We’re doing a “secret Santa” among the management team again this year. That’s kind of fun. It’s set up through a website that matches names for us, and where we can leave suggestions for specific gifts or topics that we’re interested in.
So what do I list as my interests? You know. Unicorns. Books. Marzipan. Nothing questionable there, right?
I forgot though, that the person who draws your name can leave questions for you. So I log in today to see who I’ve gotten, and I find that I also have a question. It says: “Books? So, like a comprehensive guide to communism? lol”
No. Nope. (Although that would help satisfy my goal of eventually learning more about the events of the last 100 years, since I had a poor selection of history classes in grade school and high school.)
I will have to go back later and leave a few titles for specific books I’ve been wanting to read. And in the mean time, try to puzzle out who sent me that message. I’ve narrowed it down to two or three out of my eight officemates. I was 99% sure I knew who it was, but we were talking about it and I think that one of the other managers told me the person I thought got me had someone else because he was trying to throw me off…
I know it’s supposed to be a “secret”, but that’s no fun when you can puzzle it out like this instead. 😀
And now, some music!
You know, I really like this band.
My fiancé says that while their songs are good, they all start to sound the same…I think I see how one could think that, but I haven’t felt that way.
The last one I posted from them had specific visuals that always come to mind for me–rain, mostly–and a sort of ambiguous range of emotions that left it open to interpretation. This one isn’t so much like that.
I don’t have much in the way of mental imagery that I connect to this song, but it’s got a more clearly tragic theme than the last Rome song I posted. And…I mean “tragic” in the more classical sense, where the tragedy is caused by a character’s flawed personality or by a choice that they could have easily not made.
Rome’s been described in places as being a “martial folk” band, which I guess accounts for their albums being based in varying degrees on historical conflicts…which gives them the opportunity to write songs like this, about how in wartimes, relationships can get ruined over incompatible ideologies and the actions one might take to uphold them.
I realise that sort of thing–relationships getting ruined over conflicting world views–happens all the time, every day. And it’s sad, regardless. I just think this song does a good job of making it be about the disconnect between people, and doesn’t make it about context or who’s right or wrong…and by the end, it seems to me that both of them must be wrong.
And with that…cheers.
Previous #26 Songs
2014: Automation (Assemblage 23)
2013: Alive (Assemblage 23)
2012: Eve’s (The Zydepunks)
2011: Not in Love (Crystal Castles)
Hm. I wonder how many times #26 can just be different songs titles “Automation”…?