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06 September 2005 @ 04:11 am
cclv (no, i don't want a fanta.)  
That Alicia Keys song really grates on my nerves. What's it called again? ("If I Ain't Got You". Thanks, Google.)

My mother must love the almighty hell out of this station, and that's really too bad. (94.7 fm, The Wave. Howzabout you wave yourself outta my life, eh?) Easy listening bullcrap that makes me want to stab myself in the eye with a rusted fork - oh yeah, and work it toward my earlobes so I won't have to actually hear this anymore. I'm surprised this kinda stuff doesn't turn people suicidal or something, with its mundane tempos and lukewarm instrumentals.

Now. Back to the song. First of all, the title itself is grammatically incorrect. I know it's a bit pedagogic to mention, but somebody's gotta pay attention to this fucked-up language. The only reason I am letting this slide is because I cut music some slack. It's really freakin' tough to put your whole heart and soul on the line for the love of the music, and if you're lucky you get an audience. Just wanted to put that out there first.

BUT. For some reason, I could've sworn I heard some other song by Miss Keys that sounded a little different. This one's just way whiny. What kills me more than anything are those with potential and/or proven talent who decide to change course(s) and fall flat (where I'm concerned, anyway).

It's the reason why I can't listen to Mariah Carey with a straight face anymore. Man, she had some PIPES. (Who knows, maybe she still does.) Years later, the cleavage on her clothes gradually increases (hey, but it's nice last time I checked) and she's changing her whole vocal outlook to star in a video alongside Puff Daddy or P. Diddy or whatever-the-hell he calls himself now for attention. Maybe I'm just old school, but where are all the female artists who belted the music out and didn't give a damn? And stayed that way?

I demand some Nina Simone and Edith Piaf and Sarah Brightm-- waiiit, most people my age don't even know what I'm on about.


So, in conclusion, "If I Ain't Got You" is a fairly sweet song, but I think it should be sung by somebody else. Seriously.
Feelin': awake for some reason
iTunes: kenny loggins / this is it
spaced00d on September 6th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
Is it just me, or does P Diddy sound like the name of the long-lost Telletubby?
Brandy: peturbationbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)

Or something you do in the washroom.
spaced00d on September 6th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
ooh, and speaking of Telletubbies, I made this a while back...

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It's Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, La-la and Poe!
Brandy: competitionbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)

Quite disturbing, sir.

Poe looks like he's ready to bust out with the cleavage himself.
Chuck Meyerchuckm on September 6th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
Apparently it's “just Diddy” these days. The P was getting between him and his fans.

Speaking of Nina Simone, have you heard the remix of “Black Is the Color of my True Loves Hair” that was on the Verve Remixed CD? Is mucho buena. If you haven't drop me an IM and I'll send you a link.

Also — The Toast! It Wiggles!
Brandy: innovationbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)

You are easily amused.

The only thing I've heard from the Verve Remixed is Ella Fitzgerald's "Wait 'Til You See Him", which is quite good. I would not mind adding something else to the collection, when I am on a better Internet connection.
allowmetoletgo on September 6th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
OMFA, the wave! Mysery incarnate. That was the only station my granddad ever played during parties, I suspect it was just becuase he's deaf and didn't know exactly what it was he was "listening" to. The only times it was almost acceptable was when there is an easy listening version of some famous song, and you'd try and figure it out since it sounded so familiar yet hideously foreign... I'm sorry that's all she plays. =0(
Brandybrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I've heard a lot of the easy-listening remakes. The most hilarious was "Let's Get It On". (Sad too, I suppose.)

Maybe it's punishment for bitching about Air America. That stuff's okay to listen to in moderation - but after days of The Wave, I find myself strangely missing extremist liberals yelling at the top of their lungs.
Miki: Himitsu desukitzune on September 6th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
If you thought the song itself was bad, be glad you were never witness to the music video. Granted, I've always hated Alicia Keys since the first day I heard her whiny voice, but still. The video is all about her and her "beau" and how he's supposed to meet with her at this time at this place but then he gets arrested and can't and you're supposed to go "wah!" but I just go "Ha ha. Take that, bitch. Now go wangst and kill yourself."

I'm not bitter, I swear!
Brandy: maledictionbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)

I've seen a few vids. I think they have the same trite premise. I wonder if any of this is contributing to the pile of stereotypes people have.
pain_proof_vest on September 6th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Our 94.7 is called Highveldt Stereo. I suppose you can listen to it on the internet somewhere. It's only really interesting at about 6 in the morning, which is probably 9 pm for you. Myep.

I, uh, don't listen to the radio much. Or you could experience the hell that is Mark Gillman at about the same time! It's called 5fm. You don't even have to complain about songs when this man talks. It's ridiculous. Radio presenters are supposed to have good voices. I suppose they think they're being funny. Ha ha. Stupid 5fm.
Brandybrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)

If only I had my old high-speed connections, I'd check it out. I usually enjoy listening to endgameradio or my friend's radio shows from the past (I think it was called 'Voice of Vashon' or something).

We have three television sets and no cable. I think one would work if only we'd turn it on. But I guess this is the alternative - besides the Internet itself, mind you.
taciturn_shade on September 6th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
agreed, 94.7 is like rusty knives to the spine.
Brandonbrandx84 on September 6th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
I will say I like the wave, its nice becuase when your sitting in traffic it does have some relaxing quality... of course its definitly not a party station but we listen to it in the office its really not half bad, and you know for the most part we can agree on music, this is for the slightly more layed back atmosphere, oh yes a Sarah Brightman yay!
Brandy: identificationbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)

It took me awhile to warm up to Sarah Brightman, for some reason. Maybe because I wasn't really raised with loving opera-types all too much.

When I had an office (*laughs*), I think they kept it on 103 fm or somesuch. More contemporary beats, although still horribly plain.
A Poet and a Paladinpoetpaladin on September 6th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
Dar Williams.
Brandy: connectionbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)

The little I've heard from her I've liked. But on the compilation CD I had with assorted music, Marianne Faithfull came on and totally blew me away.
the passion of the chris: kiss me betterice__age on September 6th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
I know Nina Simone and Sarah Brightman. I have some of both of them on my computer. I guess that means I rule, since I'm a music whore.
Brandybrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)

Nobody said you ruled until you've heard old-school French music.

Edith Piaf, son! Get to it! :p
almarotaalmarota on September 6th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
... it's not gramatically correct according to American Standard English. But actually there are probably over a hundred dialects of English, with their own grammar structures (for example, some groups use double negatives, bush speak, etc.). I think there was a debate about this when the whole ebonics thing came about. Any language or dialect of a language is just as grammatically complicated as another. Of course this leads to missunderstandings and all; still, ignoring these difference (and making fun of them) is not the answer. You may be annoyed by this grammar structure,.. why does it annoy you? American Standard English (the English you hear on television) is a dialect, and probably just as annoying to some people. But, it is not grammatically incorrect... it is grammatically incorrect when under the rules of your language, the language you have been tought in school, and the language of the dominant class.

almarotaalmarota on September 6th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
the last refers to the use of "got" in that song title.
almarotaalmarota on September 6th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC)
the last sentence refers to the use of "got' in the song title.
dot dot dot: brain hurtsagentelrond on September 6th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
Bush Speak is a dialect?!? God help us all!
It's like moral relativism, but with language!

I understand what you're saying, and I do think the study of dialects is fascinating, but some dialects - at least as far as I'm concerned - ARE more "correct" than others.
Brandy: relationbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)

I actually developed my own dialect(s). Sure, they were shaped by the public (and private) school educations I had when I was younger, but I keep changing.

I totally disagree with the whole ebonics bit. Most of the time I refuse to acknowledge it, although it is a proven dialect.

I do not understand how you think I am making fun of any of them. I merely stated that I feel it is a grammatical error. To others I am sure it's perfectly fine and acceptable. They all coexist, but that doesn't mean I have to like them. It's all speculation, really.
Wolfidy: Smash it with a hammer!skeeve on September 6th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
ACK! The Wave! *hides* Back when I was working in an antique store that was all they played...every Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 I had to listen. Sometimes I could escape if Mom wanted me to buy her coffee or something. but only for ten minutes or so. =D( I feel your pain.
Brandy: corruptionbrandelyn on September 6th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)

I didn't know you worked in an antique store. I'm slightly jealous.


Luckily, my mother stepped out awhile ago, so I think I can at least turn down the volume on this rubbish.
darksamurai714 on September 6th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh beloved Google...

Is there anything you can't do?
jetworld12 on September 14th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
if that's you in the picture on the side then....damn.
Brandy: constellationbrandelyn on September 14th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Most of the icons in my collection are me. That way no one feels like stealing them (at least, as far as I know).