studying the Dharma, Karma of a vipassana practice
bout how the Buddha got to the mountaintop, and i’m traveling
learning, yes reflecting on what matters
people, impermanence, lack of attachments
it’s space and time, a couple man made distractions
the measure of spirit that no human can ever capture
this past year i’ve been getting into whole underground hip hop / indie / hipster music. i know, an interesting combination, yeah? new sounds from blue scholars, bloc party, zion i, hieroglyphics, the xx, and band of horses are all great and allow a new side of me to be “revealed”, if one can say that. i go through lots of phases with music, listening to that genre of music on heavy repeat, and then moving on to a new phase. but after discovering a new genre of music, i don’t forget the old songs that i had so lovingly listened to. i still listen to old songs from my british pop genre, asian time, mainstream hiphop time, and of course, my “oldies” [ranging from the 50s to late 90s]. what i find in these the underground hip hop / indie / hipster music is that it’s all very calming. even the hip hop - zion i, blue scholars, macklmore i can all just relax to. there’s no desire to get up and dance about, it hits me much more personally. the lyrics have great meaning, and despite having my more favorite groups [blue scholars and macklemore, both hailing from the 206] having a more, sophisticated, calming essence to their music compared to the bay area music such as zion i, which has a more relaxed cali feel that i relate to, i do enjoy taking in their lyrics, slower beats, uses of instruments, overvoices from the media, and other new elements that mainstream hip hop doesn’t usually use.
the indie / hipster [i didn’t use this term, but when discussing the xx with my friends, they said i am a hipster <— totally false. i dress the opposite of a hipster] music that i listen to just makes me feel happy and light. of course, there are other songs that make me feel lighthearted [disney and glee, anyone?], but band of horses, bloc party, phoenix are able to exude this summery carefree feeling. no dancing. no crazy beats. just good music allowing our zygomaticus major muscles to contract quite often.
ahh zut alors. i’ve been doing wayyy too much shopping. much like that True Life : I’m a Shopaholic episode, i’ve been going out too much and shopping for unnecessary items. In the past week ALONE, i bought a book, a dress, four shirts, and a swimsuit. however i will support my swimsuit decision, because the one i wear is from middle school - the dark blue lining is now the color of a very worn out pair of blue jeans. but my shirts were just too irresistible to buy, and the dress, supposedly, according to my friends, EVERYONE needs one of those fancy, let’s go out clubbing, dresses. the book wasn’t that bad, seeing that i will be bored this summer, and i should start working on my future book shelf / stairwells. it’s slightly exciting, because i’m finding all the books that i enjoy, and it turns out that i have many [more like 20? a lot of them are simple, easy readers like roald dahl, lemony snicket, jkrowling]. but i’m also having more interesting readers, like murakami, tim obrien, and carl zimmer. i’m really fine with any type of books, but the ones that i NEED to have [when i’m older] are : the complete series of roald dahl books, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Microcosm, Le Petit Prince, L’Etranger. i would like the latter two in english, if i am to read it to my child(ren) [le petit prince, not l’etranger]. i’m not that great at translating french on the spot.
oh, i’ve also completed TWO sudoku puzzles, which i feel very accomplished by. it’s not that great, but yeah.
also, i finally went to my cupcake store, and ate delicious cupcakes! soo worth the $6+ i spent there. plus, i shared them with my old hs buddies when we went to see toy story 3. spanish mode, SENORITA! all of us, except jojo - who has no soul, were crying our eyes out because it was like we grew up with the movie. they didn’t try to make andy a kid again, he’s all grown up and moving on like we are, and i like that parallelism to us. my future children are going to watch these good disney / pixar movies when they’re in their youth.
“Gazing at the rain, I consider what it means to belong, to become part of something. To have someone cry for me. From someplace distant, so very distant. From, ultimately, a dream. No matter how far I reach out, no matter how fast I run, I’ll never make it. Why would anyone want to cry for me?”— Dance Dance Dance (via fuckyeahharukimurakami)
apparently there’s this poor lawyer with the same name on facebook who keeps getting friend requests from creepy people thinking it’s usher’s protege, little jbiebs. that poor poor man, but why would a lawyer have a facebook in the first place?
anyways, the new jbiebs mv is pretty cool. the song isn’t that great [or at least hasn’t caught my attention yet], the dancing, and usher singing. but other than that, i feel like he shouldn’t get felt up by some random woman.
i should be sleeping now, getting ready to wake up for the 0630 kickoff for the USA vs SLOVENIA game, but i woke up at 1030 again, which is messing with my internal clock. so, instead i am on here making a post, because my spokes girl told me to make more posts, and listening to Hans Zimmer’s collection of movie musical compositions.
kaela was convinced it was a man singing it, because she has a version of the song where the female has the range of those prepubescent 6-year-old english choirboys. personally, i think all versions are good, but i prefer the Lisa Gerrard version. her voice is deep and entrancing, whilst the voices of those in the pre-puberty years higher range have less depth, a more countryside innocent feeling than an emotional sound that tugs at your chordae tendonae heartstrings. and don’t even get me started on the remixes… >:0