Monday, July 7, 2008

My Canadian Idol Includes the Pigott Brothers

Okay, so I'm not doing weekly coverage of Canadian Idol this year, nor am I planning to. I also haven't watched every episode so far, nor am I planning to this summer. (My cheesy summer reality show of choice this year is So You Think You Can Dance.) But I have caught enough of Idol to know that Oliver and Sebastion Pigott ROCK. (Theo Tams is pretty damn talented, too.)

The change in the "Top 22" format, however, was a poor choice in my opinion. I would like to know why the decision was made to change the format of 11 guys and 11 girls to the current Top 24 format which looks like it is going to leave us with NO girls at all in the Top 10. Hasn't anybody connected to the Canadian Idol franchise figured out that most early voting is done by 'tween girls with crushes on cute boys? Voting based on merit RARELY comes until later. And voting for the girls ALWAYS seems to come later. Was this format change done intentionally so that there would be no girls in the Top 10? Because that is how it is looking. (Keeping my fingers crossed for the remaining girls… speaking of which, did you know that Amberly Thiessen went to high school with Kalan Porter and my cousins? Okay, you may know the first fact because I assume they would include that in her bio, but I'll bet you didn't know the other part of it! But I digress.)

If the network actually does want girls in the Top 10, I would VERY MUCH like to understand the reasoning behind the changes, when surely by now the network understands how Canada votes. And I sincerely hope that they intend to rectify this error next season so that the girls get a fair chance. Setting it up this way again would be a denial of the facts that gender equality is still not a truth in this world; all is not equal for women yet, and they're not helping (I mean, they don't even have gender equality in their judges). I hope somebody at CTV will give this matter the serious thought that it deserves (and if not, I hope other media will point out the lack of thought that CTV has chosen to give this matter).

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Persian Teardrop Lyrics

I had someone post a comment on my Persian Teardrop post looking for the lyrics to the song. What could potentially make it tricky for someone to find those lyrics is that it's actually a mash-up of two songs (something that it took me a while to figure out and even longer to accept), and one of the songs is in Persian. But here are the lyrics to "Teardrop" by Massive Attack (with Elizabeth Fraser) and "Persian Love Song" by Dead Can Dance, along with the English translation of the latter.

Massive Attack's "Teardrop":

Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Fearless on my breath
Gentle impulsions
Shakes me makes me lighter
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

Nine, night of matter
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath
Black flowers blossom
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my...

Water is my eye
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath
Teardrop on the fire of a confession
Fearless on my breath
Most faithful mirror
Fearless on my breath

Teardrop on the fire
Fearless on my breath

You're stumbling in the dark
You're stumbling in the dark

Dead Can Dance's "Persian Love Song":

Migan asbet rafighe rooze jange
Mo migooyom azoo behtar tofange
Svaare bi tofang ghodrat nadaare
Svaar vaghti tofang daare svaare

Tofange daste noghream raa forookhtam
Baraaye del ghabaaye terme dookhtam
Ferestaadom baraayom pas ferestaad
Tofange daste noghream daad-o-bidaad

English translation of "Persian Love Song":

They say your charger is your pal on the day of battle
I say even better is the gun
A cavalryman without a gun is without vigour
A cavalryman is one when he has got a gun

I sold my silver-stock gun
Sewed a Termeh* frock for my love
She returned it to me when I sent her the frock
Oh alas my silver-stock gun...
The very last phrase "daad-o-bidaad" is impossible to translate, it expresses deep regret for something lost

*Termeh is a Persian textile

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Mocking Shadows CD Release

Just got this in my email one minute ago from the Mocking Shadows:
Just in case you haven't heard already...the long awaited Calgary release of our new album "The Sound" is tonight Friday Dec 14th at Wyckham House/Liberty Lounge on the Mount Royal campus. We be joined by three great local acts: Kaley Kinjo, Ryan Bourne and Five Star Affair. Doors are at 8pm, the first band goes on at 8:30 and the cover is $10. Hope to see you there!

Um, yeah... thanks for the advance warning guys. I was looking forward to this all fall and now I can't go. In future, giving your fans a little more heads up would be appreciated.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Quiz Time



You are a Rocker Girl!



If you don't have musical talent, you've got a talent for picking out great CD's. Music rules your life - and you've got the best MP3 collection of anyone you know. Many guys find you intimidating, but a select few think you're the catch of a lifetime. Start hanging out in more used record stores, and you'll find love with a fellow rocker!

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Calgary Area Musicians Wanted!

For those who don't know it, I'm on the $100 Film Festival committee for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF). Each year at the festival, they organize a series of Film/Music Explosions! What is a Film/Music Explosion! you might ask? Well, it's a collaboration between a local film artist and a local band, creating an original film for one of the band's songs. When the completed piece is screened at the festival in March, the band plays LIVE with the film. It's loads of fun and generates lots of excitement and anticipation during the film festival.

So if you're a local band or musician, the CSIF wants your proposal to create a film based on an original song! All styles accepted, no entry fees required. Proposals MUST include: concept or short film idea with rough script / storyboard & song demo.

Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2007

For more information, check out the $100 Film Festival MySpace page.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

A Curious Birthday

For those of you who don't know this, today is my birthday *pauses while waiting for the cheering and applauding to subside*. Well, I got a nice little birthday surprise from one of my MySpace friends: a very talented singer whose name is Curious (yes, that's her real name). She gave me a song. She told me to pick my favourite song of hers and she would email me the mp3. So I picked "Rain" ("Goodbye" is another of my faves, but I'm planning on buying the single for that one) and she sent it to me and I've been listening to it ever since. If you want to hear it, check out her profile player. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Deezer (formerly known as BlogMusik)

FYI, those very cool single song widgets that I was embedding in my blog posts don't seem to work anymore. I've emailed Deezer and posted on their forum and hopefully the mini-widgets be working again shortly, but for the moment we're SOL. (By the way, is it just me or is the name "Deezer" way sillier and far less relevant than "BlogMusik"?)

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