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I saw Lindsey Stirling live in Torwar arena in Warsaw.

I’ve been to other shows before. I saw U2 on the stadium in Chorzów at their 360 Tour. I saw eight hours long concert of four more or less progressive bands, culminating on a recorded on DVD show by the band Arena. I saw The Legendary Pink Dots twice and Pendragon thrice, including a 30th Anniversary show in Śląski Theathre, also recorded on DVD. Finally, I saw Roger Waters and his The Wall on National Stadium in Warsaw. So, what could a modest, 28-years old violin-playing Mormon girl give me?

I mean, besides THE BEST SHOW I’VE EVER BEEN TO IN MY ENTIRE LIFE?
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Thomosexual

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

Dear diary,

I fell in love with Radiohead. Does that make me Thomosexual?

It happened last year after my friend, Cracked, told me about ten easter eggs hidden in famous albums. Two of them were on Radiohead’s works, so I decided to give them a listen, starting with 1997’s “OK Computer”. Before I knew, I bought it and was listening to it repeatedly, intertwined with decade later’s “In Rainbows”!

But when I wrote on the Wall that I like them more than Porcupine Tree, some people said I’m just saying that because they’re new (for me, at least) and that it’s just an infatuation that will pass. How can they know? And why one of them, my friend and a huge Porcupine Tree fan, recommended me “Kid A”, an album released in 2000 and quoted by several sources to be one of the best of the “noughties” (i.e. the 2000s)? Yeah, good job, Lipton, way to undermine your favourite band! Because now over half a year has passed and still Radiohead works better for me than the Porcs. Dear diary, how can it be only an infatuation?

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10. Mike Oldfield, “Secrets / Far Above The Clouds” (from “Tubular Bells III”, 1999)

An epic ending to the third installment of Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” series. The second album, released in 1992, was nothing special – just a song-by-song remake of the first that, save for a few moments, only made me compare it to the original, which always shone in that comparison.
Fortunately, with the third album Oldfield took a different approach and created something new and much better than part II (although, of course, far from the first). And it ends epically with those two pieces that should be listened to together.

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5. Mike Oldfield, “Five Miles Out” (from “Five Miles Out”, 1982)

2010 for me was the year of rediscovery of Mike Oldfield and listening to his other stuff besides “Tubular Bells”.
I gave this song a try because the piano theme from “Bells” can be heard in the beginning. It paid, because the whole song – inspired by a nearly-fatal plane flight Oldfield experienced – turned out to be great and, despite very 1980s sound (and the video), it has a complex structure. The lyrics are dramatic but optimistic – I cry almost every time I hear the “our thoughts with you / rider in the blue” line.

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The year 2010, while it was poor movie-wise, was awesome in the area of music. Not released that year (although some interesting albums did show up), but music I discovered or was recommended. Actually, some of them are really old and I should have known them for a long time (and could have, it I weren’t so damn afraid to try). But it’s better late than never, right?

Here is the list of by 11 best music findings of the year 2010. Why eleven? I don’t know, I just counted at them and that’s how many there were ;)

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Republican Slip

Republika "82-85"

Republika "82-85"

I bought a CD today.

After spending a lot of money on new circuits to my stationary computer (to finally play some games from last five years) I told myself I’ll make it somewhat even by refraining from buying any CD for six months. And today I snapped.

But come on, the album of Republika’s early songs from the years 1982-85 for 15 PLN? Passing on it would be a serious crime, since it contains their best and most famous songs:

  1. “Kombinat” (“Combine”)
  2. “Gadające głowy” (“Talking Heads”)
  3. “Układ sił” (“Balance of Power”)
  4. “Sexy doll”
  5. “Telefony” (“Phones”)
  6. “Biała Flaga” (“White Flag”)
  7. “Zawsze ty (Klatka)” (“Always You (The Cage)”)
  8. “Tak długo czekam (Ciało)” (“I’m Waiting For So Long (The Body)”)
  9. “Sam na linie” (“Alone on the Tightrope”)
  10. “Moja Krew” (“My Blood”)

I love early Republika for their raw, garage, new-wavish style (comparable to Joy Division, Bauhaus or the first three U2 albums) and for lyrics reflecting the specific atmosphere of first half of the eighties in Poland – the Martial Law, deep communism, and the birth of punk underground.

Wonderful travel in time to the days just before I was born.

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Long, long time ago, when I was still in high school, I got an idea for a website. It was supposed to be about music – one of the wonders of the world. Me and my friends loved a lot of different bands and artists playing quite complex and sophisticated music (mostly in the genre of progressive rock) and we loved discussing it, so I thought about a website for us and people like us – loving music so much that we just have to share this feeling with the whole world.

The idea was that each contributor of the website would have his “domain” – a set of bands that are “his” to write about. They would write articles about the bands/artists and articles about their albums and other works. The other contributors would have the right to comment, but not on the articles themselves or the author of them, but on the artist or this particular work. The “owner” of a band would write why this album is – in his opinion – mindblowing, and others could write that their mind was not exactly blown by it, and why. All with respect for others’ tastes and opinions. De gustibus non est disputandum would be the site’s Rule Number One.

The site would be called “Jedyna Słuszna Muzyka”, which can be translated to “The Only Right Music”.

Of course, as teenage as we were, we never got to actually writing the website, the engine, the CRM and everything, and the idea never came to life. My own musical graphomania, however, was impossible to be kept quiet and I just had to express all I had to say about the Only Right Music anyway. That’s why I created my first blog – in 2004, and it was called, of course, “Jedyna Słuszna Muzyka”.

After about half a year, because of some stupid rule on my blog service provider all the work got lost, just like that. I went into some kind of writer’s block, unable to start a new one and write about music again.

Then, in 2008, I created a regular blog, where music was just one of the topic covered (but of course I wrote about it the most often – second only to movies). And then – today, to be exact – when I decided to star a new blog, in English this time, I decided to take a close look at what WordPress offers.

And this was it – exactly the system I always dreamed of for the Jedyna Słuszna Muzyka site! It has everything – categories, tags, multiple users for one blog, comments… Just what I wanted to write all those years ago! And it’s right here, absolutely free and just a few clicks and a reading of “fascinating terms of use” away! (By the way – great idea with these “fascinating terms of use” – I actually read them because of that link!)

So – ladies and gentlemen, and you, Myself From About Eight Years Ago – here you have it: the long awaited “Jedyna Słuszna Muzyka” site!

PS. And, by the way, this is where the name of this blog comes from – when I decided to start a new blog in English, I google-translated the phrase “Jedyna Słuszna Muzyka”, just for fun, and what came out was “only right medicine”. I hava no idea why Google translated “music” into “medicine”, but I took it as a sign, gave it some pseudo-philosophical meaning (about how optimism could be a cure for all the evil of the world) and – here we are, on onlyrightmedicine.wordpress.com!

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