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You were warned. [Jan. 22nd, 2005|10:04 pm]
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When this kind of thing makes Maya and me cry, we always turn to each other with "Look, I'm crying! See?! Tears..." as if to prove that we have emotions. I've always been a little envious of people who are able to feel things strongly, on a regular basis, without the aid of music.

I've loved the B-52's my whole life. I've been trying to figure out why, exactly, aside from the timing of their career and their magical Sesame Street-like ability to appeal to all ages, and I guess there are certain qualities that I can name -- raw talent, total lack of inhibition -- but those things don't incite love. It's something else. Sure, perfect songs like "Roam" always render me incapable of performing basic societal functions for a few minutes, but I really think it's songs like "Deadbeat Club" that tear me apart the most because they're so earnest and they're trying so hard to make you understand and it reminds me so much of the stuff Maya and I used to do when we were little, the tapes we made and the Entertainment Shows we put on and the songs we wrote for our My Little Ponies and all that stuff -- not because it necessarily sounds anything alike, but because the motivation for both came from the same place. The Cara Latimer stuff, Marshal Seth, Ponies, Princess Amethyst or whatever it was, all of it -- why'd we do it, why did we make up those stories or sing those songs or write that stuff down or record it or whatever? I think it was just that we had the need to create. I don't know how to explain the need. I can't imagine what my childhood would have been like without it. I am frightened that I might have made most of it go away, sometime between eighth and tenth grade or so, by trying to pretend it wasn't there.

So I think I that's why I love the music I do, not so much because I appreciate the creator's ability to make music, but because I appreciate his or her need. When I hear that need in something, I wonder at it and delight in it in a very personal way. I hear it in Reputation songs, in Steve Earle songs, in Cure songs and Prince songs and Squeeze songs and Nields songs and "Last of the Good Straight Girls" and "To Forgive" and Schubert and Flux AD. I don't care about the songs anybody writes because they can. The ones I want to hear are the songs they write because they can't not.

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-23 07:18 am (UTC)

Nobody is going to understand this post except Lindsey! *squee*

Oh, for the days when the most pressing thing we had to worry about was whether Ricki and Shenandoah could maintain their tenuous social standing, all while keeping the ball from bouncing more than once on their side of the racquet-tennis court! And avoiding that nasty Cuvelier, with his icky white gloves!

We were prolific. I remember being upset as we grew older, because I still wanted to play Mintastar or have a stool-jumping competition or make those horse-pedigree things . . . and you were more interested in doing other stuff.

I think the last time we actually collaborated on something creative was The Dorkland Times. A couple weeks back when you said something about how you wanted to start a web comic, I thought to myself "OMG, I can't believe I'm actually going to do something creative WITH Lindsey!"

If that Mintastar database still exists, I'll shit a brick.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-23 10:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Nobody is going to understand this post except Lindsey! *squee*

Mark my words, the web comic thing will happen. We need to figure out some things about it.

I think Mintastar is on a floppy disk somewhere in Mom's desk, in Lotus Approach 3.0 format. If I ever lay eyes on that data again...
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-24 12:21 am (UTC)

Re: Nobody is going to understand this post except Lindsey! *squee*

Excellent.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-24 12:53 am (UTC)

Re: Nobody is going to understand this post except Lindsey! *squee*

Oh. My. God. That's awesome.

What I really want is more of a three-panel comic-strip format (I know how we can make that joke into one). And of course, it'll have to be cleaned up and all. Like I said, we have things to discuss. But that's awesome.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-24 04:44 am (UTC)

wheee!

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-24 06:56 am (UTC)

Re: wheee!

AHHHHHHHHHHHH! The CUTE!

Do hiamanda! Do hiamanda!
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-24 07:47 am (UTC)

Re: wheee!

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-25 03:34 am (UTC)

Re: wheee!

Brilliant.

I think that, in the comic, you should ALWAYS be wearing the 7506es.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-25 06:52 am (UTC)

I make drawing FUN!!!

Works for me.

Our web comic doesn't even exist yet, and it's already endorsing Sony AND Apple.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-25 07:55 am (UTC)

Re: I make drawing FUN!!!

Also, milk.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-01-26 05:53 am (UTC)

Re: I make drawing FUN!!!

got halen?

Of all the lead singers we've had, most never got enough calcium. Typical. But not for Alex and me. Because every time we change singers, we have an extra glass of milk. That way we're sure to get more than the recommended three glasses a day. As you can see, sometimes all at once.
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From: mrr
2005-01-24 09:40 am (UTC)

Re: wheee!

Uh, I believe that's "teh cute."
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-25 03:45 am (UTC)

Re: wheee!

*snigger*

The real thing will be "teh cute".
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[User Picture]From: jwithington
2005-01-23 10:03 am (UTC)
wow...hell yeah deadbeat club.

and "topaz." yo uknow that one?

cosmic thing=cosmically under-rated.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-23 10:44 pm (UTC)
Dude, I so almost mentioned "Topaz" too. It's a great example of what I'm talking about.
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[User Picture]From: jwithington
2005-01-23 10:46 pm (UTC)
well the weird thing is i don't know if i agree with where you go with it, but i agree with pointing out it's fucking GOOD.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-01-26 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm cutting back. No one should take it personally. I might re-add people later.
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