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Thursday, March 8th, 2007
9:17 pm
Right. So. I don't think I'm going to be using this journal anymore. Anyone who's still interested in my (increasingly WTFmusic) life should friend reconditarmonia, because that's where I'm heading. All holiday-present ficlets will be posted there, probably this weekend. This journal will no longer be used, except for occasional posts to say "go over to the other journal if you haven't already."

(Apologies for the last post, by the way. It's the first time I've noticed PMS significantly affecting my mental state.)

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Friday, February 16th, 2007
6:45 am
I really don't know if I'll be able ot do theatre next year. If I really like the show or think I'll ge ta great part, it might be OK, but if I'm in the chorus or have a bit part it's not worth missing Photo Club and Anime Club and Academic Team to hang out with people who don't seem to realize that I'm a person. People will turn away from me as I'm in the middle of a sentence to start conversations with the more popular and outgoig people. Yesterday I spent half an hour sitting backstage trying not to cry - had to stiops singging a song because my voice waschioking up - and no one noticed.

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Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
10:00 pm
Meme-thing from rymenhild:
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Boston Legal is my new favorite show. It's awesome. *squish!Clarence/Clarice/Clevant/Oprah*

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I've forgotten why I was posting. Also, I've made no progress on Rika's picture, Claire's fic, or my fic for DF Birthday. *is horrible and lazy*

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is very good. To make fun of our teacher, since he says everything is a Christian allegory, another girl and I are going to try to prove it's an allegory of something stupid, like the Cat in the Hat. (Which really works, actually.)

Also, I made torroncini and they're good. :D My sister isn't allowed to eat them because she didn't share the cookies she made in Hebrew school.

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Thursday, January 25th, 2007
7:05 pm
Well, I'm in the chorus of Parade. Singing soprano 1 again as per Jutt's order. It's so nice to have the melody.

Was going to record "Crazy Man Michael" today except voicepost seems to be acting up a bit, it's all scratchy and bad-connection-ish.

And my computer is being stupid and it deleted most of the mp3s from Suor Angelica, and Windows Media Player isn't working so I can't rip it again, and I can't listen to the Death Note OST! :( (I don't even like Suor Angelica all that much, but I like to copy the CDs I get from the library.)

Spent part of yesterday evening casting next year's production of Oliver! in my head. It was fun. (I totally want to play Widow Corney. Heeee.) We'll all have to do the British accents again and it will be painful to hear, I'm sure.

Edit: WMP's working now. Nice of it, after my being unable to listen to music all day.

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Saturday, January 20th, 2007
4:54 pm
We lost by five points. That's the smallest possible point differential. In the finals. Gaaaaah. (Two of the questions in earlier rounds I only knew because of Thursday Next. Unfortunately for one of them my teammate buzzed in with the wrong answer before I could buzz. Please, team, if it's about opera, give me a second or two before you buzz.)

I feel like writing a one-act opera. What can I use for a libretto?

(I've actually been thinking of doing this for a while, but mentioned it now to give this post a bit more substance.)

Also, coppertone, Gallica has Les actes des apôtres if you're interested - wasn't it mentioned in APoGS?

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Friday, January 19th, 2007
10:35 pm
Steve is shagging Adam

That was maybe the second result I got at the OTP generator. XD

Richard III knows Horatio

CRACK. Am not writing it. Don't even say. I haven't read Richard III.

Anyway, was not called back. I hope Sarah gets the part of Lucille and not Nicole, though, because a) she is a better actress and doesn't do weird things with her posture on high notes, b) she doesn't sing it like it's Rent or have a really obvious passaggio. Also I like her. Zimm might double-cast, though, which would be really interesting, he's never done it before. Hopefully not too confusing. Dana is definitely going to be Mrs. Phagan, Jordan is almostalmost definitely Leo, Tyler is probably Brett Craig. (though Jordan and I were discussing it - none of the boys can hit the high notes except the ones who don't have the charisma for the part, but it would be cool to see it done as a pants role.)

All the snow is gone. :( I was going to photograph it when I got home.

We have a tournament tomorrow! ^___^

Having finished The Importance of Being Earnest, I've come to the conclusion that though Wilde and Dickens and Gilbert&Sullivan were of different movements, some things in Victorian lit are always the same. I refer to the discovery of a character as another character's long-lost relative, which solves all his problems.

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Thursday, January 18th, 2007
8:00 pm
Snow!!! ^________^ (Finally.)

Auditions for Parade went well, I suppose. If nothing else I was louder than most of the people trying out. (by this I mean "audible", not "earsplitting".) But my voice cracked a little on the high note (an E flat) and I'm so annoyed because it's a note I can hit easily. Zimm said I can sing it again at the auditions tomorrow, though. I do so hope I get in (oh, fine, I want to play Lucille, but even being in the chorus would be fun) because it's such a great musical.

One of the fun things about auditions is casting in one's head. ^___^ There is no doubt in my mind about who will play Brett Craig the reporter, for example.

In other news (though it's old news really), WTF Mr. James? WTF? First he calls me up to sing "Habanera" so that the people doing it for NYSSMA can hear how it's supposed to be sung, then he tells me that I'm really taking my chances if I go out for any voice part besides second alto. Stop contradicting yourself, James. You had me sing a mezzo-soprano piece as an example to the other students, and you're telling me that I shouldn't sing it for NYSSMA even though it's listed for both alto 1 and soprano 2.

(would it be awful to use my James James icon for NYSSMA rants? though I have my Antonia icon, which I seem to be using more and more frequently lately.)

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Saturday, January 13th, 2007
1:22 pm
...does Mr. James seriously not know what fach is?

I don't think I'm going to do "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" for NYSSMA. I really have trouble with the low A and even the B, and Brandon (voice teacher) says he'd never have assigned it because it's way too low. "Il mio bel foco", the piece I've been working on with him, is listed in the manual under soprano 1. Meh. Maybe I can do "Se tu m'ami", that's really pretty. Or "Il mio bel foco" anyway.

Anyway, the dinner theatre last night and Thursday went well. I sang "Think of Me" and it sounded good (much better last night than Thursday, though, I must have been nervous) though on Thursday there was a lady in the front who was smiling at me the whole time. ^___^

Have definitely decided on opera-in-the-FrRev for my term paper. I'm finding some really interesting online resources, and will also have to go down to NYC to take notes in the NYPL and university libraries.

The presents will be finished, by the way. I just wanted to post them all at the same time. I have to finish salophile's picture and write duello a ficlet and then I am done. And then DF!Birthday exchange. (Why do I keep getting into thees things? I have so many things I want to write and I keep getting held up. At least I don't do Yuletide, because I couldn't even make the deadline on that probably.

Will review The First Emperor another time, after I listen to the radio broadcast today. Also will talk about the books I've been reading recently, though I must say now that A Place of Greater Safety is one of the best things I've ever read. coppertone owns my soul for reccing it.

And what's this about Beckham being signed to LA? That is not on. The USA doesn't do soccer, they shouldn't have Beckham.

Edit: I'm listening to the interview with Placido Domingo on WQXR. He has a gorgeous speaking voice, too. ^_______^

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Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
10:44 am
A bit late, but here's my Christmas musicspam. (Not all of it is actually relevant, but ignore that.)

Steeleye Span: Gaudete
My favorite Christmas song. It is eeepretty, and in Latin. It sounds like part of a mass, I love masses.

Massenet's Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller
Also relevant, since Werther takes place at Christmas. Gorgeous aria, this. Sung by Carreras.

Richard Hundley: Come Ready And See Me
This is also ridiculously beautiful. Sung by Heather Marie Moats.

George Formby: When I'm Cleaning Windows
Unofficial national anthem of England! And, apparently, known in its entirety to all the History Boys.

What Child is This
More actually relevant music, it's a carol to the same tune as "Greensleeves". Lovely harp and flute version.

Puccini's Tosca: E lucevan le stelle
My favorite recording of this aria. Sung by Domingo. (^___^) Amazing.

Summer '78 (with Claire Pichet)
What with the rain yesterday, and me singing depressing songs at the piano, I was in the mood for this. It's from Yann Tiersen's soundtrack to Goodbye Lenin!

Slobodan Milosevic
Kind of random, but it's really bouncy and fun. By the cantor at our temple.

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Monday, December 25th, 2006
12:56 pm
Saw The History Boys last night. It was so brilliant and amazing. *squishPosner* It's like the papers said, you could tell that it was a play to start with, from the dialogue and some of the scene changes. It was so great. I loved the French class scene particularly. All the characters were either very real or very individual.

I didn't like the end though. Not because of what actually happened, but how it had all the boys saying what they became. It's not a style I like.

(also, considering that I watched the second half of POTC2 last evening when I got home, it's remarkable, just how much better the sexual tension in History Boys is handled. I'm thinking about the scene with Dakin and Irwin after Dakin is accepted, compared to the Elizabeth-Jack scenes.)

(also also, George Formby and "When I'm Cleaning Windows". XD)

Happy Christmas, by the way. Did I really forget to post about Chanukah? Ah well.

Status of presents: tsuru_san's, featherfish's and rainbowjehan's will be in the mail tomorrow; gileonnen's will be recorded v. v. soon after I practice it a little more; strokemybow's is started, a little bit; duello's and salophile's are, er, not started at all. ^__^;; But I promise everything will be done at some point.

Only five days till I get to see Placido Domingo! SQUEEEEE.

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Sunday, December 17th, 2006
2:47 pm

(We won the WACKO yesterday!!!!! It was awesome. And we got interviewed by the newspaper and I'll link the article, f-locked though.)

I need to make some new icons. Among others, I am lacking a French Revolution one and a nerd one for situations like this. Also have to do my Port Royale set, once I find suitable caps. Really should get Photoshop, I've been having fun coloring in old photographs at school.

I have a box of 64 crayons. ^__^ I think they're my first new crayons in ten years. Also got a book of blank staff paper (a nice one, not like the one I got in September) and a pair of black leather gloves for Chanukah.

"So...he's been capitalist-molested?" -someone in AP World

Dad: "What kind of rock floats?"
Me: "Pumice."
Dad: "That's right, pumice."
Mum (who was not involved in the preceding conversation): "No, it's pronounced hummus."

But yeah, the tournament totally made my weekend. ^_________^!!!

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Monday, December 11th, 2006
4:27 pm
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James picked out our NYSSMA pieces today. He wants me to do "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" from Handel's Messiah. It's a very pretty piece and I think I'd like doing it if I could get the low notes; but why does he keep insisting I'm a contralto?

Got loads of books and three CDs from the library yesterday. ^__^

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Friday, December 8th, 2006
8:21 pm
Was a slightly weird day. But a good one.

AP World (in which Shultz wore a tie with cartoon flags and faces)
Marc (non sequitur): "I don't like your tie. See, on the American flag it has a white guy with brown hair. It should be more diverse. 33% of the population is Hispanic."
Shultz: *turns over tie and looks at tag* "It was made by 13-year-old Tom to raise money for Unicef."
Marc: "Well, I'm going to write to him and tell him he should be more diverse."
Principal on loudspeaker: "Please excuse the interruption. Two students walking home from [elementary school] were approached by a man in a red sedan, who spoke to them and tried to get them to come into the car. The driver was a white male with brown hair--"

As part of another conversation, Jamison (who is weird) suggested we kidnap Crown Princess Masako of Japan. I'll go into detail if anyone's interested.

English: Reading the Odyssey. This entails Melamed reading the speeches in funny voices (Eurymachus is the best), real!Mentes and fake!Mentes and discussion of whether or not Penelope is a hot mom.

Martial arts: Suffice to say that if your stance is open "like a beautiful flower", you will get hit. Also mention of the "kick-me-in-the-privates!" stance.

Watched two episodes of Death Note at Anime Club, which was v. happy-making. My arrangement of "Crazy Man Michael" is progressing, and I finished a holiday ficlet. Also, Brandon (my voice teacher) had me start working on "Nel cor più non mi sento" on Wednesday, it's really a lovely piece.

First MACC tournament tomorrow! :D

Edit: Trip to La Boheme with Italian Club next Wednesday. Probably the only fun thing the club will ever do. I have a chorus concert. :( :(

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006
6:04 pm
Sooooo...what should I write my global term paper on? Shultz suggested the history of vocal music in different cultures, since I'm an opera fan (and if I were to do that I'd so take notes at The First Emperor) but it's obviously a really broad topic and rather imposing. I want to do something on the period I know most about, you know, Napoleonic Wars or maybe French Revolution, but what? Any suggestions?

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Monday, December 4th, 2006
9:33 pm
Well, today I found out that I've been arranging "Crazy Man Michael" in the wrong key. (starting on E, should have been starting on A) It wouldn't be hard to transpose it, just annoying, but it might make it easier to puzzle out the notes in the instrumental, not to mention that it would definitely be easier for me to hit the low notes. But I like how it sounds where it is. Also I've already gotten used to playing it that way. We shall see. (Nothing wrong with transposition.)

Quote: "I used to be a night person. Now I'm just not a person." -Sandra

Also had an interesting discussion while working on the IndRev (*is pathetic*) project. We were talking about what we would do if there was a draft, since we'd be eligible for it in three years, and Dan suggested pretending to be gay. Hannah thought this might be the one way to get the government/army to move along and do something about gay rights, which was a neat point, I thought. ...Then Dan started coming on to Brian. It was really funny.

"Knights of the Round Table" contains a measure or so of the Toreador Song from Carmen. After the line "We're opera mad in Camelot, we sing from the diaphragm a lot." Just so you know. :)

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Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
10:11 pm
I finished coppertone's birthday present. :) To be sung to the tune of The Beatles' "Eight Days a Week".

(It's totally on crack. And also in French - I tried my hardest, but the fact remains that I've never taken French so the grammar might be wrong.)

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I think I have to record this.

Also, saw The Blues Brothers. It was excellent and I'm convinced that there are muppets of them.

And my first voice lesson was really awesome and I think my teacher is as excited as I am. ^______^

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
7:03 am
"Next time, push him! Don't go 'Look, I have palms! Check out these bad boys!'" -Sensei Jeff at martial arts.

Dan: "Where's Mike?"
Me: "He's dead."
Dan: "Why'd you kill him, Brian?"
Brian: "He was getting on my nerves. I just had to. He had it coming."
Me: *sings* "He had it coming..."
Brittny: "I was thinking of that too!"

(The best part of that was how Dan turned to Brian and asked "Why'd you kill him" without even missing a beat.)

The play I was going to audition for is canceled. Bleargkjhgasflajh.

First voice lesson today. ^__^

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Sunday, November 26th, 2006
6:06 pm

Tosca: The sets, first of all, were really shiny and awesome. Zeffirelli is a genius. The cathedral set for Act I looked like a painting, it was a little strange to see people moving on it. And the Act II set was pretty as well, though I actually preferred the local opera's Act III set to the Met's because you could see the buildings of Rome over the fortress wall and there was also a cell, which I was expecting in this too because he's supposed to be in one.

And now about the singers: I didn't love Tosca herself. Also, she moved really weirdly and stiffly, sort of with her arms out all the time. Cavaradossi, though, was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I've heard many different recordings and one or two live renditions of "E lucevan le stelle", but only one or two were better than his on Wednesday. (But he didn't paint at all, WTF?) Scarpia was also very good, particularly in Act II; very sinister and a lovely voice. (Though there was that moment when I went "EHEEEE HE'S LICKING HER FACE" because I always think of Drood and how the audience cracked up.)

(Also? Apparently in the original play Angelotti was framed as a revolutionary by Lady Hamilton. This makes me want to write a Tosca/Aubrey-Maturin crossover even more.)

Il barbiere di Siviglia: I loved this so much. I think I actually like Tosca better generally, but just comparing the two productions I preferred this. There were no weak spots at all, everyone was amazing. (and yes, Figaro did look like a pirate.) And the sets were lovely and sunny, too.

And it was hilarious. It was. Near the end of the act I finale, which I discovered falls into the category of "ensemble of perplexity" where everyone sings about how confused they are (I hadn't known there was a name for it), this giant anvil starts coming down from the ceiling above Ambrogio, and I'm thinking "Is that a sixteen-ton weight?" and then it falls and crushes a cart. And the music-lesson scene was...well, it was hysterical, as always. It's my favorite scene. Almaviva's so cute in the black coat and silly curly wig, and "Pace e gioia". *squishes him* Rosina was inching over to Dr. Bartolo and singing really loud to see if he would wake up, and then running back over to snuggle Almaviva and sighing etc. And then the Dr. woke up and they pretended he was showing her how to breathe from the diaphragm. And Rosina was lovely in "Una voce poco fa", she looked so squeeful! And the part where they're trying to get rid of Don Basilio...he squeezed through the bars in the fence and came back and sat inside while they were sighing with relief at the door, and then they all jumped when he started again with "Buona sera". Bartolo in the scenes where he's trying to discipline Rosina, and get rid of soldier!Almaviva...and Figaro taking his guitar at "Here's my guitar" from a hand reaching out of one of the doors onstage...Everyone was brilliant.

...loveditsomuch. OMG.

(I think I never realized how ridiculously difficult the music is-- Almaviva's part particularly.)

Also, saw Stranger than Fiction, liked it. Emma Thompson was great. (She crazy!)

Nearly done with the move to reconditarmonia.

Go request things?

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Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
8:25 pm
My hand is spazzing. This is not cool, because now I can't play the keyboard. I was trying to work out the accompaniment for Enya's version of "Marble Halls". :(

But my mother signed me up for voice lessons! :D

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5:30 pm
I don't think I've done a review-of-things post in a while, so here you go:

Il pendolo di Foucault: There were parts of this that I liked. Really, there were. It was quite interesting at times. But Eco talks far too much; it could have been a lot shorter. (Amparo and Salon were so not relevant at all.) That said, it was quite interesting how they worked out the Plan, but I didn't need all the filler information or, to be honest, their personal lives.

In the Penal Colony: Kafka is made of awesome. The title story was really excellent (and it just made my breath stop at times, the way Kafka tends to) but "A Country Doctor" and the stories under that heading were interesting and, well, Kafkaesque, too, and all his little meditations. I also squeed when he mentioned Puccini in "The Aeroplanes at Brescia". "The First Long Train Journey" has slash potential. It does. I'm absolutely hopeless.

Six Characters in Search of an Author: This is so amazing. I recommend it to anyone who likes Ros and Guil are Dead (with which I may very well cross it over someday). Because it works as everything, as an exercise in metatheatre, a comedy and a drama. And it's so poetic-- I adore the Stepdaughter's monologue to the Little Girl. (I don't know if that's what they're called in the English version. I read the original Italian.) She's totally one of my dream roles. I wonder if Zimm would consider doing this show next year. And it's really interesting, what it says about writing and the theatre, and fiction vs. reality (the end is ...wow.) In short: READ IT.

I can't think of any films I've seen recently that I've not already posted about.

Also, Ken Hill's The Phantom of the Opera musical is really pretty.

Things I have to see: Stranger than Fiction, The History Boys.


*points you all at the requests post*

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