Perhaps this is the end of this chapter, but it may be the start of another.
Maybe I’ll be inspired to blog more often now, but knowing my schedule, maybe not.
A final recommendation for you all: Plato’s – The Symposium.
You don’t have to be a Greek Philosopher to enjoy this one folks, it is very interesting and will have you pondering for hours.
If you are thinking about creating a blog similar to this one on books, music etc. then let me leave you with these few gems to get you started:
- Pictures, pictures, pictures! – Don’t be shy, a picture is worth 1000 words, but not too many pictures please. Also any other multimedia that may be relevant.
- Spelling & grammar – I may be known to use incorrect punctuation points for effect here and there, but never underestimate the importance of great grammar skills (use spell check too.)
- Engage the audience – Ask questions, provoke thought, provide recommendations. You never know who is listening/reading.
- Low cost
- Decent reach
- Linkable (media links)
- Instant feedback
Hope you were all chocolate wasted in the sunshine this weekend!
This week my blog focuses on social media analytics.
I have chosen to use iTunesMusic as my example.
Below you will see the last 10 tweets about iTunesMusic (at the time I ran the Monitter search):
RT @mercuryrecords: .@MONATheBand‘s new single “Goons (Baby, I Need It All) on @iTunesMusic – http://t.co/PveWS3H7UL
ratherlovelyrec 13:53CUMULATIVE COOL
As you can see, a lot of these are RT (retweets) which is when someone repeats what another person has tweeted.
These tweets are also originating from various devices such as smartphones and laptops.
The iTunesMusic mentions tend to be about new music/singles being releases, and promotion of musicians themselves rather than the actual iTunes software.
In the end this is still leading consumers to the iTunes program, so it will have a positive impact on iTunes and may increase their amount of users.
I also pulled some analytics from Twitanalyzer which takes any mentions of iTunes on Twitter and formats it into a bar graph which illustrates both the impact and influence that iTunes has had on Twitter on a specific date.
As you can see, this was at a weekly high on March 16, 2013
Music sales in this day and age seem to mostly be generated through software like iTunes. The days of records, tapes and CDs are almost over (much to my dismay.)
Some bands are going “retro” and releasing their albums on vinyl again which I personally think is kind of cool. Check out Vanessa Carlton’s “Rabbits on the Run” vinyl or Paramore’s latest self titled album as some examples.
Please share your thoughts on the digital music era, twitter, books or music here. I’d love to hear your opinions.
’til next time…
March 8, 2013 – Summit Entertainment and Stephen Chbosky bring to life the story of Charlie – an introverted teenager starting out at a new high school and his struggles to deal with loneliness and depression.
The book was originally written by Stephen Chbosky and published February 1, 1999 by MTV. The film adaptation was released on September 21, 2012 in selected cities and reached nationwide release on October 12, 2012.
Some cast members:
A list of books recommended to Charlie in the book & movie:
This inspirational story will speak to all generations (PG13) and if not, you will at the very least get a good music or book recommendation out of it.
Please check out my video on the organization: Music Heals http://musicheals.ca/
Hope you enjoy!
My top 10…
Well I decided to have a moment of honesty here and sort my iTunes playlist to my top 10 most played songs, and to post it here regardless of how embarrassing that list may be.
Here it goes:
1. Lifeboats – Snow Patrol
2. The Fear – Ben Howard
3. Rest of your days – Mansions on the Moon
4. Leaves Fall – Mansions on the Moon
5. Take a Look – Mansions on the Moon
6. Desert Island – Mansions on the Moon
7. The A Team – Ed Sheeran
8. You need me I don’t need you – Ed Sheeran
9. Lego House – Ed Sheeran
10. Spanish Sahara – Foals
Ok, so that wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. I’m not sure how reflective that list is of my current musical taste though as I think the play count was somehow reset a few weeks ago.
Some of my top favourite songs at the moment off of the top of my head are:
Closer – Tegan & Sara
Dull Tool – Fiona Apple
The Wolves – Ben Howard
Tall Tales for Spring – Vanessa Carlton
Hands Clean – Alanis Morissette
People help the people – Birdy
New York – Snow Patrol
Save Me – Gotye
Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
The Fellowship of the Ring – Lord of the Rings Soundtrack
Hopefully there is a song in there that inspires you to check out a new artist.
On the music front I have recently seen All Time Low (7/10) play at Venue in Vancouver and opening for them was a band called Yellowcard – who I have heard of before, but I have never really listened to their music. Needless to say, they were amazing! I’m going to give them a 9/10 for their performance. If you haven’t heard of them either, check out their stuff – http://yellowcardrock.com/
I also saw Benjamin Francis Leftwich (8/10) play at the Media club this week. I was only able to stay for a few songs because I had a 30 hour trip to San Francisco the next day zzz. I took the train from Seattle to Emeryville CA and then a bus over to San Francisco which is where I am blogging from right now – awesome!
Relating back to my previous post on books, San Francisco is actually one of the places where the author Jack Kerouac stayed for a while. There is an alley here named after him, and a book store and a pub nearby that he used to frequent. I checked it out today and have included some photos for you to see.
I’m off to Napa Valley in the morning for some wine tasting, so I best sign off.
And so I guess all of my posts lead up to why I “dug/digged” this article so much – http://blog.oup.com/2012/12/jack-kerouac-on-and-off-the-road-film-movie-beats-vsi/
On the Road is one of my favourite books of all time, so I will be interested to see how the movie turns out.
Jack Kerouac liked the word “dig” too, so I guess it’s kind of perfect…
Happy reading, writing and music listening!
Following on from my previous post, on the music front I have seen Nelly Furtado (8/10) and my friends’ bands “The Oh Wells” and “Smash Boom Pow” play recently.
I prefer not to rate my friends’ bands but I will say that it was a great show – my first time seeing them live.
To continue with the second intent of this blog, books, here are some that I have read recently along with my ratings:
Dream Power – Dr Ann Faraday (8/10)
Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck (9/10)
Big Sur – Jack Kerouac (8/10)
On the Road – Jack Kerouac (9/10)
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell (9/10)
The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World – HH The Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler (8/10)
Bossypants – Tina Fey (10/10)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery (10/10)
Out of Africa – Isak Dinesen (10/10)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer (10/10)
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of anything by Jack Kerouac, and I love books about Africa – it always makes me long for home (I was born and raised in South Africa.)
John Steinbeck is another great writer. I find myself constantly quoting both Kerouac and Steinbeck. I have to carry a notepad on me at all times and I often jot down lines from the books that I’m reading and I keep them all in a “journal of inspiration.”
Words and music is pretty much what sums me up as a person, so hopefully I can inspire at least one person with this blog to read a book they’ve never read, or listen to some new music.
For a first post this should probably be brief, but as you may learn from reading more and more of my upcoming posts, I struggle to keep it brief.
My general concept for this page is to share my opinions/ratings on music and books that I’m listening to and reading (or have read.) I unfortunately do not have the time or resources to provide information on all things music and literature related, but I will share my knowledge and experiences on said subjects.
So to start off, 2012… Well besides it being a bit of a roller-coaster year for me personally, I found some solace in music as usual. Some bands/musicians that I saw live in 2012 include
- Kasabian (7/10)
- Bon Iver (8/10)
- The Black Keys (6/10)
- Leighton Meester (7/10)
- Arkells and The Maine (6/10)
- The Dandy Warhols (6/10)
- The Temper Trap (7/10)
- Bumbershoot Festival (including: Jane’s Addiction (5/10), Gotye (9/10), City & Colour (7/10), Keane (7/10), Civil Twilight (8/10.)
- The Shins (8/10)
- Ben Howard (9/10)
- Voices in the Park festival (including: Sarah McLachlan (8/10), Hedley (9/10), Bryan Adams (7/10), Stevie Nicks (10/10.)
- Alanis Morissette (10/10)
- Joshua Radin (9/10)
- Snow Patrol (9/10)
- Rachael Yamagata (7/10)
- Walk the Moon (7/10)
- Third Eye Blind (7/10)
My rating out of 10 is based on a number of factors including: Cost of tickets relative to show value, general performance, vocal/musical ability, overall show atmosphere.
I think we’ll save the book reviews for next time. I don’t want to force too many of my opinions onto the world at once.
Happy music listening!