Tuesday, February 28, 2006

February 27: Various and Sundry

Here are a few various and sundry things I was thinking about just now:

1. Why don't I just buy candy for myself when I'm at the store? Because inevitably the next day as I am rummaging around for something to eat I will wish I had.

2. How do fancy singers make their mouths vibrate so fast when they sing? I can make my mouth do that but not as fast as I have seen Beyonce do it on high notes. Does it affect the sound of the music coming out? Does it happen involuntarily to people or do they control it? What does vibrato mean?

3. Were the musicals I loved as a child as lame as High School Musical is? Don't get me wrong, I like Disney's made- for-TV-movie High School Musical (especially when I hear Ben alone in his room singing along with Gabriella, "I thought you were my fairy tale. . ."). In order to answer this question I demanded West Side Story and Newsies (we have On Demand TV now). I really love West Side Story. There is some choreography that is seizure-like and I don't understand the irregular diction in phrases such as "I and Graziella ain't dumb" but I just chalk it up to beatnik influence, and I can live with it (like black turtle necks). Would you think it was stupid for someone and their friend in high school to love West Side Story so much that they thought it was cool to say things like "right, daddio!" and "womb to tomb!" I'm just wondering.

Now, regarding Newsies: I was never on the bandwagon per se and did in fact delight in making fun of people who were (unlike people who loved West Side Story so much that they and their high school friend thought it was cool to say things like "right, daddio!" and "womb to tomb," the Newsies zealots were super lame). But at least it dealt with serious issues like child labor, cripples, and the unionization of child laborers and cripples. Some of the choreography makes me want to look away and I feel that the set would be a very stinky place to visit but it did spawn Batman.

And so I have concluded that 1) West Side Story=Awesome. 2) Rita Moreno+ Kacy=True Love Forever. (But Troy is not half bad either and I am definitely dressing up like Ryan or Sharpay for Halloween.) Don't forget--High School Musical was filmed at East High in Salt Lake City, Utah. You know what they say: East High is the Provo High of rich people who live in Salt Lake City! Go Wildcats!

4. How could Cameron Diaz like Justin Timberlake? I mean, she does have some bimbo-esque qualities but she is pretty and seems kind of fun (a LOT more fun than Gwyneth Paltrow--don't get me started). Surely there are a lot of men who would be interested in her and while I think Justin Timberlake a fine young man, I just hate the way he dresses. And looks. And dances. It's not that I think Cameron Diaz deserves better--I'd just like to see her start acting her age (which is my age, incidentally).

5. We just switched from Direct TV back to cable. (Happily, satellite and cable are now in a bidding war over us. . . exciting!) Going back to good old cable was an easy transition for me (except for their crappy dvr with cheap-looking font that doesn't even come close to competing with our beloved Tivo.) I remember when we first got cable when I was a child. I am surprised and a little embarrassed that I can still recall my favorite channel--3 flip. If you had one of those old brown cable boxes that went up to 15 and then you pushed the flip and there were channels on the bottom--you know what I'm talking about. That's right! 3 flip=18 which equaled MTV. Which I watched A LOT. P.S. I am surprised and a little embarrassed that my 8 year old son almost started to cry over the news that we no longer had Tivo. How did he get like that?

17 comments:

  1. I have the same candy issues, myself. As for your questions regarding "vibrato," I know for a fact that shaking your voice while you sing is done on purpose. I know it. Peeps who say is is natural are fooling. All "vibrato" is is a device used to make poor singers sound better (Beyonce not included).

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  2. I was actually very shocked when I moved up here to go to BYU and MTV had changed channels. To this day I still automatically go to channel 18 IF I feel the need to watch it, which is never, but if I did feel the need I would probably go to channel 18. I loved "Newsies" for one reason - Christian Bale. That's all. We definitely need to get DISH and cable into a bidding war so we might try that tactic. I don't have a vibrato and I've always wanted one. I have a fake vibrato that ends up sounding a lot like Ethel Merman I've been told. One of the actors in "West Side Story" was from Phoenix. I think it was the lead Jet but his name escapes me and if we get cable I'll do that On Demand thing and get back to you. I think Cameron Diaz thinks if she dates someone half her age people will think she is younger. It's worked for Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Sarandon after all. Phew!

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  3. I'm not as concerned with the mouth shaking as much as why those who do it won't cut it out during congregational hymns.

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  4. My favorite WSS line is "Easy, Action!"

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  5. When you're a jet you're a jet all the way,
    from your first cigarette to your last dying day.

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  6. We are STILL in mourning over the loss of Tivo..."Someday, Somehow, Somewhere..."

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  7. First there was cable. Then you had to chose... basic or expanded. Now there is even an expanded basic. And who can forget digital and high definition. I so wish we had high definition cable hooked up to a high definition TV. Not gonna happen. Way too much mula. We do have digital and for the most part I am pleased, except that National Geo channel stays frozen and the "On Demand" movie channel is on the fritz most of the time. One good thing, I have seen Lord of the Rings like a bazillion times on Encore. I just can't pass it up when channel surfing.
    As for the candy thing. ALWAYS by the good candy. I learned that many, many Halloweens ago.

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  8. I am constantly buying candy or ice cream that I know won't appeal to my husband--is that mean? I can't be bothered with it not being there when I "need" some. I'm far too busy pausing Newsies at this one part where Christian Bale smiles...I really could do without the pelvic thrust during the opening song, followed by awkward stumbling--that is so not a dance move!

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  9. I'm not sure whether to laugh or to cry at the fact that I know the EXACT move Abby is talking about. But I guess because it's Christian Bale, he can be forgiven.

    Am I a traitor to love both WSS AND Newsies???

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  10. JP, you are not a traitor--you are just super gay. Today at the store I remembered this post and bought 2 packages of swiss rolls, a pound of peanut M&Ms, 2 packages of double chocolate Milano cookies, and a Pepperidge Farms cake to keep in the freezer. I don't regret it.

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  11. Oh, how I love that I am SUPER GAY. That just makes the heart swell. Perhaps now I can come out of the closet that my love for Newsies and WWS are shared by movies such as The Sound of Music, Seven Brides...and, you know, any other movie where there is singing, dancing...followed by more singing.

    I think I've said too much.

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  12. Did you say Pepperidge Farm cake?

    I've heard some voice coaches say vibrating mouth is a sign of a poorly trained singer, which is surprising because Whitney Houston's face wobbles with the best of them . . . well it used to wobble while she sung. Now it just wobbles all of the time, thanks to the smack.

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  13. I like it in church when people who sing with lots of vibrato hold their notes just a TAD longer than everyone else so we can hear them. I think to myself - what a terrific singer! Just like they want me to.

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  14. In addition to "Easy, Action!" I really like the line "Got a rocket in your pocket." Creepsauce.

    Weird that you wrote this post about Newsies, I just watched it for the 2nd time in my life last Sunday. And the guys I watched it with knew all the lines. What's with guys and Newsies?

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  15. I'll never forget going to my friend's place to watch "Battle of the Planets" every day after school and punching the buttons on that Cable Box.

    And, being able to sing the Jets' song on a first date was a big reason I'm married today. If that makes me gay, then Fellas, line-up for your beating.

    Newsies blows chimp.

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  16. and "cripples", even...

    Wow. That's harsh...

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  17. March 17: Return and write!

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