Monthly Archives: February 2010

Money and Men

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Neither Money nor Men, in isolation, are particularly malignant. However the results of mixing these elements together can have a variety of effects, not surprisingly negative effects.

By no means am I bashing money or men -as it happens,  I actually have a soft spot in my heart for both. But instead, this is the first of many posts discussing and exploring the incredible impact that both money and men in collaboration with each other have played in the shaping of our societies.

Many societies have placed immense prominence on the status of those who have money or those who are/have men (or exceptionally those who are men with money).

The idea of a seemingly chemical reaction that occurs between ‘Money and Men’ has intrigued me for many years.   What will the near future  look like as the emphasis on either money or men or both is increased, decreased or moved to new elements?

I love both money and men – however  lets us imagine a world that includes money, men and many other meaningful members (again no sexual innuendo intended). 

Are we being social right now?

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Sooooo……What do you think is the culmination of this social media frenzy?

ICQ, Yahoo chat rooms, MSN Messenger, Hi-Five, Facebook, Myspace,  Twitter, Google Buzz….etc….

Social interactions with people you would never really interact with in the flesh. The virtual self seems to be more appealing – how do we aggregate all of this extraneous information?

Are we trying to communicate that which can not be said?! I wonder. McLuhan believed that eventually media technologies would lead to a ‘post-literate’ world, where the written word and language would be superseded by the visual medium.

Hmm.  Well, that’s hardly the case is it?!  All of our ‘social’ networking is highly contingent upon the written language!! Gah! Literacy is a HUGE aspect of how we now communicate in our ICT (information and communication technology) laden world!

But is literature social?  The written word is not entirely a social thing – I mean you are reading this and I have written it and in some way we are sharing the experience – but not in ‘real time’, not with any meaningful fleshy connection (no sexual innuendo intended here).  Doesn’t being social inherently include a human connection which is predicated upon a physical human characteristic? (Touch, taste, smell, sound…you get the idea).  We are experiencing a social moment together in some sort of suspended time warp where the human aspect has to be ‘guestimated’ – sarcasm and intonation fail miserably over social networks.

Even if we can have updates that are fractions of a minute or second apart (ahem..twitter), it’s not nearly as quickly as you could transmit a message by just talking to me in person. Granted of course that these technologies are leaping great distances in short periods of time, What is the need for people in the same place to have an interface between them?  More over – why do I need to know INSTANTANEOUSLY what is going on in the world?!  How have our social interactions been hijacked by technologies created by the inherently anti-social?  We sit in our own rooms distanced greatly not only by physical geography but by a constant interface through which we must first pass our message.  I suppose telephones did the same thing – but then with telephones there was a physical connection still – the human voice.

Oh – and does Blogging count as a social media?!  Is a cork based real life bulletin board a social media?  So confusing!

Obviously this is just the beginning of a phase or stage of communications technologies – we have yet to plateau.  Where are we going – where is this taking us?  After you have read this,  are we now ‘friends’?! (I’m a pretty great friend who always has chocolate on hand just so you know)

So many questions!!

hammam

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losing a weary soul in the depths of a black cavernous slate filled hideaway

waves of fog and steam melt away the confusion

the uncomfort overriding all other uncomforts giving the sensation of calm

lungs filling with vapour gasping occasionally

dewy skin and dewy mind glowing peacefully after a storm of steam.

Monday after a weekend show…

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Many hugs and hi-fives to the SBS team and Avatao for the great show on Saturday!

The venue looked AMAZING thanks to Avatao!!! The lighting and fabric and the blown up logo!!! All such lovely details.

Kevin from Fifth Business (our lovely photographer for the evening) will have pics of the evening ready for us shortly to share!

Despite some pretty crappy sound issues in the beginning – I think the show was great!  The tambourine was my favourite part personally.  As well as the cover of ‘Womanizer’ – Josh plays a sexy bass guitar. Next time though, I think  we could do an acoustic show but without the stools – I’m much too fidgety for sitting and playing.

Next show – ‘Starry Nights’ —> April 24th presented by STAR Company in support of Art Starts (a phenomenal non-profit group in Toronto that helps to build stronger communities through the arts).

Now back to work on the demo (coming soon!!!!)




Thanks guys! First month update

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Dear SBS Team,

You guys have all been a part of the first month of the ‘year of Bandana and Sing Bandana Singh.’  Wow – What a month we’ve had! In 4 short weeks we have:

a) envisioned and begun to execute a full concept acoustic show (including fabrics, lighting and ambiance! thanks to our friends at Avatao)

b) an online ticketing system and amazing online postcards! (Hugs to Eric @ Small World and our resident SBS designer Josef)

b) have a 2nd and 3rd show in the works! (April and June!)

c) have a MySpace page up and running! as well as now a personalized MySpace design draft! (Josef, Jason – you guys are so on the ball)

d) applied to NXNE! (fingers crossed)

e) have a defined deadline for the demo completion as well as basic tracks recorded for ‘All Chords’ (thanks to Fat Labs!)

f) have a stylist and photographer to create a visual aesthetic for our photos and shows (Joce, Karl – hi-fives to you!)

g) had an awesome rehearsal tonight (Josh – I’ll forward those tracks tmr after swimming!)

You guys are working so hard and I just wanted to send out a Care Bear hug!  This week is going to be super (tiring) EXCITING!

We will see you all at the show on the 6th! (Except Jason who is working in VanCity for the Olympics! – We’ll be thinking of ya!)

Let’s have a celebratory drink together on the 6th- and conspire about the months to come! (Although everyone one of you will hear from me regarding the specifics of the projects we are working on well well well before Sat 🙂 )

I’m so looking forward to Feb! Thank you again.

Much Love!

B