Olden days - the 1st quarter of 2007
This is what happens when months go by.
I thought it's about time to write something that could somehow be of some kind of use to someone. Sum's it up pretty well, eh?
Just hours earlier I wrote about music in quite a negative way... And I feel a bit bad for doing it. It's just that at this moment I'm listening to music that brought back those good feelings.. Kings of Convenience.. And songs like Homesick and Misread.. And I haven't even gotten to Surprise Ice, the song I mentioned here a looong time ago.
Yes, this is music. And I mean it as an adjective rather than a noun... This is a live performance of the song that I fell in love with the moment I heard it. Please, do enjoy - Kings with I'd Rather Dance With You:
PS: Yes, I do write these notes a day before, late at night, so don't worry if you're noticing "time warps" :)
I hereby solemnly swear to despise that no-good-producer-wannabe Risto Asikainen. He simply annoys me to death! Not only has he produced some of the most annoying hit singles one can hear here in Finland but now he's really done it - he stole a song from the Dutch band Within Temptation. Just listen to this comparison (from YouTube)...
Addition (5.5.07): Where is it? I don't know. Either the author of the video clip was a wuss or the AAA-clan (Asikainen's army of attorneys) did their job... Either way, it's a shame.
While Within Temptation really isn't too good, Katra is one of the worst singers ever and both (?) songs are bad, I can't get past the fact that it's a rip-off, nonetheless. To listen to any song by Asikainen is to feel your will to live slowly but surely diminishing. To like it is to switch on the radio, tune into Radio NRJ or Nova and say "I like this". To see someone steal a song from another composer is to feel bad. All of this means that as far as I'm concerned, Mr. Asikainen doesn't exist. I hereby completely wipe out all of my memories of him... *tzadamm*
That felt good! I feel alive again! Now where did I put my Leszek Mozdzer Trio album? Or what was that link to the Gackt song, Mizerable, again? :D
PS: Here it is.. But let me warn all the ladies out there - you *will* fall in love!
PPS: Where would I be without YouTube? Hmm... Listening to that Lesz.. Oh man, 'gotta learn how to quit in time!
It's photo time again, boys and girls! This time I'm not showing you my own, though, as I'm not the only photographer in our family anymore, woohoo! My father went shooting for the first time, took only four photos, one of which grabbed my attention.. Without further babble, here it is! I made just a straightened the horizon, cropped a bit and added some contrast.
Less words is more. If you want to know how the world renowned musicians Nelly Furtado and Timbaland have messed up with a Finnish amateur musician, check out this short video:
The song in question is 'Acidjazzed Evening' by Janne Suni - nowadays it goes by the title 'Do It' and is sung by Nelly Furtado on her latest album, Loose. Wow, somehow I feel pride for the original composer! But on the other hand, Timbaland is clearly saying he wrote the piece and that no other person should be credited for it. That's wrong.
As much as I love the songs from Nelly and Timbaland and respect them, I want them to recognise the original composer. Period. And people who think Timbaland or Geffen Records have done nothing wrong shouldn't come up to me and say it, because I won't be held responsible... Yeah, it's illegal to hit someone. So is stealing someones music to make a profit.
Here's what Janne Suni has to say about the matter. Not much, but it's nice to see a reaction from him. You can even download the original song for free! W00t!
Having said that, I hope you all start up your DC++ or some such and steal 'Do It'. I know I just did and I feel better already ;~) It's not stealing as much as playing by their rules.
PS: If you're wondering why I'm making such a fuss over the matter... Let's just say I deeply and thoroughly respect the "demo scene" where this song emerged. Too much, it seems, not to react on this issue.
PPS: That photo there is strictly copyrighted to Universal Records. Showing it here and saying it was mine would be illegal. So... It's my photo. And I hope you enjoy watching! :D
Not mine, of course.. What were you thinking?! Anyway, I just thought there's a need for you to see some great photography. You see, for some odd reason, I'm quite overwhelmed by some of the photos I've seen lately.. For instance, I came to see some incredibly fascinating images couple of days ago at a Finnish art C&C -site Aukea.net. Just to warm you up, here you go - Jonathan Ben-Ami with his friends:
Just great.. I'm not quite sure why, but I like them a lot. Having said that, I think even those might pale in comparison with Matti Oksa's short gallery called 'Sateella' - which translates to 'in the rain' pretty well. Especially the shot named 'Varjossa' is... 'gasp* ...and one of my all time favourites found at the site.
It's curious that I came to find a bit of an elitist within me just some time ago.. It so happens that I love landscape photos - that is as long as they're ABOUT the nature and IN it, as well. Some photos just have the depth and honesty... Just as well as you simply feel the 'love' in some shots while some leave you with a sticky taste of already twice digested eraser rubber.
I've come to realise there's not much appreciation for landscapes in the general public. This winner of last years Finnish Nature Photo of the Year competition never gathered the same kind of attention as the animal photos... Take a look and test yourself: Esa Mälkönen's 'Lumisade' Beautiful, I say.
PS: I think I've taken better nature photos, but those two have the nicest colors and I think after showing you many B&W shots, it's only fair to splash a bit of color to your weary eyes.
Both from Hailuoto, where else :)
Well, I didn't think it would be this easy to return to school after the well-deserved holiday.. To say I have a lot of catching up to do would be an understatement, to put it mildly. I really have to put my focus in the studies, so it could, if all goes badly, mean less photography. And to me that sounds quite scary. If all goes well, on the other hand, I'll have ample time to excercise, study hard, photograph like there's no tomorrow and still get enough sleep.
That's not the main news, oh no! An extra-hyper-very-astoundingly special person, my girlfriend, Kaisa, just moved back to Poland, where she studies at the moment.. This photo is for you!
PS: I wish you all a happy new year!! :~)
Here you go - as I promised! Fresh from the oven, the Moon Shot. Catchy name, I know! I shot this near the Ruka fell, in Kuusamo, right in front of the porch of the luxury hillside cabin we stayed in.
Oh, I can't think of anything more to say right now, but I can't leave it here, either. The photo would look silly with so much blank space next to it. Maybe I'll just blabber... Come to think of it, I have to get going soon. Oops, I'm in a hurry already! Bye!!
Hups! Sorry for the long wait :)
I've been in ever so christmasy mood and therefore all things that I've been able leave undone, I have. So much hassle went on that I simply didn't have time. But now I'm just bursting with enthusiasm! Why, you ask? Take a look outside, mon! It's snowing for Pete's sake!
I came back from Kuusamo, Lapland, just yesterday night and I've got a few interesting photos about... snow! They're not ready yet, but I think I'll manage to squeeze time enough to finalize them by nightfall.
PS: Yes, you read it correctly - it says Carl Zeiss on it! ;~) And the image was taken from www.russianplaza.com. AND without permission, hoorah!
See you later in the evening!