Saturday, February 10, 2007

songs that make me cry.

There are songs that make me cry every time I hear them. Some of them I grow out of to some extent, but others, not so much.

Some of them are clearly sadish songs, but strangely, others are not sad at all and I struggle to explain why they have this impact on me. I have one "song that makes me cry" that is peppy ironic electronica. It's pretty popular, even danceable, and so it tends to come on at times that are inconvenient. When this song comes on as background music in a restaurant or bar I suddenly need to take a break and go for a walk, you know, get some privacy, otherwise I'd have to explain myself. so. yeah. powerful urges. yikes.

I'm tempted to name songs here, but you know, that would be like handing over X-rays of my most private emotional being. It's as if each song is an X-ray from a different angle, and the complete list is a detailed road map of my most vulnerable bits. So. Enough said.

Do you have songs like this?

Friday, February 09, 2007

PEAR lab closing

Well, the days of the PEAR lab are now truly numbered. They're scheduled to close on February 28th. The New York Times just put out an article on it. So I think there's going to be a flurry of media on this - some folks have mentioned that yesterday's Oprah had some mention of PEAR-related concepts, though from what I saw about it, it looked like self-helpish stuff with not much tie-in.

Anyway, this press splurge means that I'm putting up a web page again.

I'm headed to the lab for the closure. I'll be picking up some more footage for the eventual documentary of which the PEAR lab will be a part (but not the singular central element).

Although I'm picking up this footage at the end of the month, I'm not going to go full steam on this doc any time soon. Not going to rush into it. I'm still following the freelance plan for this year. Still, I've been turning over ideas for that doc in my head, and I think it will mostly be about belief and the cynical mind. Possible other themes: growing up and out of and the magical thinking of childhood. Animism. The working title "The Science of Disbelief" occurred to me, but perhaps it's not doing to well in my focus groups... what do you think?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Eagles Fly

My friend Omar works for MY TV in St. Louis, and they recently broadcast this video after a microphone mishap ruined the host's on-site audio. So they had to re-record something in the studio. What they recorded is hilarious. And very catchy. I woke up with the song in my head this morning.

check it.