So, the concert yesterday was awesome. :-)
It was wonderful to see Heather again, and lovely to get to chat with s00j more than I usually get to. She says "I love it when the internet gets out of the way" and gave me a big, big hug. :-) Ghost told her a story that she'd never told anyone before. We're curious to see where it goes from there.
We picked up "Fairytale" and "Wonders" from the merch table, and I'm (slowly) ripping them to my computer.

I also picked up tickets to the June 14th twelve-hour telling of The Iliad (woohoo!) which Ghost and I are greatly looking forward to. (There will be wine and snacks and knitting and other good things to be enjoyed during the telling, as well).

This afternoon there will be weaving, I think, and possibly some knitting as well, but this morning will involve (A) a little bit of tidying (just the coffee table, I think) and (B) a little bit of baking, as well. :-)


TTFN,
Amazon.
So, having listened to them both about a billion times on YouTube, I finally ordered Carry the Fire (Delta Rae) and Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Against Me!) and will have two new CDs in my hot little hands in... ab out another month. I hope they'll arrive earlier, but there you go. By the end of May I may even have forgotten when I ordered them and getting them in the mail will be a wonderful and fabulous surprise.
I also ordered a (cheap!) copy of Wanting, in Arabic which is Trish Salah's first book of poetry (many years old, at this point - her new one is coming out in, like, five more days). I'm honestly not sure what to expect. Trish's poetry is... Okay, the pieces of Trish's poetry that I've read ten towards the dense and word-play-ish. Stuff done with aliteration that follows the order of the alphabet.
So we'll see what I think about it.
Beyond that, I got to go on a road-trip with Ghost today - her bike broke down in Sharbot Lake yesterday afternoon, and we got to go and collect it in a cube van this morning - and I managed to finish a knitted cowl (for my sister). My Ghost wants me to make her one in black, which I think I'll do - I've got some black yarn left over from her hat (which was, originally, going to be a shrug for me) that I can put towards such a thing, and it'll give me an idea of what amount of yarn will be needed to do a knitted dress for myself out of similarly-weighted yarn.
I have PLANS to make myself a knitted dress (or, alternatively, a cobbled-together dress made of t-shirts and tank tops from, like, Giant Tiger or something) with leather accents, so it would be good to know how many skeins of yarn I'm likely to need (answer: a good 4-5 times an many as it will take to make a cowl, but I can work with that).
Anyway. It's another project to work on while I wait for the next round of Shawl Yarn to come in. :-)
As a side note, there is this song: Shivers. It's a cover of a Rowland S. Howard song, performed by Against Me! Meaning: Performed by a trans woman. The lyrics take on a particular meaning in that light).


TTFN,
Amazon.
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( Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:05 pm)
Checking out wedding-singer prices. Some people don't put their rates on their sites (oh, well), but some do. I'm gathering that, for a singer who can accompany themselves, the rate around here is $150-$200 per ceremony (with rates climbing if the ceremony goes longer than one hour or includes more than 2-3 pieces).

What I was thinking was more along the lines of $100 + Expenses[1] for one piece, and $50 for each additional song.

If anyone local has hired, or been (paid to be), a singer at a wedding in the past two years, can you let me know if that sounds totally out to lunch?


Thanks,
Amazon.


[1] Cab fare. Accompanist fees. Sheet music.
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( Feb. 14th, 2010 09:29 am)
DaGibbs linked to Rock Sugar the other day.

I am utterly enchanted. :-D

Shook Me Like a Prayer is also good. ;-)
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Big Dreams

It's the middle one. :-)

Includes Handel AND Billy Joel.


Oh, how I love musician jokes. :-)
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( Nov. 21st, 2009 10:13 am)
So, having re-discovered the music of Allison Crowe (thanks, Luna!) I now want CDs. Or, more to the point, Mp3s.

Particularly of "Case of You" (I collect covers of that song, esp. by women artists) and "Hallelujah" (same deal), but also of her original stuff. She's done covers of Independence Day (Ani) and Playboy Mommy (Tori), too. :-)

Woman has musical tastes after my own heart, and a throb to her voice like Natalie Merchant.
She's from Nanaimo BC.

Go watch her covers of Hallelujah and Case of You on Youtube.
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( Oct. 24th, 2009 10:45 am)
Okay, so this is somewhat embarrassing as I think I should have known this already, but:

Sha Day?

Very soulful, mellow singer?

How do I properly spell that name?

Help?
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( Sep. 23rd, 2009 06:59 pm)
Makes me cry EVERY time I hear it.

Superwoman - Alicia Keys.
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Linked from Ami_B. Who knows me far too well. :-D (Good thing it's a saturday, 'cause this is NOT safe for work).




Random Note #1: There's a contortionist in the bottom-right of the crowd scene. :-D Whee! :-)

Random Note #2: Okay, yeah, there was that one verse that made me go "er" to some degree, but seriously? Everything else is just awesome. :-D whee! :-D
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( Jul. 13th, 2009 03:15 pm)
So.

We went to Blues Fest.

We saw Devrotchka -- which was AWESOME! -- on Friday. Three cheers for rockabilly gypsy fare! :-D
We had a fabulous time and danced like amazonian fiends! It was great! :-D
I totally want to pick up some of their music! :-D


On Saturday, we went to Loreena McKennitt -- I danced like an amazonian fiend and fretted that my girl was not enjoying the show. As it happens, she was just being her musician/composer self and was listening intently to the textures. She slow-danced with me through a song or two, though, just to make me feel good, which was really sweet of her. :-)
A gal who I nearly smacked in the face with my flailing arm responded with "Hello, beautiful dancer," and gave me a hug. Which was, I think, remarkably good-natured of her considering how we met. ;-)
Some guy, late in the show, told me that I should be up dancing on the stage because I was so into it. I told him I'd freeze right up - which is true enough - but it was nice of him to say, certainly.

We *also* saw the Brian Setzer Orchestra on Saturday.
*THAT* was the most fun of all the shows, I think. I large part because (A) I love that rockabilly/swing/jump!blues style of music, and (B) Sara loves to swing-dance.

So she and I cut a rug (and a couple of amazons doing make-shift swing dancing do tend to get noticed) during the show.
I'm still trying to learn how to partner-dance, though I'm getting better every time I do it.
But it was a lot of fun and we didn't fall over, so hey! :-D Mission accomplished. :-)

We are thinking of taking dance lessons together, though that may or may not actually happen, given the long-distance thing. ;-) Still, if anyone local is moderately-versed in salsa/fox-trot/really-basic-swing/tango-esque/waltz/etc and feels like teaching me some moves, they can go ahead. ;-)



ANYWAY.


Sunday we went to see Neko Case -- who is, unfortunately, not the greatest as far as live shows are concerned (she's great on the CD-player as background music during a conversation, or as part of a mixed CD, or what-have-you, but live? Kind of dull).
So we left early and went to stake out a spot near the stage for the Ani show.
Which was, not surprisingly, fantastic.

My gods, she's so TINY! :-)

She did some new stuff, she did some old stuff that I didn't know, and she did a few of my favourites (which, apparently, were the entire audience's favourites, 'cause absolutely everyone sang along).

Hex was there. As was IClysdale. Sadly, we didn't see Skylar. Or my sister and her friend, Sarah, but c'est la vie. Saw someone from my slasher brunch in the distance, think I saw Jessica Ruano (<*cough*> our VoV feature <*cough*>) across the crowd, and definitely saw one of the burlesque-esque belly-dancers from the YWTF launch standing near-by. :-)

It was fun.

I think it would have been more fun if I wasn't seriously running on totally exhaustion, but it was still fun.



Anyway. My young lady has called to let me know that she's in The Heart of the Adirondacs, getting some food (YAY!) and managing to stay just behind the rainfall and, as such, dry (so far).
Hopefully this will last.


I'm hungry as all get out, and have a few errands to run, so I think I'll mosey on up into the Glebe and see what I can do in the way of putting up a sign or two and snagging some groceries from Somewhere or Other.



- TTFN,
- Amazon.


P.S.: Two links:

Lads in Latex: Why Hetersexual Young Men Don't Use Condoms about how masculinity and/or masculine sexuality is defined and why those definitions are likely to result in young (insecure) het-cis guys not practicing safer sex (and, as such, AIDS prevention).
Interesting.
Infuriating, but interesting.

AND

Vampire Sluts and the Virgins Who Love Them. Okay, slight no-brainer here about how vampire stories are all about sex, and it *is* posted on DoubleX. But it's written by the editor of Racialicious, and it's a decent read.


- TTFN,
- Me.
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( Jun. 28th, 2009 12:49 pm)
Have just discovered the music of Natacha Atlas.

Would like to get my hands on a copy of her album "Halim" as well as her "Best of Natacha Atlas" (with covers of "You only live twice" and "I put a spell on you" - but, sadly, not "Whatever Lola Wants").
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Heather Dale, Ben Deschamps and the rest of the band will be doing a
concert THURSDAY June 25 starting at 7:30, Room 509 of the new Arts
Building at the University of Ottawa (70 Laurier St. E, corner of the
transitway). The show will be approx. 2 hrs in length, and is $15 for
general admission, $10 for students/seniors. RSVP is appreciated (but not
imperative) to tsivia@uottawa.ca


There will be a BRAND NEW cd available for Heather et al, as well as at
least one sample piece from Shelley Rabinovitch's brand new CD. SO bring
plenty of spending cash!!


Note: I may be singing at this as well (a piece from Shelley's spiffy, SCA-themed CD).


- TTFN,
- Amazon. :-)
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Heather Dale, Ben Deschamps and the rest of the band will be doing a
concert THURSDAY June 25 starting at 7:30, Room 509 of the new Arts
Building at the University of Ottawa (70 Laurier St. E, corner of the
transitway). The show will be approx. 2 hrs in length, and is $15 for
general admission, $10 for students/seniors. RSVP is appreciated (but not
imperative) to tsivia@uottawa.ca


There will be a BRAND NEW cd available for Heather et al, as well as at
least one sample piece from Shelley Rabinovitch's brand new CD. SO bring
plenty of spending cash!!


Note: I may be singing at this as well (a piece from Shelley's spiffy, SCA-themed CD).


- TTFN,
- Amazon. :-)
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( May. 2nd, 2009 01:59 am)
Because no-one wears a suit like Annie, and just... wow. :-)

I've Got a Life,

Miracle of Love,

I Need You,

Angel,

Why,

Shining Light.
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Tonight!

Heather Dale
Glebe St. James (First & Lyon)
Friday, November 14th, 2008
7:30pm
$7 for students
$15 for non-students



This has been a public service announcement.
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So, passing on a message from Seanchaidh.


The City of Ottawa is looking to basically cut just about all of the municipal funding for Arts and Culture (that local galleries, museums, festivals, theatres, EVERYTHING) down to zero.

What the fuck???

Arts and Culture are what make a city worth inhabitting!!! (Duh...)

I've written to Diane Holmes (my city councelor) about this.

You should write your city councelor, too!

Follow this link to find out what else you can do!


- TTFN,
- Amazon. :-)
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Note: Harmonically, "Tuesday Girl" bears some resemblance to Annie Lennox's "The Hurting Time" (and, potentially, to Lauryn Hill's "That Thing" and Amy Winehouse's "Love is a Losing Game").
It is, however, somewhat more mellow and playful than Annie's (quite sad, really) piece.
Instruments include something reedy (a saxophone or a clarinet), probably a piano, and something to provide a mellow beat that isn't to obtrusive (brushed drums and an upright bass?)


Tuesday Girl

I'll be your Tuesday girl,
I won't take up your time.
I'll be your Tuesday girl,
If you'll be mine.

I won't mind if there are other girls for you,
There may be other girls
for me too...
And I won't mind
If there ain't time enough for love,
time enough to play
is time enough for me.

I'll be your Tuesday girl,
I won't take up your time.
I'll be your Tuesday girl,
If you'll be mine.

No, I don't mind that I'm not your only one,
'Cause I'm just lookin' for
A little fun.
(Mm-mm-mm-mm)
Yeah, I don't mind
If we don't spend our lives together,
(Babe) I don't want 'forever',
Just 'for now' with you.

So I'll be your Tuesday girl,
I won't up your time.
I'll be your Tuesday girl,
If you'll be mine.
I'll be your Tuesday girl,
Say you'll be mine.
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They came! :-D

I've got "Peace" on the cd-player right now, and will probably throw "We Too Are One" on shortly. :-) "Consensual Genocide" (Leah Samharasinha) is, so far (five or six pages in) proving to be excellent. :-)

I have come up with this:


Sierra Leone

My heart is a mine field,
smooth as any road that gets you
from here to there.

My heart is mine field,
Scabbed over,
waiting.

Years from now, maybe, there'll be flowers blowing,
Red,
In the churned-up earth,

But for now
You gotta watch your step.
Anywhere you put your foot will
trigger
an explosion.

My heart is a mine field,
And you are Fred Astaire.

I didn't know I was marrying a dancer.

You didn't know you were marrying
Sierra Leone.




Hopefully "Longing, At Least, Is Constant" will come in a few days or less. :-D


Poetry reading tomorrow night @ Cube Gallery in Hintonburg (on Armstrong st., one block west of Parkdale, I think). 7:30pm. :-)


Have been reading No Way to Live, which is about women and poverty (generally cyclical and abject), specifically in BC, but in Canada in general. :-) It is heartbreaking and enraging at the same time. It's got me thinking about stuff (which is always good).


Also: In my marvelously kismetic meet-up with Commodorified, Raynedaze and Torrain (and Seanchaidh, but that bit was intentional), the subject of how "bad/dangerous neighbourhood" often translates into "noticeably non-white population + working class/lower-income-bracket + women working the sex-trade after dark".
Commodorified mentioned the John Retraining Program )


Gotta go make dinner. :-)


- TTFN,
- Amazon. :-)
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( Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:30 am)
HolyfuckBellaMorteiscomingtoOttawa!!!

I'm willing to miss sleep for this cause. :-D

Also: Must make clothing. (But that's a given). :-D

<*excited!!*>


In other news: The Husband and I are going out to a birthday party tonight. It's for his friend from aikido, and the party is at a Japanese restaurant in the Market. Which is not Kinki, apparently. He has to check with the friend to see where it is.
I have instructions to meet him in Redeau so we can head over together.
I'll have to see what I can come up with in the way of shoes. :-/ (Perhaps I can wear my falling-apart boots one more time before I get them fixed... I <3 My Gluegun. ;-)


Date Night = Tomorrow, thanks to Taste For Life.


Thursday = My Language Test (oral). I shall have to tune into some French Radio or something between now and then. :-) Wish me luck! :-D
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