timepiececlock: (Live long and suck it! - Spock)
I am trying to write a fanfic where it involves an epic make-out moment, and... I don't know what to listen to!

Music is VITAL to my writing process. And all I can seem to find to listen to on my comp is break-up songs! ARGH!

I need some quick recs. Something sweeping. Romantic. Swooning. Swooping. Other cleaning & vertical movement metaphors, I don't know. I'm not asking for links, just names I can play from youtube or something. Anything to jolt my brain into the right sphere of sappy romantic thinking! They can be totally mainstream, too. I don't discriminate in my pop.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllppppppppppppppppppp!

ETA: The pairing I'm trying to write for is Uhura/Spock, if that helps.



ETA 3: 1. You guys are so thoughtful for responding! 2. I don't think my romantic vernacular matches everyone else's, apparently. I should figure out how to fix that. To clarify my confusing and incomprehensible request above: Not slow songs, because slow songs tend to be sad even if they are romantic and my brain thinks sweeping/swooning/epic = big music and energy. Seventy-six bloody trombones.
timepiececlock: (Barney&Robin - Maybe I Even Love You)
I've rewatched ST, and then rewatched little bits and pieces of it again, and I can tell you, in a tongue and cheek way, that although there are many reasons why I liked the film, there's only one reason (honestly) why I'm fangirlling it. I would love it either way, but for all the other reasons I'd simply enjoy it as any other movie, whereas it takes a particular kind of thing to make me go into fandom mode.

In fact, I think it can be best expressed with a quote from an entirely separate fandom! Because I love quotation crossovers.

Spoiler Alert! )


Yeah, I'm easy. This hits movie hits at least half a dozen of my fandom kinks in this regard.


OFF-TOPIC:

Call up the captain we've got Krueger on the line
He's got a box of chocolates and a valentine
And MI5 have got a bone to pick with Moses
While Matthew and the big guy just play ring-around-the-roses

A pearl knit sweater and a gasoline rag
He's got a fistful of stars and an old dog tag
Get to Parchman Farm by a number 9 bus
And send the children to the gum tree to wake up Nicodemus

So blow the man down boys
Yeah blow the man down boys
And the tricks that he employs
Are buried in this St Luke's summer's noise

Brilliant!

Apr. 26th, 2009 01:41 am
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
Where the Wild Things Are, Star Trek, Wolverine, and The Brothers Bloom are the movies I'm the most excited to see this year. I think they're all going to be fantastic.


This trailer has reminded me how much I enjoy The Arcade Fire. I think the version of "Wake Up" used in the trailer is a new recording, because it doesn't match the album version I already have.

Also, where the song lyric is "You better look out below", when I'm watching the trailer I hear "You better look out for love." I don't know what that means, but I think I like hearing it.


Somethin' filled up my heart with nothin', someone told me not to cry.
But now that I'm older, my heart's colder, and I can see that it's a lie.
Children wake up, hold your mistake up, before they turn the summer into dust.

If the children don't grow up, our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
We're just a million little god's causin rain storms, turnin' every good thing to rust.
I guess we'll just have to adjust.

With my lighnin' bolts a glowin' I can see where I am goin' to be
when the reaper he reaches and touches my hand.

With my lighnin' bolts a glowin' I can see where I am goin'
You better look out below!
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
[livejournal.com profile] wisteria_ pointed her flist to this video of street theater and this Salon article about it, which just brightened my heart. I can't wait to show my mom tomorrow.



from Salon.com, on why people love watching it:

"What they are presenting to the people in that station (and the rest of us, of course) is the ideal of human co-operation. They're showing us the possibility that a bunch of unrelated, unconnected people could spontaneously burst into a song and dance routine in a train station because that's what they all wanted to do and that's what we could do too, if we set our minds to it."

Plus, look how much fun they had preparing for it.


Outside of city parades--which are planned--I've only ever been part of one moment of spontaneous public dancing. Read more... )
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)
I just realized that the only Jonas Brothers song I've ever heard is their cover of Disney's "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid.*

my face at realizing this: >P

a. I hate their cover because they take one of Disney canon's most creepy, sly, and wickedly sung villain ballads... and make it bland.** Not too mention overpowering the melody with over the top drums and guitar. I thought everyone loved these kids for being so awesome?? They have no voice talent! None! I feel kinda let down. Talent: some people have it. Other people don't and should not sing songs that require it.

b. they change the Disney lyrics in the first verse but keep the lyrics in the second. It's pretty uncomfortable to listen to, actually, because the second verse is incredibly sexist, and the argument can be made that because it's being sung by an evil, murderous sea witch in the movie, you know it's words and lies coming from a Bad Person.

Coming from the Jonas Brothers...um, not so much. It just sounds even worse, especially since the thirteen year old fangirls are going to hear words like "It's she who holds her tongue who gets a man" from the famous teen boys they idolize... and not from an evil, murderous sea witch in the context of a movie. Am I wrong in feeling there's a significant difference there?

c. I hereby declare that no one is allowed to professionally remake songs from musicals unless they have a singing voice of equivalent talent levels. BARACK OBAMA, PLEASE MAKE THIS YOUR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL EDICT. THANKS, RASHAKA.


*Since I'm on an FMA kick recently: Dante and her 'Poor Unfortunate Souls'! (major anime spoilers.) Actually, this ATLA video is a much better watch.

**What the hell does the pool music video have to do with the song? And how are "secrets" supposed to help the people who want to lose weight and attract the opposite sex? Magic (and exercise) make a lot more sense. That's the problem with changing the lyrics of a musical without appropriate context update.

***I just realized that Lyra of FMA reminds me a lot of Mai of ATLA. Must be the bangs.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
From [livejournal.com profile] vickiso.

1. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.
2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.


Tagging: [livejournal.com profile] the_spin, [livejournal.com profile] meksuchinae, [livejournal.com profile] irrel, [livejournal.com profile] _jems_, [livejournal.com profile] taraljc, [livejournal.com profile] chase820, [livejournal.com profile] clodia_risa and [livejournal.com profile] goldy_dollar

1. If you could bust into three songs before to a crowd, and sing them beautifully and stun your audience, what would those songs be?

For the sexy opportune moment in a bar: "Mein Herr" from Cabaret.

For bursting into a bombastic ballad while strolling down the avenue sidewalk: "Somebody to Love" by Queen

For the romantic couple in the park: "The Rose" by Bette Midler

15 more questions. I don't usually indulge in memes, but I'm bored. )

ooh, music!

Feb. 6th, 2009 12:56 pm
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
I'm ridiculously addicted to the song Paper Planes from Slumdog Millionaire, but I think it's kind of messed up that some of the regular sounds in the chorus are pistol shots, a gun being cocked, and a cash register. Creative, but disturbing.

*note: the movie's official music video is mildly spoilery, along the lines of a movie trailer, but if you haven't seen the movie then none of it would make sense to you anyway.

Edit: This would make a killer Firefly/Serenity video. Especially if you cut it down to about two minutes instead of four. Or maybe Baccano.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
FANMIX!


In The Middle Of A Gun Fight
(or, why I love Daniel Craig for woobiefying Bond)




Track List (pretty much unspoilery)


1. "You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison" by My Chemical Romance - he closest to the mood that I associate with the new Bond... turmoil, rage, intensity, violence, and a little bit of craziness. Especially in Quantum of Solace. It's also fairly slashy, as songs go, and you can't have a male character as oversexed as James Bond without playing with the homoerotic implications anyway. In the middle of a gun fight, in the center of a restaurant... They say, "Come with your arms raised high!" Well, they're never gonna get me.

2. "Your Disease" by Saliva - Craig's James Bond deserves some rap-rock. I wanna take you down, but your soul cannot be found.

3. "Mirror in the Bathroom" by The English Beat, because we see Bond looking at his reflection a few times in the films, and you've got to wonder who he sees there. This song is also appropriate for all those glossy, shiny cars and those very expensive suits. Mirror in the bathroom, recompense for all my crimes of self defense.

Tracklist: Bloodsport, Send the Pain Below, Metal Heart, Running Up That Hill, Strange Days, Greedy Fly, You Cut Her Hair, Into the Void, I Come From the Water, Staring at the Sun )


Link: hoop://www.megaupload.com/?d=3KL2P2E8


Inspiration for this fanmix came from this discussion, which veers into spoiler territory for the new film Quantum of Solace and of course is terribly spoilery for Casino Royale.

*Oddly, this is also my song for Vash the Stampede, for different reasons. Yeah, weird analogy, I know.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
Respond to this post with a character or pairing, and I will reply with a song that reminds me of them.

if you ask nicely, I'll even upload the song for you.
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
I will be posting bits of my attempt at National Novel Writing Month. Who wants in?


By agreeing to be under the filter, you understand:

1. I will be posting sections of my writing as I go along. These will be under an LJ-cut.

2. As per the advice of the website, I won't be editing as I go, so it could be quite terrible and below the moderate standards for punctuation you typically expect from me.

3. I may cry.

4. At some point in this month you will have a non-binding friend obligation to give feedback of some kind, even if it's to tell me that my story is "surprisingly lame". As this is non-binding obligation, the only thing to happen if you don't comment sometime during November is that you will be eaten alive by your own guilt. With store-brand cheese.

5. You may have to hug me if I cry.




P.S. Listen to Common Rotation's "Rock Me Obama", because I love it.
timepiececlock: (Bite me. -Toph)



"They put their hands on the arc of history and bent it towards a better day."
- President-Elect Barack Obama


1. Since I decided this morning to belatedly try the National Novel Writer's Month challenge, I have of course been doing everything possible to procrastinate and avoid it. These things include political stuff, looking at cute stuff, random Avatar stuff, fandom stuff, watching movie trailers, and listening to a music mix CD a boy made for me yesterday.

2. Sometimes people comment on my journal, and I look at their names, and I think, "Who are you?" because I have no freaking idea what prairie hole they popped out of, good or bad or alien. I usually don't say anythig, though, and I pretend I totally know who they are and why they're here commenting on my journal.

3. My finances are scaring me so I have been avoiding grocery shopping. But I do get some money tomorrow, at least. And I should get a lot in about a two weeks. It's the in-between that bothers me. Not that I'm in any real danger of not being able to purchase food or anything like that--just that I am eating a lot of pasta and canned soup and leftovers. Also, online banking gives me anxiety. To see all my funds or lack-of laid out in such clear, cold digital type.

4. The person cited in italics up there? I've never typed those words before. And...now I have. The reality of all this keeps hitting me late. This intense upwelling of emotion? Should have happened three days ago, when I was standing in a campaign office watching the map change colors and knowing that the state where I've been working, my own county, was going to be blue. But I didn't cry then. I cried randomly yesterday, in my car, listening to this old guy on NPR. And I almost cried just now, and holy crap, usually I only cry for patriotic stuff when I'm on my period. (I cried for the dramatic cavalry charge in The Two Towers, and I cry for old historical videos where people do things like stand in front of tanks. Shit. I'm crying now.) But it's definitely not hormones this week; it's pure sentiment scratching and clawing past my defenses.

5. It could be that I'm obsessively listening to Common Rotation's "Rock Me Obama", which despite the title is surprisingly emotional and acoustic-guitar-y. Seriously, this is the MOST ADDICTIVE and LEAST ANNOYING Obama-related song I've heard since the campaign began. In fact...I should email the band and tell them so.
timepiececlock: (Spy no Jutsu)
You know what would be pretty cool?

Doctor Who fanvids to the music of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, especially if you're thinking about Ten's anger issues... or heck, the Master too! Such as Slipping or Brand New Day.

Thought I'd toss the concept out into the ether and see what it picks up.

Awesome, Y/N?
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
If I had an account at Whedonesque.com, I'd make a post and link to this Dr. Horrible music thingy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqbv6-nKlVQ

It's an awesome idea and a solid effort, plus I love how into the "character" of the music he gets. Also, I wish I could play violin.
timepiececlock: (Default)
Seriously, gals and guys, I'm asking. I've seen them around-- I know fandoms do them a lot when canon messes up whatever pairing, or kills off whatever person.

[livejournal.com profile] irrel and I have decided we want to make our own fan petition, one that is way more awesome than "please make X/X canon!" and way easier for the writers/producers to respond to than "bring X back from the grave."

What is our petition going to be about? Good question! It's about the simplest thing in the world, for the show How I Met Your Mother:

We want Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin Scherbatsky (Cobie Smulders) to have a kareoke duel.

That's it. That's all we want!

Simple, completely plausible within the show situations and characters, and moreover: potential for hilarity and fun way beyond compare. The characters have sung before on the show, but only in little bits or in places where it was done badly for laughs. Robin's character used to be a teenage pop idol in Canada who sang really cheesy pop songs, and [younger] Barney once sung a very embarassing, pathetic ode to a girl on a video.

Cobie Smulders's voice is decent enough in the "Robin Sparkles" videos that she could certainly pull off a great kareoke, and we all know that NPH can sing. But the show has never given him the chance to really sing, like a kareoke battle scene might allow. Not too mention that both characters are known for being extremely competitive, and would probably dive into a kareoke duel challenge with full-fledged enthusiasm and possibly take it way too seriously.

We believe that television should have more singing in general, and more NPH singing in particular. So we want to start a petition!

...but we don't know how. Help?

neat!

May. 26th, 2008 10:18 pm
timepiececlock: (Shigure loves his popsicles)
Watch this insanely cute and colorful music video with large groups of synchronized dancers that was done all in one take except for the very beginning and end.
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
How is it that no matter what fandom I join, I can always find a couple people to help turn any conversation into a "Once More With Feeling" sing-off in caps and italics?
timepiececlock: (Shigure loves his popsicles)
How come I've never heard this song before? It's awesome. I had no idea.

Sometimes it pays to actually investigate the depths of my Music [all] folder. Today's selection: Resevoir Dogs OST. Win!
timepiececlock: (Shigure loves his popsicles)
I love any band that can inspire random people to brush their teeth on youtube for 4 minutes straight. Even the little blond kiddies have learned to air guitar with a toothbrush. If someone had showed me this as a kid, I like to think I would have complained a lot less about brushing my teeth.

Each band member also did individual versions: http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=TheLudoVideoThing, which tells me these guys, aside from writing catchy tunes, are deeply dorky and fully committed to having a fun instead of angsting. I appreciate that in a rock band.

As a fandom side note, this is now my Azula/Beach Guy epic love song. As a second fandom side note, apparently the band named themselves after that giant character in The Labyrinth.
timepiececlock: (Origin of Love)
She's a rich girl, she don't try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes
He's a poor boy, empty as a pocket
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose

She was physically forgotten
Then she slipped into my pocket
With my car keys
She said "You've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these diamonds."
timepiececlock: (Ahiru & Fakir text)
EDIT: Just went and updated the PT wikipedia entry to include listings of the leitmotifs [character theme music] for the major characters. I found conflicting information on Fakir's theme so I included both, and I couldn't figure out the leitmotifs for Uzura, the Raven, Pique & Lillie, or Autor. I was able to find Drosselmeyer, Edel, and Mr. Cat's pieces, however.



Disc 2

Episode 6 - the dance of awesome badness, and the fear shard

"You're an eyesore." Hah! He just DROPS her. I'd forgotten about that. ::snicker:: What an jerk. Hm... the dance leader Paulo said that the troop leader/electric eel's "approval rate" when way up for these two as the chosen partners.

This episode also has the sequence of Ahiru selecting the mood symbolism stones from Edel's collection: hope, adventure, mystery, artistic license/author's prerogative.


Episode 7 - tasty bread and the ways in which Fakir is like an onion

I had forgotten about the scene where Fakir slaps Mytho. As I'm watching this series again from start to finish... it once again amazes me how this show has such high levels of sugary sweetness, yet has such a fucked up underbelly. In some ways you can say its comparable to Fruits Basket that way... but it's different too. In Tutu you can't really tell which ones are evil, because the character motivations are constantly being unveiled before you. And there's differences in the negative behavior, too... in Furuba you know why the characters do bad or cruel things, and if it happens then they angst about it or talk it off. In PT... the "good" characters do bad shit and the bad characters do good things, and they don't angst about it after the fact (except Ahiru) because everyone is doing what they have to, to survive the story...or what they think they have to. Minor Fakir spoilers ) you know, I kinda forgot where I was going with this.

Maybe I shouldn't say that the characters don't feel bad about bad things they do. Because sometimes they do. Rather, the SHOW doesn't apologize for it. Lots of dark things happen that don't get addressed, weighed, and judged the way a lot of moral decisions/actions are judged in an anime show (usually by other characters.) Everything just keeps going forward, and whether a person is bad or good from last week to this week depends more on how much you know about them, and less on the ways they actually behave. In the first half of the series the characters don't really change at all; it's just what we the audience knows about them that changes.

All of this is why the voice-dubbing outtakes bloopers for each disc seem to consist almost entirely of sex jokes or other crudities. It's hilarious. The actor's audio commentary for the DVDs and bloopers/outtakes are suited to an audience about 14+, whereas I think the series itself is fine for someone as young as 10 or less. If you saw the first DVD's set of PT bloopers via the internet, I can tell you that the second set is even WORSE BETTER. The cast definitely realizes how subversive this series is.


Disc 3

From the cast commentary, Jay Hickman / Mytho: "Is there anything more romantic than a nice pas de duex in front of the burning corpse of a puppet?"

Yeah, this demi-finale is still awesome.

A thought on the extras: Each of the discs is loaded with extras, from bloopers to cast/producer commentaries, as well as the etude section, which I JUST NOW AS I TYPE recalled from my high school French classes means "study" (like 24 hours late on that revelation), that very nicely (if a bit fast) goes over each of the main composition pieces used in the show that are borrowed from famous classical music: overtures, ballets, or operas. SO WORTH IT TO BUY THE DVDs.

Very few anime series in these last two years have made me want to shell out and purchase them; the last was Fruits Basket. I've been having the same experience watching PT as I got watching FB on official DVD: it feels new and exciting because I get to hear the English dub voices, which is about the only way you can "re-experience" an anime that you've already seen to the conclusion two or three times. You might never get a second season, but you get an almost Alternate Universe version of the first season by watching it again in your personal native language dub. The DVD extras are just icing on the cake.

The woman who voices Rue, Jessica Boone, who also did the commentary for episode 13 along with Hickman, said that she'd love to see an American professional ballet production of Princess Tutu, that they should make the show into a ballet. YES. JUST. YES. PLEASE.

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