Friday, April 29, 2005

Homer! Thou art God!! Role model personified!!!

Homer Humor on Beer, Food and TV

The strong must protect the Sweet.

Oh no! What have I done? I smashed open my little boy's piggy bank, and for what? A few measly cents, not even enough to buy one beer. Wait a minute, lemme count and make sure... not even close.

Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.

Homer no function beer well without.

When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!

Son, when you participate in sporting events, it's not whether you win or lose: it's how drunk you get.

Homer on Family

I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

[Meeting Aliens] Please don't eat me! I have a wife and kids. Eat them!

What do we need a psychiatrist for? We know our kid is nuts.

Marge, you're as beautiful as Princess Leia and as smart as Yoda.

Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.

The only monster here is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother! I call him Gamblor, and it's time to snatch your mother from his neon claws!

When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.

Homer on Religion

I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me Superman.

I'm having the best day of my life, and I owe it all to not going to Church!

Lisa, if the Bible has taught us nothing else, and it hasn't, it's that girls should stick to girls sports, such as hot oil wrestling and foxy boxing and such and such.

I'm not a bad guy! I work hard, and I love my kids. So why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I'm going to Hell?

Homer on Life and his 'Wisdom'

Getting out of jury duty is easy. The trick is to say you're prejudiced against all races.

It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day.

Lisa, Vampires are make-believe, like elves, gremlins, and eskimos.

I want to share something with you: The three little sentences that will get you through life.
Number 1: Cover for me. Number 2: Oh, good idea, Boss! Number 3: It was like that when I got here.

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14% of people know that.

Remember that postcard Grandpa sent us from Florida of that Alligator biting that woman's bottom? That's right, we all thought it was hilarious. But, it turns out we were wrong. That alligator was sexually harrassing that woman.

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use.

How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain. Remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?

I've always wondered if there was a god. And now I know there is -- and it's me.

Homer on Work

Kill my boss? Do I dare live out the American dream?

If something goes wrong at the plant, blame the guy who can't speak English.

I'm never going to be disabled. I'm sick of being so healthy.

Classic D'Oh! Homerisms

Operator! Give me the number for 911!

Oh, so they have internet on computers now!

I like my beer cold, my TV loud and my homosexuals flaming.

[Looking at a globe being Uruguay] Hee hee! Look at this country!'You are gay.'

Bart, with $10,000, we'd be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Woman! You Rawk... You Friggin Rawk!!

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
- Ayn Rand

Thanksgiving is a typically American holiday...The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.
-Ayn Rand

I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.
-Ayn Rand, Anthem, 1946

It is not advisable, James, to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener.
-Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957

The evil of the world is made possible by nothing but the sanction you give it.
-Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957

The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.
-Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 1966

The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
-Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness, 1964

If there is any one proof of a man's incompetence, it is the stagnant mentality of a worker who, doing some small routine job in a vast undertaking, does not care to look beyond the lever of a machine, does not choose to know how the machine got there or what makes his job possible, and proclaims that the management of the undertaking is parasitical and unneccessary.
-Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.
- Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
- Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

To say 'I love you' one must know first how to say the 'I'.
-Ayn Rand

Great men can't be ruled.
-Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.
-Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
-Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
-Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead, 1943

in tune with HP Mania... man i just cant wait for the next :D:D

Just before his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter is invited to join Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because Harry is not a muggle (what the wizards call non-magical people) he is a wizard! What's more, he's the most famous wizard in the world because he survived an attacked from the most feared wizard of then all, Lord Voldemort, and he has been left with a scar above his eye.

Before he starts at Hogwarts, Harry has to shop for robes, cauldrons, spell books and wands in Diagon Alley - a secret road located at the back of The Leaky Cauldron pub. Part way down Diagon Alley, near its intersection with Knockturn Alley (where shops devoted to the dark arts are located), is Gringotts Wizarding Bank, where witches and wizards keep their money and other valuables. Wizard money is complicated for us muggles to understand; the gold ones are Galleons, there are 17 silver Sickles to a Galleon and twenty-nine bronze Knuts to a Sickle. The children all love spending their money on Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (sweets that include earwax flavor one if you're not careful!), and chocolate frogs.

To get to Hogwarts, pupils have to locate platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station (really based on Euston Station as Rowling got the two stations muddled), where they can board the Hogwart's Express train. Queen Boadicea is believed to be buried underneath Platform 10.

The four Hogwarts houses (each named after a founder of the School) are (Godric) Gryffindor, (Helga) Hufflepuff, (Rowena) Ravenclaw and (Salazar) Slytherin. The Sorting Hat (Leslie Phillips in the two movies, which are directed by Chris Columbus) picks a house for each new arrival.

Harry's house is Gryffindor, led by Professor Minerva McGonagall, who teaches Transfiguration and is haunted by Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington a.k.a."Nearly Headless Nick". Harry's school enemy, Draco Malfoy, belongs to Slytherin led by Severus Snape. The School motto is Nunquam Draco Dormiens Titillandus, "never tickle a sleeping dragon" and the Headmaster is Albus Dumbledore, whose name comes from the Latin for white and the Old English for bumblebee.

Harry's parents Lily and James were killed when he was a baby by Lord Voldemort (French for "flight of death" but usually known as "he-who-must-not-be-named" or "you-know-who") so Hagrid left him to grow up at 4 Privet Drive with the Dursleys: Lily's muggle sister Petunia, her husband Vernon and their fat spoilt son Dudley. Harry and his friends battle the evil Lord Voldemort (real name Tom Marvolo Riddle, an anagram for I am Lord Voldemort) throughout the books.

Harry's friends are miss know-it-all Hermione Granger, who, being the daughter of two muggles is a "mudblood" and ginger Ron Weasley. Draco Malfoy's henchmen are Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle.

The favorite sport of wizards is Quidditch, a fast and furious game played by two teams on broomsticks - Harry's first broomstick was a Nimbus 2000. A Quidditch team has three Chasers who have to get the red Quaffle into hoops to score points, a Keeper who guards the hoops, two Beaters who deflect black Bludgers (balls that try to knock opponents off their broomsticks) and a Seeker (Harry if the team is Gryffindor) who chases the Golden Snitch and on catching it, scores 150 points and wins the game. The referee at Hogwarts is Flying Lessons teacher Madame Hooch.

Other teachers are Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher (so far, a different teacher each year). Herbology is taught by Pomona Sprout and Professor Flitwick teaches Harry how to use his phoenix feather wand purchased from Ollivander's wands in Diagon Alley, the proprietor of which is played by John Hurt. The mean but magically impotent caretaker, Argus Filch, is accompanied by pet cat Mrs. Norris whereas the friendlier groundskeeper, Rubeus Hagrid, has many inappropriate pets from dragons to dogs.

Harry and his friends also have pets at Hogwarts. Harry has an owl called Hedwig, Ron has a rat called Scabbers (who turns out to be Peter Pettigrew, who betrayed Harry's parents to Lord Voldemort, then faked his own death and framed Sirius Black for thirteen murders). Hermione has a ginger cat called Crookshanks, and the Weasley family share an owl called Errol, who brings them their post, including Howlers - screaming scolding letters.

The monsters featured in the books, all borrowed from established mythology, include dragons (Hagrid keeps a Norwegian Ridgeback called Norbert), a Cerberus-like three-head guard dog called Fluffy, mandrakes (which screech when uprooted), a phoenix, a hippogriff, a troll, cornish blue pixies, the Malfoy's servile house elf called Dobby, a unicorn and a werewolf (Defence of the Dark Arts teacher, Remus Lupin).

The five books written so far by JK (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling are the Philosopher's Stone (created by Nicholas Flamel, a real-life alchemist), the Chamber of Secrets (opened by Ron's sister, Ginny Weasley), the Prisoner of Azkaban (named Sirius Black), the Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Phoenix (where one of the members of the order of the Phoenix, Sirius Black, dies in the end).

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Jimi Jimii Jimiii...

continuing with the theme of guitar gods...

In his brief four-year reign as a superstar, Jimi Hendrix expanded the vocabulary of the electric rock guitar more than anyone before or since. Hendrix was a master at coaxing all manner of unforeseen sonics from his instrument, often with innovative amplification experiments that produced astral-quality feedback and roaring distortion. His frequent hurricane blasts of noise, and dazzling showmanship — he could and would play behind his back and with his teeth, and set his guitar on fire — has sometimes obscured his considerable gifts as a songwriter, singer, and master of a gamut of blues, R&B, and rock styles.

When Hendrix became an international superstar in 1967, it seemed as if he'd dropped out of a Martian spaceship, but in fact he'd served his apprenticeship the long, mundane way in numerous R&B acts on the chitlin circuit. During the early and mid-'60s, he worked with such R&B/soul greats as Little Richard, the Isley Brothers, and King Curtis as a backup guitarist. Occasionally he recorded as a session man (the Isley Brothers' 1964 single "Testify" is the only one of these early tracks that offers even a glimpse of his future genius). But the stars didn't appreciate his show-stealing showmanship, and Hendrix was straightjacketed by sideman roles that didn't allow him to develop as a soloist. The logical step was for Hendrix to go out on his own, which he did in New York in the mid-'60s, playing with various musicians in local clubs, and joining White blues-rock singer John Hammond, Jr.'s band for a while.

It was in a New York club that Hendrix was spotted by Animals bassist Chas Chandler. The first lineup of the Animals was about to split, and Chandler, looking to move into management, convinced Hendrix to move to London and record as a solo act in England. There a group was built around Jimi, also featuring Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on bass, that was dubbed the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The trio became stars with astonishing speed in the U.K., where "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze," and "The Wind Cries Mary" all made the Top 10 in the first half of 1967. These tracks were also featured on their debut album, Are You Experienced?, a psychedelic meisterwerk that became a huge hit in the U.S. after Hendrix created a sensation at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967.

Are You Experienced? was an astonishing debut, particularly from a young R&B veteran who had rarely sung, and apparently never written his own material, before the Experience formed. What caught most people's attention at first was his virtuosic guitar playing, which employed an arsenal of devices, including wah-wah pedals, buzzing feedback solos, crunching distorted riffs, and lightning, liquid runs up and down the scales. But Hendrix was also a first-rate songwriter, melding cosmic imagery with some surprisingly pop-savvy hooks and tender sentiments. He was also an excellent blues interpreter and passionate, engaging singer (although his gruff, throaty vocal pipes were not nearly as great assets as his instrumental skills). Are You Experienced? was psychedelia at its most eclectic, synthesizing mod pop, soul, R&B, Dylan, and the electric guitar innovations of British pioneers like Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, and Eric Clapton.

Amazingly, Hendrix would only record three fully conceived studio albums in his lifetime. Axis: Bold as Love and the double-LP Electric Ladyland were more diffuse and experimental than Are You Experienced? On Electric Ladyland in particular, Hendrix pioneered the use of the studio itself as a recording instrument, manipulating electronics and devising overdub techniques (with the help of engineer Eddie Kramer in particular) to plot uncharted sonic territory. Not that these albums were perfect, as impressive as they were; the instrumental breaks could meander, and Hendrix's songwriting was occasionally half-baked, never matching the consistency of Are You Experienced? (although he exercised greater creative control over the later albums).

The final two years of Hendrix's life were turbulent ones musically, financially, and personally. He was embroiled in enough complicated management and record company disputes (some dating from ill-advised contracts he'd signed before the Experience formed) to keep the lawyers busy for years. He disbanded the Experience in 1969, forming the Band of Gypsies with drummer Buddy Miles and bassist Billy Cox to pursue funkier directions. He closed Woodstock with a sprawling, shaky set, redeemed by his famous machine-gun interpretation of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The rhythm section of Mitchell and Redding were underrated keys to Jimi's best work, and the Band of Gypsies ultimately couldn't measure up to the same standard, although Hendrix did record an erratic live album with them. In early 1970, the Experience re-formed again — and disbanded again shortly afterwards. At the same time, Hendrix felt torn in many directions by various fellow musicians, record-company expectations, and management pressures, all of whom had their own ideas of what Hendrix should be doing. Coming up on two years after Electric Ladyland, a new studio album had yet to appear, although Hendrix was recording constantly during the period.

While outside parties did contribute to bogging down Hendrix's studio work, it also seems likely that Jimi himself was partly responsible for the stalemate, unable to form a permanent lineup of musicians, unable to decide what musical direction to pursue, unable to bring himself to complete another album despite jamming endlessly. A few months into 1970, Mitchell — Hendrix's most valuable musical collaborator — came back into the fold, replacing Miles in the drum chair, although Cox stayed in place. It was this trio that toured the world during Hendrix's final months.

It's extremely difficult to separate the facts of Hendrix's life from rumors and speculation. Everyone who knew him well, or claimed to know him well, has different versions of his state of mind in 1970. Critics have variously mused that he was going to go into jazz, that he was going to get deeper into the blues, that he was going to continue doing what he was doing, or that he was too confused to know what he was doing at all. The same confusion holds true for his death: contradictory versions of his final days have been given by his closest acquaintances of the time. He'd been working intermittently on a new album, tentatively titled First Ray of the New Rising Sun, when he died in London on September 18, 1970, from drug-related complications.

Hendrix recorded a massive amount of unreleased studio material during his lifetime. Much of this (as well as entire live concerts) was issued posthumously; several of the live concerts were excellent, but the studio tapes have been the focus of enormous controversy for over 20 years. These initially came out in haphazard drabs and drubs (the first, The Cry of Love, was easily the most outstanding of the lot). In the mid-'70s, producer Alan Douglas took control of these projects, posthumously overdubbing many of Hendrix's tapes with additional parts by studio musicians. In the eyes of many Hendrix fans, this was sacrilege, destroying the integrity of the work of a musician known to exercise meticulous care over the final production of his studio recordings. Even as late as 1995, Douglas was having ex-Knack drummer Bruce Gary record new parts for the typically misbegotten compilation Voodoo Soup. After a lengthy legal dispute, the rights to Hendrix's estate, including all of his recordings, returned to Al Hendrix, the guitarist's father, in July of 1995.


1967 Are You Experienced? [US]
1967 Are You Experienced? [UK]
1967 Axis: Bold as Love
1968 Electric Ladyland
1968 Electric Hendrix [Withdrawn]
1970 Band of Gypsys [live]
1971 The Cry of Love

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

hmmm part 983475682494964

a lotta junta... by that i am not exaggerating... yeah junta have asked me why i stopped with my rantings and whinings on my blog and got trivia-l instead... well the fact is guys i havent stopped with it...
just i want to start putting fundaes and dope on music n movies and other stuff on my blog which'd make it a one stop click for all gyaan even for me :):)
i will not stop with my writing dontcha worry!!
life heres been chill... organizin workshops on dance music and theater at work... been like madness and fun ... they went on great and response and feedback was sooper chill

hmm i sound like those bloggers that make their blogs their diaries and their lives public... so me will stop :)

ajay sent me this kwij... damn neat twas
check my results

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.
Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few

What kind of blogger are you?

neat eh ;)
and yes guys i wont stop with my musings :D:D

Monday, April 18, 2005

Yngwie Malmsteen!!!

After a bit of dope on Sat-man me now talks about another guitar god - Malmsteen!! I'm dedicating my blog for a while to guitaring geniuses!
Rock on you maestros :)

Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the '80s. Combining a dazzling technique honed over years of obsessive practice with a love for such classical composers as Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini, Malmsteen's distinctively Baroque, gothic compositional style and lightning-fast arpeggiated solos rewrote the book on heavy metal guitar.

His largely instrumental debut album, Rising Force, immediately upped the ante for aspiring hard rock guitarists and provided the major catalyst for the '80s guitar phenomenon known as "shredding," in which the music's main focus was on impossibly fast, demanding licks rather than songwriting. Malmsteen released a series of albums over the course of the '80s that, aside from slight differences in approach and execution, were strongly similar to Rising Force, and critics charged him with showing little artistic progression. He was also reviled as an egotist whose emphasis on blazing technique ultimately made for boring, mechanical, masturbatory music with no room for subtlety or emotion. Malmsteen responded by insisting that since he was already playing music he loved, he had no desire to develop any further, and that his love did come through in his playing. He also vehemently insisted that it was his imitators, not him, who reduced songwriting and composition to merely generic vehicles to show off the guitar player's amazing technique.

Toward the end of the decade, Malmsteen fell out of favor with metal audiences, and even some of his musician fan base seemed to tire of him and the incredible amount of practice it would take for them to emulate him. Following a series of personal setbacks, tragedies, and even injuries, Malmsteen eventually resurfaced on small, independent labels and then recorded at a prolific, rapid pace, continuing to play the music he loved in his patented neo-classical style.
Yngwie (pronounced "ING-vay") Malmsteen was born Lars Johann Yngwie Lannerback in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1963, later adopting his mother's maiden name following his parents' divorce. He was an unruly child, and his mother tried without initial success to interest him in music as an outlet. However, when seven-year-old Yngwie saw a television special on the death of Jimi Hendrix featuring live performance footage of Hendrix setting his guitar on fire, he became obsessed with the guitar, learning to play the music of both Hendrix and favorites Deep Purple. Through Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's use of diatonic minor scales over simple blues riffs, Malmsteen was led toward classical music, and his sister exposed him to composers like Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart. He spent hours practicing obsessively until his fingers bled, and by age ten, his mother allowed him to stay home from school to develop his musical talents, particularly since he was considered a behavioral nightmare.

Also at age ten, Malmsteen became enamored of the music of 19th century violinist/composer Niccolo Paganini, as well as Paganini's flamboyant style and wild-man image; this would provide the blueprint for Malmsteen's synthesis of classical music and rock. By the time he was 18, Malmsteen was playing around Sweden with various bands attempting to find an audience for his technically staggering instrumental explorations, but most listeners preferred more accessible pop music; frustrated, Malmsteen sent demo tapes to record companies overseas. When Mike Varney, president of Shrapnel Records — a label synonymous with the term "shredder" — heard Malmsteen's tape, he invited the guitarist to come to the United States and join the band Steeler in 1981.Steeler recorded one album with Malmsteen on guitar, but dissatisfied with the band's rather generic style, Malmsteen moved on to the group Alcatrazz, whose Deep Purple and Rainbow influences better suited the guitarist's style. Still not quite satisfied, Malmsteen formed his own band, Rising Force, with longtime friend and keyboardist Jens Johansson. The new band's first album, also called Rising Force, was released in 1984; it was a largely instrumental affair spotlighting Malmsteen's incendiary guitar work and Johansson's nearly equally developed technique. The album was an immediate sensation in guitar circles, winning countless reader's polls in guitar magazines, reaching number 60 on Billboard's album chart (no mean feat for an instrumental album), and receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Malmsteen's subsequent albums, Marching Out and Trilogy, also sold quite well and consolidated his reputation and influence as a composer as well as a soloist.

However, on June 22, 1987, a speeding Malmsteen crashed his Jaguar into a tree; in breaking the steering wheel with his head, he received a blood clot in his brain which nearly killed him and extensively damaged the nerves leading to his picking hand. In the course of recovery, he learned that his mother had died and that his manager had swindled him out of his earnings. Undaunted, Malmsteen regained the use of his hand and recorded Odyssey, his most accessible, radio-friendly collection to date; the single "Heaven Tonight" widened his audience beyond a devoted core of guitar fans and helped push the album into Billboard's Top 40. Following a world tour including the then-Soviet Union, the Rising Force unit disbanded, and Malmsteen formed a new band in his native Sweden for 1990's Eclipse. The album was a success in Europe and Japan, but stiffed in the U.S. without much promotion.An angry Malmsteen left PolyGram and, prior to the release of 1992's Fire and Ice, he was married to and divorced from a Swedish pop singer. Fire and Ice debuted at number one on the Japanese charts, and Malmsteen toured the world again. However, disaster struck frequently over the next two years. Hurricane Andrew destroyed Malmsteen's Miami property; his manager of four years died of a heart attack; Elektra dropped him from their roster; a freak accident left the guitarist with a broken hand, in addition to frequent bouts of tendinitis caused by his lightning technique; and in August 1993, Malmsteen's future mother-in-law, opposed to his engagement to her daughter, had him falsely arrested for holding the woman hostage with a gun. The charges were quickly dropped, and Malmsteen secured a deal with the Japanese label Pony Canyon after his hand had healed completely. He returned to recording with a vengeance, releasing The Seventh Sign in 1994, as well as two mini-albums (Power and Glory and I Can't Wait), and then Magnum Opus in 1995 and the all-covers album Inspiration in 1996. While his popularity has largely faded in the U.S. due to a backlash against the excesses of '80s shredders, Malmsteen still finds audiences in Europe and is more popular in Japan and Asia than ever.

Discography -

1984 Rising Force
1985 Marching Out
1986 Trilogy
1988 Odyssey
1989 Live in Leningrad: Trial by Fire
1990 Eclipse1991 Eclipse [Japan 2 CD]
1992 Fire & Ice
1994 Seventh Sign
1994 Power and Glory
1994 I Can't Wait
1995 Magnum Opus
1996 Inspiration
1998 Facing the Animal
1998 Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E Flat Minor Op. 1
1998 Facing the Animal [Japan]
1998 Live in Brazil 1998 [Bonus VHS]
1998 Live in Brazil
1998-1999 Inspiration [Bonus CD]
1999 Alchemy Pony1999 Rising Force [Import]
2000 Best Album [Limited Edition]
2000 Fire & Ice [Import Bonus Tracks]
2000 Young Person's Guide to the Classics, Vol. 1
2000 Young Person's Guide to the Classics, Vol. 2
2000 Double Live
2000 War to End All Wars Pony
2001 Live at Budokan

Sunday, April 17, 2005

gyaan on satch!

hmm i've decided my blog from now on is gonna be dedicated to trivia!
music movies et al...
since jot sat is comin to india! let me start with dope on him!! the guru of music

Along with teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the '80s and '90s, Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, NY, and raised in the nearby town of Carle Place, Satriani — inspired by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix — picked up the guitar at the age of 14 (although he was initially more interested in the drums). Quickly learning the instrument, Satriani began teaching guitar to others and found a kindred spirit in one of his students, Steve Vai. By the late '70s, however, Satriani had relocated to Berkeley, CA. With his sights set on his own musical career, "Satch" kept teaching others, including such future rock notables as Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Larry LaLonde (Primus), David Bryson (Counting Crows), and jazz fusion player Charlie Hunter.
In the early '80s, Satriani got a gig playing guitar with power popster Greg Kihn, doing some session work and touring with the group (an archival release recorded around this time, King Biscuit Flower Hour, was later issued in 1996), and issuing his own solo self-titled EP in 1984, financing and releasing the project entirely on his own. But when Vai hit the big time as the guitarist of David Lee Roth's solo band in 1986, he offered praise for his good friend and former teacher in several major guitar publications, leading to widespread interest in Satriani's playing. The timing couldn't have been more perfect for Satch, as he'd just issued his first full-length solo album, Not of this Earth, which automatically made ripples in the rock guitar community. But the best was still to come, in the form of his sophomore release, 1987's Surfing With the Alien. Almost overnight, Satriani was widely regarded as one of rock's top guitarists, as the album earned gold certification and the guitarist would finish at the top of guitar magazine polls for years afterwards. He was even handpicked by Mick Jagger to accompany the famous singer on a tour of Australia and Japan around this time. A stopgap EP, Dreaming #11, combed both studio and live tracks and was issued a year later, and in 1989, Satriani issued his third solo full-length, Flying in a Blue Dream. Another sizeable hit, the album also marked Satch's debut as a vocalist on several tracks. His career received another big push the same year when his song, "One Big Rush," was included on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's hit movie, Say Anything. The '90s began with Satriani creating his own line of guitars for the Ibanez company (the JS Joe Satriani model), but it wasn't until 1992 that he would issue his next solo release, The Extremist. The double-disc set Time Machine followed a year later (a combination of new tracks, live material, and the long out-of-print Joe Satriani EP from 1984), and in 1994, Satch filled in on tour for the departed Ritchie Blackmore for heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple. Although he was asked to become a full-time member, Satriani turned down the offer to return to his solo career. Satriani issued two more solo albums during the '90s — 1995's self-titled release and 1998's Crystal Planet, and also started the G3 guitar showcase tour with Steve Vai in 1996, becoming an annual event and issuing a live document of the tour's initial run, G3: Live in Concert, a year later. 2000 saw Satriani issue his most musically daring release yet, the electronic-based Engines of Creation, and a year later, the live disc Live in San Francisco. In addition to his own albums, Satriani has guested on several other artists' albums over the years, including Blue Oyster Cult's Imaginos, Alice Cooper's Hey Stoopid, Stuart Hamm's Radio Free Albemuth, Pat Martino's All Sides Now, and Spinal Tap's Break Like the Wind.


1986 Not of This Earth
1987 Surfing with the Alien
1988 Dreaming #11
1989 Flying in a Blue Dream
1992 The Extremist
1993 Time Machine
1995 Joe Satriani
1997 G3: Live in Concert
1998 Crystal Planet [US]
2000 Engines of Creation
2000 Crystal Planet [Import Bonus Tracks]
2001 Live in San Francisco

Saturday, April 02, 2005


the most meaningful songs are those that have lyrics that haunt you on and on and on and on and on...
lyrics, especially those in desi numbers... whoa! they can sure put songs on to a different league
it takes quite a genius to come up with lyrics which make one feel with the song, and simultaneously, with the added incentive of these lyrics which already have inspired the composer wayy beyond the normal levels... makes them come out with timeless compositions...
well these views nothing new about them i know
just i heard a song now which a pal of mine was listenin to that made me think about lyrics...
they can make the listener get so involved that you could even emotionally get influenced by the same altering your actions and reactions for that day/week...
ok coming to the song that compelled me to think this way... it is this all time fave composition a non filmi one called 'aaj jaane ki zid na karo' so moving so heartfelt!
here are the lyrics...

Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Yunhi pehloo mein baithe raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Haay mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Haay mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Tum hi socho zara, kyun na roke tumhe
Jaan jaati hai jab uth ke jaate ho tum
Tumko apni qasam jaan-e-jaan
Baat itni meri maan lo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Yunhi pehloo mein baithe raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Haay mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Waqt ki qaid mein zindagi hai magar
Chand ghadiyan yehi hain jo aazad hain
Inko khokar mere jaan-e-jaan
Umr bhar na taraste raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Haay mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

Kitna maasoom rangeen hai yeh sama
Husn aur ishq ki aaj mein raaj hai
Kal ki kisko khabar jaan-e-jaan
Rok lo aaj ki raat ko
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Yunhi pehloo mein baithe raho
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo
Haay mar jaayenge, hum to lut jaayenge
Aisi baatein kiya na karo
Aaj jaane ki zid na karo

whoa! some lyrics those... you HAVE to listen to the tune :)