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Offline Mac of BIOnighT

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Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« on: May 19, 2013, 01:39:00 PM »
I mean in books, films, comics, music, OTR, whatever, not activities such as sleeping, singing etc.
What I'm talking about is those tings that no matter how down, worried, happy, sad, etc you may be, they take your soul and brain and pull you away from reality, you start watching/listening/reading/etc and you're entirely inside them, and whatever you were feeling or going through disappear.    I don't mean "something you have fun with every time," but something that totally captivates your whole being and drags you away from whatever you are or feel, saturating your brain and soul.  Hopefully you understood this confused explanation.

Anyway, there are several things that have that effect on me, for example:

- The adventures of Superman (50's TV series), episode 2 (The haunted lighthouse). I watch it and I'm 9 again, totally there with every bit of my imagination.

- The Mist by Stephen King

- Sanshiro Kurenai (Japanese animated series from the 70's)  episode 2 (The city of skyscrapers or whatever the original title was)

- Space Patrol (OTR), non sure what episode that is, the title is "A hole in empty space"

- The golden bracelet of Amoniris (OTR, I think it's The hall of fantasy)

- Ricochet by Tangerine Dream (Berlin School style album from the 70's, the most beautiful thing ever created by man)

- and a lot more, fortunately.

For you?

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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2013, 12:02:10 PM »
That's quite a description, Mac.  But I think I know exactly what you mean.  What are our best means of escapism?  For me, there are a few things....

1.  Just about any radio episode of "Gunsmoke"
2.  "Under the Tuscan Sun" movie with Diane Lane
3.  Any stank-nasty, raunchy blues guitar riff that can be heard any night down on Beale and leaves you feeling like you need a shower after hearing it.  I like to refer to this sound as HOME  :-*
4.  "Paul" movie with Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
5.  Ernest Chappell's voice
6.  Elvis Presley
7.  Any of the Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy.  I think I've read "Hunt for Red October" 3 times (considering how slow I read, this is saying something).
8.  Don't laugh!  Any and ALL of the new Marvel movies (Avengers, Capt America, Thor, etc.).
9.  Any song sung by David Draiman of Disturbed (and now the new Device)
10.  Anything sung by Volbeat
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 06:28:09 PM »
Point 3 sounds particularly interesting, care to elaborate?  o___O

I have to add one thing I forgot:

- Kidoo Senshi Gundam (original 1978 series, of course, not all the cr*p that followed) - episode 1
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 07:30:39 PM »
The adventures of Superman (50's TV series), episode 2 (The haunted lighthouse). I watch it and I'm 9 again, totally there with every bit of my imagination.


For 1953, the part with the fog and mist is convincingly moody and atmospheric.

And Janece, The Hunt for Red October is one of my favorite books, and easily my favorite Ryan.
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 12:12:02 PM »
Point 3 sounds particularly interesting, care to elaborate?  o___O

This goes in-line with the videos I posted in our "What are you listening to" thread.  Memphis, where I live, is called the Home of the Blues.  Scores of Blues musicians came from here, got their start here, made their way through here, recorded here, etc.  Blues is the basis for just about all Rock music.  It started early in the 1900's if not before and continues today, sounding like you are sitting in a wooden shack in south Mississippi wondering where your next meal is coming from.

The guitar riffs sound soulful, mournful, haunting and DIRTY!!  :)  I don't know how else to describe it.  When the strings are bent right, it sounds like the guitar is crying.  I love Eric Clapton and what he's done for Blues and Bluesy Rock, but for me nothing compares to the home-grown sound of a live Blues band.  When I say STANK-NASTY, I mean a guitar riff you feel down in your gut.  You can't help but bob your head, close your eyes, stomp your feet, clap your hands and SHAKE YOUR BOOTY!!  :)  It's a guitar riff you need no lyrics for - it tells the story itself.  When it's done, you're either cryin' or sweatin' but you're happy either way.  It's a release and one that you feel all over.

This is probably more than you were asking for, but it's hard to describe if you haven't heard it.  Here you go, Mac.  For me and a lot of others, this started it all....When Robert Johnson went to the Crossroads and sold his soul to the Devil to get that one Blues riff that no one had ever heard or played before.

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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2013, 12:13:30 PM »
The adventures of Superman (50's TV series), episode 2 (The haunted lighthouse). I watch it and I'm 9 again, totally there with every bit of my imagination.
And Janece, The Hunt for Red October is one of my favorite books, and easily my favorite Ryan.

I love they way they get rid of Tupelov's sub at the end of the book.  I wished they'd been able to do it in the movie.
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2013, 07:29:46 PM »
I know I will be forgetting something:

1. Playing with my cat using a lazer
2. Noire novels (specifically Chandler, Cain, Thompson, Hammet, Highsmith, Mosley & Ellroy)
4. MST3K
5. Any of Philip K. Dick or Ray Bradbury works
6. Birth of the Cool
7. Chaplin or Keaton
8. Our Miss Brooks or My Favorite Husband or X Minus One
9. Archer or Bob's Burgers or Home Movies (something about H. Jon Benjamin)
10. Universal Horror Movies (Frankensten, Wolfman, Dracula, etc.)

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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013, 08:41:23 PM »
For 1953, the part with the fog and mist is convincingly moody and atmospheric
Right, and the whole episode is incredibly atmospheric, too!  I don'0t know what, but it's got some child-like, child-geared (regardless of their age, it includes adults) extremely powerful, pure imagination and suggestion to it.  It totally enraptures and bewitches me every single time.

Meow, what's Birth of the Cool? (forgive my ignorance  :(   )

Janece, that's an amazing performance that makes the piece awesome - I perfectly understand what you mean! Thank you for explaining  :)
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2013, 09:18:38 AM »
Oh boy. What to say on this one...
OK. Not in any particular order:

-Any Laurel and Hardy short subject
-Les Diaboliques (1954? French film)
-The Lost Symbol or Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
-Live worship sets by Hillsong Live
-Any Sinatra "saloon song"
-The Shadow, Inner Sanctum, and Quiet Please
-The Mercury production of Dracula
-The Suspense episode Ghost Hunt (more effective than any horror film ever made)
-The site Forbidden-Places.net


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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2013, 09:26:37 AM »
Hi, super new, but I like this topic so I thought I'd respond....

1. Running. I love to run long distances and completely tune out and listen to street sounds, woods sounds or (more often than not) OTR on the iPhone.
2. Vincent Price's voice
3. The Care-worn Cuff (Nero Wolfe, not a particularly amazing episode, but it has a bit of emotional significance to me)
4. Billy Collins
5. Good folk music

Janece- Hooray for Memphis! I love good grungy, sweaty, blues!


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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2013, 12:24:16 PM »
4. MST3K

I almost mentioned this, but I don't get to watch that often.  I love a good, cheesy, sci-fi B-movie.  They are just fun.
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2013, 12:25:52 PM »
Hi, super new, but I like this topic so I thought I'd respond....

1. Running. I love to run long distances and completely tune out and listen to street sounds, woods sounds or (more often than not) OTR on the iPhone.
2. Vincent Price's voice
3. The Care-worn Cuff (Nero Wolfe, not a particularly amazing episode, but it has a bit of emotional significance to me)
4. Billy Collins
5. Good folk music

Janece- Hooray for Memphis! I love good grungy, sweaty, blues!

Yes, Ma'am!!  And I must say "HOWDY NEIGHBOR" because Hot-Lanta ain't that far away!!  :)  Just a good road trip.
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2013, 12:26:41 PM »
For 1953, the part with the fog and mist is convincingly moody and atmospheric
Janece, that's an amazing performance that makes the piece awesome - I perfectly understand what you mean! Thank you for explaining  :)

Anytime, Mac!
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2013, 02:44:19 PM »
but it has a bit of emotional significance to me)
Is that private or can I ask...?

5. Good folk music
What kind of folk music? 
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Re: Things that take you away from reality no matter what
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2013, 04:48:33 PM »
Mac,
Briefly, I was an introverted kid in a loud home with a significant amount of loud discord. My grandfather had given me a box of about 30 cassettes with OTR. When I needed to drown out the noise, I went straight to Care-Worn Cuff. Some people just find solace in re-runs I suppose :)

Folk music? Currently at the top of the rotation is Ani Difranco, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and The Stray Birds. But I mix it up a lot.