Sight-reading: the Brits are possibly the world’s greatest sight-readers. In my travels I’ve certainly never seen anything like it. Every time I rehearse a choir here I am astonished at how quickly they parse the music and absorb it. When we recorded “Light & Gold”, the Eric Whitacre Singers and Laudibus had just six hours to read through and rehearse 80 minutes of my music. Good singers here are simply expected to read.
Knowledge: British choirs simply get it. I’m sure it comes from the centuries-old tradition of singing but there is a seasoned polish and an attitude about the music-making that is at once soulful and unsentimental, expressive without being maudlin. They have the beating hearts of singers and the brains of trained musicians and this places them among the most potent and versatile artists on the planet.
I’m glad to see Galahad again. I have a lot of sympathy for young people who don’t understand what you have to do in order to get kisses. The only thing that ever worked for me, admittedly the sample size is not large, was not caring so Goddamned much. People can… smell it. And they don’t like the smell. I’m not saying you can’t care, obviously you do. But you have to know at some level that not getting this particular kiss at this particular time won’t cause the universe to split in the middle and demons to come out.
The other trick was to already be in a relationship, for some reason. Does wonders for the confidence. Of course, that scenario is also fraught. Good fraught? I don’t know. The scheduling was a nightmare.
And then there is the question of what purpose our economic growth actually serves. The most common advice V.C.s give entrepreneurs is to solve a problem they encounter in their daily lives. Unfortunately, the problems the average 22-year-old male programmer has experienced are all about being an affluent single guy in Northern California. That’s how we’ve ended up with so many games (Angry Birds, Flappy Bird, Crappy Bird) and all those apps for what one start-up founder described to me as cooler ways to hang out with friends on a Saturday night.
When taken to its logical extreme, a tech sector that discriminates in favor of the young might produce an economy with some revolutionary ways of keeping ourselves entertained and in touch at all hours of the day and night. But it would be an economy that shortchanged other essential sectors, like, say, biotech or health care.
One of the key things I hate about the SF / Tech Valley scene.
This. This all the way. All these claims about how teens don’t connect these days, and I’m like, yeah, hello older generation, have you noticed how you’ve diminished opportunities for teenagers, by increasing homework, decreasing trust outdoors, removing safe spaces IRL, etc?
I look at how I was, when I was a teenager. I’m part of this tide, but I was earlier on, before smartphones really heavily wove the internet into the fabric of life. It was still weird back then to have the level of internet discourse as I did.
Heck, I went on forums rather than MySpace.
But why did I do it? Because there was fuck all to do IRL. It’s not like people were falling over themselves to be my friend, or that I could find people to connect to at school.
Older folks talk about the internet as an alternative, as if it’s seeing two possibilities and choosing tech because it’s flash or something. They fail to see it as a retreat.
Although this comparison has negative connotations, I remember reading something by… I think it was Peikoff, actually. It was pointing to the rising drug use among teens at the time. Where was this coming from? Were they suddenly choosing to take drugs? Were they just flash and fun? Were these kids just inherently broken? Was TV and movies and video games corrupting them? Was it a lack of religion.
The writer implored us to look at where these kids spend around 30-40 hours of their lives a week, and where they spend more if they can’t fit in and get in trouble, plus the hours for homework…. maybe these kids were seeking an escape and release from something the adults were imposing.
It’s why I love that line in that Suicidal Tendencies song I quoted a few days ago. “Yoi decided? I’m crazy? When I went to your institutional learning facilities?”
When you stick kids through something as inhumane as school, can you really call anything they do as weird and abnormal relative to their environment? I’d call it adaptation.
Sorry. This has turned into a rambling rant.
"Daenerys" - Illustration by samspratt
Finally finished. Had a little too much fun painting all that loose, whispy, wooshy, hair. Now right back to the art cave to continue research on a poster I’m particularly excited about.
roryhodgson asked: Do tinder. It's bare larities.
Bare = Absolutely / Totally
Larities = Hilarities = Hilarious
Ok. I admit this is a good quiz idea.
I still hate these quizzes.
YOU SAY THAT LIKE IT’S A LANDMARK YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO ALL YOUR LIFE
Tamika Flynn would be proud