This was recorded by the Portsmouth Sinfonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.
favorite things about this
literally all the brass starts to get the hang of it and then the crescendos happen and everyone is like FUCK FUCK FUCK??? FUCK. JUST. BLOW RLY HARD.
the strings are lazy but also the same. like u can tell a lot of the ppl w/ the stringed instruments may already basically know how to play stringed instruments. like there’s definitely a section at the beginning where you hear a good portion going “oh yeah this is like. a smaller/bigger version of what i do.”
all you hear of any woodwinds is just “pffffttt??? pFFFTTTT???? PFFFFFTTTT I SAID PFFFFTTTT!!!!!” bc woodwinds are fucking HARD and you hear after like the first crescendo half of them just give up. they give up. they’re done. fuck this it tastes weird and my lips hurt.
that trumpet. that person is fucking TRYING man they fucking GOT this. they may not have figured out notes but they figured out LOUD and they GOT this.
It's kind of awkward when you have to explain to your hopeful mother that you won't be dating the guy you randomly met at a theme park a few weeks ago because he makes inappropriate jokes when you've clearly expressed disinterest Yeah, mom. I know you know that when I claimed I was getting so wet (because of the rainstorm), that his saying "I have that effect on girls" is NOT OKAY. Can we just stop and think about how even an assumed geeky guy that just likes Harry Potter can make sexual jokes to someone he's met in person three times now? Like, dude, I will LET you buy me a twenty dollar meal because fuck you, jokes like that are not okay. /VENT But HOW is this remotely appropriate?
the notebook problem: you see a notebook. you want to buy the notebook. but you know you have like TEN OTHER NOTEBOOKS. most which are STILL EMPTY. you don’t need to notebook. you’re probably not gonna use the notebook anyway. what’s the point? DONT BUY THE NOTEBOOK. you buy the notebook.
"It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor.
Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.
Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.)
But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.
I feel like we’ve all known a girl in elementary school that was obsessed with horses
If you knew me, I was it. I ended up getting my own horse at 11 and only last year had to let him go when there was nothing else we could do. I had fifteen years with my buddy and my love for horses even at my age never waned. I know this is supposed to be a silly post, but those who loved them then still love them now.
I thoroughly enjoy that Kelloggs/Froot Loops is advertising to adults. Like, legit advertising them and insisting they "remember the aroma." Which needs to be okay. Adults can totally still like fruit snacks and mac and cheese and unhealthy cereal because it's fun and nostalgic and fucking tasty, okay? Working at a grocery store, I deal with people who claim they buy these for their kids, very resolute that they will not partake in any of it. Uh huh. I believe that. Yup. So thanks, Kelloggs. For letting adults feel totally kosher about coming to terms with those sweet, sweet Loops. And for putting marshmallows in them. Best. Decision. EVER.