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1  General Discussion / Album Chat / story of an artist on: March 29, 2006, 03:08:33 AM
sure, favorite songs come and go, but what was it about them made them you're favorite?   Take 'Story of an Artist,' a hauntingly beatiful song that has been or probably will be on everyone's favorite list once the movie comes out.... what is it in the song that you hear?

....uh, okay, I guess I'll go first.  Forgive me if my biographic knowledge is off, but this an interpretation thread anyways.....

miscommunication, misunderstanding....  this song to me isn't so much about the artist, as it is about the story of oncoming mental illness.  Here's Daniel, withdrawing to the fray and focusing in the few safe things in his life - the Beatles, art....   He's depressed, maybe his full-blown episode of clinical depression.  ... and then with everything that goes with it, guilt, self-doubt, feelings of persecution - none of which was probably ever real.  still, he feels it and his family doesn't understand his change in behavior.   "he just needs to grow out of this."   they don't know he's sick.  he doesn't either.

so he tries to reconcile his depression, the tension in his family life, everything, into the story of an artist.  'maybe artist are meant to suffer...'  that would certainly explain things...  fortunately for us, Daniel is an incredible artist, and is able to tell this incredible story for anyone to feel - it almost feels voyeuristic to look down so clearly on the beginning of his illness.  you almost just want to scream "Dan!  look out!" 

oh man does that song just sends shivers down my spine.
2  General Discussion / Website Forum / Re: What are we doing wrong? on: March 13, 2006, 05:49:19 AM
hey dejected

I know this is kind of an old post, but if your still looking for suggestions, you could take a look at

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ and

for some ideas how other sites do it (... sorry, they're not the most clever of examples, but you'll get the idea.) 

in the first site, they've got a crap load of main forums, but most people use only one, so they try and keep it accessible by having various subforums.  (scroll down the page, you'll get the jist).  On top of that, if you click into one (try the USMLE one), they've got a whole bunch of stickies for THE main topics everyone is looking for.  You could maybe do a couple of stickies like "Dan - the Man,"  and "The Music"  "The Movie" .... so, everyone if everyone is going into fan forum, it's still navagable.   

The other site is much more boring, but it's just a thread someone started and the host was able to politely redirect the guy to a thread already going. 

hope that helps.

... btw, if you see Dan anytime soon, give him a hug for me!

3  General Discussion / News Talk / Re: Today's NY Times Article on: February 20, 2006, 02:23:40 AM

... for all those who don't have a NYT subscription, here's a link to the article.


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