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Dude. Simon just said that she outsang everyone else in the competition in this episode. If she makes it all the way to the top, I will squee so hard that even the angels on Derris-Kharlan will lift their heads and be all like: "Bitch, what is up with that noise?"

Here's another vid which I think is from the episode prior to this one:



(Oh, Gods, please don't let her become another Jasmine Trias.)

I know it seems pretty superficial that the only reason I'm paying any attention at all to American Idol is because they've got a Filipino-American on there, but really, I just like to see someone who looks like me get the (positive!) spotlight every once in a while. You have no idea how crushed I was when I found out that Aladdin and Jasmine were technically Middle Eastern in descent, not Filipino. (In my defense, I was only a kid at the time, and I was excited to see some characters who had tan skin and black hair like I did!) In all seriousness, I'm probably not going to end up voting just out of sheer laziness, but I'll be following Ramiele along on YouTube for as long as she's in the competition.

-Reileen
skin the color of mocha
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Finished reading Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. Technically it's a re-read, which is an oddity for me because I'm a book glutton who rarely re-reads books under the pretense that there's just so much new stuff waiting to be discovered by moi that I can't spare a lot of time to re-read something. But the last time I read this was back in high school, so there's been a fair amount of time for it to seem mostly new and novel to me. I actually owned a copy as well, but I think Mommykins confiscated it along with all of my pagan/Neo-Wiccan books (and she also took my Daughters of the Moon series by Lynn Ewings). The last time I asked her what happened to those books, a few years ago, she said she'd lost them. I suspect that means that she trashed them. But I digress.

I usually don't go for vampire stories. The vampire mythos doesn't do anything for me except make me go, "Hey, I wonder how I can fuck that up in a story?" (For the record, I do indeed have a bit of a mocktastic vampire tale planned, involving a girl who rudely told a snarky vampire-in-disguise to bite her - which the vampire promptly did - but it's only in the prehistoric stages of planning.) But I like this book - even after all the time since I last read it as a stupid little teenager, it holds up as a competent example of storytelling. Turquoise Draka, the main character, is a very likable and sympathetic protagonist. She's badass without being superpowered, and she has weaknesses that she works through without being emo about it and without pages upon pages of navel-gazing - which she really can't afford to do, considering that she's a vampire hunter on a mission. The story starts out as just another mission for Turquoise, and ultimately becomes a cathartic journey for her. The open ending both fascinates and frustrates me, which I suppose is the mark of a well-told story.

If you haven't read anything by Atwater-Rhodes before, I'd recommend checking out her Kiesha'ra series, which revolves around different societies of shapeshifters. In order, the books are Hawksong, Snakecharm, Falcondance, Wolfcry, and Wyvernhail. I'm really fascinated by the worldbuilding. Oh, and the writing is good too, of course. I haven't yet read Wyvernhail, though, which is making me antsy 'cause it's from the POV of one of my favorite characters. But in due time.

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YouTube, what?

Enough to Go By - Cover of Vienna Teng's "Enough to Go By," transcribed when [livejournal.com profile] vyctori was kind enough a few weeks ago to send me the chords she had worked out from the song for a school project.

Serenade - That famous one by Schubert.

Old English Court Dance - From Gavotte in B-flat by Handel.

Triskaidekaphobia - An original, which I've blathered about on here a couple of times in the past. Simple chords; repetitive melody; nonsensical, gimmicky lyrics; lazy half-assed soloing in the middle; and passable singing. But it's fun to play. If I were to do a theoretical studio arrangement, I'd probably bring in some strings for the main riff - violin and/or guitar.

-Reileen
and there's a glance in time suspended
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One of the Top 24 finalists in season 7 of American Idol is 20-year-old Ramiele Malubay, a Filipina-American from Miramar, Florida. She sang Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" as her audition, and while she certainly has a big voice for such a small girl, I'm not sure that it's something that necessarily appeals to my musical tastes, or to the tastes of the American masses. She is, however, unbelievably cute liekwhoah. Nevertheless, I'm really happy to see some AA representin' going on, even with (or perhaps because of) the somewhat disastrous appearance of Jasmine Trias in an earlier season of American Idol. I have to agree with Simon when he says that her style is more suited to being a hotel singer, but she has talent and lots of room to grow and improve, and I'd like to see where she goes.

Pinay Pryde what what.

-Reileen
you make me feel like a natural woman
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I don't usually watch music videos, but [livejournal.com profile] dantaron was doing his media studies homework and got me curious, so I checked out stuff for some of my favorite songs.

Evanescence - Lithium
This was one of my favorite songs off their The Open Door album, so it's a wonder I didn't think to check this out before. Well, come to think of it, I hadn't been impressed by the "Call Me When You're Sober" video, so maybe I just decided to write off the music videos from that. It has a couple of really fast shots, which is jarring for a slow song like this, but I love the setting.




Avenged Sevenfold - Beast and the Harlot
First heard this song on Guitar Hero 2. Yes, really. Shut the fuck up, I like it. And the concept for this video isn't too bad, although the female character threw me for a loop because she looks like Amy Lee from Evanescence. *points up*




Nightwish - Amaranth
From their new album, Dark Passion Play. Apparently the concept is based on a really famous Finnish painting called "The Wounded Angel".




The Offspring - Original Prankster
There's not much to say except "ewww" at the first prank in the video. Also, the song is awesome and the video in general is awesome.




Yousei Teikoku - Kokou no Sousei (live)
o...omg. *sobs* "Kokou no Sousei" is one of my favorite Yousei Teikoku songs evar. So of course when I found a live performance of it, I was shocked! Amazed! Gleeful! Surely a song made of this much awesome would be even better live, right?

Not so, folks.

This Reileen regrets to inform you that Yui Itsuki is one of those seiyuu who really can't sing but is commissioned to do it anyway for commercial reasons. The video is taken off the extras from YT's new "metanoia" album; there are also videos for live performances of "Ira" and "Shijun no Zankoku". The former is actually passable; the latter happens to suck. WRRRYYYYYYY.




It's late as hell even given that my sleeping schedule has relapsed into a more vampiric pattern, but there's no way I can sleep knowing that one of my favorite bands gives a really sucky live performance. I AM RUINED FOREVER DO YOU HEAR ME MARTEL FOREEEVVVEEERRRR.

-Reileen
and in the end, I guess I had to fall
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WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT'S ALREADY THE MIDDLE OF DECEMBER?!

...ahem. So I finally got my hands on Vanessa Carlton's Heroes and Thieves (you need not ask how) and after giving it a few listens, I'm finding that I'm liking it better than I did the first time I listened to it on VH1.com. I still wish she'd given studio treatment to "All Is Well", but it looks like she's at least performing the song on her current tour, so that means I can get good live recordings off YouTube.

At first, the absence of any seemingly darker tunes (something along the lines of "Rinse" or "The Wreckage") and the prominence of songs about love and happiness on the album irritated me. (Yes, I know, I'm an emo kid. I'll cheer up soon. Maybe.) But I've become hooked on the title track and "Nolita Fairytale". Unfortunately, the arrangement for "This Time", a song that I was looking forward to after hearing it for the first time a while back, didn't stick with me. It should be also be noted that Vanessa's voice has lost some of the "whine" that it possessed on her first two albums, and it really makes her music sound more mature. It's still there, but I suspect that's just sort of her trademark by now.

Here's the music video for "Nolita Fairytale".

I hate the cold. :(

-Reileen
I feel like I've found some kind of fairytale
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I am totally not worthy to be a pianist.

-Reileen
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