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Reviews for "Bicycling for Dim Sum"

Bicycling for Dim Sum
by gurdonark
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Sat, Jun 28, 2008 @ 11:11 PM
permalink   Sun, Jun 29, 2008 @ 12:43 AM
Interesting words and thoughts Mr G. and the image (visually and emotionally) of the Chinese bicycle lady is a nice one. The reality of life in the large Chinese cities though is of a mass consumerism gone crazy. Everything that took decades to evolve in the west is taking months in the big cities. I live in the Far East and have done so for many years. I travel and live between various cities from Hong Kong to Shanghai to Beijing and in these places you will see displays of wealth and consumerism the like of which is difficult to comprehend. Everyone is aspiring to live better whether it be by the purchase of cars or just by better food. Yes there are plenty of bicycles but there’s a lot of BMW’s and Mercedes as well!!

As to your mix? As usual a very well put together piece as always. I like the way you have used the “organ” sounds in an eastern way and the mix has an almost religious feel about it. As consumerism is the greatest religion this is very apt.
permalink   gurdonark Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 9:20 PM
Excellent points. Had I not been so simplistic in driving towards one point, I might have made a more subtle point. Part of my issue was information-based. I really wanted a more rural, less developed city to hunt my flickr photo than Guangzhou, but I did not know where other than Guangdong was a good dim sum province, and I do not know the rural communities of Guangdong well enough to find the right flickr bicycle in them. This Creative Commons photo searching is an amazing thing, but it is limited by the imagination of the surfer!

Thanks for your comments and ideas.
permalink   radiotimes Wed, Jul 2, 2008 @ 8:52 PM
The point you were making in your comments is well taken and very valid in a world where globalization is turning everything into one and the same.

My remarks re China were not trying to invalidate your words but merely to show how much this “global virus” is affecting everyone.

If you want another bycycle photo I’ll get the wife to pose as long as I can prize the Gucci handbag from her!!
MC Jack in the Box
permalink   Sun, Jun 29, 2008 @ 1:51 AM
as is almost always the case, i not only truly enjoy the music but i truly enjoy the description that goes along with it. i have to admit, i’m tempted to do a spoken word remix reading of your description over your mix. :)
permalink   gurdonark Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 9:21 PM
On some level, I know that being a bit multi- in my media is a reflection that I see my music as not making a statement by itself—and yet, I always see my music as background to something else, an image, a picture, a video, or an idea. Thanks for your kind words about this multiple effort.
permalink   Sun, Jun 29, 2008 @ 9:03 AM
Yes, the words you write become another element of the piece, along with the picture and …oh yes, there’s also a really nice piece of music!
You spoil us :)
permalink   gurdonark Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 9:22 PM
I enjoy writing as much as I enjoy making music, and I am grateful that people are quite tolerant of both my efforts here! Thanks!
permalink   Sun, Jun 29, 2008 @ 10:57 PM
I want to know how you escape cynicism. I mean do you live in a little house on your prairie ;-)? If you are getting to this state pharmaceutically, please e-mail me the name of your, er, medical provider ;-).

I love your notes and agree with them entirely, although with three kids I do rather like my minivan with it’s 12 cup holders and little folding table next to my seat. I find Minis and Smart cars charming but I wouldn’t want to drive the three monsters around in such close quarters or have them have to run along behind.

The bottom line is that we just don’t need all the crap we have, and we spend time worrying about the crap instead of the people and the emotions and the real stuff in life. I mean if you were given say 10 decisions you could make in any given day would you want five of them to go to what kind of toothpaste you are going to buy? Paste or gel? Whitening or tartar control? Big tube or small tube? Pump? Brand? It’s just ridiculous, and it keeps getting worse, and few of these choices genuinely increase the quality of life, although occasionally they do. Today I noticed my local supermarket was carrying an assortment of heirloom tomatoes. As ours are just going into flower in the garden, that was a welcome sight.
permalink   gurdonark Tue, Jul 1, 2008 @ 9:25 PM
We all have our cynical days, I think, and I claim no special exemption. But I think I’ve reached a point in my life in which cynicism just wastes time. I am fine with consumer choice, I suppose, but I like to think that we can make our choices about ideas rather than consumption of non-renewable things. Thakns for the comment!
permalink   Wed, Jul 2, 2008 @ 10:24 AM
Interssting track with a more interessting background that will reach us all in one or another way.

I like very how you bring up an important thing with an artfull background.

As I am concerned in my daily work with these themes of consumption of our natural ressources, it seems as a more pessimistic view, a lot of inventions and arrangements are coming one generation too late. We all can_t turn back the wheel of time, but it is important to get active in a lot of directions and try to change our daily lifestyle. This track is a good example to start in one way.