2018-12-15

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
2018-12-15 06:10 am

Music Advent day 13

 I'm behind on music advent, I'm behind on Holidailies too. Ah well. I'll work on that over my long weekend.

Here we have Sara Bareilles doing Sia's "Chandelier" (a very fucking difficult song, but she manages it pretty well):




#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40

mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
2018-12-15 07:54 pm

Music Advent day 14

As I said, I'm behind on Music Advent posts - I don't have to catch up, but that's my intent, anyway - and I found another song that Sara Bareilles covered that I liked, so I posted that before I went to bed this morning.

 



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM
mellicious: blinky lights (holiday lights gif)
2018-12-15 09:31 pm

Music Advent day 12 (out of order!)

I was editing another entry and I realized I missed a day on this. I don't know if anybody but me will notice, but I'm posting it anyway.

This is Cry Cry Cry (which is apparently a folk "supergroup" consisting of Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) covering R.E.M.'s "Fall On Me":

 



#musicadvent 2018
Day 1: Prince does Creep - https://youtu.be/NFXZNt4oLkE
Day 2: Pearl Jam does Petty  - https://youtu.be/3wkxAmQo-Vw
Day 3: Haley Reinhart does Gaga - https://youtu.be/jwOokrZKHNE?t=101
Day 4: Hot Chip does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/b4IAuUmG95g
Day 5: Mary Chapin Carpenter does Springsteen - https://youtu.be/-l2dFhlaIRk
Day 6: Amy Winehouse does The Zutons - https://youtu.be/6pAz9UpnRKw
Day 7: Chris Cornell does Prince/Sinéad - https://youtu.be/IuUDRU9-HRk
Day 8: Feist & Ben Gibbard do Vashti Bunyan - https://youtu.be/aOHM2Qkt32o
Day 9: David Byrne does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/qyF2DYLaSIc
Day 10: Miley Cyrus does Nancy Sinatra - https://youtu.be/zK7z2mPay1A
Day 11: Linda Ronstadt does Karla Bonoff - https://youtu.be/hBkk3H_5Kpo?t=125
Day 12: Cry Cry Cry (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky) do R.E.M. - https://youtu.be/IscJjA6aflk
Day 13: Sara Bareilles does Sia - https://youtu.be/OlqEj3TcAEI?t=40
Day 14: Sara Bareilles does Elton John - https://youtu.be/Ozd2ja7mAgM

mellicious: "I'm bored. Episode 1 bored." (star wars)
2018-12-15 10:18 pm
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Shadowhunters

 I made a list of what I've been reading lately, and I was going to talk about several different series that I've been reading. But I'm in the middle of the latest Shadowhunters book, and I seem to have Feelings about it. So I don't figure I'll get much further than this tonight.

I used to say "I'm reading a Cassie Clare book" or "I'm reading a Mortal Instruments book" but Shadowhunters is the name of the TV series (on Disney, switching to Netflix, I hear) so I figure they're all Shadowhunters books now. I'm sure not everybody has read these books and not everybody even knows about that series, either. (it's on Disney, after all - if you don't have kids you don't necessarily follow what's on Disney channels, at least I don't.)

"The Mortal Instruments" was the name of the first six books - or was it only the first three? I forget. I can't keep all the series names straight, anyway, which is why I'm perfectly happy to switch to a nice simple(-ish) name like Shadowhunters. I can remember The Mortal Instruments for some reason but I can't ever remember the name of the series that was set in the 1800s or the one I'm reading now. It's "The Dark Artifices" but I only know that because I looked earlier today, and who knows if I'll remember by tomorrow. Maybe I will, because I was thinking about why it's called that. This is the set of books that's set (generally) in California - although really only the first book stayed put in California, and since then they have bopped around and large parts of it have taken place in Europe and some in Faerie, too. I decided that Dark Artifices makes sense because it has running plot-lines about necromancy and there's a physical Book of the Dead that everybody keeps looking for. (And also a xeroxed copy of it, which I was amused to find that the Fairy Queen doesn't know what to make of.)

(I just took a detour of an hour or so over to my old Livejournal because I was pretty sure I remembered talking about Shadowhunters, and I found it. It was at the time - almost three years ago - when the Shadowhunters series was starting up, and I went on at some length about the casting with reference to the book and also the very bad feature film (City of Bones) from a few years back. That's here, and also a little bit in the entry before that, here.)

Well, so anyway, the third book of the fourth trilogy about Shadowhunters has just come out (Queen of Air and Darkness). So there's an actual dozen books - not even counting the short story collections about Magnus and Simon and the one reference book. I'm about a third of the way through, I think, so nobody tell me any spoilers. (I was thinking that the one thing I really miss about reading physical books is that you can look at where you are and make a good ballpark estimate of how much is left and how long it might take you to finish. "34%" tells you that you're a third of the way through but not how long the damn thing is.) I re-read the two previous books plus the last Jace-and-Clary book (City of Heavenly Fire) because that's where these characters were introduced. I realized that I found the previous book (Lord of Shadows) a long slog, in particular. It's very talky. I enjoy the plot, when it finally happens, and it's not that I hate the rest of it, but I think it could have stood some editing down. I'm kind of impatient generally with the whole Emma-and-Julian doomed lovers business. Maybe it's partly because Cassie Clare has kind of worn that trope out, really. We were in the car the other day and for some reason I started trying to explain the whole thing to Rob about how Jace has had about three or four different last names and he was Clary's brother - no, he's not! - and all of that stuff. (I never believed that he would turn out to be Clary's brother for a minute.) Anyway, I like the characters of Emma and Julian aside from the whole romance thing but man, is that one plot that I'm bored with. (The romance that I'm really feeling is the whole Mark-and-Christina-and-hot-fairy-prince threesome thing.)