Change (B)log

Week 15 Update - The Nirvana Rediscovery

April 19, 2019

I’ve been listening to a lot of Nirvana recently.

I started listening to them heavily when I was around 10 years old. Since the very beginning, there was something that simply attracted me to the sound: the raw energy, Kurt’s voice, Dave’s drums.

As a kid, I was fascinated by the sound and I tried to reproduce it. To the dismay of my parents, I tried to belt out those songs with my prepubescent voice. I spent $40 on a fuzz box (probably my life savings at the time). One of my cousin Dave’s cool friends showed me how to play a power chord once and I thought I had learned a super power.

The first album I bought was a Nirvana album. When my parents went to Europe for vacation one year, my Aunt watched over us for a week or two. I remember going to Jeff City where she resided and going to the mall on one particular day. As children of the countryside, my younger brother Phillip and I did not get this experience that often. We mostly walked around as I recall but at some point my Aunt gave us the choice between going to the arcade or buying us something similar in value ($10 or so). Instead of video games, I asked to buy a record and proceeded to buy Nirvana’s From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah. I remember showing it to my parents as soon as they got back from Europe. They weren’t exactly thrilled.

I’m amazed at how fresh the music still sounds to my ears. There’s a lot of music that hasn’t seemed to age well: a lot of 80s music and post-grunge “butt-rock” to name a few types. However Nirvana seems to be ageless, at least to me.

I’m sure this will impact the way I approach Sizable for the rest of the year. Some things I’ve learned:

  1. A good melody really goes a long way
  2. When you have chords that don’t generally all “fit” together, it allows for simple melodies with interesting notes.
  3. At times, sparse arragement can be really effective.
  4. A good arrangement is better than a perfect performance.
  5. Double tracking can be very powerful.

In other news

At work, I’m basically done with this Grails 3 migration. It was a yikes.

Spent a day or two this past week being under the weather and didn’t get as much done as I would have liked.

Finished up Best Soundboard. Going to work more on PAPIO next.

Recorded a few songs with Sizable already. We’re grabbing this album by the horns.

Went back and forth with some dialog ideas with Caleb about the sitcom. We also had a memorable podcast where we moved mid-podcast through a crowded Shakes with our microphone stands and cables.


Joseph Weidinger

Written by Joseph Weidinger.