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A while ago, I mentioned I had a huge playlist for Cottington. While I would share it, it is too big and questionably appropriate for the game. I created a shorter list of songs I want to learn and sing, which is a better to share in general.

It feels good to have some songs to sing, and it makes my commute more interesting.

Cottington Woods Playlist (Short Version)

Safe Upon the Shore - Great Big Sea
Weelia Weelia Wallia - Dublineers
She Moved through the Fair - Peter Hollens
Health to the Company - Brobdingnagian Bards
A Clean Song - Oscar Brand
Byrd one Brere - St George Canzona
Wind and Rain - Crooked Still
How Can I Kepp from Singing? - ENYA
Almost Home - HEM
Have You seen but a Bright Lily Grow? - Jennifer Lane
Take My Ashes to the River - Mark Erelli
So Says the Whipporwill - Richard Shindell
Tomorrow Will be Kinder - The Secret Sisters
Wildest Sea - The Strangelings
All the World is green - Tom Waits
Keep me in your Heart - Warren Zevon
Queen of Argyle - Bedlam Bards
Don't get Married Girls - Sean Cannon
The Humbling River - Puscifer
The Mermaid - Great Big Sea
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So, due to some late week illnesses, Bess and I decided heading out to a Bar Mitzvah and being disease vectors was probably a bad plan. As a result, we had a nice quiet weekend. Good thing, too. It might be a while...

On Friday, we had some kids over for a sleepover as a favor to Bess' ex-husband. The girls were great, and they get along with our kids extremely well. However, I fear they have a much lower thresh hold for video drama and TV than my kids. Free Birds was a bit too intense. However, the Lego Movie was okay.

On Saturday, I slept in ludicrously late. I woke up a few times, and went back to sleep, but I was in bed til noon. It might be the only time in 2014. Then I tacked the mountain of dishes in the kitchen and did some laundry and had an in-home day. We finished watching Free Birds with the kids, and then Bess and I caught Saving Mister Banks. It was a pretty awesome, and inspiring. Great performances.

Sunday was a religious school day for the kids. I did some more housework, and then Bess and I went out to do some Hanukkah shopping. We narrowly avoided getting trapped by tree-lighters in the town center. Then we tried a new (to us) Chinese place which has a web page order form. We are living in the future. Also, it was delicious and near the Shadows of Amun Site!
http://www.westfordgingertree.com/

So, it was a nice, restful weekend. I'd hoped to do more around the house, but at least the kitchen looks much cheerier. It sort of felt like my life without hobbies. Curious. I'd be bored, but efficient. I guess this is what normal people do?

Today, I briefly rediscovered LinkedIn. I will probably forget about it tomorrow again.

I also racked my brain for other songs to sing from my dusty memory. My focus was on Sting, and aside from "Fields of Gold", I wondered if I knew my old favorite, "Fortress Around Your Heart." As it turns out, I can't get the words quite right from my cold memory. However, I did discover I knew all the words to "Murder by Numbers," by the Police, and it sounds okay without accompaniment. Indeed, it is quite creepy when I sing down a third or stretch it down a fifth. I sort of want to sing it at Shadows of Amun, but 1. Out of Period and 2. SPOILERS! Anyway, I should probably look at all three songs and polish them for the song project.

Also, I probably should get a real video camera... ...I mean just in general. I am an American DAD! Don't camcorders get passed out with babies in this country? Geez!

Anyway, more anon...
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So, I have had a thought for a big project for 2015. I am considering a daily narcissistic singing youtube post. I sing a lot, and I know a variety of songs. I am not embarrassed by singing without accompaniment, or easily embarrassed in general. I would like to challenge myself to learn new songs or polish them at least, and maybe create an artifact of my singing efforts. During Ira's Bar Mitzvah, many relatives commented that they didn't know I could sing. That is just wrong, cause I sing a LOT.

I'm not sure how much time this would take. I am not thinking of superior recordings, or multiple takes. Chances are, I will sit down for an hour, sing a dozen songs, take another hour splicing them into a dozen videos and then chosing the best seven for the week in question. Two hours a week can't be so bad. The other option would be to do it all at once, and that might take a half hour start to finish. My hope is to start soon, and build up a back log of quick performances.

So, what do people think. Do you think something like short daily video of me singing would be achievable? Any suggestions? Is it worth it?

More anon...

EDIT: Having just played with Youtube, this will be easier than I though, especially if I am not too picky about video quality (which I am not) or editing... or, if I am good with letting the youtube serve take time with each edit. I think my time scale is really much shorter, and I can work on quality of singing and recording.
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This is the song/poem I have been working on for the Seven Virtues LARP. The working title was the unification song, but I've forgone humility in true bardic fashion and renamed it "The Song of Armandy." (Not "A" song, "the" song) I think it is done. Phew.

I'm welcoming comments from those in the game (for content and style) and those not in the game who might just look at form and meter. I am quite open to the possibility of editing. Of course, it is hidden by a cut for the disinterested.

The Song of Armandy )

More anon...
cristovau: (Default)
This is the song/poem I have been working on for the Seven Virtues LARP. The working title was the unification song, but I've forgone humility in true bardic fashion and renamed it "The Song of Armandy." (Not "A" song, "the" song) I think it is done. Phew.

I'm welcoming comments from those in the game (for content and style) and those not in the game who might just look at form and meter. I am quite open to the possibility of editing. Of course, it is hidden by a cut for the disinterested.

The Song of Armandy )

More anon...
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Stories with Nonny;
Dr. Suess' Birthday Book
The Emperor's New Clothes (From Tasha Tudor's Fairy Tale Collection)

Songs with Ira & Nonny
Noah's Hair, the giraffe elastic, Tel Aviv, Bessie the Ophiotaurus and Coconut Cordial (Improv!)
Golden Slumbers (Nonny remains a constant)
Somewhere over the Rainbow Connection (a mash up of the two songs - Ira remains a constant)

More anon...
cristovau: (Default)
Stories with Nonny;
Dr. Suess' Birthday Book
The Emperor's New Clothes (From Tasha Tudor's Fairy Tale Collection)

Songs with Ira & Nonny
Noah's Hair, the giraffe elastic, Tel Aviv, Bessie the Ophiotaurus and Coconut Cordial (Improv!)
Golden Slumbers (Nonny remains a constant)
Somewhere over the Rainbow Connection (a mash up of the two songs - Ira remains a constant)

More anon...

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