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I thought of two more Christmas songs I adore:
Band-Aid: "Do They Know it's Christmas?"
The Pogues featuring Kristy MacColl: "Fairytale of New York"

Those videos were just on VH1. I love them both.

Guess what I just bought?

I know it's pseudo-teenybopper but this album is fab! Besides, their both mine and Robin's guilty pleasure! Robin, I'll burn it for you next week if you want me too!(?)

Life has been pretty good. I saw LoTR: The Return of the King yesterday and since everybody is writing their mini-reviews, I will as well...

I adored it. I thought it was the best film of the trilogy. I admit, I haven't read the books, so I didn't understand why they were going on the boat at the end of the film (I now know) Some of my friends are LoTR freaks (*cough*Jen*cough* ;)) and hated the film because they nit-picked everything....considering I didn't read the books, I think I was better off because I just took it at face-value, as good entertainment. I phoned Jen last night and she agreed with that. I wanted to kill Gollum myself, felt really bad for Sam, and I knew it'd be a happy ending but it was interesting to see what happend in order to get to that ending.

I also saw Battle Royale last night. That film is truly fucked up. After 20 students died, I just walked out of the living room/lounge. It just seemed like a pointless plot. Violence for the sake of violence.

I have been debating taking guitar and vocal lessons when I get to America. Bill (who's one of the handful of people that have heard me) thinks that my vocals are fine. In fact he said my voice was 'great'(!!) Still, I want to acknowledge and use my full range. I'm too into the Nico-esque, staying in one octave, thing. I want to change that a bit. Maybe there's some vocal exercises I can do on my own? (looks in [ profile] singercutie1008's direction...)

Guitar, I think I'm just going to keep teaching myself all that I can and use tabs from the internet, etc and take it from there...

and I promise this is the last thing, today I tried to close my NatWest account but they told me 'you'll probably be back here, so just leave it open..' because it's notoriously difficult to get a British bank, I guess I can keep it open for life, free of charge! yay!

Strokes "last night" on tv now! yay!

*shimmies off*

Date: 2003-12-19 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, I had Sugababes on my playlist a few entries ago+ you like The Darkess too so you're OK :))

Date: 2003-12-19 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
heh. it seems like the Sugababes are everybody's secret pleasure. I just mentioned 'I like the Sugababes' to a couple of my friends (who are into indie music) and both of them said 'I love them too!', since you like them too, you're cool ;)

Date: 2003-12-19 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*sigh* i still cant believe that kirsty maccoll is dead...

Date: 2003-12-20 08:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, I didn't even remember that until I saw that video for the 2nd time around....:/ I remember a lot of people in the music business were crushed when she passed away.

Date: 2003-12-20 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
haha well, i'm not sure my vocal advice would be the thing. i'd send you off in prima donna direction...
breathing exercises are always good though - any vocal line is improved by continuity and evenness of breath, no matter the style, and good control of breath will free up the top of your range. try this one: inhale as deeply as you can, "into your diaphragm" as they always tell us, so that you feel expansion all around your waist (rather than the whole shoulder-raising deal). then start counting out loud. count as far up as you can, until you absolutely cannot eke another molecule of air out of your lungs, and then immediately take another deep breath and do it over again. slowly, you should be able to start counting for longer and longer periods of time, which will indicate an increase in breath control.
yeesh, that was long. sorry :-/

Date: 2003-12-20 08:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'll try that,thanks!


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