josh blog

Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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11 Jul '06 10:42:30 PM

I woke up with a theme from the Orb stuck in my head, but it was stripped of all its menacing sexual overtones.

11 Jul '06 12:01:27 PM

I think I've found a use for Villalobos.

9 Jul '06 07:51:29 AM

'I believe what is most worth telling is always what cannot be told.'

4 Jul '06 10:52:24 AM

'Like money into the bag, should one be able to sweep truth into the head?'

21 Jun '06 07:13:05 AM

On the second quintet records Davis and Shorter often sound like people practicing (stretching, warming up, playing, fooling around, exploring, testing, trying, preparing) - alone or off to the side in a room of others - quieter, muted, quick, casual, alone.

15 Jun '06 08:42:04 PM

'popular culture (inasmuch as it could be related to conceptual art)'

7 Jun '06 09:17:27 PM

'glaucoma' / 'glock on ya'

7 Jun '06 04:22:17 PM

'It's fine not to like almost anything, except maybe Al Green.'

7 Jun '06 06:55:22 AM

'Well, the first thing I do is I try to listen to whatever rapping is already on the track. I listen for cadence and melody to see how the track’s already been written, and to make sure that whatever flow or flows I decide to run with, or patterns or melodies that I decide to put into the song, that they’re not already in there. Then I try to see if there’s a different part of the subject matter that I can talk about. If there isn’t, I try to see if I can analogize it, break it down, flip it another way. If that can’t be done, the best thing I can do is pretty much out-rap the guy. And when I say out-rap the guy - say, if he uses ten syllables in a line, I’m going to use fifteen. If he uses fifteen, I’m going to use twenty, twenty-five. If he’s rhyming two or three words within two bars, I’m going to rhyme four or five words in two bars. I’m going to out-skill you.' - Bun B