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Vienna Teng — Gravity
Album: Waking Hour
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Released: 2003
Length: 3:36
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Hey love
Is that the name you're meant to have
For me to call
Look love
They've given up believing
They've turned aside our stories of the gentle fall

But don't you believe them
Don't you drink their poison too
These are the scars that words have carved
On me

Hey love
That's the name we've long held back
From the core of truth

So don't turn away now
I am turning in revolution
These are the scars that silence carved
On me

This is the same place
No not the same place
This is the same place, love
No not the same place we've been before

Hey love
I am a constant satellite
Of your blazing sun
My love
I obey your law of gravity
This is the fate you've carved on me
This law of gravity
This is the fate you've carved on me
On me
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 FlatCat wrote:

From reading "Winner Take All Politics", I learned that it actually started even earlier. In the mid-70's, after that crazy liberal, Nixon, created Medicare and the EPA, corporations got very unhappy and really started organizing. They created trade organizations that began pumping large amounts of money into politics at all levels, and buying up media so that they could pour poison into the ears of the masses (gods, guns, gays, muslims, etc.) and prevent any news about what was really happening to the government from reaching people. Media are now owned 90% or more by 6 large corporations. At the same time, the traditional sources of progressive organizing and power — small churches and unions — began to decline, the latter because of specific policies from the right. Throw into the mix the decline of funding for public schools ("why would I give my money to educate THOSE people?"), and you have a perfect atmosphere for demagoguery. 

Hence the rise in the 80's of Reagan, and of blue-dog democrats, who were chasing corporate money and ignoring their constituents.

 
But what about Vienna Teng?
Splendidly fresh fem vocal, to my ears... Another RP discovery... 
 mrtuba9 wrote:

I've realized in recent years/last decade that I gravitate toward female figures. Musicians, therapists, doctors, etc. I really appreciate that Bill & Rebecca have introduced me to this beautiful artist.
 
i'm the exact opposite. wow. definitely not for me at all.



I've realized in recent years/last decade that I gravitate toward female figures. Musicians, therapists, doctors, etc. I really appreciate that Bill & Rebecca have introduced me to this beautiful artist.
 SmackDaddy wrote:

Not that hard to track. It basically started with Newt Gingrich in the 1980s when they started going after the democratic base of blue collar workers and farm workers by using emotional trigger issues (guns, god, and gays) and started out right lying about what Democrats were trying to do (e.g., turn their children gay, etc) and got them focused on these issues instead of economic policies of the GOP that do nothing to help them. The approach was latter given a turbo boost by Karl Rove. Here we are 30 years later and you can't have a discussion on anything without extreme polarization.
 
From reading "Winner Take All Politics", I learned that it actually started even earlier. In the mid-70's, after that crazy liberal, Nixon, created Medicare and the EPA, corporations got very unhappy and really started organizing. They created trade organizations that began pumping large amounts of money into politics at all levels, and buying up media so that they could pour poison into the ears of the masses (gods, guns, gays, muslims, etc.) and prevent any news about what was really happening to the government from reaching people. Media are now owned 90% or more by 6 large corporations. At the same time, the traditional sources of progressive organizing and power — small churches and unions — began to decline, the latter because of specific policies from the right. Throw into the mix the decline of funding for public schools ("why would I give my money to educate THOSE people?"), and you have a perfect atmosphere for demagoguery. 

Hence the rise in the 80's of Reagan, and of blue-dog democrats, who were chasing corporate money and ignoring their constituents.
 passsion8 wrote:
A social archaeologist could probably track the polarization of America by sifting through a majority of RP posts.

 
Not that hard to track. It basically started with Newt Gingrich in the 1980s when they started going after the democratic base of blue collar workers and farm workers by using emotional trigger issues (guns, god, and gays) and started out right lying about what Democrats were trying to do (e.g., turn their children gay, etc) and got them focused on these issues instead of economic policies of the GOP that do nothing to help them. The approach was latter given a turbo boost by Karl Rove. Here we are 30 years later and you can't have a discussion on anything without extreme polarization.
A social archaeologist could probably track the polarization of America by sifting through a majority of RP posts.
 stevendejong wrote:
 mauguima wrote:
Blend, derivative, shallow. 1.
 Bland is written with an a. And this is not bland.

 
What is cute, bloody and screams very loud ?

A baby you put in the blander.
 mauguima wrote:
Blend, derivative, shallow. 1.
 Bland is written with an a. And this is not bland.


I suddenly feel like I should be reunited with a long lost lover or something.

I don't like being told how I should lead my life, Ms. Teng. Who are you, some kind of psychoanalyst ?
Cheese!
 
 misterbearbaby wrote:
When I die, if the whole Final Judgement thing is real, I might wake up in hell chained to the rocks in front of a 30-ft diameter speaker playing Vienna Teng all day, alternating only with bagpipes, bible screamers, and the guy playing the tuba from in front of the Seattle Arena, all at 140 dB and every night my ears will heal...  1.0

 
Sucks to be YOU
 misterbearbaby wrote:
When I die, if the whole Final Judgement thing is real, I might wake up in hell chained to the rocks in front of a 30-ft diameter speaker playing Vienna Teng all day, alternating only with bagpipes, bible screamers, and the guy playing the tuba from in front of the Seattle Arena, all at 140 dB and every night my ears will heal...  1.0

 
wow
Great... another opportunity to turn off volume

 
Wonderful.
She's got a new CD coming out: "Aims" is due Sept 24th. You can listen to 3 tracks and/or pre-order it on her Bandcamp site.

love this heavy song...
 
 gForce wrote:

Amazingly racist comment. Incredible.
Love the song, though.
 

So.... I take it you don't think she looks like Bruce Lee in that pic?
When I die, if the whole Final Judgement thing is real, I might wake up in hell chained to the rocks in front of a 30-ft diameter speaker playing Vienna Teng all day, alternating only with bagpipes, bible screamers, and the guy playing the tuba from in front of the Seattle Arena, all at 140 dB and every night my ears will heal...  1.0
 hidey wrote:
This wailer is the most common reason for me hitting PSD. It works - just got Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds instead. {#Angel}
 
Actually, her voice (in its wailing moments) is what captured my ear.  I like the emotion and honesty behind it.


This wailer is the most common reason for me hitting PSD. It works - just got Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds instead. {#Angel}
Blend, derivative, shallow. 1.
Damned ! Fooled again !
Tuned in 6 minutes too late to hear her.
She's good.
Lovely song!
 salzburg4321 wrote:
Reminds me of Mary Black's "Song for Ireland."
 
Oh! That is such an amazing tune. Yes...I can hear that...well done.
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
These folks and Tori Amos can eat a rock!  

RP off!
 
She took her piano lessons while you were pressing your mute button.
These folks and Tori Amos can eat a rock!  

RP off!
Reminds me of Mary Black's "Song for Ireland."
Coldplay wrote a song called Gravity and gave it to the band Embrace. Embrace released it as a single and it became a top ten hit in the UK. This is it:  https://youtu.be/xcABh66W4Fw
 sirdroseph wrote:
Brutal. Mute.{#Stop}
 
I agree.



This song is good for the ears...

 
 gForce wrote:
You are right. Maybe there are certain ethnic groups that really DO act like apes, or really ARE stupid, or tend to be unclean, or are money grubbing and self-centered. They all look alike anyway. Just chill, since it's just a cute little quip based on reality. I apologize for my inappropriate sensitivity.
 

BTW, do you know how to get to Bangor?
Brutal. Mute.{#Stop}
 vandal wrote:

Normally I really like VT but this one is a snoozer for me.  Sounds like a candidate for the "Lion King III" soundtrack. . . 
 
 
yep
 mandolin wrote:

...speaking for myself, because even one in twenty songs is a remarkably high success rate for any radio station - those gems are worth enduring the music i don't like, and i appreciate having my tastes challenged in the interim...i imagine a lot of people stick around here for similar reasons; bill spins a good mix...

 
I get the point of this.  I generally like a lot more of the music though, or I wouldn't be here.  One in twenty is not good enough for me.

The way I look at it, I really like about a third of the songs I hear here.  Love a small percentage, hate a small percentage, and split the rest somewhere in between. 


no
 g-rod wrote:
If you hate almost half the music you hear here, why are you here?
 
...speaking for myself, because even one in twenty songs is a remarkably high success rate for any radio station - those gems are worth enduring the music i don't like, and i appreciate having my tastes challenged in the interim...i imagine a lot of people stick around here for similar reasons; bill spins a good mix...


Normally I really like VT but this one is a snoozer for me.  Sounds like a candidate for the "Lion King III" soundtrack. . . 
 
What Rooney said...bye, bye.
 g-rod wrote:
If you hate almost half the music you hear here, why are you here?
 
An apt question for many.  And it never seems to get answered.


 scraig wrote:

I'll second that.

 
I'll third it.

 rabaak wrote:
Thanks RP for turning me on to Vienna Teng. I would have never heard her if it was not for RP and I like a lot of her work.
 
I'll second that.

 rabaak wrote:
Thanks RP for turning me on to Vienna Teng. I would have never heard her if it was not for RP and I like a lot of her work.
 
Yes indeed — thank you RP !!  I too had never heard of her before I started listening here 5 years ago.  I caught her on tour this year and she is an AWESOME live performer !  {#Bounce}
You are right. Maybe there are certain ethnic groups that really DO act like apes, or really ARE stupid, or tend to be unclean, or are money grubbing and self-centered. They all look alike anyway. Just chill, since it's just a cute little quip based on reality. I apologize for my inappropriate sensitivity.
Really?  Y'know, maybe the image simply looks uncannily like Bruce Lee, and he DID make his living in  extraordinarily dramatic representations of Chinese martial arts. This could just be a cute quip, and not particularly insensitive at that.

 
{#Chillpill}

 gForce wrote:

Amazingly racist comment. Incredible.
Love the song, though.

 


 Jelani wrote:
Is that Bruce Lee on the cover executing his "dim the bulb crane strike"?
 
Amazingly racist comment. Incredible.
Love the song, though.

Is that Bruce Lee on the cover executing his "dim the bulb crane strike"?
Thanks RP for turning me on to Vienna Teng. I would have never heard her if it was not for RP and I like a lot of her work.
 auburntigerrich wrote:
Driving and anticipatory.  One of the Teng songs I've heard which carries more emotion and less elevator.

7.

 
Driving and anticipatory, LOL what nonsense.  A great tune.

A little nasal for my tastes, but otherwise a fine voice.  Yet vaguely unsatisfying, like lukewarm bath water.

 crockydile wrote:

At least she doesn't have that little girl, whispering voice that so many people love on the RP forums. Hurray for strong voices!! {#Clap}
 
Right on.  {#Clap}
Broadway?!? You can't be serious. She is one of the most thoughtful songwriters around. Her voice can lack depth but doesn't detract from the depth of her music.
 Mandible wrote:
I feel the same way. I picture her singing her songs in a broadway musical. Broadway music.

 
At least she doesn't have that little girl, whispering voice that so many people love on the RP forums. Hurray for strong voices!! {#Clap}
Driving and anticipatory.  One of the Teng songs I've heard which carries more emotion and less elevator.

7.

 Mandible wrote:
 I picture her singing her songs in a broadway musical. Broadway music.
 
Yup.  Spot on.
 teapot wrote:
I'm not sure why, but I find this kind of music tedious.
  I feel the same way. I picture her singing her songs in a broadway musical. Broadway music.

 dkeifer wrote:
One of the few Vienna Teng songs that gets in my soul...most of her stuff is pleasant and boring...this one though....ahhhh....
 
Nope, still pleasant and boring...

back when she was at her prime...
One of the few Vienna Teng songs that gets in my soul...most of her stuff is pleasant and boring...this one though....ahhhh....
Psh, I don't know what these folks are talking about... I love Vienna Teng. Beautiful voice, lovely music. I sing along with her every time :)
I'm not sure why, but I find this kind of music tedious.
ruthless wrote:
Paula Cole is what came to my mind. Her voice is great. Her songs could be improved upon, in my opinion.
Ahhh, what ever happened to Paula Cole? I do miss her.... edit: I guess I should check before commenting! https://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3zfixzl5ld0e
She's got a fantastic voice, but so many of her songs are bland, over-polished and just too ordinary.
You took your coat off and stood in the rain
As always, tingles.
MsJudi wrote:
Love love love Vienna.
:high-five:
Wow. Did she break up with you, or are you just making assumptions about her background? Just because she was privileged enough to study at stanfurd does not mean she is a stranger to adversity. rgrace wrote:
Since I posted a 1, I thought I'd back it up with a reason. I just flat-out don't like her. I don't think she's innovative, her lyrics are largely liberal-pop platitudes, and she's a person who has never had to sweat or struggle for ANYTHING, including some level of musical acclaim. I think she's a pseudo-boho who's had everything in life handed to her on a silver platter. So there now.
Amazing. Sometimes you don't to say much more than that.
Love love love Vienna.
nnnniiiiice segue ........... gorgeous opening - :yes:
NeuroJoe wrote:
Wow, wonderful voice. Tori Amos passion with a better voice, almost sounds like Paula Cole when she turns up the volume.
Paula Cole is what came to my mind. Her voice is great. Her songs could be improved upon, in my opinion.
Pablo_BR wrote:
this is so boring
I AGREE! I need something to wake me up....this is not working.
This is very pretty. So sweet. The 'yearning' is killing me. You know, I think that today's songwriters need to learn their craft and quit relying on cheap emotionalism to sell their tunes.
I don't like Tori Amos, nor Kate Bush much, and yet I like Vienna Teng a lot. Go figure. She's got a beautiful voice, and I find her music to be melodic and rewarding. Many say the same about the others, but I don't hear it there . . . though I do here. It's a mystery.
Chris Isaac, Vienna Teng, Kate Bush Bill, you're playing songs just for me.....Thanks!
This sounds like Delta Goodrem, ie booooooring...so different from Evanescence. I can't see how you can even say that. .....Sorry I just drifted off there. Like taking a Mogadon.
At first, I though this was Dar Williams, with some over-the-top (for her) production.
rgrace wrote:
Since I posted a 1, I thought I'd back it up with a reason. I just flat-out don't like her. I don't think she's innovative, her lyrics are largely liberal-pop platitudes, and she's a person who has never had to sweat or struggle for ANYTHING, including some level of musical acclaim. I think she's a pseudo-boho who's had everything in life handed to her on a silver platter. So there now.
She seems to be very heavily influenced by Tori Amos but I think there is some skill and craftsmanship to the music and her voice is wonderful. A lot of people don't have hard lives filled with constant strife...hardly a valid reason to hate someone and their music.
I first heard VT on RP and bought both her CDs. I've also seen her perform live twice. She's so talented, such a wonderful songwriter and musician. Thanks for introducing us!
Since I posted a 1, I thought I'd back it up with a reason. I just flat-out don't like her. I don't think she's innovative, her lyrics are largely liberal-pop platitudes, and she's a person who has never had to sweat or struggle for ANYTHING, including some level of musical acclaim. I think she's a pseudo-boho who's had everything in life handed to her on a silver platter. So there now.
this is so boring
Wow, wonderful voice. Tori Amos passion with a better voice, almost sounds like Paula Cole when she turns up the volume.
I really like this young lady. :chillpill:
This is so beautiful...
jamm wrote:
I tought of Evanescence too. very enjoyable me too! I thought that's who this was. Very pretty voice...
JCJ wrote:
reminds me of evanescance
me too! I thought that's who this was. Very pretty voice...
great song! an anime music video for this song can be found at random destination studios by koopiskeva. it's great too.
I remember her visiting the RP studio about a year ago or so.
I dig.
Chris Issak, then Vienna Teng. Great set Bill! Vienna Teng is one of my favorite discoveries here at RP.
Vienna Teng is the only thing that makes me turn off RP. She is a competent musician,but too maudlin for me.
Pretty decent this. Obviously influenced by Sarah McLachlan(of which I used to be a huge fan). This is much better than Sarah's recent output, though. A seven it is then.
Hmm... Not my cup of tea. She sure is trying hard to sing! The piano is just okay.
This piano sounds very good on mp3... Quite remarkable. Nice song too.
I didn't think I'd ever hear a voice with the authority and clarity of Alison Krauss until this one. Passion, too--something Alison sadly lacks.
Still lovin' Vienna... :jump:
Vienna rocks! :sunny.gif: Very good song, too!
Wow, first time I RECOGNIZED VT... An 8.
What a wonderful voice.
Chris Isaak, Vienna Teng... nice San Francisco pairing. Will Bill play American Music Club next for the trifecta? :D/ :D/
Just upped to a 9. Transparant brilliancy. Fantasic. :D :clap: :heartkiss: :music: <-o< :sunny:
:evil:
Dave_Mack wrote:
Reminds me of Joe Jackson's "Be My Number Two", which, by the way, is a terrible title.
Everything I have ever heard from Jackson sounds like 'Number Two' to me.
Damn, she gets an insane amount of play here. Not that there's really anything wrong with insanity, I guess. This IS a good song.
Reminds me of Joe Jackson's "Be My Number Two", which, by the way, is a terrible title.
From her first album. She keeps getting better.
My wife and I just saw Vienna play at Club Passim in Cambridge last night. Phenomenal show, with Vienna/piano + cello player + violin player. Gorgeous, intimate setting, and rich arrangements with the strings. Vienna's stage manner is personable and direct, and she told the story of the creation of every song. Couldn't ask for a better evening. :clap:
I'm just getting into Vienna over here, and it's all the fault of RP!
Most excellent, I must say. :clap: :notworthy: :clap:
Beautiful voice and piano. Very nice arrangement.
Love the piano. Very pleasant voice. First time I've heard 'em.
Really nice. Lets hear more from this artist.
Liked it so much I had to buy it, can't give it a better recommendation that that! :)
I had never heard of Vienna Teng. Really nice stuff. I have "found" so many great artists on RP. Lovely. Thank you.
Sweet ...
reminds me of evanescance
Hey RP would love to hear more from these guys...Please
This is great, coming on the heels of Tori Amos. I have commented in the past that Vienna Teng sounds much like Tori Amos. Now I can hear that she sounds BETTER than Tori Amos.
There are so many comparisons between Vienna Teng and Tori Amos. She herself said that Tori and Sarah McLachlan were such big influences she feared she could become just an echo of them as opposed to an artist in her own right (I'm brutally paraphrasing from something I read on her website). But I think that although she is similar to them in some very wonderful ways, she's also quite unique. Her music is so clear -- I want to say pure, but that isn't quite the right word. The first time I heard her on Letterman I was actually moved to tears! That's the first time music I've heard on TV has done that.
Just spectacular nice transition from past the mission too :clap: