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As a bonafide TV buff, I like to think I’m quite knowledgeable on most of the great shows in television history.
As a bonafide hater of sci-fi and aliens all my life – there is one series I always made a point of avoiding, despite being well aware of its important place in the entertainment canon.
Growing up I was always watching something, but as soon as Star Trek came on I would flip the channel. I thought the aliens were hideously terrifying, and it didn’t make sense to me that the humans and aliens cavorted together.
As a child I hated anything alien related, though. The thought of life on other planets seemed like the scariest thing imaginable. I remember literally crying at a friends house when she forced me to watch Independence Day.
Then I met my boyfriend – who happens to be a true blue sci-fi nerd (he literally wore a vintage Star Trek tee on our first date). As it goes when you fall for someone, you start to open the more closed parts of your mind to things you might have previously wrote off, in order to see things through their eyes.
I’ve now watched Alien, Aliens, Prometheus, Terminator, and now even Star Trek.
I actually had the chance to catch the 2009 movie revamp of Star Trek recently at the Sony Centre, where the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony masterfully played composer Michael Giacchino’s epic score live.
I’ve wrote before about how incredible it is to watch a movie with the score being performed live in front of you, and this experience was just as beautiful.
Last time though, it was a film I had watched countless times, so I was able to pay more attention to the musicians onstage since I always knew what was about to happen onscreen.
This time, being so completely new to the Star Trek world – for most of the screening I almost forgot they were even there – which is a testament to the level of musicianship conductor Erik Ochsner and his team excel at, as well as a testament to the film storyline itself being so strong and compelling.
Would I have loved it as much if I were watching the original with Shatner and Nimoy? I’m not so sure. I actually sat down to watch the original movie over Easter and fell asleep – so I can’t claim I found it quite as compelling. But the revamp was shot with the same adrenaline and humour as modern day action adventure films like The Avengers, so it impressed me in a way I wasn’t quite expecting.
With Leonard Nimoy’s recent passing before the screening, they also used the night as a tribute to the legend, and it was nice to see the Sony Centre screens lit up with his iconic moments as the night came to an end. I finally understand exactly why the fans love Spock so much.
Star Trek Live In Concert is currently touring cities across North America, find the schedule here.
Paint pictures with sound. First, find your white—the deepest, roundest sound you can play on the guitar. Then, find your black—which is the most extreme tonal difference from white you can play. Now, just pick the note where you’ve got white, pick it where you’ve got black, and then find all those colors in between.
Get those colors down, and you’ll be able to express almost any emotion on the guitar.
Today is International Women’s Day, which means it’s the perfect day to celebrate how far we’ve come – but also to recognize how far we still have to go.
My brilliant friend Maddy of Meat Locker Editions (an awesome female founded publishing company) wrote this little rant about #IWD, and it perfectly sums up my feelings about today:
International Women’s Day: a rambling of thoughts. Affirming my commitment to learn more and fight harder – in small and bigger ways – for the rights and freedoms of all women; challenging myself to make sure I practice inclusivity; recognizing my privilege and the benefits it affords me, reviewing how I can work from this position to be a better woman, ally, person. Last night I had a sobering reminder of how far we still have to fight, of the violence, manipulation and abuse that women face daily here in our city, country, world. Thinking of the despicable treatment of our Indigenous women, thinking of how we must make change. Pushing myself to learn and from a place of humility, do what I can. Refusing to be bullied any longer. Celebrating the women who fought before me, the women who raised me, the strength and guidance we find as we continue to grow our understanding of womanhood.
The one leg of equality women in North America still majorly struggle with is that of equal pay and equal respect in the workplace. It is a cause very dear to my heart. If you’re struggling with a horrible work situation, remember Tina Fey’s brilliant advice:
So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work, and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the people who were jerky to you.
That brings me to this weeks song. Leslie Gore passed away recently, and her music most definitely helped usher in that first wave of feminism we owe so much of our current freedom to.
This is a feminist anthem that will never go out of style. Even those girls who somehow think being a ‘feminist’ today is a bad thing, can get behind the sentiment she’s singing about.
It’s no surprise that Jack White is easily one of my favourite musicians on the planet. He brought it again this week, calling out the media for making an uproar of stupidity about his rider. If you’ve ever been curious about why a rider sometimes has strange requests, like brown M&Ms – give this a read.
Musicians need to know that their rider is being taken seriously not from a food point of view so much as an equipment safety point of view. If something as simple as seeing a bowl of M&Ms free of the brown ones lets them know the show will go on safely without technical errors from the rider not being read properly, it’s not quite the diva move we paint it out to be.
Imagine if Radiohead had a brown M&Ms clause? Maybe their team wouldn’t have been onstage when the whole thing fell apart and took one of their own with it (but we also know it is certainly not up to Radiohead or any band to ensure the safety of the stage).
Of course, Jack’s rider doesn’t even have that kind of demand – pointing out that the guacamole recipe is a joke between his manager and the promoters. So much can get lost without context, hence why judging a rider is stupid.
ANYWAY – the real point of this post is his new video which is so great I couldn’t wait until Sunday to share it as my song of the week. The genius man released an epic video for “That Black Bat Licorice” and I’m obsessed with it.
They shot three different videos for the song, and you can easily flip through each video by holding down the 3 or the B key on your computer. The standard video is my favourite, completely animated, then the 3 key gives you the live action version featuring Jack himself, and the B key is another live action version with people headbanging. This is what you do when you have three ideas for the video but like them all equally. Forget decisions, make them all!
The most interesting way to watch is to flip between the animated and the live action Jack videos (cutting out the semi pointless headbanging one), to see how they used animation to do what they couldn’t actually pull off in real life.
Whatever you feed me, I’ll fee you right back. But it’ll do no good.
The perfect Valentine’s weekend tune.
What is love if not someone to give you hangover hugs and comedown kisses.
Frank Turner is coming to the Horseshoe in March, if you hadn’t heard. Can’t wait to finally see him live.
Hope you’re spending this weekend with someone you love, romantically or not. Yes, it’s a Hallmark holiday – but it’s never a bad thing to have another excuse to tell the people in your life just how much you love them. Life is short, guys.