Asking For Flowers – Kathleen Edwards

Asking For Flowers is Canadian alt-country singer Kathleen Edwards’s 3rd album, which was described as her finest work yet. I tend to agree. The 11 songs that she has crafted & sung for us on the album is some fine work by the Ottawa native indeed!

We start off with a song about being down on your luck in Buffalo, a song of going across the border to the US with your lover and then getting stuck and needing to get back. The Cheapest Key is Kathleen’s attempt at a pop-rock song and she does it better than most. An uptempo number about musicians and worshipping a rocker, it’s a crowd favourite.

Asking For Flowers, the title track, is a bitter look back at a relationship that was never on equal terms and has reached it’s end. The singer is bitter that her spouse/partner hadn’t been more engaged in their life and appreciative of her. Alicia Ross is about a girl, who was killed by her next dooor neighbour, and her case was well known in the media. Edwards sings the song from the perspective of the young woman during the last moments of her life and it’s mostly address to her mother.

Edwards best song ever, not just on this album, is the wonderful I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory – a song about friendship between two band mates. However one friend shines in the spotlight yet the other does a lot of the dirty work but gets very little credit. Edwards compares this duo with many things including the Great one, Wayne Gretsky, an NHL demi-god and his teammate Marty McSorley who was an enforcer assigned to protect the star.

Oil Man’s War is about a draft dodger who doesn’t want to go to Iraq and who leaves for Canada with his girlfriend. Sure As Shit is about a relationship.  Run is about a mother singing to her daughter on the eve of her wedding and giving a little warning about life. Oh Canada is a bitter song to Edwards’s countrymen to not look into the race or colour of a person before caring for them. Scared Of The Dark and Goodnight, California close out this mostly sombre record.

Since I’ve already posted the video for the song much earlier, here’s a live rendition of I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory!

Broken Trophy

I’m a little upset with my dad at the moment. He broke my crystal trophy that I had received from the clients at a recent R&R ceremony event that took place on the 29th of June.

It’s not a big deal but…I’ve never won anything or had something this nice given to me as a token of appreciation for my work and a committment to getting results, which is what the award was for. It wasn’t a very expensive or flashy looking thing but it was nice enough. I placed it in the living room next to their tv so that they could show it to people who come in and be a little proud of me.

And now the crystal peice on top, shaped like a big diamond, has broken of the long pedastal and I’ll have to try and make it stick with some glue. I feel so upset about it – I wanted to keep it when I finally do move to my own place (whenever the fuck that is going to be). I guess I can try to win another award!

Lost – Coffee Making Skills

Having my first cup of black coffee on a cold & windy Sunday morning. Sip…ugh!

I seem to have lost my black coffee making skills. The last few days, whenever I’ve made a cup of coffee for myself, it either turns out to be too sweet or too strong & bitter.

What’s wrong and how could I have lost the skills? It’s the spoon! Is it the spoon? I’m using a different spoon for the coffee powder – that must be it. Can you blame the spoon for the weird tasting coffee? Maybe I should try milk with coffee.

A Bit Of Rain Lands Me In Soup!

It’s rained a lot post Onam. The last 3 days has seen gusts of cold wind & rain, which has made traveling in the city a bit of a bother really. I got drenched this evening, on my way home from the office. To make matters worse, I had to wait for atleast 20 minutes for a bus to come by!

I had some hot soups at a smal hotel in Kacheripady as soon as I got out of the bus. This warmed my cockels (I have no idea what they are but I am sure that if I have them, they were affected by the hot soup :) ) and my sinus felt good as well!

I’m a lot sleepy now, so I’ll shut down the browser and get some sleep.

The Big Thrill – Axxis

The Big Thrill was an album I bought way back in 1993 based solely on the recommendations of a friendly music store owner. And I have never regretted the purchase as it’s one of the strongest albums that I can remember listening to.

The band Axxis are based in Dortmund, Germany and for a while they outsold the Scorpions! The Big Thrill is probably their best album (based on other fans’ opinions – I’ve only heard the one album). So let’s take a look at why this is such a good album.

I’ve downloaded the album thru torrent and bang! Better World/Living In The Dark hits through my speakers like a hammer. It’s about the changing world and keeping an optimistic view on the changes. Against A Brick Wall starts with an Angus Youngish guitar riff and the thumping rhythm of bassist Markus Gfeller & Richard Michaelski’s drums hits you in the gut. Stay Don’t Leave Me is a love ballad which makes good use of Harry Oellers’s piano skills.

Every relationship between lovers is a little bit of love and war, right? The Germans agree and this uptempo number, Little War, is just about that. No Advice is an in your face, thumbing your nose at athourity and society. Another power ballad, Love Doesn’t Know Any Distance is melancholic and melodic. Probably the best song on the record, the ominous sounding Heaven’s Seventh Train, is mysterious and foreboding. I haven’t found any video for this track but if they had made one, it should be on a train, traveling at night through a snowy German forest.

Brother Moon is a call to the wild nature of humans, as is The Wolf. The Road To Never NeverLand is a war cry of the rock n’roll lifestyle that any rocker will enjoy. Nestlled amongst them is a mostly acoustic gem – Waterdrop! A guitar philosophical look at comparing a human and mankind to a waterdrop and the body of water on the Earth, it’s a beautiful masterpiece. The 11 songs are aided by the skillful & tasteful guitar chops of Walter Pietsch and the unique vocals of Bernhard Weiß.

Reading While Sitting On The Pooper

Come on, admit it! Like a few millions others, and me, you (dear reader) read in the toilet! While doing you business! Newspapers, magazines, novels or perhaps a dirty magazine or two! ;)

I can admit it that yes – I do read in the toilet and although I’m not proud of it, it’s not that bad a habit. There’s worse things that reading up on the daily news while pooping. It gives a whole new meaning to Hot News! ROTFLOL, I kill myself!

When did you start reading in the loo? I think for me it was when I was about 14 or 15 and I took some novel, that I just couldn’t put down, in with me. And the habit was formed. I prefer to read the paper in the toilet, especially on Sundays.

Jason Smith Retires From Hockey

Just got this news in – Jason Smith has announced his retirement from the NHL. The 35 year old defenceman was on the 2nd year of a 2 year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth $2.6 million a year.

Jason has had a productive NHL career in which he captained two different teams and played 1,008 regular season games for five clubs. He compiled 41 goals and 128 assists along with 1,099 penalty minutes.

He was originally a first-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils (18th overall) in the 1992 draft, and also played for Toronto, Edmonton, and Philadelphia. He served as captain of the Oilers for five seasons, and also captained the Flyers during his lone season with them in 2007-08. Smith, whose 2008-09 season with the Senators was cut short by a knee injury, didn’t feel he still had it in him to play the game the only way he knows how.

The Meme That Starts With An R

Tag Rules:
Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag your friends? Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real… nothing made up. If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can’t use your name for the boy/girl name question. Have Fun!!

1. What is your name: Roshculla….Count Roshculla aka Roshan

2. A four Letter Word: Rape (sorry, can’t think of one)

3. A boy’s Name: Roshan

4. A girl’s Name: Roshan (I have one of those androgynous names)

5. An occupation: Rock star (what? It’s a job!!)

6. A color: Red

7. Something you wear: Robe

8. A food: Roast beef

9. Something found in the bathroom: razor

10. A place: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada…because it rhymes with___ :D

11. A reason for being late: Riot on the streets

12. Something you shout: Run to your mama

13. A movie title: Return Of  The Jedi

14. Something you drink: Rum

15. A musical group: Rush

16. An animal: Rottweiler dogs or raccoons

17. A Street name: Rajaji Road.

18. A type of car: Range Rover

19. A song title: Run To The Hills by Iron Maiden

20. A verb: Rock you

Feel free to add you details in your own blogs or in the comments here. Have fun!

Onam Sadhya Photo

This is what is usually served for an Onam sadya. While tempting and nice, my complaint is that any Hindu Malayalee occassion serves the same food. Rice, a bunch of curries and payasam! Onam, Vishu, traditional birthdays, weddings, engagements, at a temple! And it’s the same as what you normally eat on an average day – except that there are more curries and you get payasam!

So what’s the big deal in serving one? Since I was alone at home, I had instant noodles. It’s no sadya but then it’s no different from any other day!

Balsille & Bettman Awaits Judge’s Decision

Later today, Arizona court judge Redfield T. Baum makes a key decision that will help determine if a RIM CEO & moneybags Jim Balsillie’s dream of owning an NHL team will, in fact, become reality. Balsillie will be on hand in Phoenix along with his arch-rival NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, when the judge declared if he is going to uphold or nullify the NHL’s unanimous vote rejecting Balsillie’s bid for the Coyotes.

Balsillie has offered $215.5-million in a lucrative bid that will, of course, come with the caveat that the franchise immediately would be moved to Hamilton, Ontario and become the 7th Canadian team in the NHL. If Baum rules in favour of the NHL, Balsillie would not take part in the Sept. 10 auction for the team, barring any further litigation. And his dream will be dead.

Go Balsillie go!

The Evening Before Onam

Well it’s the night before Onam. I’m alone at home after a nice dinner and an ok day at the office. When I say an ok day that means that I got to leave the office at a decent enough time of 7:25 pm.

Dinner was a medium veggie pizza from Pizza Hut (I’ve got to say that I think Dominos is better and offeres you more value for money) and a small 7up. Tomorrow is a day off due to Onam. I’ve got no plans to go out or do anything. It’s going to be instant noodles for Onam lunch, maybe a couple of movies or so while lounging on the sofa or on my bed.

Just some quite time on my own and relaxing with some music & movies. Peace out!

Onam Takes Over Wrestler Murder-Suicide

I’m always curious to know how those people who search in Google, Yahoo or Bing come upon my blog by chance. It surprises me that the Chris Benoit double murder-suicide controversy, in particular the theory that satanist & former wrestler was behind the killings, still regins supreme week on week.

Except for this past week! 18 times people have reached my blog post on the same last week but it’s not a match for Onam!

22 times people have stumbled on by (if you excuse the pun) searching for ‘pookalam’ designs or photos. I remember that last year, I shared a photo that I took of the ‘pookalam’ that some of the trainees at the BPO where I work had made. That still is one of the best that I’ve seen so far.

And new of last week’s bus strike was the third most searched topic that brought people to my blog. Oh dear, oh dear!