August 17th, 2017
immlass: (history dunce)
I have a lot I need to get off my chest about this as someone whose ancestors were on the wrong side of the Civil War and who grew up in post-Jim-Crow Texas with the whitewashing of that history. But this is a little comment that I posted to someone who was talking about it and it's a good start at explaining why statues have to go.

To protect your flist. )
Music:: Claire Huangci: Nocturne No. 7 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 1
August 16th, 2017
immlass: (banzai - no matter where you go)
posted by [personal profile] immlass at 12:44pm on 16/08/2017 under , , ,
Another week where I was out of town on the weekend and didn't do a lot of mass consumption.

Books:
- - Rivers of London: Detective Stories Issue 3. This entire series (books and comics) is a small delight and continues to be.

Movies/TV:
- Atomic Blonde. Round two for this one because a friend wanted to see it. I need to talk about it because it has things going on that became more evident on second viewing.

Music:
- Sam Heywood, Stanford: Preludes. Early 20th-century piano miniatures heavily influenced by Bach.
- Offa Rex, Offa Rex. The Decemberists partner with a British folk singer to make a record of serious English folk music. Overall I like it better than anything they've done since their long break.
Music:: Silence is golden.
August 15th, 2017
immlass: (break the monotony)
posted by [personal profile] immlass at 03:53pm on 15/08/2017 under
One item down: we visited the Trammell Crow museum in Dallas.

Under the cut. )

Still moving along on all the other items, not at a fast enough pace. Launched my IJ game and it's going along, though I'm reminded what a grind game start can be. Need more PT and walking but that's par for the course.
Music:: Silence is golden.
August 9th, 2017
immlass: (music - radiola)
posted by [personal profile] immlass at 07:53pm on 09/08/2017 under , ,
Queen with Adam Lambert. American Airlines Center. August 4, 2017.

Queen has been on my bucket list for a long time, but after Freddie died, I assumed there was no way it was going to happen. I wasn't really sure about Adam Lambert, but I thought that if we hated it, I could always leave. Turns out Adam Lambert is a big fanboy who's flamboyant, if not in Freddie's mold, in a fashion clearly influenced by him. And while nobody can fill those big old Mercury boots, Lambert brings his own boots to the table and does admirably with them, hitting many of the highlights and, while never making them his own, not just channelling Mercury. Particularly great was his work with Roger Taylor (carrying the Bowie role) on Under Pressure.

Brian May was awesome on the guitar and in full wizard costume, and the staging and props were great but not distracting.

I didn't have the energy to stand and dance all through the show but a lot of people did. I'm glad I saw it; even if it didn't make me a Lambert fan for life, I came away with a lot of respect for him.
Music:: Silence is golden.
immlass: (books)
posted by [personal profile] immlass at 12:10pm on 09/08/2017 under , ,
Didn't do a lot of anything because we were traveling!

Books:
- Rivers of London: Detective Stories Issues 1-2. Comics about Peter Grant's efforts to make detective. Each issue is a case in his file.

Movies/TV:
- none

Music:
- Tak√°cs Quartet, Beethoven: The Early Quartets. Another "Ginger expands her repertoire" listen. One of the things I've heard about early Beethoven is that he owes a lot to preceding trends in classical music that I enjoy before he strikes out in his own direction, so it seemed like a good place to start. And it was rewarding--definitely something I want to listen to again.
August 8th, 2017
immlass: (music - tickets)
posted by [personal profile] immlass at 01:02am on 08/08/2017 under , ,
This late in the month we've already started to see shows, starting with the excellent Queen + Adam Lambert that I need to write about. We did see the Tears for Fears + Hall & Oates show in San Antonio but ended up missing Chic + Earth Wind & Fire because of an unexpected car breakdown and health stuff. Oh well.

Under the cut to protect your flist. )

We did get the tickets to the Tannies at the Duck, and I may go to Houston to see an opera with Jen in late October/early November, but we're getting into the Christmassy season of music planning, so shows will be thinner on the ground for a while. We're also seeing Carbon Leaf at a local venue over Labor Day with Jen so there's that as well.
Music:: Silence is golden.

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