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Not who you think

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I've known for quite a while that the riff in Sting's "Russians" is actually by Russian composer Prokofiev - the Romance theme from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite.  So it was no surprise hearing it yesterday during ABC Classic FM's Russian weekend.

But I was completely taken by surprise to hear The Right Stuff soundtrack suddenly pop up during today's music.  Turns out that bit of the music (which I really love and so hence love the soundtrack to that movie) is actually by Tchaikovsky, and not by Bill Conti!  Mind.  Blown.

Then again, my favourite bit of the Babe soundtrack is actually by Camille Saint Saens and not by Nigel Westlake, who did the rest of the soundtrack.  

I forgot to turn on the radio before 12pm today so missed Peter and the Wolf.  Oh well.

The Right Stuff

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The other day Doc hummed a couple of notes of You Got It (The Right Stuff) and it's been floating around my head ever since.

Then tonight we watched the episode of Fuller House with the New Kids on the Block in it.  Gah now it'll never get out of my head!! hehe

And I was never even a fan of their music!

But if anyone has an mp3 or wav of the first few notes can they send it to me, I'll use it in my next trivia night in a few weeks :)


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Well that was fun.  NOT.

Wait, that was a few nights ago.


So Friday night after getting home I slept really well.  Fine all day Saturday.  Saturday night I woke up in the middle of the night for hours and was a zombie on Sunday.  Sunday night I had a few drinks and slept pretty well so was fine on Monday.  Monday night I slept quite well.  Tuesday was also good, but Tuesday night I woke up in the middle of the night for hours and was a zombie on Wednesday.  Can't. Fricken. Win.

Wednesday night we (read: DC and Duncan and Doc and Chris and even Jai, but not me) won the fricken trivia night.  A-fricken-gain!  

But at least I slept well.

Today the second-place-getters at trivia took us up on our begging offer to run the next trivia night so that was a huge relief!  

Tonight Ben was going to come up but then didn't.  hrmmm

So instead I watched the video that came with one of my installs of Windows - Windows ME I think - which had Alanis Morissette cutting off her hair - which suits her sooooooo much better than the long hair around her face.  And that got me onto watching one of her episodes of You Can't do that on Television which I can't believe I've never actually referenced on this blog!  (sorry: scratch that, I did mention it once, two years ago).


"You Learn"

I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone
I recommend walking around naked in your living room
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

I recommend biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do
I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do)
Melt it down (you're gonna have to eventually anyway)
The fire trucks are coming up around the bend

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

You grieve you learn
You choke you learn
You laugh you learn
You choose you learn
You pray you learn
You ask you learn
You live you learn

Hi Luc!

Old 100th

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I heard the Old 100th today.  In the most incongruous of places - in an episode of Homeland.

I miss the old Presbyterian hymns.

In other news.  I completely ignored my todo list (which I spent a morning compiling a couple of days ago) and got some actual work done today.  Think I made quite a bit of progress although I won't actually know until we go to test it....

FridayQ: Musical

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Friday, June 11th 2004...
FQ Topic: Musical

FQ1: Do you play any musical instruments or have any musical talents? Whose musical talent would you most like to have?
I learnt to play the recorder as a kid, and the very basics of keyboard.  I have a *tiny* bit of musical talent that I got from my dad.  But really not very much.  I remember one of the most amazing things I ever saw by a talented musician was called "Five Notes".  It was at a show and she asked for five musical notes, and then a list of composers.  She then proceeded to improvise a tune based on those five notes, in the style of five different composers.  Just amazing.

FQ2: What was the last musical event you attended?
Gosh that took a bit of digging up!  It would have been Phantom of the Opera on my birthday in 2013.  The last band I saw would have been 1927 in 2012.

FQ3: Give it up... to which musician would you most like to have an "all access pass" for the night?
Traditionally David Bowie.  But then he got old, and he straightened his teeth - boring!

FQ DARE: Reveal a musical artist or group that you are embarrassed to like.
I think I probably said Abba last time, although that's not that unfashionable anymore.  Maybe Katy Perry?  Although "like" is stretching things a little - I got her Complete Confection cd because I kinda liked the sound of a few of her songs, but really never learnt any of the songs very well.

FQ CHALLENGE: Mention the above artist or group in a comment you leave on some other blog, then provide the permalink URL where we can find it! (No fair lying about how much you think they suck and no cheating by leaving the comment on somebody else's FridayQ entry!). Extra creativity points for somehow working them into a completely unrelated conversation.
ok so I didn't get the extra creativity points, but here's my link.

Compare with last time ...


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Got talked into bbq at @CLBradley's place.

Miss M is learning the violin and I did something I'd never done before - actually played a violin!  Not very well obviously, but recognisable version of Hot Cross Buns!

Phonakins weekend

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On Friday night Fiona arrived in town.  We had some muscat and chatted for a while before bed.

Saturday morning we went into Braddon and met up with @chrispycon at Sweet Bones for brunch.  They had some nice cupcakes and Fiona got us some nachos as well.  Was good to see Chris again, it's been too long.

Sweet Bones cupcake

Sweet Bones nachos

We left Fiona to her own devices for a while and came home and listened to the #Classic100 and did some housework.  Got some takeaway Dumpling Inn for dinner.  We started watching Dark City but we kept talking and missing stuff, so decided to put on Labyrinth because then it wouldn't matter if we talked over the top of it.  That, and we could admire Jareth's bulge ;)

Sunday morning we chilled out and listened to the #Classic100 while Fiona went off to the markets.  In the afternoon/evening we went to the Roller Derby which was a lot of fun.  

This morning we went to Black Pepper for brunch.  Then home for a while before Fiona left for home.

Tonight (after being inspired by the #Classic100) we watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

So quite a lovely weekend, with a nice mix of socialising and down time (letting me do lots of photo sorting!), and it was great to catch up with Fiona again.


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So after discussing the hottest 100 earlier, and then playing Finlandia by Sibelius on YouTube, I suggested to the sweetie that we should watch Die Hard 2.  He said "whatever you like", so I did :)  And there was much rejoicing :)

So Stu told me about this a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't bother nominating anything because it looked like it was pretty much all covered from a John Williams perspective ;)

Tonight I voted:

  • Titanic by Horner, James as performed in Titanic
  • The Hunt for Red October Score by Poledouris, Basil as performed in The Hunt for Red October
  • The Man from Snowy River Score by Rowland, Bruce as performed in The Man from Snowy River
  • Back to the Future Film Trilogy Score by Silvestri, Alan as performed in Back to the Future Film Trilogy
  • Shakespeare in Love Score by Warbeck, Stephen as performed in Shakespeare in Love
  • Music from Harry Potter Movies by Williams, Doyle, Hooper, and Desplat as performed in Harry Potter
  • Jaws Score by Williams, John as performed in Jaws
  • Jurassic Park Score by Williams, John as performed in Jurassic Park
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark Score by Williams, John as performed in Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Gladiator Score by Zimmer/Gerrard as performed in Gladiator

omigosh it was hard!  My first cull had over thirty movies in it.  Got it down to twenty three.  Then cut out music that was not written for the film (which sadly included things like Symphony No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saëns from Babe, Finlandia by Jean Sibelius from Die Hard 2 and everything from Fantasia 2000).  Cut a couple more.  And eventually decided on the movies above.  

These were my runners up:

  • Batman Score by Elfman, Danny
  • Inception Score by Zimmer, Hans
  • James Bond Theme by Norman, Monty
  • Music from Star Trek Movies by Eidelman/Giacchino/Goldsmith/Horner/McCarthy/Rosenman  <-- be good if they'd narrowed this down to Jerry Goldsmith's
  • Star Wars Score (includes music from all 6 films) by Williams, John    <-- I'm hoping this will be popular enough to make it in from other people's votes
  • Superman Score by Williams, John  <-- and this too
Dave finally dragged us along to the Folk Festival yesterday (he's been trying for years, to be met with my indifferent "meh").  But the sweetie wanted to go, so we thought we'd just go for a day.

National Folk Festival sign

Arrived a bit before midday and just had a wander around the place.

I liked the "tent city" that you could rent tents in
Tent city
And the Busk Stop
Busk Stop
And the colourful stalls
Colourful stalls

Our first stop musically was for Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.  They were ok I guess.

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

After they'd finished we did some more wandering.

Kangaroos (costumes straight out of the Amazing Race?)
Scottish dude and his dog (apparently he's there every year) Edit: Big Rory and Ochie :)
Scottish Dude and his dog..

Saw the first half of the Festival Fiddlers.

Festival Fiddler
Another Festival Fiddler.  She later played snippets from Monty Python and Black Adder which was a highlight for me at that point (since I'd never heard of a single piece of music I'd heard up until that point).
Festival Fiddler
Then across to Eric Bogle.  Was disappointed because he didn't play And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, but I suppose he's performing so often over the course of the weekend he's probably saving it for Monday or something.
Eric Bogle

That left me a bit grumpy, so didn't get a photo of the next act (The Fagans), and only one of Danny Spooner.  Spent a good chunk of the time on my phone reading Twitter and news feeds.

Danny Spooner

Wandered around some more and got an early dinner of Tapas (yumm!!)

Then to see Political Satire with Shortis & Simpson.  They were a lot of fun, I quite enjoyed this one.

Shortis and Simpson

Then stayed in the Coorong for Infinite Rocky Horror Heat 2.  This turned out to be a bit of a fizzer.  They only had three acts (Kim Cunio and Heather Lee did an operatic version of There's a Light; The Fiddle Chicks did I'm Going Home, which was a bit of fun; and another duo did There's a Light which was ok).  And they did a bit of an audience participation version of The Time Warp.

Rocky Horror heat

At this point the sweetie was peopled out (not helped by a very stuffy Coorong), so he went home, and Dave and I soldiered on.

Totally Gourdgeous played to a packed tent.  Penelope Swales is pretty awesome, I liked her.

Totally Gourdgeous

Caught the tail end of Martin Pearson and the MP3.  He was fun too, might have been good to see more of him.

Martin Pearson and the MP3

The Good Lovelies were kinda cute, I think the sweetie would have liked them.  Took a few videos for him.

The Good Lovelies

And finally the Spooky Men's Chorale.  These guys were pretty cool.  I liked their "Swedish folk song" - well I could guess straight away it was going to be something by Abba :)  Took a few videos of them too.

Spooky Men's Chorale

So yeah.  Long day.  Not sure it's worth the $80-odd dollars to go for a day.  Well not for me anyway, not knowing any of the artists or any of the music (except for snippets here and there).  If you were into that sort of thing I suppose it'd probably be pretty good value...   *meh*  .. :)

Just for fun, here's a snap I took of the moon as we were leaving.


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Stu got himself a crumhorn today, so he had a play of it tonight..

Stu playing crumhorn
Let's just hope he plays it some more and doesn't just store it in the cupboard along with all his other cool musical instruments :)


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argh.. what is it about Tim Burton that attracts not only Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, but Danny Elfman as well?  

It's like Steven Spielberg and John Williams ... there's just not one without the other!

Think I might have to see this one :)
I've had that in my head for a decent chunk of today thanks to Daniel G!!

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me...


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On the way back from shopping we heard a piece of music from Indiana Jones on Classic FM, so of course we had to watch it!! :)  Hadn't seen the Last Crusade in a very long time, and still enjoyed it and quoted lines all over the place.

Watched Iron Chef and Rockwiz afterwards.

My tongue is pink from all the numbers in Coles rasperry soft drink.


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Busy picking music to be played at our wedding reception... It's harder than it sounds..
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