Wednesday, May 29, 2013
You can't buy them yet. If you could, better believe I would've after a laborious trip to the USPS today. But they'll be released on June 5. (I seem to show up at the Post Office the week before the coolest stamps are released. I was in the week before the Cherry Blossom Centennial stamps were released, too.)
How Johnny Cash Became a Forever Stamp tells about the photoshoot for the Cash's Best Of album, back in 1963.
It was a good year for Cash, one of his best in a very long time. Things were heating up with June Carter, the love of his life who later helped get him sober, and his career as a singer-songwriter was finally taking off... [The photographer] wasn’t thrilled with the black and white photos he took that day, and Columbia ultimately chose a color shot for the album, which seemed just as well. But fifty years later the photo has surfaced again, this time as part of the U.S. postal service’s Music Icons series.
And evidently Ray Charles is next in line.source: USPS blog Stamp of Approval
Aunt Lisa! Come quick! The song said that God is so big, so strong, and so NAUGHTY?!?!?Evidently "mighty" isn't a word that crossed his mind.
Monday, May 27, 2013
We love FlavorFest at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire1. Free admission, free parking, free wine tastings, and local musicans and artisans -- what's not to love? I think we've gone every year since its inception in 2008.
1Like the Farm Show, the Faire can be a location as well as an event. We go to the Renaissance Faire, weekends in August-October, and are particularly glad that our friends Barely Balanced will be returning this year, if only for one weekend of their zany cross-country schedule. But we also love FlavorFest, which happens on the fairegrounds over Memorial Day Sat & Sun.
We particularly enjoy following local musicians2. Our perennial favorites are Indian Summer Jars, and this year we also very much enjoyed Adam Blessing (especially his secret song, #9). We were able to hear parts or whole sets of four additional groups, and we still missed a few. Other years we've delightedly discovered Rising Regina and Vinegar Creek Constituency.
We made it to three of four Indian Summer Jars sets over the weekend, and Sarah and Sarah-Beth responded to my "FB-ed "If you don't have Niagra in the setlist already, I'm going to request it!" by adding a fiddler to take it to the next level. Enjoy!
(I am inordinately proud of how this batch of photos came out. Less pleased with the sound quality, but for a voice recorder on an mp3 player, it's pretty darn good.)
2 The first year, however, what actually drew us to the event was the Peasall Sisters, who we knew from their voice work on O Brother Where Art Thou?
And, admittedly, we knew them to be the Peasall Sisters and not just the Wharvey Gals because of their guest appearance on O Veggie Where Art Thou, featuring Bob the Tomato and Larry Cucumber.
They also will be in TONIGHT's movie Ring of Fire, about June Carter Cash. 9/8Central on Lifetime! Leah Peasall plays teen June, with her sisters Sarah & Hannah as the other members of the Carter Sisters for the teen part of the movie. Also, their younger sisters Emma and Julia are two-thirds of the child part. FWIW, Leah grows up to be Jewel. In my mind, not having seen the movie yet, it's a bit like River Phoenix growing up to be Harrison Ford in Last Crusade.
For more information on the making of the movie, I commend to you Sarah's blog posts Movie-Making Memories and The Story of a Lifetime and Action and other Film Terminology. I am super excited for them!
We also love artisan demos. Historical Glassworks demoed making a 3-stemmed decanter, which is possibly the neatest hand-blown-glass piece ever. Once the molten glass bubble is blown and elongated, the sides are flattened into a triangle, and then the glassblower inhales to collapse the triangular bubble into three tubes. Wine is therefore aerated while being poured in and out, in addition to having much surface area as it sits in the wide bottom of the decanter.
Slideshow -- all my own images.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Love this song.
First learned it in Navs.
Then when I went to HK with Teen Mania, the Newsboys did concerts during evening worship at our briefing and debriefing. I remember getting Phil's autograph (Phil. Micah 6:8) and singing this song with one of my teammates while in line for the next autograph.
source: Messianic Jewish Alliance of America FB page
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Who are our role models?
We've just celebrated Mother's Day, lauding the strong women in our lives (biological moms, spiritual moms, moms by relationship).
It's time for a female president! And yet we live in a world where we teach our little girls to be like the Disney princesses (even taking Merida from Brave and shoving her into a dress with some slink. Really?)
One mom took the time for her daughter's 5th birthday and gave her a photo shoot as some women to really try to emulate in their boldness, pioneering spirit, and sense of wonder. This child is Not Just a Girl; she (and you, and me!) can be whatever she wants to be.See her full blog post for more amazing photos.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
- The Rainbow Connection
- Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
- Theme song from The Natural
- Star Wars Theme
- Indiana Jones Theme
- most of the soundtrack of The Lion King
- most of the soundtrack of The Graduate, although I couldn't make it through the movie
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Ours is a world that often seems cynical, detached, and passionless. Ours is a world that needs more nerds. And we need more parents to pass along their nerdery to their kids. I can think of few things more life-giving than saying, “this is something I love and I want you to love it, too.” Maybe it’s music. Maybe it’s backpacking. Maybe it’s cheese. Doesn’t matter the subject. What matters is the passion. What kind of nerd are you?Excerpt from Parenting and Passions and Making Nerds of Your Children on A Deeper Story recently. It's a bit of an outgrowth from Wil Wheaton's wonderful, heartfelt, and heartstring-tugging off-the-cuff speech on Why it's awesome to be a nerd (speech on YouTube), which he also personally blogged about. source: As Seen on Tabletop I love GeekMom too, with its women bloggers of varied passionate interests.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
source: Google Street View We were surprised at what a simple application of paint did for the visual! Kudos to you, upstairs neighbor! Best wishes with Gaude.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
When terping, the choices you can make are different. For example, even though we've asked and been turned down by CVHS, Elton John's Aida would be amazing! With three terps, my male co-terp could be Adam Pascal (Radames), I could be Heather Headley (Aida), and my female co-terp could be Sherie Rene Scott (Amneris). Easy. So much fun! And Elton! Unfortunately for us, CVHS intentionally chooses shows with a massive cast and lots of leads and named characters.
My female co-terp and I also had a long FB chat on Sweeney Todd. Which, in a post-Tim-Burton-version world, when she called Mrs Lovitt right off the bat, she was really calling dibs on Helena Bonham Carter. Because, after all, who wouldn't love to sing Bellatrix? Shepherd's pie peppered with actual shepherd, am I right? But if she's Helena Bonham Carter, and the default assumption is that of course our male co-terp would get Johnny Depp, I *still* win, big time! Because if I get all the bit parts, that means I get Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, and Sasha Baron Cohen! Alan Rickman, y'all! Win upon win upon win. Always.
And with my particular penchant for tech theater, here's a special feature from the movie about making blood for film1 2
1 And just how crazy-much you need for effects, compared to the mere pints an actual human has flowing at a given moment.
2 If you're squeamish about blood, please realize that movie blood is primarily high-fructose corn syrup.
At Toby's, the stage is in the round, which is amazing for closeness to the stage, as the worst seat in the house is a whopping 30' from the stage, and those in the front need to be cautioned to keep their toes tucked in lest they become part of the action. But it makes eliminating corpses interesting. What they did was create a platform filling half the floor at the center of the stage. When Pierelli died, his actor, the amazing Larry Munsey, tumbled thru a trapdoor and spent the balance of Act 1 inside the platform, on a camping mattress, with his ipod. As for the victims during "God, That's Good", there are four aisles for the stage. With Sweeney's barber chair installed in the middle of the platform, a body sling was ziplined from the balcony above one aisle down to Sweeney's chair, where he strapped in a victim and, with a tip of the chair, sent him whizzing down and out the opposite aisle. It was a wonder of tech theater. And kind of creepy. But that's Grand Guignol for you.
But my male co-terp doesn't want to do Sweeney Todd. He's not a Sondheim fan. And I can see how being Johnny Depp would have less appeal than being Alan Rickman3. Instead, his preference is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat4, in which he actually played5 Joseph in a local-to-him production. Or he would like Jekyll and Hyde, which I actually have not yet seen. 3 Alan Rickman! 4Joseph is Big Frog's preference, too. Big Frog would be Reuben, who sings the Country song "One More Angel in Heaven". 5 Acted, not terped. Once Upon a Mattress might be fun too. Or Guys and Dolls. Or Lion King6. Or Billy Elliot... and now we're back on an Elton kick7, there's always Aida...
6 Costuming would be a bigger challenge there than terping, although CVHS has a custom couturier who makes up their costumes. 7 Or were we never off one?
The ReBrick contest is a chance for you to design something in Lego, shoot video of it, and then share that with the community via the official Lego site. The best video will actually end up in the movie.You have until May 6, this Monday, to get your entry in. If I knew about it sooner I would have passed it along sooner. The movie itself will launch in February 2014. Even if you don't have time to make up your own stop-action movie, at least watch some of the amazingly creative entries already on the ReBrick website. PS Of all things, I'm amused that minifigs can't high-five.