals would blend into fast driving songs.

 

I also loved the “unusual” sounds like what I describe as “angry breathing” on Play for Today on Seventeen seconds.

 

Anyway, one afternoon on this beach holiday I decided to listen to both these albums – in bed – and to really listen.

 

What a treat – what  happy memories of a time of  musical discovery!

What a luxury of listening to entire albums and the way one song blends into another and actively listening to the production and the sounds.

Maybe I’m just a big music nerd! If you enjoy your music too – I encourage you to take the time to listen to your favourite albums from start to finish with total focus.

Yes, I know we are often too busy – but I am so glad I took the time to really re-discover these albums in bed – the way I “discovered” them the first time round!

 

After listening the these albums – I started exploring videos on Youtube.

 

Eugene and the Egg copy copy

The clips reminded me of bands I played in  at university. We were in Brisbane, Australia – but we loved that UK vibe and image.

 

Anyway, I better go do some more house chores – like fixing that tap that just goes drip, drip drip…

I live an ordered, contented life these day – but listening to The Cure makes reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm of those uni days!

 

In a previous post, I wrote about how I loved to listen to Midnight Oil’s Diesel and Dust when I was driving dusty roads. It was a real joy to listen to these early Cure albums in bed.

Do you have any type of music you like to listen to in any particular locations?

Please share in the comments section below.

 

Also, please share what the music of The Cure means to you. Any favourite songs?

 

Here’s a link to a clip of Play for Today and some of those unusual sounds like the “angry breathing”. I always loved the cymbal sounds too.

 

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Were you a Sony Walkman fan? Listening to surf music down by the waves!

Are there certain pieces of technology that make you swoon or bring back great memories for you?

 

For me the old 80s Sony Walkman brings back so many warm and wonderful memories!

sony walkman

 

This post was inspired by a recent visit to see a fantastic collection of album covers.

Seans art

 

While I appreciated looking at the album art – I realised that I was more into the mobility of cassettes and the exciting new technology of the Sony Walkman! So compact!!!

At the time, I was really into listening to surf music AT THE BEACH.

I was never a good surfer – but I was much better playing surf guitar! 🙂

 

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I remember the joy of listening to cassettes of surf music and watching the breaking waves – the bright sparking, splashy cymbal sounds “sounding like” the early-morning sun reflecting on the waves

 

AND that famous surf music sound (the fast ,energetic descending note played on one string perfectly matching a peeling wave! Peeling: breaking nicely down the line – not breaking all at once)

surfaris

 

 

The portable Sony  Walkman was shiny too – and sleek.

I played it so much and so often – it wore out. Still, the memories live on!!

 

Here is a link to that surf sound and that peeling wave sound. Listen out for the sparking cymbals and the “peeling wave” sound! Enjoy!

 

 

If you know a technical name for that surf music “glistening glissando” please add it to the comments section below.

 

Also please share if YOU have any favourite memories of listening to music in a special location – it doesn’t have to be with a walkman!

 

Stay casual!

 

Tony

 

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UK duo #PublicServiceBroadcasting – a powerful combo of old and new!

As a kid were you “brought up” watching those old war movies like The Dam Busters and Reach for the Sky?

dam-busters-poster

Usually they were on a Sunday afternoon. They were the sort of movies dads would often watch with their sons. For me, there was often the smell of a “Sunday roast” cooking in the background 🙂 Funny, the memories that come back!

Reach_For_The_Sky

Even though I lived in Australia, boys in the 1960s and 70s were raised on these British movies – heroic tales from WWII.

Boys were often also into making model planes – especially Spitfires. Even as a grown up, I still love Spitfires – and those old movies.

airfix-spitfire

You can imagine how delighted I was when a twitter follower and fellow Spitfire fan let me know about a UK duo called Public Service Broadcasting and especially their song Spitfire.

The songs is an instrumental with sampled lines from the classic movie The First of the Few (also known as Spitfire)

 

first_of_the_few

 

firstofthefew

So if you grew up watching those classic WWII movies and making model planes – I’m sure you will love this clip.

In previous posts I shared how these old movies and model planes made me a big fan of the RAF roundel (that later became a Mod sign).

C and T and Mod logo

I was also delighted to see Public Service Broadcasting has a T-shirt with their variation of the roundel!

artworks-PSB

and here’s a link to the clip.

 

 

Spitfire

and here are links to other posts about Spitfires and Roundels!

 

for-those-who-love-spitfires-the-ecstasy-of-high-flight-soaring-words/

 

Spitfires and Roundels

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If you were “brought up” on model planes and those old war movies like The Dam Busters – you’ll probably love this

As a kid were you “brought up” watching those old war movies like The Dam Busters and Reach for the Sky?

dam-busters-poster

Usually they were on a Sunday afternoon. They were the sort of movies dads would often watch with their sons. For me, there was often the smell of a “Sunday roast” cooking in the background 🙂 Funny, the memories that come back!

Reach_For_The_Sky

Even though I lived in Australia, boys in the 1960s and 70s were raised on these British movies – heroic tales from WWII.

Boys were often also into making model planes – especially Spitfires. Even as a grown up, I still love Spitfires – and those old movies.

airfix-spitfire

You can imagine how delighted I was when a twitter follower and fellow Spitfire fan let me know about a UK duo called Public Service Broadcasting and especially their song Spitfire.

The songs is an instrumental with sampled lines from the classic movie The First of the Few (also known as Spitfire)

first_of_the_few

firstofthefew

 

 

So if you grew up watching those classic WWII movies and making model planes – I’m sure you will love this clip.

In previous posts I shared how these old movies and model planes made me a big fan of the RAF roundel (that later became a Mod sign).

C and T and Mod logo

I was also delighted to see Public Service Broadcasting has a T-shirt with their variation of the roundel!

artworks-PSB

and here’s a link to the clip.

 

Spitfire

and here are links to other posts about Spitfires and Roundels!

 

for-those-who-love-spitfires-the-ecstasy-of-high-flight-soaring-words/

 

Spitfires and Roundels

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