I was pondering at the death of music, what with Bieber, lil miss Black, Lady Gaga, etc. I thought a stake was driven through the heart of music and laid to eternal rest. Then out of no where, two amazing artists gave me hope. One of them being Adele of course, her powerful and magnificent voice and talent just drew me to her like flies to unwashed gym socks (in a good way). I shall talk about Adele later, she deserves a whole post to herself 🙂 . Now the other artist who really brought back my spirit and lifted my optimism on music was the artist Shankar Tucker.
Shankar Tucker is a remarkable clarinet player and a music composer. His infusion of Indian music with Western is like pouring honey into one’s ears. It’s just pure magic. He meddles with the concepts of music which other musicians rarely tickle or consider taboo, and weaves it into a hypnotic trance he sets his listeners into, a music induced coma (again in a good way). There is a reason why many musicians avoid his track of music, as it’s quite difficult and not every musician can pull it off, but Tucker seems to be thriving in it. I have listened to musicians like A. R. Rahman and Harris Jayaraj, who have also, like Tucker, meddled with the common ordinaries and turned them into something extra-ordinary and I would have to say that Tucker is soon becoming, if he already has not, in the ranks and caliber of these maestros for the fusion of Western and Indian music.
His cover of A. R. Rahman’s song Munbe Vaa, was so amazingly beautiful to listen to that it put to rest my conception that the song could not get any better when I heard the original composition by A. R. Rahman. Tucker’s cover of the song just absorbs you into the song and stirs emotions within one’s self that you thought was never possible. The other side of the song is the vocal talents of the Iyer sisters, Vidya and Vandana, who provide their formidable vocal skills for the song. Their voices amalgamate ever so perfectly with Tucker’s musical skills to produce a rare gem of pure, raw talent. The sisters have an amazing voice that they have put to very good use in the song and with time to season and mature, their voices will become a valuable asset to the musical community in the near future. I wish them both the very best for their amazing futures ahead.
The cover of Munbe Vaa is not the only song that Tucker had used the Iyer sisters in. In another remarkable composition called Nee Nenaindal, Tucker has again harnessed the vocal skills of the Iyer sisters to the pinnacle of music. While listening to it, you feel like Tucker casts a spell on you and Vidya and Vandana mesmerize you with their voices and you got no choice but to fall into the abyss of pure musical bliss just spell-bound. The song is available to download from Tuckers iTunes here. He has also composed another song called Ashai Mugam with only Viya Iyer, but which is still just as amazing. Sadly the cover song of Munbe Vaa can only be listened and viewed at youtube and is not available for purchase.
I wish the very best for all three of these artists and I really do hope that they continue to work hard and also continue to work with each other as a combination with sync of this magnitude is quite rare to come across. All the very best for Tucker and I wish he lets his imagination run wild and deliver more of his master pieces and both the Iyer sisters to garner their voices to the their best and more.
The rapture, predicted by the Christian pastor and radio broadcaster for “Family Radio”, Harold Camping, never happened on the 21st of May 2011!! He apparently predicts the end of the world by using numerology, math and the bible. I was eagerly looking outside my window to see people floating to haven (sarcasm intended here) and waiting for the tidal wave of hell fury on Earth, but sadly I didn’t see any balls of fire, monsters running down the streets gnawing on people or even the biggest world catastrophic event of them all, Lady Gaga admitting her mother dropped her on her head when she was small from a two storey building!! Nothing happen, I was soooooo disappointed, cause I wanted to soooo badly put on my Ninja Turtle costume and fight the forces of evil, but all I got was runny nose standing outside on my patio in the cold with my nunchuks at the ready!! The most scariest thing I saw was my neighbors dog cleaning his balls!!
On a more serious note, how the banana can people in this self established modern era fall for a nutter like him? are people that blind? They cant believe that there might be life in other planets in space but when a nut-job tells that the world is going to go ka-blewie in a few days they go nanners!!
First take a look at this so called prophet. Mister Harold (liar liar pants on fire) Camping has twice before predicted that judgement day was coming and garnered so much of donation to his church or group or whatever scam engine he runs. His previous judgement days were suppose to be on May 21st 1988, and September 7th 1994. Again nothing happen, there was no second coming of Christ on the said days and nobody got judged. So obviously when he needed to get more donation and money into his scam machine this time, he could not use the same judgement day excuse again, so he hyped it up to include the coming of Christ, Judgement day, rapture and also the total destruction of Earth on the 21st May 2011. This seemed to get the attention of the religious nutters and red necks laying around to run around in circles chasing their tails. In the middle of all the commotion, Camping seems to have cashed in big time! According to the IRS, “Family Radio” is almost completely run by donations and its net worth at $72 million dollars. Is it just me or do other people see something going on here too?? After his supposed end of world prediction came and went by without incident, people were left with a lot of questions but no one to ask those questions from, because on 22nd May 2011, no one could reach Camping. Calls to him were unanswered and he was missing. Finally he surfaced again on the 23rd and said that he was sorry and felt terrible that his prediction didn’t come true. So what does a scam artist who just got caught red handed do? why of course tell a new lie and start a new scam and that’s just what he did. Now he has revised the day of apocalypse, the new date is 21st October 2011 (everyone stock up on new diapers before then just in case you crap your pants again). He further went on to state he could not give financial advice to those who spent their life savings in the belief the end was ending. In other words he is saying “you were idiots and fell for it so go screw yourselves now”. My personal opinion is that he is a very very smart con artist. Pulling the same trick 3 times and getting away with it on so many people, now that’s skill (wrong skills but still skills). He used people’s blind faith and close minded beliefs and personal vulnerabilities to get what he wanted, and people just blindly fell into it. He was the piper and he smooth talked thousands to walk in line and take the plunge. He is an engineer by profession, he has a B.S (bull shit in my opinion) in civil engineering, so of course he is smart and had the brain cells to carry on this elaborate plot and succeeded quite well in it too. He is clever old man that uses his strengths for all the wrong reasons, but then again there will always be people who will fool as long as there are people to fool. I, for one, would really like to meet Camping’s math professors and teachers. He got the prediction wrong for the third time using math, he must be really bad in his math! I have no idea how he became an engineer if his math was this bad. He gives all engineers a bad name!
Most of my anger is at the people who followed him without question. Faith is good, but blind faith is stupid. How can these people be hypothesized into selling all their land, valuables and invest all their life savings into the scam? Some people have had yard sales to sell all their house hold possessions or given them away to friends, family and strangers. Some have sold all their property and houses to follow this mayhem. I know in their heart they believed it was true and wanted to help other people from having a terrible fate that they believed will come, but this is taking it to a whole new level of absurdity. People have sold everything owned and donated to Camping’s organization so the organization will have enough funding to carry on with the false prophesy. Compared to the millions of dollars that was donated, only some billboards, painted RVs and people handing out pamphlets was done. Can anyone think where all the rest of the money went? well right into the pockets of Camping and the other bastards who run the scam. Camping and his fellow thieves were smart, they established their stations and places where they knew they can find easily manipulated religious fanatics and people whose will and can easily be bent and vulnerabilities easily exploited and spent a long time spreading their false propaganda. They just fell one after the other right onto his lap. Many people even had their pets euthanized in the fore running to what they believed will be the end of the world. Those poor animals got caught into the fanatic melodrama of their owners and had to pay with their lives sadly. In the middle of all this, it seems nobody noticed that Camping himself didn’t sell any of his properties or assets.
As long as there are close minded and easily manipulated people out there, there will be more scum like Harold Camping, who use religion as reason and the bible as a shield to their underhand games. People like Camping give legitimate religion who actually want to help people and people with honest, real faith to God, a bad name. Faith is good, people have a right to believe what they want to believe but having a blind faith and letting yourself be caught up in such an absurd plot is pointless. Religion should be a beautiful, intricate mix between faith, sense and sensibility if not people like Camping will emerge to further their own ends. This is not the first time he has pulled a scam like this, at least then the people who followed him were not being cautious. Most of the adherent followers of Camping have lost everything and he just slapped them across their face and ignored them. He doesn’t even take part of the responsibility for these people giving up all their possessions on his behest that the world was going to end. These people gave up everything they has because they believed him and he doesn’t even care about them and set them out now to fend for themselves. Some of his followers gave up their work, took holidays from their work and left behind family and friends. Some of them maybe be able to fix their lives again but some of them sacrificed quite a lot and their lives will never be the same again and Camping does not even care about that. He is sitting on $72 million dollars right now with a smug smile on his face.
In the middle of all this, there is news emerging that other Christian and Christian Evangelical churches are handing out pamphlets and on the process of recruiting the people who are now leaving Camping’s Church. It never stops, its like a vicious cycle. The people who got scammed already lost everything, but now are being recruited into possible new scams by new people. All I can say is this “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!!” and besides if the world does not end on 21st October now at least we can look forward for the Mayan end of the world in 2012!! I am glad now we got until October, I get to watch Transformers 3!!
BITCH STAY OFF MY FACEBOOK!! That’s all I can say right now, since I don’t play Farmville, but sadly I know friends who do and I also know that the advertising propaganda will start pretty soon all over my Facebook even though I don’t want to see that rabid poo-flinger anywhere on my Facebook.
Its not that I don’t like Lady Gaga as a human being…..sigh who am I kidding?? I hate that woman and her mere existence, and her sorry excuse for music and her frivolous attention seeking schemes (I just hope one day she gets a high heel that’s like 200 feet tall and falls from it).
Okay now onto the matter at hand. Apparently, in anticipation of her new album “Born This Way”, which is scheduled to be released on May 23rd, Lady Gaga has teamed up with Zynga, the creators of Farmville in order to create her own GagaVille in Facebook. Fans can come to her GagaVille and see sheep wearing leather on motorbikes, unicorns and crystals and a whole lot of other crap. Furthermore Zynga are no idiots, they want to cash in as much as they can with this messed up venture. Zynga is putting up ten virtual items across their games for players to get. They are also shelling out, for people who pay to play a $25 Zynga Game Card, a free download of Lady Gaga’s new “Born This Way” album plus exclusive bonus tracks when the album is released on May 23, and oh yea, with it they are also putting in a free Farmville unicorn (wooowwwww a $25 digital unicorn….that’s what I always wanted *sick*). Zynga also allows Gaga fans to download exclusive tracks from “Born This Way” before the album officially comes out. Throughout May 17th to 19th, Farmville players can unlock and stream a new unreleased track per day, and on May 20th to 23rd, players can unlock and stream a significant portion of songs from the new album and some special bonus remixes. And there are a few contests that is being sponsored by Zynga for the Gaga fans (or no self respect, no self confidence people and tone deaf people I would like to call them) who can BUY (again see how they make money out of idiots being idiots) Game Cards and get a chance to be in a draw to win a chance to go see Lady Gaga (if you do win remember not to take peanuts or bananas when you go to see Gaga, zoo keepers don’t like you feeding the animals), with 6 other winners, shoot her next music video. Lastly, for those who play and win the game “Gaga Word Of The Day” on Zynga game “Words With Friends”, will get entered to win tickets to a concert where the flea bitten baboon will be performing while on tour and signed copy of “Bron This Way”.
I don’t see why any sane person will get caught up in this who fiasco. This whole Farmville thing starts on the 17th, just 6 days before the official album release on the 23rd. If you like this type of ear bleeding music, then wait, instead of spending money for nothing, and get the album when it is officially released and buy it. Besides, you really think she is going to release the all the crap (songs) that she thinks is good from the toilet-bowl (album) for free? she will most probably pick out the crap she thinks is bad and give it for free or just give teases of crap that she thinks is good, at the end of the day you will be wasting time and money on crap (this case I really meant crap). Crap, which after a few days, you can most probably download from the internet for free or choose the crap that you like from itunes and download only that crap instead of trying to buy the entire toilet-bowl full of crap and listening to only a few pieces of crap.
I just can’t understand why sane people, turn insane over a talentless mutant ninja turtle and give her this much attention. If she doesn’t get this much attention, she will just shrivel up and implode and do all of us a favor.