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Mar. 25th, 2011

Jade ~ Love Like Winter

New music


One of the things I like the most is discovering new music, especially a new style that I haven't heard or considered before. I just discovered that a new collaboration called Armistice and their EP entitled - er, Armistice. It's absolutely brilliant! It's a breezy blend of mexican mariachi, latino, jazz and rock. Each song has a slight political pseudo spiritual feel to it, especially the song Mission Bells. The music is laid back, you can almost picture yourself walking down the beach, tequila sunrise in hand. Anyways I highly recommend looking it up on itunes.

The collaboration is between Bedouin Soundclash and Coeur de Pirate. Their voices blend harmoniously together. So beautiful. The singer from Bedouin Soundclash has this relaxed layed back voice. Coeur de Pirate is a 20 year old girl from Québec City named Béatrice. She's absolutely adorable and amazingly talented, which is so rare for young female singers. I mean really, how many 20-25 year old female vocalists are true genuine artists? I mean ok, Hayley Williams of Paramore sure is, anyone else? I'm sure there's another one out there. Anyways Coeur de Pirate writes and sings her own music and she's also an accomplished piano player. Her music isn't poppy, but is more folkloric and she sings in French. <3.

Also, I've just just found out another of my favourite musicians, Stuart Chatwood (formally of the Tea Party) just released a soundrack album for Prince of Persia - the video game, not the movie. He composed the entire soundtrack and it's breathtaking. He has a unique way of mixing Middle Eastern (i.e. Turkish/Persian) sounds with electronica and rock. It sounds bizarre and complicated, but trust me. It's amazing! I'm telling you, when you listen to it, you'll feel at times that you're walking down the streets of Byzantine, lost in the famous Grand Bazaar or bargaining with merchands in Cairo, Susa or Babylon, while listening to heavy metal inspired guitar solos? Yeah, that's awesome!!

Yes, music is everything.

Mar. 3rd, 2011

Silly Johnny

Victoria's Secret: clothing laced with coke

I don't know what the heck is wrong with me! I am hopelessly obsessed with Victoria's Secret! I can't seem to stop wanting to buy from their website (www.victoriassecret.com if you dare). I think their site is laced with some sort of pheromone or stimulants, because I just keep adding stuff to my wish list! I'm addicted! Halp!

Talk about heroine chic... (ugh.. that was bad)

Now you're thinking (well I am) how could you be obsessed with VS, all they sell is lingerie! Well not so! They sell everything from shoes, to beauty products to swimsuits to clothing. Yeah, that's right, just about everything you need... or don't need. The funny part? I never bought lingerie from them... really, just their clothes and I *love* them! But there is a limit on the amount of clothing a person can have, right? RIGHT?!

Anyways, I'll go now and at least remove stuff from my wish list... or clear out my closet...  then get back to work! Got a 90 page report to write... in 2 days!! Eek!

Hopelessly addicted to clothing...

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Feb. 13th, 2011

Jade ~ Love Like Winter

Jellicle cats come one, come all!

 

Last night (well at this point, it was two nights ago... anyways) I went to see the musical Cats.

It's not the first time I see it. It's my third and yet after so many viewings, it still amazes me. It take a huge amount of talent to be able to live up to the performance requirements. I mean not only can these actors, act and sing, they are also required to dance and dance they did. It's an amazing amalgam of dance, ballet, tap dancing, opera, acting and theatrics.  I was very impressed. I know it's a pretty cheesy show (the 80s make up and leg warmers pretty much give it away), but that's part of the charm. I love it nonetheless!

Anyways, I was browsing through my sheet music today and I just noticed how much I really have. Probably more than I will ever learn to play. I have some from just about every era out there. Baroque, classic, romantic, lots of early and late 20th century and even 21st century. I try to stay away from popular music when I play, but I can't help a few pieces making their way into my repertoire (i.e. classic pre Achtung Baby-era U2, Beatles, Savage Garden (what?!), yes really). I generally stick to classical music. I find it more inspiring. Popular music tends to be unrefined, though there are several exceptions and some are as creative and inspiring as classical - but I won't get into that know.

I've been listening to Camille Saint-Saëns. His Danse Macabre is so very dark and mysterious, fast, textured and complex.  You can tell right away where Danny Elfman got all of his inspiration especially for Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride and the Nightmare Before Christmas.

I think I'll put it on the ‘to learn’ roster.

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Feb. 4th, 2011

The Vienna Rose

Minuets

Did you ever notice the number of minuets out there? There's got to be thousands of them. I mean I think Bach composed at least a thousand. out of roughly 1700 pieces, that's a lot! Mozart's got a ton of them and I'm sure Telemann does as well.

Still they are pretty and fairly easy to learn, so I can't complain. I just wish I knew how you're supposed to dance to them.

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Feb. 3rd, 2011

Beauty in Despair

"Death is a midnight runner"

You said, "The cinders are falling like snow."

There is poetry in despair, and we sang with unrivaled beauty, bitter elegies of savagery and eloquence.

Of blue and grey.

Strange, we ran down desperate streets and carved our names in the flesh of the city.

The sun has stagnated somewhere beyond the rim of the horizon and the darkness is a mystery of curves and lines.

Still, we lay under the emptiness and drifted slowly outward, and somewhere in the wilderness we found salvation scratched into the earth like a message.

~all words written by Davey Havok of AFI

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Feb. 2nd, 2011

The Vienna Rose

C'est trop long.

Je ne le sais pas pourquoi, mais j'ai trouvé cette journée super longue. Pourtant, ce n’est pas comme si j’ai commencé vraiment tôt. En fait j’ai commencé tard… I guess que ça n’aide pas de se coucher aux p’tites heures du matin. Oh well…

Y’avait une grosse tempête, donc j’ai décidé que je travaillerais de la maison. Donc, on peut dire, que je n’ai pas arrêté de travailler depuis que je me suis levée.

En tout cas, je trouve que c’est vraiment beau dehors avec la neige qui n’a pas arrêté de tomber un instant. C’était super dangereux de sortir. C’est des choses qui arrivent.

Demain c’est jeudi donc c’est ma dernière journée avant la fin de semaine. Yay!

Peut-être que je vais même passer quelques instants ce soir à écrire un peu. C’est super plate de négliger ce qu’on aime le plus… en attendant j'm'en vais me gaver de bonbons... yum.

 A plus tard, cher lecteur, visible ou invisible.
 


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Feb. 1st, 2011

Bill and Ted

K is for Khan

Quick note: This was written for the Stargate SG-1 Alphabet Soup for Gen Fic Day. This is my first Stargate SG-1 (and coincidentally my first B&T fic too). Many thanks to samantilles for beta-ing!

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K is for Khan

...or K is for Circle-K


It was a beautiful dagger with a fine curved blade that once must have been very sharp. The blade was encased in a bronze scabbard encrusted with garnets, amber and onyx that matched the tang. Based on the style and the accompanying artifacts which were found, Daniel placed the fine weapon around the late 12th early 13th century Mongolia. The dagger must have certainly belonged to a soldier, a magistrate, dignitary or an attendant of high station. There was a great chance it belonged to a member of Genghis Khan’s court, or perhaps even to the Mongolian conqueror himself.

Taking a sip of water from the glass on his desk, Daniel mused on the potential tales the dagger could tell, of the blood it may have shed. Had it seen service in Khan’s first campaign against the Xi Xia Dynasty in 1205? Or perhaps it saw use in the campaigns against the Western Xia dynasty or the Mongol-Jin War? Daniel would most likely never know, but it never stopped him to speculate. Upon a closer inspection of the darkened blade, Daniel noticed an inscription on the wrought iron. He leaned in closer and began to translate the words. His eyes widened in surprise when he finalized the script on the blade. 

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Jan. 28th, 2011

Cuddles

Sometimes reboots aren't all that bad...

Well today I was perusing the internet, as I often too on Friday afternoons (I don't work Fridays!!) and I found out that my favourite childhood cartoon is being rebooted *and* turned into a movie! How exciting is that? I absolutely loved Thundercats as a kid and rushed out to buy the DVDs when they came out a few years back... This was the best news I had all week!

Well ok that's not true... the best news this week was that Christian Bale has FINALLY been nominated for an Oscar. It's about time someone other than us Baleheads realizes how truly talented and dedicated this man is... as long as the Academy doesn't hold "Newsies" against him, he's got a good chance of winning. *grins*.

Let the race begin.

Cuddles

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Jan. 23rd, 2011

The Vienna Rose

Oh! What the heck! ~ Mais pourquoi pas?


Well, this is my third online journal.... yes third... and I've decided, what the heck, let's start a new one... I've got a blog on myspace and one on blogger... I was just tired of seeing a blank journal every time I logged on so... Voilà! I'm not sure what I'll be writing about here, but we'll see. I'm thinking anything, everything and nothing. Ok, well it'll probably have to do with music travelling and writing...

Yep, that sounds just about right.

C'est tout, bonne nuit!

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