II. I did, however, go to see A Chorus Line last night. It was an awesome show. Watching it, you really come to appreciate the people who dance in the background, all that goes into every one of them. Unfortunately, my father came out of it insisting it was one of the Best Musicals Evar and that Sondheim had never done anything that could compare and that it was soooo much better than Company, which we saw not long ago, when...uh, personally I prefer Company, so STFU Dad.
That said, the music is really great, so I'm going to share some MP3s from the original production (which the revival we saw followed as closely as possible) here.
A Chorus Line is essentially the story of, well, a chorus line. It's the individual stories of all the dancers who make it up, leading up to how they make an even greater whole together.
"At the Ballet" -- Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie reminisce about how unhappiness at home led them to dance.
"Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" -- The dancers remember adolescence. This song especially is a bit dated; you have to remember that the show was first produced in the mid-'70s.
"Nothing" -- Diana sings about her asshole acting teacher. I love this song.
"Dance 10, Looks 3" -- Otherwise known as "Tits and Ass." Val explains how plastic surgery launched her career. You must hear this song, trust me.
"The Music and the Mirror" -- Cassie begs the director, who is her ex and thinks she's too good to be a chorus girl, to give her the job anyway, explaining what motivates her as a dancer. This is a big dance number, unsurprisingly, but the music is really great too.
"What I Did for Love" -- Possibly the most famous song from the show, except for "One" (which I didn't download, sorry). After Paul injures his leg during rehearsal, the director asks the remaining dancers what they would do if they had to stop dancing tomorrow. This is the answer they give him.
III. There was another Dresden Files episode tonight. Overall, I liked it better than the previous one--it had more of the proper Dresden Files feel, and the way they're fleshing out the Dresden/Murphy relationship is interesting.
My doubts about Bob have been assuaged for now; I think they're really pulling off the essence of the character nicely while properly adapting him for TV. I'm willing to cut him a lot of slack since Terrence Mann is awesome, though. And the fact that his lechery has finally shown up relieves me greatly.
Back to Dresden/Murphy--they seem to be starting in on the drama in the relationship early. Bringing up the promise Harry has to make her this early (even if he doesn't actually make it just yet, heh) is an interesting choice. I need to reread the early books to see how closely they're sticking to the character development. I know they're not sticking to the plot at all so far, which I'm willing to accept. I am cringing at the thought of how Susan will get bashed in fandom due to Dresden/Murphy being developed so fast, but I plan to avoid that by staying out of the fandom for this show. :D
I think Murphy's actress has her vulnerable side down really well, although I'm not totally sold on her usual, more business-like side yet. We'll see.
The ending was pretty silly and rather deus ex machina, but I enjoyed the rest of the episode, so I'll let it slide. Hopefully they'll do a better job of resolving the other extracanonical episodes.
My dad is amused by how much Harry gets beaten up every episode. He ain't seen nothing yet.
IV. Iconstuff--can't have a post without it. Is it just me, or are the voters at the SEED icontests kind of enamored of...fancy icons? I look at a lot of the icons they choose and think that they're just too overwrought for me to ever consider using them, even if I did use other people's icons on a regular basis. This is probably just sour grapes on my part, though. It seems like I can never win there. :/ Oh well. My iconspiration is kind of running dry lately--I just want to sit and make textless icons or silly icons or whatever. Maybe I'll reinspire myself by making a set of Broadway lyrics icons. Sakura icon with the text "kiss today goodbye & point me towards tomorrow" = y/n? Although I may make a Euphemia one with that text also seeing as I have that iconfiend100 claim to do.
V. And now, although I haven't been making many lately, some actual icons. Includes the Best Lelouch Icon Evar, as suggested by goldberry.
VI. I was going through links to unions (Japanese fanlistings), and once again I stumbled across Common Sun's fanlisting for het pairings ("normal couples" in Japanese fandom terminology, heh). This is, in and of itself, not particularly noteworthy. Except that the site maintainer is also a pixel artist who makes a lot of cute sprites, so they've made a little generator that lets you create banners for various het pairings. They've got a lot of options available for One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach in particular, but there are also a bunch of other fandoms you can make cute little banners for.
Naturally, I had to make banners for all my het pairings that the generator could support.
...oh, and here's one especially for my LJ-wifey. ♥
YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT.