Concert Dreams Come True

Concert Dreams Come True

Welcome to Post #450!

To celebrate, I’m going to post total nonsense before I get back to topical posts later in the week – since I have some stuff in the works for that.

I finally got to see one of my favorite artists in concert. Pardon the crappy cell phone photo (because I did not want to take my fancy, expensive camera with me), so I have a few really bad photos, and some horrid quality videos. Let’s be honest, photos taken on iPhone do not look great when blown up to be shown on a computer screen.

I got to see Garth Brooks in concert!

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Ancient Music: Boethius

“If there is a God, whence proceed so many evils? If there is no God, whence cometh any good?” – one of the oft-quoted Roman philosophers who was born four years after the Western Roman Empire ‘technically’ ceased to exist, Boethius or Anicius Manlius Severinus Boëthius (480 AD – 525 AD) held many offices, including…

via Realm of History

I know I always post about old stuff. But this (for that I’m obviously posting for the historical connection) has beautiful music. It’s recreation of music set to one of Boethius’ works. Definitely beautiful…and ‘ancient’ – or rather, post-Roman, pre-modern. Do take a click through to listen to the 2nd excerpt, and also to get some pretty good/fun historical facts.


This reminds me of childhood.

I don’t know how many people remember the game Treasure Mountain! — but that’s where I first heard this. (Gods, I can’t believe that it’s been probably 20 years since I played this game) It was the soundtrack behind solving all sorts of puzzles and trying to beat the game by collecting all the gold coins; so basically my memory of childhood “video games” is kind of this type of thing.

It’s kind of super nostalgic and also really annoying how easily this piece gets stuck in my head. Nostalgia though, because it reminds me of weekends spent with my cousins and all of us working together to beat the levels and win. Of course, that’s the kind of thing expected when you’re all…6 and 4 years old? Or maybe I was 7 and sister + cousin were 5. In any case, super young.

Have some fun listening to this addictive bit of my personal nostalgia.

To Be Human

So, I really love this song. I mean…beyond the fact that it’s in my favorite summer movie of the year. I’m staking it as favorite though, because nothing else that’s been advertised since this summer has seemed nearly as interesting or likely to be good. There’s just something nice about this song. It kind of just makes me feel happy when I hear it. Well, and it’s kind of powerful, in a way. Just in general–I love this song.*

The Surprising Paganism of The Mummy

Source: The Surprising Paganism of The Mummy

I’m a fan of the original The Mummy. Beyond Boris Karloff (who I have always adored as an actor, way back when I was little kid even), I love the movie itself. It’s really a good talkie–from the early years of the new movie medium. Surprisingly good, really.

It is admittedly a better talkie than my personal favorite of the old Universal Horror pictures: Dracula. But then again, it was a new medium back then, and talking pictures were a lot different than the silent films of the Teens and 20s.

But this is a nice article with some good points about the movie–and just what type of movie it is. Just, I disagree with the author telling you to go out and look for it online. I don’t know if The Mummy is considered “out of copyright”, but I don’t think so. I think that Universal probably still owns the copyright to it. Lots of rental services exist, so go out and rent the movie for an old-time horror flick.

Nerdery Weekend

I went, 2 weekends ago, to the MoPOP (formerly EMP) in Seattle & enjoyed a weekend full of nerdy goodness and all sorts of geekery. I’ll admit that I generally do this kind of thing when I’m stressed & need some relaxation and a good time. See, immersing myself in my own nerdy/geeky interests makes me happy, and helps me feel better.

It was a lot of fun, obviously. But it was also kind of nice to bring myself back into those nerd-doms and geek points that have made me happy for so long. There was a lot of Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR and other fun things for me to see, which is always great fun. Just so I can share the fun of my weekend, here’s a few of my favorite photos.

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Vampires in Pop-Culture

Vampires in Pop-Culture

Vampires are my favorite folklore creature/entity. I’ve mentioned this before, I think. But regardless! I have always loved vampire myth, folklore, and fiction. — I mean real vampires. The ones that are somewhat terrifying, that have folklore behind them. The ones that stick to what a vampire is: a terrifying creature of the night, sometimes (especially in Victorian times) seductive–but never stupid or a joke.

So, when I heard about the Castlevania series on Netflix, I was extremely excited.

Yes, now is where I admit that I’m no gamer; and I had no clue that Konami had made…like 20? games about this. I learned that last week, after watching the series. Sorry!

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O vos angeli

Sequentia did a massive cycle of Hildegard von Bingen’s musical works. I’m a fan of it, and I finally got my hands on the whole set: 900 Years Hildegard von Bingen. It’s great, and this is part of it, and also from an earlier album of theirs, too. — this is just a nice little diversion, so I can refocus and write up some new, fun articles here.*

The Bells of Zlonice

Symphony No. 1 in C minor “The Bells of Zlonice” – Antonín Dvořák

I’ve mentioned before that I adore Dvořák, he’s one of my favorite composers. And I really, truly adore his work. My favorite opera is his Rusalka, which is just glorious. This one though, it’s kind of special to listen to. He composed it early, and then it was lost for decades. So it was the last published of his works and last performed–but interestingly for all that, it also did not get edited by Dvořák during his life. So it’s kind of…pristine is a good word to use.

This is a nice, kind of light and also a bit…strange piece to listen to. It doesn’t sound like a lot of his older stuff, not completely. Or at least, I don’t think so. But it also reminds me of a kind of refreshing newness, which is rather nice to listen to. It’s a nice one, and I much rather prefer this to his Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” (New World Symphony), which was actually how I learned about Dvořák to begin with. But this one, I like this symphony better than the 9th.

Tonight is a Dvořák and Romantic kind of night. But I might pop over to Bedřich Smetana (The Bartered Bride) next. His work is a bit of a “hidden gem”, since I know most people outside classical music circles aren’t too familiar with Smetana, but he’s a brilliant one, too.*