amelia_petkova: (lenore)
It's been over a month since I posted? Crap!

Checking on the websites for some of my favorite musical performers was a mistake: Cecile Corbel is having a sale on a limited edition box set of four of her CDs for $40 with only about $5 to ship it from France to the U.S. I love her music but I never buy the CD formats because of import fees. Ugh.

I don't need it; I don't need it; I don't need it...
amelia_petkova: (Princess Bride icon)
iTunes finally has soundtracks for most (all?) of Studio Ghibli's movies available! I have iTunes give cards!

The newest Bloody Jack book, Wild Rover No More is available and I have a library copy in my hands!

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I've started building a playlist of all the classical music used in Princess Tutu. You guys, I've only made through the second episode and THIS PLAYLIST IS ALREADY AN HOUR LONG. I can't even guess how long it'll be by the time I get to the end of Season 2.

SO MANY damn reasons to love Princess Tutu.

ETA: My playlist of the classical music used in the show is featured below. I was able to assemble it thanks to the entries under the "spot the reference" at [ profile] princesstutu. The entries in "spot the reference" also describe the scene when the song is featured, which I found helpful when I wanted to make sure the show was using the same song I was about to select from my music library. Fair warning, this list is REALLY LONG. I mention each song only under the episode in which it first appears, not in every episode where it's featured.

playlist behind cut )
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One of the many glorious things about Studio Ghibli Films is Joe Hisaishi's music for many of them. Sadly, so far I only own the soundtrack for Princess Mononoke. But for some happy, here's the theme for Howl's Moving Castle. I think I could listen to it all day.

ETA: You know what, let's have more happy music: Linguistics Love Song by Christine Collins, via [ profile] ashura. I know zilch about linguistics but I still adore this song.
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What it says in the subject line. I might add to this list in the future.

since many of the songs tell stories I have put the list behind a cut for spoilers )

Let me know if you think of anything that I've left out! (Note: I have listened to most but not all of the Decemberists' albums.)
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I can't remember whether or not I posted about this in previous years, but anyway.

We've been subjected to Christmas music on the radio for several weeks now but it wasn't until today that I heard one of my favorite holiday songs: "The 12 Pains of Christmas." I found out about it several years ago, when I saw a fantastic online video that used clips from Disney songs with the audio! I'm sad that the video seems to have disappeared from the Internet but you can still hear the song itself on YouTube.

new album!

Oct. 4th, 2010 11:46 am
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I just found out that Loreena McKennitt has a new album coming out! It's titled "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" and has a release date of November 16 for the U.S. You can listen to clips of the songs at her website. I can't wait!
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Lately I've fallen in love with the music of Vienna Teng. (The library here doesn't have any CDs, so I've listened to some of her songs on YouTube.) She has such a beautiful voice and her piano playing is amazing. Currently, my favorite songs are "Lullaby for a Stormy Night," "The Last Snowfall," and "Stray Italian Greyhound." Nothing particularly insightful to say, just that I play the songs again and again.

music rant

Jul. 11th, 2010 11:37 am
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
I’m just going to mention at the start of this that I’m getting my Angry Feminist on. I’ve had these thoughts scattered about for a while but once I started writing, it all came pouring out. Most of these apply to country western songs by female artists related to bad relationships (“Because of You” is the genre exception). For the most part, this is just going to be laid out as notes on each song with themes mentioned.

“You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift and “Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson
“Cheater Cheater” by Joey & Rory; “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood; and “Gunpowder and Lead” by Miranda Lambert
cut for length )
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Comment and I'll give you a letter, then you have to list ten people/places/things you love that begin with that letter, afterwards post it on your journal and fill out letters of your own.

I got the letter "M" from [ profile] bwinter several days ago but didn't have time to do the meme until now. Here we go!

I love to drink mint tea, especially the Harney & Sons brand. Mint juleps and mint candy are good, too. Mint planted in the garden is also a great idea though you need to have it in a contained area, unless you want it to take over your entire property.

I spent one semester researching mythology and folktales related to mermaids and other supernatural women connected to bodies of water. It was some of the most fun I've ever had.

Even though you usually can't touch the items, I have so much fun in museums. I seek them out wherever I go.

I love to learn about countries' different medieval periods. Even in two regions next to each other, what they consider to consist of "medieval" can be wildly different. At this time, I'm most interested in medieval Spain.

Who doesn't love doing Internet memes? They're a great way to kill time, learn more about your online friends, and get ideas for writing.

Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara is an awesome actress. I've only seen her in two movies (The Quiet Man and the original version of The Parents Trap) but she steals the show in both of them. If you haven't seen a movie with this woman, you have no idea what you're missing.

I'd like to see more of the countries around the Mediterranean; maybe go on a cruise someday.

Hayao Miyazaki
His movies are enchanting, pure and simple. I think the first one I ever saw was Princess Mononoke. The animation style is amazing and unforgettable, and the stories are enchanting. His movies always have the best soundtracks, too.

I can't write without music. I just got a new CD ("Caledonia's Hardy Sons" by Silly Wizard) and I'm still at the stage where I listen to it again and again.

Give me any mythology to read about, and I'll be happy for days.
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Ok, I did it. I joined [ profile] help_haiti and posted a fan fiction offering. Offering reposted here for your convenience:

User Name: [ profile] amelia_petkova
Email address: amelia[dot]petkova[at]gmail[dot]com
You can see things I've created at: [ profile] amelia_petkova Click on the tag "fan fiction" on the right-hand side.
I am offering: A fan fic of at least 1,000 words in any of the following fandoms:

Fandoms (if appropriate):
--The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
--The Keeper Chronicles by Tanya Huff
--The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
--The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
--The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia A. McKillip
--Possession by A.S. Byatt
--The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
--Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
--Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
--The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
--The Storyteller (Jim Henson series)

Additional Info (optional): Most of my writing tends to be genfic or humor, though I do enjoy writing in other genres (ex. AU or crossover). I don’t write lemons or noncom. As far as character relationships, I usually stick to what’s established in the canon, though I'm willing to be flexible.

Starting Bid: $5

ETA: You can find the bidding guidelines on the community's entries. I believe the auction ends on January 20.
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
I’m working a lot on revising today, both original work and fan fiction. So clearly, the best thing to do is take part in a fan fic meme! (Not like I don’t already have 20-plus other ideas for stories to write.) I got it from such_heights.

fifteen word stories

1. Write down the names of 10 characters.
2. Write a fic of fifteen words or fewer for every prompt, using the characters determined by the numbers. Do NOT read the prompts before you do step 1.

Seriously, try this meme. It's a hell of a lot of fun.

Author's Notes/Source Information
--"The Rake's Song" is from the album "The Hazards of Love." Listen to it on YouTube. The lyrics sum things up pretty well. Nightmare fuel, ahoy!
--Charlie is female (short for Charlotte)
--Austin is a one-eyed cat
--Minor spoilers for The Long, Hot Summoning by Tanya Huff.
--More Author's Notes at the end

These pairings are all insane )
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I just got home from watching a performance of The Nutcracker with my parents. (To my surprise, Dad was the one who came up with the idea.) We had a great time. Tchaikovsky is my favorite classical composer and the last time I saw Nutcracker I was around 10 years old, just barely old enough to sit still through it and laugh at the boys in tights. (I still laugh at the boys in tights.)

If you ever do attend a performance of this ballet, it's important to keep in mind that this is a good show for people-watching in the audience. Due to the nature of the storyline, a good portion of the audience is made up of little girls in party dresses. Some of the other watchers annoyed me. I'm not sure if this is something to do mainly with American audiences but we have a tendency to start clapping and hollering at the slightest pause in the music. During this show, it was every time one of the dancers did something especially amazing. I'm all for applauding them, but it kills the mood! (I went into mental "Old Lady" mode: "Darn kids, shut up! I'm trying to listen to the music! And while you're at it, get off my lawn!")

Because of the storyline, a good portion of the cast is made up of children and teenagers. They were terrific, even the smallest ones. How great must it be to perform in such a well-known ballet when you're so little! The adults were amazing, too. Looking through my booklet, I'd say about half the cast plays more than one role. The costumes are wonderful, especially once you get to the part where the characters are representing candies and other treats. (I ended up making hot chocolate soon after getting home.) The dancing rats do look silly, but what can you do? I adore the music; it's some of the only Christmas music that I can listen to at any time of the year. I can't even begin to pick out a favorite song.

I was reminded how important it is to pay attention to everything that's happening on the stage, not just the main dancers. One of my favorite parts is during the party scene in Act I, when the maid drags Uncle Drosselmeyer off behind the Christmas tree for kissing. He tries to escape several times but she just pulls him back.

Trying to find the names of specific dances, I found this website, that covers everything involved in Nutcracker. It looks like a good place to go if you don't know much about this ballet.
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I'm working on the second season of Supernatural right now. So far my favorite reference is in "The Usual Suspects," starring Linda Blair aka that kid in The Exorcist. Early in the episode I was saying, "Her voice sounds familiar, I know I've seen her before...holy crap!" They even reference the movie at the end of the episode: "I have a craving for some pea soup."

Just finished watching "Crossroad Blues" and totally knew that it would be about Robert Johnson even before I started it. If you're looking for anything interesting on Johnson, try reading a novel titled Mojo Hand by Greg Kihn set during the 1970s, in which Johnson didn't die the first time around. Great for both supernatural buffs and music lovers.

Does anybody know if there's a CD of Robert Johnson's music recorded by him, or is it almost all covers by other artists?

God, I love this show.
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Gotten from [ profile] starstruckduck.

Pick an artist, and using ONLY SONG TITLES from only that artist, cleverly (preferably) answer these questions. This is harder than it seems!

ADDITIONAL RULE: You cannot use the same artist I did, or duplicate song titles even if they were performed by another artist.

I chose to use the songs of Loreena McKennitt. The lyrics are more of an answer than the titles themselves. All lyrics can be found at her official website. Few of the answers are fully accurate; I fudged a bit to make my answers more interesting. So you get the fun of guessing which questions I'm truthful about!

1. Are you a male or female:

2. Describe yourself:
"The Stolen Child"

3. How do you feel about yourself:
"The Two Trees"

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend:
"The Lady of Shalott"
(I couldn't resist.)

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation:
"The Highwayman"

6. Describe your current location:
"The Gates of Istanbul"

7. Describe where you want to be:

8. Your best friend is:

9. Your favorite color is:
"All Souls Night"

10. You know that:

11. What's the weather like:
"The Seasons"

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called:
"The Old Ways"

13. What is life to you:
"Never-Ending Road"

14. What is the best advice you have to give:
"The Bonny Swans"
(Always remember, don't drown your sister to get to her boyfriend!)

15. If you could change your name what would it be:
amelia_petkova: (lenore)
I'd heard about it for a while, but this morning was the first time I found "The Rake's Song" by the Decemberists on YouTube. I automatically opened the sidebar and started reading the lyrics ahead of the music. "No more a rake and no more a bachelor / I was wedded and it whetted my thirst..." okay... OH MY GOD!!! (Seriously, you have to hear/read this for yourself.)

Given how many people (including myself) often don't listen closely to the lyrics upon the first listening of a song, I now really want to add the Decemberists to the ipod playlist for the speakers at work. (Soften them up with "The Crane Wife," soften them up with "Eli the Barrow Boy," then lead them unsuspecting into "Shankill Butchers."

amelia_petkova: (apple tree)
Here in western New York, middle of the day, it's snowing again. (After it all melted yesterday because the temperature was 45 degrees Fahrenheit at 10 p.m., what the hell?!) Very pretty at this point, pretty flurries that aren't too windy, and it's even more enjoyable because I don't have to go anywhere. Looking out on it, I want to spend all afternoon writing next to a window with a view, or go roaming in woods (possibly feeding chickadees at the same time, as they're the world's cutest and cheekiest birds), or make snow angels. It reminds me of my current writing project, which is very much winter-oriented.

What are your favorite wintry books, movies, or music? There's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen, of course.

Good Christmas music can be found on the albums "Mistletoe and Wine" by the Mediaeval Babes; "To Drive the Cold Winter Away," "A Winter Garden," and "A Midwinter Night's Dream" by Loreena McKennitt (though I haven't listened to the last one yet).

On days like this, when there's just enough snow and still other colors in the world, I can love winter.

EDIT: Everyone's suggestions in the comments added. Also, the novel Winter Rose by Patricia A. McKillip. The book is both lovely and haunting.


Sep. 26th, 2008 05:01 pm
amelia_petkova: (apple tree)
For all my fellow fans, Loreena McKennitt has a new CD coming out!

It's been almost a year since I went to the concert in Buffalo, NY and it's still one of the most fabulous events in my life.
amelia_petkova: (Labyrinth peach)
I've been going through YouTube and bookmarking videos like it's nobody's business. Some of the goodies:

Baby Britain by Elliott Smith.
It's hard to find PotC music videos that I like, but I like this song.

Cowboy Bebop and The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
What isn't good about this combination? The world needs more fun music.

And to feed my musicals fixation:

Totale Finsternis with the original Tanz der Vampire cast
Silly me, for not trying to see Tanz when I was in Europe. But I got to visit Wales so it's all good.

An Elisabeth music video with the song Dark Waltz by Hayley Westenra
I found this one today. Watched it several times and it still gives me chills.
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I watched the last half of Revolutionary Girl Utena in the couple of days before I left for Spain, which resulted in rather odd imaginings and thought processes. Apparently some of those ideas are still kicking around, as I recently came up with the idea for a soundtrack to the series.

I was thinking to myself, this could be heaven or this could be hell )


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