Music meme

Jun. 25th, 2017 01:28 pm
[personal profile] swaldman
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19.A song that makes you think about life

Rizzo's story is sadly overlooked in many productions of Grease, perhaps because this song is the only time that any of it is directly expressed (although it's very much there in the film, if one looks for it in her expressions and tones of voice) - but she's perhaps the only character who understands the whole game that everybody is playing, and conciously chooses how much to engage.

Music meme

Jun. 25th, 2017 08:27 am
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Continuing, after a gap...
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18.A song from the year you were born

Among plenty of other things, this allowed me to take my pick from The Wall.

Forthcoming release: Stormy Nights

Jun. 24th, 2017 08:57 pm
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I have a short story collection, Stormy Nights, being published by NineStar Press on 24 July 2017. :-) For $3.99 you get 9 stories totalling some 45,000 words from both my pen names. The stories are a mix of reprints and new material, and cover a range of genres. You can find more information and pre-order it now at NineStar's own website. It will also be available later from the usual third party retailers.


Sex and love, lies and truth, shades in between. Happy endings and might-have-beens. Nine tales of these things between men.

Loose Id sale

Jun. 22nd, 2017 07:31 am
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A quick note to say that Loose Id have temporarily dropped the prices on many "first of series" books, including mine. This is currently guaranteed to apply only to books purchased directly through Loose Id, although they were working on getting the reductions onto the big third party sites like Amazon. You can also get two of my short stories for free from the Loose Id site. My catalogue page is here:
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Theresa May is trying to make a deal with Arelene Foster to prop up a government, while Caroline Lucas and Kezia Dugdale disapprove. In Scotland, Ruth Davidson is now the main opposition to Nicola Sturgeon, despite making up in a lift[1]. I don't imagine that Leanne Wood is too happy about how things have turned out either.

We seem to have ended up in a period where the leaders of most of the significant parties - even if few of their second ranks - are women. And two of them are out lesbians. And we're not talking about this. Which I think is kind of awesome.

[1] If you haven't already seen that clip from The Last Leg's Jo Cox anniversary edition, watch it.

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Jun. 18th, 2017 01:57 pm
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17.A song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke

Most things, if asked... the most recent one I did was A Whole New World (complete with the one-word substitution), with a student from El Salvador in Japan :-)
But if choosing, and if in the right environment, probably this - it's one of my favourite duets, and one of my favourite love songs, in musical theatre. And while Collins's parts in Rent sometimes go a bit low for me, I can manage this one.

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Jun. 18th, 2017 12:27 pm
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16.One of your favourite classical songs

What's "classical" in the context of "songs"? Does this count? It's at least 70 years old....

It's perhaps more famous as performed by the Andrews Sisters, but I like this version because by having male and female vocalists it works both ways. Unlike, say, it's 2015 imitation.

ebooks piled high and cheap

Jun. 18th, 2017 07:56 am
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Right, have some suggestions from Amazon UK's latest ebook deal newsletter. These are all under £2 at Amazon; most are also on offer at Kobo. Penguin Modern Classics seem to be having a sales binge so it's worth trawling through the rest of the deals list if you like their catalogue. As always, check the price before clicking the buy button.

I know some of you do find these posts useful for flagging up stuff to have a closer look at. I put in the covers this time because there were a couple I specifically wanted to show. Is it useful to see the covers, or does this make the post too unwieldy on people's flist?

John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids - in a Penguin Modern Classics edition, with the newest cover art by Brian Cronin. The art's a good match in tone/period feel for the book, but I still think of Harry Willock's reverse colour line drawing cover art of the 1970s as the ur-cover art for Wyndham, just as Tom Baker is My Doctor.

Master and Commander (Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1) (Aubrey & Maturin series) by Patrick O'Brian
I have provided the title exactly as given on the Amazon and Kobo pages. Yes, I am easily amused.

Val McDermid - Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
Non-fiction from one of the greatest crime writers of today. One for the writers, but also of general geeky interest.

CS Lewis - Mere Christianity
Lewis's collection of radio broadcasts setting out the case for Christianity.

Tony Robinson - No Cunning Plan
Another acting memoir. Haven't looked at the sample yet, but if Robinson's any good at writing prose, this is probably going to be interesting.

George Orwell - The Road to Wigan Pier
Orwell's non-fiction is as important, and as topical, as his fiction.

Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Haven't read this in at least thirty years, but I suspect I would still find it equal parts horrifying, terrifying and laugh-out-loud funny. It's only just occurred to me that this book pressed some of the same buttons for me that Iain (M) Banks would some years later.

And while I was looking for Amazon US links for these books, I stumbled across this:

There. Are. No. Words.

Musical: Come From Away

Jun. 18th, 2017 12:52 am
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This weekend [ profile] fahye mentioned Come From Away, which is a musical.

It's about the town of Gander in Newfoundland, and about how the people there welcomed the nearly 7000 people who were stranded there in the aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks. "It's not a 9/11 musical, it's a 9/12 musical" the writers have said in an interview. There is a big airport near the town, and 38 planes were diverted to land there after USA closed its airspace.

The cast performed the opening number at this year's Tony awards, and it is on youtube: Welcome to the Rock.

The other song it was easy to find - and stands well on its own - is about a woman who was piloting an American Airlines Boeing 777 and landed in Gander on 9/11. She was the first female Captain in America. Me and the Sky.
And it's based on a real woman, and she has attended the musical a lot, and brought tens of women pilots with her to see it, too.

So I listened to the entire soundtrack on Spotify, and it's about people coming together and being kind to strangers, and people being stressed and getting through this stressful situation. And I got so much catharsis and I cried a lot, in a really satisfying way.

So now you know about it, and if you like musicals and people doing the work of being kind, you might want to seek it out.
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Having bought some of those circular knitting needles with mix-n-match cables and pins last week, I got them home to find that a) the cable key was too big to fit in the hole, b) the internal thread on one of the pins was knackered. I had some time off work during the week, so I made my way back to the shop to explain the situation. This is a small independent shop, so what happened next was the owner trying the bits to see what I was talking about, saying "oh dear" and similar, and trying various other packets until he found enough bits that worked to make up a full set for me. As I left he was muttering about how the rest of his afternoon was obviously going to involve going through every packet on the stand and checking them individually to find the ones going back to the manufacturer...

The other comment I've got on the Symfonie modular needles is that the 7mm pins are significantly longer than on the fixed pin Pony and Prym circular needles I have in the same size, so although the Pony and Prym versions work perfectly well in the 40cm length, these do not. There's a bit too much of the length that is rigid. Having had a look online, it seems there is a special short version of the pins to use with the 40cm cable, which is obviously Not What I Have Got. Given that I have a specific use for the 7mm 40cm circular needle (twiddlemuffs), this is a bit of a nuisance. They do, however, have a nice feel to them. I'll need to try them for a bit, but I'll probably end up getting more of these needles once I want longer length circulars. I'll be checking each individual packet for Assorted Problems, though.

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Jun. 16th, 2017 07:27 pm
[personal profile] swaldman
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15.A song that is a cover by another artist

I would never normally consider a cover of this. Hell, I don't normally like this song by itself, even when performed by its writers - it needs to be heard as part of the album, where its repeated appearance anchors things. But this cover is rather special.


Jun. 16th, 2017 05:05 pm
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We interrupt your regularly scheduled music meme to bring you something that I just heard on the new Thea Gilmore album.
they’ll show you the blood on the face of a child
They’ll sell you your heartbreak so perfectly styled
and they’ll tell you to take your position and man the frontier

There's some explanation in the youtube description, as well as lyrics - she says it was written shortly after Jo Cox was killed.

Music meme

Jun. 15th, 2017 02:54 pm
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14.A song that you would love played at your wedding

That's hard to imagine right now. I'm not sure I'd actually go for it for a wedding, but let's face it, there's a strong chance that anybody I married would enjoy winding up our friends and families with this...

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Jun. 15th, 2017 02:42 pm
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13.One of your favourite 70's songs

Without checking the dates, there's probably an awful lot of Pink Floyd I could put in here, including much of Dark Side, but in the interests of not having too much of one band in this meme... here's Elton John, appearing on TOTP in 1973.

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Jun. 13th, 2017 11:23 pm
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12.A song from your pre-teen years

Many of the above would do, but in most cases I wasn't aware of them in my pre-teen years. Here's something that I was well aware of.

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Jun. 12th, 2017 06:30 pm
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When I was a child, I wanted to be Vincent Van Gogh.

Oh, you wanted to be a revolutionary artist, whose paintings sold for millions?

No, I wanted to be supported by my hard-working sibling while I engaged in my useless hobby.

I mean, yes, the previous one is great, but I didn't believe it was possible for me, as it wasn't even possible for Van Gogh while he was alive.