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Valavien
05 April 2007 @ 08:11 am
Hello again world! Yes I am back, it could be brief it could be long, who knows! Again I have been poked into the world, this time by bunnitos. According to the email that LJ generates it has been 35 weeks since my last post. I’ve been lurking just not posting, so I mostly know what you are all up to muhahahahahahha!

First up, let’s start with today. Today I have to get through work so I can see the love of my life in hospital. She’s in hospital because she is 21 weeks pregnant and is currently on almost complete bed rest. She’s doing ok and is being well looked after by the nurses. I think at the end of next week could be when she gets out, unless things get worse. I might start posting here about the progress so people can know how things are going. I can also post some scan photos if anyone is interested. We are all doing well apart from that and are extremely happy.

Kathleen (love of my life) also very generously bought a ticket for me to see Lisa Gerrard tonight at the Play House. I am quite excited and really interested to hear what she does. For those that may not know who she is check out Lisa's Site
If you are familiar with the music from Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, she is the singer that does all the wailing, for lack of a better word.

Every time I see the trailer for 300 I think of NIN, in the car this morning I listened to track (7) from the The Fragile – Left which is the trailer music. I really want to go to the concert with some rocking people, I just don’t think I can get there. So I might just have to settle for Lisa. In a moment I am going to investigate to see if NIN will release the new album on SACD as I will get that. Downward Spiral on SACD is simply brilliant. I will just have to have my own private concert at home. The poor -poor neighbours.

Anyways, more later, there is plenty more I am sure.
 
 
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
 
 
Valavien
26 July 2006 @ 12:45 pm
You are standing in the middle of the mall just outside of Hungry Jacks and you suddenly realise that you shouldn't be standing in the one spot because of possible snipers...
 
 
Valavien
17 July 2006 @ 10:39 am
Early last year I was given a plastic bag full of recipes from my 90 year old grand mother. It was all of her recipes…Stuff like lamingtons, chocolate cake, and all of those other things that she used to make for everyone all of the time. I asked for them as I was really the only one who would actually bother to make them as she can’t anymore. Well a short time after that I lost them in my parents’ garage and on several occasions I tried to find them but couldn’t. I was devastated as I had not even had a chance to look at them yet. On the weekend I went over there to help my dad clean up the garage for my other grandfather’s 80th birthday party. In one of the boxes I saw my other pair of brown RM Williams boots that need repairing and are completely filthy. I could see something inside them so pulled whatever it was out…

It was the freakin headphone adaptor for my N-Gage that I had lost!!!! I had been wanting to find it so I could connect it to my XDA. So I must try it out so I can start converting movies and shows for it and watch them on the bus, woohoo! (when not playing my DS…)

I delved a bit deeper in the same box and saw a very full plastic bag. Could it be? Yes it was! The bag of recipes and it didn’t look like they were water damaged!!!!!!!! I now have them on my dining room table ready for me to sort through them and start cooking!
 
 
Valavien
13 July 2006 @ 03:52 pm
Some of you may know that I had said I was going to have a long break from doing theatre relatec activities and it did last for over a month. I was then encouraged to audition for Fiddler on the Roof. So I learnt a monologue, pulled out the sheet music for a song I know well and booked an audition time at the info night. First off I was amazed that I could learn the monologue in a week. I chose a piece from Uncle Varnya, by Chekoff as I was going for the small part of Fyedka the Russian who Chava falls in love with. No singing and a pretty small part. If I got the part I probably wouldn't have to go to many rehearsals and if I didn't get it I was of two minds about doing chorus so I could continue my break.

So the day of the audition arrived and I wasn't so worried about the song as it was firmly rammed into my head after singing it last year in Annie Get Your Gun 50 million times. The monologue was a different story, my memory ain't so flash and I leave everything to the last minute but for once in my life and perhaps with the experience of learning quite a bit of dialogue over the last two years, I managed to start early and learn most of it well. On the day the song was pretty good and I sang it again for them in a happy rather than laid back way, which I believe I did. It's important that you can respond quickly to instructions and actually do what they ask. Some people just can't do it. Next was some simple dance steps which I managed and then the monologue. I pretty much remembered it including the emotion and inflection I had worked on. It's amazing what some preparation can do. However my experience kicked in as well as I didn't know it 100% but knew what I was mostly talking about so I was able to experience the adrenalin rush that is "making crap up because you have forgotten your lines while staying in character and still conveying the same message". In a show it's ultra scary if you suddenly lose your track but damn it feels good when you get yourself out of it. That's why you have to totally understand the character, it helps you work through these situations. It's like player knowledge when playing an rpg.

Sunday night a group of auditionees met up for dinner so we could all console each other when we got the dreaded phone calls that night. The theatre group had done 104 auditions over a few days which is incredible. They were going to have to turn a lot of people away. A few hours went by and no phone calls came so we left to have hot chocolate and cake. No phone calls... So we decided to head on over to Kathy's house to hang out for a bit and on the way she got a phone call to say she had a call back and that Natalie and I were to call when we got to her place. Nervous, we called the salon. I wish I had a camera to remember what her face looked like. It was obviously very good news. She got the roll of Chava. Next up was me, yep, chorus that will be fine. "WTF OMG etc Perchik? Sure I will do it that's great..." So I didn't get the part I wanted, I got a better one! So I get to sing a duet, incite the masses and be student know it all. After Tevye (Topol) Perchik is the biggest male role other than Motel (the tailor). So this week has been pretty damn good. I got into a show through a decent audition process not just because they didn't have anyone else. In probably the best amateur theatre companies in Brisbane. Performed in a beautiful theatre at Iona college which is almost like Qpac and seats over 400 people. BRING IT ON!
 
 
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Elliot Goldenthal - Alien3
 
 
Valavien
26 June 2006 @ 12:02 pm
Over the weekend I saw two movies that I didn't get to see at the cinema, not that missing them bothers me anymore for obvious reasons. The two movies were Aeon Flux and Brothers Grimm. I had quite low expectations for these films but was pleseantly surprised, especially Brothers Grimm. Aeon Flux was a nicely shot film and was very intriquing if not a little bit hard to follow until the big reveal. Not as bad as I thought it would be, just different. Brothers Grimm had a brilliant cast and was quite creepy but it just didn't end right damnit!
 
 
 
Valavien
22 June 2006 @ 06:18 am
Well I sent an email to the BBC about the music in Tog Gear. I don't expect a reply but it looks like I don't need one. I just stumbled accross a forum for exactly that purpose, what a find! For each episode it has a post with an mp3 sample from the episode per article that once someone has worked it out, the sample get's changed to the name of the track. Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
Valavien
22 June 2006 @ 06:17 am
Just before going to bed last night to watch more Miami Vice Season 1 I hopped on the computer for a bit. About five minutes later the Ubuntu Software update icon appeared. I thought that was odd since I didn't have internet access. So I hovered over the icon and it said 68 updates...www.google.com woohoo I have internet! I checked my gmail account for an email from tpg and it had only just gone up minutes before. Now I just need to find my actual distance from the exchange to see if it's worth getting an adsl2 modem.
 
 
Valavien
15 June 2006 @ 06:43 pm
And what do you know I found it...

http://www.musicroom.com/se/ID_No/080321/details.html
 
 
Valavien
15 June 2006 @ 06:41 pm
Well yes it didn't take me long to find it:

It's from a cd called Craig Armstrong Piano Works and the particular track is Weather Storm and you can listen to samples on his site:

http://www.craigarmstrong.com/piano.html

now to try for the sheet music...
 
 
Valavien
15 June 2006 @ 06:41 pm
Well yes it didn't take me long to find it:

It's from a cd called Craig Armstrong Piano Works and the particular track is Weather Storm and you can listen to samples on his site:

http://www.craigarmstrong.com/piano.html

now to try for the sheet music...