|I hope all the jewels don't fry the x-ray machine|
So to make it presentable (It's sad this is my idea of "presentable"), I added some Hello Kitty stickers to it until I can finish up the bedazzling later. It's pretty safe to say all eyes will be on me when I go through airport security.
|Got my backup Pokemon hats packed at least|
I'm at least pleased I'll have some music to jam to on my flights and layovers. I generally steer very, very clear of writing/talking about music, and whenever the subject arises in conversation, I tend to clam up. People have such strong feelings about what music they think is good or bad, and I don't really think I have any right to say what people should or shouldn't listen to or what's good or bad. Music is a personal thing to me, and I like to keep it that way. But I'm breaking that silence just briefly enough to mention this.
Two of my favorite artists just happen to have new albums. Belinda's Catarsis and Namie Amuro's Feel both came out earlier this month. Belinda lays claim to my favorite song ever, "Bella Traición" (which is where the lyrics are from that are tattooed on my arm), but her new album may be my favorite one yet. It's got a lot of awesome dance songs, but my favorites are always the ballads where she really lets loose with her voice. I can usually only pick out words and phrases (she speaks Spanish btw), but--as cheesy as it sounds--her voice always seems so incredibly transparent and full of the emotions she's singing about that I don't really feel like I need to understand the words. My favorite track on the album is "Litost," which (from what I've read) is an untranslatable Czech word that incorporates "agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery" (source). Deep stuff, man.
Don't let that weird deer antler hat ruin the song for you. And if you like the track, you can get it on iTunes for just over a buck. (That was an intentional deer pun.)
Namie Amuro's album is similar in feeling. It's got dance and it's got ballads, but what's interesting is Namie has chosen to sing mostly in English instead of her native Japanese (or Engrish, I should say, but major props to Namie for being brave enough to record nearly an entire album in anything other than her first language). Namie's one of the HBICs in J-Pop, so check her out if you haven't heard much about her. You can watch her video for "Hands On Me" below, although my favorite song on the album is "Rainbow" (insert gay joke here).
Oh, and a quick mention of M.I.A.'s new track, "Bring the Noize," which has me very excited for her upcoming album.
Well, this quickly turned into a music post when I never intended on that happening. I warned you my mind is a bit scattered. I'm going to attempt to upload a new video on my personal channel Saturday before I fly out, but you may not see me on the blog much until I get back. Of course, I'm sure I'll be drunkenly updating Twitter a lot (so you may want to unfollow now), and I'm sure I'll have a lot to write about regarding the trip when I return.