Just a day, just an ordinary day Just trying to get by Just a boy, just an ordinary boy But he was looking to the sky ~ Ordinary Day, Vanessa Carlton
I took this photo about a year ago during a day trip to Sydney. It’s of one of my favourite spots for street photography in the Sydney CBD, Central Street, a little avenue opposite the Event cinemas on George Street.
I’ve taken several photos there over the years, including this one which is one of my favourites. It’s a great little spot to go back to as the scene is always changing and there’s always something new and interesting to photograph.
I was quite happy with how this one turned out. It’s very simple but captures a slice of ordinary life that I find really interesting and I like the tones and textures as well.
The area looked very different the last time I was down as well with all the construction going on at the moment. I’ll have to get a couple of photos of that too.
Seven worlds will collide Whenever I’m by your side Dust from a distant sun Will shower over everyone
~ Distant Sun, Crowded House
I took this a few weeks ago while walking by the lake in Belmont. It was a beautiful sunset and I loved the way the sky was lighting up just behind the hills. It came out quite well… I do love a nice silhouette! 🙂
Just a quick note. Some of you may remember a poem I wrote a few years ago called I Am. Apparently it’s just been turned into a song.
I didn’t know anything about it and only recently stumbled across it via Google; I had licensed it under a creative commons licence and it looks like someone liked it enough to turn it into a kind of song/audio reading on ccMixter.
It’s actually two samples; an a cappella reading of the poem by Togora and then a remix with music added by Syenta. I think it’s excellent, particularly for what was probably just a quick project, and I really like the bluesy feel to it; suits the poem perfectly.
I’ve embedded it below if anyone wants to listen and the original poem is available here. My thanks to Togora and Syenta for their work; I’m honoured that they liked my poem enough to reinterpret it. Makes me want to write a proper song. 😉
It’s no secret that I’m a music junkie. I love listening to something new, particularly while I’m writing. If there’s one thing I hate, though, it’s discovering a new artist and then finding out that everyone has heard them first. I’m not sure why it happens but I’ve discovered some of my favourite artists that way.
That’s why I was thrilled when I heard Feist’s 1234; I had the feeling it might be big, and then Apple used it in their iPod commercials. But it’s kind of ironic because, much as I love the song, I didn’t realise until a few days ago that I had actually misheard the lyric all this time. It was fairly minor; I thought Oh, you’re changing your heart was Oh, changing is hard. But I still feel a bit silly. Good thing I didn’t try to sing it in front of anyone. 😉
It can be embarrassing when you mix up lyrics, but a good mondegreen can be a lot of fun as well. The name comes from a line in The Bonnie Earl o’ Moray which was misheard as “they have slain the Earl of Murray, and Lady Mondegreen” (“laid him on the green”) and many people swear that they sound better than the original.
So I thought after my mistake with Feist that it’d be fun to post some of my favourite mondegreens. The list is a mix of a couple I’ve misheard myself and others which are common. I wonder if you have any favourites?
Original lyric: ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky Misheard as: ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy
(Hendrix used to sing it at some of his concerts, adding to the confusion)
(Build Me Up) Buttercup
The Foundations Original lyric: Build me up, Buttercup Misheard as: Fill me up, Buttercup
Advance Australia Fair
Original lyric: Australia’s Sons let us rejoice for we are young and free
Misheard as: Australia, Sunset Ostriches for we are young and free (The line ended up being changed to “Australians all let us rejoice”)
Truly Madly Deeply
Original lyric: I want to lay like this forever until the sky falls down on me Misheard as: I want to lay like this forever until this guy falls down on me
(One of mine. Major embarrassment)
Original lyric: Hold me closer tiny dancer,
Count the headlights on the highway Misheard as: Hold me closer, Tony Danza,
Count the head lice on the highway
Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Original lyric: There’s a bad moon on the rise Misheard as: There’s a bathroom on the right
Original lyric: Mama mia, Mama mia, let me go Misheard as: Mama mia, Mama mia, Mexico
(Another of mine. Does anyone really understand Bohemian Rhapsody?)
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Original lyric: The girl with kaleidoscope eyes Misheard as: The girl with colitis goes by
Original lyric: Is there anybody alive out there? Misheard as: Is there anybody in love out there?
(One of mine again. It actually gives the song a different meaning)
Tangled up in Blue
Bob Dylan Original lyric: We split up on a dark, sad night Misheard as: We split on the docks that night
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original lyric: All of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names Misheard as: Olive the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names
(Inspired a children’s book and TV show Olive, the Other Reindeer)