Sunday, August 14, 2005

Moulin Rouge and Saying Goodbye to Carly

I wonder if it's a good idea. Probably not. It's just that I've been trying to keep track of what makes me happy, or at least prevents me from grimacing. Then I try to remember to do those things to stave off melancholy, which I have a tendency toward. Expensive, ready-made orange juice in a gallon-sized jug is one of the things that makes me happy. Exercise is not on my list but listening to music is. It improves my mood. And it's simple and easy to do (unlike stupid exercise, which does NOT improve my mood). I have an Ipod now and my new thing is to just wear it. All the time. I'm wondering if this is a good idea.

There are some safety issues involved of course because I can't hear if my kids are crying, or what they are doing, or what they are asking me for. On the upside, yesterday I had Ewan McGregor from Moulin Rouge murmuring in my ear all day. Let's talk about Ewan for just a second. Obi Wan is cool, but he's not appealing, as they say, because of the hair. Big Fish is one of my favorite movies and I think Rodney Copperbottom is sort of cute but everything else is just so much water under the bridge before and after MOULIN ROUGE! I will go on record as a Moulin Rouge lover. I own the soundtrack and the DVD (it was a gift, but I specifically requested it). So what if the special features of said DVD have caused my affections to cool for real-life Ewan McGregor? So what if the special features of said DVD confirmed my suspicions that real-life Ewan McGregor wears lifts in his shoes? Nicole Kidman is pretty tall. What it all boils down to is Ewan's slight underbite--that's what it is, by the way. It makes him seem just a little eager to please and makes you like him so much.

So now you know that I just really love Moulin Rouge. I don't know why but I do. It thrills me to see Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor trying so hard--singing, dancing. I mean, Come on! There's a fine line between trying so hard that you make people feel uncomfortable (like me trying to talk to the Beehives at Girl's camp) and trying just hard enough to make a wonderful, magical movie.

When I was listening to Moulin Rouge on my IPod I realized I was singing out loud. Out loud headphone singing is one of the coolest things you can do. Listen, I go throughout the whole day with pretty much no one seeing me or caring what I do so what's the difference? Come on! As I was singing along to Ewan and Nicole's secret song I imagined some sort of karaoke situation wherein I might actually perform the song. Have I ever done karaoke? No. Would I? Perhaps. It was a half-baked sort of "daydream." I sing Ewan's part. I don't know why. My mom has taught me otherwise. Example: Neil Diamond sings, "You are the sun, I am the moon, you are the words, I am the tune, play me." Simultaneously my mom sings, "I am the sun, you are the moon, I am the words, you are the tune, play me," creating a romantic duet between them.

At any rate, this IPod-singing-karaoke-imagining dealio has put me smack dab in the middle of a situation which is dangerously close to one that I have been denying for years--that of pretending to make a music video while I'm listening to music. My little sister always accuses me of this. She also accuses me of not being sentimental, and maybe she's right. Incidentally, talking to said little sister every day was the other thing on my list that made me in a good mood. She just moved to Arizona. Oh, it's not like they don't have phones there. Come on!

30 comments:

  1. I always feel like I'm making a music video when I listen to music too. This morning I was listening to the Beastie Boys and walking around rapping along and dancing like in the video to 3 MCs and 1 DJ. I have yet to get an ipod and I need one more than anyone I know.
    On a completely unrelated note, Kacy, as an english teacher (or not, whatever) what do you think of Hunter S. Thompson? Discuss.

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  2. I can't give you a very good answer, Nate--I haven't read Fear and Loathing. Drugs and drug stories really give me the creeps.

    He lacks discipline, but he also seems sort of cool--I would say the same of gonzo journalism in general.

    Ewan McGregor is cool and disciplined, as evidenced by his martial arts training for Star Wars.

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  3. Ok, so I basically am making a music video whenever I listen to music. The few music videos that I have made have been acceptable, but they are always so much cooler in my head, the way I envision them. It's such a process to get what you see in your head to be what you see on screen! So if I'm feeling pretty lazy, I'll forget about storyboarding and filming and editing - and just imagine the whole thing instead.

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  4. So, truly one of the funnest things in London so far was the other night; not Guys and Dolls the musical, but the watching of the girls watching little Mr. McGregor (and I do mean little) as he was standing 1 foot away for most of the play. They really did sigh out loud and by the end they were not quite screaming but almost. It was adorable--they really were beside themselves.
    But alas, it proved to me that I am officially old.

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  5. Did you ever use your curling iron as a microphone? That is the *Real* question.

    *Chuckle*

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  6. I have a great inside-my-head-video for "When I kissed the Teacher" by ABBA. I also used to wear headphones all over campus and it made life so much more dramatic--the day my then future husband asked me out I floated home listening to "Crash" by DMB. Music is always better with hormones..or hormones are always better with music..

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  7. Thanks to you I start my whole day with musical accompaniment, and let me tell ya, Bob Geldof makes it really hard to get up on Mondays.

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  8. Did you have to go and do that? Seriously? When I realized where that photo was from I got all choked up. M*A*S*H and I go way back...

    OK, now you are going to HAVE to do karaoke on Friday night at the big RS bash...You can come over early and pick out your songs.

    The next time I buy an iPod, I want it to have a feature where it scrolls the lyrics to the songs while they play. Right now it just scrolls the song/album/artist name and I'm like "duh"..I put that song on there myself, no? Give me the lyrics so I can sing along! more better...

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  9. nate...I have read hunter and it is not making me want to read any more...

    I do have to say that the scene in the movie of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" where Johnny Depp (Hunter) wakes up in the hotel room wearing the hugest harnessed-on dinosaur tail is about the funniest thing i've ever seen...but i'm not so sure i can recommend the rest of the movie...nor can i remember if that dinosaur tail was in the book.

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  10. In my early blogging days, I had a controversial post (now deleted)you may remember (because of Tom Hanks) called Celebrity Attraction Ratings in which I gave Ewan a low rating. Basically I put him on there to get a rise out of Carly because I knew she loved him and it worked like a charm.

    But I do love Big Fish too. And I am enjoying the Moulin Rouge diddy you put on my CD with the exception of the part where Satine sings "forever and EVAAAAHHHH" and it sounds too harsh.

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  11. I love Moulin Rouge, but I thought Big Fish sucked. That part at the end where the big fish jumps out of the water and winks at the camera? I wanted to punch someone.

    Anyway, have you noticed that when you put your ipod on shuffle it always knows EXACTLY what you need to hear that day? If it's a gloomy day, ipod matches that. If it's a peppy day, ipod feels peppy as well. It's really strange and exciting!

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  12. The dinosaur tail wasn't in the book, and I haven't seen the movie. I'm reading The Proud Highway right now. It's a collection of letters that feels like an autobiography of sorts. I really like it. I have a job interview at a book store today. I turned in a bunch of applications all over the place and the only one that called me back was the one where the question "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" wasn't on the application. So there you go.

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  13. "Convicted" and "crime" are such strong words--they both really conjure up much more than a Sharpie.

    What book store? Did you get the job? That's my dream job--that and mother in Zion, which goes without saying.

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  14. Chris, you've talked about your IPod shuffle before and I'm so jealous. To be honest with you, my Ipod shuffle feature doesn't meet my needs quite the way yours does. Case in point: I just put on the IPod shuffle to choose a song to accompany me as I write this comment and it chose Johnny Cash's Danny Boy. That's not right--not at all. I had to go in myself and MANUALLY choose AC/DC's Who Made Who. IPod, Do you even know me? Get to know me.

    Regarding Big Fish, you just don't like it because you have always(and always will) hate carnies. You're a carnist.

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  15. Two things:
    1. It's Waldenbooks at the mall which is a crap-hole as far a bookstores go, I know, but it is a bookstore, which is good. The interview went well. One of the questions was about the last book I read and what I thought about it. That was cool. Something that through me off, however was that the girl interviewing me repeatedly mispronounced the word "assess." Weird. I think I'll get the job.
    2. I was recently at the Iowa State Fair and after seeing a lady walk out of the back of the fried twinkie stand smoking a cigarette, wearing a Winnie the Pooh t-shirt, and sporting a Beach Boys tattoo I decided to become a Carnie for a short period of time. I'd do it just for the experience and also to write about it. I'd have to be super undercover so I'd have to grow a mullet and a handlebar mustache which would suck but be worth it. I need a photographer to do it with me. It will be a great life-experience.

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  16. Anonymous6:30 PM

    What's a carnie?

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  17. How exactly does one mispronounce the word "asses"? Strange indeed.

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  18. Anonymous10:12 PM

    A person who really likes carn, like popcarn, carn on the cob, carmel carn, all of which, incidentally, can be bought from a vendor at a carnival.

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  19. I don't hate carnies, per se. I just hate people who look or think differently than I do.

    Ipod is like TiVo. Give it some time and it will figure you out. Think of it as a training period. In fact, as we speak my Ipod is playing Beck's 'Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime." Do you see what I mean? Synchronicity.

    Hang in there.

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  20. Emily2:23 PM

    Please assess:

    Are we talking general mispronunciation of assess, so it sounds like asses, or specific misspelling of assess so it looks like asses?

    Who are the real asses?

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  21. iPod. Nicht "Ipod" or "ipod". Small "i", then capital, then lower case from there.

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  22. Thanks Luke. You're a real pal. And what do you like to listen to on your iPod? Just wondering.

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  23. AHHHHH. I misread. I really thought nate said she was mispronouncing plural ass, which is funny because I was wondering why she would be saying that in an interview in the first place. (you never know, those booksy folk....) But it was ASSESS. As in to evaluate, or make a judgement. But I still wonder how one would mispronounce it.

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  24. I don't know how it's possible to mispronounce either. It was as if she'd never heard or read the word before.

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  25. Well, the only thing I'm proud of regarding my iPod is the fact that I have every Beatles song (I own 6 of their albums, the rest were courtesy of Alex) and every Weezer song (courtesy of myself). Besides that, off the top of my head: AC/DC,Led Zeppelin,Flaming Lips,Flogging Molly,Green Day,Incubus,TMBG.
    stuff like that. And I finally listed to "Who made Who" after I read this blog. It's been on my iPod forever, but I never had the patience to listen too it.

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  26. On my iPod, I pretty much just listen to...oh wait! I don't have an iPod! Silly me!

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  27. So, first of all. Ewan is yummy and we have a poster of Moulin Rouge in our house. (You may come and look at it any time you like.) Do you remember at the RS bash how I tried to sing "Your Song?" Now you know why. Too bad the disk skipped, cuz I woulda rocked the house. Don't argue, you know I would have.
    I don't have an iPod. And sometimes that makes me very sad.
    But we did just inherit a record player from a show Anthony's been working on and the first record we got was ZZ Top Fandango live. It's really good on the record player. And I realized that Blues Traveler must have been inspired by early ZZ Top.

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  28. Just for the record, I thought you were great at young women camp ;-)

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  29. abelnap, I don't know who you are, but let's keep the Girl's Camp behavior hush, hush. I have a reputation in the real world.
    What goes on at Girl's Camp, stays at Girl's Camp. Capiche?

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  30. Hi, I just happened upon your blog and have been enjoying it very much.

    I'm a closet Ewan fan. Moulin Rouge is my all-time Ewan favorite, altho he does look very good in Down With Love...he doesn't sing, but it's campy and 60s cool.

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