I'm so excited for the new Alice in Wonderland movie. I've watched this video a zillion times before, but I still like it: it's a mellow electronica tune composed only with sounds from the original animated movie.
I didn't think I'd do an MJ post. But as someone who has loved music & dance my whole life long, it's hard not to: Michael had cataclysmic impact on how everyone understood the essential fusion of music + dance, and how we'd newly see the whole made from the two halves.
We tend to revere artists more when they are gone too soon. "Elder
statesman" fits with grace only a few of the genius musicians: Stevie,
Quincy Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Aretha. Dancers seem to have
even less leeway as we tilt toward the grave - Baryshnikov, Madonna,
and Kylie excepted, the viability of dance as a lifelong profession is
fleeting, at best.
Raised as I was on northern soul (and folk music/classical/showtunes - I'll never outgrow music dorkitude) watching MJ truly PERFORM is still an amazing experience. As Ta-Nehisi Coates says...just watch til' the end.
This is a hysterical thread from the Zappo's live chat. I agree that Zappo's customer service is superior. Being yourself - I can tell ya - is the only way to stay engaged and delighted in a job that's people-facing.
– You are now chatting with Jonathan
Jonathan: Hello Timmy. How can I help you?
Timmy: do you know how wide the G-Shock Atomic Solar - AWG101 SKU #7403774 is?
Timmy: i mean, how big a wrist it would fit?
Timmy: Timmy has a big fat wrist
Timmy: Timmy need watch grande
Jonathan: I’ll see what I can find out for Timmy.
Timmy: awesome. and can we please continue to talk about Timmy in the
3rd person? Timmy likes to boost Timmy’s ego by talking about Timmy
Jonathan: Jonathan would be happy to neglect the use of pronouns for the duration of this conversation.
Timmy: Jonathan and Timmy shall get along just fine
Jonathan: Will Timmy be able to measure Timmy’s wrist? Timmy: Timmy’s wrist is big, but not Biggie-Smalls big. Timmy doesn’t have the required measurement instruments.
When I say I'm listening to drum-n-bass again, this is the sort of thing I mean. Not your regular lawnmower man stuff. Twinkly, lovely, well-produced, melodic: the sort of thing that LTJ Bukem would make today if he'd been a house DJ fond of arpeggiated keyboards.