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And then there were LULZ. )

I cannot get over the ridiculousness of this list. Seriously. Though meeting the newest love of my life to the theme from The Mickey Mouse Club is a little strange. Same goes for making a last stand to "Kokomo."

I wonder about my taste in music sometimes.
mercy_angel_09: (Laguna Glomps Squall)
Here, have a song. The composer, David Lanz, wrote this song for his wife, Alicia. He didn't have a title for it, so she suggested "Courage of the Wind." The name stuck and the rest is history. I have a certain fondness for the song, as it's one that my mother played often when I was a girl.



If I'm feeling up to it, I might hand draw you all a quick Valentine in Photoshop. We'll see how busy I am later. <3
mercy_angel_09: (Kitty Cat Dance)
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Oh the Wellth Fargo Wagon ith comin' down the sthreet....

and

Pick a little, talk a little, pick a little, talk a little, cheap, cheap, cheap, talk a lot, pick a little more...

I went to go see the a local high school's production of The Music Man last night. Is it obvious?
mercy_angel_09: (Hakkai!Sanzo)
When five notes into the new song you can immediately identify it - and as a song that you wouldn't normally associate with the channel you're currently listening to.

So remember that Yoko Kanno channel I made?

Currently playing David Lanz and Paul Speer's "First Light." And I knew that it was "First Light" five notes into the song.

Cue the, "WTF, Pandora, this is the Yoko Kanno channel. I'll make that David Lanz channel eventually..."
mercy_angel_09: (Nathan)
So that addiction to Pandora I was talking about two entries ago?

Yeah, it's a fully fledged confirmed addiction. I have a Yoko Kanno station now. BECAUSE SHE IS AWESOME. The current track is off of the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. I'm in music heaven right now.

In other news, I'm writing more fanfiction using the tried and true methods of Word of the Day prompts - for Gundam Wing of all things. I'm also working on chapter 9 of Boxes in the Attic, which will hopefully conclude in chapter 10. I'm finding it a little slow going, if only because most of the major revelations were done in the first few chapters. Hm. I should have started on the ground level.

Anyway.

So yes, I'm still writing. And once Boxes in the Attic is done, I'll start some Haven WOTD fics. The selection from Wordsmith.org is pretty good, and a lot of the words fit the show so ridiculously well that the drabbles more or less write themselves. It's pretty fun, actually. So no, if you were wondering, I have not abandoned Boxes, it's just being difficult and I will finish it when I finish it.
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
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I play the violin, and I've been playing the violin for seventeen, almost eighteen, years.

I don't play as often as I used to, but every so often I'll pull it out of the closet and mess around.

Further more, I had piano lessons as a child, but I really didn't like my teacher. However several years later I decided I wanted to play again and am now largely self taught. The reason why I can read bass clef at all? Because I taught myself.
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] randomdiversion.

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc.)
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that's playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button.
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool.


I suppose this music shows just how odd I am. Or just how diverse my tastes in music are.

WARNING: Extremely Ecclectic Music Ahead! )
mercy_angel_09: (Kitty Cat Dance)
On our way to Sakura-con back in April, [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka asked if I had ever heard the song "G33k & G4m3r Girls" by Team Unicorn. I shook my head, because despite seeing it plastered all over my Twitter feed in the previous weeks, I had never felt the urge to actually click the link to watch the video. E just gave me "the look" which roughly constitutes a glare mixed with "What the hell is wrong with you?"

She grabbed her iPod and brought the song up as we were driving along. She didn't even sing along so I could hear the words.

Mind=blown

Seriously, how did I not know about this song?! Admittedly, it's a parody on the idea that geek and gamer girls are so rare they're basically the real world equivalent of unicorns, but that doesn't change the fact that it's 1) absolutely fucking hilarious and 2) fits most of my fandoms.

Music video and lyrics behind the cut!! )

I showed this to my husband a few nights ago and he couldn't stop laughing. "Oh my God," he wheezed at me, "it's you! It's so totally you!" He then asked if there was somewhere he could get the song. Lucky for him, I had recently downloaded it. I put it on his flash drive so he could crank it in his car (gotta love a stereo system that supports USB connectivity, right?). And now every time he hears Katy Perry's "California Gurls" he starts singing the words to "G33k & G4m3r Girls" instead.
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


[livejournal.com profile] trystan830 gave me the letter "M" - which is actually the letter she gave me last time. ^^;; Previous answers can be found here. I'm coming up with new songs, though. :D

Madre de la Tierra - David Lanz )

Madrona - David Lanz )

Masque of Togaebi - David Lanz )

Medley: Behind the Waterfall/Desert Rain - David Lanz )

Myung's Theme - Yoko Kanno )

The first four are all by the same composer/musician, though the performances of "Masque of Togaebi" and "Medley: Behind the Waterfall/Desert Rain" are covers. My mother enjoys the music of David Lanz and so I grew up listening to her play it on the piano. I have a lot of fond memories of those songs. I wanted to do five of David Lanz's songs, but I couldn't find a fifth one that started with the letter M in my collection. ;_; At any rate, I decided to go with another great instrumental song, this time by Yoko Kanno.

Enjoy!!
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
It's fun, you know, when you realize something that you love is also connected to something else you love.

Because it's NaNo, WMP shuffle is in over-drive, giving me tunage to crank word counts out to. Because there are over 300 tracks in the Super Smash Bros. Brawl soundtrack, the tracks often show up whenever I hit the shuffle button.

The game itself has a nifty option where you can go in and listen to the tracks you've unlocked and it tells you who arranged it, what game it's from, and so on. Brawl really touted the soundtrack when they were advertising it, boasting some of the biggest names in video game composing as arrangers from some of the memorable tracks from the various games referenced within.

Perhaps the most notable is Nobuo Uematsu, Mister Final Fantasy himself, as the composer and arranger of the main theme for Brawl. Sadly, he only works on the one track. It's a missed moment of awesome in my book, but I'm sure it wasn't easy to get him to do the title track so we'll take what we got and not bitch too much.

The second name that popped out at me was Motoi Sakuraba. Now, I know not everyone on my friends list knows who that is, but about five of you just went, NO WAY! Motoi Sakuraba is probably best know for his work on the various Tales of games, the Golden Sun franchise, as well as doing the soundtrack for Saiyuki. Yes, that Saiyuki. He arranged a couple of different tracks for the Brawl soundtrack (as well as composed a few, lol), though off the top of my head, I couldn't tell you which ones. (A project for another day to figure out which ones he arranged, or, you know, check out the Smash Bros. wikia and check their article on the soundtrack for that information.)

The other name that got me really excited was Yasunori Mitsuda, the composer from Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross. This should explain why I was so excited:



Despite Chrono Cross being mixed when it came to gameplay, plot and other factors, there was never any doubt that it has one of the best soundtracks ever.

Anyway, I was impressed with the list of composers that they got to do arrangements on the game, making the Brawl soundtracks absolutely one of the best as far as video games go. By far most video games have to have excellent soundtracks simply because you'll be listening to it over and over and over ad nauseum.

...You know, when I started this I thought I'd have some witty ending to tie it all together.

I don't.

I'm just singing the praises of excellent music. :) That's all.
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


My letter is M, given by [livejournal.com profile] trystan830:

Magic Spell - Mark Hildreth )

Memory of Fanelia - Yoko Kanno )

Mummer's Dance - Loreena McKennitt )

Music of the Night - Andrew Lloyd Webber )

My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Canada - John Tartaglia (NSFW) )

So...my musical tastes are diverse, a fact I am well aware of.
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
So a week ago I tweeted, "Seriously, why is video game music almost always ridiculously good?"

Since Twitter has been doing some updating, you can now check to see who has mentioned you in their Tweets with relative ease (though I have no idea how it was before the overhaul). I had two people I don't know and have never met respond.

One responded with, "Because you're going to be listening to it over and over and over and over and over... mediocrity is NOT an option."

Another with, "Because its authors don't usually try to go by the "traditional" music standards, maybe?"

Not that they have followed me, but I think it's interesting to see that not only are completely strangers reading my Tweets, but replying to them. Admittedly, musing about video game music seems sort of mundane, but the fandom is out there. I can't say that I've been bold enough to Tweet to someone I don't know, though. Ah well.

Social networking and all that.
mercy_angel_09: (Witch Hunter Robin)
So, I slept a solid twelve hours last night. I sort of dozed during the day, but I never actually got around to napping. At shortly after nine last night I stumbled into bed and slept like a rock. I didn't wake up until almost nine thirty his morning. The sleep was much needed, and I woke up feeling pretty good.

Today has been kind of lame. I sewed the panels of the skirt lining together, but that was as far as I got, as today's project has been transferring the music from my laptop to the HTPC. I also need to back up my other files onto CDs and whatnot - mostly because my screen has been questionable at best as of late and the time may be rapidly approaching for a new laptop. I don't think spilling milk on it helped it any. >_<*

Between copying files, I've also watched two discs of Saiyuki RELOAD, and we've reached the point in the series where things have taken a more serious turn (of course, despite all outward appearances, Saiyuki is actually pretty serious). There have been, of course, scenes of gratuitous fanservice up until this point - the bath house episode comes to mind, which is also one of the first looks at Hakkai's scar - but despite the silliness, there's always a serious undercurrent.

There hasn't been much progress in sewing, mostly because I just haven't felt like it today. ^^ Perhaps I'll get more done this evening, before my shows start up. Until then, I may just continue to load files onto my flash drive to be moved onto the HTPC. I'm really dreading the zipper installation, so I may be calling my mother this weekend to give me a hand with it. *guh* All in all, the rest of the dress should be fairly simple and straight forward. After all, it's about half way constructed now. I'll just finish sewing the lining together before I have to change thread colors, and then finish up the rest of the construction.

Well, once my shows start tonight, perhaps I'll go through my photos and weed out the blurry/illegible ones and start loading those onto the flash drive and from here on out I'll just load photos onto the HTPC. After all, if I'm going to be showing them to large groups of people, it's easier to do it on the TV rather than my laptop.
mercy_angel_09: (Gojyo)
From [livejournal.com profile] lukecanwaltz88:


The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen songs that you've heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what songs my friends choose.

1) Dare-e-disco - From Om Shanti Om
2) Deewangi Deewangi - From Om Shanti Om
3) Aaja Nachele - From Aaja Nachele
4) Can You Save Me? - Apple Trees and Tangerines (opening theme to Cover Affairs
5) Rap Is the Man's Soul! - Tarantula
6) "Libera Me" From Hell - Tarantual, Yuri Kasahara, Taku Iwasaki
7) Jump for My Love - The Pointer Sisters
8) Beat It - Michael Jackson
9) Thriller - Michael Jackson
10) With Your XXX, Pierce the Heavens!! - Taku Iwasaki
12) Eyes on Me - Faye Wong (Oh yes, I went there)
13) Where You Lead - Carole King
14) Sora - Shanti Snyder
15) God Help the Outcasts - Heidi Mollenhauer

Jeebus, and those are the songs that are on my mind right now simply because I've been listening to them frequently. But oddly enough, all of these songs are not something I'm likely to forget, ever. And not just because they've been in constant play on my computer.

Also, I tag no one because I really don't see the point. When you tag people they don't do it anyway.
mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
Comment on this entry and I'll give you a letter from the alphabet and then you list ten songs you love and whose names begin with that letter.

1) Sakura Kiss - Chieko Kawabe
2) Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
3) Say it Right - Nelly Furtado
4) Sweet Child of Mine - Guns'n'Roses
5) Semiotic Life - Blaqk Audio
6) Shake, Rattle & Roll - Bill Haley and the Comets
7) Sh-Boom - Yes
8) Shell - Bana
9) Silence - Delirium & Sarah McLachlan
10) Sora - Yoko Kanno

Why is it that I'm always stuck with the letter "S" in these things?

mercy_angel_09: (Gojyo)
I smell like almonds, myrrh and dark musk. I smell quite witchy, actually. Today's scent is Hecate from BPAL's Excolo collection. It's rather enchanting in a dark and mysterious way. I like it, and I think I may get a bottle of it down the road.

In other news, I'm plugging along in DotNW because I have copious amounts of downtime, even though I should probably go through all of my drawers again and clean out the stuff that I don't wear anymore. I should probably also get a box to put all of this in, but that would require use of my car, which is currently down with a case of, "WTF SPEAKERS GO IN." My husband is replacing all of the speakers in my car (since he replaced the back deck speakers two weeks ago) to give me the most rockin' sound system EVER. In theory this is all great and grand, except he's having issues getting the speakers into the car. I'm wondering if he should have started with the back door speakers instead of the front door speakers, because I could still use my car.

I have the sinking feeling that I'm housebound for the next couple of days until he can get everything figured out.

Boo.

Well, I suppose I should finish cleaning off the grill. I need to get that taken care of so we can do dinner the rest of the week.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
Today is cool, overcast, with a chance of rain. The perfect kind of day to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book. Admittedly, I have some other stuff that I should be doing (like, you know, looking for a job) but the book and tea idea is infinitely more tempting.

Of course, I once blew off school work to sit on the couch and read Anne of Windy Poplars while it snowed several winters back, so you can obviously see which choice is going to win.

Further more I have some cleaning to do around the apartment, as things are becoming cluttered again. I also need to remake the guest room bed, as I actually remembered to strip the sheets yesterday and wash them. I may give them a quick tumble in the dryer to get the wrinkles out (because they've been sitting in the dryer all night) before I tackle that specific task. I also wanted to start on those skirts - I think it's best that I get them done before I really start job hunting, as I can only imagine that it's going to be a major pain in the ass to sew while also juggling a job. And it's not like skirts are hard to sew in the first place.

And thinking of other things I should be doing, going down the gym to hit the treadmill comes to mind. Though I might come up with a "Gym Playlist" of happy, peppy music that motivates me to get moving. Anyone have any suggestions?

mercy_angel_09: (Link iPod)
So iTunes makes me LOL.

Surprisingly, this isn't my random ass music collection coming back to mix itself up in the strangest ways (Jimmy Buffet straight into Jimmy Eats World, kthnxbai).

Nope, listing songs alphabetically by artist, I went from "Game of Love (E=MCsquared mix)" from Dancemania to "The Final Game" from the Rudy soundtrack. (You know "The Final Game." EVERYBODY AND THEIR DOG knows "The Final Game." Because fewer movie tracks are more iconic than "The Final Game," though "To the Stars" from DragonHeart and "Lux Aeterna" from Requiem for a Dream take close second and third.)

And of course, somewhere in this mix, is Kate Capshaw singing "Anything Goes" in Cantonese.

EDIT: SHIT. "Gaston" from Beauty and the Beast follows "The Final Game."

"I'm especially good at expectorating//Pootie!//Ten points for Gaston!"

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