teylaminh: (Derren Brown - blank)
The last two weeks have been rather insane. I'll do a separate post later about this morning's work-related idiocy.

Gigs and parties. )

So, that's that. The Killers gig has basically made me go a bit crazy fangirl, repeatedly listening to Battle Born and appreciating it even more than before the concert. It's my favourite album by far - as addictive as Day and Age and Hot Fuss, but less hit and miss, with just as many potential classics. As a result, I want to get the album's logo - a lightning bolt - tattoed on my person. I already have plans for an ouroboros on my right inner forearm / wrist, and I want to get the lightning bolt underneath it. Paul has not helped by suggesting we should both get matching lightning bolts.

It would be much more than just a Killers reference, however: it would be a memory of the gig, a sneaky reference to Rocky Horror, and a symbol of my love of thunderstorms. The ouroboros is a symbol of rebirth; the lightning bolt is for battle born, the wording of which is taken from the Nevada state flag (I want to visit Las Vegas; in fact I want to honeymoon there). I love the sentiment of the two together, a brand to mark the turning point I seem to have reached in my life at the moment. Also, they're one of the only bands Paul and I both like (though we like different songs and different albums: in his head there is nothing to top Hot Fuss, in mine they just keep on getting better) and the first Proper Gig we've both been to, so it would be nice to commemorate that experience as well.

Not sure when I will get them done, but hopefully soon. I'm feeling the desire for new ink really badly right now: mostly to get the ideas in situ before they fizzle out on me, but also craving the pain/adrenaline to reaffirm my own aliveness.

In that vein: I totally need some Killers icons.

Next entry: fee earners waste our time with pointless tasks out of paranoia that could have been avoided in the first place by not being skinflints.

Over and out.
teylaminh: (Random - ficcing)
Okay, okay, I get it, already! I will never refuse to write for POTO again!

Cut for rambliness. )

In other news, we have a very busy few days ahead. Over the weekend the landlord's gardener came and sorted out the drive, patio and garden, all of which look amazing now. Much better than we could have achieved ourselves (and in any case it would have taken us weeks; killing the weeds was turning into an uphill struggle). The gardener also helpfully mowed the lawn and strimmed the hedge, and took out the big dead tree. Now my plan for a vegetable patch may come to fruition (ho ho)!

Also we went into Birmingham on Saturday so I could spend some of my back-pay - more kitchen bits from Livstil (two sieves, a new pizza cutter, two good-quality pie / flan dishes, and new measuring cups), and some bits from New Look (tartan shoes, a hoodie which is a bit too small so needs to be exchanged, and finally some jeans that fit). Had lunch in Cafe Rouge, which took bloody ages as usual because for some reason they cannot seem to cope when they have more than five customers. For tea we had scallops with black pudding and pea puree (courtesy of Paul), and a recipe from Jamie's Great Britain of pork and apple rice salad, which was lovely. (We picked up the pork belly from the markets for £1.95 - bargain!)

Oh, and yesterday I decided to rearrange the kitchen again, to minimise space in which to pile up washing up, and to maximise space elsewhere. Looks pretty good, actually. ;) (Other than that I have been mostly playing Red Dead Redemption on the X-Box.)

On Thursday, we're going to see the Killers. :D OMG SO EXCITE. Thankfully we have Friday off, but it'll be spent getting in food and cooking things for our Hallowe'en party, which was meant to be on Saturday but we got a last-minute invitation to a birthday party. Then next week I'm seeing Evanescence on the Thursday, and going to Paul's mum's for fireworks on the Friday. :)

Thankfully I am now on leave of absence from choir until next September, so will have a bit more spare time to throw at things like Christmas. I'm hoping to be able to go and see either the November concert or Messiah (just to see what it sounds like from the other side) but will have to see how things go.

So yeah. Probably going to be quite busy for the foreseeable.

Pirates 4!

Jun. 3rd, 2011 12:47 pm
teylaminh: (PotC - Pirate!)
Well, I thoroughly enjoyed that, thank you. To quote my Facebook update: two hours of swashbuckling awesomesauce. :)

Before I post proper thoughts, though (perhaps 'review' is too strong a word), something else.

Indications the Fandom is Getting to You, number 42 (I haven't been counting, I just think it's appropriate...): your MP3-player mocks you first thing in the morning.

I turned it on as I was walking down the road to find it halfway through the last song I'd been playing (I listen to my entire tracklist in alphabetical order as it's more random than the bloody randomiser), which happened to be Brandon Flowers's "Jilted Lovers and Broken Hearts" (OHAI song title!), and which also happened to contain this line: "you're flying away // while I'm stuck here on the ground". I didn't know whether to giggle or cry. ;)

This was swiftly followed by Catatonia's "Johnny Come Lately" (I wish I was joking, really), which commences thus: "I'm sorry you couldn't make it // You could have seen him, so weathered and dated" - GAH. That's like... the end of the Doomfic, if Joey's plan didn't work. (The rest of the song not so much, though. :P)

Thankfully I managed to get a Metro this morning and my music was merely background noise, so I didn't have time to think about the rest of it. :P

Aaaanyway, Pirates 4 thoughts under the cut. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - contains spoilers! )

I do believe that's everything. If you are planning on going, don't expect it to make any sense in relation to the previous films. It's almost entirely a standalone story, though a lot of that is due to the absence of Will and Elizabeth. If you prefer those two to Jack, then don't bother. If you want a jolly bit of oceanic adventure with some occasional slapstick, silly pirate voices and one-liners, and you go in expecting exactly that, you will not be disappointed. Don't try and over-analyse it in terms of your preferred mythology, 'ship, character or plot point; just enjoy the ride.

I think that's quite long enough. Now that I've got that out of my system (though I shall probably do a PotC marathon at some point and re-read [livejournal.com profile] redux_08), we return to your regularly scheduled Jonathan Creek madness. Over and out.
teylaminh: (Random - Foodie Love)
Okay, I'm finally going to finish this bloody music meme. Obviously, I've now lost the piece of paper I'd written my answers down on, so these will probably be different to my initial thoughts.

Music Meme, Days 27 to 30 )

I think that's quite a good point to end on. Thank frell that's done with. Never, ever ask me to do this again, Eni! :P

Okay, new embroidery picture next.

Scan 34/?? )

Aaaand that's about it for now. I will try and update around here more often, though apparently giving me ridiculous daily memes isn't the best approach. :P

I shall now watch the Giles+Sue Xmas special on iPlayer and probably post icons in the inevitable post-episode squeefest. Be warned.
teylaminh: (Photo - leaves)
I did start an entry at work today because at around 11.00 it was very quiet. And then Last Minute Friday kicked in and I was busy all the rest of the afternoon. Bit of annoyance cropped up as a result, but I'll try and keep that together with the rest of the post, which I'll hopefully finish this weekend if I remember. I have since got home and had a shower and put my jammies on so I'm a bit mellower now...

Anyway. Music Meme, Days 23 - 26 )

Okay, that's that done.

Embroidery Scans 32-33/?? and Christmas Decorations )

That'll do. My hands are cold and I'm hungry.
teylaminh: (Buffy - The Four)
Because it's been a while, and I'm bloody well determined to finish this blasted "30 days" meme, even though it's now tripled in length...

Music Meme, Days 22-23 )

Right, now here's some more embroidery pics.

Scans 29-31/?? )

I do believe that'll do for now. I might finish the music meme before Christmas. :P
teylaminh: (Photo- rose)
I am determined to finish this bloody meme, even if it IS several days out of date now.

Day 21 - A Song You Listen To When Happy

Er, I don't have many happy songs. Nature of the beast, I'm afraid. So, um... *thinks*

Noisettes - "Beat of my Heart" - from Wild Young Hearts

As Noisettes are a recent discover for me, I thought it was about time I included one of their songs. Their album is mostly upbeat like this and I thought I'd gor for a song which (AFAIK) hasn't appeared on a bloody advert for something. :P

I found them when I heard "Never Forget You" on the radio on the way back from Prestatyn in 2009 (was it 2009? My concept of time is a bit frelled) and bought the album on 2-for-£8 at Asda along with Katy Perry's "One of the Boys" and have thoroughly enjoyed it ever since.

Whilst I'm on the subject of music, Brandon Flowers's solo album, Flamingo is too awesome for words. I'm seriously addicted to it, on the same level I was addicted The Killers' Day and Age last year. I will find an excuse to post one of his songs in this meme, so watch this space... :D

Embroidery Scans 26-27/?? )

Also, here is a photograph of our new Lime Green Toilet Seat )

And that's about it. There was another scan but (a) my stitching together of it looked frigging awful and (b) I couldn't actually tell what colour I'd done. The change was minimal enough for it not to matter... Sorry for the lateness on all this stuff; I was absolutely exhausted last week.

Addendum: Wychwood Brewery Photos from 18th September. :)
teylaminh: (Random - Garbo)
Two more scans under the cut.

Scans 24-25/?? )

Music meme continues. I am determined to finish it having gotten this far, but it might take a while.

Day 20 - A Song You Listen To When Angry

I had a couple of options for this, but so as not to repeat artists, I've gone for this...

Skunk Anansie - "Brazen"

It's so gloriously ANGRY. I only own two Skunk Anansie songs, this and "Hedonism" (both of which I'd heard on the radio before) on a mix tape that Naomi made me several years ago. I intended to make a songset of Spuffy icons to this but never got around to it...

I might purchase their back catalogue eventually. They were popular during that period when I was just about discovering the world outside of musicals. :D

Meme Mania

Sep. 5th, 2010 01:38 pm
teylaminh: (Farscape - Stark - hidden talents)
Because I have nowt else better to do.

Day 19 - A Song From Your Favourite Album

I meant to include this on a different day and completely forgot, so I'll do it here. I can't find a video, so Google helpfully gave me the following:-

Cerys Matthews - "This Endless Rain" - from Never Said Goodbye

This is from Cerys's second solo album, probably my favourite of the three (the first, "Cockahoop" is all liberated, whilst "Don't Look Down" is more moody), and this is one of my favourite songs from that album. I just think the opening is so effective; you can really picture the rain falling down the window as you look out, waiting for it to stop, and the way that rainy days can make you feel... Especially in the current climate of 'endless rain' and periodic sunshine. It's very much a song for our time. Rihanna can have her "Umbrella" and keep it, thank you. :P

Album Covers Meme

1 - Go to Wikipedia for a random article - click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random. The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to Quotation Space for a random quote - click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3. The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to Flickr for an image uploaded within the last 7 days - click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days. The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover. Right-click/Save.
4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.
5 - Post these instructions and your music covers on your LJ.
6 - NO CHEATING!


x4 )

I have more embroidery pics but I'm charging the camera battery in order to upload them... Watch this space.

Okay, I need to eat something, and then find something to do for an hour and a half before EastEnders starts.

Epic Update

Sep. 4th, 2010 02:01 pm
teylaminh: (Edward - butterfly)
Okay, I have music meme stuff and embroidery stuff to post, and in regards to the former I will just be re-starting where I left off, because I think my last meme post was on 27th August and I don't feel like doing that many in one go... I also have some other bits to update about.

Music Meme and Embroidery Pics 21-23/?? )

My week off is almost over and I have no idea where the time went... In brief:

Saturday - I made my first ever curry! We went to a nearby supermarket and got £15-worth (a full carrier bag) of spices in order to make said curry, followed by a trip to Moseley Farmers' Market for sausages, cheese, local ale, wine, etc. Spent rather too much money, but meh. Anyway, I've now rebagged all the spices (including a 1kg bag of garam masala - I'm going to be making a LOT of curry now...) and my kitchen smells divine. :D As for the actual curry, I did spiced fishcakes to start with a coriander chutney, followed by Anjum Anand's "Punjabi Chicken Curry", which was lovely. I forgot to put the chillies in, and also I put in too much water so it didn't quite go as the recipe stated and I had to thicken with cornflour, but it tasted delicious. Definitely going to make that again. :)

Sunday - I think I had a migraine. Can't remember.

Monday - went to visit [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjottings in Oxford, which was a lovely day. We had to change at Milton Keynes, where the structure they laughingly referred to as a bus station consisted of three portacabins and some pavement, with only a cricket ground nearby to break the tedium. It was about a 15-minute walk from the actual bus station in the city centre and thus not worth the effort. Milton Keynes is poo; everything is square and all the buildings are identical. Give me an organic rambling city any day.

As for Oxford, it was beautiful. I wish I'd been clever enough to go there for uni, really. Something about the surroundings inpsires you to Be Academic. We wandered around several of the colleges, found lunch in a quiet pub, and were briefly followed around by a strange-but-friendly cat. Photos are here.

Tuesday - nowt. Recovering from the day before!

Wednesday - we went out to see Avatar in 3D at the IMAX, having missed it the first time around. Review / Spoilers )

Thursday - more nothing. Did some more embroidery.

Friday - we were supposed to see Toy Story 3 but neither of us were particularly in the mood. Spent the afternoon searching for shoes for Paul as he's at a wedding today, then he went off to stay over at the bride's mother's (don't even ask, it's the weirdest wedding ever - Paul is a "bridesmate" for starters...) and I came home and watched Marie Antoinette, which we'd picked up at Blockbuster in the cheap sale DVDs rack. Quite an interesting film... Internet was deaded all last night (in addition to cable telly being half-b0rk all day yesterday and again today - you suck, Virgin). I stayed up til about 2.00am in order to knacker myself out before attempting to sleep, otherwise I wouldn't have managed it. Surprisingly, I actually had a fairly good night's sleep, although did have a very odd dream this morning that Paul had briefly come home before going back out to the wedding again...

Today - nothing much at all. Got up 10.00ish after finishing my current book ("Loves Music, Loves to Dance" by Mary Higgins Clark) and have pottered on t'internet since then. Should probably straighten my hair and get ready soon as I have to be at the same wedding's reception at 6.00. Given I hardly fit into any of my clothes any more, I have no idea what to wear. Meh.

Tomorrow - chillaxing and enjoying the last day of my leave. I should have booked another week. Hopefully I will be having another week off after my birthday anyway.

And that's it.

Mo' Music

Aug. 27th, 2010 09:36 pm
teylaminh: (Photo - egg house)
Two-day meme catch-up. I'm sure you know the list by now. :P

Day 16 - A Song You Used To Love But Now Hate

I think 'hate' is a very strong word, but...

Celine Dion - "My Heart Will Go On" - from Titanic

I bought the single of this, because at the time it was on the radio constantly and always in my head (buying a song is the only way I can listen to it until I get bored, otherwise it would drive me mad). I then bought an album off the back of it which isn't too bad, but not the wisest decision I ever made... Anyway, as cheesy as this was back in 1998 or whenever it was, it's doubly so nowadays. It didn't help that it became one of those irritating songs that so-called talented tweens used to sing on morning television shows, which alas was also a fate suffered by "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" several years earlier.

Still. Celine is good to sing along to when you want to vent, at least. And I had my impression of her down pat at one point from the endless re-listens to this song. :D

Day 17 - A Song You Hear Often on the Radio

I don't listen to the radio. Hardly ever. Um. And if I do, it's Classic FM, and even that hasn't been for ages. So... I will go for something that I used to hear on the radio a lot in 1999 when I was doing my A-Levels. Heh.

Cher - "Believe"

This was constantly on the radio that year, along with Alanis's "Thank U" and Catatonia's "Dead from the Waist Down" and several others. I fail at modern music, sorry. :D (Also: yes, I do own this; it's on the Greatest Hits, which I bought only for "Walking in Memphis"... *ahem*)

My week off starts here, OH YEAH!
teylaminh: (Edward - cookie heart)
Yesterday was quite pleasant. I was only at work for three hours, because I had to leave shortly before 12.00 to go and pick Lisa up from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (the old one). She'd gone in for A Procedure (not sure she would forgive me for disclosing which!) which required her to be under heavy sedation so she wasn't allowed to be released into the wild on her own. ;)

I got the train down and managed to find her without any trouble, thanks to asking for directions when I rang up to confirm the collection time. The receptionist helpfully informed it was the Green Zone on the fifth floor. Which was just as well, because I'd never been to QEH before and it's frigging massive. Clearly those weeks of placement as an OT must have been good for something, even if it's only being able to navigate hospitals. :P

Anyway, we got a taxi home and then sat and watched telly for five hours. Lisa has bought some DVD box sets recently and rather than inflicting Alias on me partway through (she's on series 3), we decided to give Love Soup a go... Details / Review )

Following that, at around 6.30pm, Lisa went up the road to get herself some chicken, and I went back upstairs to await Paul's return home. We had steaks with baked potatoes and salad (Paul) or butternut squash (me) for dinner, and we caught up on the new series of X-Factor. I know full well this will make me angry again, but as it's the last series ever I thought it would be remiss of me not to snark it. :P

And that's that. Thank anything, I have a week off next week. Spring cleaning is on the cards, as well as a trip to Oxford to see [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjottings, assuming the trains aren't completely useless...

Whilst I'm around, here's some more stuff...

Music Meme catch-up )

And now for another bit of embroidery...

Scan 20/? )

Okay, I think that's everything. Now to check train times.
teylaminh: (Spuffy - with or without)
So I don't end up behind again...

Day 13 - A Song That Is A Guilty Pleasure

Avril Lavigne - "I'm With You"

I hated "Complicated" and "Sk8er Boi" with a fiery passion. But after I'd got off my high horse and made my peace with Avril a bit, I actually really liked this song. I only own it in the capacity that [livejournal.com profile] pandorasblog sent me it on a mix tape, but that still counts... Besides which, "My Happy Ending" was okay, too, if insipidly determined to get in your head...

Now onto the embroidery...

Scan 19/? )

Right. I suppose I should go to bed. I'm going to be exhausted this week for the pure fact that I have next week off and my body wants to rest already. :P
teylaminh: (Trapdoor - Globbits)
Augh. The last time I did this was on Monday so this will have to be under cuts. So without further ado: days 08 to 12...

Full list is here.

Days 08 to 12 )

Anyway. That will have to do as I have a lasagne to serve. :)
teylaminh: (TXF - PMP - dreams)
I can't think of better subjects for these, really...

FULL LIST.

Day 07 - A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event

This is an exception to the "songs I own" rule.

Aqua - "Turn Back Time"

Technically it's only the chorus, though I do remember the song being in the charts... This was used for the Sky One trailer for the Season 5 finale of The X-Files. Sky One have always been really good with their trailers (it's part of the reason I really wish they'd had Farscape to begin with rather than Skiffy / BBC2), and I can still remember that particular trailer. The focus was on Mulder and Scully (Sky One knew us so well :D) and the arrival of Fowley putting a spanner in the works. In the episode, there is a brilliant scene where Scully is going to tell Mulder something, but she sees him in the room with Fowley holding his hand, and instead she chickens out, goes back to her car and phones him instead, pretending to be on the move. The trailer had a couple of seconds from that moment of Scully in her car and it was heart-wrenching.

Aside from that particular event, it also leads into several other events, because Season 5 ended whilst I was on work experience in year 11, and thus a couple of weeks away from That Summer Holiday between GCSE and A-Levels. Back in the days when we actually HAD summer, rather than intermittent rain and occasional sunshine. It was the summer I saw Phantom in Birmingham, the summer of The X-Files first movie, and more than that it's a summer I remember to this day with fondness, and memories of ice-skating, cinema trips and gleeful obsession.

In which case, it's also quite an apt song title for the event(s) in question. :)
teylaminh: (Photo - Sunset orange)
Actually managed to post this on time today.

Full list is here

Day 06 - A Song That Reminds You Of Somewhere

Dick Van Dyle / Sally Ann Howes - "Doll on a Music Box" - from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

This might seem rather an odd choice. I first watched this film (after owning it on video for several years) when I was 14, a couple of days before going to Gran Canaria with my mum. It was an absolutely brilliant holiday, arguably one of the best I've ever had, and thanks to re-watching this film several times before going (I used to re-watch stuff endlessly, a habit which continued into TV fandoms many years later) I was cursed with having most of the songs stuck in my head. For ages afterwards I would always associate the CCBB soundtrack with the holiday in Gran Canaria, and for some reason this song in particular is the only I remember most vividly. (Shipper instinct, probably. :D)

So that's that. :)

I have this on DVD actually. I may have to do a re-watch soon...

In other news, we went to see Inception today and it was awesome. Quite brain-manglingly plot-heavy but most enjoyable. I would review more but I'm far too tired. I did like the (very slight) nod to 2001: Space Odyssey, though I fear after finally watching that film I'm seeing it everywhere for evermore...
teylaminh: (Random - Cutlery)
Failed to do this again yesterday because I was too tired to go on the internet, go figure...

Full list.

Day 04 - A Song That Makes You Sad

Considering how often this reduced me to tears, it can only be...

Meryl Streep - "Slipping Through My Fingers" - from Mamma Mia!

I think I finally became immune to this beast after about... 20 listens? Yeah. No idea why, it just gets to me.




Day 05 - A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

I did have a song written down here, which used to remind me of Paul... except it doesn't any more, or at least not present-day Paul. :) It reminded me of Paul when we were first going out, so it's not that relevant now. So instead, here is something horrendously geeky.

Lily Allen - "Chinese"

This is one of those "once you have seen it, it cannot be unseen" situations. During the midst of post-Easter special madness, and the period shortly before that when I was attempting to finish the last of my episode tags, this song kept on reminding me of Jonathan and Maddy and her inevitable return. Or at least an inevitable return in which there was not a decade of complicated history and things had been actually normal before she buggered off to America.

Of course, once I'd made that association (it usually only takes a couple of lines or a few words to cause it) it wouldn't go away, and now I can't listen to it without thinking of J/M. Unfortunately, the Marks and Spencer's adverts have the same effect - you have no idea how bloody glad I was when they finally showed Caroline Quentin's character's husband in those adverts. Seriously.

Sad, but true. And alas, it's not the only song which does this. I have at least one for every fandom / pairing. :D

Aaanyway, that's it.

Just waiting for Alex and Dina to arrive for another of our dinner party, three-course menu efforts. This time we're having chicken liver pate with crusty bread to start (made by Paul - the pate, anyway), followed by steak-and-ale pie (me) and cheescake with strawberry coulis (Paul - his first ever dessert!) if it ever sets. :D

OM NOM. This time there will be pictures. ;)
teylaminh: (Farscape - John&Aeryn - happiness)
I didn't get to do this last night, so here's the next two days' worth of choices. The original list is here.

Day 02 - Your Least Favourite Song

I told myself when doing this meme that I would stick only to music I actually own, and I think with a few exceptions I have managed that. In which case...

Antony and the Johnsons - "Free at Last"

Now, don't get me wrong. I really, really like "I Am A Bird Now", the album this comes from. And for the most part the songs on that album are sheer brilliance. This particular song just doesn't do anything for me. I'm sure it has some great deeper meaning that I'm simply not understanding, but... I don't get it. It's the only song I regularly skip, both on the CD and on my MP3-player when I get to it.

Day 03 - A Song That Makes You Happy

I had a couple of choices for this, but I've moved one of them elsewhere, so:-

The Feeling - "We Can Dance"

I suggest you ignore the video and just listen to the song in the background. It's the only album version I can find - all the others are live mobile phone type uploads with people singing out of tune over the top. Suck.

This is a hidden track on the second album, "Join With Us", and it comes after the last listed track, "Greatest Show on Earth", which is quite slow and maudlin. When those synths kick in at the start, it never fails to make me smile. It sort of reminds me of Tubular Bells at the beginning, but the entire song is bouncy and chirpy. I think it makes less sense out of context of the preceding song, as you don't get the same sense of the change in mood, but nevertheless, I defy anyone not to start humming along. :D

That be it for now. I'll try and do the others on time. :)
teylaminh: (Photo - Atget mouth door)
So I'm finally getting around to this. The reason for the delay is because the first question was insanely difficult. It's literally taken me a week to think about / whittle down the options.

Aaanyway, [livejournal.com profile] commoncomitatus asked that I do this, so here it is.

The List )

Day 01 - Your Favourite Song

It took me a long time to actually think about what my 'favourite' song was. I like lots of songs. A lot. But I definitely struggled to opt for a 'favourite' of those that I liked. In the end I decided it should be something from a musical, as it was the genre that shaped my early childhood until my mid-teens and I knew no better, and then it was a case of deciding which of my favourite musical duets / ballads to go for.

Michael Ball - "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" - from Les Misérables

I chose this song out of the many I love from Les Mis purely because I remember loving it before I knew where it came from. I have a vivid memory of tying a headscarf I was very fond of to a piece of garden bamboo cane and waving it around in time with this song when it was on television once, before I knew what the musical was about and that there is a great deal of flag-waving in it. :D The video is of the inimitable Michael Ball (who else?!) singing as Marius in the concert version at the Albert Hall for the show's 10th anniversary back in 1995. Les Misérables is 25 this year, so actually, I suppose it's quite apt.

Om Nom

Aug. 4th, 2009 11:31 am
teylaminh: (Random - Cutlery)
We had 'Wetherspoon-style' chilli con carne last night... So here's a recipe, courtesy mostly of none other than Marguerite Patten (seriously, her book is a kitchen lifesaver...) - enjoy!

Chilli Con Carne, Wetherspoon Style )

It's literally the easiest thing to cook ever, apart from toast or something. Alternatively you can cook the rice beforehand and throw it in with all the other ingredients, or have the chilli on baked potatoes. Et voila.

In other news, I am in something of a musical quandary, and trying to decide whether or not to buy a couple of albums... My plan is to check them out for free on Spotify before I go and spend any money. For starters, I really like the Noisettes' new single because it sounds really retro-disco-esque (I don't know the title; the chorus ends in "always remember me"), despite not really liking "Go Baby Go" very much - though it's growing on me...

My other quandary is Katie Perry. I really, really didn't like "I Kissed a Girl" because it was bloody stupid, but I really like "Waking up in Vegas" (and from what I've heard of "Hot and Cold" or whatever it's called, I quite like that one too...) I also find myself increasingly getting Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" in my head, which, NO. I didn't particularly like her personality when she was on Jonathan Ross and haven't heard anything else she's done.

So, yes. Spotify would seem to be the answer.

I spent an evening the other day searching for Killers videos from alternative sources, as most of them cannot be viewed on YouTube in the UK because of copyright reasons (which is a bit rubbish, though I imagine most of them are on the singles...) - the video for "Mr Brightside" is probably my favourite, if we exclude the one Tim Burton directed ("Bones"), which loses points for Brandon Flowers sporting a rather questionable beard. :P

I don't think I can find anything else to ramble about. Best go find some work to do.
teylaminh: (Priscilla - Drag Crossing)
Firstly, here's that same old meme-thing, taken from Eni and Eve respectively:

If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Secondly, I owe a few hugs here and there, so: *HUG*

Thirdly, because I was re-reading old entries today in a fit of sheer boredom (there's been barely anything to do today; I also re-themed my journal to something more summer-y) and realised it's been a very long time, here's that guess-the-song-from-the-lyrics meme...

Rules: randomise your MP3-player of choice (I'm using Winamp), then post your favourite lyric from each song that comes up (trying not to include the title), then let your f-list guess the artist and song. There's normally a limit of 10-15 songs but I've been known to go as high as 30. ;)

Usually Eni and [livejournal.com profile] queenc2346 pwn this kind of thing between them, but anyway... here it goes:

Lyrics... )

Off you go, then. :P

Edited on 09/07/09 with answers.
teylaminh: (Buffy - sanity)
If anyone was wondering where yesterday's entry went, I re-filtered it to a more selective friend-group. If you can still see it, this paragraph does not apply. :P

Paul didn't go out last night as intended because I was upset; we had comforting soup for tea (although I'd bought myself a curry from Marks and Spencer, self-indulgently, in the event that he did go out) and I finally got around to typing up the end of my Jonathan Creek "Omega Man" fic, to share with Eni and distract her from her kitchen ceiling stress.

Also had some very good news over the course of the evening - effectively ending this bloody three-bad-things awfulness - but I probably won't share that for a while.

I'm feeling better this morning. Paul has some options, we discussed them last night, and even though the choices aren't perfect they are nonetheless a whole lot better than unemployment. The sun has finally come out again, also, which has lifted my mood a bit (quite terrifying how much the weather suited my general state of mind last night - we went to the pub and got completely soaked in the downpour), and we have a team lunch this afternoon at Bella Italia - pleasant food and pleasant company. (Goodness me, it's nice not to dread team lunches...)

I seem to be cursed by odd-numbered years. Possibly this is a self-fulfilling prophesy, but it's still quite strange.

I have a photo to post and an icon to make, which is this weekend's task. I also have an overdue embroidery scan to share. Bad Stuff tends to put a damper on any kind of positive productivity, hence why I forced myself to finish typing up my fic last night, despite not really being in the mood and spending some portion of the allocated two hours fiddling with Winamp to update my 'all tracks' playlist with newly-ripped music. (On that note, I am currently addicted to both "Drastic Fantastic" by KT Tunstall and "Day & Age" by the Killers. The latter is absolutely amazing, incidentally. I also caught Brandon Flowers on Jonathan Ross the other week and his prettiness only made my unprecedented Killers-addiction all the worse. :P)

Anyway. Bad Stuff is rubbish, but this too will pass. Eventually. In future I will consider more carefully how/where I post my horrific over-reactions to set-backs, however, if only out of self-preservation of my sanity.

I think that'll do.

Bugger.

Nov. 26th, 2008 01:35 pm
teylaminh: (Farscape - John&Aeryn - happiness)
Bloody typical.

As soon as I've weaned myself off the Mamma Mia soundtrack for a bit, Tesco are milking the DVD release for all they're worth by playing it on a constant loop. And when I happen to go in there for lunch, they're playing the only song in the entire thing which makes me cry like a baby.

Talking of which, we are doing one particular piece in the carol concert which yesterday night made a lady in the row in front of me start crying. It's one of the most beautiful, haunting pieces I've ever heard, with a simple tune at the start which twists around accidentals and dischords in the middle, all sung a capella. (It's Taverner's The Lamb, and the highlight of this year's concert, it would seem. We don't appear to be doing anything interestingly audience-participation-y, though. :( Oh well.)

Last year, O Little Town of Bethlehem caused a lump in my throat at the morning rehearsal. If I survive the concert emotionally intact this year it'll be a bloody miracle...

Song meme.

Nov. 23rd, 2008 06:22 pm
teylaminh: (Photo - Atget mouth door)
In lieu of a real entry (I'll update on Monday, probably, just can't be arsed at the moment), here's a meme from [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjottings...

Song meme )
teylaminh: (Retro - 80s robot)
Just before I left work today, I noticed this strange anomaly in Word, but for some reason it's only in my individual files folder on the shared drive, not any of the case files.

Weird )

All of the files (except about one) in that folder are hidden files, and there's nothing untoward in the properties either.

WEIRD.

In other news, I came home to (a) a leaky binbag dripping fat inside my bin (yeuch) and (b) a surprise through the letter box in the form of Nightmare Revisited (from my mum), a version of the NBC soundtrack with the songs performed by different metal artists, as the Current Music testifies. It's very very strange indeed, but also interesting...

I also saw the perfect present for Paul's birthday but I'm going to look online for cheaper options because it was a rip-off in M&S. I was in there getting a curry for tea, before you ask. ;)
teylaminh: (Chicago - cell block tango)
This is mostly for [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure but it's here in case anyone else is remotely interested...

As you can see, my idea of capitalisation alphabetising, even, leaves a lot to be desired sometimes - it makes sense in my head, honest. :P

Comprehensive list of musicals and soundtracks that I own on CD... )

The terrifying thing is that they comprise about 80% of my CD collection. :D What can I say, I like soundtracks...

Anything you want, let me know.
teylaminh: (MH - numb haven - K/Y)
I'm sure I had a longer dream than this, but anyway, here's the 5-minute snippet from just before I woke up.

Dream )

As for the random fic inspiration, I decided last night that I should do an Ugly Betty fic to the song "Strange Glue" by Catatonia. Lyrics ) I think the writers-strike-induced haitus is starting to get to me. But yeah, I can definitely use it for a current-season fic. "Rain..." isn't set anywhere in particular, but the current events in the show (spoilers) ) would make perfect fodder for using the song.

I happened to notice this whilst listening to Winamp last night; sometimes, songs just stick out for no apparent reason, though it's nice to be getting the inspiration back again, slowly.

Which reminds me, the PC started first time and kept going until I turned it off, and I was playing online games and listening to music at the same time without it freezing. Clearly it just needed a bit of a dust. Weird thing.

We had a bit of a move around in here today. I didn't move but used all the moving as an excuse to rearrange my desk. Knackered now, though. Could quite happily have a bit of a nap...
teylaminh: (Photo - rainbow)
I listened to Never Said Goodbye again last night twice through. More thoughts )

I am quite tempted to join the forum on her website, except that, from experience, forums are bad for my health, no matter how friendly the people seem to be. I end up being too opinionated for my own good, although in this case it would be nice to find some bloody people to wax lyrical about Catatonia at...

I'll probably watch it for a week and see how things go... Apparently there may be a Catatonia reunion in 2008. Which would be wonderful. I'm hoping that her appearance on I'm A Celebrity will have pushed her back into the public eye again...

Last night I also decided to take the PC apart (in a manner of speaking) to see if anything was loose, as it's been playing up horribly for the past few days. Nothing appeared to be wobbling, but I did clean the dust off one of the drives, which might have had something to do with it. In any case, it then started first time and kept on going even though I was - shock! horror! - asking it to play Flash games... I suppose later tonight will be the test, though.

This week has been looooong. At least it's nearly Friday. I keep thinking I'm meant to be doing something this weekend but I don't think I am..

New CDs

Jan. 8th, 2008 12:26 pm
teylaminh: (Chicago - cell block tango)
Well, I got my £7 back. Unfortunately Zavvi didn't have any spare jewel cases to replace the broken one... What kind of self-respecting music store doesn't have spare CD cases? Anyway, I replaced it with the case off Paul's new CD, as the back insert of his was just plan yellow...

I left work at 3.30 yesterday, mostly because my back was hurting again - I don't think I slept very well on Sunday night because my stomach was playing up, which might account for it. Luckily said stomach seems to be settling. At least leaving early gave me a chance to get to Boots (for more co-codamol; I've lost the ones from the hospital in our black hole of a flat) and Zavvi when there were no crowds...

Once home I reset the heating controls to come on at 4.15 instead of 5.00, as I am frequently home before the house warms up, and then sat down to listen to the new CDs.

Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out )

Cerys Matthews - Awyren = Aeroplane )

Cerys Matthews - Never Said Goodbye )

Other than that, I played a lot of Picross on the Gameboy (I got a craving for it and don't have the DS version yet...), cooked a pork-based bolognese type thing for tea, and watched The Others on BBC2. I've seen that film about five times now and I still don't completely know possible spoiler ). The film never really makes it explicitly clear; Kidman's character does confirm it, but she's not really of sound mind at that point... I even went to the usually-reliable IMDB, but there was as much speculation there as ever... Possibly I should watch the DVD copy I've had for years to see if there's any revealing featurettes...

I've also nearly finished reading Russell Brand's My Booky Wook; there's something quite addictive about it. He's a human car crash, really.

First choir rehearsal of the season tonight, so I'm at work until 6.00 again. I stayed in bed until 8.00 this morning because I was knackered, and was only 15 minutes late for work anyway... Although 'late' is relative when you have flexitime.

At least the work is fairly fluid today...
teylaminh: (Photo - Atget mouth door)
I have no idea if this will work, but anyway. I've temporarily created a FileFreak account to host this rather than eat up my own bandwidth, which will be deleted in 45 days if I leave it inactive (which I more than likely will), so - random MP3 (or rather, WMA) of the City of Birmingham Choir.

Christus Factus Est.wma

This was our first piece from the Tewkesbury Abbey concert in June. It's a bit quiet (recorded live, obviously, in a very echo-y building) so you may need to turn the volume up.

If you like what you hear, I will gladly make you a copy of the CD. The Hymn to St Cecilia sounds bloody amazing, but Christus Factus Est sounded pretty cool too.

If that doesn't work, there is a 'podcast' on the choir's website of the same song...
teylaminh: (Random - rose)
These are the words to one of the pieces we'll be singingin Tewkesbury Abbey in June.  It's unaccompanied and the music itself is beautiful enough, without the added bonus of having lovely words...

Hymn to St. Cecilia )

The second part is done as a canon and sounds beautiful, and the stanza that starts with "O dear white children" is a harmonic section underneath the soprano solo with some truly gorgeous melodies in it (my favourite is the "your lover dead" bit).

It's very difficult, especially because it's designed for a small chamber choir and we're a large choral group, with a lot of women who love to show off their vibrato.  It's also difficult because there are lots of lovely high bits that are very quiet.  Which is no mean feat, and hence the vibrato-ladies are having to tone it down a bit.

The basses have a lot of work to do as well.  But it should sound amazing when it's up and running.

In other news, all of my messengers officially work.  For those that don't have them and want to add me for real time conversation, here are my various details:

AIM: teylamina (note the 'a' at the end)
MSN: teylaminh@hotmail.com
YIM: teylaminh

I am nothing if not unoriginal. :)

Anyway, I mustn't mess about online all night, I need to get my stuff ready for swimming.  Yay, swimming. :)
teylaminh: (Random - Sunset pink)
Some of my CDs. )

You may all point and laugh.
teylaminh: (Random - rose)
I like this one.  Similar to the other MP3 lyrics meme, but somewhat more tricky.

Randomise your MP3s, then post the first five lyrics of the first 20 songs.  Then let people guess them.

1. Hold on to me, love; you... - Evanescence, My Last Breath - [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
2. You never needed them. You... - Juliana Hatfield, Somebody Is Waiting For Me - [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
3. Okay, Ike, you're my little...
4. How can I think I'm...
5. Are you blind when you're... - Cats, Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats - [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
6. Small wonder you've not heard...
7.  I wanted you to know... - Seether (feat. Amy Lee), Broken - [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
8. From ze day he vas...  (phonetic, if it helps) - Rocky Horror Show, Eddie's Teddy - [livejournal.com profile] collie_wing/[livejournal.com profile] queenc2346
9. I gave you three years... - Pink, Walk Away - [livejournal.com profile] queenc2346
10. No more talk of darkness... - Phantom of the Opera, All I Ask Of You - [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
11. Thought it was funny when... - Dido, Isobel - [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
12. This is not a monument... - Juliana Hatfield, Fade Away - [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
13. The first time that I saw...
14. At the end of the...
15. Come on, babe, why don't...
16. Only you, you're the only...
17. Asla Thea stole a stallion... - Judy Collins, Anathea - [livejournal.com profile] translucent
18. Close my eyes.  Stay down... (oo-er...)
19. "Say, Janet."  "Yes?"  "I've got..." - Rocky Horror Show, Dammit Janet - [livejournal.com profile] collie_wing/[livejournal.com profile] queenc2346
20.  There's a bunch of birds...

Mostly showtunes, it seems, plus the usual miscellany/crap.  G'wan.

(PS: I fixed my mood theme.  I hate the web interface, especially its tendency to refuse to load again once you've saved anything.  So I recreated it from scratch using the console, after I did a quick rename of the image files to get rid of the numbers.  I wouldn't have had to do this if LJ hadn't broken it in the first place...)
teylaminh: (Spuffy - with or without)
Dear Meat Loaf,

stop writing fantastic lyrics.  You are causing an unacceptable amount of pointless LJ lyric!spam.

In which I am soppy, once more )
teylaminh: (Farscape - John&Aeryn - happiness)
I'm still addicted to Katie Melua's new album, so much so I haven't had time to listen to the Green Day one yet.  I've been meaning to post the lyrics to the following song here for ages because the first time I heard it I cried.  Not openly, just a little.  Aside from the obvious (you'll see), there's just something about it.  And then I realised how much it reminded me of John and Aeryn from Farscape, circa season 3 in Infinite Possibilites: Icarus Abides (with TaylnJohn rather than MoyaJohn, or John Black if you prefer...) and also of the end of season 2, Die Me Dichotomy.

Read on, and you shall see.

Just Like Heaven )

The kind of lyrics that look wonderful on their own without the music as well.  The tune itself is quite bizarrely upbeat.

And then, there's this one, the track following, which I also liked before I realised that it inexplicably reminded me of Erik and Christine in Phantom of the Opera, more from Christine's individual perspective than both of them.  (Just Like Heaven can be read in both directions, John or Aeryn.)  Very definitely post-plot.  If I'd finished my other song fic I could so use this one as well...

I Cried For You (Mary's Song) )

Katie's lyrics have come on in leaps and bounds since Belfast (Penguins and Cats), though that one was good in its own surreal, symbolic way.

I am very much loving this album.  *hugs it*
teylaminh: (Erik - blank)
I had a really good entry planned to go here.  No, really.  It was going to be fairly lengthy and involve bits of lyrics from various songs that appeared, in order, on my latest MP3-player tracklist.  But, as usual, as soon as I sat down to try and remember all the bits that were in my head, it filed itself neatly in the "I don't think so" part of my brain and refused to come out again.

So you'll have to make do with this rather pathetic effort instead.

I was meant to be going to the pub quiz at the Jug of Ale again tonight, but due to lack of organisation, bad weather, crankiness and general apathy, I really can't be bothered.  Lager is apparently preferable to my company, but right now, I can see why.

Fuck.

"I'm wrong and I'm sorry, baby..."

That's the only bit of lyric I can remember I was going to put here.

I'm going to bed.  No, wait, I'm going to phone Aisha and then I'm going to eat, and then I'm going to bed.

Edit: After phoning Aisha, I learn that the following people have been invited to our meal out on Saturday, apparently:

~ Crystal
~ Rachel
~ Salma
~ Gemma

She'll get back to me about actual attendance at some point.

Crystal I'm fine about. Rachel I'm somewhat dubious about as we did part on rather negative terms, from what I remember, and have changed ridiculously since being at school. Salma, if she can come, would be weird as Hell since I've not seen her since A-levels, but knowing Salma she's not likely to come. As for Gemma...

...holy shit. Just... shit. As if the latest bout of familial angst wasn't head-fucky enough, all of that has to be dragged up again. The last time I saw her she made it patently obvious she wanted nothing more to do with me, and it seems that Aisha's the only one she's stayed in contact with; she accidentally emailed me once with a mass forward and I emailed back to extend the olive branch and got no reply. As far as I'm concerned, that friendship ended a long time ago.

And I thought the nostalgia ended back in October. Oh, how wrong I was...
teylaminh: (Buffy - The Four)
I keep going to look at terrifying pictures, but my brain can only handle about 5 in a row before it shuts down from the horror.  In particular, the latest one of a man shot in the head at close range, and a slightly older one of a deformed baby born of two drug abusers, were the worst.  Hence, don't click that link if you're of a sensitive nature...

Today was boring, really.  Had very little to do.  We called someone out to fix the printer after the man on the phone tried all possibilities, only to have the service bloke turn it off and on and have it work.  Which was embarrassing, and annoying, since I'd been doing that all morning to no avail.  Stupid machine.

Went to town to get a bus pass and got some chenile black-and-grey-stripey gloves for £2.00, which was nice.  I think I manged about 8 hours today.  8.15 to 5.20 or thereabouts, minus the 50 minutes I was out getting said bus pass and gloves.  I neeeeed to gain flex, dammit.

I'm really quite tired, so I'll play random online games for a bit and then probably slob in front of a DVD or something...

Oh, and this is what I was going to write about, as remembered on the bus: it's probably a bad thing that Catatonia's "Apathy Revolution" is my constant anthem...

Lyrics )
teylaminh: (Random - mask tattoo)
Listening to the lengthy and random selection of MP3s that Eni gave me back in June as background music and came to the three tracks by Dave Matthews' Band, the first of which, "The Space Between", I'd already been sent, ironically, by [livejournal.com profile] pandorasblog last June (close enough) and the second of which was "The Dreaming Tree".

The Dreaming Tree )

Wow.

I want more DMB, please.
teylaminh: (SB - Betty - Oh you!)
I have a grand total of 42 tracks to spread over 3 CDs for Paul (13 musical tracks; 14 classical randomness; 15 general stuff), which also leaves me room for even more.

Of course, I have to rip about 15 of those to my HDD first.  Meh.  My CD ripper is being insanely slow, too...  And that reminds me, I must really by an actual copy of "Absolute O'Brien" one of these days, as I've been listening to Traci's copy for near-on four years now...

Ooh, stuff to add to the Amazon list:

~ Triplettes of Belleville soundtrack
~ Shock Treatment soundtrack

Katie sent me both on cassette a while back but I can get them on CD and then free up another tape for mixingness...

Eni - glad to see you're still enjoying the Rembrandts.  I hurled all the MP3s into WMP and let it play them all the way through so I'm only up to the Badlees at the moment, but am muchly enjoying so far. :)
teylaminh: (Random - Absinthe!)
Answers to lyrics meme from however many days ago it was:

1. Here I sit, much determined, ever ill-equipped. - Alanis Morissette - This Grudge
2. I never needed this.  I never needed anyone. - Juliana Hatfield - Somebody Is Waiting For Me
3. So go on and scream, scream at me. - Evanescence - Going Under
4. I saw your dreams and, infatuated with this freedom, you say the words and I could be them, and I'd be your angel. Catatonia - Part of the Furniture
5. When we're dead, they'll know just who we are. - Marylin Manson - The Nobodies
6. When you're alone and afraid, and you're completely amazed to find there's nothing anybody can do... - Meatloaf - Rolck & Roll Dreams Come Through
7. Are you sorry?  Are you kidding? - Chicago - We Both Reached For The Gun
8. Don't need your poison, me.  I'll dig the melancholy. - Catatonia - Is Everybody Here On Drugs?
9. If you were smart, you would keep on walking out of my life, as fast as you can. - Sunset Boulevard - Too Much In Love To Care
10. It's hard sometimes not to look away, and think, "What's the point?" Dido - Stoned

As usual, Eni won.
teylaminh: (MH - Spoon!Phil)
As before: all MP3s put into Winamp, randomised about fifteen times.  Favourite line/s of song is posted without referring to the title; guess the artist and song title.  Only short because Most Haunted is on in a moment...  I'm bored, and I know that only about two people ever try and guess, but I'll do it anyway...

1. Here I sit, much determined, ever ill-equipped.
2. I never needed this.  I never needed anyone.
3. So go on and scream, scream at me.
4. I saw your dreams and, infatuated with this freedom, you say the words and I could be them, and I'd be your angel.
5. When we're dead, they'll know just who we are.
6. When you're alone and afraid, and you're completely amazed to find there's nothing anybody can do...
7. Are you sorry?  Are you kidding?
8. Don't need your poison, me.  I'll dig the melancholy.
9. If you were smart, you would keep on walking out of my life, as fast as you can.
10. It's hard sometimes not to look away, and think, "What's the point?"

Meh.  Even that used up too much energy.  Good luck... answers in a few days.

Edit, cuz I got tagged by [livejournal.com profile] shoeboxgirly

Name six top songs of the moment then tag six people.

In no particular order:

1. The Capones - Hear It (because it's in my frelling head.)
2. Moulin Rouge - El Tango du Roxanne
3. The Woman in White - I Believe My Heart
4. Placebo - Pure Morning (again, it's in my head. I feel a single-buying coming...)
5. Alanis Morrisette - Everything
6. Katie Melua - Closest Thing To Crazy

These six people have to do this, but other can as well if they want to:

[livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure
[livejournal.com profile] yoshithedragon
[livejournal.com profile] last_dance (to make her frellingwell post something)
[livejournal.com profile] collie_wing
[livejournal.com profile] spikelover69
[livejournal.com profile] bizarre_imagery
teylaminh: (Random - Pirate!)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] currahee, amongst others.

Ten of my favourite artists are listed below.  You have to guess which of their songs is my favourite.  I picked the singles (mostly) to make it slightly easier.  And I imagine this'll be easier than the musicals one anyway.

1. Catatonia - Strange Glue ([livejournal.com profile] frightened)
2. Alanis Morrisette - Hand In My Pocket ([livejournal.com profile] frightened)
3. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody ([livejournal.com profile] frightened - I am nothing if not stereotypical. :D)
4. Meatloaf
5. Katie Melua - Closest Thing To Crazy ([livejournal.com profile] legs11 - though I also like Blame It On The Moon, but nobody knows that one unless they have the album.)
6. Dido - Thank You ([livejournal.com profile] cloudjuice)
7. Evanescence
8. Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved ([livejournal.com profile] currahee & [livejournal.com profile] yoshithedragon - I love the video...)
9. P!nk
10. Cerys Matthews

G'wan, then.

I only realise how appalling my taste in music actually is when I do one of these... :(
teylaminh: (Random - swircle - pwn n3m0!)
A meme that was just begging to be stolen from [livejournal.com profile] shibaiko.

ONE: Pick 10 some musicals.
TWO: Post them and see who can guess which song of each musical is your favorite.
THREE: Once someone guesses right, bold that row and include your favorite song.

(In no particular order; picking a favourite song will be inevitably tricky so I will accept multiple answers...)

1. Cats.
2. Les Misérables
3. The Phantom of the Opera
4. Sunset Boulevard
5. The Sound of Music
6. Cabaret
7. Once More, With Feeling (the Buffy musical) - not my favourite, but I do like it: "Going Through the Motions" ([livejournal.com profile] herringprincess)
8. Moulin Rouge! - "The Show Must Go On" ([livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure)
9. The Nightmare Before Christmas (I consider it a musical...)
10. The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show
11. Little Shop of Horrors
12. Chicago
13. Hair (though I don't know it nearly well enough, I do have a favourite song...)
14. My Fair Lady - "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" ([livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure)
15. Whistle Down the Wind - "Tyre Tracks & Broken Hearts" ([livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure)

Go!

(I was going to include The Woman in White but for the fact that nobody knows any of the songs from it...)

It was very difficult to find an icon that was non-musicals related...
teylaminh: (Default)
There's something quite bizarrely satisfying about hearing Danny Elfman's music on Classic FM.  Even if it's only the theme to Spiderman 2.  It's part of their Oscar night special.  I just want to know what on earth it's been nominated for.  It wasn't that good...

Edit: Ah. "Music by the unnominated Danny Elfman". It's not nominated after all.

Incidentally, since the BBC have decided not to show the Oscar coverage this year, does anyone have any idea if anyone is showing it?

Further Edit: Oh, ew. They just played the new bit that was composed for POTO to lead into Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (well, the graveyard sequence, anyway), and it's awful. It just doesn't fit. I wonder what that's been nominated for...? *listens* Ah, Best Song. Bah. And also Art Direction and Cinematography. Less arghish.

Oscars are infuriating.

Oh, wow...

Feb. 21st, 2005 07:51 pm
teylaminh: (Spuffy - numb)
So I got the soundtrack to The Woman in White back in November, pre-ordered off Amazon.  And I'm finally listening to it now.  I'd forgotten a number of things, mostly:

~ how utterly frelling amazing some of the music is, in every way
~ how completely perfect both Maria Friedman and Michael Crawford are in their respective roles.
~ the many different OTPs that can be gathered from it - I'm spoilt for choice!
~ the Anne Catherick woman is terrifying. In a good way, but still. And she's remarkably similar to the Laura woman, in looks and voice. Scary. They'll be hard pressed to manage that next time.
~ just.  Just wow.

[livejournal.com profile] collie_wing, I think I should copy this for you.  You have to hear it.  Like now.  Though that would entail typing out the libretto, too... but it's a small price to pay... What do you say?  Want a copy?

Guh.  Now I remember why I was dissolving into my seat for the entire thing...
teylaminh: (Default)
I. Want. This.

In searching for the sheet music for Anathea, and failing horrendously - if anyone can find it, I would be very greatful, as I don't particularly fancy the idea of trying to find it in Central Library - I ended up finding other things.  I have something of a sheet-music obsession, despite the fact I haven't played for years.  It's just... seeing behind it all, or something.

Edit, ten seconds later: AND THIS!!
teylaminh: (Random - Atget mouth door)
...is admitting you have a problem.

*stands up* Hi. My name's BeX, and I'm a shopaholic.

Thoughts and contemplations herein. )

I'm quite curious as to how I got onto that from shopaholicism, but I suppose it proves my point that it's simply a way of stopping myself from thinking too hard about anything.  That's the tip of the iceberg, as coherently as I can manage, of one issue currently clouding my brain.  The other issue I will probably post about in due course, when I feel the need to finally vent.  Until then... I'll leave it as my own personal problem, which I can hopefully sort out without the help of anyone else.  However, be warned, I may randomly post another insanely long entry requesting lots of advice.

And now, I need to go to bed.
teylaminh: (Random - Sunset tree)
1) An observation.  For absolutely ages, I was one of those people who frowned on buses when other people's walkmans were playing at full volume.  Surely, thought I, the entire point of a walkman is so that nobody else can hear your music.  I fear, however, I have turned into one of those other people.  Mainly because I have to turn the volume up higher to hear my music over the insanely loud TWM buses (especially most of the No. 11s; I swear half of them should've been relegated to scrapyards at least 10 years ago) and also because... it just blocks the world out.  For the most part, it's just me and my music and nothing else.

But I'm still convinced that nobody else can probably hear it, because when I take my earphones out to hear people tell me how much money I owe them or whatever, I can't hear it any more... so I am, regrettably, still one of those people who frown on buses.  But the other people play shitty music, so it's all right for me frown at them.

2) The Randomness of my day.  Well, nobody can say this job isn't interesting.  I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but they've offered me a permanent position (doing the same job) at BCC, because they need to cut down on expenditure for personnel, which means cutting down on agency staff or making them council employees, as that's cheaper than paying an agency to hire us.  So, anyway, this was all vaguely sorted two weeks ago; last week they were meant to draw up a job description (since one doesn't exist so far), then I was meant to apply, and then the interviews were meant to be this Monday.  I said I'd apply, which Tina was very pleased about (I'm getting something of a reputation as 'that there fast typist at Ladyood', I think) and then nothing happened for a week.

So, today she rang me to say "Interviews are tomorrow!"  What?  Oh.  "I'll email you the job description later today, okay?"  Okay.  So she did, and I sent it back, and I'm being interviewed at 9.45 tomorrow for the position I'm already in, despite the fact I'm pretty much guaranteed the job anyway.  Procedures suck.

Anyway, I'll update on that tomorrow, probably.

3. And finally.  Some photos.

Pretty! )

Hands up how many of you wish I'd never got this camera? ;)
teylaminh: (Buffy - Jealous Vampire Crap)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  Walk Through the Fire is a fantastic song.  It does have some flaws (Anthony Stewart Head's section being far too low for him, for one) but those are countered by the utter wonderfulness of the rest of it.  It blends parody and an actual decent proper musical montage into one song, and some of the harmonies are frelling gorgeous - especially that bit when Sweet sings "She will come to me" as Buffy sings "These endless days are finally ending in a blaze", which consistently sends little tingles down my spine.  And I love how Spike's and Sweet's voices are so well-matched when they're singing their bit.  And I love Tara's descants, and Willow's little throwaway line, and the fact that she just has that one line on her own because she's not that good on the singing thing compared to everyone else, so it's just quite sweet.  (And I love that Tara has this amazing unknown talent when Willow doesn't... don't know why, I just love it.)

I'm done waxing musical, honest.  But it's a fantastic song.  It really is.
teylaminh: (Random - Sunset pink)
Another lyrics quiz beneath the cut, length dependent on my patience... For those that missed this the first two (!) times, the rules are simple - take your MP3 playlist, hit randomise, and then put your favourite bit of lyric from each song that comes, trying not to include the title.  Then get everyone on your friendslist to guess the song/artist.  There was a limit of 10, I think, but I got bored and extended the last one to 50...

Go on, then... )

That's it.  No update, for there is another sodding moth in here and I have to turn the computer off now...  Gah.

Also, sorry for the post last night.  You know when your brain just won't shut the Hell up?  Next time, someone kindly tell me to stop whining...

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