Mellifluent Mondays: Clint Mansell

March 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm (music, music video)

This week I think I’ll let the music speak for itself. Mostly.

I know of Clint Mansell solely through his work on the scores of films such as π (high recommended by the way, as are all of Aronofsky‘s films, each of which are featured in this post):

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Oh yeah…

March 17, 2008 at 9:42 pm (comedy, obscure movie reference)

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

It’s no skit featuring Joyce and Beckett but it’ll do.

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Mellifluent Mondays: Moondog

March 17, 2008 at 9:06 pm (jazz, music, poetry)

In a world that allows American Idol to exist, let alone thrive, most people would consider it prudent to ignore the musical offerings of a blind man dressed up as a viking while he paraded his wares on the streets of New York City. In the case of Louis Thomas Hardin a.k.a. Moondog, they’d be mistaken in doing so. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mellifluent Mondays: Midlake

March 10, 2008 at 5:15 pm (friends, music, music video, nostalgia)

Seeing as how imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I thought I’d go ahead and make a a series of posts about music after the Sunday Night Serenades of Greg, my internet acquaintance over at A Chronicle of Fables. This series of mine won’t just focus on music I particularly enjoy, though that may often be the case, but also on the strange and unique.

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RIP Gary Gygax

March 4, 2008 at 6:14 pm (D&D)

Found via Balloon-Juice, via Ned Ragget:

“Death attacks Gygax.
Gygax misses saving throw.
Gary Gygax dies.”

I’m sure we’ll be talking about this at our next gaming session but I would just like to acknowledge that this man has had some positive influence upon my life. I first started my role-playing experience with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition and a small group of friends (who were veterans of the tabletop sport) over four years ago and, for the most part, it’s been a weekly event ever since.

Before I was introduced to the joy of this odd little hobby, I went out drinking and got totally sauced nearly every weekend, not to mention what I imbibed during the week, and it wasn’t before long that I realized this habit wasn’t doing me any good. I’m not sure if D&D had any direct impact on my decision to cut back on my Irish tendencies, but it certainly helped keep me occupied during part of the weekend. As a result, I eventually lost touch with the thirst. Although I still drink on occasion, it no longer calls out to me as it once did. And for that, I’d like to thank Mr. Gygax for helping create a game that is at least as enjoyable as forgetting what happened the night before.

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