Am very depressed today.
Here's my mood:
Am very depressed today.
Here's my mood:
This was a post about the new Madonna song/video, but due to 'copyright infringement', YT has pulled it.
Hey Warner Bros, guess what? I'm still not going to buy it!
I meant to post this Monday, and then yesterday, then forgot because I was so darned tired.
Speaking of music, anyone fancy David Cook to win American Idol? I think he's fab, and the fact that he's a word nerd rocks my boat even more.
From Hughes de Courson's fabulous imagining of what might have happened if the 18th Century Irish bard Turlough O'Carolan had met Antonio Vivaldi. Featuring un-named classical musicians and traditional Irish band Planxty, here's a bit from O'Stravaganza, Il Duello. I highly recommend listening through the whole thing - there are a few surprises, one of which is how well the two musical styles mix together:
Terrible video of stills from Riverdance (which, gods help me, I love), featuring 2 minutes of Jig Della Inquietudine from O'Stravaganza:
Traditional Irish bands you might want to check out include Altan, Planxty, Mary Black, Clannad, Flook, er, and others whose names completely escape me at the moment.
PS: O'Stravaganza is available on Amazon UK. I love Lux Obscura too, but remain undecided about Mozart in Egypt and Songs of Innocence.
I am obsessed. Syrup and Honey by Duffy, from Rockferry:
Went to DCF today, they were baffled as to why I'd been denied, too. I've filled out various forms again, will send them off in the next day or two.
Dusty. Lulu. Dionne. Hell, even Cilla (yeah, she basically copied everything Dionne did, but I still like her versions).
Presenting: Duffy, from her cd, Rockferry:
Lulu - Shout (she's all of 14 in this vid):
Cilla - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin':
Petula Clark - Downtown:
Dusty Springfield - Can I Get A Witness
Dusty - Son Of A Preacher Man
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
Kids, I've got to go to the hospital in the Ay Em and am not sure I'll be back before the weekend is over (which will win out, strength of will or utter terror?). I'll have Mr Oro update on TLU if I'm not home by noon tomorrow.
For the record, the two shows I hate most in the history of television are Animal Cops and Animal Rescue. This means I really get distressed when I see animal cruelty, animals bloody, in pain, starving, on the verge of death or, actually, dead.
I know you're totally not getting this, even though I've repeatedly said how much I hate these shows, so thanks for putting it on when I'm under a lot of stress.
Your Loving Daughter Whom You Often Drive Nuts, And Who Is Glad To Return The Favor
Highlight to read Idol commentary with SPOILERS:
Idol: were you as underwhelmed as I was about the girls? Irish Carly was good, as was Brooke 'You're So Vain' White. Everyone else pretty much sucked. I'm not surprised that one of the interchangeable young blondes left, nor the black chick, whose name I can't recall either. I'm bummed that Jason Yeager's off, I thought he was better than say, Luke Menard. And Simon was absolutely right about Robbie Carrico. Dude, rock is not your thing.
Thanks, Grandpa - a lovely post about the unwitting affects others have upon us.
Fat 101 - request for titles to be used in marriage and counseling coursework.
Kids and Weight Loss Surgery, Pt II - sad, sad, sad.
Cookbook Medicine - profit or patients? Hmm...Also, AmyEsq, I totally owe you email!
An Intuitive Eating Primer - good stuff!
Anorexia: An Interview - eyeopening.
They Didn't Want Surgery - hazards of Lap Band surgery.
NEDAW - more boys are coming down with Eating Disorders, too.
Anorexia, A Portrait - this must be hell.
Weight Of A Cruel Culture - commentary by Paul Campos.
You Can Call A Woman Anything - just don't call her human.
The Tragedy of Britney Spears - don't know about you, but I really hate seeing any body in this state, even Brit Brit.
Lichtenstein Cringes - but hey, at least women got the vote! In 1984.
The Myth of The Surge - putting this up even though I've yet to read it.
Inexcusable - A feminist attacks Planned Parenthood and the Apostate has some words for her.
It's The Economy, Stupid, pt V:
Queue For The Soup Kitchen - perspective from The Guardian.
Looks A Lot Like Stagflation - y'think?
Depression + Inflation + Famine = Chaos - something to look forward to.
RELIGION: I have to say, sometimes I feel guilty for sticking the Muslim identified posts under 'religion' as so often they could go under Social Commentary as well. However, as the two are so frequently intertwined, for the meantime I'm going to continue putting them in this category.
The Body Part That Had No Name - good questions raised, regardless of faith.
Stripping Away The Diversity Of Modesty - I don't consider myself a prude, but sometimes I really wish more people would show less flesh. That doesn't mean I think everyone should be covered from head to toe, just that there's a huge difference between assy and classy (or, as actually prefer to say it 'where'd they get that outfit, Tarts R Us?' and 'way to look like a whore!' Clearly covers the girls more than the boys - although having said that...). Know what I mean?
Turkey Revising The Hadith - wow, an Islamic Reformation? Or just changing things around to suit modern needs? And if so, isn't that what Reformation is all about, anyway?
Meet The World - really awesome flag art.
The Wire - fabulous post, no spoilers!!
9 Most Baffling Theme Parks - I've wanted to go to Stalin World since I first heard about it.
Celebrity Italian Cookbook - free download through March 31!
Green Tea and Ginger Ice Cream - must try some time.
The Sunshine Hate - 2008? Check. Florida? Check. Haterade for the Gay? Check.
Okay, um, see you soon. Maybe. Wish me luck? Or something?
I need to focus on something else besides what's been going on for a few minutes, and I haven't seen any commentary about Idol this year, so, for those of you who are watching, who are your picks?
Based on last night's performance, my top are the Davids - David Cook, David Hernandez, and David Archuleta. Michael Johns as been a huge disappointment, along with Robbie Carrico.
Tonight, the girls. Will post about that later on or maybe tomorrow.
Roger Clemens? Really? That's the most important on your menu at the moment? Are you freakin' kidding me? See, cuz, no one gives a shit? Drugs in baseball are a non-story, the worst kept secret in all of sport. GET OVER IT ALREADY.
Well, I need food now. What to have, pineapple chunks and a little French Vanilla yogurt? Eggs, before I eat more eggs for my dinner (and what I had for breakfast)? A slice of bread with some spaghetti sauce? Or maybe yet another glass of milk (people, for the record, 1 1/2 gallons of milk a week for one person is a little too much to drink)?
Will figure it out.
Sunday morning music. Since there's a new cd out soon, I thought I'd cover one of my favorite groups, Goldfrapp. Goldfrapp are...well, indescribable, really. I hate theft, but I might actually kill to have her voice. Or kd lang's, whichever.
We start with Felt Mountain, their first cd and what I could not stop listening to. Felt Mountain, where James Bond waits in the lounge of Goldfinger's satellite as it rotates majestically in the brilliant starshine, a la 2001.The first is Pilots (On A Star), the second, Utopia. I highly recommend the extended version of FM if you can find it. And now, prepare for boarding:
Moving on, here's Twist, from their second cd, Black Cherry:
And the title track, Black Cherry, Live on Later w/Jools Holland:
Here's their most well known work, the glamtastic Ooh-La-La, from Supernature, which features in some ad in the US, but I can't recall which one:
Finally, here's the single from Seventh Tree, called A&E (accident and emergency, what we 'murcans call the ER):
I wish I could leave on an upbeat note, but to be honest, with what's happened to Mary Ellen and Steve this week, I just don't have the heart for it. This music post is a naught but a distraction, if you know what I mean.
Just taking a moment to breathe.
Dead Can Dance - The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove:
How To Wear A Sari - I love wearing saris, if I haven't mentioned that before...you can find cheap ones on ebay, but if you order from India, watch the shipping!!!
Zero 7 - In the Waiting Line (from the debut of the same name)
The Cinematic Orchestra - Burn Out
And to finish, the Sublime Voice of Lebanon, Fairuz, singing the glorious Ya Tayr (translation)