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2015-08-25 :: Edward Semblance // Pontifications
Updated: Categories of Earworms

Category Five: Resurgent A previous earworm re-establishes dominance in the auditory brainspace. Category Four: Immediate A song heard in the immediate vicinity implants itself directly. May have some delay before implanting. Category Three: Logical An established or recent earworm segues into another song that has some logical connection: beat, style, album progression, lyrics, etc. Category […]

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2015-04-11 :: Edward Semblance // Pontifications
Categories of Earworms

Category Four: Immediate A song heard in the immediate vicinity implants itself directly. May have some delay before implanting. Category Three: Logical An established or recent earworm segues into another song that has some logical connection: beat, style, album progression, lyrics, etc. Category Two: Accidental An overheard phrase, a suggestive sound, an accidental melody recalls […]

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I have been a science fiction nut probably since I first started to read. It didn’t help that I saw Star Wars at the tender young age of six, and it completely blew my young mind. My Dad actually took off work so we could go see it, and I remember everything about our trip […]

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2014-04-06 :: Edward Semblance // Snapsongs
Snapsongs: “Texarkana” by REM

It all begins with a bassline. In this case, it’s a solo ascending scale that drops back to E, but that’s merely part of the story. The real story is the reason that bassline is included here. In my early life I was diagnosed with many talents; as a child I would regularly draw cartoons, […]

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One bright Christmas in the late 70s my younger uncle decided he was going to assemble for his young nephew a proper musical education. This was nothing new. He was the “cool” uncle, only sixteen years my elder, and kinda reminded me of the latter-day Beatles in the way he dressed and wore his hair. […]

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I was working in a small print shop as a prepress technician, although I was also doing design and IT work because there was no one else around to do those things. As with many small business situations, there were oddities and annoyances, especially as the basic personality traits of both The Owner and Operations […]

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One of the last CDs I bought before leaving Austin, Texas for good in 2008 was a disc by a local band, Ghostland Observatory. Ghostland Observatory is the brainchild of two guys who decided that they would forgo any notions of pandering to the popular crowd and just make music that they wanted to make. […]

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2014-03-07 :: Edward Semblance // Snapsongs
Snapsongs: “Song of Sand” by Suzanne Vega

Early spring in Texas, out in the parking lot of the apartment complex I called home. Cool day, cloudy mostly with some patches of sun glinting through the branches of the trees above me. As sunset deepened, the clearing sky lit up the neighborhood with a diffuse orange glow. 99.9 F° was playing on my […]

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2014-03-02 :: Edward Semblance // Snapsongs
Snapsongs: “Cars” by Gary Numan

The excitement was palpable: my friend’s teenage brother had scored the deal of a lifetime. From the early fall heat he and his friends carried in the prize: a wood-paneled console stereo that must have been six feet long and could have held a small buffet and a sideboard of decanters on its immensity. My […]

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When you’re stuck in a musty filing office running credit cards for the Accounts/Receivable department of a high-tech equipment manufacturer, there’s not a whole lot you can say about the situation. So you tend to try to focus on the positive. Nobody bothered me much, the invoice printer would loudly do my job for me, […]

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