on the lighter side

October 30. 1999

Well, after blowing all your minds on that very lengthy entry yesterday, I thought I'd favor you with some baklava: light, sweet and small.

Not much to report. I went to South Street yesterday to pick up some badly needed art supplies (another $50...*sigh*) and also to pick up some badly needed CDs. I dragged my friend Paul along with me, somewhat unwillingly, I felt, but I really didn't want to go to South Street on my own. Got said art supplies, including a sorely needed paint palette, and ate at a fabulous pizza place called "Lorenzo and Sons", who claimed to be the "best pizza on South Street". uhhh...make that the best in all of Philadelphia, please. Not only is it delicious, but also a great value. The slices are at least three times as big as normal slices of pizza, so one cheese slice plus a soda for $2.75 makes quite an excellent, filling, cheap meal. And I thought there was no values anymore.

I went to Disc Go Round, one of my favorite used CD places, where they have an excellent selection of stuff for $8 each. Even the new ones are only $14.99. I was quite a happy little camper to find another Renaissance treasure there. Also visited the corporate beast in the form of Tower Records where I got the new Dream Theater album *drool* (read reviews below). Ran into a rather embarrassing situation when my Debit card refused to work at the cash register at Tower. Strange, because I had used it not an hour beforehand to purchase supplies at Pearl Paint. Fortunately, there was an ATM nearby, and despite getting no assistance whatsoever from the friendly employees, I got my CD and got out of there before they claimed my soul.

My sister and her friend Jess are coming to visit me the weekend after next. I can hardly wait to introduce them to Philly...heh heh heh.

New Music

Dream Theater: Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999)

I only really got into Dream Theater this summer, when I got "Images and Words" on a recommendation. It was one of those albums that took me a while to warm up to, but  once I did, I loved it. It's funny, because Dream Theater is so unlike anything else I listen to. I mean, it's hard to find comparisons to Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell here. Still, I welcome the broadening of my musical horizons.
The main reason I got "Scenes from a Memory" is because it's part 2 of a song that's on "Images and Words", and since I loved IAW, I figured this album was a good bet. I was soo right. I was sitting in my room, listening to it for the first time, and I suddenly recognized parts of "Images and Words" within in this album. I was so excited I started yelling to my hallmates about how awesome it was that they integrated these two albums. I think I probably scared them. It's also a concept album, and I although I haven't fully explored the ideas behind it, it's still incredibly fascinating for me.

Renaissance: Ashes are Burning (1973)

Also gotten on a recommendation. I think I like this one as much as "Scheherazade and Other Stories". The wonderful guitar and keys work is still intact, and Annie Haslam's vocals are just as beautiful, if not more so, than on "Scheherazade". She has an incredible, soaring voice, probably the best and most distinctive feature of Renaissance. It's too bad, because most of their good albums are available only on import, so they cost exorbitant amounts of money. Fortunately for me, Disc Go Round saves the day. :)

music: Renaissance, Ashes are Burning
food: none
read: the lyric books of "Images and Words" and "Scenes from a Memory"
sight: the computer lab, my second home
random: only half an hour more!!!
Song Lyric:
As a child, I thought I could live without pain / without sorrow / As a man I've found it's all caught with me / I'm asleep yet I'm so afraid
- Metropolis, Pt. 1 "The Miracle and the Sleeper", Dream Theater