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  • John Gallino 6:19 pm on 10/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , creativity porn, , music, time management   

    There just ain’t no time… 

    No time left

    Lame stock photo to get you to read this post

    Yesterday I was thinking about how busy I seem to be, and how there’s just no time to do all that I want to do. I wish I was less busy doing this stuff so I had more time to do that stuff. It’s all rather ridiculous, but I’d be the first in line to vote for a 48 hour day.

    Anything that gets in the way is my enemy. Class is my enemy. Often sleep and eating meals are enemies. Things that slow me down and keep me from diving into things are my enemies. I can’t give my full attention to any one thing because I can’t allow other things to be neglected.

    For example, I’d really like to finish my screenplay that I started earlier this year and got halfway through. I do a lot of reading about screenwriting instead of actually writing. I write blog posts like this instead of actually writing because I’m an asshole. But if I ever were to actually sit down and try to write more of it, something in my head would go “Wait a second, aren’t you supposed to be editing those two documentaries? Don’t you have that paper to write due in two days? Did you finish color correcting that last bat mitzvah? And have you noticed you haven’t eaten in seven hours?”

    I’m not the kind of person with no hobbies and no major interests. I’m completely the opposite. If I could, I would learn to knit, I would read biographies of Thomas Jefferson, I’d cold call bands and ask them if they’d like me to make a music video of them, I’d go to those “blogger meetups” that occur sometimes and network with likeminded people, I’d do some freelance editing (whether a wedding video or a horror novel), I’d watch all 86 episodes of the Sopranos, I’d volunteer at animal shelters and learn to cook international cuisine.

    But fuck, man, there’s just no time for any of that. Seems like on the few days I don’t go to class, I wake up, make a sandwich, write a few blog posts and do some photo editing and the day is already gone.

    There’s no happy way to end this post, because it just sucks. But I will show you something that I would love to get into someday and learn to do. Music production. Watch the following two videos and see if you’re not inspired.

  • King Roland! 4:54 pm on 10/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bullshit speech, george w. bush, john gallino, lies, music   

    i dont know why im doing this> BUT IM GONNA!

    look, i hate to say it. but none of you guys know what punk rock is. sometimes i dont think i do either. and i dont think many people know what art is, or music.

    whenever i try to think of what is music and what isnt music, i think of three bands. maybe more. i have grown up with people telling me what music is real/good music and which isnt.

    the safe way to argue is. music is expression. and. well this band says someting to me, or is important to me. or influences me. so it is good music. or this band really speaks to me. or they say something really important.

    do i speak proper english. no. is english my first language…yes. my only one? yes.


    what am i getting at? i kind of lost track. but. i can tell you this. me hearing a Brand New song, or a modest mouse song or a beatles song or any of that “music” it never made me angry.

    it didnt make me think. it didnt make me question something. i dont care about jude law, modest mouse wrote some good songs but ultimately, i dont care, they sold out! changed their sound. and i wanna hold your hand is garbage.

    rolling stones, made money and fame. alright whatever. gimme shelter, most people know it by now. is the message important- yeah i think it might be. but i think what makes the song, and what is the song, besides rad guitar. is the female vocalist= Merry Clayton. im telling you, when her voice fucking just breaks as she belts those words- its pure fucking magic, that is expression, that is music, that is meaning. its soul. real man. anyone who KNOWS that song. they know what im talking about.

    im not trying to tell you what to listen to. or that your music is bad. it may sound like that. and everyone has this opinion of what music is. but i can tell you this-

    soul music. Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and the best OTIS REDDING.

    you may have heard a cover of otis reddings song before, its called respect. covered by aretha franklin.


    so. music? do you need to be able to sing like merry clayton or sam cooke? maybe not. i sure as hell cant sing for shit.

    but who doesnt love a nice catchy pop song?

    punk rock taught the world that anyone can pick up a guitar and play it and make what is music?

    im proud to be american, because jimi hendrix was american right?

    find me a dead kennedys song that doesnt talk about something that is going wrong that needs to be changed. (granted they have some songs talking about not so important stuff)

    but just go buy the first album. or download it. they are a punk band, they wont pull some publicity stunt like radiohead. fuck radiohead.

    or pick up minor threats album. its all their songs. and every song. has somethign to say. they arent trying to get on the radio. in fact. they are the definition of INDIE. of DIY.

    what the fuck is indie? oh its a style of music right? WRONG. holy shit. pick up Our band could be your life (or somethin gllike that) by michael azzerad.

    indie means independent right? like bands making their own tour routes, recording everythign themselves, not having a manager, startying their own record labels. playing and singing their own music

    right? that could be what indie meant maybe? i dont know. i really dont know. but. when a band, is mailing you an album they wrote, did the artwork for, licked the envolopes to send it themselves, and folded that vinyl cover themselves….that would be what i would call independent. when they own the rights to their own music.

    but hey. i dont know anything. im just a dude on the internet talking about music. but if you picked up a minor threat album. and listened to it. or the dead kennedys first album. or a fucking bad brains album. or listen to anything otis redding did…..

    you would say, hey, that ashole on the interent was wrong. but. i hate the way this music sounds. they are yelling and saying things i wished i said when i was teenager. i dont know.


    the beatles arent rock. NOPE. not rock. but.

    John Lennon, i really think, knew what was up.

    i heard that john lennon said-

    “Say what you mean, Mean what you say. and put a beat to it”

    and to me. that might be what music is.

    and lemmy. lemmy is music.

  • robtalksinmaths 12:49 am on 10/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , music   

    The Unconscious Composer 

    Music Matters

    Another excellent speech I’ve managed to stumble across. This one discusses the arts – specifically, the power of music. It covers a lot of ground and defends music as one of the primary, intangible caretakers of the soul/mind. However, take out ‘music’ and replace it with a craft of your choosing and VOILA: your very own daily dose of inspiration.


    P.S. The story about the WWII soldier halfway through is heart-wrenching.

    • john 1:40 pm on 10/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I liked this one a lot more. Really good insight and very inspiring.

      • King Roland! 7:56 am on 10/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

        someone showed me this, i havent read your article yet, but i will..

        just thought this may be relevant!!

        its very musical and rad.

  • John Gallino 8:45 pm on 10/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: music   

    Best Friends Forever. I think this band is great, and nobody has ever heard of them ever, and I’m gonna use some of their songs (Eisenhower is the Father, for one) for the Breaking Camp soundtrack with their permission.

    Check them out: http://www.myspace.com/bestfriendsforeverandfriends

    • alex 2:14 pm on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      i dont think you will have a problem, at all, getting their permission

      • John Gallino 6:17 pm on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I already got a casual permission. I’d like to get a formal one with paperwork but that’s not a concern for a while.

        In the meantime be on the lookout for unsigned stuff you hear that is good and forward it to me!

  • John Gallino 9:16 pm on 09/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , music   

    Be On The Lookout 

    for really good unsigned local bands. I know everybody knows a few. I need music and lots of it to score the two films I’m working on, but of course I can’t use anything that’s copyrighted or tied to a label. So if you find something you think would work, please tell me about it. Instrumental is best, but lots of things could work. If the artists are friends of yours, ask them if they would be interested in contributing their music to a film or maybe even composing original stuff for the movie.

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