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15 July 2010 @ 12:41 am
song 18: once upon a december  

He-ey, I have this SHINY NEW WIDGET now! Exciting, y/n?

Anyway, trying to get back into the swing of things -- I keep saying that, I know, but I lost my singing voice for about three weeks with a lingering cold, and MUSIC IS HARRRRD, and mostly I have been panicking and brooding about applying to Duquesne University and waiting for them to say SOMETHING, ANYTHING, and somewhere in the middle of this I turned twenty? What? It is all very peculiar. Am trying to BEAT the lyrics out of me; why are they so slow? So instead you get a rather unexpected sort of cover hearkening back to MY CHILDHOOD. Anastasia was my very favourite film when I was eight and this song has always tasted of magic to me. My obsession with the film as a wee lass led to a larger obsession with the Romanovs, and by extension, the Russian Revolution, and from there it was just a tiny leap to the general political upheaval of the early twentieth century and the First World War, and... my novel. Which, thus far, contains absolutely no mention of Russia whatsoever, but owes quite a lot to many childhood viewings of my Anastasia VHS all the same. So this is all rather dear to me.

Shiny things: discovered that you can, like, DOWNLOAD EFFECTS for Audacity. I KNOW. So that made me feel all proper-musiciany and fancy. Also there is a guest appearance from a tiny hand-cranked music box that the magnificent lady_moriel got me in England last Christmas and which I have been trying to find a song to fit in for an age. ♥

(Apologies for THE GIDDY; I may have had Excedrin recently CAFFEINE IS GREAT)
Terra Firma: Emma | Practicinglast_archangel on July 15th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
This is stunning, Jo. You really were born for this type of song, the haunting beauty of it, you capture it so well.

Two things:
-You need to teach me the ways of the Audacity plug-in!
-We really do need to collaborate. We've talked about it before, but it really does need to happen. You'll guitar and I'll piano and we'll do something amazing with harmony.
Charis M. Ellisoncharismitaine on July 15th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
That is gorgeous. Really, really beautiful--I think I may love your version more than the original (and ever so much more than the version my high school choir did!). I liked Anastasia a lot (if it had arrived a few years earlier I probably would have been obsessed with it, I think) but most of all I loved the soundtrack.

Shiny new widget is shiny! I am excited about the new widget.
the Avaunt Guard: octopusroselet on July 19th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
So, I have a proposition for you. I'm a film student and I've been playing around with various types of animation. This semester I thought that as well as my main submission I could play around with shadowpuppetry by doing a music video (no dialogue! so much easier!), and I was listening to this song as I thought this, and the music box gave me an idea for a story, and basically I was like PERFECT I will use this song and then I realised that it belongs to Disney and is therefore no go.

Er, long sentence there. Anyway, I was wondering whether you would consider writing a song along similar lines, with the music box at the start + end. If you did then I would donate a sum to your get-out-of-town fund and send you flowers and weep tears of gratitude and so on.

If not then I guess I'll just enjoy this beautiful song and your stunning vocals sans animation. :) Thanks either way. I really enjoy your music and I hope Duquesne will stop being blind fools soon. (Who needs math skills, anyway? I don't!)