Posts Tagged ‘singing’

Watching Xanadu

Monday, May 27th, 2013

As I’m sitting inside, watching another excellent biking day go by, I happened across Xanadu, a 1980 musical film, with Gene Kelly, Olivia Newton-John, and lots of roller skating.  I remember loving the movie when it first came out, listening to the soundtrack over and over, and imagining that someday I’d get to go out to a night club like that.

Now, as I’m watching the big grand opening musical number, all I can think of is the liability issues of having drunk people, on skates, with rotating platforms, and multiple levels of floor space.  I remember a DJ friend, who had taken over an old bank space in St Louis, who’d built a special dance floor in the middle of the fountain, complete with a strobe light in the floor.  He found amusement in the number of people who’d fall in the water when the strobe went off.  The days before ubiquitous cellphones =p

I still enjoyed most of the musical numbers, and wonder if DJ Earworm has ever seen the live mashup number, with sliding stages.

I had forgotten how much of the film takes place on skates; I did remember how much I wanted skates after it came out, and how I’d wear them everywhere/when I could.

One Man, One String

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Brushy One String shows that a simple instrument is all you need, when you’ve got plenty heart and soul to put into the mix.

Is it really a cappella?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Is it really a cappella, if your arrangement relies on beatboxing through an amplified microphone?  Doesn’t the level of wet-processing make a difference, when the same sound, without over-driving the reverb, wouldn’t sound anything like the final product?  It seems like there needs to be some sort of distinction between music performed by voices, but not reproducible without electronic assistance, as opposed to vocal performances where nothing is added by machine, but volume.

Toon and Country

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

After my re-realization that the DVD alternate language tracks could be a source for different takes on favorite movie/TV songs, I’ve been going through my library, looking for stuff that I want to hear in another language.

I was pleased to find that Tiny Toons has alt language tracks for french and portuguese, but saddened to find that Animaniacs has none, just alt-language subtitles. And here I was hoping to hear the Presidents song in spanish.

Ozzie’s Karaoke?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Much like a friend posted on his facebook, my high school era song-memory turns out to be pretty strong, making me think I’ve been missing out on karaoke possibilities, not looking for Phil Colins/Genesis songs. And of course, it’s off-weekend at Claire’s karaoke, so I’m thinking I might give Ozzie’s a first try. The only thing holding me back is the thought of how long a walk home it would be, at a later hour than seems safe for the route required, which means a taxi. Other people take taxi’s all the time, I suppose I could too.