Monday, October 26, 2009

Drama @band practice

I just noticed that I have never written anything related to band or my interest in music since I'm saxogirl. Well to spare you of the boring stuff and to make it short, I play the Alto Saxophone since I was 11 and still am, one of my passions in life.

BUT the interesting part is the drama that happened today during band pratice. Never in my life have I imagined that things would take this shape with our conductor, let's call her, Miss Rumba for the sake of argument.
Band background:
  • Conductor: Miss Rumba is the conductor I've known to love and repect for years and years. She was the cool American music teacher who had the exciting activities and trips during school years. She's spent her entire life teaching students music with, I must admit, little appreciation. As you grow up you discover that those idols you used to have are not that perfect, unfortunately, they are just like anybody else.

  • Music: symphonic, classical, a little jazz, serious- not appealing to the common Jordanian

  • Players: since it's a voluntary community band now, very few are attending practices. Currently we're 17
Tamer, my sax mate, started off by explaining to Miss Rumba why previous players are not attending: " I will say this and I hope it doesn't come out the wrong way...... the music needs to be more fun....... "

She was furious, she said that this has been the endless battle with us, that we don't like the music "well if you haven't notice we don't have band music like the ones you hear on the radio, I've always made sure that there would be something that people would recognize and enjoy but there's no winning with you........etc.........Lara has been saying this since ever"....... ehhh ana?

ok I did like 3 years back at a gathering at her house. I said all that needs to be said coz i'm not the kind that sweet talks people, what I believe in I say so help me God. It was a total fiasco tonight as it was 3 years back where all my fellow musicians said nothing. Absolutely nothing. It was bad, no support, no understanding, nothing.

The discussion went on further "I have other things to do than conduct this band if you guys don't want to can support the band by buying some new music...........what you're saying here is that all this music is trash......"

Has she not been with us during performances? Where very few people attend? Where players come and go and only il khozzat illi zayyi stay?

Why are people so protective? She asks for suggestions and then she refuses them. Is it because this band has been her baby for the past 20 years? Why does she take it personal? Doesn't she want this band to succeed? Is it becuase she's past 50 years of age? Mid-life crisis? Does she want to play the victim?

Insanity: Doing the Same Thing Over and Over,
Expecting Different Results

It's funny how to us, the members of the band, it's very obvious what has to be done to make this band something but to her it's not acceptable, it's mean and it's unfair.

Now I understand how bad it seems for others to try to change a person. This person thinks he's got it all figured out and that no one understands but have to trust him. Others think ' if you could only work on that part you'd have it all'.

I think deep inside she knows there's something wrong with this band and how it's being managed but being stubborn beats everything else.

This band breaks my heart, jad, it could be way better.

and ardent clinging to one's opinion is the best proof of
Michel de Montaigne

Friday, October 23, 2009

أحمر وشقي لاذع ولذيذ ؟؟ what the heck!?

We were staying late at the office the other day and G+Ginseng girls came in and distributed promotional drinks with brochures.

I thought that was cool since I like the bitter lemon they have.

Taking a short break we looked at the brochure and couldn't believe the logo, the names of the drinks and the vibes that the brand carries!

Check them out for yourselves (please click on pic to enlarge and note the details)


A whip and handcuffs? for real?

In my opinion this brand is targeting hormones and sexuality. The brand identity girl is wearing a tight outfit with all the gadgets, ma32ool? I don't want to sound like my grandma bas ya3ni a whip??!! Come on

I got more curious and checked their website, unbelievable. Check it and look at what your cursor becomes! Now it all makes sense, my pharmasist friend told me once not to drink it, "it's like Viagra!". I guess we all know what g stands for now.

Welcome to the g spot

What is g? It's a premium multi-flavor carbonated beverage, that contains
ginseng extract- a revitalizing substance known for its healthy medicinal
effects, anti aging benefits, as well as
properties which forms the basis of g's
advertising approach

check the radio ads, banned ads, and motto........ horrible

again..... what the heck?!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jordan TV

Ma32ool Jordan Television?!!!

It's like it's in a time warp where it got alienated in space with no reference and no benchmarks.

I've got 4 questions for you Jordan TV:

  1. Why do you still host guests and insist on speaking classical Arabic?

(if you say so that the Arab world countries would understand us think again. LBC and Future speak lebanese and they're one of the most viewed channels.)

2. Why are the studio furniture and decor incoherent ?

3. Why are the hosts un natural?

4. Why don't you have interesting shows and series?