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2006-10-03 06:54 am

Happy October!

See, I actually *do* post!

Ambitions are high lately, with finishing my M.A. (soon!), working on various Nightgig sites and related projects. (I'm not on the Gigcast proper this time, but I'm doing the show notes. Behind-the-scenes Girl strikes again.) I've also been tutoring (to fill out those 30 hours a week I'm allowed to work at KU), which I'm finding quite fulfilling. So far I have two tutees, and I think I have a third in my box in the tutoring office.

This morning's projects will be finishing the show notes for Gigcast #57 and working on Nick's site [a redesign of Dribble for Kids] if I get the time before I have to go up to school at 11.

Went to see Devil Music Ensemble [performing music to 1920's Jekyll & Hyde] on Sunday night. If you get the chance to see them, I'd do it: the tix are inexpensive ($8.50 here) and the experience is worth it.

As Agatha indicates, I'm feeling like getting tangible things done. :)
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2006-09-28 01:18 pm

Evidence of Fan-dom.

No, not mine. Not my fans. This time, I'm a fan.

Of Ben Folds. Big time.

I've been to two concerts (of the rock variety) in my LIFE. One in 1997 (Celine Dion, who, I'm happy to say, is great with an audience) and Ben Folds' last apppearance in the KC area, at City Market, with my sister, Jim, two friends of his, and about 3000 other people (including [ profile] mipuravida). It was fantastic, and contained my favorite concert moment ever. Ben Folds + backup band were travelling without a horn section, so... he directed the audience to SING the brass part in ARMY. Best. EVAH.

So now he's playing again, this time at KU's own Lied Center. November 6. 8:00 p.m.

Those of you with calendars (in your head or otherwise) know that's a Monday night. Those of you who know me personally know what a morning person I am, i.e. what a night owl I'm *not*.

This late-night (for me) performace on a school night hasn't phased me for a second. I was concerned that my lovely husband wouldn't be able to go with me, since a workday follows for him.

See, Jimmy? I really am a fan. I hope I get to sit/stand close enough to see his hands again. I could watch him play for days.
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2005-10-18 06:10 pm
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one quick thing

I'm going to the opera on Saturday. Czech Opera Prague, Die Fledermaus. With Joel.

I'm going out with a guy who will voluntarily accompany me to the opera. Fascinating.
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2005-08-14 08:43 am
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I got to watch his hands!

Do I really need to say this?

Ben Folds was awesome!

I mean, of course he was. The concert was too, despite a slight drizzle and the threat of thunderstorms to the outdoor venue that was the City Market. Thoroughly enjoyed Rufus Wainwright as well, but man, am I glad he was the warm-up act! Apparently they had planned a short set because of the weather, but since the floodgates of heaven did not open, they just kept playing.

It was fabulous.

High points:
  • hearing the crowd's low roar with the first notes of "Brick"
  • Ben and Rufus' duet on a cover of "Careless Whisper"
  • Ben directing the audience to fill in the brass parts on "Army"
  • "Bitches can't take the streets": words by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog, music by Ben Folds
  • Ending the concert with "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces"
  • Shouting "Zugabe" at the top of my lungs because I don't know what to yell in English to say "encore" at a rock concert
  • Ben leading the audience *again* on the encore number (which, I'm sorry to say, I didn't know, so no title forthcoming, until Robyn ([ profile] mipuravida) enlightens me as to which song is was. I'll know it when I hear it though. No doubt about that.

I went to this fabulous fest of pianophonic goodness with Becca, Jim, Jim's boy Aaron and their mutual friend Nate. They were all of them good company. It was Aaron's first non-classical concert; I personally think he made a good choice. We stood around outside for about 30 minutes before I thought to go get my tickets at Will Call, but since we waited around for another 30 minutes after I got back with them, there was no hurry. Becca saw two people she knew; Paige, one of her SAI pledge daughters, and Bruno, who I think is Brazillian (IIRC). Robyn ([ profile] mipuravida) found me in line and we babbled for a few minutes (much to the amusement of Nate the Cynical). Found out that Jim has an LJ too, so there's another addition to the Friends List. *grin*

In the afterglow of Ben Folds' musical splendor we went to a little dive called Nichols Lunch, your basic diner, chowed down on good greasy fare, and Becca and I drove the boys home (or at least back to Jim's place, where we'd picked them up). B was kind enough to do most of the driving back home, since I was playing highway hypnosis every few minutes.

I kept saying it, and I will keep saying it: I missed them. Becca and I attempted the Recordare from Verdi's Requiem a couple of times during the course of the evening (fairly successfully at one point), at half-voice while we were waiting for the concert, and at full volume afterwards. (We were on a music high; we didn't care. It was GREAT!) Being around Jim was a delight as usual, and I haven't enjoyed that delight for quite some time. We knew we were kindred spirits from day one (the Anti-Millenium Party, New Years' Eve, 1999), and we haven't forgotten it. It was so lovely to give Jim shit again. ;)

There should be some delightfully concice conclusion here, but there won't be. The euphoria's not over yet, why should my post be?
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2005-08-06 01:32 am
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iTunes blah blah, courtesy of [ profile] mipuravida

As [ profile] bluecanarykit said, this is a bloody long MEME.

How many total songs?
4965 songs, 14:12:41:57 total time, 19,03 GB

Sort by Song Title - first and last
First: ¿Y Tú Qué Has Hecho? by Buena Vista Social Club
Last: Þögull Eins Og Meirihlutinn by Þursaflokkurinn

Sort by Time - first and last
First: Strong Bad Duck Quote by bros. chaps (00:03)
Last: I. Missa - 2. Gloria from Bach: Mass in B Minor, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (37:15)

Sort by Album - first and last
First: 10 Things I Hate About You Soundtrack
Last: Zoot Suit Riot

Top Ten Most Frequently Played Songs
1. Sixteen Tons by ASU University Singers (54)
2. Allt á hreinu by Land og Synir (25)
3. Heimsendir? by Land og Synir
Dreymir by Land og Synir
Reader's Khaddish sung by Rachel Michelberg (24)
4. Á fjórum fótum by Land og Synir
Gekommen um zu bleiben by Wir Sind Helden (22)
5. Von hier an blind by Wir Sind Helden (20)
6. Terlín by Land og Synir (19)
7. Leyfðu mér by Land og Synir (18)
8. Áhyggjulaus by Land og Synir
Birdhouse In Your Soul by They Might Be Giants (17)
9. Þar er frelsið ekki til by Land og Synir (16)
10.Plus bele que flor/Quant revient/L'autrier joer by Anonymous 4
Three of a Perfect Pair by King Crimson
Ástarfár by Land og Synir

Top Ten Recently Played
1. Recorder Suite in A minor by G.P. Telemann, performed by Capella Istropolitana
2. Sisters by Betty Clooney & Rosemary Clooney
3. Zuhälter by Wir Sind Helden
4. Von hier an blind by Wir Sind Helden
5. Gekommen um zu bleiben by Wir Sind Helden
6. Act 2 Finale from Monty Python's Spamalot
7. Twice in Every Show from Monty Python's Spamalot
8. I'm All Alone from Monty Python's Spamalot
9. The Song That Goes Like This from Monty Python's Spamalot
10. Between the Shadows by Loreena McKennitt

Find "sex," how many songs show up? 4
Find "death," how many songs show up? 9
Find "love," how many songs show up? 166
Find "peace," how many songs show up? 4
Find "rock," how many songs show up? 942
Find "soundtrack," how many songs show up? 425

How many Genres of music do you have? 65
How many Artists do you have? I am so not sitting here and counting that. Robyn had 773, with half the music. I am SO not counting that.
What languages do you have music in other than English: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Icelandic, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Yiddish, Hindi, Scots Gaelic, Vulgar Latin, Old Norse/Icelandic, Old French, Old Spanish, Old Catalan, Middle English, Middle High German (18 total)

Good news. Internet will be connected in my apartment on day one, that is, Monday the 8th. See you then.
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2005-07-15 06:07 pm
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I am so set

If I needed to, for some reason, listen to music straight until I went home, my current volume of music and audiobooks in iTunes would get to the day I fly home, through the flight and into the next night.

Current count: 5137 songs, 15:01:15:19 total time, 19.55 GB

... and still importing.
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2005-06-21 09:17 pm
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whoooo hooo!!

Tim just called... we're meeting on Thursday to pick out music! I had begun to dispair of having a concert... but it may have a chance of happening after all!
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2005-06-10 01:52 pm
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heh, now I need a new list

Every time I try to list my favorite music anywhere, even if it's just music of the moment... I inevitably want to make the list longer.

All that's going on today is I'm backing up my mp3s. 18 GB, guys. Lots and lots. This is getting excessive. (Isn't it wonderful?)

Anyway, today is an excercise in being productive. I have cleaned up the room a bit, but man, it needs more. Still, clean laundry put away + dirty landry put in hamper = cleaner room.

(Oh, added to the list: anything sung by Patti LuPone, and Rush. Just because.)

I heard French rap for the first time today. Not bad. Not bad at all.
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2005-06-10 12:08 am
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as promised... the songs ([ profile] saxysai, be proud) :)

I have to say, there is no such thing as my favorite band/favorite song. These are just the top 10 songs in the current soundtrack to my life, in no particular order, by the way.

So, Under pain of death and dismemberment from [ profile] saxysai, the songs I currently like:

1. Birdhouse in Your Soul - TMBG

2. Queen of Argyll - Andy Stewart

3. Health to the Company - Minstrels of Mayhem

4. Sarah Brown Eyes - from the musical Ragtime

5. Battle of Who Could Care Less - Ben Folds Five

6. Mr. Zebra - Tori Amos

7. Allt á hreinu - Land og Synir

8. Sisters - Betty Clooney & Rosemary Clooney

9. Sixteen Tons - ASU University Singers, Fall 1995

10. Tango to Evora - Loreena McKennitt

buck passed to: [ profile] imaginekp, [ profile] lionbard, [ profile] walterka and [ profile] bluecanarykit (if she so desires... hers is a sketch journal...)

I'm listening to Loreena right now... aah... this song always calms me down. I was feeling restless tonight. I wanted to go out, and I didn't. I kept waiting for other people to show up online so I could ask them to go with me. I had a nice evening to myself anyway. I can go out tomorrow night if I so desire, and I don't even have to go with anyone, if I don't want to. But the restlessness went away eventually.

I think I'm just avoiding dealing with my room. This is the first time since I've gotten here that it's been bad enough for me to call it 'dealing with my room' as opposed to 'cleaning up this mess'. It really does look like a tornado took a direct path through here. Just like the old days, haha. Well, it's getting dealt with, gradually or otherwise. I have recycling and garbage to take out, papers to organize, books to put back on the shelves, clothes to put away, dirty laundry to pick up, and this room is only about 100 sq. ft. That's a lot of mess for such a small space.

Okay, so this will change before I go anywhere tomorrow. Anywhere.
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2005-06-07 07:11 pm
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Copy-Protected, or "One of these days, I will get an iPod"

The music business is putting locks on its doors.

Realizing full well that I am probably way behind here, I recently tried to record a CD of music that I had downloaded from iTunes. Seeing as how iTunes recommended that I back up this music, I thought, "surely this should work."

Famous last words.

Good thing I found a converting program. Now I can actually LISTEN to the music I download without dragging my computer with me. My car will be full of lucious melodies when I actually get home to drive it. For the meantime, the soundtrack to my life will continue, uninterrupted via the piece-of-junk discman I still carry around.
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2005-05-30 09:21 am
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music and musicians, idea courtesy of [ profile] saxysai

Okay this is from [ profile] saxysai:
I got this idea from a random journal I found, and it looked way fun, so here we go! Below is a list of artists/bands I listen to. Read it, then...

1)copy and paste the list below in a comment.
2)next to the ones you actually like and/or listen to, put a "x".

So I'm being a good little copycat and doing it too. :)

I wasn't going to list all the artists I listen to, but I gave in and did anyway. I will probably have a classical piece or two on here, because it wouldn't be me if I didn't. :)

Oh, and they're in somewhat alphabetical order because I needed the help of iTunes to remember them all.

[ ] Adam & the Ants / Adam Ant
[ ] Aerosmith
[ ] America
[ ] Alanis Morrisette
[ ] Andrea Bocelli
[ ] Andy Stewart
[ ] Silly Wizard (Andy Stewart's old band)
[ ] Annie Lennox
[ ] Anonymous 4
[ ] B.B. King
[ ] Bachman Turner Overdrive
[ ] Bad Company
[ ] The Bangles
[ ] Barenaked Ladies
[ ] The Beatles
[ ] Belly (I love the song "Thief"... must find more!)
[ ] Ben Folds Five
[ ] Benny Goodman
[ ] Big Momma Thornton
[ ] Bill Withers
[ ] Billy Idol
[ ] Billy Joel
[ ] Björk
[ ] Blondie
[ ] Blood, Sweat & Tears
[ ] Blue Man Group
[ ] Blues Traveler
[ ] Bobby McFerrin (Hush, with Yo Yo Ma, is delightful)
[ ] Bruce Hornsby and the Range
[ ] Bryan Adams
[ ] Buena Vista Social Club
[ ] Cake
[ ] The Canadian Brass
[ ] Carly Simon
[ ] Carole King
[ ] The Cars
[ ] The Charlie Daniels Band
[ ] The Chieftains
[ ] Collective Soul
[ ] Consort of Musicke
[ ] Dave Matthews Band
[ ] David Bowie
[ ] dc Talk
[ ] Devo
[ ] Dire Straits
[ ] Discantus
[ ] The Doobie Brothers
[ ] The Dubliners
[ ] Édith Piaf
[ ] Ella Fitzgerald (with or without Louis Armstrong)
[ ] Ellý Vilhjálms
[ ] Elton John
[ ] Elvis Presley
[ ] Emma Kirkby
[ ] Enya
[ ] Eric Clapton
[ ] Cream (Eric Clapton's old band)
[ ] Derek and the Dominos (same)
[ ] Etta James
[ ] The Eurhythmics
[ ] Evanescence
[ ] Filippa Giordano (the redone operatic pieces... I don't like her actual pop stuff much)
[ ] Fleetwood Mac
[ ] Geddy Lee
[ ] ...and his old band, Rush
[ ] George Thorogood
[ ] Gothic Voices
[ ] Heart
[ ] Howard Jones (a few songs)
[ ] Huey Lewis & the News
[ ] I Mother Earth
[ ] Irish Decendants
[ ] Jackson Browne
[ ] Jagúar
[ ] James Brown
[ ] James Taylor
[ ] Jamie Cullum
[ ] Janis Joplin & the Big Brother Holding Company
[ ] Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship / Starship
[ ] Jim Croce
[ ] Jimi Hendrix
[ ] Jo Dee Messina
[ ] Joan Armatrading
[ ] Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
[ ] Joe Cocker (how is it that I have nothing from him?)
[ ] June Tabor
[ ] Silly Sisters (June Tabor & Maddy Pryor)
[ ] Kansas
[ ] King Crimson
[ ] The King's Singers
[ ] Land og Synir
[ ] Led Zepplin
[ ] Letters to Cleo
[ ] Linkin Park, for some reason
[ ] Lisa Loeb
[ ] Loreena McKennitt
[ ] Louis Armstrong
[ ] The Mamas and the Papas
[ ] Marc Cohn
[ ] Men at Work
[ ] Mighty Mighty Bosstones
[ ] The Monkees
[ ] Ofra Haza
[ ] Pat Benetar
[ ] Patti LuPone
[ ] Phil Collins / Genesis
[ ] Pink Floyd
[ ] Sting / The Police
[ ] Queen
[ ] R.E.M.
[ ] Reel Big Fish
[ ] Robert Palmer
[ ] Santana
[ ] Sarah Maclaughlin
[ ] Save Ferris
[ ] Seal
[ ] Sigur Rós
[ ] The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo Yo Ma
[ ] Simon & Garfunkel
[ ] Stealers Wheel
[ ] Steely Dan
[ ] Steppenwolf
[ ] Steve Winwood
[ ] Stevie Wonder
[ ] Supertramp
[ ] They Might Be Giants
[ ] Tina Turner
[ ] Tom Petty (with or without the Heartbreakers)
[ ] Tori Amos
[ ] Trout Fishing in America
[ ] U2
[ ] Wierd Al Yankovic
[ ] Yes
[ ] ZZ Top

This is almost an obsene number of artists, and I'm sure the list is nowhere near complete. In the interests of finishing this in an hour, I left out quite a bit.

I am such a music junkie.
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2005-05-01 11:18 pm
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up, down and all around

So, it's like this.

My life has been all over the place lately... from absolutely calm and serene, to bubbly as a schoolgirl, to a crabby old woman. Man, the gamut I have run...

This last week... my goodness. I've skipped class, neglected readings, lapsed occasionally on yoga, gotten a bit too drunk, worn myself out and come down with the beginnings of bronchitis. To counterbalance all this, I have gone dancing, been flirted with, been randomly invited to dinner, enjoyed some intimate conversations with a friend, taken long walks, practiced piano and voice, unexpectedly improvised with other musicians, allowed myself the vulnerability of being honest, and spent more time outside than I did when I was a kid.

I hope every week between now and the time I have to leave Germany can be this blessed.

Sure, I'm sick, but that's fixable. I'm going to rest, and I'm not staying indoors, since I seem to do better outside. I'll be getting some sun, and I haven't sunburned really yet. (I have a little bit of my forehead that is burned, but not severely, even though it had no sunscreen on it.)

On the other hand, I can't taste much, and the coughing is starting to hurt. I took some cough syrup though... hopefully things will clear up enough for me to sing the gig tomorrow.

Tonight was okay, long rehearsal but with a very fun twist. Chris randomly started vamping the chords to "Always Look On the Bright Side of Life" (yes, Python) and the three singers (Tim, Bernadette and I) randomly started humming along together... all three differently... all three in harmony. We took it through almost all 12 key changes possible, going on for about 10 minutes. It was wonderful. Even though it was late, and my throat hurt, and my voice was unhappy, it didn't matter. We were having fun, enjoying the complete spontenaity.

It was magic.

I wonder sometimes if I haven't chosen the wrong career path. I guess all I can do is walk in the indicated direction, and see what happens. All I know is that, after tonight, I know performing music in some capacity needs to be a permanent part of my life.
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2005-04-30 09:23 am
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not that bad, but...

... I'm still getting sick. Just in time for my gig on Monday, too. I'm contemplating how much I can actually do today. I know I need to get out to the pharmacist today, and early, since things close early on Saturdays here. I had originally planned to go to the Pferdemarkt with Katie, and I may yet. We'll see how things develop. I was hoping Katie would wake up and be online by now, so we could discuss it.

Ah, well. It's all going how it needs to. I still have to dry my hair and get dressed. Maybe she'll be up by then.