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I guess I just like liking things

I am not nearly as connected to music as I am to movies and videogames, despite music being way more accessible. I don’t watch movies or play games while I’m driving, and I certainly don’t put on a game or a movie to fall asleep to. Maybe it’s because music is so all around that I don’t have as much connection to it. Strangely, it’s also the most doable for me. I could never make a videogame, and I could maybe make a movie, but I make up songs almost all the time.  Sure, most of them are things that nobody would want to hear (even the cats don’t want to hear the ones I make up for them, after all), but every so often one will hit me and I’ll think, “huh, I should expand that one.” But I don’t. Some of that is lack of ability in the sense of writing actual music or playing an instrument, but most of it is good ol’ forgetfulness mixed with laziness.

I don’t exactly know how to explain what I mean by not being as “connected” to music. The best way to explain it is to say if I had to choose what to take with me to a desert island (that somehow still had electricity) I would take games and movies with me rather than music.

With that said, though, I firmly believe there should be a Pop Up Video version of ever y video ever made. How does that have anything to do with the previous two paragraphs? For me, Pop up Video makes the music way more interesting. I’m sure it’s the same reason I look up trivia for movies on IMDb, but it also goes back to my frustrations in college English courses over not understanding what particular poems meant. “Here we have foreshadowing and allegory and yada yada yada, and here is where Mark want to pull out his eyeballs.” It’s not that I don’t appreciate the creative use of language, it’s that if something is clearly meant to have a point, I want to know what that point is! Hiding your point that you want me to see pretty much guarantees I’m not ever going to get your point.

Yes, I’m pretty much revealing that I’m an uncivilized Philistine, but I still appreciate Shakespeare plays, so I don’t know.

Anyway, I was reminded that Pop Up Video had a bit of a resurgence a while back, and their webpage is still up with a bunch of the original series and some of the new stuff. I thought you might enjoy watching some of them this Monday, whether you’re gearing up to endure subzero temperatures like I am, or you just needed some background music (with random bubble sounds) to start your week.

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