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On Facebook, rosiespark challenged me with a tag: to list and post links to seven of my favourite songs.

What fun, I thought, and why just keep it on Facebook, where entries are difficult to find and impossible to organize? I'm going to put the entries here, too.

So here you are, from my March 2 Facebook entry:

Tagged by rosiespark to list seven of my favourite songs (day by day), I'll start with a band we both love, "My Chemical Romance"; the choice of song is "Welcome to the Black Parade". I can't help feeling that this is one of my more respectable choices, and I won't admit that what really won me over was Gerard Way's spiffy jacket. No. It's also because I love the over-the-top lyrics.

So here you are: Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. I can't help feeling that this is one of my more respectable choices, and I won't admit that what really won me over was Gerard Way's spiffy jacket. No. It's also because I love the over-the-top lyrics.

Welcome to the Black Parade.

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Stompin' Tom Connors died yesterday.

He was a national icon and I will miss him. Auriaephiala quotes his farewell message to his fans:

    Hello friends, I want all my fans, past, present, or future, to know that without you, there would have not been any Stompin’ Tom.

    It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with its beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.

    I must now pass the torch, to all of you, to help keep the Maple Leaf flying high, and be the Patriot Canada needs now and in the future.

    I humbly thank you all, one last time, for allowing me in your homes, I hope I continue to bring a little bit of cheer into your lives from the work I have done.


Bud the Spud.
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I watched Jesus Christ Superstar this evening for the second time in a week. Not the movie; it was the Indigo Girls version on YouTube. The most amazing thing is: I never knew this existed. I blame [livejournal.com profile] walkingowl for not telling me! She was my link to information about the Indigo Girls. I bet she'd love this... if she never saw it. I don't think she did.

Amy Ray makes an awesome Jesus. Love her costumes.

Given that the music is essentially the same and the words are identical, I can't imagine the show being less like the one I saw in Stratford.

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I found this site: 'TV Music and Song', and instantly went to one of my favourite theme songs from childhood, It's About Time - a theme I haven't heard since, well, 1966. I'd no idea when it was on television - I had to look up the year. I don't even remember the show itself, but I could still sing part of the theme song. For me, that's rare. Didn't know there were different versions.

My other favourite was the theme from "M*A*S*H", mostly because I liked the words, which aren't sung with the TV show theme.

Too bad we can't listen to the theme for The Professionals.

The theme to Perry Mason was also dear to my hear; memories of watching it on Friday nights, curled up on the sofa with my mother. It was really my first TV show.

Current favourite: Inspector Morse.

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I was invited to a concert by local musician Elizabeth Bruce, and that was the highlight of the day. I'd heard about her singing, but I'd never actually heard her before. The concert was wonderful: she has a strong, distinctive way of creating a song. I was so glad I got to hear her.

Other events:

  • Spent the morning doing office work at CCA, the afternoon doing office work at Computertamers.
  • Buying milk in the morning, I stumbled across some gorgeous blue and while shirts on sale at, of all places, Hartman's Independent grocery store. Bought one.
  • Met a woman named Kate Summerbell, which is a name to make any Dunnett fan's ears perk up. She had gorgeous hair, with a purple streak.
  • I had a post-apocolyptic dream last night in which there was a huge nuclear event, filling the sky with angry clouds and beautiful purple lighting. [personal profile] random was in the dream, and when I told him about it, he said, "That was no dream. That was real. You are not supposed to remember. You will forget about it entirely." I didn't mention the bit about the boat that left without us. I wonder where it was going?
  • There were several brief, torrential rainstorms, but I managed to be under cover for the worst of them. Walked home after the party, partly with [livejournal.com profile] duncanmac, the rest by myself. It was a lovely night for walking.
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Besides being what I say to my budgies, Nighty-Night is the name of an album recorded by Neal Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds and Damian Kulash. They were supposed to do eight songs in 8 hours and so they called it 8in8 but it turned out to be six songs in twelve hours, and I'm sure it was hard work at that. Amanda Palmer talks about it on her blog. I imagine Gaiman talks about it on his, but I haven't gone to look yet. It's a creative commons project, which of course I heartily approve.

I love it. I have a my kind of people feeling about this, except that I'm not, like them, talented and successful. But that's beside the point.

Aah, punk cabaret, how I love it.

Thanks to [personal profile] random for bringing this to my attention: Nighty-Night.

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Went this evening to a live concert by Paul Potts at Centrepointe Theatre. He made jokes about the bad weather ("Last time I was in Ottawa, it was snowing,") but the concert was superb. He sang a lot of my favourites and near-favourites: starting with Moon River, then on to Maria, Se la Fantasia from Cinema Paradiso, Music of the Night, Il Gladiatore, the theme from Merry Christmas Mr. Laurence, La Strada and The Mission. After the intermission he sang Parla Piu Piano from The Godfather, A Place for Us, the Love Story theme, a tribute to Mario Lanza with music from The Student Prince, and as encore, Nessun Dorma. One of his themes was a tribute to the music of Nino Rota. I approve.

The other singer of the concert was Sarah Pacheko, whom I hadn't heard before. She sang in a remarkably big pink silk dress that made me think of Cinderella (and the pumpkin). Particularly liked hearing her do Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah - another favourite song. [livejournal.com profile] maaseru described her as a cross between Dolly Parton and Celine Dion. Heh.

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Did all my exercises in time to go for dim sum with Marion and Vicky. We all ate sparingly, and it was delicious - wonderful. Afterwards, we did some shopping at the Chinese grocery next door to the Mandarin Ogilvy, then went to my place to watch and episode of Moonlight (1x03, "Dr Feelgood") and Hawaii Five-O, the 2010 version, 1x01, "Pilot".

Enjoyed both, especially Alex O'Loughlin's roles - and of course, Jason Dohring in Moonlight. Marion tells me a lot of people slash the two leads in Hawaii Five-O,, and I can see it - the dialogue is quite catchy. Sadly, I don't much like Scott Caan, and I don't think he'll grow on me. Still. Never say never. The slash I would like to see would be in Moonlight, where I don't like the girl at all - don't like Sophia Myles - but I'd love to see a Mick/Joseph pairing. (Note to self: search online for such a thing. If anyone knows of any stories with that pairing, do let me know!)

I wouldn't have had time to watch both because I had to be off to a potluck dinner at Lisa's, but Marion helped me chop vegetables for soup while we were watching Hawaii Five-O and the timing worked out perfectly. Lynne drove me to Lisa's and we had a lovely dinner - I brought Asian Mushroom Soup, Lynne made macaroni and cheese with tomatoes, and Lisa made peanut butter cookies. A good time was had by all.

Then we went to see the Christmas music concert by The Hallelujah Gospel Chorus. Not my choice - I really dislike Gospel music, and the alternative was a student production of Twelfth Night which I'd have loved to see. But Lynne loves Gospel music and Lisa chose that too, so I was outvoted.

And though I really still dislike Gospel music, I did enjoy the concert. Some of the new tunes for familial songs were lovely, and I particularly liked their version of Handel's Messiah. There was lots of singing along, and I didn't flinch at the religious angle because... well, just because: I can't say I didn't know it would be there. They encouraged the audience to sing some of the songs too, especially before the concert. I amused myself by singing some of O Come All Ye Faithful in Latin just because I love the Latin words. "Chorus angelorum" in particular.

The concert was at the church where I used to go as a child, and where I was baptized, Kitchissippi United Church, which used to be Kingsway United. I looked around for ghosts of my past, but aside from it being a familiar and standard style for Canadian United churches built in (probably) the 1940s, there was nothing familiar about it, not even the Sunday school room, where I stuck in my head for a peak. I endured some horrible hours there. Not too many, fortunately - my parent's weren't so cruel as to force me to go when I hated it so much.

As a child, I thought that church boxy and ugly, and longed for something with Gothic arches or a traditional spire. It seems nicer to me now; plain, friendly architecture without pretensions. Not the loveliest of buildings, but there are so many much worse.

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I'm playing a CD that's a compendium of Christmas music. The current song is "From Russia With Love". Why is that a Christmas song?

Not a problem... I like it... just puzzled.

Saturday...

Nov. 6th, 2010 11:27 pm
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Spent the morning at a birthday party for my chiropractor's business and got a sample massage (from a strong-fingered woman named Kristin McCuaig) and a reiki treatment (from a warm-handed woman named Candice McMullen).

It snowed in Kanata.

Then [livejournal.com profile] maaseru and I went to IKEA, where I bought a pillow and a box, and we had lunch - she had their new chili dish, which was delicious, and I had that old standby, IKEA meatballs, with vegetable medallions.

Then I went home, napped, and did some housecleaning.

Lil came from Montreal with her friend Andrea, and we went first to supper at Swiss Chalet, then to a concert called Brigadoons and Friends at the Centrepointe Theatre. A good time was had by all. My favourite part was when a girl named Robin Barillero of the MacLeod Fiddlers sang a song called Fhir a' bhàta in Scots Gaelic.

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I am so embarrassed. I've been listening to and watching the new MCR video and I didn't even recognize Grant Morrison. Grant Morrison! I've even met Grant Morrison. And didn't recognize him. My only excuse is I didn't expect to see him there.



I love the ties between comics and music.

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Day 09 - A movie with a good soundtrack

    Discounting musicals - which I adore - the one which I remember noticing and loving, long ago, was the soundtrack of the 1975 Rollerball, especially its use of Albinoni.

    Current top choice: Howl's Moving Castle.

    Otherwise? I love Howard Shore's music for The Lord of the Rings.

    I like the Pirates of the Caribbean music, too.

    And then there are all those wonderful musicals.

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Does anyone know a place I could find and download an mp3 copy of the song "Salma Ya Salima"? Singer and language doesn't really matter.

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I really enjoyed this musical commentary in the Fringe theme. But then, I love the Fringe theme. It sounds to me more like Beethoven than Philip Glass.

And while i'm talking about it, I really love the graphics, too.

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This evening I went to see The Pirates of Penzance, put on by the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. I went because Lisa's older daughter Margot is in it, and it was a treat. The entire show was put on by thirteen teen-age girls and one boy, who played Frederic; and a woman at a piano. The staging and the direction were excellent; so was the imagination put into it. Margot played a pirate and a maiden and a policeman, and she got to sing my favourite song from Penzance: "A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One".

The best performance came from Nadine Rizk, who played the Pirate King. I adored her. She compared well with any professional I've seen in the role, besides being utterly cute. Naomi Peltz, who played Ruth, was also very good. Lisa said she had a scholarship to go to a drama school in New York, and no wonder. She played a 47-year-old in such a way that Lynne asked Lisa how old she actually was. Lisa said she was in grade eleven.

Sadly, the lone boy, who played Frederic, wasn't very impressive. So it goes.

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I am happy; I've scored a minor triumph.

Years ago I had an album I loved: Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weil. It was a compendium of all sorts of musicians singing Kurt Weil songs. I haven't seen it for a few decades - possibly it went to my ex in the divorce? In any case, I miss it, and was thinking of getting another copy. But the song I most wanted on it was Sting doing "Mac the Knife". This is not a song I particularly like when other people sing it, but I love Sting's version.

I finally, finally I found it today on YouTube.

For an extra bit of fun, I even found him singing it in German.

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Another wonderful thing happened today: the new John Barrowman CD arrived in the mail.

And I love it.

Some of the songs are old favourites ("Memory", "My Eyes Adored You") and some are songs I never liked before - but somehow Barrowman can make me enjoy even "Copacabana", which must be a minor miracle. I'm not sure even he can make me enjoy "You'll Never Walk Alone", but he makes me dislike it less than with other singers.

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Today's Livejournal Question: If you could only listen to one music genre for the rest of your life (classical, rock, jazz, etc.), what would you choose, and why?
    I like variety in music. I can't think of anything that would send me to one genre.

    Okay, my favourite music is showtunes. But showtunes alone would be... unfortunate. My favourite types of music? Most of them. From Huun-Huur-Tu to Bizet to rap to whales. My favourite singers, off the cuff, at the moment:
    1. Jill Barber
    2. John Barrowman
    3. The Beatles
    4. Jussi Bjorling
    5. IAMX
    6. Leonard Cohen
    7. My Chemical Romance
    8. Paul Potts
    9. Queen
    10. Emma Shapplin

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