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I have about 3/4ths of a post for Hymnia Monogatari and about 1/3 of a review for The Boiling Rock, parts 1 and 2 written. But instead, I post a meme. XD

1. If you'd like to play along, reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. You then list at least five songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I'm doing here, you'll post the list to your journal with the instructions.

[livejournal.com profile] umadoshi gave me N:

”Not the Red Baron” (live) ~ Tori Amos: I'm fond of this song because it's one I like to sing a capella. Of course the piano is gorgeous, but the melody can hold it's own nicely without it.

"Not the Same" ~ Ben Folds: It's a little hard for me to explain why this song has such a special place in my heart. I like the way it describes religious experience—presumably from an outsider’s perspective—without being either overly critical or overly sanitized. And the live version, in which Folds has the audience sing in 3-voice harmony, is just sheer brilliance. Not only does it get the audience involved, but the effect comes across (to this long-time church-going evangelical Christian) as parodying contemporary Christian worship music. Not sure if that was Folds's intention or not, but that's how it sounds to my ears. Check out the live version, complete with tutorial at the beginning, here.

“New Future” ~ Changin' My Life: My favorite song from the soundtrack of the anime Full Moon o Sagashite. It has lots of synth cheesiness, but I just love the energetic chorus.

“New Way to be Human” ~ Switchfoot: This is old-school Switchfoot, from before they went “mainstream”. I first heard this song in college, when I was just beginning to learn that there was some “Christian” rock out there that didn't suck. XD

“Nothing Without You” ~ Vienna Teng: To me, this is the single introvert's anthem. This is my song.

“It's the crowded room that breaks me
Everybody looks so luminous, and strangely young
It's the crowded room that's never heard
No one here can say a word of my native tongue
I can't be among them anymore
I fold myself away before it burns me numb
Oh call my name
You know my name
And in your love, everything will change
Tell me it won't always be this hard
I am nothing without you, but I don't know who you are.”

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Found while journal-surfing:

- Pick up to 15 favorite pairings.
- Describe them in less than 25 words.
- Have your flist guess them.

I chose to use song lyrics to describe the pairings, because, well…that’s just the way I think. And I couldn’t get any of them down to less than 25 words and still make sense.

Because song lyrics can get a little generic (though I tried really hard to find distinct excerpts), I’m going to give the additional hint of listing the fandoms represented at the bottom of the post. That way, you can try guessing without the hint, but if you get stuck, you can scroll down for a little help.

12 Favorite Pairings )

Hint: Fandoms used, some more than once )

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We sang this song, which is a favorite of mine, in church this morning, and I noticed--as I have the last few times we've done it at my church--that our worship minister had decided to do an abbreviated version of it. This bothers me because he happens to have cut my favorite verse. :( So, mainly for my own satisfaction, but perhaps for the edification of others as well, I'm posting the complete lyrics (missing verse in bold):

"What The Lord Has Done In Me" by Reuben Morgan

Let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Let the blind say I can see
It's what the Lord has done in me

Hosanna, Hosanna
To the Lamb that was slain
Hosanna, Hosanna
Jesus died and rose again

Into the river I will wade
There my sins are washed away
From the heavens' mercy streams
Of the Savior's love for me

I will rise from waters deep
Into the saving arms of God
I will sing salvation songs
Jesus Christ has set me free

"I will rise from waters deep/Into the saving arms of God" are the lines that have the most impact on me--there's something almost romantic in them, I suppose. ("Romantic" isn't really the right word. I guess I'm not sure how to describe it.)

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...and haven't heard of Susan Boyle and her unforgettable performance on "Britain's Got Talent", go watch!

Like many, I found Ms. Boyle's performance inspiring. But in the week since she took YouTube by storm, I've seen some responses like this one that seem a bit too eager to squash that feeling of inspiration with comments like:

The unspoken message of this whole episode is that, since Susan Boyle has a wonderful talent, we were wrong to judge her based on her looks and demeanor. Meaning what? That if she couldn't sing so well, we were correct to judge her on that basis? That demeaning someone whose looks don't match our impossible, media-reinforced standards of beauty is perfectly okay, unless some mitigating circumstance makes us re-think our opinion?

Columnist Dennis Palumbo does have a fair point--the way the audience treated her at the beginning was wrong, regardless of what happened after she started singing, and I don't think it would have been right for them to have jeered and humiliated her further had she performed poorly. But I am also a little concerned with where this line of thinking might take us if we're not careful.

First, let me point out that the whole purpose of a show like "Britain's Got Talent" is to showcase musical talent. [EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] fellytone_k8 pointed out in the comments that the show actually isn't primarily for musical talent. I was confused because some people on YouTube were calling it a British version of American Idol. Either way, its purpose is still for people to show off their outstanding talents.] If Ms. Boyle had gone on the show and performed terribly, it certainly wouldn't have shown that she wasn't worthwhile as a human being, but I think it would have shown that she didn't belong on the show. Personally, I was impressed with her self-confidence and gracious response to the flustered rudeness of the judges and audience as much as her fantastic singing voice. I think the reason she was able to act that way was partly because she knew she really had a talent that was worth sharing with others, and was willing to pursue her dream, even at the expense of enduring the unfair expectations of the audience. The audience was certainly wrong to misjudge her based on her looks. But they were wrong not only because looks don't determine a human being's value, but also because looks don't necessarily predict musical talent—or any other kind of talent, for that matter.

And so when Ms. Boyle shattered their expectations, I think we were right to find it inspiring. Is it sad that the audience didn't want to give her a chance because of the way she looked? Yes. Would they have been proved right if she'd bombed? No! But if she had attempted to go on the show without the talent that we now know she possesses, it would have been a foolish move on her part. (It also would have been just as foolish for an untalented but good-looking person to do so.) But because she knew and was confident of her own abilities, she was able to prove the audience wrong, and perhaps she even made some of them think deeply enough to change their future behavior toward people who "don't look the part"—whether that part is musical talent or something else.

I fear that if we follow the line of thinking Palumbo and other naysayers are suggesting, we are in danger of walking the way of Kurt Vonnegut's brilliant satire story, "Harrison Bergeron", about a society which had stopped valuing outstanding talent and ability altogether. While every human being is valuable, and ought to be equal under the law and in terms of basic fairness and human rights, that doesn't mean there is no place for people to use and showcase their own talents and abilities—and to appreciate the talents and abilities of others.

I don't disagree that our society has become a bit out of whack in how we value certain kinds of beauty and talent to a point that goes beyond fairness and reason. But as someone who possesses (if I dare say so myself) a talent for singing that I enjoy showing off from time to time, I want us to be careful not to lose sight of the importance of being able to share and appreciate each others' talents.

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*admires alliterative title*

For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have the time for a fairly pointless post, though the impression that I have some free time is probably a bit of an illusion. *sigh*

I was grading my students' grammar papers the other day, and I found myself somewhat in disagreement with the Teacher's Guide. I think, perhaps, that the Teacher's Guide is going by a rather outdated method of comma usage, but I'm not sure. Anyway, instead of doing proper research on the matter, I have decided to poll my flist!

First please examine the following sentence:

John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, began on October 16, 1859, and was crushed on October 18.

Then answer the questions:

Poll under cut )

Feel free to add additional information or justification in the comments. Come on grammarphiles, I need your help! :D

The other item I wanted to post about is music. I’m sure I’m not the only person who, from time to time, is watching some movie or TV show wherein some piece of classical/art music is used as incidental music, and feels sure that the piece is familiar, but can’t name it. For some reason, it appears that TV shows in particular can get away with using music and not giving any credit, so that one is left wondering what the piece of music was even after scouring the closing credits.

But in this day and age whenever one is presented with any sort of trivial mystery like this, one can always ask Teh Interwebs—and will be very likely to find the answer! So I am pleased to announce that the gorgeous swelling of symphonic music heard when Kenshin bids farewell to Kaoru before departing for Kyoto is the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. While it is not by Puccini, as I had first thought, it is by one of his contemporaries in the verismo school of Italian composers, and it is certainly just as appropriate a musical selection for the “Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story” as Puccini would have been (except for the fact that Mascagni did not write Madame Butterfly).

Also, the piano sonata that underscores Kenshin’s battle with Shishio at the end of the Kyoto arc is, as I thought, one of Beethoven’s named piano sonatas. But it is not the Pastoral, as I originally thought, nor another movement of the Moonlight Sonata, as I later guessed. It is the Adagio Cantabile movement of the Pathetique. I clearly remember studying this piece in Dr. Kindred’s killer Music Theory II course, and I remember thinking, at the time, that the song “Somewhere Out There” had ripped off parts of the melody. *smirks* Cantabile, indeed.

And on a related note, [livejournal.com profile] markbrannan, I thought you might like to know that the theme song for House, which you thought you recognized the other day, is by Massive Attack, according to the closing credits. Does that help you place it?

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THANK YOU so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes. I tell ya, you guys have become more and more creative over the years with those--sparkly graphics, AL WITH KITTEN!!!, extra humongous scrollies of DOOM. Heh. Anyway, whether they were simple or spiffy-fied, I appreciate all the birthday messages.

I had an excellent birthday. My family and several friends took a road trip down to south FL for the Hatsume Fair--a Japanese festival at the Morikami Museum. It was really, really fun. I will post more about it, with pictures, as well as pics from last weekend's convention (I went to MegaCon, a big fantasy/comics/anime con here in Orlando) as soon as I've recovered enough from two weekends of revelry in a row to do so. ;) I can't wait to get some good pics of MegaCon up. As those of you who read Vanessa's LJ or the Random Fandom boards already know, our group won the Best Group award at AnimeSushi's annual costume contest, so that was exciting, and I definitely want to show off pics of the costumes for you guys. Coming soon, I promise!

The only down side to going out and doing fun things is that you miss out on stuff in LJ land. My reading/commenting has been even scarcer than usual, so I'm sorry for that. If there's anything in particular you want to make sure I don't miss, please comment and let me know! *hugs flist*


P.S. My birthday presents included a Veinna Teng CD--Warm Strangers, her second of three--from Christie. I'm planning on getting the other two eventually. I'm so glad I discovered her music--and via fandom, too, which amuses me so much. Now she's my new favorite artist as of the past 6 months or so, and I think she's likely to hold my interest for a long time to come. Anyone out there who likes good female vocalists, prominent piano with lots of motion, and powerful, poetic lyrics should check her music out.
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Merry Christmas, FLIST!

I’m having a lovely time with Mom, Dad, Granny, Mark, Vanessa, little Kaedmon, and Strider (the cat). So far, we’ve watched Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas (best Christmas movie EVAR), done lots of cooking (I made homemade salsa, just for general use during the next few days, and “Cranberry Delight” (cranberry sauce, Jell-o, fruit and nuts) for lunch tomorrow), and cracked out a puzzle of sexy pirate boy Will Turner to work on throughout the evening (we haven’t gotten very far yet.)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful evening, whether you are observing Christmas Eve or not.

And now, a bit of a Christmas present for my flist, especially the Furuba-loving types (and perhaps the music-sampling types). After all the music discussion this past week with [livejournal.com profile] f_ireworks and [livejournal.com profile] crimsonlady—and the lovely FSTs they recently posted—I’ve finally made up my mind to post one of my own. I chose not to do a particular character or ship; this is more of a general soundtrack for Fruits Basket. I didn’t set out with a certain theme in mind, but when I had finished selecting the songs, it was obvious that one had emerged.

Fruits Basket FST: That Precious Little Thing

The recurring theme in this mix is hope, which Kyo describes in volume 11 as a “a tiny flower, precious.” The title to this FST, from a lyric in track 12, echoes his words.

If anyone who has graphics skills and a program to use them with would like to make cover art for this, I would be deeply grateful. I’m picturing an image or images of Tohru as a child, like those in chapter 33 and chapter 63 with the title “Fruits Basket” at the top and “That Precious Little Thing” at the bottom, or something along those lines.

I’ve never made compressed files before, so I hope I did everything right. If you run into any problems downloading, please let me know.

Rar file: That Precious Little Thing (includes bonus track)
Zip file: That Precious Little Thing (includes bonus track)

That Precious Little Thing: BEWARE OF SPOILERS )

For my spoiler-purist friends, I’ve provided a spoiler-free version of the commentary. All the songs are included, but for some there are no comments or my comments are truncated. If you are spoiler-free please be careful to scroll down only, and DON'T scroll UP. The spoiler version is right above this.

That Precious Little Thing: spoiler-free version of commentary )

I hope you enjoy!

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Music meme gacked from [livejournal.com profile] buongiornodaisy. Other than starring the ones I find especially interesting, I'll let the song titles speak for themselves.

Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.


Read more... )

Oops! I'd better quit goofing around on the computer or I'll be late for yoga class...

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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] koinegeek:

If you see this on your friends list, add a Shakespeare quote of your own!

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into, Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo',
Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into, Hey, nonny, nonny.

There are several lovely musical settings of this out there, but my favorite is the one in the 1993 film of Much Ado About Nothing.


Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] springdove:

When you see this, you must post a poem you like in your journal. And now you've seen it! HA!

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost is not my favorite poet, but I just love the rhyme scheme of this poem. It always gives me little shivers.

I'm not bothering with LJ cuts. If you really don't want to do these, be a grown up and realize that you will not be struck down by the LJ meme gods if you don't. :P

Also, I would just like to announce that I have a new fannish obsession lately: Inuyasha. Anyone else out there watching this one on Adult Swim (or by other means--there's about a zillion episodes that can be found either dubbed or subtitled or both on the internet)?

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Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] connielane.

List five songs that you are currently digging - it doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now.

Post these instructions and the five songs (with artist) in your blog. Then tag five people to see what they're listening to.

1. Cyndi Lauper ~ "Time After Time"
2. Mariah Carey ~ "We Belong Together"
3. Erykah Badu ~ "Apple Tree"
4. Etta James ~ "At Last" ;)
5. OK Go ~ "Get Over It" ;) ;)

Tagging [livejournal.com profile] springdove, [livejournal.com profile] dtmoney, [livejournal.com profile] koinegeek, [livejournal.com profile] dim54, and [livejournal.com profile] crjace.

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Go to Music Outfitters and put your birth year into the search box. The first link is likely the top 100 songs of that year. Cut and paste that list here. Bold the ones you actually like. Understand that the word "like" in this case means, at the very least, "wouldn't immediately change the radio station from." Pick a favorite. Underline that favorite.

Tunes of 1980 )

Yeah, there was a tie for my favorite.


Song meme

Jul. 10th, 2005 12:58 pm
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Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] dtmoney.

Five songs I will always love:

1. Tori Amos ~ "Silent All These Years"
2. U2 ~ "With or Without You"
3. Fleetwood Mac ~ "Gypsy"
4. Burlap to Cashmere ~ "Treasures in Heaven"
5. Caedmon's Call ~ "Too Tender"

Tag: Anyone who wants to. (Cop-out, I know.)

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(Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] major_dallas)

List your current six favourite songs, then pick six other people that have to do the same.

1. Tori Amos ~ "Silent All These Years"
2. Chantal Kreviazuk ~ "In This Life"
3. Delaina Bailey & Coffee @ Midnite ~ "Because You Came"
4. Switchfoot ~ "Dare You To Move"
5. Kate Bush ~ "This Woman's Work"
6. Jump, Little Children ~ "Cathedrals"

1. [livejournal.com profile] springdove
2. [livejournal.com profile] nessabutterfly
3. [livejournal.com profile] angua9
4. [livejournal.com profile] kruszer
5. [livejournal.com profile] liwy
6. [livejournal.com profile] midgewood58



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