Monday, June 25, 2012

The Beatles

Some of my friends and I have been playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band lately. Last week some of us were playing Rock Band: The Beatles, and the discussion inevitably moved to how awesome The Beatles are.

I'll say this right now: I'm not a huge fan of The Beatles. I don't HATE them, I'm just not into their music. I didn't grow up listening to it, and I personally think it's just too mellow for my taste. So I couldn't really contribute anything to the "OMG the Beatles are AWESOME" conversation.

But every time it comes up that I don't really know any Beatles songs, and never really got into them, I always feel pressured. I'd be told to try to listen to them (I did back in college), as if I automatically came to my conclusion without even trying, because apparently there is NO such thing as "not being into the Beatles" after having listened to them.

I've heard pretty insulting things--not said to me, but to other non-Beatles fans--along the lines of having poor taste in music, not being a true fan of rock music, etc. And yet how many people actually listen to classical music? So many things in modern music wouldn't have happened if it weren't for Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and composers even before THEIR time.

I'm not bashing the The Beatles; their music certainly isn't bad, or else they wouldn't have been as popular as they are. I'm just saying that they are not gods. They simply were in the right place, at the right time. I think that if you look at them objectively, they're not so much different from other bands. They were just "there" first. It's certainly not that they are overrated, but rather so many bands and artists are underrated.

Please, stop trying to push me into liking their music. I'll listen to it if it's playing, but I won't be spending iTunes card after iTunes card on their music. Leave me in peace for not being a Beatles fan.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

General Update

I feel like writing a blog, but nothing big has been going on, so I'll just give updates on the small things.

  • I'm still working on this year's Otakon cosplay for when I visit home in the summer. I've had to order a lot of things that I didn't even think about needing, and had I known I'd have gotten them a long time ago -_-;

  • I've been taking a Japanese conversation class every Tuesday night with the other ALTs in the city. It's kind of useful, mostly not, but it's better than nothing. I would be trying to study more, but I lent my JLPT books to another ALT who's planning to take the test this July.

  • My apartment isn't a TOTAL mess, but with the cosplay project and a million other little things in process, things are a bit messy. I've been wanting to make a video of the apartment post-decoration for almost a year now...

  • I've been exercising more for the past two weeks. I'm working on muscle tone  and endurance. I've read online that I need to run at least 3 times a week for it to be somewhat effective, and last week I only did it once, so I'll have to up my routine soon. I've been feeling healthier lately so progress is being made.

Hopefully I can make a video about something soon. It's difficult because I'm tired right after getting home from work and I don't feel like doing anything. *sigh*