29 November 2010

tunes: day 18

i heard the no doubt cover of this song on the radio this evening. i like the talk talk version much more.

my most vivid memory of this song took place toward the end of my elementary school career. i had overheard my mom talking about the music video. some people believed that the wildlife footage was a commentary on animal cruelty. i convinced myself that that was the message of the song. i remember sitting on my bathroom floor, listening to my dad's old talk talk tape, explaining to lauren what (i thought) the song meant, with tears streaming down my cheeks. (i was a high strung little kid. i cried often about the state of the world.)


Talk Talk - It's My Life (UK Version)
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french uproar

today i gave an extra credit presentation on the french band yelle.

the presentation was short and went kind of like this: yelle is composed of three members: yelle, grandmarnier and tepr. yelle (the person)'s real name is julie budet. the nickname comes from the acronym you enjoy life put into feminized form (yel+le). she was born january 17, 1983 in brittany, france. yelle writes the lyrics. the others help write music and produce.

then, i explained why i chose to share the song "ce jeu". when i came home from taiwan last summer, i wanted to fill my life with the music i had missed out on. dave helped me and shared yelle's album pop up. "ce jeu" became my summer anthem. i loved how peppy and fun it sounded.

then, i shared that the song is about two immature lovers that manipulate each other and play hard to get. i also wrote some cognates for the class to listen for on the board.

lastly, i showed the video below.

afterwards, we discussed. the older women in the class were extremely vocal. one insisted, to the point of yelling, that yelle is transgender. she said that no movements were feminine and no body parts shown seemed to be female. another said that the video was incredibly offensive. a handful of people went on and on about this. a few younger students looked at me and mouthed that they liked the song.
i liked the video until today. now i'm just confused.
also, not until it was projected onto a big screen in front of the class did i notice yelle slipping a nip. does she really or is it just me?

28 November 2010

tunes: day 17

another of janelle's favorites...
alison moyet has an amazing voice. now that thanksgiving is over, we can start listening to her rendition of the coventry carol.

in sixth grade i came up with a very elaborate science fair project based on students' ability to perform mathematic and reading comprehension tasks while distracted (or helped) by music. i wrote quizzes and proctored my peers while playing classical music, pop music, country music and "i before e except after c" by yaz. this is the point where my classmates started to wonder about my ears.

"only you" can be agreed upon as one of yazoo's most beautiful songs.

27 November 2010

tunes: day 16

after the last few days being posted very late, i'll post today's very early.
right now it is in between yesterday and today. i'm not sure which it is. my home is full of fabulous guests. my insomnia has driven me to the only unoccupied space-the bathtub.

this late/early hour and my setting have come together, influencing me to post some oingo boingo. boingo frontman, danny elfman, is the genius behind a lot of tim burton's film's soundtracks. i especially love him as the voice of jack on the nightmare before christmas.

like many of the songs i've posted, "dead man's party" always left little jade with strange imagery.



i love how unthreatening danny elfman looks. i feel like he has to work pretty hard to be scary.

ps what i'm actually listening to is something beautiful by explosions in the sky.

26 November 2010

tunes: day 13, 14, 15

did i really skip 2 days?
the kitchen had taken over my mind and time. soup, salad, side dishes, settings, savories, sweets...

now, thanksgiving is over. but here is a song from the 90's.


and now, the songs that should have been posted days ago.

tunes: day 13
in honor of keith.
i don't know anyone else that listens to the the (except cody, now that he has started listening to my dad's itunes collection). this song reminds me of sitting in the backseat while my dad drove, and his singing voice.


tunes: day 14
in honor of janelle.
this is one of her favorite songs of all time. it reminds me of dancing around the house with her. she would teach us how to dance like she did in the 80's. i especially loved learning how to skank. this also reminds me of her singing voice.

i wish i was brave enough to rock a bic-ed head. janelle was brave enough to rock green hair and a mohawk.

tunes: day 15
in honor of cody.
where is the tenderness? right here, in our house. my dear cody has been so wonderful this week. i'm certain that without him i would have ended up running around like a mad woman down the streets of tucson. thank you, love.

General Public - Tenderness
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23 November 2010

tunes: day 12

unfortunately, i was awoken very early this morning by a phone call from one of my students.
fortunately, i'm in a much better mood today than i was last night.
i've already gotten quite a bit done: read blogs, wrote a blog, mopped the entire first floor, cut, seeded and roasted butternut squash for thanksgiving soup, watched a special on outsourcing employment.
and cody and josh are almost done with the car.

being that today is off to a really great start. i'll play happy music that i love. (i'm sorry about day 10's awful songs.)


ps i'm sorry, this was the best quality i could find.
pps doesn't it make you feel like dancing?

tunes: day 11

i'm sorry. this one is a little late. today had kind of awful parts, and a not so great ending. cody is staying at his brother's house tonight (not because he's upset with me, but because our car in out of commission and sitting in their sideyard waiting to be worked on early in the morning). i cannot sleep, so i'm watching jimmy fallon on hulu. and that is when i realized i didn't post anything today/yesterday/monday.

because the mood in my bedroom is so glum. i'm posting some 80's songs that i don't like. they happen to do with cars in some way or another.


i think this song is boring. always have.


i hate the cars. i think ric ocasek is gross. but, i have one good memory of the band... janelle was in pep club as a high schooler. she used to sometimes show us her dances and cheers. one of them was to "shake it up". i will never forget her shoulder shaking lean forward to that song.

right now i hate cars. i look forward to walking everywhere in d.c.

21 November 2010

tunes: day 10

my favorite song by flock of seagulls.
and one of the best love songs of all time.



happy sabbath!

*team kirzawa readers: expect a lot of pictures in the next few days. i'm catching up.

20 November 2010

tunes: day 9

the other day one of my students and i had a great, relatively deep conversation about being a mexican in the u.s. he mentioned food city, and i laughed about the only time i have ever been to the store. i was the only white girl in the place, the speaker above my head played a hispanic radio station and every store announcement was made in espaƱol. fernando laughed and the conversation moved to mexican food. i told him that mole was my favorite. he cringed (he doesn't like it much) but raved about his mom's mole. she heard and now insists on a meal of mole as a going away gift. i can't wait.

some of the songs i liked as a little kid seemed to amuse my parents' friends. this is one of them. i remember singing it aloud and making the adults around me laugh. (another distinct memory of this type of happening was outside of the coffee garden on 9th and 9th in salt lake. my auntie shawna told her friends that i love pearl jam. they asked me to sing something. i broke out into song, sing/yelling jeremy and daughter. they laughed and later gave her some pearl jam posters to give me.)
i also remember walking through lax on our way to hawaii when i was 2 or 3. we had just stopped at a gas station where they were playing wall of voodoo. i skipped (i learned to walk early) through the airport, avoiding cracks and tiles representing lava, singing "mexican radio" to myself.

19 November 2010

tunes: day 8

on a day filled with frustrations, i choose this song.

no specific memories, just absolute love for "don't dream it's over".



ps through watching this video i realized that they are australian! see the vegemite on toast? also, they have a new album out.

18 November 2010

tunes: day 7

i hear that keith was quite preppy back in the day. once, while rummaging through my parents' cd collection, i came across a haircut 100 album. i asked my mom if they were good and she told me that my dad used to dress like the band. stylish.



i also love their hit "boy meets girls". especially his little high pitched sound.

17 November 2010

tunes: day 6

both of my parents love love love the cure. for years their best of album, "galore", was one of the few cds in the car.

i have a distinct memory of getting gas with my dad when i was about 4. this song was playing as he refilled the tank. the image of spider man in a huge web, rolling me up in his silk like the spiders i had watched on the discovery channel went through my head. i was terrified, until keith got back in the car and the song changed.

now that i'm older, i still love the cure and many of their songs. but, mostly, i just wish i could pull off red lipstick like robert smith. (i heard him say in an interview a few years ago that he continues to wear make-up because his wife loves it. maybe if cody loved me with crimson lips then they'd look good on me.)



ps yes, the cure is covered all the time. yes, many of those covers are rubbish. but, the get-up kids do a great "close to me".

16 November 2010

tunes: day 5

i'll probably post two songs that used to make me cry.
this is the first.

i remember thinking about major tom never returning to his family. i'd breakdown hardcore as an elementary school student at the line "give my wife my love".


Peter Schilling - Major Tom
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15 November 2010

tunes: day 4

i love hearing different reactions to and memories of these songs i'm posting. thank you, commenters.

my most vivid memory of these song took place in the 90's, after we moved to vegas. i constantly listened to my parents' tapes and cds (mingled with my no doubt and chumbawumba albums). my parents' bathroom was huge in my eyes, and showering in there was so much cooler than using the one i shared with my sisters. in their bathroom they had a stereo with a 6-cd changer. one of the cds in there was "doot-doot" by freur. i would listen to this song on repeat as i showered and took more time than necessary drying, lotioning, etc.
most of the time when i listened ferngully-type scenes went through my head. i assumed that this had something to do with the album artwork until i looked up the album cover today. nope. i have no idea where the jungle scenes in my mind came from. listen to the song with your eyes closed. what do you see?

14 November 2010

tunes: day 3

today is sunday, so...

this song was released before my birth, but was played often in my home. u2's albums war and joshua tree were staples.
to this day, "sunday bloody sunday" is my favorite u2 hit.

13 November 2010

tunes: day 2

"dream kitchen" by frazier chorus is one of my all-time favorite songs.
i remember sitting, listening with my dad (it was his album), trying to picture what was being sung in the song. i was very confused, as a preschooler. who would want to dry their hair in the kitchen?
now, i just adore the song. i think it's beautiful in its own right. the 80's were full of pure and wonderful mens' voices.

12 November 2010

a month of bitchin' tunes

hope you guys are getting totally amped...
over on the team blog a while ago, i made mention of posting my favorite 80's music.
what better day to start than the one after we celebrated my birth?
so, here you are... a huge thanks to keith and janelle for setting me up with such sweet sounds.
expect little anecdotes of my memories with the songs, or why i love them, or what i think of them now.

shall we begin?

for the first song i choose "wild thing" by tone loc.

my parents used to listen to this song on the radio without thinking about their first-born paying any attention. then, one day my grammy was babysitting me and i said to her, "i need fifty dollars to make you holler."
from that point forward, they knew i was listening.

09 November 2010

ineffable love
comparable to nothing
what you do to me

bless my dear husband.

is this love?
yes, it's love?
now it's love.
must be love.
this is love.
yes, it's love.
now it's tough,
must be love.
and it's love.
yes, it's love.
this is love.
must be love.
it is love.
yes, it's hard.
no it's not.
must be love.
this is hard.
no it's not.
must be love.
must be love.
it is love.
no, there's no doubt.

04 November 2010

L

50 days to Christmas!
I suddenly crave the holiday after coming across the poem "The Bells" by Edgar Allan Poe.
My senses are atingle with phantom stimuli filling the living room. The scent of wassail is wafting from the kitchen. Sufjan's Christmas album pleasures my ears. I can imagien the brisk gust of wind outside as it would nip at my nose and fingers. Christmas lights gleam through the windows as we prepare baked goodies and holiday candy for our dearest friends.
I so look forward to my first Christmas as a Kirk. We'll be spending it in The District, and it shall be magical.

The first of four parts...

I
Hear the sledges with the bells -
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

Post Script - "L" is the Roman numeral for fifty. And fifty happens to be the atomic number of tin. Ironic that the tinny sounds of Christmas bells ring through my head fifty days prior to the peak of yuletide.

associate spotlight

i'd like to introduce a feature to the new blog. i call it associate spotlight. i shall introduce and spotlight on of my favorite associates.

today's spotlight... whitney hor.ito [new last name]

hor and i met through student council and a love to excel. we became close friends during our drives across town to our school board student advisory committee meetings. at the time, we were both student council fanatics and ap lushes. i teetered between social and anti-social. she swam in the deep end of social. she wobbled between country and pop. i stood securely in the field of independent. we opened each other's eyes to many beautiful things, came to enjoy many a concert with one another, and have been great friends since. i adore her. i admire her. parts of me could be replaced for parts of her and i'd be okay with it.

whitney is asian and stylish. she's a genius in the books, and savvy on the streets. she is destined for greatness and for that reason, she deserves your vote.

whitney is up for a bangin' position as a fashion blogger for sunglass hut. please vote for her with every email address you have. please help her win. do it for me, so that i can visit her swaggy apartment in manhattan. please.

watch her entry video and vote here.
it has been almost five month since i posted on this blog. those months have been wonderful.
but, since june 10 i've felt the same conflict that i voiced in my last post. here i stated that two blogs would be like two lives. i've changed my mind. you see, i hesitate to post things like my new favorite music video, my frivolous thoughts, the shoes that i'm eyeing, etc. on the kirzawa blog. shouldn't all posts have to do with the team? shouldn't everything i post on there be about us? (that sounds disgusting and cheesy. i don't care.) so, i've decided that this "jade ozawa" blog will get a facelift and a new name. it will be resurrected and will continue on in its original purpose-to bear my musings. things like this.

the kirzawa blog will probably upgrade to version 2.0 in the near future. and will remain as a record of our doings.

i feel justified in my decision by my belief that these two blogs cater to different audiences. my grandmother may not care much about my review of the sufjan concert, but would be interest to hear that cody and i are attending concerts and keeping ourselves culturally well-rounded. see?

so, welcome back jade's blog. you have been good to me since your advent september 2007. i needed you then, and i probably need you now.