Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 29 of the 30 Day Song Challenge


Day 29: A song from your childhood

This is easy. The music that made the biggest dent on my childhood was The Point. We had the album, and probably wore holes into our tape of the movie that we had. In fact, I first became aware of Ringo Starr as The Point narrator (and a train conductor, but that's neither here nor there) and THEN years later I realized he was a Beatle.

For this song, I chose my favorite from the movie. This song is so pretty and beautiful. I even found the song the way it is from the actual movie. Thanks, You Tube!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 28 of the 30 Day Song Challenge

I meant to blog this earlier, but after returning from Burlington, our weeks went to shit. Ricky got some bad family news (everyone's okay now) and there was a terrible accident at the company I used to work at where someone was sadly killed. The following week was spent reflecting on the prior and just taking a break from things. This is cheesy, but let everyone in your life know how much you care about them.

So this weekend I'm feeling recovered and ready to return to the internets. I'm not sure what to even write for today's challenge.

Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty

Guilty?! I'm not sure music even makes me completely guilty. I did some serious thinking on this. And decided to go with Buddy Holly. Not really guilty, but more sad that his talented and seemingly happy life was cut short by a plane crash at a young young age. I mean, I have outlived him by FIVE YEARS at this point, and TEN YEARS for Ritchie Valens. I think at first I wasn't feeling strong about my choice, but the more I think about it... I do feel guilty about them dying so young in such a horrific looking plane crash. It might be cheesy basing this on The Day The Music Died, but ah well.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Burlington: a weekend in photos

A series of photos from our recent trip to Burlington, VT.

Day 27 of the 30 Day Song Challenge

I'm feeling rested after a long weekend in Vermont. Ricky and I went away for three days to beautiful, relaxing, invigorating Burlington, VT. I'll be posting updates and photos from our trip. Probably right after this.

Day 27: A song that you wish you could play

This is in line with the previous post, about me being able to play Fur Elise. I always wanted to be able to play a Joplin rag. Everyone learns The Entertainer, but my true dream is Maple Leaf Rag. This may be why it was the opening song when I directed The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower.

Side note, I love this version of it on Youtube. Find old timey Joplin clips, they're pretty great and have a warmth to them that lends itself nicely to rag.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cat tub

The other day, the house was very quiet. I assumed Lewis was asleep or getting into trouble. Turns out a little of both.

At Patti's wedding, our hotel room gift baskets came in bright Tupperware baskets, which are super durable and fun. We had ours on the floor and he dragged it over into the living room, and was curled up and sitting in it. He was just straight up chilling and being good. I tried to get him out of the basket, since it looked cramped, and he started to nip at me, so I let him be. He sit in it for AN HOUR.

Oh Lewis, you're so little and cute often!

Day 26 of the 30 Day Song Challenge

Home stretch!!!!!

Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument

I've been holding off on this post for awhile, mainly because I couldn't find the song I wanted to post on YouTube. So I'll hold off and post another song I can play.

Way back in the day, in a previous life, I played the piano. A lot. I took lessons for about 10 years. I quit because I went to college, and I couldn't juggle it. Letting my skills slip is one of my biggest regrets, and I want to get a piano once I own a house and relearn it all.

I then thought I'd post What A Wonderful World, since it was one of my mom's favorite songs that I'd play, but then every version I could find was... well, to be blunt... kind of shitty. Blerg!

So then I decided to stick to a classic piece that most students learn (no, not Rondo Alla Turca, since it's super annoying). I'm talking about Fur Elise. But instead of a more traditional version, I'm posting the one from The Muppet Show. Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!