a99kitten's Musings

I blog about a WHOLE LOT of stuff :)

This really is a heartbreaking song. Great voice.

And good for her for realizing she is better than that! Begging is for stoopid suckers!

Ok, this clip rules! I love Jane Lynch. I don’t watch Glee but I think I might start just to watch her. She is so awesome in everything I see her in. I even like her so much in those commercials with Julia-Louise Dreyfus hocking some frozen food brand that I actually watch the ad instead of fast-forwarding through it!

I also really loved Madonna’s Vogue (and of course the magazine ;) ) I’m not into her new stuff very much. But Vogue is a forever classic for me. It also reminded me of a very funny night (to me anyway and this is MY blog!)…

I went to an art benefit – black tie soiree (I was wearing what my friend called my Jessica Rabbit dress, although black and not red, hiiigh heels (loved that dress!) years and years ago with my boyfriend at the time and another couple of best friends. We were the only people there who were under the ago of 40 (which at that time was like almost in the coffin to us!) so we had our own table. We mingled the requisite amount but mostly kept ourselves amused.

The event was held in a castle – at least a home built to look like a castle high up in the hills out here. Rumor was it was built using stones brought over from a real castle in England but I have no idea. Good story though. Very cool place to hold events, that’s for sure. It was raining, thundering and lightning out which is very unusual for Northern California in the summer. But it definitely added to the castle/black tie event vibe!

They had a mingling/dinner/after dinner band playing but then a DJ started after that. And the DJ played the lounge and jazz stuff appropriate for everyone’s attire but then played Vogue! So the 4 of us got up and started (well, as best we could anyway) Vogueing/Madonna’s moves from this video. Everyone else stopped and watched up and clapped when we were done. And we of course ended with our hands around our face like the video and we did strike a pose! I’m sure we looked GOOOOOFY but we laughed and laughed and it pretty much made the entire the night. Definitely made it memorable as I still remember it and giggle to myself. A good memory to hold on to.

But Jane here does it better – watch the video!

This is one of my favorite songs by Sir Paul. I love that he loved his wife so, so much. Proof that true love does exist I think :) And dig that 70s hair! hehehehehe…

I’ve seen him perform this song live. Sounds exactly the same…even better actually since you can feel everyone there getting sucked into such a pretty song. Ok….must be the dreary weather…done being sappy!

I think this might be my favorite song of all time. Makes me swoon every time I hear it…

I wish I had a time machine to go back and see these guys live. Back when our entertainment figures entertained us with singing, dancing and acting and not flashing us their panties or beating their wives. Some of them likely did all that but we didn’t have 24/7 media coverage and paparazzi staking them out, waiting for them to fall, so the public just got to be entertained by the arts…I think I might belong in a different decade…

Very excited! I ordered the “Camelot” soundtrack from Amazon this weekend. It’s the original Broadway version so Richard Burton as Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guinevere and Robert Goulet as Lancelot. I had this on cassette (whoa) when I was a kid/teenager and listened to it constantly. If you’ve read my blog, you know of my love for all things Arthurian (and NOT Kennedys’ Camelot – blech!) I recently ordered the DVD of the Broadway version they taped for HBO in the 80s with Richard Harris as Arthur. He really is fantastic in the role. His final speech is amazing. I would have LOVED to see that live. I remember watching the HBO play/movie over and over as a kid after taping (yes, with a VCR!) it. I know the words to all of these songs by heart. And pretty much all of the dialogue from the play. (this is the one:)

I got into a show tunes mood after seeing “Wicked” in SF a couple weeks ago. Loved this show! Great (and very crafty) story! Been listening to the soundtrack this week. My favorite song is definitely “Defying Gravity”. That was such a great part of the show.

I was listening to my “Love” soundtrack this weekend. Not really a play – but quite a production! Saw this in Vegas last year – LOVED it! And I am not really a Cirque de Soleil fan. Have seen 4 different ones. They are OK – but sometimes way too out there for me. But “LOVE” was FANtastic! Of course, I am a huge Beatles fan so was very much into the music.. Sucks you in – very powerful production I thought.

Have also been listening to my “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack. I really, really liked this movie. And some of the songs on the soundtrack are just so good (minus the poppy “Lady Marmalade” Meh.) Nicole’s “One Day I’ll Fly Away” is great. The “Elephant Love Medley” is awesome (with lines from many Beatles songs!) Also really like “Complainte de la Butte” by Rufus Wainwright. And I don’t really like the French or most things French (champagne and cheese are exceptions.) But he makes this sound so very….you know…very swoony… But “Come What May” is my all-time favorite – can listen to it over and over (me=hopeless romantic softie…) Great scene in the movie too…I can say this is definitely when I developed my crush on Ewan and not seeing him as Obi-Wan :)

So now I want to see another play in SF! I always forget how much I thoroughly enjoy going to the theater. Husband is not a huge fan so have missed out on some good ones that came through SF. No more – going without him from now on! I remember going to local plays when friends of mine were in them. I loved those too! Seeing a play is like being invited into the world where it is going on. I always love that feeling. Different than going to the movies for sure.

Need to start paying attention to what is coming to town!

OMG! Saw this announced today! I haven’t bought my new, remastered CD set yet and now look – it paid off!! (see my excited CD blog here: https://a99kitten.com/?p=1147 This is perfect for me!

Limited Edition USB Stick – Contains Entire Digitally Remastered Catalogue

Release Date 12/8/09

Limited Quantity Subject to Vendor Allotment. Due to the overwhelming success of the Beatles Apple USB drive, we are unable to guarantee your order will be filled. TheBeatles.com is working closely with EMI to secure additional supply. We will fill the orders on a first come, first serve basis. Note the order will not be charged until the time of delivery and you may cancel your order up until December 4th.

Following the 9.9.09 debut of the digitally re-mastered catalogue on CD, Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are pleased to announce the worldwide release of a limited edition of 30,000 Beatles Stereo USB apples on December 8th.

This unique, apple-shaped USB drive is loaded with the re-mastered audio for The Bealtes’ 14 stereo titles, as well as all of the re-mastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK art, rare photos and expanded liner notes. A specially designed Flash interface has been installed, and the 16GB USB’s audio contents will be provided in FLAC 44.1 Khz 24 bit and MP3 320 Kbps formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac.


-Please Please Me

-With The Beatles

-A Hard Day’s Night

-Beatles For Sale


-Rubber Soul


-Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

-Magical Mystery Tour

-Yellow Submarine

-The White Album

-Abbey Road

-Let It Be

-Past Masters

The Beatles Apple :)

The Beatles Apple :)

Of course I pre-ordered it today!! Now, I have no idea if my order will be fulfilled. 30,000 sounds like such a small number considering how many Beatles fans there are. But I’m hoping most of them bought the CD set as soon as it came out :)

I’d be so, so sad if not fulfilled :( But I am going to keep positive thoughts that this awesome apple will indeed be mine in December!

So Please, Please Me and HELP! me by keeping all of your fingers (and toes) crossed fo me! :)

I have loved the Beatles since I was a kid. My Dad would play the 8-tracks in the car and the albums at home over and over and over….I think I know all of the lyrics to all of the songs. And it’s subconsciously because if you asked me what the lyrics were to a song, I’d likely be “huh?” But then the song comes on and I start singing along.

I used to search out and read all of the books on their history. I saw Hard Day’s Night, Help and Yellow Submarine numerous times. I used to wish I was older (what girl does that??) so that I could have been around when the Beatles first came over and were so big. I do have to say I’m pretty glad now that I’m not older :)

I used to beg my parents to take me to flea markets to look for old original albums. Or old 60s Beatles paraphernalia. I had a decent amount of stuff. Unfortunately, when I moved out to CA and left it at home in boxes, my Mom got rid of it. Sigh…

Paul was always my favorite. My Dad always preferred Lennon. We’d debate this all the time. He said Lennon was a genius. I contested that yes, definitely weirder and artier, but Paul’s songs were songs you will hum to yourself forever. And frankly, they were happier. Now, they did write their songs as Lennon/McCartney but you could always tell who was the main writer of the songs. But I do believe they chemistry worked wonders. I did like to read stories about their friendship. I liked to imagine that while they had their issues later (looking right at you Yoko) they really did love each like brothers. And brothers do fight. Sad that they never seemed to fix that before John was killed.

I can remember when John Lennon was murdered. Both of my parents were very upset. I can remember they both cried. We watched all of the news coverage and I remember being pretty sad too. Seemed like such a waste for someone who could offer music to the world (even if he was a dirty hippie!) to be taken away by such a pathetic loser. Boggles my mind that he even comes up for parole. Surely there is a big Beatles fan in prison…

It was sad when George Harrison died. He always seemed like a gentle soul. The “shy” Beatle. But at least he had much more time. I don’t know much about Ringo after the Beatles and he liked to stop and smell the roses. Oh…and Caveman :) I know that people used to call him the ugly Beatle and he married a hot Bond girl so…yeah…

I’ve seen Paul McCartney live twice and will happily pay to see him again. They were the best shows I’ve seen live. I loved his SuperBowl performance. I love watching him whenever he plays. His latest David Letterman appearance was great. You can see that he really just enjoys what he is doing. Must be why he can still do it so well at 67 years old! he is also a genius businessman and that is something I respect very much. We will ignore the Heather Mills/no pre-nup thing…blinded by love, blah, blah. He got a beautiful little girl out of it.

So yes, I do want the new remastered box set. Very, very, very much so. Who wants to chip in? :)