Maybe 10-12 years ago, I was a big Nine Inch Nails fan. I mostly listen to different music these days, but I still like The Fragile quite a lot and go back and have a listen sometimes.
Probably my favorite track on there is the first song on the second disk - "The Way Out Is Through"
All I've undergone
I will keep on
Underneath it all
We feel so small
The heavens fall
But still we crawl
All I've undergone
I will keep on
The lyrics don't really do it justice on paper. The track opens with a light, kind of reflective melody to it, like someone's searching for something, with the first two lines repeated a bunch - "All I've undergone... I will keep on... All I've undergone... I will keep on... All I've undergone..."
The tension in the music builds to a rather intense and almost violence sort of sequence with heavy distortion. Underneath it all. We feel so small. The heavens fall. But still we crawl.
Then it fades out more gently - "All I've undergone... I will keep on... All I've undergone... I will keep on... All I've undergone..."
It won't be for everyone and probably isn't the best Nine Inch Nails song to start with if you're not already a listener. I'm not recommending it if you're not already into the genre. But I like the song quite a lot, I tend to put The Fragile on when things get a little heavy and crazy in my life.
The song calls for a sort of active endurance - keep on, keep on, keep on. Even if the heavens fall - everything falls - you keep on. Even if your willpower is at the absolute bottom of what it could be, when you feel so small - you keep on. You keep moving forwards. You crawl forwards if that's all you've got.
Things go wrong. Keep moving forwards. Things get heavy. Keep moving forwards. Intense demands on your time, a chaotic mix of thins going right and wrong? Keep on. The heavens themselves fall? Keep on. The way out is through. Crawl forwards if that's all you got. And then you get through.
thank you very much for sharing these. my name is xu chun lin , I come from china, XU is my family name;
it is so unexpected that i can read these articles. The life what i want is like yours.
it is fascinating, it is meaningful. the life i dream of ; now i will graduate from university.
i want a life follow my dream . when i read the life about you, i was so happy. i wish i can have one like you ,
but they certainly have something different .
May i have your e-mail address, i didn't find it at this website.
And at china, we can not access Facebook, Twitter.
my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Nice meeting you.
xu chun lin
Power grid went down in District 3 today just when I was connecting to the internet for a phone call. I gathered my things, packed up, and headed over to a cafe in D1 to make the call. My business partner there luckily had cleared two hours for the call, so we still covered everything.
I sat in this cafe for a while, but it was a little bit loud, so I decided to move to another cafe nearby. The place I moved was an American chain that serves weak coffee at high prices. Really, it's a bad choice of a cafe to go to for coffee's sake, but tends to be an excellent cafe for work environment. Normally there is quiet, ambient music playing, it's well lit, and there's plenty of space and power outlets.
So after I'd bought my expensive, weak coffee, and expensive, mediocre food, I headed upstairs to see some guys setting up audio equipment. Hmm.
One guy is testing some sort of mixing board or something, in short toot toot toots and feedback. This is a little bit annoying. I put some light music on so I can read, write, and do some work. The testing eventually stops and two guys come up with guitars.
They're playing and it's... not very good. They're all over the place, pretty uncohesive with their music. No transitions between songs or even genres. They played some Led Zeppelin, and then some country music, and then some Eric Clapton, and like, a lot of this is music I like, but you gotta transition through music for it to be decent.
Besides being pretty darn good myself (at rapping, not at singing), I've hosted Karaoke countless times in Austin. But more importantly, I hosted Tazeroke for quite a while. Nothing makes it more clear who is good and who is bad than Tazeroke. The whole audience votes and the losers get tazed.
Why get good at Karaoke? It's fun. For a few minutes you get to experience a slice of what it's like to be a rock star. It's a good place to go on a date. Maybe most important: whether you try to or not, you're eventually going to find yourself in a situation where people are singing karaoke. You may as well be able to knock them out.
So, coming from someone who has been involved in just about every angle of karaoke, here's how you get good: