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Seductive Song? Cast Your Vote!

Posted in Fun, Life, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by victorbiola

The poll has commenced. As by today you can vote for your favourite seductive song. See <Vote For Your Favourite Seductive Song> to read the original post or for more information.

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… Let us look at the more erotic moments in our lives. You have arrived home after a fun night out. You have had a great time dancing with friends and asked the crush of the past weeks back home to your place. You are both sitting on the sofa sipping on a glass of wine and chatting. Your eyes meet constantly and you are feeling shy and exhilarated at once. You feel excited and decide to put on some music that will help you to seduce your prey…

donna-summerWhat song will you play?

What songs do you like to listen to when you are with your lover? What songs get you both in the mood? What songs do you put on to get you and your lover in the right mood?

I would like to invite you to share your favourite seductive, sexy, erotic song with us. Leave a reply with your song title and band/singer and it will be excepted in the poll.
(leave a song title as well or I will not be able to enter just a singer in the poll…)

The poll has commenced!

Vote in the poll below or write a comment to add a song. 

YOU CAN TICK MULTIPLE SONGS !!!

Title – Singer

(the numbers are just entry numbers not the vote!!!)

  1. Je t’aime – Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin
  2. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe – Barry White
  3. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
  4. Oops (Oh My) – Tweet (feat Missy Elliott)
  5. Work (Freemasons Mix) – Kelly Rowland
  6. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
  7. Love to Love You Baby – Donna Summer
  8. More Than A Woman – Bee Gees
  9. Love Theme – Barry White and Love Unlimited (thanks Jeannette)
  10. It’s A Fire – Portishead (thanks Choi)
  11. Humming – Portishead
  12. Bolero – Ravel
  13. In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
  14. Rock Your Body – Justin Timerlake (???)
  15. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green  elis-regina
  16. In A Manner of Speaking – Nouvelle Vague
  17. Same Mistake – James Blunt (thanks Shane)
  18. Candyshop – 50 Cent (??? Saaaam???)
  19. Underwater Love – Smoke City
  20. Águas de Março – Tom Jobim & Elis Regina
  21. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak (thanks Declan)
  22. Careless Whisper – Wham
  23. Sensual Woman – Herbaliser
  24. Crown Royal on Ice – Jill Scott
  25. Stroke You Up – Changing Faces
  26. Secret Lover – The Isley Brothers
  27. Slow Dance – Keri Hilson
  28. The Naughty Song – Cory Lee
  29. I’d Like To – Corinne Bailey Rae
  30. I’ll Make Love to You – Boys II Men
  31. Forever Mine – The O’Jays
  32. Show and Tell – Al Wilson
  33. Wishing You Were Here – Chicago
  34. Hold You In My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
  35. Whisper – Morphine
  36. Natural HIgh – Bloodstone
  37. Come To Me – Otis Redding
  38. Sex – Nathaniel Merriweather (Sorry, I could not find it on YouTube)
  39. Closer – Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band
  40. Doin’ It – LL Cool J
  41. Nobody – Keith Sweat
  42. Love Serenade – Barry White (‘I don’t wanna see no panties’…’)
  43. That’s The Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson
  44. Closer – Goapele
  45. Give Me The Night – George Benson
  46. Hot Number – Anthony Franklin
  47. You’re The Best – Larry Joseph Project
  48. Shine – Luther Vandross
  49. All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls

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How Is This For Funky?

Posted in Fun, Life, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2008 by victorbiola

When researching music and looking through feedback for a previous post <Vote For Your Favourite Seductive Song> I stumbled over this jewel of a late 70s funky number: Shame by Evelyn King aka Evelyn Champagne King.

evelyn-king-smooth-talkThere are some seriously good tracks to come by in the late 70s, but every now and then you know that you have heard something special. This is one of the best tracks I have heard in a long time.

Evelyn King is very natural in her performance, her voice is crisp and sensual and the beat is funky and with a great guitarre tune to accompany it. Click below to hear it for yourself.

Life is full of surprises and I have just learnt that Shame is also on the soundtrack of the Rock City game Vice City (which is part of the Grand Theft Auto series). If you enjoy your late 70s and early 80s Soul / Funk, then you should check this hot site out: http://www.vicecityradio.com/

Your comments and feedback are as always welcome!

Please check The Soul of Amsterdam for excellent photos of musicians.

Subvertising and Culture Jamming

Posted in Art, Life with tags , , , on November 18, 2008 by Writerful

Subvertising is a composition of the words ‘subvert’ and ‘advertising’. The main aim of subvertising, also referred to as culture jamming, is an attempt at sabotaging advertising / political campaigns, the encroachment of multi national corporations on everyday life, and attacking other high profile targets.

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As distinct from graffiti subvertising is the practice of lampooning or satirizing corporate and political advertisements in order to make a statement or to subvert its intended message. This can take the form of a completely new image being overlayed or an alteration to the existing image. Subvertisements are also referred to as meme hacks and can be aligned with the other social hacking or culture jamming sub cultures.

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Subvertisements by their nature incorporate certain elements of graffiti culture by use of a messages sprayed onto an advertisement or more complex paste ups which can change the advertisements meaning and elicit a completely different emotional response from that intended. The justification by those responsible for this type of culture hacking is that they do not give their permission to have their senses bombarded on a daily basis by corporate advertisements, so it is their way of reclaiming their personal power and public space.

Subvertising can be done in such a subtle way that it ‘flies under the radar’ and thus escapes the conscious filtering mechanism leading to unexpected epiphanies or the exposure of the subtle form of brainwashing and subliminal techniques very often used in adverts. Many people are not aware that many well known household brands are using ancient sacred symbolism in their logos which have a powerful effect on our sub conscious mind. Culture hacking or jamming by its very nature aims at addressing this deliberate form of exploitation and control by corporate and political powers.

The Best Song of All Times?

Posted in Life, Music with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2008 by victorbiola

Impossible to answer that question. Everyone might have an opinion, some Roman dude in the year 120 AD might give a very subjective answer as a guy in the year 2212, who might quote me and name the local gig on Mars.

the-whoI live now (who would not claim that) and I would name a band my father could relate to more than I can, though does that matter? Best song ever? This question cannot be answered, the best song ever does not exist and would so much depend upon the moment and situation and person…

My personal entry would be ‘Love reign O’er Me’ by the Who (Can you see the real me? Can you? Can you?…)

The Who on YouTube

Beautiful Seduction

Posted in Fun, Life with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by victorbiola

It is always interesting to see how individuals differ, yet how strongly we are being influenced by the media. A previous post is asking viewers and readers to submit their favourite seductive song.

See: Vote For Your Favourite Seductive Song

Everyone has a right to an opinion; just funny to see how far we do differ on the topic. Some people seem to mistake the art of seduction with chopping meat up for the bbq.

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How we are worlds apart in our headspaces and souls… There is a big difference between eating out of a tin or just placing food on a plate or actually arranging a meal on a plate, beautifully presented, deliciously placed. Making an effort can be effortless as not making an effort. Going out of your way will bring you past new ideas and thoughts. By making a difference you show that you care. That is seductive.

I would liken seductive, sensual, enticing to a person unwrapping a desert, slowly with anticipation while listening to the sound of the unwrapping…

The art of seduction is a process of encounters, slight touches of skin, as if accidental, a process of appreciation. Seduction is as well about respect, respect for the moment, yourself and the opposite. Seduction is beauty in itself, it is flirtatious…

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Lately I have heard friends complaining about encounters where the opposite was to obsessed by dirty talk and being rough, actually being treated that way. I feel that there is a place for that and where two people with the capacity to decide make a decision to do something together, then it is fine. It just gets so boring when you feel that being desensitised is the new fashion.

I could go on about it and also speak about the degradation of good film scripts, with most movies produced using swear words and coarse language. What happened to the good scripts?

I guess the fact that dirty talk and swearing has reached the main stream is what makes it so boring and main stream! Seduction is back! ‘It is not what I see that excites me, but what remains hidden.’ Victor Biola (someone will claim it to be said by someone before me…)

Well, that is what Victor Biola thinks…

Comments, responses and thoughts are very welcome

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Street Art

Posted in Art, Life with tags , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by victorbiola

Melbourne is at the centre of a discussion on the legality of Street Art. We are now looking at various community leaders openly stating whether graffiti is art or not. Many of these public figures do not have a background in art, yet they seem to have developed an expert opinion on the topic.

I am not trying to sound condescending or like an elitist, but since when do we ask a police spokes-person on definitions of art? That would be a bit like asking a theatre director how to keep Melbourne’s streets safe and quoting him on the topic as if he was an expert.

Beautiful banner by Astrid Elsmann

Beautiful banner by Astrid Elsmann

In my view the entire discussion regarding graffiti misses a major point. We should not ask whether Street Art is Art! The question should be whether or not Street Art should be criminalised by parts of our society.

Have we not learnt from our not so distant past? Did American officials really believe that they could stop the entire country from consuming alcohol in the 1930’s? Do Victorian officials seriously believe that a draconian law will stop taggers from tagging? Does the Graffiti Prevention Act not rather criminalise young people in general?

We have to be very clear that this new legislation has the power to have the opposite effect that tagging becomes a trend. We should acknowledge that there is a problem with graffiti in the public opinion. We should also acknowledge that there are many Melbourne residents who want change and a massive reduction in the amount of tagging and graffiti. Well, the Graffiti Prevention Act will not bring the solution but put young members of our community in dire straits.

To quote from a stencil that I saw in Fitzroy once:

‘Keep your coins, I want change’…

Read the following blogs to get informed about the debate:

  • Core TV 1 Very informative post on the Graffiti Prevention Act and some of the groups who are against graffiti. Good blog.
  • Geekgirl Love the name! This post is on a stencil festival in Melbourne and has some interesting insights into our current political state of the art regarding street art
  • Images To Live By This is another informative blog with a great post on the Graffiti Prevention Act 
  • Don’t Ban The Can Most locals know about DBTC by now, they are an interest group of street art supporters and against the Graffiti Prevention Act. They organise events to celebrate street art! This is what democracy is about! Standing up for what you believe in…

Victor Biola

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PS: If anyone is still looking for a valid definition of art please check the Free Dictionary

art 1

n.
1. Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.
2.
a. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.
b. The study of these activities.
c. The product of these activities; human works of beauty considered as a group.
3. High quality of conception or execution, as found in works of beauty; aesthetic value.
4. A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.
5. A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.
6.
a. A system of principles and methods employed in the performance of a set of activities: the art of building.
b. A trade or craft that applies such a system of principles and methods: the art of the lexicographer.
7.
a. Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of the baker; the blacksmith’s art.
b. Skill arising from the exercise of intuitive faculties: “Self-criticism is an art not many are qualified to practice” Joyce Carol Oates.
8.
a. arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.
b. Artful contrivance; cunning.
9. Printing Illustrative material.

Vote For Your Favourite Seductive Song

Posted in Fun, Life, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by victorbiola

Music is a very powerful medium. I am sure you have felt the power of a song before, that made you travel back in time and placed you in a space and time that was very meaningful to you.

I have had that experience many times, one song put me back 20 years or so and I was so clearly in that room that I could see and hear things around me. Music has many layers and can be very emotional to us. Music can also deepen an experience or alter our emotional state.

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Let us look at the more erotic moments in our lives. You have arrived home after a fun night out. You have had a great time dancing with friends and asked the crush of the past weeks back home to your place. You are both sitting on the sofa sipping on a glass of wine and chatting. Your eyes meet constantly and you are feeling shy and exhilarated at once. You feel excited and decide to put on some music that will help you to seduce your prey…

What song will you play?

What songs do you like to listen to when you are with your lover? What songs get you both in the mood? What songs do you put on to get you and your lover in the right mood?

I would like to invite you to share your favourite seductive, sexy, erotic song with us. Leave a reply with your song title and band/singer and it will be excepted in the poll.
(leave a song title as well or I will not be able to enter just a singer in the poll…)

The poll has commenced! Click here!

Below is a list of all the entries so far, if your favourite seductive song is not in there just text me and I will add it.

List of Most Seductive Songs so far…

Title – Singer

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 Click here to cast your vote!

Uh La La! Las Chicas Me Gustan!

Posted in Fun, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by victorbiola

The internet is a funny place and like our fantasies and the ‘real’ world we find it all. You just need to search for it. The www is filled with our passions, hobbies, our darkest desires and fantasies to a range of poetic thoughts and an abundance of excellent and more often useless and incorrect information.

We hear  of stories of people being very naive and getting ripped off as the result of a internet scam. It is sad that it happens, but maybe you just have to be smart about things. It is like evolution, you need to smarten up and learn to walk the walk and talk the talk.

beautiful chicano girls

beautiful chicano girls

Anyway, there are many entertaining and funny things on the internet to be found and today I would like to feature two Latino girls from LA, Yasmin and Crash and their quirky Las Chicas project (actually The Chicas Project). I think they are seriously cute and quite funny, but judge yourself.

Anyway, they have a nice vid on graffiti in LA, that you should have a look at. Las Chicas Project

Victor Biola loves life. Don’t you? 

The World of Victor Biola Launches

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by victorbiola

A new blog by the name ‘The World of Victor Biola’ has just launched.

This blog is about Victor Biola’s world, which is everyone’s world. Victor Biola shares his insides. He writes about things that matter to us. Victor Biola points out the good sides in life, the amazing aspects of being human as well as the bad sides.

giraffeHe writes about his passions: movies, coffees, cultures. He likes the alternative, the underground and sometimes the more common side of our urban life. Beauty can be found in the stench of the back alleys of our urban centres.

He knows that between black and white there are many shades of gray and that most situations require you to look more than once.

Victor Biola is you. Victor Biola is me.

Finding The Answers Within Yourself

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by victorbiola

Why we hate what we do not understand

Are you one of those people who at times feel confused about the direction of your community and society as a total? Do you ever feel bewildered about a path chosen based on a majority decision, whilst you have no better alternative at hand? Do you ever feel like you are complaining too much, yet you do not see the sense in a certain behaviour or in following a path just for the sake of it?

Well, welcome to my world! This is nothing out of the ordinary and yes, you do not need to feel like you are a trouble maker if you choose to not agree with everything you encounter (how you deal with it will establish if you are a trouble maker or not).

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I often wonder in what way we have lost our ways, as in the ways of our ancestors. I strongly believe that we are a society of technology-hungry followers that have lost their sense of self and a sense of direction. We have come to learn many amazing things as a species and many complicated discoveries and inventions can be credited to us. That in itself is amazing and we could look at it as a blessing. Yet, I strongly feel that the majority of humans have given themselves up to specialists, experts, scientists and other (often) self-indulgent ‘leaders’.

The question that we have to ask ourselves is: Have we lost our individual capacity to make decisions and our spiritual capacity of understanding ourselves as part of our environment?

I often wonder who I could be or should I say: who I really am? I feel that we are so much less of our potential self and yet we gain so little in the trade for technological progress. What have we really gained from the days of early human settlements?

Sure, one could argue, that it is easy to forget all the grapes of our progress over the last ten thousands of years whilst we enjoy their luxuries. A flushing toilet is an amazing invention, true, but has the availability of computers in most households and the www brought us the anticipated spare time? Are we all more involved in discovering our inner beauty or spiritual enlightenment? Or do we rather find ourselves trapped in having less spare time and feeling more stressed?

Courtesy of National Geographic

Courtesy of National Geographic, Photographer: James L. Stanfield

On the one hand I feel terrified by the thought that we might have lost a lot of our wisdom that we have had in past centuries. Just look at the treatment and loss of status that the older generation is experiencing today as opposed to past generations. Sure one could argue that people would have said that even 500 or 2000 years ago, but it is indisputable that a senior in the year 1808 would have experienced a higher status within his/her family than today.

The older generation was responsible to pass on the knowledge of our ancestors as well as being a person of status simply because of their age. This has been lost and we now find a rather abandoned generation of grand parents that have aged and outlived their usefulness as a tax provider and major consumer.

Have we lost the connection to our roots?

Rediscovering-NatureWhy is it that we destroy all the plants that we refer to as weed and consider them unworthy? Yet these plants are strong and resilient to lack of water and excessive or lack of sun shine. These plants are born survivors, yet throughout my life 99.9% of people have been telling me that they were useless, a pest and needed to be ripped out.

At the same time we spent large amounts of time pampering plants that in many cases are not even edible. Why destroy a strong plant and pamper a weaker one? Is that not in itself against nature? Does that not contradict evolution in its core?

I recommend learning about the usefulness of weeds and becoming aware that these plants are easier to maintain and I assume in many cases very healthy as well. I assume that a plant that is more resilient and at the same time edible will pass some of these resilient properties on to the consumer (as in eater). The healthier and stronger the food that we eat the better should be the impact on our health! (A rule that would have to apply in most cases)

I recommend this web site on further reading on edible weeds and would appreciate your thoughts and feed back.

Cheers,

Victor Biola