body art

December 6. 1999

The madness continues...

I had my 3d crit today. My final sculpture was evaluated. It's a strange little piece to be sure (pictures will be up by this weekend), but I think it went over well. Although at the time it may have seemed tedious, my teacher Curtis gave almost everyone's sculpture a full half an hour of critique, which I really appreciated, now that I thnk about it. Getting input from the entire class is an interesting experience, and it often exposes things that had never even occurred to me.

One of my classmates, Bob (whose real name is Katherine, I have no idea how she ended up being called Bob and I never bothered to ask her) made a 7 foot black vinyl penis for her final sculpture. Talk about balls (pardon the pun). The crit was definitely interesting, with the phrase "big black cock" thrown around more that once. I took pictures of almost everyone's sculpture, there were some really interesting and beautiful results. I plan to do the same for everyone's self portraits in drawing on Wednesday. They will be up here soon, as well.

I went down to South Street today with some friends. Sarabeth got her bellybutton pierced. The idea of body jewelry still makes me squeamish, but everyone is doing it, so I may be persuaded at some point. I had given some considerable thought to where exactly I would get pierced, but I can't seem to find a site to my satisfaction. I have nothing pierced at the moment...I used to have one hole in each ear lobe, but wearing earrings got bothersome and the holes are probably closed by now. I am also a wimp when it comes to any kind of pain, so it would be a bit of a leap of faith to put any kind of holes in my body.

Nose. um...would be pretty, but not practical. I have allergies. I am sneezing and/or blowing my nose quite often.

Bellybutton. I would never show my midriff in public, so what's the point?

Labray. I dunno...I like eating too much.

Eyebrow. Possibly. But, the pain factor...

Tongue. Are you kidding?

We shall see.

I have, however, resolved to get a tattoo of some sort by the time I graduate from college. So that leaves me 3 and half years to decide what, and where. I don't want it to be a decision to be made lightly, since it's something I'll have for the rest of my life. Right now I have no idea where and what I would want. The idea of getting a tattoo on my hands appeals to me, since my hands are such a focal point for me. I had thought about the inside of my wrists, but that area is full of nerves, tendons, veins and bone, i'm not sure that would be a good idea, pain wise. My computer teacher Doug has tattoos on the insides of his wrists that he did HIMSELF with a tattoo gun. ugh.

Anyhoo, some new music to entertain you...

New Music

To the Teeth - Ani DiFranco (1999)

Well, it's now a close battle between this and Scenes from a Memory for my album of the year. This is easily the best album Ani's put out since Not a Pretty Girl in 1995 (which, incidentally, is my favorite album of hers). It's also an almost complete departure from the direction her music was taking. After the rather mediocre "Up Up Up Up Up Up", which was released earlier this year, I was afraid that Ani had lost her touch. But my fears are allayed with this album, because, overall, it is terrific. I think what made the real difference in this album is that she draws from so many different musicians that serve to spice up the mix. This includes Maceo Parker, whom she toured with last summer. I was lucky enough to see them live and it was one of the most amazing concert experiences I've ever had. Prince (or Artist formerly known as) also makes an appearance on a couple of songs.
The first few songs didn't grab me too much. Then, track 3, "Wish I May", and boom! I was completely and totally hooked. I first heard this song live (as I had for quite a few of the tracks on here) and I loved it then, too. The way her voice just slides across the notes, juxtaposing perfectly with the guitar. Another good song is "Freakshow", which frankly sounds like Ani doing a rather good impression of Alanis Morrisette. "Going Once" features the excellent Maceo, and in "Swing" Ani even joins him in rapping. Who woulda thunk? "The Arrivals Gate", which is one of those "objective observer" songs, samples "Angry Anymore" from Upx6.
Overall, the songs seem to fall into two categories: Really excellent, inspiring, inventive songs, and the slower, ballady songs with Ani haranguing on about the ills of the world, which can get a little tiring. Those songs are the ones where she allows herself too much leeway, and the songs aren't nearly as tight as the other ones.
But still, I love the direction her music is taking, and I really hope she continues to expand her sounds as she has in this album. She's moved way beyond her "little folksinger" persona, and has become an amazing all around musician.

Dead Air for Radios - Chroma Key (1998)

Chroma Key is the name for Kevin Moore's solo project after he left Dream Theater in 1994. And in case you're wondering, it doesn't sound a thing like Dream Theater. There is a wide variety of styles in this album, but most of them are keyboard based, which is no wonder since Kevin Moore is a keyboardist. He does some really inventive and interesting things on this album, and with sometimes beautiful results. One thing he does which I love is sample voices in his songs...people just talking, people he's interviewed while on his travels. The voices don't take away from the music, but rather complements it. My favorite by far is "Wednesday the Sky". Overall, an unusual and inventive album. I can't wait to see what he does next.

This is a Recording (Demos 1994-97) - Kevin Moore (1999)

This album contains (as it says in the title) earlier demos that Kevin Moore did. Although many of them are in a somewhat rough state when you compare them to the more polished songs on "dead air for radios", there is really some beautiful songs on here. The keyboards are more of a presence than in "dead air for radios", and shows off his excellent skills. There is one song on here called "the fucking mouse" which I find hilarious. The only glaring omissions from this disc is Moore's remix of Tori Amos' "Song for Eric" and my favorite Chroma Key song, "Blanket". I only have them on mp3, but here's hoping they make an appearance on a future album.

music: Everybody Set Free, Nadi Bumpo (guys from my high school)
food: 1 liter bottle of pepsi
read: nothing
sight: messy messy room
Song Lyric:
I am stumbling down the gravel driveway of desire / trying not to wake up my sleeping self-loathing
- Wish I May, Ani DiFranco