Hello readership. You may have been wondering why there weren’t any posts for the last month. I needed a break. It was not a planned break, because else I would have mentioned it before. But it was more one of those breaks that kept creeping deeper and deeper into my life. It actually started with the completion of the Bangkok Half Marathon on February 12th 2012. After that I took it easy. A little Yoga in the morning to relax the muscles and help with the recovery. Then we had visitors for two weeks which who we had a great time. Then I just kept taking it easy. I slept longer in the mornings past 6:00AM, left my bike and running shoes untouched. When I hopped in the pool it was essentially to frolic, you know fool around, doing underwater handstands, silly stuff but sooo relaxing for the mind. We also went snorkeling a few times, also very relaxing. After a few weeks of athletic sleep-walking, I got used to that lifestyle. But then two weeks ago I got antsy, it started to itch. I got on my mountain bike and started riding – and I enjoyed it again. Since last week, I am back in training and I feel so much better. I swim run and bike again. I feel invigorated with more energy, stress levels falling off, creativity high. The conclusion for myself – I need to sweat once a day! The average (Wo)Man is born with about 206 bones connected with mostly multidirectional joints, we are made to move! So move!
I found two images I want to share with you. Just like in Black and White images where I prefer strong contrast, I found two color images, that I want to show in color – strong color:
A painter’s palette. He paints in acrylic and has built up a mountain of unused, dried paint. Click on the image to see it larger and then let your eye wander over all the mixed colors and streaks. I love it.
The second image is two images – the same in color and in B/W. My cousin saw these fisher boats at dusk in Krabi and we took the image at four seconds exposure time. The sea was very quiet, hence not too much motion blur.
And the same image in black and white.
And now for something completely different. My totally subjective verdict on the new Van Halen album “A Different Kind Of Truth”. I need to spilt my review into two target groups – those born before 1975 and those after.
Born before 1975: You may have children now and you inevitably grew up at least of the tail end of when Van Halen were at their height. Do yourself a favor and do not make the comparison of the new album to any album released between “Van Halen” to “1984”. The new album will fall short. It’s good, but it does not measure up. You have a choice to make. You either lock your kids into the original VH area between 1977 – 1984 or you expose them first to “A Different Kind of Truth” and then let them figure it out later. Clearly, this is a hard choice. Again the album is good in places, but compared to what was released until the 1984 album, it cannot compare! (you see I used an exclamation point, which means I mean it, End Of Story. Oh this is purely my opinion.)
Born after 1975. You guys have the mercy of a law birth. Especially if you were born in the 80’s. For you it doesn’t mater. Likely you have no idea what the hype was all about back then. So for you, I have no whole-hearted recommendation. I am sorry, I really am. If you have never heard VH, then buy the original self-titled debut album, then listen to the new one and you will instantly understand what I mean.
Now, the skinny:
1.) Tattoo – is a catchy song, not my favorite but it sticks in my head, especially the chorus. Not the song I would have released as the first song.
2.) She’s The Woman – we are getting somewhere. Very vintage. I like it.
3.) You And Your Blues – is a great song. Again, very vintage with great background vocals and a great bridge. I like it.
4.) Chinatown – Nice EVH intro which turns into a nice ass-kicker. Not recommend for listening to while running – You will kill yourself! Ass-Kicker!!!!
5.) Blood And Fire – More vintage, this is one of the songs that hasn’t grown on me in two months.
6.) Bullethead – another good ass-kicker. Eddie just shows off that he is still the king on the guitar. There are other excellent guitar players, but only one Eddie Van Halen. Dave’s voice sounds strong here.
7.) As Is – changes themes as th song progresses – think Smetana’s “Die Moldau”but with Eddie on guitar, Amps full die open and a drum that just drives the whole one forward without mercy – NICE!
8.) Honeybabysweetiedoll – not my favorite, however great intro and Eddie just let’s it all hang out. I think this could have ben a great instrumental track.
9.) The Trouble With Never – Hmmm? – No has not grown on me at all.
10.) Outta Space – fast paced, Dave’s voice is not great on this one. The song has a good drive, but hasn’t blown me a way.
11.) Stay Frosty – a remake of one of my favorite Van Halen Songs “Ice Cream Man”. While it is good, I prefer the original Ice Cream Man. Admittedly, there is a lot of sentimental when I remember how I was blown away, just in awe, when I listened to Ice Cream Man for the first time. To me the Grand Daddy of all Ass Kickers. (PERIOD!)
12.) Big River – please this is a filler. I do not like it.
13.) Beats Workin’ – I love the hook of the rhythm guitar, else pretty average.
The Videos – It is obvious, that these guys have aged, matured and that have had a lot of fun – at last doing the videos. Another piece of evidence that Eddie’s guitar wizardry has aged a lot more graceful than Dave. Although, this is an unfair statement, because we all age. But Dave was such an over the top persona and lad singer that aging just cut him down that much more. I have to agree with Homer Simpson, who would say:”I hate you age, you think you are so smart. Oooh, I hate you sooo much!!!”
So there you have it. I will not tell you to buy it or not.
Till the next, stay sharp, very sharp.