365 T-shirts - the reasoning

This blog should be sub-titled: a journal of my life in geek.

I get my geek on with things about which I am geeky: comic books, Baseball, Ultimate, science fiction, my favorite bands, books I have read and loved, and Jungian psychology to name some of the most frequently traversed subjects.

I began this project simply as a way to count my T-shirts. I own a lot of T-shirts. But how many do I have? Do I have 365? We shall find out.

When I started this blog, I thought about how each T-shirt means something to me. I bought it for a reason, after all. I set myself the task to post an entry about a new T-shirt every day as a way to simply write something every day, a warm up for writing fiction, which is my passion. Writing is like exercise. Warm ups are good for exercise. But after completing a month of blogging about T-shirts, I have learned that this blog serves as a journal; it documents my life in geek, sort of a tour of my interests in pop culture. The blog serves as a tool for self-inventory, for assessment and analysis of self and the origins of self, for stepping through the process of individuation in catalogues, lists, and ranks.

The blog also made me aware that I have some serious gaps in my T-shirt ownership, and I am in the process of collecting some new T-shirts for several of the great popular culture icons that I truly love. Stay tuned.

I was also a bit surprised that people checked out my blog and continue to check it, read it, and even comment on it. I am very appreciative of this readership. Please feel free to share your thoughts in my comments section. I will respond.

Also, please note that I have moved the original introductory text to the side bar. And now, I present to you the most recent entry of 365 T-shirts: a journal of my life in geek. Thank you for reading.
(Second Update - 1310.24. First Update - 1306.05 Originally Posted - 1304.25.)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

T-Shirt #12: Sigur Rós: The impact and the awe

T-Shirt #12: Sigur Rós: Vibrating at a new frequency

Sigur Rós is an indescribable  musical experience, but I am going to try anyway. The Wikipedia Sigur Rós page calls the band "an Icelandic ambient/post-rock band from Reykjavík, who have been active since 1994. Known for their [sic] ethereal sound, frontman Jónsi Birgisson's falsetto vocals, and the use of bowed guitar, the band's music is also noticeable for its incorporation of classical and minimalist aesthetic elements. The band is named after Jónsi's sister Sigurrós Elin."

But these lines are inadequate to explain the power and majesty, the spiritual awakening, rekindling, and rejuvenating that is a Sigur Rós musical experience.

I have been to a lot of concerts. And I have used the word "transformative" before to describe some of my experiences with shows by artists, such as Erykah Badu, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, and U2. However, Sigur Rós stands in a class all its own. The music, the experience of the live show, is ineffable.

I am transformed. Something has changed. Paradigm shift. I will not be the same after this experience. I will not look at the world the same way anymore. Like a flower that has opened, petal after petal, slowly and tenderly, I am opened.

I am also pretentious as all Hell. Okay, okay... So what was it REALLY like?

A video will not help. But I can always try. This one captures some of what I am talking about.

Sigur Rós "Varúð" - Live @ Zénith, Paris - 27/02/2013 [HD]

The entire concert experience is unlike anything I have ever experienced before. In part, the venue accentuated the experience. The Fox Theatre is a temple, a cathedral, a pantheon. Filled with sound, it transported me into another time and space, a different wavelength of energy, vibrating at a new frequency.

Vibrating at a new frequency. - chris tower: 1304.02 19:32