Cat music preferences

author-Avatar     It was late  Saturday night, approximately 10,30, and my furry friends and I were sprawled out on the floor  in front of the hifi.   The “lads” would often lay infront of the hifi before going out for the night because they liked the soft materials of the rug and my closeness, and it gave them a certain “buzz”  before their ensuing nighttime activities.  We would sift through my large collection of recordings for  about an hour,  with the  “boys”  taking it in turns deciding  what was to be played  and  myself having  the task of  slipping the record out of its  sleeve and placing it on  the turntable.

We had made  a gentlemans agreement that because I knew all of the records in my record collection, I was not allowed to choose what was to be played. I also  made it quite clear that only I was allowed to touch the vinyl and place it on the turntable.  Afterall, I didn´t want Mr Midnights paws scratching all of  my limited editions!  He´s not very patient  and  he is rather clumsy at times.

Another reason for writing this piece is because Sir Winston was feeling a little agitated about the last blog postings.  Because of Mr Midnights past antics, he was  slightly worried that his tiny group of followers would probably desert him at some stage and he felt that  their daily obsevations had somehow, turned too serious.   It is with this in mind that he suggested we “lighten-it-up” a little and talk about something that most readers could relate to.  The topic of music.

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author-Avatar     For the final time Mr Midnight, the shiny looking object is called a “Compact Disc”.  They  reproduce sound in virtually  the same way as the vinyl records.

MM-Avatar     But vinyl recordings are so much better. The pictures on the sleeves are a lot larger and the sound is more superior in  quality.

author-Avatar     That may be the case,  but CDs also have their positive uses.

MM-Avatar      I´m sure they do,  but as you are already aware, I just love analogue recordings  🙂

SW-Avatar     Stop chattering about and get on with it Mr Midnight.  What´s your first choice going to be?

MM-Avatar      I´ve found a recording which is actually, more up your street Sir Winston. I love the title of this track; it´s called “CATtanooga-choo-choo”.
SW-Avatar      Put it on the deck daddy.  By the way Mr Midnight, it´s called Chattanooga-choo-choo from a fellow by the name of Mr Miller. This track was quite a stirrer way back in the 40s.
author-Avatar       I think I got hold of this because my grandpa was rather  a fan of Glenn Miller.
SW-Avatar      Now it´s my turn.  I want you to play “The sounds of silence” from Simon & Garfunkel. We cats love peace and quiet. 🙂
MM-Avatar     I`m quite fond of  “silence” songs myself  Sir Winston.  I also know a “silence” song. It´s called “Enjoy the silence” from guess who?  Yes, that´s right, from  my favourite band (and daddy´s), Depeche Mode.   🙂 But can you play a track from  this odd looking album please daddy? I want you to play “I want a dog” by the Pet Shop Boys.  It´s a funny song which Mr Dog next door lent me last week at the “pawty“.

SW-Avatar      I´m not too keen on it.  I can´t identify with it. It´s too exotic for my taste.  Can you play a Cat Stevens song daddy – Katmandu from the album, “Mona Bone Jakon” please.
MM-Avatar      Fancy picking a track called catmandu. And he was telling me that my previous choice was exotic.  Sometimes I just   don´t understand Sir WInston.
Here´s a nice “rocky” one. Something to liven the “pawty” and a track which reminds me of when  I wish to cross the loud, smelly concrete thing  to visit my mates over the way – “The road to hell” by Mr Rear, or is it Mr Rea 😉
SW-Avatar       It´s not my “cup-of-tea”.  How about this one; “Merry christmas Mr Lawrence”, whoever Mr Lawrence may be, from a guy by the name of Ryuichi Sakamoto. It´s nice and relaxing.
MM-Avatar       But what´s the thing with the “sack” Sir Winston?  Does he sing sitting in a sack?
SW-Avatar       He doesn´t sing very much and he often sits on a chair.

MM-Avatar       He sounds a bit eccentic and too  experimental  for me. He doen´t sing and sits on chairs!?  He obviously doesn´t want to  contribute very much towards the normal “rock-star” image thing.
SW-Avatar        We don´t all have to like rock music do we. Some of us appreciate more intricate, delicate pieces.
MM-Avatar       Grace Jones – “Walking in the rain”.  I love it.  This is the right kind of song for me when I´m feeling down. I hate my fur getting wet and this song really brings me down and  reminds me of the fact.  Fantastic stuff!
SW-Avatar        “Amazing Grace”, but the Bryan Ferry version from the album “Taxi”, is a very stylish piece.  It´s also  traditional  and goes well with the name of your previous artist, Grace Jones. 🙂
MM-Avatar       Very funny Sir Winston.
If we´re now playing about with song titles and artists names; how about the song “Being Boring” from the Pet Shop Boys.
I´m sorry Sir Winston, I didn´t mean it.  I´ll  take my previous comment  straight back. 🙂

Can you play this track daddy. It´s from Duran Duran and is called “The man who stole a leopard”.  It´s off the latest album and sounds quite menacing.   Leopards are our cousins and it´s a great track!
SW-Avatar      Mr Midnight listens to  “Walking in the rain” when he´s down, so I would like you to play “I hung my head”, from Sting please.  I love to listen to this song  when I´m feeling down. I also like to “hang-my-head” to the music.
MM-Avatar      Because we´re   back on the subject of being “blue”, how about now listening to  “Blue Monday” from New Order. It´s very lively and I can identify with the title because daddy goes to work on Mondays after having spent all weekend with Sir Winston and myself.
author-Avatar      I think we have to stop now  boys. I´m getting a little tired. Both of you can pick a couple more  tracks and then you can go out for the night, if you don´t mind.
SW-AvatarMM-Avatar       OK daddy, thank you.
SW-Avatar        Can you play “Smoke gets in your eyes”, but the Thelonious Monk version please.  I love classy, jazzy tunes. I hate smoke getting in my eyes – it´s so iritating.

MM-Avatar        “Salmon fishing in New York” from Orange Juice is a great track everybody!  The band disbanded in the early eighties but they had a good sense of taste. I love salmon (but am not so keen on orange juice – milk “Juice” being more appropriate.  🙂
SW-Avatar        My last choice has got to be “Only the moment” from Marc Almond  because it is only  in the moment that we live.  Although the lyrics are totally obvious for a cat, for a human being,  they  obviously  are not.

Humans love living in the past or in the future,  but tend to disregard the present.  This is a shame because they cannot change their past and the future never arrives.  The moment is where life happens, not the future. 🙂
MM-Avatar       Very philosophical Sir Winston.

Let me make my last choice please. You always go on an on and on. 🙂

My last pick has got to be “Incatations” from Mr Oldfield.
SW-Avatar      That´s rather  a long piece Mr Midnight and by the way, it´s called “Incantations”. You´re obsessed with all things to do with cats.
MM-Avatar       No I´m not.        I`m obsessed with food as well,   which reminds me . . . . . . . . . .

(C) mags 2013

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Taking things too seriously (Eurovision Song Contest and Philately)

author-Avatar  Last night,  Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself did something we very rarely do.  We sat on the sofa and watched the Eurovision Song Contest.

MM-Avatar ……and I must say that I was bored to tears and that it is an occurence which I will not repeat. If it hadn´t have been for the nice food-sticks lying on the table then I would have gone out earlier. Humans  tend to take things  too seriously.

author-Avatar What do you mean by claiming  we tend to take things too seriously?

MM-Avatar That German reporter bloke (Herr Peter Urban)  kept on complaining that the German contestant was not as bad as she had been made out to be.  As it became even more apparent that the poor girl was going to be near the bottom of the ranking table, Mr Urban seemed to not understand the world anymore.

The show is only light human entertainment. One shouldn´t take it all so seriously. As a matter of fact, humans shouldn´t take themselves too seriously either.

Daddy is now  used to his country (England) losing at the Eurovision (and at most other sporting events as well) and seems to be now immune from such defeats. He just doesn´t take things too seriously.(most of the time)  😉

author-Avatar Well I couldn´t agree more Mr Midnight. I think  I´ll be joining you next year if you decide to go out instead of watching the show.

SW-Avatar I found it quite interesting with some of the acts having a bit of professionalism about them – but there again, my high-demands of what is to be termed  as  being quality, demanding music,  generally  ascend  much higher than what I saw last night. I think my favourites were Italy, Holland and Norway.

author-Avatar I also found Italy to have a certain amount of sophistication within the music.

MM-Avatar Well as you already know, I wasn´t keen on hardly any of it.  Most singers tended to “shout” or “scream” their message as though singing as loud (and screechingly) as possibile means that you are a better singer. In my opinion it is the power behind  a singers voice which gives quality to a song and the art of singing powerfully (with a certain softness) seems to be a task many are incapable of. Still, I don´t take it all too seriously so it doesn´t matter.

SW-Avatar I believe that Mr Midnight is correct in thinking that what seems to count in this contest is how loud you are.  Other factors of which the majority of the audience seem to love,  seems to be the colourful special effects, the lightly clad ladies and the shambles of the televoting system.

MM-Avatar You can say that again Sir Winston!  What  a shambles!  It´s all seems to be like a great big kindergarten (naturally without the lightly clad ladies!).

author-Avatar I suppose that  if one doesn´t take it all so seriously the Eurovision can be acceptable to watch. I vow virtually every year to never watch it again but when May comes around  (and I have no other appointments) it will  usually take me within its grasp.

SW-Avatar If they want to get a bit more professionalism and higher standards  into the show  then they should at least change the voting system and strip away some of  the razzamattaz so that the “Song” is in the foreground of things.Dancing, acrobatics and acts which lean towards a more “idiotic” sense of song may appeal to the masses  but have hardly anything to do with the main object of the show – that of finding out who has the best “Song”. But maybe the Eurovision committee doesn´t want the show to become  too professional.  Some of its viewers may not understand it anymore.

Out of the 26 competitors, 5 were  Scandinavian countries and 11 were from Eastern or South Eastern European  countries.  At least the voting audience do not  take this Song Contest seriously because most seem to  only vote for their neighbouring countries. With such a large dominance of North European and East European countries; it´s no wonder that last nights  voting was heavily swayed towards Scandinavian or eastern european countries. It´s the same every year, regardless of what countries are involved.

Mr Urban – don´t take this contest to heart!  The Eurovision Song Contest is just for fun and not a music institution for high standards of quality. (Although some of the acts are still professional)

.MM-Avatar I understand that originally, the Eurovision Song Contest originated as a platform  with which to help unknown musicians find stardom. Nowadays, anybody seems to be able to get on the show (especially those having influential people behind them).

author-Avatar Next time the Eurovision is on, I`m going to sort through some of my philatelic items instead. Its certainly more fun and a nice way with which to close the day.

SW-Avatar Can you remember last week daddy when I accidentally trod on your stamps? I´m glad to say that you have a sense of humour.

author-Avatar At first I was a little startled,  but then I thought that worse things  happen than having a stamp pierced.   When I had managed to pull the pierced stamp off your claw I couldn´t help but be amused. You had punched  a hole through Mr Ulbricht of the old  East German regime.

SW-Avatar I believe that Mr Walter  Ulbricht was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (East).

author-Avatar That´s correct Sir Winston.  It really made me laugh, especially when you were hobbling around the room with Mr Ulbricht clinging to your foot.

MM-Avatar Thank goodness it wasn´t one of your rare stamps daddy otherwise you may not have seen the funny side of things.

author-Avatar Thats quite  possible as well Mr Midnight but I still believe that I would have tried to have not taken  things too seriously.

MM-Avatar Can you show me that funny stamp with the camels printed on it? Before having seen this stamp, I hadn´t seen a camel before. It is a strange creature.

author-Avatar You mean the Sudan Telepgraph stamp from 1898?

MM-Avatar Yes that´s the  one.  Why don´t the readers try and guess what the third camel from the back of the queue is saying?  He is the camel who is   turning his head backwards towards the two chappies behind him. Show the stamp please daddy.

author-Avatar Mr Midnight´s favourite stamp.

Sudan_1p_military_telegraph_stamp_c._1898

MM-Avatar I think the third camel is saying something like:-

” I don´t wish to make a fuss but I think we´re going in the wrong direction!”

SW-Avatar and I think he´s saying:-

“Shouldn´t we be going over there?” or “Do any of you two chappies know who´s leading this train?”

author-Avatar I would be open to any further  suggestions.

Who said that philately is boring and for old men?  If you don´t take philately too seriously  it can be rather inspiring and a lot of fun. Of course if you do take philately seriously, it can also be inspiring and a lot of fun!

MM-Avatar I didn´t say your hobby was for old men daddy. It must have been somebody else. Still, you seem to be inspired and have bags of fun either when you take philately  seriously,  or not. What a great way to get through life!