At last

May. 26th, 2014 08:43 am
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If anyone had asked me during my adult life if I had a quest, my answer would most likely have been "To find the soundtrack album for Highlander."  I saw the movie early in my college career (not when it was released; in the school's theater on movie night) and it, along with Ladyhawke, became iconic for me in so many ways.  And while I don't care about Queen much one way or another, I wanted the music--both the songs and the gorgeous instrumentals.

But despite the listing at the end of the credits, the soundtrack album was not released in the United States.  It was released in the UK, but promptly became an item of unbelievable rarity, to the point where nearly every Highlander fan believes it to be a myth.  I came within inches of finding it once, at a vinyl shop in England, but it was sold a day or two before I got there.

Most of the music, in one form or another, has been released in different albums--one or two instrumental packs for the movies, Queen's A Kind of Magic--but never the original stuff, not all together.

You see where I'm going with this, don't you?  :P

Someone on Amazon has it. It's print on demand, and it comes in a measly cardboard sleeve; and I know everyone is rightly pissed at Amazon just now.  But if, like me, you have been searching for a quarter of a century (or more)...there it is.  I can even accept the inclusion of one track from the TV series (there should have been only one!).

The CD ripped to my computer just fine.  And for the first time, I got to listen to all that beauty without interruption.

*happy sigh*

(...Now what do I look for?)
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I recently spent quite some time watching music videos from the '80s and early '90s.  It's an interesting pastime if for no other reason than it's the adolescence I didn't have.  At that time I was listening to Cleo Laine and George Winston and Michael Franks, and (to my later embarrassment) Barbra Streisand.

I don't know if my parents would have kept me from such music, but I wanted nothing to do with most of it, for reasons I don't care to describe.  I don't remember when we finally got cable, but we certainly didn't have MTV.  Yet some of the tunes seeped in anyway; between ambient sound and my rocker best friend in college, enough was laid down to create a little nostalgia.

So watching these things is an adventure in amusement, befuddlement, and occasionally wistfulness--I wouldn't have had any idea what to do with the ideals put forth in the things, but a small part of me wishes I'd had the opportunity to try.

Conclusion:  According to the Eurythmics, sweet dreams are made of cows.
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I'm sure it's been done, but I couldn't resist. 

White Flag
 (a filk)

I know you think that I shouldn’t still love them

Or write it down

But if I didn’t write it, well they’d still have felt it

Where’s the sense in that?  

I promise I’m not trying to make your life harder

Denying your OTP 

I will go down with my ‘ship

And I won’t put my hands up and surrender

There will be no white flag upon my blog

They’re in love and always will be

I know that it’s not your pairing 

But it’s right there, it’s obvious

It causes nothing but trouble

I understand if you can’t believe in it

But their love will never truly be over

It’s the one thing that makes sense

I will go down with my ‘ship

And I won’t put my hands up and surrender

There will be no white flag upon my blog

They’re in love and always will be


Mar. 25th, 2012 07:46 pm
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Yeah, been a while. Personal stuff (nobody died) I am not at liberty to discuss in a public forum, etc. New glasses I'm not sure I like. Tax refund. Lots of books. Finding out I don't care for the Blade Runner soundtrack, such as it is. Having to temporarily move two offices' worth of paperwork--my ex-boss has a Francis Crick book autographed to him*, and it looks like he left it in a puddle at some point. *sigh*

The quirkiest thing that has happened lately is that I purchased (among other things, thanks for the birthday presents [personal profile] cincoflex!) two CDs. One is a re-press from a vinyl album, Cleo Laine's and James Galway's Sometimes When We Touch. This is an album I grew up with. It includes the fantastic Anyone Can Whistle, which is something of a personal joke for me. It also includes How, Where, When?, which is an interpretation of Pachelbel's Canon & Gigue in D (yes, that one).

The other is Pachelbel's Greatest Hit, which I got in part because the Mutts illustrations amused me. It's a collection of different versions of that canon. Guess what one of them is...

It's almost as good a conjunction as the time I was recording Blake's 7 episodes over old Doctor Who eps, missed the one where Colin Baker guest-starred and left a space for it, then realised/realized/ahscrewiti'mwritingtoomuchHPfic that the Doctor Who ep left in the space was the Colin Baker one that Paul Darrow guest-starred in. 

Also, high blood pressure makes my dreams much more vivid and long, but makes it hard to sleep deeply. 

This concludes the random update for the evening. 

*Not that Crick wasn't involved in dodgy research, but it's still a bit lust-inducing, at least for a science bibliophile.

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If you're looking for more Christmas/holiday music, I'd love to suggest any of Jim Brickman's Christmas albums, George Winston's December and Linus and Lucy albums, and Mannheim Steamroller. 

Also, I plan to take the mp3 links down tomorrow, so if you want something, get it now. 

Merry Christmas! 

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Sorry I didn't post yesterday--I got home too late and was just too tired.  It's up now. 

Day 20 )

Only four more days to go!

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Day 13 )

Also, thank you for the notes about Silver.  I really do appreciate your sympathy. 

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