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15 November 2010 @ 07:10 pm
Gaming mostly and yesterday's meal  
Didn't play bass today. My back has been acting up since this morning. It didn't help that I went in the garage and bent over a box for a while while I emptied it. But I wrote to the guy that had the video up of The Final Countdown and asked him if he had the tabs. He sent me seven pages of sheet music. I'm thrilled! I'm so glad it's sheet music because I don't know how to read tabs and don't see how they could be as good anyway. But Chris is still going to teach me. But now I don't have to figure out those really hard parts, though I'm proud I figured out most of it on my own. Oh and that's when we realized, "Where is the music stand?" I had a very nice solid black one I used to use for my violin and would rest my bow on it. I wonder if that's still at the old house. So I couldn't have played anyway since I don't have anywhere to put my music or my new study book.

So I played Fallout for a little bit. I think I'm starting to wind down on that game. I've been talking about starting a new game as Cope, but I'm having a hard time finishing up as Owen. Even though there are some things that are way better in this game, like your followers, than in the first one, I like the first one better. I just think it was more fun and I liked that there were more Deathclaws in it. I loved at the higher levels running into a bunch of creatures that were fighting each other before they even took an interest in you. I haven't really seen much of that here. And the Deathclaws that are in the game seem confined to a few key locations. Eh.

I mentioned I'd post our meal we had yesterday. Here's my little seafood thing I got.

It had octopus, squid, fish, muscles, shrimp and potatoes in a spicey sauce. I love squid and octopus. We both had Inca Cola. It's made by the Coca-Cola company. I had actually tried it at the Coke Museum in Atlanta and didn't like it then. But this time I did like it. It's the first golden cola I've ever seen. The taste is similar to ginger ale.

And CHris had chicken. It was great. I really don't like American poultry as it's so dry. I've never been impressed with that Thanksgiving meal when normal daily chicken meals prepared Spanish style are so much juicier and tastier. Even the breast meat.

Oh back to talking about music. I've been listening to a lot of metal and it bothers me that I can't hear the bass lines in most songs. Chris says you don't hear them but you feel them. I don't know why that's always been hard for me. I only hear the guitar and the drums. Unless the bass line is very prominent I just don't hear it like it is in Sonata Arctica. Sonata has some awesome bass lines that I want to learn. But my favorite band Kalmah I can't hear at all. How can I learn to play something I can't hear? And since metal is so obscure no I doubt I could get the notes from anyone. They don't make music books for these bands, and the ones that have been tabbed are mostly for guitar. Good luck finding the bass line for the songs. And the people that cover them on youtube most likely don't know how to write them out. I'm going to have to learn to hear it.

I back tagged Oct 2005 today. Wow so that's when I saw Neil Diamond in concert. What an awesome experience that was! But my gosh, it's been that long? Doesn't seem like it. My memories are so clear.
Current Mood: soreAchey
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Zorak Guitarsilvolf on November 16th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
I need to play my guitar more. I haven't been practising because I haven't had time and I feel bad about it. I must try and practise tomorrow.

Those meals look delicious! I'm hungry now lol!
Des: Solan on Drumsthagirion on November 16th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
When you have a lot of hobbies it's hard to give them all the right amount of time they need. I haven't played in years so I'm really focusing on music now. I'm really missing my violin too. I need to get it fixed soon.

Hehe, it does look yummy even in a picture.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 16th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: the bass heaviness and straps , that's why I sit down. A musician friend of mine (plays guitar, keyboard, bass and even a little bit of drums kit), always plays bass sitting down even when performing because he has a back injury. I would stand up if performing with my light bass, but not me heavy one. The bassist is not in the lime light anyway.

Re: not being able to hear it, I think women don't hear the low sounds as well as men. I always tune into the bass, but in some songs it is difficult. And yes, getting music is very difficult for a lot of songs. You're right, tabs are not as good.

As you tune into the drums, that might be why you can't hear the bass. It is good you tune in with the drums, because the bassist and drummer need to work together as a team. They underpin the music. The guitarists, keyboardists etc should be listening to them for band cohesiveness.

I love seafood and your dinner sounds and looks delicious. That's interesting about American chicken. All commercial chicken here is juicy and tender. Not so much of you grow your own, but home grown is definitely tastier.
Des: Zampoñathagirion on November 16th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I think I'm feeling better today. My back always hurts when I get up anyway. I'm looking forward to playing again.

Yeah, I've heard about that. Chris showed me how tabs work. I see why they are so easy, but they don't tell you how fast or slow to play, what the timing is, where the rests are when to repeat etc, so yeah if you've never heard the song they're not good.

Yep, the drums are the time keepers so the band needs to keep up with them.

Yes seafood is my favorite. It was a nice meal. Yes American chicken and turkey is usually very dry and that's why I only order dark meat which is more juicy naturally. I'm biased towards birds so I couldn't own any for meat. I couldn't bring myself to kill them. I've always said I don't mind as long as it's a bird I don't know. But I don't feel this way about other animals. I've been toying with the idea of meat rabbits for a few years now.
kabuldurkabuldur on November 17th, 2010 11:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know your back acts up. I bet you're back playing today :)

Gyro would like to have meat rabbits but they are illegal in this state. I wonder if they would be too cute to kill?
actipton80actipton80 on November 16th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Those look delicious. But that white rice won't help the diet any, unless you already reached your goal. Then chow away.

About the chicken, it's overcooking it that makes it dry. If dad cooks it, we never have dry chicken, whether it is grilled, fried, baked, or cooked some other way, because he knows from experience how long to cook it. Turkeys are hard to cook though because of their size.

I feel bass along with all the rest of it. It's why I get so mad at people who blast their stereos. If I didn't pick it, I don't want it causing my whole body to vibrate.
Desthagirion on November 16th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't eat the rice. I hate rice and Spanish food always has it. That's why I'm glad I asked if the rice was on the side. The other seafood thing I was going to get had it mixed in and that would have been annoying to pick out all the seafood. I'm on phase 3 about to move to phase 4. Need to read more about it. But nothing's changing anymore.

Hum, I don't know much about cooking chickens. I love it when the meat is swimming in juices.

That annoys me too but only if it's music I don't like, which is most of the time, and if it's at night while I'm trying to sleep. Luckily that hasn't happened in a good while.
rhodielady_47 on November 17th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, that food looks good!
Hope your back gets better soon.