greatblue

fell in love with a bad idea

born: 9.28.83, norfolk, va
home: williamsburg, va
politics: just left of center
yes: books, music, plaid, architecture
no: math, evil, economics, ladders
height: 6'2"
weight: 220 lbs.
year of graduation: 2005
employed?: no
excited?: no

[ Links ]
musical myspace
personal myspace
small-town dogma
factcheck.org
cnn.com
pilotonline
the daily press
the virginia gazette
the washington post
slate
doubt and the death of certainty
disadvantage point
seahawks.net
orange drink
midnight parking
cyburbia
college of william and mary
the flat hat, since 1911
the metaverse
chartattack
homestar runner
fark.com

[ Listening ]
Beck - Guero
Hot Hot Heat - Elevator
Matthew Sweet - 100% Fun
Ryan Adams - Cold Roses

[ Reading ]
not a whole lot at all

[ Created ]
Plaid Flag

[ Playing ]
Madden NFL 2004
SimCity 4 Rush Hour

[ Opinions ]

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May 10, 2005
 
plaid flag

It's official; my first full-length CD is finished. It's called Plaid Flag and so named by Isaah due to my well-publicized love of my flannel jacket. 12 songs for only $5, you can't go wrong. I personally think it's the best musical recording I've ever done on my own, and I'm really proud of the songs on the whole as well. The tracklist is as follows:

1. Space Cadet 2:44
2. Melissa Is Sick 3:08
3. Falling In Love and Other Works of Fiction 3:13
4. She Is Just a Pronoun 3:41
5. Invisible 3:51
6. Red Parade 4:23
7. Stamina 3:54
8. Mapp v. Ohio 3:07
9. Break Up With Your Boyfriend 3:59
10. So Gone 2:45
11. Down Again 4:37
12. Answer 4:19

Feel free to listen to a few of the tracks over at www.myspace.com/benkennedy. Please let me know what you think, 'tis the fans that make it all worth it.


March 09, 2005
 
*creak*

Hey folks. I know it's been a while since I updated here, but I've been so busy with other things, including potentially actual career plans, that the ol' blog(s) seem to have fallen by the wayside. However, good friend Drew has alerted me to the absence of any Orange Drink link on the venerated sidebar. So I fixed that, but in case you can't read the fine print, do your iPod a favor and hit up:

orangedrinkmusic.com



In other news, I'm finishing up a stint at home before heading back to Williamsburg to begin work on my own new stuff...so let me know if there's anything you might like to see on an LP, EP or some combination of the two. So far, songs include:

-she is just a pronoun
-melissa is sick
-down again
-mapp v. ohio
-space cadet
-only when you're gone
-surrender(?)
-break up with your boyfriend
-falling in love and other works of fiction

and probably some others. Holla back if the spirit moves you.


January 24, 2005
 
attempting to re-create the old 96x

So lately I've been getting sucked into these I Love The 90s Part Deux shows, and realizing that growing up in the 90s was kinda cool. One of the big feelings I miss is the sheer excitement of listening to the alternative rock radio station in the area for the first time, not knowing any songs, just being blown away by the vastness of it all. We yearn for the good old days, not realizing that today is someone's future good old days. So I made a playlist on iTunes of all the songs I have that were played on ye olde 96X. Here's a sampling.

1. Temple of the Dog - "Hunger Strike"*
2. Blur - "Song 2"
3. Hum - "Stars"
4. The Verve Pipe - "Photograph"
5. Del Amitri - "Roll To Me" (this may have been more of a 94.9 thing, so sue me)
6. Jane's Addiction - "Jane Says"
7. Toad The Wet Sprocket - "Something's Always Wrong"*
8. The Rentals - "Friends of P."
9. Blind Melon - "No Rain"
10. Our Lady Peace - "Starseed"
11. Seven Mary Three - "Cumbersome"*
12. Alanis Morrisette - "You Oughta Know"
13. Green Day - "Geek Stink Breath"
14. Stone Temple Pilots - "Interstate Love Song"
15. The Verve Pipe - "The Freshmen"
16. Elastica - "Connection"*
17. Gravity Kills - "Guilty"
18. Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity"
19. Chemical Brothers - "Setting Sun"*
20. Bush - "Everything Zen"
21. Smashing Pumpkins - "The End is the Beginning is the End"
22. Soundgarden - "Blow Up The Outside World"
23. Nirvana - "In Bloom"
24. Weezer - "Buddy Holly"
25. Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
26. Collective Soul - "Precious Declaration"*
27. Hole - "Celebrity Skin"
28. Spacehog - "In The Meantime"*
29. The Presidents of the United States of America - "Lump"
30. Soundgarden - "Black Hole Sun"

* denotes forgotten jewel of alt-rock goodness.

Thank you, VH1, for validating my premature nostalgia.


January 08, 2005
 


here we go.


December 31, 2004
 
problems with the nature of blogs

I don't like or want to write about myself.

But, people like to read that sort of thing because they're voyeurs.

Plus, the only time I ever feel like blogging is when I have some problem I want to vaguely hint at. It's lame.

I guess I'm just lonely. And it's hard to complain about being lonely when just about everyone is convinced they're the loneliest person in the world. Nobody listens anymore. I'm so emo. Go buy rearviewmirror, it'd probably be the best album of the year if it weren't a greatest hits package. I've got to stop this.



December 17, 2004
 
new speakers

Now playing, David Usher's "Final Thoughts and the Last Day on Earth," which has a lame opening calliope number, but is actually a song that plays to his strengths at quiet, acoustic melodies. I got a new set of speakers today, and they're letting me hear things in a fresh way. I had forgotten how songs sound elsewhere.
Today I said goodbye to some people I may never see again, people who, in a very short time, came to mean a lot to me. Only once before can I remember really leaving someone's company aware of the fact I may never again see them. I realize that this will be pretty common a few months' time, but it's unnatural right now. I wasn't ready for it, and as a result, the farewells seemed generic. I imagine both of the people I'm vaguely writing about aren't the types who enjoy long, meaningful, tearful goodbyes, and I will be honest and say I fought off my more sentimental urges and managed NOT to write either of them a detailed letter. Those don't go over very well. It's been a bittersweet start to break, and I invited everyone over to watch the game tonight, but I doubt anyone is going to show. I also found out that it doesn't seem like STD will be able to get much of substance together over break. I dunno. I'm not sure how I feel, as evidenced by a rare "personal-feelings entry." I need to be smarter about these things. And now, a brief summary of what I'm listening to right now:

1. N.E.R.D., "Am I High?"
2. Kings of Convenience, "I Don't Know What I Can Save You From"
3. I Mother Earth, "Pisser" (Live)
4. The Killers, "Jenny Was A Friend of Mine"


December 04, 2004
 
Screw the naysayers. Posted by Hello



 
That's right, bitches: whoop-ass, colonial-style. Posted by Hello



November 30, 2004
 
answers

1. "Oh, my head aches from each night we lie and fight in your bed" Better Than Ezra, "Mercy"
2. "She talks to her television, changing channels with her mind" Seven Mary Three, "Zeroes and Ones"
3. "Moving on the floor now babe, you're a bird of paradise" Duran Duran, "Rio"
4. "So now I'm rolling down Rodeo with a shotgun, these people ain't seen a brown-skinned man since their grandparents bought one" Rage Against the Machine, "Down Rodeo"
5. "We're famous, contagious, we make outrageous claims" The Bens, "X-Fire"
6. "Speed Lab on the edge of an artichoke farm, we worked through harm" John Vanderslice, "Speed Lab"
7. "Oh, the first flush of youth was upon you when our eyes first met" The Darkness, "Love Is Only A Feeling"
8. "What mood is that you wear this time? Why do you get high?" Jimmy's Chicken Shack, "High"
9. "I need to figure this out, find where my place is. I don't need to threaten anyone, no need to get so defensive" The Rentals, "Sweetness and Tenderness"
10. "I've read the Bible, I've read Dylan. I'm reading people now, because they're much more chilling" Our Lady Peace, "Supersatellite"
11. "I gave up on you and your exercise and the world that I knew then" Our Lady Peace, "Made To Heal"
12. "Can you spare me a quarter (though I have no one to call)? I just thought it might save my ass one day if the sky or the free world were to fall" Matthew Good Band, "Native Son"
13. "A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven't thought of you lately at all" Dandy Warhols, "We Used to Be Friends"
14. "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while" Matthew Good Band, "The Rat Who Would Be King"
15. "Cars and planes are crashing and someone is cashing in" Hey Mercedes, "Stay Six"
16. "I could see you ten to twelve times a day, I think it's best we do it your therapist's way" Tegan and Sara, "Time Running"
17. "I wish I could have met you, but now it's a little late" Filter, "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
18. "In time, I'll find why everyone out there in a painted sun has already found root, has found home" I Mother Earth, "No Coma"
19. "And if you want beautiful, pitiful, you'll get it in a picture" The Verve Pipe, "Photograph"
20. "We snuck out of the city, the night, it had come early" Matthew Good Band, "The Workers Sing a Song of Mass Production"


Like I said, pretty much impossible. Sorry.


November 23, 2004
 
it's early and there is work to be done

Here's a quiz for those of you bored like me, or at least putting off work. I'm going to put the first line of a song up and you're going to tell me what song it is. The person with the most correct answers gets something neat. Readygo.

1. "Oh, my head aches from each night we lie and fight in your bed"
2. "She talks to her television, changing channels with her mind"
3. "Moving on the floor now babe, you're a bird of paradise"
4. "So now I'm rolling down Rodeo with a shotgun, these people ain't seen a brown-skinned man since their grandparents bought one"
5. "We're famous, contagious, we make outrageous claims"
6. "Speed Lab on the edge of an artichoke farm, we worked through harm"
7. "Oh, the first flush of youth was upon you when our eyes first met"
8. "What mood is that you wear this time? Why do you get high?"
9. "I need to figure this out, find where my place is. I don't need to threaten anyone, no need to get so defensive"
10. "I've read the Bible, I've read Dylan. I'm reading people now, because they're much more chilling"
11. "I gave up on you and your exercise and the world that I knew then"
12. "Can you spare me a quarter (though I have no one to call)? I just thought it might save my ass one day if the sky or the free world were to fall"
13. "A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven't thought of you lately at all"
14. "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while"
15. "Cars and planes are crashing and someone is cashing in"
16. "I could see you ten to twelve times a day, I think it's best we do it your therapist's way"
17. "I wish I could have met you, but now it's a little late"
18. "In time, I'll find why everyone out there in a painted sun has already found root, has found home"
19. "And if you want beautiful, pitiful, you'll get it in a picture"
20. "We snuck out of the city, the night, it had come early"

This is impossible. I don't know why I think anybody's even going to try. No fair googling, though. Man, this paper is a beast.


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