A view of the gate to CKS Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂) You can see Shin-Kong Mitsukoshi in the background. Taken during the last day of the Lantern Festival. Part of the Lantern Festival Series.
Right now, I am sitting here listening to The Smashing Pumpkins.
Since I do have all of the albums in Canada, I had to get them again here so that I could enjoy them once more.
Siamese Dream was the album that introduced me to the Pumpkins and is still by far my favorite.
Just like Gentlemen by The Afghan Whigs and Dirt by Alice In Chains, there are some albums to which you will always return later in life. That music is like a gravity well, always present in your life, pulling toward its center with a different intensity throughout the years.
In 1993, I was just finishing high school and entering college.
It was a transitional period in my life, when I went from being a nice Indian kid with short hair to a longer haired bearded guy who looked like a terrorist. I still went to all my classes at that point.
That was what we were listening to. And metal. From Slayer, Metallica and a few other choice bands. Seasons of the Abyss and Kill ’em All come to mind. And Justice For All was pretty good as well. Metallica became wussy after 1988.
It seems funny because there was period in my life, from 2003 to 2005 where I did not listen to any music whatsoever. And before that, I had spent a long period just listening to electronic music exclusively. This happened because at the time when I was listening to electronic music, I was really into Djing. After all that musc, I needed a break.