Got a bit of a mixed bag for you today. We’ll start with the regrets.
This isn’t a regret really, more of a I’m-really-pissed-off-that-these-guys-have-picked-the-same-night-to-perform thing I suppose. I was planning on checking out Ben Lee in August but unfortunately he’s playing on the same night as Sigur Ros. When it came down to it, it was really no contest. Sigur Ros, hands down. Though I really think that they all could’ve been a little bit more considerate of my needs!
I’m not going to get to see The Wombats either – their shows are midweek and they’re all sold out anyway. Not happy Jan.
Onto the discoveries. I came across this track the other day. It’s called ‘Agnes Of The World’, so naturally, it’s a song that must have been written with my good self in mind. Though I’m unsure about the Polish queen reference – it’s true I am a regal being, but I’m not Polish. I am however a clever genius (one may ask, what other kind is there?) so thanks for spotting that Hezekiah. I am truly humbled.
Another discovery is brought to you in the form of Karli Fairbanks. She’s a folk singer from Washington, USA and has a beautiful clear voice that actually reminds me a lot of fellow American singer-songwriter Kendall Payne. Listen to the two tracks below and tell me I’m wrong.
Wild Sweet Orange are a band who I’ve been vaguely aware of for a while now, but I haven’t really listened to any of their stuff until this week. They play an uncomplicated brand of indie rock that’s easy to sing along with. I especially like the “woah oh-oh” ending to ‘I’m Coming Home’.
And now, onto the (very quick) English lesson. Ooze. Squish. Crunch. Splash. Chomp. Squeeze. These are just some examples of onomatopoeia. Which incidentally is another word that I should’ve added to this post earlier in the week.
Onomatopoeia are words that sound exactly like what they are – the word itself imitates the sound of the thing it’s describing. The kids I taught last year knew all about onomatopoeia, and we had a huge list hanging in the classroom that they kept adding to throughout the term. In addition to being a bit of an English freak, I also love songs with quirky names, so when I saw this track by Calico Horse, I had to grab it.
And so concludes this transmission. I am going to continue to enjoy my first day of holidays by stoking up the fire, eating musk sticks and recovering from the nana nap I had earlier. Speaking of which, don’t you hate it when you have a nap in the afternoon, and you wake up feeling worse than you did before you went to sleep? It’s just so silly.