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Trivial Pursuits…

39 days to go…  Why are Damon Albarn and I not bffs?

Damon Albarn Trivia

He owns a small percentage of a pub called Kaffebarinn in Reykjavik.

He has a tattoo (a heart with “Mum” written on it) on his arm.

He likes cats.

Like the rest of the band, he used to do Tae Kwon Do (a martial art involving kicking).

The bead necklace he always wears was a present from his mother when he was six, and is supposed to protect him.

He once lied about his A-level results to his parents to get into drama school (East 15, London, which he left prematurely as he thought it was too pretentious).

He grew up in a 14th century bakery.

He lost his virginity to a woman called Jane when he was 15.

He’s a Labour supporter and has spoken to Tony Blair about winning votes from young people.

He’s supposed to be quite good at Italian cooking.

He writes poetry.

Kristen Buckley Trivia

Once worked at the White Horse Tavern, the famed pub where poet Dylan Thomas drank himself to death. She does not own the pub.

She has a tattoo (sans heart) that reads τοκαλον on her arm, which means ‘highest beauty’ in Greek) Continue reading

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My Amygdala and the Hope for Future Social Bonding (through music)

46 days to go…

According to neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin, fourteen is the turning point for all our future musical references.  This explains why I feel intense nostalgia when I hear Elvis Costello, The Police, or the Clash.  According to the experts, fourteen is the start of true self-discovery; when we first start to think our parents are screwed; when life becomes incredibly emotionally charged.

Back then, I would spend hours memorizing lyrics and interpretting meaning to songs, where there probably were none.  As a result, my amygdala and neurotransmitters acted in concert to tag those memories as something important.  The music I listened to during this time became part of my identity.  It allowed me to create unique social bonds, and helped me to become my own person.

These days,  I no longer use music as a vehicle for social bonding,  frankly it would be embarassing if the moms in the parking lot all hung out cranking tunes together.  If nothing else it would horrify our kids.  But, having said that, I’m pleased to admit that I had a bit of a moment the other night while listening to LCD Soundsystem. Continue reading

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