Sunday, June 30, 2013 0 comments

My First Daily Challenge Vlog

Monday, June 24, 2013 0 comments

Classical Music & My Favorite Composer...

So thanks to my good pal Joe, who so graciously gave me a huge stack of records a couple days ago, I decided I'd begin to listen to them all before officially adding them to my collection. (This was of course after I stopped fangirling over this bad boy, Disneyland's Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House which I have been searching for for a very long time now.) I decided to take a break from rock and roll for like two seconds and focus on my very strong, but sometimes ignored love for classical music. After taking A.P. Music Theory last year, a class I've regretted but thankful none the less for taking, I've been shy about expressing my love for classical music after being around people my own age who have spent most of their lives devoted to playing and perfecting music and just little old me who just has strong feelings for listening to music, but couldn't play a thing to say my life. Today however, I overcome my shyness. I'm listening to Pierre Monteux Conducts Tchaikowsky (Romeo & Juliet Overture) Mussorgsky (A Night on Bald Mountain) Rimsky-Korsakou (Capriccio Espagnol a.k.a the photograph pictured above. I really enjoy it, its beautiful music and while I don't recall ever hearing of such composer he seems like a nice guy with a cool mustache and has conducted some most beautiful music. I've begun by choosing the side the has Tchaikowsky's name across the top first. He is bar none my favorite composer, having composed some Iof my most favorite pieces. The record devotes one whole side to the Romeo and Juliet Overture which many will recall bits and pieces of the 19 minute and 49 second piece. While that may seem long by today's standards I do highly recommend the piece for its rather exciting through out unlike some I am aware of that even for me seem rather long and hard to listen to all the way through. I believe this is why I love Tchaikowsky's pieces so much, they're fantasy and therefore very easily create mental images/tell stories and therefore keep you entertained throughout the piece. I own another record I found with great delight at an antique store earlier this pass spring The Standard Treasury of The World's Great Music. It features Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minnor, Op.23, for Piano and Orchestra First Movement; Allegro non troppo e molto; Allegro con spirito along with Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, "Unfinished"  Band 1, 1st Movement; Allegro moderato Band 2, 2nd Movement; Andante con moto. I adore this record as well it's piece are what I love about classical music. They keep you engaged and take you somewhere you've never been before.  If you've never listened to classical music I'd suggest A. Going out and finding old classical records like Walt Disney presents the Great Composers, which was designed to teach children about all the greats (ie: Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven ect and my personal face Tchaikovsky) that is if you have a record player. If you are not in possession of such musically playing device then B. My song suggestions to you:

If you have any suggestions to add to the list let me know down below I love discovering new composers or pieces by some of my favorites!

Get to know me! Questions, Questions, Questions!

So while browsing through the inter-webs....I came across this blog post and thought I'd answer some of the questions here and let you get to know me better. Hope you enjoy and lets get started!

  1. Do you have a middle name? Yes, Danielle. I'm the eldest and therefore my middle name came after my dad Daniel. 
  2. What was your favorite subject in school? History bar none, I want to eventually teach History to high school kids.
  3. What's your favorite drink? I haven't had time to make a really good cup but I love tea!
  4. Favorite Song at the moment? I'm obsessed with POGO and his song Alice, a mash up of sounds from Walt Disney's animated feature Alice In Wonderland. Literally this song has been stuck in my head for about a week!
  5. What would you name your children? Like any good girl, I've thought over this many times since I was little and had my first baby doll. I think I would choose Alice, Lucy, Rose and Lily, for the girls. I've always like the names Stephan, Austin, Ransom, Riggs and Richard for boys. 
  6. Do you play sports? No, I think for the most part they create self absorbed single minded kids instead of the well-rounded like every high school claims and pushes. I also don't like how certain sports deform girls bodies, but that's just me. 
  7. Favorite Book(s): I have always been a fan of Lewis Carol's Alice In Wonderland and L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz since I was a child. Now as an adult and throughout my teenage years, I loved Looking For Alaska by John Green, The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and of course the first 2 books by  V.C Andrews in her Dollanganger Series: Flowers in the Attic/Petals in the Wind.Of course there are many others too!
  8. Favorite Color? Red
  9. Favorite Animal? I don't really have one favorite I love Poodles and some other dogs, I like monkeys too.
  10. Favorite Perfume? Victoria Secret's Pink, the original not the girly preteen crap they have now.
  11. Favorite Holiday? Christmas
  12. Have you graduated from High School? Yes, last May. 
  13. Have you been out of the country? No, but I hope to visit Japan one day
  14. Do you speak any other languages? 私は少し日本語を話す。
  15. Do you have any siblings? Yes, my lil brother who is now 13!
  16. Favorite Store? Any antique store complete with cute little old sales lady!
  17. Favorite Restaurant? Nico's of New York in Myrtle Beach, SC
  18. Did you like school? For the most part yes, however my senior year was tough because I had to change high schools and move to a different state.
  19. Favorite Youtubers? CapnDesDes, danisnotonfire, glamourdaze, Grav3yard Girl, Ishibiii, Lisafreemontstreet, MyhusbanisJapanese and I'm sure lots and lots more that I can't remember and the moment....yeah
  20. Favorite Movie? Girl Interrupted 
    Me and my little brother last Halloween...he's such a dork sometimes
  21. Favorite TV Show? Gilmore Girls
  22. PC or MAC? PC 
  23. What phone do you have? LG Android Phone
  24. How tall are you? 5'4 
And that's about it! Until next time...
XOXO LeahLolita

Daily Challenges Annocument!

Monday, June 17, 2013 0 comments

Top 10 Favorite Judy Garland Songs + 1 More

I adore Judy Garland and only wish I could have half the talent that she had. She is an iconic Hollywood Icon that will never truly fade away and not to mention a hell of a talent! (Pardon my language) To pick my most beloved Judy Garland song would be a task I would not wish to undertake, however, here are my top 10 favorites in no real particular order throughout her entire career

10. If You Feel Like Singing Sing!: Summer Stock (1950).

09. I Don't Care: In The Good Old Summertime (1949)

08. For Me & My Gal (featuring Gene Kelly): For Me & My Gal (1942)

07. I An't Got Nobody: Strike Up The Band (1940)

06. Somewhere Over The Rainbow: The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

05. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: While she did sing this song at the London Palladium (1963), I just adore her performance of this song on The Judy Garland.

04. As Long As He Needs Me: Episode 25, of The Judy Garland Show (1964). One of my most favorite of her performance!

03. Dear Mr. Gable(You Made Me Love You): Broadway Melody (1938)

02. The Man That Got Away: A Star Is Born (1954) however the clip I've linked in is from the 4 episode of  The Judy Garland Show

01. Good Morning (ft. Mickey Rooney): Babes In Arms (1937)

Plus 1 More: Swing Mr. Mendelssohn Swing: Everybody Sing (1938)

I hope you all enjoy listening to Judy as much as I do, until we meet again let me know what are your favorite Judy Garland songs and what other playlists would you like me to make.
XOXO, Leah Lolita