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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Missing Jay leno on the Tonight show

Jay Leno appeared for the last time for the Tonight show in may..June came and Conan took over.
Conan's style is quite different.
Jay Leno is classy in a lot of ways. He won't poke the interviewees for petty gossip news.I like him for that.I like talk shows ,but I have no time for fluff gossip ..I don't want to know who the person being interviewed is sleeping with.Who cares?
There are so many things I like about Jay Leno.
I particularly like his JAY WALK ..where he genuinely gets disappointed each time a civilian doesn't know a vital piece of common-sense info.. And each time he is dismayed., I am here at home getting dismayed as well. We share that common capacity to get disappointed in the public for their lack of knowledge each single time..As if, each time, we raise our hopes saying,"okay, this time, this person might know this and save the face of the country!" But no..America is surely dumbing down..the effects of which will manifest in 10 or 20 years to come..when the children of these dumbies grow up to be the adults running the country.Hmm

I also like the fact that Jay leno actually is very proud of the fact that he has had a long 15 year marriage stint and he is very loyal to his wife. I like it that he is loyal to his wife. I also like it that he is aware that it is a good thing to be loyal to one single person and I like it that he wears the 'married and loyal' tag proudly for everyone to see.
See, again.I am not one of those MORALITY freaks going around preaching everyone to stay in families and never divorce or some such... not one of those church people who forces people to stay together even after the couple has emotionally fallen apart.
But , yet ,,when people stay with someone they fell in love in..that means they had enough self awareness to know who will work for them and it  also means that it happened from the other person's side too.It takes two to tango. That is what a successful relationship means.
So many people get into relationships with people they don't really care that much for , all because they are afraid to stay alone or die lonely etc etc. Once you get into something for such silly reasons.. falling apart will happen.
So that is what I was getting it.
I am happy for him .. he is a wise man. Sensitive one too.
I also like it that he really respects the work his wife does.
I once remember him talking about the state of women in Afghanistan..those women..they are covered from head to toe..why? because the men are not being taught to be civil to not molest a woman once she shows her hair? what kind of a religion is it that imposes suffocation on one gender instead of attempting to teach manners to the other gender?Everyone has hair and eyes. no need to get all excited and foaming in the mouth and molest the woman coz she has hair and eyes.dude!
So, when this issue was being discussed, his eyes, they showed genuine concern. A genuine undestanding shone in his eyes which believed that all people are born equal..with equal rights..
I like Jay Leno more than Conan(though , conan is not really bad..only a bit too juvenile or gimmicky sometimes,he is getting better though)
So, yeah, Leno, is my fav.. He will always be..
He now has a prime time show which i am not in a position to watch. I don't know maybe one of these days..I will become a prime time person and it will be Jay leno time again!

Monday, November 23, 2009

'The broken guitar' Dream journal and My new guitar!

I know..I saw this dream 10 days ago.
The thing is..I bought a new guitar..yeah, a guitar of all things.. I play the flute..harmonica too.So,essentially I am a WIND INSTRUMENT person..

But 2007 when i tried making a video of me singing, I realized that I couldn't simultaneously play the flute while i was still singing. That is when i realized that a string instrument is a far better accompaniment in lieu of background music  to vocals(my own).

Back then,I made a mental note to myself, that it would be a great idea to learn an instrument that doesn't require mouth blowing.What instrument and when, I had no idea.
I never really thought of guitar at all.I think a violin is far more versatile instrument than a guitar..both in terms of sound quality and ability to reach complicated arrangements.But hey,,an electric guitar might  be able to accomplish that what an acoustic guitar may not.I am a guitar novice anyways, so i would like to reserve further opinions  till  a  future point of time wherein  i am better equipped to judge the versatility etc.

I have a friend.Goh.I like his lyrics, and his music and sometimes i feel that he is not getting the kind of recognition that  he deserves, because, his music is highly original and very unique and very special.His lyrics are very smart too...Like I always tell him,His music is GRAMMY WORTHY.
Sometimes when i see other musicians not as talented as him who get a easier break ,I get angry.Come on..

Anyways, this blog entry is about my dream.let us go back to my dream and my guitar.

A quick prelude to the dream .I write these preludes to all my dream journal only  in an attempt to make everyone understand that dreams  are more about information processing that happens in our brain during sleep and  therefore really has no significance otherwise in predicting the future.

Dreams  are more about rearrangments of actual thoughts or fears in our sleep.Thoughts that  we have already previously thought during our waking hours.

PRELUDE to guitar dream
I ordered for  a guitar to made to my own specifications with a local guitar maker.I did that  because i wanted to go straight to source and actually pay the guitar maker the profit  money that would otherwise go into the hands of the guitar store owner.I didn't save any money by buying a guitar from the maker.saving money was not the real motive .I just wanted to make sure the guitar maker gets all the profit.My own lil way to help a guitar maker-an artisan.

I love it..I have named it 'Black beauty'.I specifically chose a black color..It is a beauty..Sometimes i see it standing on the futon as i pass by in a hurry getting ready to go out  and I stop short  in my steps and look at it and muse to myself, "Damn, I now own a guitar.I have a guitar!Never thought this day would come" Then, i go off into a tangent of thought process , all in practicality " It is so beautiful..How beautiful.It has been in the open far too long.I have to keep it dust free..where is the case" :)

                   I am moving soon... Again,,plane cargo is not cheap..I cannot afford to lug around all kindsa stuff..I will leave behind a lot of stuff at my parents' home..I use their home as my safe haven for all the things that have immense sentimental value for me.Those that i cannot dispense off ,those that are too big or too heavy for me to lug around wherever i will travel.(which  btw happens almost like once a year or once a 7 months.Too much of traveling that the pleasure associated with traveling has long gone..LOL)
                 So,yeah,I have been worrying about the fact that i probably might have to leave the guitar behind at my parents.I haven't had enough time to learn it either..that makes it even more sadder for me to leave it behind before we got properly acquainted with each other..You know,,those intimate getting used to between musical instrument and instrument player.

                         I was imagining all kindsa scenarios in my head.Over an 18 hr international flight and during transfers I will have this guitar hanging on my back as carry in and everybody would sneer at me or I will have to put it in baggage and then it will break( I was suddenly reminded of the same predicament that my musician friend Goh went through weeks ago..All guitar owners face the same travel problems..don't we?)

see , the funny part is,, though, i call this dream 'broken guitar " dream..In this dream,it doesn't get accidentally broken or some such.I actually proceed to neatly cut the neck halfway just so that the guitar can be the right size to fit into the baggage that meets baggage size specifications with my airlines..I neatly cut the stem and then fit the pieces into the box and tell to myself in the dream, "Aah..I am so it fits neatly in the it won't break due to bad baggage handling"
Then, in the dream,once the travel is done, I claim my baggage and then I reach home and I open my box.I take the guitar out.The end piece that i had previously  neatly cut off is still hanging off from the main guitar by the strings and I am thinking to myself, "Okay, now, how am i going to fix this?Oh boy! Looks like this guitar is done for.Finished..How on earth did i think of cutting off the neck like that? And Am I still expecting it to work after that?What is this?"  Then in the dream(if you could see it like I did )  you can see the horror of realization on my face at how stupid I was to neatly saw off the neck of the guitar like that , all because I wanted to fit it into a suitcase.Seriously! Funny and sad at the same time

When i woke from my dream,I actually was so distressed .For a moment I thought that  did really cut up my guitar.I actually had to go check if the guitar was intact. And there was a moment of relief..Weird and freaky.
I guess the dream was only a re-processing of my earlier thoughts and concerns about how to transport my guitar while I make it through the  air travel!  SILLY ME. I so badly want to take my guitar along but i think i have far more important things to take along..the guitar might have to be left behind..NOOOOOO!

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