If you’ve ever seen the movie High Fidelty (starring John Cusack, based on a book by Nick Hornby), you may recognize the quote (and I’m paraphrasing) “You know, I always thought I was some sort of professional appreciator or something…”. This is in fact exactly how I feel. And like the main character in that movie, maybe I only appreciate for fear of having to actually create something myself. Appreciating is what I have always done, it is what feels safe, and its all I need out of art. And let’s face it, art is life. So, my life revolves around the appreciation of art, and this first of hopefully many written musings is a manifestation of the focal point of my life. A long-winded and round-about way of saying I’m going to start a blog of sort critiquing music, yes? Anyways, I hope you’re still with me.
The first time around here, I’m just going to start with explaining some of my music, literature and film tastes. I strongly believe that the art a person takes in is really what makes them who they are, at least to a certain degree. So this is who I am:
Music: I appreciate so many different kinds of music. For the purposes of this series of articles, I’ll be focusing on relatively new music, just to save you all from reading yet another review of something that has been discussed and analyzed to the absolute grave. For example: The Rolling Stones. Who wants to read a review on The Rolling Stones? Good God, not me. My guilty musical pleasure is 80’s rock. You know, The Cure, The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground… all that good stuff. But more recent music I appreciate: She & Him, Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, Dan Mangan, The Heavy, Jason Collett, Against Me!, Blitzen Trapper, The XX, The Wooden Sky, Kate Nash, The Swell Season, anything Jack White affiliated… the list is endless. You’ve probably heard of the majority of these bands and have preconceived notions about them. I hope to try and introduce you to some more obscure bands through my blogging and also just give you my opinion on some of the more popular ones.
Literature: This will probably take a backseat and play a small role in these musings. I love literature, both modern and post-modern, but it really is not what I focus my attentions on. I apologize. But generally I like post 1970’s books, my favourite authors being George Orwell, Richard Neely (The Walter Syndrome), and Woody Allen.
Film: Movies are my weak point. My film tastes are perhaps not very well developed as of yet. I tend to gravitate towards the classics, not necessarily discovering new things for myself. My guilty pleasures often take precedence over my desire to expand my horizons, but I am not completely ignorant, and I believe I know a good film when I see it. Some of my favourites would be: Citizen Kane, anything directed by Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tannenbaums) or the Coen Brothers (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou) Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, High Fidelity, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pride & Prejudice, and more.
So, that is the overview of me. I hope you are intrigued by or at least respect my tastes and maybe you also appreciate the things I appreciate. To quote Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.“ This is me, stopping, taking a look around, and documenting it.