a_leprechaun: (Default)
of the little parody-song I just wrote )

No cursing in this version because little kidlings and my family may both be watching the vid.
a_leprechaun: (Default)
WATCH THIS VIDEO )

Seriously, people? Do this. I need submissions, and it would be cool to be able to edit some people I actually know into the montage. :)

Unrelated: This video is made of amazing and win and I am now obsessed with the song. But why isn't Tinkerbell involved? She's one of the "bitchiest" Disney gals out there. Maybe it was too easy.

In a similar vein to the above: this.
a_leprechaun: (tumnus music)


I has guitar.

Guitar needs name.



Name will likely come only through hours of intimate playing.

Owmyfingers.

(while that doesn't strike as a good name for a guitar, I couldn't pass it up as a possible LJ name. [livejournal.com profile] owmyfingers is my new music blog.)
a_leprechaun: (pippin dream)
Walking home from hanging out with the gang at BK just now, I discovered that walking in Evanston this late at night, alone, feels more like walking through a life-sized Evanston playset complete with working lamps on the sidewalks and clockwork cars puttering through the streets. I walked up Davis street feeling I was the only person in the city.

As I crossed a street I noticed a cop car pull up to a red light, and I began to sing "My Time of Day". The cop car was on the corner, the pavement was washed (although with melted snow, not rain), and the lights over the post office gave off a gold-yellow glow. My voice sailed gently over complete silence.

You can sing at night in Evanston, and no one will hear you but the trees and the darkened store-fronts.

My Time of Day

Randomness

Feb. 26th, 2007 08:17 pm
a_leprechaun: (the fool 2)
MWA-HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA.

...No, I'm not gonna tell you.

New Thing! So I've been thinking about it since Japan, and I've decided I really would like to have a tattoo. I've always kinda been intrigued by the idea in and of itself, but I never could think of a good idea for one until last summer. Since then I've been taking the advice of Mara, who I met in Japan, who said: "Think about it a long time, then decide on something. Then think about it summore." I've had the idea for at least half a year now, and I still like it.

Here's what it would be: the Japanese characters for "Once upon a time" (or literally, "Long long ago"), with a Celtic-knot-type circle around/behind them. I figure I would get that first, and maybe later add on the same phrases in English, German and/or Celtic in small letters around the outside edge of the circle. I would also want it to not be too big, and on my lower back as close to my tailbone as possible, so as to be as unobtrusive as possible for acting purposes.

Alas, the acting factor is what makes this a tougher decision than it would be if I were, say, an Engineering major. :P I've heard that actors with tattoos can have Troubles, even if they're out of the way. But I really want it. So I think I'm gonna ask around, to Dawn or whoever else I can think of, what the general attitude is. Are tats more of an overseeable annoyance to most directors, or will a majority just turn you away for it?

If anybody out there knows anything, please to share your experience.

I already have an idea for a second one, too, though this one would have to wait until:
A) I have well established myself as primarily a singer-songwriter, thus eliminating the tattoo-worries
or B) I'm a famous enough actress that it doesn't matter how many tats I have or where they are,
cause I'd want it to be the Faery Star, right on my chest where the necklace falls when I wear it. I find this idea incredibly rockin'.



OH! Also. I've been tuning to the Music Video channel the last coupla times I've worked out in my apartment, and the other day when I turned it on, This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race was on. Since then I've had it on iTunes for 2 days and it's almost up to 20 plays. The remarkable thing about it for me is I'm usually so lyrics-focused, but when I first heard this I couldn't understand a word and I still loved it.

Also the video is pretty awesome itself.

Since it was MTV, I have no doubt that this is being overplayed on the radio as we speak, but I don't listen to the radio anymore. And maybe some of you out there don't, either? Thus, I invite you to enjoy. :)

...Aaaaand now to the Japanese homework.
a_leprechaun: (true friends (WAS))
It's snowing! The high today is in the positive double digits! This is an improvement.

Song of the Day:
I'll Be Seeing You // Ann Hampton Callaway

This song breaks my heart every time. The line "in every lovely summer's day" somehow gets to me the most.
Also, even though it talks about summer, it puts me in mind of snow.

50 BOOKS 2007
4))
The Cyclopædia of Social Usage: Manners and Customs of the Twentieth Century, Helen L Roberts

I feel like I could write a whole story based in these principles now. I find it fascinating. In one way I'd hate to have to live under all those rules, but in another it's nice how everything was structured around the consideration for others' feelings.
Then again, the highest form of etiquette these days requires just about the same thing, but do we follow it?
I'm trying to figure out why that last thought makes me happy. Somehow the reassurance that people have always been the same gives me comfort.
The rules are only defined by how we break them.

Have a great day, everyone. ^____^
a_leprechaun: (deal with the devil (dutch elisabeth))
Weekly BSG Comments )

I keep getting these odd catalogues in the mail. They're all called things like "Stuff You Never Knew Existed" or "What on Earth" and contain things like aprons with "witty" sayings and kistchy sculptures. I'm not exactly complaining; I got John's Christmas present from one of them (a model of the Bluesmobile and action figures of the Blues Brothers), but I find it kind of odd I'm the only one in the apartment of four people who gets them. They just started coming one day, randomly. :\

Also, I'd like to turn everyone on to a site called SongSearch. I found it while conducting a search for the Dutch Elisabeth CD, since Amazon had none. This site said it had it, for $22--the only seller on Amazon I'd ever seen had been selling it for $40. I was skeptical at first, but I Blingoed around a bit and found no reports of scandal. So I ordered.

'Elisabeth', the Dutch recording, arrived in my hands today. It took a while (though the site warns of that) and it's obviously a used copy, but it's in good order. So consider this endorsement; if you're ever searching for an obscure CD (or DVD), SongSearch is a good place to look :)

I am, by the way, lovin' Stanley Burleson as Death so far (they call him "De Dood" in Dutch! Hehehehehehehehe). He's so unlike any other I've heard. People like Mate Kamaras and Uwe Kroger rock out, and that certainly is fun to listen to, but Stanley by contrast is so understated. I can just imagine him slinking around the stage--so cool he doesn't need to scream the notes to prove his point.

Listen to De Laatste Dans to see what I mean.

And yeah, this is pretty much my favorite Elisabeth cast on the whole. Heck, I even dig the "Kitsch" on this one.

(Although no one will ever beat Takarazuka's version of the Prologue until they figure out those notes are sung 1,000 times better legato than staccato. Who made that decision anyway? :P)

ETA: OMG THE SEXY DRUMS on Er Valt Een Zwarte Schaduw. Addo Kruizinga as Rudolf WINS. WINS.
...But seriously, that made my heart speed up.
a_leprechaun: (squee! (clopin))
Candyman

Christina Aguilera is one of the few mass-produced pop princesses who can actually sing well enough to deserve the position, IMO. So givver some love. And definitely give some love to whoever decided on that big-band swing motif for her, cause damn.

Hell, let's put Ain't No Other Man up here too, cause why not. :D
a_leprechaun: (merry xmas pippin newyear)
I've been considering that for my New Year's Resolution, I shall resolve not to partake of any alcoholic beverages from midnight of January 1st to midnight of April 28th, which will be my 21st birthday. On the one hand I feel like it would make the birthday more special. On the other, I don't drink all that often anyways, so I dunno how much of a difference it would make.

[Poll #897181]

Also, *points to Current Music* this musical is for The Win, much like the movie it's based off of. I love it when I find a musical soundtrack I can listen to three times in a row and not tire of.
a_leprechaun: (too sexy (roger))
Song of the Day. Not for any reason I can pinpoint, I've just been feelin' it.

Maybe it's cause [livejournal.com profile] herod_the_nut and I just watched da Rog *points to icon*
I see a connection, anyway...

The last wave of tests for this quarter begin tomorrow. Yay for getting them over with, but oog for having to do them in the first place. :P

Thanksgiving was marvelous. I brought [livejournal.com profile] herod_the_nut home with me to New York and we had a fantastically touristy weekend. We saw the Thanksgiving Day parade (okay, so that one I do every year), the 5th Avenue Christmas windows, Jacques Brel, Spamalot, and I took him on a tour of Nyack. We also saw the Tenacious D movie. Bizarre-ness abounds.

And now, quizzes!











More Quizzes )
a_leprechaun: (trust me (gaius/six))
Oh Nickelback. Your songs continue to be Pure Sex.

Next Contestant
Animals

Purrrr.

10 days until Nano. Gettin' excited. I keep telling myself it's not about having something publishable, or even good. It's just about getting the characters from Point A to Point B and having a fun time doing so. ^___^ Meanwhile, I'm assuaging my impatience by roleplaying some of my characters on the Nano forums. My minor characters actually have personalities now, gasp. :D

EDIT: WOW. I've just done a bit of webbing around, and I didn't realize there was SO much Nickelback hate out there. :\ Why is it people get so rabid about bands they don't like? I don't like John Mayer as a rule, but guess what that means? I don't listen to him and only occasionally go off on a rant about him *shifty eyes*

Oh wellz. I seem to have a history of liking music other people despise to the core of their souls... ie Celine Dion, Hanson, Bowling for Soup. Lovers of Rabidly-Hated Musicians Unite!
a_leprechaun: (tonight's the night)
Hey fans of "Elisabeth" (and even if you're not):

WATCH THIS.

Pia Douwes is now officially my favorite Elisabeth. Just....HOW? HOW does this woman sing those notes SO EASILY? Akghfjbafjagjdbvjadvagdjabvnamvdag.

*speechless*

*Must Have Dutch Recording OhmyGOD*

EDIT: Aah, she was also the original Elisabeth in Germany. So, Dutch cast, original German cast, whichever I can get my hands on.
a_leprechaun: (Frank (WAS))
*looks around* I seem to be back in America. And I brought music!

To be more specific, the Japanese version of "Elisabeth", the German musical that's made its way all over Europe and, well, Japan. This is not the Takarazuka version, as there are dudes in it. Which is odd, since I bought it when I went to Takarazuka. :\ Oh well, it's still awesome.
I'll zip the whole thing if anyone wants it, but for now you just get my two favorite tracks (so far):

ミルク ("Milch" in German) FANTASTIC energy in this song. Lyrics and translation.
闇が広がる ("Der Schatten Werden Langer" in German) Not only do I adore Rudolph's voice, but the contrast between him and Tod? IS LOVE. Lyrics and translation.
I'm kind of fascinated with Rudolph in general, actually. Yay for characters that get manipulated? Or something.

I was gonna make a project of translating the songs, but someone's done it already. Ah well, I brought plenty back from Japan to practice translation on.

And now, some questions I was asked long ago. These come from [livejournal.com profile] rocknlobster:

1. Are you always as adorable as you are? However adorable you may think I am (or not), I would think it's a pretty constant state, since I am... it. So, yes.
2. If you could, would you make yourself a mood theme with pictures of yourself? Hmm. Probably not, just cause of the time involved in making one. I certainly have enough pictures, though XD
3. What is your favorite thing about sake? How quickly one can get wasted off it. Yeeaah.
4. What is your second-favorite song to karaoke? In order to answer this, I must first determine my first favorite. Which I think would be "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin. Making the second-favorite "Shadow of the Moon" by Blackmore's Night. :)
5. How good is your Japanese? After spending the six weeks there, I can carry out conversations in practical situations. i.e., buying train tickets or asking questions about a hotel reservation.

And now it's YOUR turn.

Want to be interviewed?
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

P.S. The fam & I are watching the Emmys, and the guy from My Name is Earl? Who just mentioned all the people he DIDN'T want to thank? BEST ACCEPTANCE SPEECH EVAR.
"God... I know you probably had something to do with this, but you took my hair, and that's just not cool."
XD
a_leprechaun: (trust me (gaius/six))
A man dies, and suddenly finds himself in a very swank reception area: good lighting, platters of sweets and free coffee, the whole deal. A pleasent, smiling woman greets him:

"Hi, welcome to Hell. Satan will be with you in just a moment. Just relax."

The man is understandably confused. He has very little time to think about it, however, as a pair of doors suddenly open and a man in an impeccable suit comes in, shakes his hand and claps him on the back.

"Hey buddy, welcome, welcome... You're Tom, right? Right, thought so. The name's Lucifer. Lemme show you around." He takes the man through the doors and begins the tour. The place is like a ten-star hotel: swimming pools, massage, restaurants that offer any kind of food you could think of, parties every night, free mini bar and jacuzzi in every room. Finally Lucifer shows Tom to his own room and hands him the key. By this time, Tom is still confused, but is choosing not to question it.

It is at this moment he draws back the curtain to the window, and looks out onto a scene of utter carnage. People scream in pain as they are torn apart by demons and dipped into pools of fire. Tom jumps back from the window, horrified. "What is THAT?" he asks.

"Oh, that." Lucifer looks out the window with a dismissive shrug. "Well, the Christians insisted we have it installed..."

******

Happy 6-6-06, everyone! Here's a coupla songs about how great Hell is:
A Wild, Wild Party//The Wild Party
Hades//The Frogs

As of 2 PM today, I am officially on vacation! Fwee ^___^

Quizzy:




Which Villain Character Are You?



Y'know, there is such a thing as an anti-hero... Can there be such a thing as an anti-villain? If there can, then I suppose I'd be it :D
Although with only a couple different answers I got this:



Which Villain Character Are You?



*Agent Smith love!* Guess that means when the anti-villain goes villain-for-reals, they become AWESOME.
Muahaha.
a_leprechaun: (Frank (WAS))
Pick one Singer/Group/Band & use their lyrics to answer questions.
Are you male or female?:A lovely lassie.
Describe yourself.:Half a hero, half a clown.
What is your favorite time of year/season?:The flowers are sweetly blooming, and the wild mountain thyme grows around the blooming heather.
How do you feel about the one you love?:I can close my eyes and see you. . .and you smile as though you feel my eyes on you.
Are you happy or sad?:I've had a life that's full, everyone's been good to me.
Describe where you live.:The snow lies deep. . .and the sea is high.
What are your flaws or faults?:I'm never really sure which way I lean.
What are your plans for the future?:How can I learn to fly?
How do you feel about God/religion?:Silent one, on my own I whisper to you, "I remember".
What do you do when you're bored?:Well, I got pretty curious and I built a spacecraft of my own.
What makes you angry?:The minstrel boy to the war has gone, in the ranks of death you will find him.
What makes you excited?:Voices rise carried by wind on the open plain.
Do you like or accept yourself for who you are?:Sorry, did I startle you? My face was to the mirror.
How do you feel about people in general?:Like ships in a squall we rise and we fall, we're plotting our course through the waves.
How do you feel about the world?:The day is coming when Bacchus will follow us, don't be afraid.
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Also, KUSHIEL FANS: Click here for a fun little rant.
a_leprechaun: (sorry for the convenience)
For April Fool's, I'm going to trick everyone into thinking I'm a good LARPer.

(eep)

For your listening pleasure, the ultimate unintentional prank: War of the Worlds // HG Wells and Mercury Theater

50 BOOKS:
14)) Boy Gets Girl, Rebecca Gilman
a_leprechaun: (the bells of notre dame)
I meme because I CAN. (HP character memeyay)

Some artwork:
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Click it to see the big-size version. Or if you're friended at [livejournal.com profile] lepricons, just scroll down. :P

On the same vein, a song! My iTunes has about 5 songs from the 80s worth listening to, and this is the newest addition.
Mainly it's meant for the Exalted fans... listen to this and tell me it is not the Solars' theme song.

Kyrie // Mr. Mister

50 BOOKS:
13)) Exalted Twilight Caste Book

I'm losing steam. But I'm also running out of books that I own and are here, and that I haven't read. Anyone willing to suggest, or if you're in the Evanston vicinity, loan?

And a coupla quizzes )
a_leprechaun: (bros grimm mirror)
50 BOOKS:
10)) A Little Book of Mirror Magick, Patricia Telesco
a brief review for those who might be interested )
11)) The Winter's Tale, Will Shakespeare
Reading this reminded me of why I looove Shakespeare. Some of the lines in the first few acts are just... wheeee. XD
Beware of Act 4, Scene 4 though. It's... lengthy. o_O

Today my extensively-revised short story went before my Fiction class for workshop. I was the last in the class to get workshopped, and the only person who wrote anything of the fantasy genre, so I was a wee bit nervous. But a majority of the comments I got were really positive. One girl even said she'd been waiting for someone to write fantasy in our class, and that I had a "knack" for it. Squee!
All I've got to do is explain the world a little more and make one character more sympathetic, and then I can hand in my final (at least for the class... we'll see) draft.

The skeletal draft's up in my writing journal if you're friended there, but keep in mind that the story's now six pages longer, three characters fuller, and everything's been moved around. Oh yeah, and it's titled differently.
And if you read it before and were wondering: yes, I in fact did edit that horrendously cliché speech the king had.

Anyway, I may not post the revised version, but I'll gladly share the soundtrack with y'all (i.e., the music I listened to while I was writing it):

Jacob's Ladder (Not In My Name) // Chumbawamba
Requiem for a Dream Remix
Beyond the Sunset // Blackmore's Night
In Too Deep // Davey Ray Moor (I have declared this the story's theme song)
Closing Credits: Bolero // 'Moulin Rouge' soundtrack
Funeral/Rebuilding Serenity // 'Serenity' soundtrack

Rock on.
a_leprechaun: (Default)
Whenever I happen to mention that "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is my favorite Disney movie, I usually receive the same category of response: people wrinkle their noses, tilt their head to one side, and say things like, "I didn't like Hunchback so much", or, "I never saw that one". And then they go on talking about the glories of Aladdin or The Little Mermaid*.

I've never taken the chance to extoll the virtues of Disney's '96 animated feature, so I'm going to do it here and now.

This was back in the day when I would rush to get the soundtrack of Disney's summer movie (still on cassettes, back then!) as soon as I could, and have all the lyrics memorized by the time the film came out. The music for "Hunchback" was unlike anything I'd ever heard. The ghostly chanting at the beginning of “The Bells of Notre Dame” still sends chills up my spine (I think I actually sang my first High C while singing along with the end of that song). It was the first soundtrack where I even liked listening to the instrumentals! In fact, I think the music itself is a HUGE part of why this one stands out so for me, if only because music has such an effect on me in general. The grandeur of Bells, the sweeping, desirous melody of Out There, the honest and chilling emotion of Heaven’s Light/Hellfire, the demonic glee of The Court of Miracles... I could go on, but I don't want to get too crazy with the YouSendIt. ;)

Then I saw the movie itself. It was beautiful. It was funny. It was emotional. It had an unusual hero. It had things in it I couldn’t understand at that age, which only added to the mystique. And it was scary, in a very real way. Of course I adored Clopin, the colorful gypsy king, and wanted to be just like him. I would dance around my Mom singing “The Court of Miracles”--“dang” became a catchphrase of mine because of that song (”You know that’s a substitute for a bad word,” said Mom). I remember bragging to an elementary school classmate that I'd seen the movie 10 times in theaters. I have no idea if I actually did (I doubt it, since my Mom has been known to gawk at my seeing a movie twice).

Probably the reason I still am in love with the film and the story is because I've re-discovered it in so many ways. I started trying to read the Victor Hugo novel in 5th grade, but didn't get past the first page because of vocabulary issues. In high school I finally went back and achieved this (then-)gargantuan task, becoming familiar with the character of Gringoire--the character of Clopin in the Disney movie is sort of the love-child of Gringoire and the original Clopin. My high school French teacher introduced me to the musical, which started a whole new love affair. And then I went to France and HOO-boy, actually got to sit in the grand cathedral itself. For a whole 15 minutes, but it was worth it. Should I ever return, I plan to find a way up into the towers and search out the place where Victor Hugo saw the word "FATE" carved into the stone, and it inspired him to write. It may not be there anymore, but a girl can dream.

Yknow... I'd like to hear other peoples' rants on why their favorite is their favorite, even if it is Aladdin (teehee). I think I shall memefy this.

What is your favorite animated Disney movie? What made you love it, and why do you still?

I could include non-Disney flicks in there too, but then we're getting into "Thief and the Cobbler" territory for me (or maybe "The Road to El Dorado" or “Cats Don’t Dance”), which is/are a whole different spiel(s).

And the first person to say Anastasia is a Disney movie gets bitch-smacked by the God of Animation Purism.

------

*I am NOT bashing either film, only using them as examples of what peoples' favorites usually are.

P.S. I knew that as soon as I mentioned the frequency of my posts this month, the next one would be at least 3 days hence. Go me and my predictability.

P.P.S. A quote I just remembered from over Winter Break:
DAD: So when did the Wise Men finally get there?
MOM: On the 6th of January.
ME: Ah! On the Feast of Fools!
MOM: Oh, would you quit it?
a_leprechaun: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] roguebelle always has the best memes.

Kingdomality Profile: Your distinct personality, The Dreamer-Minstrel might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. You can always see the "Silver Lining" to every dark and dreary cloud. Look at the bright side is your motto and understanding why everything happens for the best is your goal. You are the positive optimist of the world who provides the hope for all humankind. There is nothing so terrible that you can not find some good within it. On the positive side, you are spontaneous, charismatic, idealistic and empathic. On the negative side, you may be a sentimental dreamer who is emotionally impractical. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today's corporate kingdoms.

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Cosmos is one of the most awesome books ever. I'm learning all sorts of random crap from it that have almost nothing to do with Astronomy. Did you know medieval French monks believed baby rabbits were a type of fish?

Also, apparently I can't go more than two days this month without a post.

Also, apparently LJ decided to change the _ in my username to a -.

?

Song In My Head All Day: Pass It Along // Chumbawamba
Send this song to 20 people... Add your name... Don't break the cycle...

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