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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Songs that make you wonder

I've been taking long drives a lot lately, and listening to my cousins ipod and one of the things that you can do to fight falling asleep at night when driving is to have long discussions on what the current track means. :D

So the number one song that we've been listening to a lot - and singing along too is American Pie by Don McLean :
'Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin stone,
But thats not how it used to be.
When the jester sang for the king and queen,
In a coat he borrowed from james dean
And a voice that came from you and me,

Oh, and while the king was looking down,
The jester stole his thorny crown.
The courtroom was adjourned;
No verdict was returned.
And while lennon read a book of marx,
The quartet practiced in the park,
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died.'

The original one - not the poppfiyed one by Maddona. Its a great song to sing along to - that is until you start wondering what the hell he's talking about ...who is Miss American pie anyway? And what's with the jester and the king and the queen? And dont lets get started on the Father, the son and the holy ghost. It's almost near impossible for non-Americans to figure out this song I think. We couldn't anyway. It has so many references to American culture and rock and roll music scene! For instance, the jester is evidently (according to most people on the internet that is) Bob Dylan and the King is Elvis. And the song is basically about the death of innocence in Rock and Roll music. There's actually line by line explanations on the net...Try googling and see when you're bored :)

OK, so the next song is Fireflies by Owl City. I absolutely love this song :) This is different to American pie because IMHO it doesn't really reference anything. But sort of like abstract art...My take on it is, it's about a person who has a lot of dreams..maybe different paths that she could tread but doesn't know how to select one...And maybe has a hard time growing up

'But I'll know where several are
If my dreams get real bizarre
'Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar

I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
Awake when I'm asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems
When I fall asleep'

I have felt like this song so many times lately :D

Kissed by a Rose by Seal is another song that is really really intense but a bit puzzling all the same. Compared to the first two songs, this one is easy, but all the same I still don't get what ' a rose on the grave' (or is it rose on the grey??) means.

'There used to be a greying tower alone on the sea.
You became the light on the dark side of me.
Love remained a drug that's the high and not the pill.

But did you know,
That when it snows,
My eyes become large and,
The light that you shine can be seen.
.'

...

And yet - I love them. I guess the fact that I can't figure out the meaning is one reason that I love them. Sometimes they seem to make no sense, and yet at other times they seem to tell me different things...I love puzzles anyway :D

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Stranded in Melbourne


Flight to Sydney from Melbourne was to be at 8.30 pm yesterday. After a scalding hot day I was really really tired and wanted to get on the plane and be in a nice soft bed in Sydney by 11.
Huh so not to be :(
See Aussie weather is really freakish. One minute is 40 degrees and then you get flash flooding and storms the next few hours. So the weather god up in Sydney must have thought to have some fun (at our expense) and decided on a storm yesterday night. Which meant that all flights got cancelled. Oh yeah, did I mention that we were flying budget airlines? Which means that if your flight got cancelled - you're screwed. You dont get accommodation or food until the next flight.
So yesterday evening, at about 6pm, we walk to the check in counter carrying all these heavy bags - tired, shoulders aching. And theres this looong queue which we join. Then theres this guy from the airline who starts yelling 'Going to Sydney? Going to Sydney? your flight's been cancelled'
All around me people were going 'huh??WTF?'
There was this Chinese lady behind me and she asks me 'you too going to Sydney?'
'I'm also going there' she says sadly. 'My first time here' She adds. 'Oh' I say. 'I got no one in Melbourne to stay tonight' she shakes her head mournfully.
A blond chick beside me is having a fight on her phone. 'You have to come and get me Jake' she screeches. 'the flight got cancelled what to you expect me to do huh? ..what? well cancel it then and come get me!' she spats.
hmm poor Jake.

What was actually funny was the way everyone kept crowding around the airline guy to complain. He was really polite to everyone though. Tiger airlines should give him a 'kunu banum allowance'. Its not easy confronting an angry mob.

So there we were. Next flight was at 6.55 am next day and it was 8.30pm with no place to stay. And every motel/hotel within walking distance to the airport was fully booked. And I mean EVERY hotel. We even tried Hilton just for a laugh - and would you believe it - even that was full. sheesh.

The next 2 hours is spent on trying to find a roof above our heads for the night. Finally, about 20 minutes drive from the airport, we find a Formula1 motel. Then buy some macs for dinner and blissfully sink into sleep in what has got to be the smallest room I've ever been in. It's about 11.45 when I fall asleep .. and wake up by 4 am to get going to the airport.

Finally, back in Sydney by 9.30 am, so tired and in need of a nice hot shower and dreamless sleep...