today’s the day – the iphone 4 is mine to have and hold, ’til… another new iphone due us part.
i reserved mine to be picked up today, and even still – i had to wait in line for nearly 4 hours to get it. (lame) but it’s here… and i love it.
the screen is insanely sharp, the whole phone is extremely fast, the camera is amazing and takes unbelievable pictures (from a phone!), it feels sturdy/well built, and i just love it. paired up with the new iOS 4 software, it’s pretty lovely!
i’ll post some pictures from it tomorrow, and perhaps some video too.
hope your day was lovely! for any other iphone nerds such as myself, how’s your experience with it so far? how’d the line thing go for you?
because i’ve been working on music lately, i haven’t been listening to anyone else’s music much at all. but there is one exception – randy newman. maybe i’m craving his music subconsciously because of the release of toy story 3… who knows. but in the rare moments i want to hear any music, randy is all i’ve been wanting to hear.
i’ve been a fan of his for many years now… i think dan was the one who first shined light on his work for me (deeper than his more obvious classics) and ever since, he’s been a favorite of mine. it’s probably not surprising that i prefer his sad, ballad type songs over his more playful, silly songs. but in general – i just love his work.
he’s got an incredibly recognizable voice, but what always amazes me is how recognizable his sense of melody is as well… i can almost always tell it’s one of his songs, even when someone else is singing it. that’s a unique gift.
here’s a few of my favorite songs by mr. newman…
“i think it’s going to rain today” (listen to those strings… so beautiful)
this one’s a newer one and it’s just gorgeous. it’s one of those songs that i leave on repeat over and over. i think i mentioned it in my “short songs” post a little while back… anyway, it’s called “when i’m gone”
and this is a song randy wrote and sarah mclachlan sings it… from toy story 2. always really loved this song… and it’s a perfect example of randy’s sense of melody being recognizable! love it.
alright, that’s it for now…
much love, ryan
p.s. a fact to leave you with: randy newman scored one of my favorite films ever – monsters inc. fact.
in between tons o’ work around here, i’ve been addicted to this iphone game:
it’s appropriately called “tilt to live” and last i checked, it was free for a time… it’s super fun. get it here!
speaking of iphone… i downloaded the new iOS 4 update for my current iphone and i did get some neat new features (multitasking, folders, camera zoom, backgrounds, etc) but all at the cost of using the internet… apparently. i can make calls, but for some reason, with the new update – my data was killed. no emails connection, no internet connection. lame. still figuring that out… but iOS 4 seems great, aside from ruining my phone.
and completely unrelated, the new “green hornet” film has released the first trailer. it was directed by one of my all time favorites michel gondry (be kind rewind, eternal sunshine & tons of my favorite music videos ever…) and stars seth rogan. it looks fun enough… all of the action and blockbuster qualities seem very different for gondry, but i’m excited about it nonetheless, since i’m a fan of mr. gondrys. here’s a trailer…
in even more unrelated news, i saw toy story 3 again the other day, but this time in IMAX… and it truly is such a beautiful film. gosh – i sincerely don’t know how pixar keeps it up. i’m not usually one for watching movies again and again right away, but i enjoyed this even more the second time. really, really sweet.
i enjoy collecting things. it’s an appreciation that i’ve carried throughout most of my life. probably started with micro-machines (when i was old enough to not try to eat them!)… then moved onto ninja turtles… it then took a more serious turn with baseball and basketball cards. all of which, i no longer collect… but i kinda wish i had my micro-machines still. those are neat…
although i don’t have a lot of collections going on right now, but i do stay pretty loyal and devoted to the collections i do have.
here’s a random one that i started well over 15 years ago and have been extremely devoted to ever since: movie ticket stubs. no idea why that started, or even what i’m going to do with them all. i’ve probably only misplaced a couple movie ticket stubs since i started, so this is a pretty true timeline for the movies i’ve seen in theaters. (this collection also serves as a sad reminder of how much money i’ve spent on movies in my life. eek)
and i’ve been on and off collecting small, handheld recorders for a while now… micro-cassette recorders, etc. those had more function, as they make things sound super awesome – so i use them quite a bit in recordings.
i’ve got a decent KALA ukulele collection coming together now too… i’ve got 4 KALA ukuleles! probably not enough to start a museum just yet, but i’m working at it…
and this probably doesn’t count, but i do buy just about every portable apple product that makes it’s way into the apple store. but i usually get rid of the old models to upgrade. (a la iphone 4 coming up this week…) may not be a collection, but i’m definitely devoted to it.
how about you? what do you collect? i’d love to hear it…
this little bundle of joy just arrived in the mail. it’s an adopted microphone named, neumann m147 and he will be loved and appreciated in this family.
this is the same type of mic that we’ve used to record vocals in our last couple records and we really love it. it’ll be wonderful to have it always at our ready, rather than renting it like in past. huge thanks to chad in jacksonville, FL. for his help in getting this little guy to us. we’ll take good care of him, we promise. we still have yet to give him a name… suppose we’ll need to spend more time together to know.
anyway, have an amazing day! speak soon.
P.S. here’s a picture of my son, “wilco” (he needs a haircut…)