Thursday, April 30, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/30/15

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Head over Feet" by Alanis Morrissette


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/29/15

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Right Through You" by Alanis Morissette

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/28/15

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson


Monday, April 27, 2015

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Monday, April 27, 2015

"Creep" by Radiohead

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Mint Juleps from Spike Lee and Co. Do It A Capella

Harmonic Journal 04/25/15

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

"Rumors" by Timex Social Club


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Golden Lady

My friends helped me procrastinate by seeing "Woman In Gold" with me a couple of weeks ago.


  • I heart Helen Mirren.  I mean, what's not to love when she plays a character so well that I think that she IS Maria Altmann?
  • Ryan Reynolds does a fine job here in his transformation of attitude from "this could net me a lot of money" to "this is important to the Jewish people of Austria".
  • Loved the shot of him going to a Schoenberg concert in Vienna.  That must have been completely amazing for the real Schoenberg to experience.  I cried musician tears.
  • That painting.  WOW.
  • The necklace, too.  It was heartbreaking to see that get taken away.
  • Funny how I was suspicious of Daniel Bruhl at first because he played such an unlikable character in "Rush".
  • This makes me want to watch "Monuments Men" even more. Why haven't I watched that movie yet?
  • Funny to hear whispers in the theater when Elizabeth McGovern appeared on screen as the judge.  I guess we had a lot of "Downton Abbey" fans in the room.
  • Every time they showed the Los Angeles skyline with the notation that it was a shot from the 1980s, I cringed.  People, the JW Marriott was NOT a part of the landscape until decades after that.
  • "This is like a James Bond film.  You're Sean Connery."
Enjoyable, inspirational movie.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hamronic Journal 04/24/15

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Friday, April 24, 2015

"Lost in Emotion" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Immortals" by Fall Out Boy (From "Big Hero 6")

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"Short Ride in a Fast Machine" by John Adams, as performed by the 2001 Santa Clara Vanguard

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/21/15

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Taco Night in Tulsa" by Steve Dorian


Monday, April 20, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/20/15

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Monday, April 20, 2015

"Sixty Minute Man" as sung by Rockapella

Happy Birthday, Barry Carl!




Carrying The Banner

My Easter Sunday this year included a ticket to see "Newsies" at the Pantages Theatre.  I told myself that if I was only going to limit myself to one theatre production this year, it would be this one.  

Karla had seen the show already and told me that they had Newsies caps for sale, as well as a tote bag that kinda looks like the Newsies' bags.  I was only going to get a cap, but the bag was only $5.00 with the purchase of the cap, so now I have yet another bag.  But it has the Newsies logo on it!  And I can pretend that I have newspapers to sell. Perhaps I'll put old newspapers in there and sell them for a penny a pape.

My seat was in the balcony, house left, 6 rows up.  Thank you, Goldstar, for selling me the ticket!  I had to brace myself a bit because I really do love the original music from the movie, and I knew there would be changes for the theatre production.


  • The show opens with Jack and Crutchie on a rooftop, with Jack's yearning to go to Santa Fe.  I like that their bond is more fleshed out here, and Jack's dream is even more pronounced than in the movie.
  • Then the dancing starts.  Wow.  The dancing.  These boys can DANCE!!! I think that "Carrying the Banner" was my favorite dance piece of the night.  I'm not sure if it's because of how amazed I was at the beginning of the show, or if it's because it's one of my favorite songs from the score, but I just love seeing guys dance like that, so that number certainly did not disappoint me.
  • Oh, Medda.  I adore you.  Angela Grovey was outstanding in this part.  And that voice!  That was the vocal highlight of the evening for me.
  • I enjoyed Katherine's "Watch What Happens".  Stephanie Styles clearly has fun with this song, and those are a lot of lyrics!
  • I miss the Bill Pullman part from the movie, but I do like how Katherine fits in instead.  Davey's sister didn't get near enough screen time in the film.
  • I think, though, that David's part was less than it should have been.  I really liked his dynamic with Jack in the film, and it was lost here amid all of the other stuff going on.  
  • I miss the lyric "Open the Gates" during "Seize The Day".  It sounds wrong this other way.  I know that the gate thing is different here, but I still want them to sing it.  Perhaps this is another reason that "Carrying the Banner" was my favorite that night, because it wasn't so very different lyrically.
  • I like the tap dancing during "King of New York".  I like all of the dancing.  ALL of it.  So awesome.
  • Spot and his Brooklyn buddies should have had a bigger part.  I don't know how, but they should have.
  • I didn't know Jack was an artist.  No wonder he wants to go to Santa Fe.  
  • Yeah, that's a lot of stairs to climb up and down multiple times, and dance, and sing, especially during "Once and for All".  My goodness, they must be exhausted and hungry at the end of the night.  
That was a fun show.  Man, I wish I could dance like that!








Sunday, April 19, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/19/15

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

"All About That Base" (Star Wars Parody - Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass)


Harmonic Journal 04/18/15

Harmonic Jounal
April 18, 2015

Title Theme from Star Wars Rebels Soundtrack


DLR LotD 04/18/15

Disneyland Resort 
Line of the Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"The trees are still fake." -- Sherry, at Whitewater Snacks

Harmonic Journal 04/17/15

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Friday, April 17, 2015

"Duel of the Fates" from Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace by John Williams


Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"Someone Like You" from Jekyll and Hyde by Linda Eder

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"House of the Rising Sun" as sung by Rockapella

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Monday, April 13, 2015

"Jekyll and Hyde" as performed by the 1999 Carolina Crown

This is the piece that made me a fan of Crown.  


Sunday, April 12, 2015

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

"But Who May Abide The Day of His Coming" by Georg Frideric Handel, as sung by Patti Austin

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

"Rock Around the Clock / Tell Me Something Good" as sung by Rockapella

RENO!!!!


Friday, April 10, 2015

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Friday, April 10, 2015

"Les Miserables" as performed by the 2013 Santa Clara Vanguard



2013 Santa Clara Vanguard Finals Performance by codyjameslee

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/09/15

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

"Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook and Roger Greenway, as sung by Rockapella

Vintage CSL4 is awesome.  A couple of editing issues, but I love this.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/08/15

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"The Way You Look Tonight" by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, as sung by Fred Astaire 


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/07/15

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"At This Moment" by Billy Vera and the Beaters

Thanks to "The Voice" for reminding me how much I love this song, and the whole Alex/Ellen/Michael/Tracy story.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/06/15

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Monday, April 6, 2015

"Promise Me" by The Cover Girls

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/05/15

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

"Carrying the Banner" from Newsies


Harmonic Journal 04/04/15

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

"They Tried To Kill Us (We Survived, Let's Eat!) [The Passover Song]" by Sean Altman


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Have Courage and Be Kind

Liz and I met up at Disneyland on my day off the other day.  I love that Liz is retired and can be spontaneous with me!  After doing our Easter EGGStravaganza at Disneyland, we decided to see "Cinderella" in Downtown Disney.


  • Liz informed me that Cinderella and one of her sisters are in "Downton Abbey".  Ohhh, that's why they looked so familiar!
  • I really like that she and Kit met before the ball, like in the "Ever After" version.
  • I do not remember lizards being the footmen.  Where was Bruno?
  • Love, love, love the blue of her dress!  Gorgeous!  I liked the papillon details on her dress, too.
  • All of the colors at the ball were vibrant and lovely.  Well, except for the style of the stepsisters' dresses.
  • I also love the moment when the coach door opens, and she peers out.  What a beautiful shot!
  • "I can't drive!  I'm a goose."
  • Those were a LOT of stairs for her to run.  I would have probably lost both of my shoes.
  • I cried about 4 times.
  • If they had included "So This Is Love" anywhere in the film or the credits, I might have bought the soundtrack. 
  • Lavender's Blue, though!  Sigh.
I thought the movie was well done.  So very fairy tale.  Yay!

Harmonic Journal 04/03/15

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Friday, April 3, 2015

"Cheek to Cheek" by Irving Berlin, as sung by Ella Fitgerald

DLR LotD 04/03/15

Disneyland Resort
Line of the Day

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Wouldn't you think my complexion's complete?" -- Glenn, at Embarcadero Gifts

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/02/15

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" by Paul Simon


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Harmonic Journal 04/01/15

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Use Me" by Bill Withers, as performed by Rockapella

Hey, I was at this show!!!