“It all ends in tears anyway.” ― Jack Kerouac

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.

Benefits:

  • Low cost
  • Decent reach
  • Linkable (media links)
  • Searchable
  • Personalized
  • Instant feedback
  • Expressive
  • Fun

Hope you were all chocolate wasted in the sunshine this weekend!
LJ

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“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” ― Jack Kerouac

Hi again,
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 @BonJovi: You can still get your copy of #WhatAbout Now from @iTunesMusic! Buy here: http://t.co/lbCp0T6FBN http://t.co/Thj8zhyhKG
esteves_es  14:10web

RT @jason_mraz: Watch ‘The Woman I Love’ music video http://t.co/OTRhAOJj & download it on @iTunesMusic! http://t.co/DDiK3vFL #TheWomanILove
Placchettag  14:07web

For Booking or all 50 Tyson info please contact ~ @AWinMusic or info@awinmusic.com #50isBACK on @iTunesMusic
50tysonofficial  14:06Mobile Web (M2)

RT @jason_mraz: Watch ‘The Woman I Love’ music video http://t.co/OTRhAOJj & download it on @iTunesMusic! http://t.co/DDiK3vFL #TheWomanILove
DameDianna  14:04web

RT @mercuryrecords: .@MONATheBand‘s new single “Goons (Baby, I Need It All) on @iTunesMusichttp://t.co/PveWS3H7UL
zaqachooMONA  14:01Twitter for iPhone

Support comedian Mike MacDonald. The Better Bootleg available now on @iTunesMusic All profits go to Mike https://t.co/o9dk9gYvb8
Y108Rocks  13:58web

RT @mercuryrecords: .@MONATheBand‘s new single “Goons (Baby, I Need It All) on @iTunesMusichttp://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

Twitanalyzer

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…
LJ

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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.
HD trailer
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Some cast members:

Logan Lerman Logan Lerman
Dylan McDermott Dylan McDermott
Father
Kate Walsh Kate Walsh
Mother

 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.

LJ

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“The only truth is music.” ― Jack Kerouac

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.

LJ

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac

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!

JK AlleyVesuvio Cafe

“Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream” ― Jack Kerouac

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.