mollybarton: (knight lights)
Christmas Eve was definitely my last at my soon to be former church. It was not a good service, despite good music from the choir. I HATE the way our new pastors do things. The scriptures were from a "modern" type Bible, communion was rushed and confused, and the sermon was trite and meaningless. I got a much better experience at St. Paul's Christmas Day service this morning.

We had a lovely Christmas Eve luncheon in Richmond- Mom, Dad, me, Katie, Sam, and Sam's girlfriend, Janice. It was an excellent seafood place called Boathouse. Great food and a nice if foggy view of downtown Richmond.





Great company, too. Janice is nice, and was a big help to Sam during Paul's last week. I think she's a keeper. ;) Sam has dyed his hair very very blond...



We had presents and dessert at Sam's, and the rest of the presents opened either at Mom and Dad's or Katie's.



Sam's tree.





Christmas cake- it was a "cannoli" cake: white cake, cannoli-like filling, ganache frosting, candied orange garnish. It was wonderful.



Truman the cat was very interested in the cake crumbs.



Great presents this year- cute pajamas, Michaels gift card, a gorgeous cat art print, chocolate, and the Star Trek Beyond Blu-ray from Katie and Sam; two beautiful dresses, a bottle of Dolce perfume, a cookie baking book, a Paris-themed comforter set, and American Girl Rebecca, with her Hanukkah dress and accessories!



Rory got new toys.



Beautiful roses given to the choir members by our director:



Christmas dinner was just me, Katie, Mom, and Dad. We had a nice, simple but elegant dinner. Unfortunately Katie and I are both sick. It was also kind of weird. It's our first Christmas without Paul, and we got through it.

I'm spending the last of Christmas Day watching the Broncos get their asses kicked by the Chiefs. :( What happened to the Super Bowl 50 champs?

Also, I'm listening to various Wham! and George Michael songs. I can't believe he died today.
mollybarton: (knight lights)
2016 just had to get one more. George Michael is dead. Dammit. I loved Wham! and his solo stuff when I was in high school.

So Carrie Fisher seems to have been spared (for now), but someone was taken in her place.

2016, please die now. Seriously, how much more damage can be done in seven days?
mollybarton: (sick black knight)

This was written for the Columbine High School shooting victims. Our bell choir is doing this next week. It was already on the schedule, but I think it's one we would have just pulled out to do because of the tragedy in Orlando yesterday.

When our choir played at a bell festival in 2007, it was just days after the Virginia Tech shooting. All the choirs were given copies at the last minute to play it in our concert in memory of the victims, and we all did it perfectly. It still gives me chills to think about it.

mollybarton: (sick black knight)
Prince is dead. Un-fucking-believable. Purple Rain is still one of my favorite albums (never cared for the movie, though).

David Bowie and Prince gone in the same year. Bad times for music.

Holy crap.

Jan. 11th, 2016 03:48 am
mollybarton: (knight lights)
David Bowie is dead at 69. He had cancer and I guess it was kept secret. He just released a new album last week! :( Fuck cancer.

My favorite Bowie song is his collaboration with Queen, "Under Pressure".

Oh, wow...

Dec. 5th, 2013 10:01 pm
mollybarton: (hawkeye)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3e67HZm6gM
John Barrowman singing Being Alive from Company (Kennedy Center 2002). HOW DID I MISS THIS I COULD HAVE SEEN HIM I COULD HAVE GOTTEN TICKETS!

Quite possibly one of my favorite Broadway songs- definitely my favorite written by Stephen Sondheim. (Number 2 is Not While I'm Around from Sweeney Todd, number 3 is Send in the Clowns from A Little Night Music, number 4 is On the Steps of the Palace from Into the Woods)

Somebody, need me too much,
Somebody, know me too well,
Somebody, pull me up short
And put me through hell
And give me support
For being alive,
Make me alive.

Make me confused,
Mock me with praise,
Let me be used,
Vary my days.
But alone is alone, not alive.

Somebody, crowd me with love,
Somebody, force me to care,
Somebody, make me come through,
I'll always be there,
As frightened as you,
To help us survive
Being alive,
Being alive,
Being alive!


I tried to watch NBC's live Sound of Music. I couldn't get through it. Carrie Underwood just can't act, and the show is more than just singing Do-Re-Mi. The kids were pretty blah. Audra MacDonald as Mother Superior was the only thing I liked. I turned it off and started listening to Broadway show albums, particularly Company. For a minute, I imagined Jeremy Renner singing Being Alive. He's got the range, and he's said he wants to do a musical someday. I bet he'd be great as Bobby!

Edited because I got my American Idol chicks messed up. Duh.
mollybarton: (inkvoices hawkeye)

No? Phooey. Stills from American Hustle are popping up online. The cast is pretty much unrecognizable! Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Jennifer Lawrence, all dressed up in 70's outfits with the hair and make up to match! I swear, Jennifer looks like my Darci doll...

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Is that "The Hustle" I'm hearing in the background? :p http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj23_nDFSfE I'm getting flashbacks, and I was a little kid back then! The movie better have a soundtrack to match the clothes and hair!

mollybarton: (inkvoices hawkeye)
Just saw the musical at Riverside. Sally Struthers made another appearance at our local theater...and I just missed out on meeting her, which sucks. :( There was a nice reception with great food...which was a good thing, because the dinner actually sucked tonight. It's never been bad before. I mean, it's a dinner theater, not 4 star dining, but the food is usually good!

The show is so awesome! I laughed my ass off. Great music. It's very different from the movie, which was British- the setting is changed to Buffalo, NY, but the story is the same. Unemployed, not so hot guys decide to put on a stripping show to raise some cash. So much fun. And Sally clearly had a ball working with the boys.

I couldn't help but think...if the musical ever goes to the big screen, Jeremy Renner would be perfect for the lead. He has that working class everyman look to him, and a great sense of humor, too.
mollybarton: (inkvoices hawkeye)
Mom and Dad know me so well...

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And it came in a matching pink Hello Kitty tote...also stuffed with Godiva chocolates.

Hawkeye and Black Widow exchanged Valentines, too...

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And tried to steal my chocolate. Not. Cool.

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Oh, well, they can't eat much! :p

Mom and Dad took me to see Ain't Misbehavin' at the Riverside. It was awesome. I'm surprised at how much of Fats Waller's music I know- but then, Black and Blue is sort of a staple in high school and college jazz choirs. :p

I'm feeling so, so, so much better. Almost chipper. I had a good week. Not as much exercising done, but I'm still doing more than I had been! 
mollybarton: (inkvoices hawkeye)
Oh, wow. Les Miserables was AWESOME. I will be pissed if Anne Hathaway doesn't get an Oscar nomination. She tore my heart out as Fantine! I don't think there was a dry eye in the theater. It was a very good adaptation of the stage musical, though a couple of numbers were shortened. The cast was great- Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as Javert, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the Thenardiers...the only weak link was Amanda Seyfried as Cosette. Her voice isn't strong or high enough for the role. I actually cringed during her high notes in "Heart Full of Love"! On the other hand, Eddie Redmayne as Marius and Samantha Barks as Eponine Were nearly perfect (she's played the role on stage).

Quite a few original West End and Broadway cast member popped up in small roles, too! The original Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, plays the bishop who shows Valjean kindness, and the original Eponine, Frances Ruffelle (who won a Tony for the role), plays a prostitute.

Anne Hathaway's mom played Fantine during a U.S. tour of the show! That was a neat bit of trivia.

I loved that the actors sang live while filming, as opposed to being pre-recorded.

I saw the show on Broadway in 1993- Fantine was played by Andrea McArdle, the original "Annie"!

Other movies- I saw The Hobbit last week. It was great, though it didn't grab me quite as much as The Lord of the Rings did. Martin Freeman was good as Bilbo Baggins, but Richard Armitage stole the film as Thorin Oakenshield. I love how all those tall actors were made into dwarfs! I just bought the soundtrack from itunes, because I had leftover money from a gift card I'd forgotten about! I wanted Les Mis, but it was a highlights only album. I'll wait for the full album to come out (supposedly there will be one). They left out a LOT of songs from the movie- including "A Little Fall of Rain", a stupid mistake!
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I thought Monkey Love was supposed to be a totally crap movie, but it was actually kinda cute. Jeremy Renner was adorable as hell. The story was a little weak and unoriginal (girl falls in love with her two best friends), but it was still sweet. And it had a happy ending- Jeremy gets the girl. Oh, the reason it's called Monkey Love is because one of the male friends is obsessed with the mating habits and dick sizes of primates. :p

And there was this naughty little scene:
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Other movies- One of the reasons I loved Moonrise Kingdom so much was the music. I had to get the soundtrack. Benjamin Britten's opera Noye's Fludde figures heavily into the film's plot. The scenes with the opera being performed brought back so many memories!  When I was a little girl, my church did a production of it, and I was one of the animals! A pig, if you must know.
I can't believe how much I remember from it.
Here's a production found on youtube...not a great recording, but it's the whole opera:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT01wqcfnps&feature=related

Alexandre Desplat's score was also heavily influenced by Britten. The music over the credits is set up like Britten's A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
mollybarton: (Default)
Davy Jones of The Monkees has died at age 66, from a heart attack. :( The Monkees were before my time by a few years, but I loved watching the re-runs as a kid, and again during their revival in the late 80's.

Holy crap.

Feb. 11th, 2012 09:17 pm
mollybarton: (redscharlach angel)
Whitney Houston is dead at age 48. What a waste. A great voice pretty much ruined by drug use. Cause of death unknown, but her health hadn't been good lately. :(

Favorite Whitney song: How Will I Know
http://youtu.be/m3-hY-hlhBg
mollybarton: (Default)
But the day calls for it.

Prayer of Saint Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.


Two music pieces based on it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHVz45n5a9M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDLjhWHqYLI

I love the handbell piece..
mollybarton: (oh noes)
I just got back from the Ash Wednesday service from Hell. I'm not kidding. We had to share the music segments with the Praise Team. The group with a leader who: 1. Can't sing. 2. Can barely play the guitar. 3. Has no concept of making music sound, well, like music. 4. Thinks he can write music (it's crap). And finally: 5. Who once threatened our choir director. (long story)

We did two wonderful sung prayers from the Taizé Community (a French ecumenical Christian order). They are fairly simple tunes, and there should have been no problems with them. The Praise Team butchered them. The leader in particular was off-key, way off the beat, and very loud.

It was horrible. It's bad enough that his group didn't know the music (despite two rehearsals) and sounded bad, making us sound bad in the process. Oh, no. We had to sing one of his brand new songs. He didn't give us any music- just a page with the words and guitar chords. We had to learn by ear, which was pointless because HE KEPT CHANGING THE TUNE while singing!!!

Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of contemporary Christian music, even rock. But this guy's music is utter crap and shouldn't be played ANYWHERE.

My biggest problem is that Ash Wednesday is supposed to be a solemn occasion. Not a rock concert or nightclub party.

Our choir had some really nice music on our own, and we did it well. I hope God appreciates us. :p ;)
mollybarton: (Default)
Just saw Hairspray at The Riverside Center, the local dinner theater. Yes, dinner theater. It was one of the best shows I've ever seen! True, the "orchestra" was canned music, but the singing, dancing, and acting was first rate! Well done sets and costumes, too.  I think I can safely say that Hairspray is one of my all time favorite musicals. From the opening "Good Morning, Baltimore" to the end of "You Can't Stop the Beat", I had a blast. They won't be able to top this one. The next show is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which should be fun.

Next year, they're doing Miss Saigon. No idea how they'll pull that one off. No room for the helicopter! :p Dreamgirls and Cabaret are also in the season. Looking good! I hope someday they repeat Cats, Evita, Big River, and Shenandoah, all of which I missed. :(

The theater company asks for suggestions for future shows- I submitted Company, Pippin, and The Producers.

My favorite Riverside shows before were 1776 (their very first production in '97), Damn Yankees, and last fall's Into the Woods.
mollybarton: (Bite me!)



Not directed at any one person in particular, just a few assholes out there in the world.
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I can't the song "Girl from Ipanema" out of my head. :p

www.youtube.com/watch

(The original recording, with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto)

Not a bad song to get stuck in your head, though.

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