Soulstain Saturday is an awful display of alliteration for the purpose of sharing music that slips inside my soul and stays for tea.
-I'm going to edit this out because it feels like whining. I knew it wasn't good to work through my wrist injuries when I sustained them two years ago, and it's no surprise both have been significantly weaker ever since. That vulnerability is probably what lead to me tweaking my arm, again. I'll just sleep with braces on it and ice it when I can. The moral of the story is to take care of your body, friends. Once you mess it up, it seems to stay a bit messed up. I might be absent more due to finals, but also because I can't extend my arm past like a 120 degree angle without breathing through some significant pain. Typing makes it twinge, so I'm doing it slowly, but will have to avoid it as much as I can outside of my job that requires it. So I'm basically repeating history, and I have nothing to whine about. I'll get it checked out after finals if it's still very painful. I just can't stop using it without losing my 2nd job, and I kind of need it.-
Today's soulstain is the lovely James Blake. Whoo, man, I love his voice. It's like wine, and silk rivers, and gentle fog embracing mountains. He wrote Retrograde at 7am after being pissed off over a phone conversation, and what I deem as a thing of beauty followed. Don't we all wish we could have such genius on the daily? I also enjoy the mixing of this soulful vocal style and electronic instrumentals (I'm always a sucker for hybrid music). Also, The Wilhelm Scream is just beautiful, and you can zone out to it. I figured anyone who is experiencing stress might like some zone-out songs to refresh themselves. Perhaps this soulstain will be disappointing, but he is incredibly talented with creating these complex musical realms. Retrograde is hard to hear in all its glory outside of the studio because of all the electronic beats, so I'm posting that version. There's one point in The Wilhelm Scream where they put a bit too much so it sounds like static, but I kind of enjoy the symbolism.
I will definitely second the "take care of yourselves" message. It is crazy-amazing what a few years can do, in the blink of an eye.