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Shut Up and Sing

I love a good song. Who doesn’t? There’s something about music playing in the background that imparts upon the human voice greater beauty and increased credibility. The gestalt of the whole music/vocal experience is a magical thing.

But a few years ago I did a really stupid thing… I read the lyrics while not listening to a song and found the underlying meaning to be so humdrum it eroded the song’s beauty. So now while I still enjoy music, I understand that if I don’t scrutinize the actual meaning of a song’s lyrics, I just might be hypnotized into believing whatever drivel is being sung. The corollary to this is that if I really like a song, I don’t read the lyrics with the speakers turned off.
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Dirty Duck’s Playlist

Dirty Duck likes good music about bad relationships.

I’ve known Dirty Duck for quite a long time. People (and raccoons) who know him do not always share his taste in music but his vast knowledge on the subject is undeniable. He once explained to me that he was able to amass this knowledge because he listens to a lot of music during his biannual migrations — he claims that ducks can not only pick up on the Earth’s magnetic fields for navigational purposes but they can also get FM, which makes those long flights a lot more enjoyable.

The thing about his taste in music is that he loves songs with lyrics dealing with aberrant relationships, sexual deviation, and bad girls and boys — the more twisted and kinky, the better. He didn’t get the name Dirty Duck by winning it in a raffle, you know. Continue reading


Korea’s Big Failure

Baekdamsa Temple

Originally built in the 7th century, and rebuilt many times since, Baekdamsa Temple is a testament to the tradition of tradition ubiquitous in the Republic of Korea.

Before we get to the point I’m trying to make, I am compelled to put you through several thousand words of background to make you truly understand what I’m getting at.

But, before I do, I’d like to dedicate this blog entry to my dear wife who will be celebrating her twentieth anniversary of emmigrating to Canada from South Korea on July 24, 2011. I’m really glad you did, my jjaggung! I cannot imagine my life without you. Continue reading