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Flight of the Conchords. Yeah those guys. Feel free to discuss them here! Garfunkling!
dangerous person wrote:I don't think I have ever listened to this interview before but I definitely will now, this is fascinating stuff. Thanks for all the explanations Turnip, I think I'll go and put my top on that's got the words to the Haka on
indigo_jones wrote:Thanks for all the background and pronunciation tips on the different Maori terms, Neepje. (Sorry, between the Dutch lessons and the discussion of haggis and neeps and tatties last night, I couldn't resist.) It was a really interesting interview and I think you're right about some of the underlying stuff going on; I got much the same impression. I suspect the intrusion into the personal life will be one of the biggest hurdles for them as their fame continues to grow.
First of all, Jemaine is adorably out of breath while he's giving the interview, as if he's running circles around his hotel room, trying to get his yips out before the Conchords' big Minneapolis gig that night. I want to hand him a paper bag to blow into and tell him to think of a babbling brook.
And then Jemaine repeatedly uses a beauty of a word, whakamÄ, to describe shyness. But it doesn't just mean plain old regular shyness, or at least, it doesn't always. It also carries a lot of lexical cargo about feelings of shame or embarrassment, which may or may not be revealing about the kind of family Jemaine grew up in. I don't know. I can't help but feel that there is a lot going on there, and it makes me wonder if he'll ever feel comfortable enough talking more about it to the press. I'm guessing not, but then Jemaine is nothing if not surprising.
I want to know what kind of pajamas Jemaine wears...
I'm continually fascinated by how he can be so shy and yet just come alive and really put himself out there when performing. As someone with plenty of whakamÄ myself, I find that pretty impressive.
Really? See, I'm not sure I'd say that. I mean, I don't know the guy, so this is just conjecture, but from what I've observed he doesn't seem to be at the other end of the spectrum from Jemaine at all. I truly don't think either of the guys are big extroverts. It's just that there are different shades and ways of being introverts. You know?SheWolf wrote:It was interesting that Jemaine said he wouldn't recommend shy people go into performance since the attention doesn't stop when you're offstage. Therein lies the difference between the person and The Performer, I guess. I tend to think Bret is at the opposite end of the spectrum and is anything but shy.
Oh, absolutely! I use unconsciously use aroha all the time these days. I think my favourite definition of it is this, from an article in Time magazine:SheWolf wrote:I remember that during the tour he signed one fanâ€™s LP â€œAroha, Jemaineâ€ when I found the definition for aroha I found it really really lovely.
Ah. Now that's it. Jones, I think you've got it. I actually think that in many ways, they'd prefer not to be so famous. I mean, they're undoubtedly ambitious, but that ambition is to make better and better stuff for the world, whether it's comedy or music or writing or animation or acting or something else entirely. For all that Jemaine talks about how exhausting the production of the TV series is, I have little doubt that it's that stuff that he truly loves. Not the press or the perks, but the process of building something great. It may absolutely flatten the guys, but if there's one thing I know about them, it's that there is no way on Earth they'd do it if they didn't get totally jazzed about it.indigo_jones wrote:They also seem like they've been in the industry because of a true love of what they do, not because they desire to be famous.
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