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In no particular order:

1.  I love my job.
2.  My Fair Lady is THE perfect musical.  Everything from the opening notes of the overture to the final, "Eliza...where the  DEVIL are my slippers!" absolutely flawless.
3. Maine Coon cats are superior cats.
4. I hope to live in several different places during the course of my life.
5. It is the rare person who causes my heart to skip and my breath to hitch, but they do indeed exist.
6.  I think a really good novel would be about what would happen if a man appeared calling himself Walt Disney, now unthawed and challenging the authority of those currently in charge of the Magic Kingdom.
7.  I'm not Catholic, but I really like the pope.
9.  I can explain to people why "Send in the Clowns" was written especially for a person who doesn't sing and why it sounds stupid when a real singer performs it.
10. I've never been afraid of public speaking.

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firynze
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, man, I ADORE Main Coons. One of my best friends has a huge, gorgeous Coon named Elektra who simply owns him...she's a doll. And when I visit, she wakes me up in the middle of the night by poking my nose with hers. :)
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
The longer I have Beowulf the more I realize how much I lucked out. And I got my (now) 17 pounder big fuzzy Maine Coon at a SHELTER.
firynze
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
That's where Elektra came from, too. I think shelter Coonies are the best kitties EVER!
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
No kidding. I'm totally sold on em. :)
alexfiles
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
Did you know Maine Coons may date from the time of Vikings coming to America, and be derived from Norwegian Forest cats?

Also, please explain about Send in the Clowns. Generally I can't stand it, and maybe your reason is why....
bluesilverkdg
Feb. 24th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
I don't know you, but I'll put in my two cents worth about "Send In the Clowns"....whenever you get a "real singer" doing it, they pronounce "clooowwwwwwns" ridiculously with that annoying vibrato. At least that's my opinion. :-)

And I'm not Catholic either, but I always adored Mother Teresa.
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she was a class act.

I am reminded of a story I did some illustrations for about a guy who has figured out how to die and come back repeatedly and was telling someone about Heaven.

"I've met Mother Theresa a lot. She's a FOX."
alexfiles
Feb. 25th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's probably part of it.

Loves me some Momma T! That woman made world leaders tremble and starving orphans smile. Pretty bloody wonderful.
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
1. Actually I did know that. When I picked out my cat at the shelter I had to wait a day to offically pick him up. Going home I started to research a bit more since I didn't have a name ready for him.

My best friend, her cats all had these cool names (Hamish, MacBeth and Ophelia, though my favorite of her family cats was an old black rickety thing named Fielding.) Anyway... I was a firm believer that cats don't really care what they are called, if your cat is named Puffster or Mr. Piddles...it means the owner is a DORK. IE: I needed something really GREAT that FIT.

Knowing the link txist Norwegians and Maine Coons I started thinking of something classic and Nordic for him but he didn't strike me as an Odin or Thor. I didn't want to jink myself with a Loki...and Fenris, while a cool character in mythology is an awkward name to give to a pet.

I was on the right track though when I remembered the story of Beowulf and thought, "HAH! That's PERFECT." And it is. I can't imagine any other name for my big fuzzy boy.

2. Send in the Clowns was written by Steven Sondheim for "A Little Night Music," that came out in, I believe, 1973. One of the ladies cast, (Glynnis Johns, who played Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins,) was playing an aging actress.
She was required to sing for the role, but as you may note from Mary Poppins, while a terrific actress, as a singer she had very limited range.

Sondheim, aware of her limitations composed Send in the Clowns specifically for her range. The whole thing barely covered an entire octave in terms of notes.

In terms of lyrics, each line was specifically and methodically designed with hard consonants at the end of every other line so the singer didn't have any to strain out any long drawn out notes.

Consider:

Isn't it RICH
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the GROUND
You in midair.

Rich and ground end on hard letters. They sound best if cut short. Pair and Air...while they CAN be drawn out...sound stupid if they are following their preceeding lines.

NOW...

When a "real singer" sings it, they seem to be unable to sing it like it was MEANT to be and instead draw out lines and notes that were simply never meant to be extended.

"Isn't it RIIIIIIIIICH..." loses all the punch and deprecation and irony of the song.

And that, ladies and gentlemen is why Send in the Clowns sounds best when performed by a non singer and why it sounds really, really stupid when Barbra Streisand performs it. (Plus she's a crazy egomaniac and made up her own lyrics which watered the thing down even more.)

More than you wanted to know, I'm sure. ;)
mitchy
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
*raises hand*
Please miss, can I be awkward and note that a really good singer can still do an excellent job if they don't over do it? Elaine Paige does an excellent version of this song and she's one of the showiest singers out there. But she knows her musicals too :)
jatg
Feb. 24th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: *raises hand*
Yes, but Elaine Paige is no stranger to performing Sondheim. She's one of the few who really GET him and know how to sing him. One does not simply belt out a Sondheim number. Bernadette Peters is another singer who KNOWS how to do him.

I remember after Dick Tracy came out Madonna talked about singing that wonderful Sondheim number with Mandy Patinkin. She mentioned how humbled she was once she really started learning the nuts and bolts of the piece and how intimidating it was to sing it.
mitchy
Feb. 25th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
Re: *raises hand*
Ahh, yes Madonna. Love her or loathe her, I don't think she got enough credit for the work she did on "Evita". I thought she was excellent in the role.
alexfiles
Feb. 25th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Cool! thanks for the explanation; makes a lot of sense.
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