marcicat: keep calm it's christmas (keep calm it's christmas)

“For we need a little music,
need a little laughter

Need a little singing,
ringing through the rafter

And we need a little snappy
happy ever after

We need a little Christmas now

-“We Need a Little Christmas,” Johnny Mathis version

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marcicat: (peace dreamsheep)

So keep me safe and hold me tight
Let the candle burn all night
Tomorrow welcome back the light
It was the longest night of the year

-“The Longest Night of the Year,” Mary Chapin Carpenter

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marcicat: (anteater)

When I realized that one song really *is* saying “cake by the ocean,” (‘Cake By The Ocean,’ DNCE) I thought I should check on a couple others.

1. The Mr. Mister song ‘Kyrie,’ is not a Star Wars inspired exhortation to carry a laser, as it turns out. According to google, the actual phrase is “kyrie elision,’ which is Greek. (Not Greek for “carry a laser,” sadly. While there are a variety of spellings out there, the common translation seems to be ‘Lord, have mercy.’)

2. It seemed unlikely that there was really a song out there with the lyrics “she’s gonna have kittens / it blows me away.” And yet. (Honestly, the actual lyric of “she’s got whatever it is” don’t make much more sense to me, but there it is.) Thanks, Zac Brown Band! The name of the song should have given it away (‘Whatever It Is’) but I heard this one on the radio many times before I knew the name, so it wasn’t as helpful as it could have been.

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marcicat: (cat reflection)

Just started hearing this one on the radio: White Flag, by Joseph

Three sisters! Fun to sing! (Great car song!) Catchy as heck!

Ten out of ten, would sing along again.

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tunes time

Dec. 12th, 2015 11:03 am
marcicat: (christmas tree 2010)

Quick FYI for anyone looking for a little new Christmas music right now — for the low low price of nothing, the River radio station (92.5 out of Boston) and a bank are offering a free download of a holiday cd.

A River Music Hall-iday: Volume 4

They’ve been offering it in the ‘free cd’ format for a few years, but this is the first time I remember it being available for download. All of the songs can be played in full at the link too!

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

Anyway, so I wanted to write about songs that are REALLY VERY STARTLING when you listen to them in the car, because I’ve always thought that one with the police sirens in the beginning* was the top of the list, but it now has some serious competition.

[*This is where I ran into trouble, because I can’t remember the name, and google informs me that there are actually MANY songs with this sound effect. Though not, as one site’s header led me to believe, 162 of them.]

I recently got the Annie (2014) soundtrack, and have been enjoying its sing-along qualities on my commute. In the movie, the song ‘The City’s Yours’ is set in a helicopter. For whatever reason, the helicopter sound effect is included with the song on the soundtrack. (A reminder of the key importance of helicopters to the plot? No, wait. Definitely not that.)

But let me say, when you are driving next to an airport and the sound of a helicopter suddenly fills your car, it is REALLY VERY STARTLING.

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marcicat: (rainbow owl)

e_aster_bunnymund

Apparently there is a real song that contains the lyrics “Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail; hippity-hoppity Easter’s on its way.” (‘Here Comes Peter Cottontail,’ sung by Gene Autry) And! The song was written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, who wrote Frosty the Snowman a year later, which may explain why those songs sound similar enough that my memory often combines them.

(I have a memory of playing with a snowman Christmas ornament and singing ‘Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail; thumpity-thump thump thumpity-thump, over the hills of snow.’ I have no idea if it’s just my memory swapping out one song for another, or if that combination of lyrics actually made sense to me at the time.)

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marcicat: nano twas_the_night_before_christmas (nano christmas_eve)

So far it’s been quiet. Just enough work to keep us from being sent home early, is the verdict so far.

Now I’m on lunch. Usually I eat lunch at four, so 11:30 is a bit of a change. Not having any trouble scarfing down my pasta, though!

I did manage to find the time to watch this youtube video: UNH a cappella group ‘Not Too Sharp’ performing Rusted Root’s “Send Me On My Way” using New Hampshire landmarks in the music video!

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marcicat: (starburst)


They say that spring will come again–
No one knows exactly when.
Still the sun’s a long lost friend
On the longest night of the year.

We stare into the firelight
While December beats outside
Where the darkest hearts reside
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight
Let the candle burn all night
Tomorrow welcome back the light
It was longest night of the year

I used to think the world was small
Bright and shining like a ball
Seems I don’t know much at all
On the longest night of the year

We press our faces to the glass
And see our little lives go past
Wave to shadows that we cast
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight,
Let the candle burn all night,
Tomorrow welcome back the light.
‘Twas the longest night of the year

Make a vow when Solstice comes:
To find the Light in everyone
Keep the faith and bang the drum
On the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight,
Let the candle burn all night,
Tomorrow welcome back the light.
‘Twas the longest night of the year

So keep me safe and hold me tight,
Let the candle burn all night,
Tomorrow welcome back the light.
After the longest night of the year

-The Longest Night of the Year
(song by Mary Chapin Carpenter)

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marcicat: (kitteh hug)

It turns out it’s really hard to find a song when the catchiest (aka ‘the only really memorable part’) is:

ba ba-DA, ba da, ba da, ba da
ba ba-DA, ba da, ba da, ba da
ba ba-DA, ba da, ba da, ba da
ba ba-DA

Yeah, google couldn’t do much with that. Worse, the only other lines I could remember were “breathing in, breathing out.” Also not helpful. Turns out there’s like a billion songs that include that. Also lots of meditation sites.

THANK YOU 92.5 THE RIVER for playing this song while I was eating dinner (instead of driving, which is always when I’ve heard it before). With additional lyrics, I did correctly identify the “ba ba-DA” song as “Bleeding Out,” by The Lone Bellow.

I have now through completely legal means obtained this song, and so can sing it as loudly as possible while driving to work this week.

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work tunes

Oct. 3rd, 2014 07:25 pm
marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

Now that we’re in a bit closer quarters at work, and now that there’s not a ridiculously loud air conditioning unit directly behind my chair, I find myself in the position of wanting to wear my earbuds a lot more.

Even better, it’s (apparently; no one’s yelled at me yet) allowed to have earbuds pumping music into my ears *under* my phone headset. (I tried using a one-ear headset, so I had one ear free for music, but for various reasons I like the two-ear headset better.)

My only problem is that I don’t tend to find earbuds of any variety that I’ve tried to be comfortable for long periods of time. Google has been surprisingly reticent on the topic of ‘I want to wear earbuds under my phone headset at work.’ It seems to think perhaps I meant ‘I want to ear earbuds while I work out,’ which is really not the issue.

I don’t need to move around much, and I don’t care much about sound quality. And I don’t want/need a high degree of sound canceling, because that would pretty much defeat the point. Anyone else have experience with this situation? Suggestions?

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marcicat: (owl forward march)

I have mixed feelings about Darius Rucker’s song ‘It Won’t Be Like This For Long,’ but I can’t deny that sometimes it’s comforting to be driving home and hear the lines “this phase is gonna fly by, if you can just hold on.”

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marcicat: (badger book)

Watched the Opening Ceremonies last night. They were long. I was glad the athletes got to sit down. The commercials made me cry (like eight times!).

But the reward for getting through to the end was a very pretty music video montage (prepared by NBC, I assume, it wasn’t actually part of the ceremony). And it was set to the song Nothing More, by The Alternate Routes. I liked it!

“Heroes don’t look they used to, they look like you do.”

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marcicat: (starburst)

1. I woke up way too early this morning and thought (with that clarity that only comes when you’re actually mostly asleep) ‘I should find the Shining Time Station song.’ Then I actually *remembered* thinking it when I woke up for real, and lo, it has been discovered. (The most complete version of the song I could find was with these end credits, posted by katrahqueymusic. Also, I remember the show being pretty normal, but reading the descriptions it sounds — really weird.)

2. It turns out that fic about Coulson being an octopus is now a series! (The Cephalopod Who Loved Me, by LinguisticJubilee)

3. I figured out what that February quote reminds me of: Star Trek!

“You are my past, but I am not necessarily your future. There are a thousand possible futures, and one degree of difference in a trajectory can change a starship’s path by thousands of parsecs, to destroy, or to save, a world. All we can do is try.”
(from the novel “Crossroad,” by Barbara Hambly)

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marcicat: (polar bear)

Just heard this in the car on my drive home: Doin’ It Right (Rodney Atkins).

If you’re whispering or if you’re standing up and shouting
Got the windows up or you took the top down
If you got big dreams but you got big doubts
Well, you’re doing it right

If you keeping it simple or you make a big scene
If you’re doing your best and you make a mess of things
If you’re trying, if you’re crying, all that really means
Is you’re doing it right

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marcicat: (blue footed bubi)

1. I had no idea I could become so frustrated by the DMV when I WASN’T EVEN AT THE DMV.

2. I heard a song on the radio today with only three lines. They went like this, repeated in various combinations.

I could sleep
When I lived alone
Is there a ghost in my house

Apparently, this is a real song, or so the internet informs me. It’s called “Is There A Ghost” by Band of Horses. Naturally, there’s a youtube video. (I didn’t get it.) It’s three minutes long. Inexplicably, I kind of like the song.

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marcicat: (today I eat cake)

Last year I got Christmas Eve off, but was back on the schedule the day after. This year it’s reversed, so I’m headed to work!

Song of the Day: “We Need a Little Christmas”

(There’s a billion versions, but I’m partial to the Johnny Mathis one, since that’s what’s on my ipod. Apparently it was first written and performed as part of a musical, and not one with Muppets!)

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marcicat: (hershey kiss)

I wanted a break from Christmas tunes, and I went back to check on the Vienna Teng Aims Vid Album Masterpost.

Especially impressed by Level Up, by kaydee falls
(It’s my current favorite song on the album, and Sleepy Hollow kind of reminds me of Flash Gordon — I’m not sure why I like it, but somehow I do.)

Speaking of Christmas tunes, though — a few new-to-me songs this year:

Love is Christmas, Sara Bareilles

AND

Joy, Tracey Thorn

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marcicat: (moon and stars)

I like music in the same way I like coffee — sometimes I am all about it, other times I want none, and I’m not very discriminating in my taste. But I often like Vienna Teng songs, so I was intrigued by the news that some enterprising people were using her latest album as inspiration for a vid album. Links below!

*Masterpost for the Aims Vid Album, at silly_cleo’s journal
All information about this project with links to each vid!

*The Breaking Light, by such_heights
My favorite vid so far, for Pacific Rim! (The dialogue in Pacific Rim wasn’t much to write home about for the most part, but the imagery and expressions make it fantastic for vidding.)

*Aims Album, by Vienna Teng, at Bandcamp
Will let you listen to all the songs on the album, all the way through!

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marcicat: (summer foliage)

1. Miley isn’t coming in like a *rainbow,* she’s coming in like a *wrecking ball.* I like rainbow better, but I’ll admit wrecking ball does make more sense in the context of the song.

2. Putting orange lights around your porch railings looks like you’re decorating for Halloween. Putting multicolored lights (orange, green, purple) around an evergreen tree just looks like you are really, really early for Christmas.

3. Captain America 2 trailer: yes. Even better: more trailers mean more fic.

4. Sleepy Hollow, I miss you already!

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