"If You Didn't Know You Were a Robot, Would You Want Me to Tell You?"

Hey there everyone!

How have you been this past week? Wonderful? Thats great to hear! So guess what, I have a surprise for you! Know what it is? Yeah, thats right, I didn't miss the blog this week! What a great surprise, huh? I hope you like the surprise. I got it specifically for you. So there, you better enjoy it! I guess we could count it as a Valentine's Day gift for you. In the past we've given away a free download of Red Letter Day but you all have that song by now, don't you? I bet you're anxious to maybe get your hands on some new Pensive songs right? Well, you're gonna have to keep waiting I'm sorry to say. Though, just like I promised, I did indeed write and record that solo for the country song (which does have a name but I won't reveal it yet! [though, I have actually mentioned it at one point in a very offhand way so you eagle-eyed readers have heard the title already]). Wait. What was I talking about? Oh yes. The solo. Sorry, its very easy for me to get distracted. So yeah, I had an idea of how I wanted it to go that I had worked out on my own but once it got time to actually put it in the track, it just didn't work at all. So, other than the first 4 or 5 notes, I had to completely re-write the rest. Thankfully, it turned out much better than my original. A little improv and a lot of luck and re-recording later, BAM! A solo was completed. It felt good. No, no, I haven't recorded the other necessary solo for these four songs that have been receiving the bulk of our song writing attention as of late but I shall do that very very soon. I promise. At least that should be a lot easier since I won't have to improvise it.

So, was anyone fascinated by my video game cover art ramble from last week? No? Well thats ok. I think for all of our sakes, I shall do my best to avoid situations akin to that in the future. Though, while on the topic of video games, why don't we dig a little deeper. Dante's Inferno finally came out this week. For those of you that have been playing along at home, you should know that I've been massively pumped for this game since playing the demo at Comic Con last year. Its been a rough 7 month wait but let me tell you, it was totally worth it! I've gotta say, I was right when I told you back then that it was gonna be awesome. Since this supposed to be a Pensive blog, I shall refrain from going on and on about the minute details and such but I must say that I throughly enjoyed every minute of it. I finished it last night and started it right back up again. Sure, the game is a bit reminiscent of a game about Greek mythology but so what? The controls are similar as is the structure of camera movements between areas but so what? What it really comes down is the fact that by the time you reach the end of the game, with all the upgrade options and relics that you can make use mean that you can play that game pretty much anyway you'd like. I've gone off the deep end here. I'm sorry. I promised to go easy on the details and rambles and I'm clearly not doing a good job. If I had one complaint, it would be that it left me wanting MORE . . .

In other video game news, it would appear pretty much final at this point that Square-Enix is not going to release a Collector's Edition of Final Fantasy XIII in North America. This saddens me for multiple reasons. First off, just like with FFXII, the regular cover is not exactly the best (see last week's blog) and the Collector's Edition is. Secondly, well, I'm an obsessive collector and I want it. Lucky me though, Europe is getting the Collector's Edition which is helpful since Britain is in Europe and I can speak British. I can't speak Japanese otherwise I would have gotten the game from Japan in December. So I guess this black cloud has a silver lining, yes? In other news, it would appear as though another game I have been highly anticipating, Resonance of Fate, has finally gotten its release date. March 16th. A week after Final Fantasy. Maybe not the best timing, but its better than the actually day FFXIII comes out which was actually the rumor for a while (and still the truth oddly enough according to the GameStop computers but oh well).

Enough talking about video games. I'm sure you're ready to move on. For you long time readers, you might like to know that I have indeed begun work on my long rumored Top 100 Albums of the Decade list. I have it narrowed down to the 100, but now I've just gotta get them in the right order. It might take a while but there's a good chance that I could have it done by next week in which case I would present it to you in all its glory. I had to make some tough decisions with it already. I mean, first I even had to set my guidelines for what could be on the list. Should it be only full lengths or EPs as well. What about something like The Alchemy Index? How should that be classified? As a whole? As the 2 halves that it was released as? As 4 separate releases? I went with the last one and I shall be including EPs on the list. For the actually list of albums as it stands now, I had to make some real tough cuts but I think its all how it should be. Oh, and of course of course I had to decide how to rank them. Purely based on my opinion of them now? Do I incorporate the initial reaction to it upon its release as well? I think I'm gonna go with a bit of a hybrid. Mainly my opinion of it as it stands today but it certain cases it might be necessary to throw in the effect it first had upon release and the impact it had on my development as a musician and a human being. So, we'll see how it all shakes out soon I would believe.

Ya know what else I believe? I believe that brings us to the end of this blog. I hope you enjoyed our time together. Have a lovely day and I shall see you next week.

The Doppler Effect

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