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here ya be... [May. 20th, 2004|02:39 pm]



Name:David Micheal Alder
Sex:(yes please) Male
Hobbies/interests:Music, writing, LJ, Movies, and various other commonly mentioned things that are mere superficialities at this point. See my User Info page, if you really wanna know.

A) 5-10 top favorite bands with a brief description:

311 - By far one of the most inventive bands of our day, successfully intermingling such musical genres as rap, reggae, hip hop, funk, and latin.

Santana - Classic latin/blues group that has influenced much of our modern groups. Carlos Santana is arguably one of the greatest lead and blues guitarists of any age.

Pink Floyd - The GODS of progressive rock. No one could ever match their musical creativity and emotionally charged lyrics/riffs without either getting entirely fucked up on H, or worse; losing their sanity in the process. Pure musical genius.

Early Elton John, (before he went all "adult contemporary" on us) - One of the most versatile performers both vocally and instrumentally.

Soundgarden/Chris Cornell - Not only were they one of the most influential bands of our day, but they were also geniuses off stage. While being Ivy League graduates with degrees in subjects like Microbiology, they were never the 'conformist' types, either in their music, or in life. Chris cornell has one of the most soulful voices ever. Plain and simple.

David Bowie - Strange is his calling card, and inventive is his MO. With a voice that sounds like he could use some lozenges from the harsh mistreating of his vocal range and abilities, pushing them beyond their physical limits, he managed for over 20 years to be one of the most sought after Gods of Rock. Without a classification to his style, he has been an artist without boundaries.

L) top 5 albums of all time: this is moot, because any of the above bands' albums would fall into this category for me, hands down.

B) 5 favorite books/authors including at least one nonfiction selection:

Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

Man's Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl

The Plague, Albert Camus

Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu

Zen Teachings of the Great Mountain, Taizan Maezumi Roshi

Tao of Pooh, (I forgot his name... been years Ben something).

The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton

C) 5 favorite films/directors/writers:

D) Any favorite comedians?
Drew Carey
Emo Philips
Bill Cosby (old stuff)
Ellen Degeneres

E) Favorite Artists? Why? What medium do they work in?
My Father: he's a great singer, and also a great photographer.
Ian Mckellen: one of the most passionate actors that has gone TOO FAR unnoticed for his contributions, prior to LOTR, to stage/film acting .
My best friend Matt: Vocalist and keyboards for the local band Sigma 6.

F) 5 great things that have come out of TEXAS: "Steers and queers..." no, um... Texans for one, beef, oil... um, I'm really unfamiliar with Texas. Forgive me on this one. I do know that there's a certain guy there that I happen to like. Is that enough?

Question Forum: Try to answer at least 5 of the following with explanations as to why you have chosen that viewpoint... Convince me.

1) Abortion: pro-choice or pro-life? (legally and personally)
*It should only be allowed under the circumstances of rape, incest, or possible life-threatening situations of mother vs baby. Needless killing of any kind is evil, because any other situation basically is an expression of the selfishness and cruelty of those who just "don't want the baby". Adoption is available to willing and waiting parents who couldn't have children any other way.

2) Gay marriages:
*The basis of making Gay marriages illegal is based upon Judeo-Christian dogmas, and shouldn't be forced upon those who do not believe in such doctrines, on any level. To do so is counter to the Constitution, and the God-given rights of every human being on this Earth.
Let them marry.

5) War in general:
*When global community standards, or ground rules are broken (human rights, etc), and the guilty refuse to rectify their misdoings, nor even get accountable for what they create (ie; mass slaughter, totalitarian regimes, and so on), then someone should take a stand for the innocent who are being trounced upon, and defend them by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. But coming to the point of using such measures (war) should also be avoided at all costs, if it is possible.

7) The Lakers:(Specifically Shaq or Kobe) What about the Yankees?(specifically A-rod or Jeter)
*Professional sports are the single greatest whoring-out of our free time that we could possibly conceive, because, why on EARTH would we want to PAY these whiny primadonnas millions of dollars to do something so inane as basketball?

9) If you HAD to fuck an animal, what animal would you choose?
*Definitely a dog: a female Great Dane, but don't read too much into that.

11) Drugs? Legitimacy of legalities, penalties, dangers, etc. go to town with it.
Making drugs into a legal business is a subject that I've discussed before, and I tend to agree with certain points, however, I think I've more than fulfilled your requirements to this point, and I would like to save such a discussion for a later date.

Oh, and I almost forgot... I told my sister here:

Here are my pictures:


From: breakermorant
2004-05-20 03:42 am (UTC)
yeah...lord of the rings and x-men kind of killed him for me. his shakespearean acting was always really good. all 50 times.

311-granted-- try and listen to that song, though. or some of the same stuff that bad brains was doing about 10 years before.
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[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-05-20 03:48 am (UTC)
well, another similar situation:
Evanescence is pretty much a copy of some of Lacuna Coil's work, and it's pretty disturbing.

The greatest plight, in my opinion, as to an artist's creative work is not "will someone appreciate this?", as much as it is "has somebody else done this before?"

Originality is at an all time low in SO MANY mediums.
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From: breakermorant
2004-05-20 03:50 am (UTC)
i'll agree that it's kind of hard to do ANYTHING original these days in the world of music. you're bound to sound like someone, even if you've never heard them.
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[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-05-20 03:58 am (UTC)
Well, that and pretty much everyone these days has a rather wide taste in music, and they tend to have a familiarity with many styles therefore making it very easy for them to pinpoint similarities. Plus things like free online music makes EVERYTHING available, whereas groups during previous decades had to fight tooth and nail for ANY recognition. It's becoming another mundane, mass-marketed commodity like pork rinds.
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[User Picture]From: grodeetoe
2004-05-20 07:43 am (UTC)
meredith brooks says she doesn't listen to anyone else's music because she doesn't want it to infiltrate her unique style....

tee hee.....
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[User Picture]From: grodeetoe
2004-05-20 07:42 am (UTC)
yeah, like what if you wrote a story about the future. and there's a furture tornado and you get sucked up and end up in a land where you have to travel to a severed cow head with three companions - a cheese log, a robot, and a female assassin.....

then i'd say. ummmmm.....wizard of oz?

and you'd say, i've never read that/seen that.

and i'd say well, it doesn't matter. cuz there it is. you wrote it after it was wrote either.
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[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-05-20 08:33 pm (UTC)
"Truly you have a dizzying intellect..."
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[User Picture]From: grodeetoe
2004-05-21 11:05 am (UTC)
who said that one?
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[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-05-22 08:25 am (UTC)
Wessley from the Princess Bride, he said it to Vizinni...

I love that movie.
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[User Picture]From: grodeetoe
2004-05-22 06:16 pm (UTC)
i ahven't seen that movie in forever. it's a distant foggy childhood memory.
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[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-05-23 02:57 am (UTC)
Heh, so is Fred Savage's career...
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[User Picture]From: grodeetoe
2004-05-23 03:56 am (UTC)
good connection.
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[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-05-23 04:23 am (UTC)
Heh, I actually had a hard time remembering his name, he's now THAT obscure. What a putz... I just hope that I never end up like that if I get into professional acting.
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[User Picture]From: grodeetoe
2004-05-23 12:42 pm (UTC)
do you plan to get into professional acting?
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[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-05-23 06:13 pm (UTC)
dreams do come true... (don't they? Please reassure me)
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