• Culture and Entertainment

    Autumn Music and Mood

    I’m not that into music. I listen in the car to block out silence (and I almost NEVER here music on the radio that I like much less love), but I usually prefer silence otherwise. And I have a hard time finding music that I love. And sometimes I love some music sometimes and sometimes I don’t love it.

    I pulled out a flute/harp duet c.d (very Irish/Celtic sounding) because I thought of it and wanted to make sure I hadn’t misplaced it. That got me to thinking how seasonally appropriate it was. And then I thought about autumn music. And what I think fits fall. Contemplative, sentimental, spooky, sorrowful, haunting. I love the season of fall but a lot of what fits the autumn mood is a bit too depressing for me.* This c.d. is a not always what I need even though it is so beautiful. And scary books? Yeah, I’ll do Agatha Christie . . . and fall Hallmark.

    I’m more into pretty fall colors, the actual change of the season, bonfires, and yummy fall food involving pumpkin, molasses, and spices. But I still think I need a touch of the spooky for it to really fall. And I find it fun to dress up for Halloween (again, not scary, just dress-up).

    Anyway. I tried to think up some other good music that fits my description.
    “River Flows in You”
    Enya
    LOTR** soundtrack. Especially Rohan themes.
    Celtic
    Folk songs
    The Hanging Tree

    *I may have mentioned this before. I know a lot of people joke around about the U.S. term (and the Pinterest quotes are funny), but I have a Latin dictionary and also looked on Whitaker’s words, and “autumnus/i” means . . . wait for it . . . autumn. I even looked in my massive Webster’s dictionary for some hint as to a deeper etymology. Other than finding out the origin is possibly Etruscan, nothing. So its an old word for the season. Yeah. I love learning, but I despise pedantry and sophistry. Rant over.

    **I love the artistry of these movies, and I think the music is probably one of my favorite parts, but I have a hard time enjoying the story anymore. I’m really not into epics or really action movies (using that description quite broadly). And some parts in these movies are hysterical (where they aren’t supposed to be). I’m not the dramatic teenager anymore, and apparently, I’m the hardened skeptic who takes nothing seriously, lol.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    My Favorite Songs from My Favorite Musicals

    I started writing out my comment on this post, and I realized it would be far too long and should make a post.

    Favorite musical numbers from live-action musicals

    ·       Sound of Music: the Ländler, “Edelweiss,” and “My Few of My Favorite Things”
    ·       Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: “Goin Courtin”
    ·       Les Mis: (not a huge fan; I’ve also only seen the movie): “Do You Hear the People Sing”
    ·       Phantom: “Think of Me Fondly,” “All I ask of You,” “The Music of the Night,”  And, well most of the songs
    ·       Music Man: “Good Night My Someone”


    Disney/Animated Favorites

    ·       Tangled: “At Last I See the Light” and “Kingdom Dance”
    ·       Beauty and the Beast: “Prologue” music and “Transformation”
    ·       How to Train Your Dragon 2: “For the Dancing and the Dreaming”
    ·       Swan Princess: “Far Longer than Forever”
    ·       Anastasia: “Once Upon a December”
    ·       Tarzan: “You’ll Be in My Heart”

    I like other Disney songs, but I think these are my favorites.
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    The Music Man

    We went and saw two high school/middle school theater productions in the past few weeks. One was Pride and Prejudice which I must say was rather mediocre, especially in light of the second production. I do not think the story lends itself well to play format anyway though.

    The other performance was The Music Man. I had heard of the movie, but opted out of joining my family to see it as I wanted to spend my coveted evening working productively (which miraculously I did), and because I did not know the story. But when my family came home they were effusive. I have a habit of missing the really brilliant high school plays (I am still furious with myself for missing two performances when I was in high school; the home-school theater glory days it seemed until now).

    The next evening we went out to dinner, and I brought up the musical. Mom said one of my sisters wanted to see it again. So my three little sisters piled into my car, and we claimed a front and central view. I am so glad I could see it. We knew several of the principle actors, and they did such a good job. The whole performance was just darling. I had heard of a few of the song titles, and perhaps part of one of the songs before.

    I soon ordered the movie and Broadway soundtrack from the library, and the ladies of the family watched the movie together. I preferred the little people’s version, but I still enjoyed the movie and would like to see it on Broadway (with a younger, handsomer music man).

    Anyway, I have a new song to add to my scanty repertoire of songs which I like: “Goodnight My Someone”