Dec. 28th, 2013 02:30 pm
randomling: A large stack of books in black and white. (reading)
Today is a bad brain day even when trance is applied to the situation.

I need to focus on my bedroom but it is really stressful. Maybe I should be mildly ridiculous and check if I have in fact ripped all my CDs into iTunes. (I am sure I have the Trainspotting soundtrack somewhere already. And I know I have Kid A.)
randomling: Peter Bishop (Fringe) ponders something. (peter)
I think I might actually turn this into a journal (perhaps more bullet-pointy and less rambly than some journals).

I might decide at some point to make these posts access-locked or even private; we'll see if I even keep it up for more than three days, and how it goes. In the meantime, I'll just say no advice, please and leave it at that.

Journaly stuff is journaly. TMI included. )
randomling: Chris Kirkpatrick of *nsync raises an eyebrow. (eyebrow)
Oh, people. People.

I have a brand new crush.

Every now and then, I go and see a classical concert with my parents. Quite often, we go and see the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (beware: auto-play music on that link), because they play period instruments and that interests my dad - plus, they are a fabulous orchestra. That's who we went to see this afternoon - playing a selection of Mozart music at King's Place. The concert was amazing - and a lot of that, for me, had to do with the conductor.

Ladies and gentlemen, Jonathan Cohen.

I was lucky enough to be sitting in the balcony, towards the stage, so I had a good view of the orchestra from an unusual angle, and apparently, that makes a huge difference to my appreciation of the concert.

Until this afternoon, I confess, I had not given much thought to the role of the conductor in a concert performance. (Even though I have been in plenty of concert performances, at an extremely amateur level, and of course the conductor makes a huge difference when you're a performer.) But watching Jonathan Cohen conduct Mozart this afternoon made me think serious thoughts.

About how important mood-setting is - for the performers and the audience - and what a huge job that is. That was one thread.

But the thing that I really came away with, I don't know if I can describe properly. I'm going to give it a shot, and maybe I can clarify in comments, if people have questions.

This is about passion.

It's about really engaging with the music. About living it. About being 100% in it, and loving every second. That's what Cohen was doing this afternoon. I've seen engagement like that in other places - on the dancefloor in clubs, for example - but I don't think I've ever seen anyone else conduct Mozart and having it feel like... like it was [livejournal.com profile] childeric or [livejournal.com profile] d_floorlandmine thrashing to the Beastie Boys.

For me, passion can be dark and obsessive, or it can be violent and angry.

But for others, it can be light and lively and sweet and fun.

It can be a dance. ("Dance", oddly enough, is probably going to be my theme for 2011. So this was appropriate and well-timed.)

And that's what I want in my life. More dance. More dancing with my passions. More lightness, more fun, more play. More sweetness.

This man doesn't just stand in front of his orchestra and wave his arms about. (I'm sure no conductor does that. But this was different from any conductor I've seen before.) This man conducts with his whole body. He conducts with his eyebrows. (I have this thing about eyebrows. Ahem, never mind.) You could see, frequently, the moments of, "oooh, I love this bit!" You could see the passion and the love for the music and the love of creating this great complex wall of sound and all the emotion that went with it. His communication with the orchestra. The way he performed for the orchestra. His sheer skill.

The stupid moment, between movements in the piano concerto, that really impressed me: he was about to start the next movement, and someone who had been out of the hall or was late came in. He waited for the person to sit down, then started up again, immediately that person was in their seat. And he did all of this without turning around - the whole thing was done by ear. He didn't need to look to know that his audience wasn't settled, and then to know that his audience was settled.

That's what I call knowing what you're doing.

Did I mention that I have an enormous crush?

As you might see if you follow the link above, it does not hurt that he's fairly easy on the eye. (But there are plenty of people who are physically "my type", who don't push my buttons, because they don't have the passion thing going on. That's what really floats my boat.) Jumping and dancing around on stage and dragging the music out of that orchestra, that incredible orchestra, with his whole body. With his face and hands and legs. I could not take my eyes off him for two hours.

I'm officially stunned and flabbergasted.

He's truly incredible.

Oh, and he plays the piano and the cello, too.

I'll be dropping dead, over here.


Oct. 19th, 2010 11:20 pm
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
Feeling kind of sad tonight. But I am sort of... noticing it and letting it be there. And I think that's sort of good.

In better news: I did some good stuff today. Made job-hunt progress, worked on my ebook, and finished knitting the hat I've been working on (and darned in the ends). I shall probably do the pressing and making-up at the weekend, and then: new shiny hat for me!

Wondering about picking up the writing again after a couple of weeks' break. I miss it, but for various reasons the Inception epic is well and truly stalled at the moment. I don't want to give up on it permanently but I think I need something different to work on for now.

There was also piano tonight. Five minutes, but that was better than nothing.

To be done tonight - I want to find my hairdryer (I've been thinking about this for days and haven't got round to it!) and work on a bedtime routine of some kind. I'm pretty sure that would be good for me.

And now, dear Journalling Services, I am going to turn off the internet for the evening.

Good night!
randomling: A pair of hands clasped. (hand porn)
Okay, so the R&B stuff mostly doesn't do a damn thing for me. I know I like N'Sync and it's a damn strange thing that I don't like Justin's solo stuff in general, but - honestly - I don't. I'm sorry. I love Cry Me A River, but that's about it.


Why did nobody tell me about (Another Song) All Over Again? Which. OMG. Justin singing something that sounds a lot like proper classic blues and running all over the scale and ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥!

God, this is going on the playlist that's mostly reserved for Ella and Louis (ETA - and Eva, duh). I love Justin's voice. I love songs that are designed to show it off, which are fucking few and far between. And I love that bluesy sound. Love love LOVE. I'm a fan of Gone, which has stunningly gorgeous instrumentation and Justin's beautiful voice, and while it's really a Justin song which criminally uses the other N'Sync boys as backup singers, it's still a wonderful song.


One of those things where like I said - mostly his solo music doesn't do much for me at all, but every now and then he hits my buttons with a mallet and I become a flailing squeeing fangirl. JUJU OMG YAY.

[puts song on repeat]
randomling: A wombat. (Default)
The problem with Last.fm is that if I put in N Sync or Backstreet I get all kinds of unrelated boyband crap. And apparently, either the slash completely fucks with my musical taste, or N Sync and Backstreet are genuinely far better than any other boybands ever.

Time to give up and put the Foo Fighters in, instead.

In other news, the world is making me sad, and so is the media.

Doctor Who Spoilers, BEWARE )

The other thing that's making me sad is the book I'm reading, The Devil In Amber by Mark Gatiss. Cut for spoilers and lack of interest to most people who are not me )

I'm supposed to be writing for tonight. I need to summon up a bunny that will make a particular person happy in the next hour or so.


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