Thursday, August 30, 2007

Anticipating more anticipation

For those of you who are not Lord of the Rings or film score fanatics, the announcement of the third and final installment of the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King complete recording is due any week now. There are no words to describe how much I am looking forward to this set. Rumors have it that there will be four discs not three (plus the usual DVD of 5.1 complete recording). There is a book in the works also on Shore's music for the movies and now I read that more rarity discs may pop up. I am guessing rejected portions of the score. While the price tag is high, the hours of listening make up for it. There is no comparison

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Hello, David

I only just said the other day that David Beckham's worth is if he can make those shots. You know the ones where he is 30 feet back and it bends right into the goal. Well, last night he knocked my socks off by doing just that. The first goal of the game at 27', he gets a free kick which soars over the wall in lands right in the back of the net. It was fabulous and a fantastic debut (he played for eight minutes on Sunday but we won't count that). Welcome to the US, David.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Dynamo duds

Well it was exciting. Four goals, two overtime periods, and a PK shootout ending up with CF Pachuca moving on to the Superliga final. I had a blast in Houston cheering the Dynamo but they disappointed me one time too many. Their attacks were few and far between and their middle men could not hang on to the ball. In my opinion, the better team won. The final semifinal is tonight at 10pm EST.

Monday, August 13, 2007

One more for the books

A literary giant praising talent. Let us hope that books written for adults can capture what J. K. Rowling did. I can safely say that my bar has risen.

J.K. Rowling's Ministry of Magic by Stephen King

I have always enjoyed Entertainment Weekly and King's and Stein's back pages. They always had something to say and usually did it with reverence.

Monday, August 06, 2007

My seven

Greg and Selena are so creative. After reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, how fitting to list your own Horcruxes. Here goes...
  1. My Lorée oboe
  2. My DVD copy of Mononoke Hime
  3. My first Christmas ornament
  4. My piano charm on my charm bracelet
  5. The picture of me, some sorority sisters, and Brutus Buckeye circa 1997
  6. My copy of The Star Wars Trilogy: The Complete Soundtrack Anthology by John Williams
  7. My Ph.D. thesis
If you were to ask me who I would kill for these, I would say I am not as picky as Voldemort. Just line up seven lawyers, politicians, and a few cockroaches.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

thoroughly entertaining

It is one of my favorites. Not sure why, but Thoroughly Modern Millie is just plain fun. So when I heard and read that Austin's Summer Stock program was putting on the production, I jumped. The Summer Stock program consists of high school and college students working with professionals to put on full productions. They are the cast, the crew, and everything in between. I must say, I was wholly impressed. The Mary Moody Theater at St. Edward's University is about a 200 seater theater in the round (or square) and the choreography played to its strengths. Both Millie and Billy were top notch and Ms. Dorothy topped them both. She had some pipes and a great presence. The dancing was even great, feeling quite professional. Kudos for an exceptionally good time.

There are not many chances of Broadway productions in Austin. The theater that usually hosts the tours is down for the year. Guess I will get my kicks elsewhere.