Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Lovely Lascivious Listening

Over the years I have found that my muscial tastes flitter from one style of music to the next. I am able to glean different desirable qualities from the different genres and then utilize those to interblend with my current mental state. This then creates a utopia of both thought and perception. Within the last months I have broadened my horizons to a new type of music which I basically just qualify as ambient elegance. As far as I have been able to discern, these cds are not produced in the United States and therefore makes them only obtainable via importing them. This alone makes me feel slightly elitist. The name of the cd collection is none other than Erotic Lounge. Now, before you get all up in arms and declare me to be a 70s porno groove listener, hear me out. The cds are mainly consisting of various styles of music including but not limited to: electronica, fusion jazz, acid jazz, fusion, blues, trip-hop, and lo-fi. The music is not offensive and there are not moaning women in the background, so it is suitable for even your svelte mixers. As far as I am able to tell, there are only three cds from this collection currently out. They are Erotic Lounge, Erotic Lounge: Sensual Passion Volume 2, Erotic Lounge: Bare Jewels. I highly recommend the cd collection to anyone who wants to add a little bit of ambient eroticism to their collection.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Ahhh, the Beers of Europe

The last several months I have been expanding my beer tastes into some of the more exotic imports that are available in the surrounding areas of Grove City. I have developed a taste for the following beers.

If you are looking for a great, crisp beverage with a mild aftertaste I suggest Pilsner Urquell. It is a great drink if you are slightly tired or worn out from a day of work and are looking for a great starter drink before your half priced appetizers. Pilsner Urquell hails from the Czech Republic and it made with the bones of former communists. Now let's say that you are in the mood for a nutty, almost espresso-like drink that is dark and faintly sweet. In that case I would recommend the Mackeson Triple Stout. I find that the best analogy for this drink is Port. As Port is to wine, Mackeson XXX is to beer. It is a great drink to have late evening possibly with dessert.
What about if I am in the mood for a drink with a little more kick and a bolder taste? Look no further than Fuller's Extra Special Bitter. Keep in mind that this puppy runs about $4.50 a bottle, but it is worth every drop and at the 5.5% alcohol percent it packs a nice little punch. This drink goes wonderfully with crab dip and tortilla chips or just something salty. Pick this and you'll leave with a smile. Finally let us take the path to the beer that is just great all around. This beer has its' own name in England. The "old dog" as it is referred to, has set a mark for the brown ale that is hard to reach for the competitors. New Castle Brown Ale is amazing in the bottle but even better on tap. With a slightly nutty aftertaste, the old dog clashes with virtually nothing and complements basically everything. When in doubt get a pint. I hope that my beer reviews have been helpful for all of you novices out there. Next time you go out just remember...imports are sweet and Coors Light sucks.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Road Less Traveled

When I see pictures like this I often have this yearning desire to be walking along the path in the middle of nowhere without a care in the world and the wind whispering in my ears. I get the feeling that I am a person trapped within a split infinity. And by "split infinity" I mean that I long for one of two extremes. I either long for power, fame, and all the wealthy things that one can have, OR I want to be lost in thought away from everything. At times I would be totally content living in a small house in the country in some county that ends in 'esterchire' in England. If you have ever seen the movie The Saint with Val Kilmer, you will know what I am talking about because he goes to a little English farmhouse towards the end of the movie and his love interest meets him there. That is one of my ideal houses. Then, on the other side of the spectrum, I want to be at fancy galas and eating at the most expensive restaurants and be dressed up in a tux all the time. The odd thing is that I don't really ever dream about anything in the middle. I either want one or the other.