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I have what I affectionately call "Random Burst of Song Syndrome," which is my brain's need to add a soundtrack to life, to explain it briefly. To answer the question, it's a lot easier to say when I haven't had something stuck in my head than when I have.

That being said, some songs are more persistent than others. "Hey There, Cthulhu" is up there now, because I introduced some friends to it, and it is exceptionally catchy.  www.youtube.com/watch


Also, as friends and family can attest, my favorite way to deal with earworms is to pass them on. ;)
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"Thank you for buying The Silent Force by Within Temptation. You might also like the album Supergott (Speedy Remixes) by Caramell."

What. The. FUCK?

The only thing I can think of offhand is that they're both European, but REALLY? There are a LOT of people in Europe. Caramell is Swedish, and Within Temptation is Dutch.


*cries* My iTunes is trying to drive me insaaaaane...

Edited to fix open quotes.
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Scott is in San Antonio training for the week, and I'm rediscovering 2 in the morning on a weekday. I'm an insomniac anyway, but I stifle it when Scott's home, because having me up and puttering around screws up his sleep. It would. I putter a lot, and I like random music at random times... plus the need for coffee... because I can.

It's not that I like having him gone, it's just odd how different my schedule is when he is. Before anyone feels the need to tell me that human beings are diurnal, bugger off. I'm not. When left completely to myself, my most active hours are between about 8 in the evening and 4 in the morning. I sleep better (i.e., I feel more rested when I wake up) from about midmorning to midafternoonish. That isn't to say I can't function during the day; I can, I just feel better at night. I do most of my better creative work late at night as well (which is to say I finish it more often), though that's not always the case. I think I'll see if I can chart when I'm sleepy and when my brain feels most peppy. This means laying off the caffeine while I do it, though, which could be tricky and seriously affect the test results... which is kind of the point anyway, so... maybe if I'm here at the house while he's gone.

Anyhoo. Hmmm... Well, Glenrock won the 3A State Football title, 18-0 against Kemmerer. We went to that on Saturday (AND SATURDAY ONLY). Scott had to leave early the next morning, so we didn't have time to stay and visit, so we may not be back until December sometime, since I think we're doing Thanksgiving with my family this year. Caitlyn is going to be in Hawaii, lucky her. I'd be sure, but Scott ascribes to the "Let's figure out what we're doing two days before we do it" method of holiday planning most of the time. =D

Oh, and if someone really really REALLY loves me, there's a decent-condition bari up on eBay for $540, including shipping, which is ridiculous for an instrument that was made between 1920-1930, but it only goes for five days more, and I don't think I'll have teh monies in time. I'd link it, but who am I kidding? Anyway. I drooled on that for awhile. I want a saxophone, dammit. It's not THAT loud. Really it's not.

Okay, I'm just this side of incoherent, since I went to bed at 5 this morning and got up at 8:30, so I think I'll call it a night early tonight (watch, now that I've said that I won't sleep). I'll do a better update when I have more functioning brain cells

 

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Seriously. If we weren't actually already married, I would send him back in the mails and get my money back. Planning a wedding is a PAIN IN THE ASS. It would help if the people who are supposed to sell me shit would call me back, or if David's Bridal hadn't fucked up my invitations, hence making my mother hysterical (WHICH I DIDN'T NEED) and making sure half the people we know think we're cancelling it. On top of that, I live in South Dakota. The wedding is in Wyoming. People are like, "So, hey, can you come in today?" And I'm like, "Uhhhhh no. I'm in Rapid City, dudes." AND I don't have a DJ. Everyone is either booked or not returning my phonecalls. Or, by now, probably BOTH. It took me several MONTHS to get my families' addresses, being as no one seems to remember that I don't have any of them. To be fair, I forgot to ask my dad in person before, but I keep sending e-mails out to the abyss, and the abyss swallows 'em up. I can't do this by myself, and my husband has made a grand total of THREE decisions. Altogether. GAAAAAAHHH. That is IT. I'm either moving to a faraway country and becoming a hermit or becoming a groupie.

There is good news. Nightwish is in 11 days, and plans for that proceed apace. All we need is a hotel, and we're set. Since my mom offered to take us in, if there's ANY chance we can't get one, it's not mega-bad. Just mostly bad, as she lives in a trailer. There's eight of us going, so we'd fit, but it would get tight. But, hey. I would go through so much more to see Nightwish again (and again and again and maybe a zillion more times). So I'm a fangirl. So what? I'm an excited happy fangirl, which is what counts. So I have a nearby opportunity to decide to become a groupie. Sadly, I'd have to leave the dog here, and visit. But it's almost worth it. 

Dude. I'm a NERD. I just went through all 3437 of my songs on iTunes and found coverart and clarified the albums, just so I could find stuff in a hurry. I've been doing it for about six hours a day for three days, and I just now got done (I have some obscure stuff). And now, to add more music! 

Okay, so I'm actually not in that bad of a mood. I'm going home tomorrow, and Caitlyn and Chelsea said they'd help with the addressing, so the only ones I absolutely have to get done by tomorrow are the two going to Australia. Since Dad wrote down all the addresses for me, I can do that. For any of you who were wondering, yes, I'm just now starting. I got them yesterday. I was supposed to two weeks ago. Let's not go any further on that topic, or I shall rant.  Holly and I (and maybe her cousin) are going to Ft Collins to order her dress this weekend, so that's a road trip and definitely lunch out. With help, we ought to get the invites done this weekend. :)

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Hello party people!
 I don't think I've ever had cause to mention that I hate February, but I do. The weather is always crap, and for some reason, I ALWAYS get sick for most of the month. This time it's a low-grade coldish fluish thing that isn't doing anything major enough to go to the doctor, but won't go away and is screwing my already screwy sleep schedule up. Like today: I've been up for about an hour. Why, you ask? Because I went to sleep about twelve hours ago, and I only got three hours of sleep yesterday. So while I would like to say that I've just become nocturnal, that doesn't why I was up all day yesterday as well, so bugger. 
Anyway. I've been whining about sleep to anyone who would listen for quite long enough. Mostly, it's going well, but February is not a good time to get a retail job, because even without the recession it's the slowest time of year. So I've been painting and drawing and writing and reading...a lot. I found the used bookstore. And the music store. And I still have money. Wow. This is mostly because their fantasy section is pretty small, and because the music store doesn't really have a lot for non-guitar/rock band musicians. Since I'm a clarinetist (because it's the only thing I have), I just got reeds and new cork grease. I need to get the poor old thing recorked again, but I don't know what their rates are. Since it's not crucial that I have it at all times, I may just take it into Hill whenever I get back to Casper; they know me, and I know them, and their music store is better so I can get actual music.
Oh. Right. Casper. Holly, I'm trying to talk Scott into us coming down this coming weekend, after you's b-day, but it may end up being the weekend after, because he's coming home that weekend and he may want to stay here. Maybe if I volunteer to drive... We'd take my car anyway.

O...kay....LiveJournal decided to skip a line there, for whatever reason. Anyway, that's it. Haven't killed the demon cat yet, the house hasn't burned down, what else could I ask for? Take care, everyone!

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   Okay. Just real quick, because I promised I would: I'm listening to End of an Era (Nightwish's last show with Tarja), and I've heard a few of the same songs Anette did, and I will cast my official vote on which is better live. First of all, audio quality has nothing to do with it; Nightwish's sound techs rock my pants off. Seriously. No matter what. I'd consider it to be on pretty much even footing, since Tarja-fanatics (none of whom will read this, but nevermind) would say it's unfair to compare Anette with Tarja from Angels Fall First (I'd call that dead even, but don't ask me). This is Tarja at the absolute peak of her career with Nightwish.
   As you can probably tell from the smartass commentary, I choose you, Pikachu!! Sorry. I had that one coming (and if I didn't just get that obnoxious song stuck in your head, I'm not trying hard enough). Anyway, I like Anette better live. I kinda figured I would: Operatic sopranos don't benefit from the rock-specific strains involved in something like Nightwish. Mrs. Patton, for one, would point out that the talking between numbers, which she almost has to do, kills the furthest benefits of her warm-up. Not all of it, but it means she has to push more for her highest and lowest notes. A lyrical voice like Anette's suffers slightly less from that sort of thing. Also, Tarja's accent comes and goes. A lot. I realize that she's speaking in Finnish, while Anette was speaking in English, and that might have something to do with it and I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, but Marco's doesn't change. I'm talking about her singing accent, in case that wasn't clear. I've said before, as well, that I like Anette's diction better: She's much easier to understand. Could be the voice. Don't know. On a side note, I love Marco's voice anytime, live or not. A lot. Mmrrr. Sorry. "High Hopes" is playing, which distracts me. :D
   You'd think I'd be sleepy, but I'm really not. I slept earlier, but I couldn't stay asleep. Apparently the brain has decided five hours is just bloody fine for sleep. ><
   ANYway (sorry; I stick even worse to topic on little sleep and under the influence of Marco Hietala), I promised myself I'd listen to this before making a final call, because I like Over the Hills and Far Away (the album, and yes, Holly, you can have a copy), but the live performances from that early make me wince, because Tarja overuses the HELL out of her voice. It has nothing to do with Tuomas, because they found someone else to sing his parts. Even if they hadn't, I'm rather fond of his voice. I know he hates it, but I rather like it. With some practice, it would be a very lovely baritone. Aaaannnd I'm off-topic AGAIN. What do you expect from insomnia-based updates? Maybe I should switch songs...but I don't really want to. This joins Metallica's "Turn the Page" as one of my favorite covers of all time. Seriously. Love it love it lots. Best birthday present I ever got myself.^^
   Okay. I'm switching to "Wish I Had An Angel," and Marco just said "Fuck yeah!!!" which made me giggle. He swears more than I do. I already decided that I like Anette better than the ALBUM version; I just like her voice better on this song. I've heard Tarja lose the accent before; most English singing sounds the close to the same, pronunciation wise, in operatic style, because it depends more on vowels than non-operatic singing. She's being lazy with her enunciation is what it is, and why it annoys me. Oh well. 
   On yet another diversion, I gave Tarja's solo album a fair shot, but I spent all four of the songs I listened to missing Emppu horribly. The rest of the boys, too, but the guitar is the most noticeable difference. It's softer, which suits her, but the lyrics either sound angsty or sound like the writer wants to be Tuomas, but doesn't have his experience. "I Walk Alone" lingers in the mind, so the tune is catchy enough, but the tone behind it makes me sad and angry at the same time. Maybe I'll get used to it; I'm fairly open-minded when it comes to music, but I don't instantly like it like I did "Bye Bye Beautiful" which is the Nightwish equivalent of the same basic sentiment. 
   Closing thoughts? Hmmm...well, I may have to wait awhile and get back to you because I may be letting my feelings about what happened directly after this concert taint my opinion, but I rather doubt it. There was an absolute bastard in my choir class my sophomore year, but oh my GOD, did he have the voice of an angel. I tend not to let my personal feelings affect my enjoyment of good music. If anything, I wish I could say that Anette and Tarja are even in my mind, because I love ALL of Nightwish's music. Seriously. ALL of it. I own most of it. And Tarja's voice is a-fucking-mazing, but it's just not as good live as Anette's is. Fuck it; why am I trying to apologize for this? It's a subjective opinion; I'm allowed to like whichever one better SO THERE. I love them both, but if someone told me I HAD to chose, it would be Anette.
   Right. That's it. All done. Before I start rambling completely, because we all know I'm prone to it. That, and my typing's degenerating. Maybe I can go back to bed now that I've made this decision that is crucial to the fate of the universe. :P
 
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Well, bugger. It's November, isn't it? Tomorrow, I drive to Glenrock to leave my furrry nuisances with my in-laws, and then it's ROAD TRIP time! My friend Katie and I are goin to Albuquerque to see Nightwish (which I swear I mentioned before). I'd be more excited, but it's kinda 1 am. Or, as my body likes to tell me, 2 am. It always takes me awhile to get used to daylight savings time either way. The end result, as you can tell from me posting this at 1 am, is a hideous bout of insomnia. I'm going to have to take a nap tomorrow... 

Anyway.....well, the Rockies got flattened, which would have upset me more if they hadn't pitched like CRAP. 'Sides, the Red Sox are a pretty good team, so everyone was expecting this. Well, not for them to get swept, but for them to lose. Must have been the ridiculously long rest they got beforehand. 

I've been puttering around on Photoshop (I have Elements), and I'm up to...10 deviations and a scrap on DevArt. Most of it is Final Fantasy fanart, as I have no scanner...yet. Scott's in Alabama, doing officer training, and since he drove instead of flying, we get bonus moneys. First of all, bills. Second, maybe a desktop for me. I love this thing dearly, but it's getting full. Photoshop takes up a RIDICULOUS amount of space. On top of that, I'm a gamer, and games take up waaay more than anything else. Third, an HDTV for my whiny husband. ;) Then... maybe I can get a scanner. I need either that or Tablet, cuz I can't draw with a mouse for shit. I'm lazy, so I'd prefer Tablet, but a scanner would be nice for other reasons than my own drawings, so that's prolly what I'll get. We have a printer, but it's out of ink, and I need a cable for the laptop.

Speaking of my drawings...I have a print up on DeviantArt! ^^ Not like I'm pressuring anyone to buy it, I'm just happy I did something I'm wiling to sell to people. It's called "The Siren," and I only drew it... bugger...almost three years ago. But I colored it right before I put it up and I'm really happy about how it turned out. 

I meant to post for Halloween, but I had like 6 gazillion trick-or-treaters, and I were tired. I had a HUGE bowl of treats, and I still ran out before 8:30. Next year...keg. I'll go steal an oil drum, clean that puppy out, and use it for candies. And the kids were really polite, like I always was when I went...unless there was a creepy old guy involved. In that case, I took the candy and ran. Holly... I didn't get to go this year!! I was so sad... and I had a bitchin goth costume too. But the Air Force would prolly frown on a 23-year-old housewife without kids trick-or-treatin. Next year, I'll borrow someone's cute little kids. Or I'll drive to Casper specifically to go with you guys again. 

I think that's all for today. Except I'm a NERD, cuz I'm listening to the original SNES Zelda soundtrack...which is from, like, 1992 or something (A Link to the Past, and yes, it's from 1992). The nerd part is not only that I'm listening to video game music...it's also that I haven't played the game for...fuck...ten, twelve years? And I still remember what all the music goes to... *stands up in NA* Hi. My name is Kelsey, and I'm a nerd..."

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