kjpepper: (movie reel)
I am watching Fiddler on the Roof. Or rather I was. I paused it at the entr'acte.

I'd actually never seen it before, though I know quite a few of the songs by heart growing up in a musical crazed household and numerous chorus medleys in school. It's nice to be able to put them into context finally, not to mention goggle at the brilliance of Jerome Robbins' choreography. I'd seen snippets of the Bottle Dance before. The whole thing caught me with my jaw down. I'm quite sure something is holding those bottles onto the hats. But I'm willing to think Jerome Robbins is just crazy enough to make the dancers perfect it with just the bottle.

I read a little bit ago that there's a tour of this running until August, and it's Topol's farewell tour. (I would hope so - the man is 73!) I have to wonder what its like for a stage actor to gain stardom in one career defining role, and then find him/herself playing that role over and over and over again? Does returning to the character feel like visiting an old friend, or putting on an old well loved sweater? Or does it become a burden after a while? Yul Brynner played The King almost up until his death; I suppose when Topol passes on, they'll have that conversation.

Debating whether to save Act II for tomorrow - despite its moments of high comedy (there are points where you think the musical should be renamed Tevye: Bitching At God Again, and that scene in the graveyard foreshadowed Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton movies by about 30 years) this is not a light fluffy musical. That and it's already 11:25.

Whoa.

Jun. 25th, 2009 10:26 pm
kjpepper: (this too shall pass)
You know, when I posted my SOS to the world earlier and pleaded for distraction I really wasn't asking for Michael Jackson to drop dead. Holy shitballs, batman! I don't even know how to wrap my mind around that one. I mean, snark and cynicism aside (and there is plenty of both, some of which I admit to chuckling at), the man was a perfect storm of talent and tragedy. And as someone who grew up in the eighties/nineties... Yeah. Understanding what a force of nature this guy was back then almost defies explanation, and even then it's not the whole picture. My siblings are all about the same age as Michael. They literally grew up with the Jacksons. I can't even fathom what today's news must mean to them on that visceral level that mourns lost bits of childhood.

Well, that certainly made for a memorable evening sprawled on [livejournal.com profile] htl_1126's couch. I'm currently sitting in [livejournal.com profile] cell23's driveway, watching the heat lightning and the stars and just marvelling at both the day's events and the ways life works out in the most unexpected fashion possible. The air is charged and warm and a project is pushing its way into my conscious mind. This is it, every moment is a chance to begin anew, one must merely take it. And tomorrow? Fuck tomorrow. It's just another day.
kjpepper: (watch me YUL!!!)


What is it about that song that necessitates singing along to it, no matter where and when it's playing? LOVE IT.

Also... why are there still Enzyte commercials playing during Stewart/Colbert? The Christmas one to boot. D: God, Smiling Bob was creepy. I wonder whatever happened to that guy?

omg

Jun. 16th, 2009 10:56 am
kjpepper: (fabulous)
New Weird Al video!



That's actually Ray Manzarek on keyboards, how awesome is that??

Okay, first of all, my love for Weird Al is eternal, but WTH, isn't he like 137 years old by now? how does he look exactly the same as he did when I was growing up? (okay, sans doofy glasses and moustache, BUT STILL.)

I'm starting to suspect that Mr. Yankovic might be a Friend of Bela, if you know what I mean.

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GUH

Jun. 14th, 2009 01:47 am
kjpepper: (oooh porn)
Okay, I may be late to the party (and only because I only watch Bollywood when forced)... but god DAMN Kareena Kapoor is yummy.


(Video starts 25 sec in)

I'll be in my bunk.
kjpepper: (iPepper)
This song's been chasing me ever since I heard it on the HBO promo spot preceding Rome yesterday.

If you knew that you would die today,
Saw the face of God and love,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you knew that love can break your heart
When you're down so low you cannot fall
Would you change?
Would you change?

How bad, how good does it need to get?
How many losses? How much regret?
What chain reaction would cause an effect?
Makes you turn around,
Makes you try to explain,
Makes you forgive and forget,
Makes you change?
Makes you change?

If you knew that you would be alone,
Knowing right, being wrong,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you knew that you would find a truth
That brings up pain that can't be soothed
Would you change?
Would you change?

How bad, how good does it need to get?
How many losses? How much regret?
What chain reaction would cause an effect?
Makes you turn around,
Makes you try to explain,
Makes you forgive and forget,
Makes you change?
Makes you change?

Are you so upright you can't be bent?
If it comes to blows are you so sure you won't be crawling?
If not for the good, why risk falling?
Why risk falling?

If everything you think you know,
Makes your life unbearable,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you'd broken every rule and vow,
And hard times come to bring you down,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you knew that you would die today,
If you saw the face of God and love,
Would you change?
Would you change?

If you saw the face of God and love
If you saw the face of God and love
Would you change?
Would you change?






























































hitting a little too close to home i think.
kjpepper: (this too shall pass)
Chiquitita, tell me what's wrong
you're enchained by
your own sorrow
in your eyes
there is no hope for tomorrow
how I hate to see you like this
there is no way you can deny it
I can see that you're
oh so sad, so quiet

Chiquitita, tell me the truth
I'm a shoulder you can cry on
your best friend
I'm the one you must rely on
you were always sure of yourself
now I see you've broken a feather
I hope we can
patch it up together

Chiquitita
you and I know
how the heartaches
come and they go
and the scars they're leavin'
you'll be dancin' once again
and the pain will end
you will have no time for grievin'
Chiquitita
you and I cry
but the sun is still in the sky
and shining above you
let me hear you sing once more
like you did before
sing a new song
Chiquitita
try once more
like you did before
sing a new song
Chiquitita

So the walls came tumblin' down
and your love's a blown out candle
all is gone and it seems
too hard to handle
Chiquitita, tell me the truth
there is no way you can deny it
I see that you're
oh so sad, so quiet

Chiquitita
you and I know
how the heartaches
come and they go
and the scars they're leavin'
you'll be dancin' once again
and the pain will end
you will have no time for grievin'
Chiquitita
you and I cry
but the sun is still in the sky
and shining above you
let me hear you sing once more
like you did before
sing a new song
Chiquitita
try once more
like you did before
sing a new song
Chiquitita


Youtube or it didn't happen
kjpepper: (new york)
...is friggin huge. O_o. Definitely broke in the sneakers! whew. Also, holy god, Williamsburg is full of hipsters. D: Terrifying.

I didn't get anything at the fair per se (though I did pick up another sundress from the Buffalo Exchange nearby), but I did come away with a ton of business cards for things. So in a giant note these down for later/support your not-so-local artisan post (and also in the interests of sharing), here's what I saw today.

  • Giant Dwarf - had these giant felt flower headbands. The red one looks rather superfantastic with the dreads.

  • Charlie and Sarah - Printed T-shirts and stuff with "british" vocabulary words and pictures on them; my favorite were the underpants that said "knickers"

  • The Cherry Box - Specifically, the plushkill forest. I think [livejournal.com profile] labmouse's default icon is from there.

  • Folded Pigs - I like the idea of repurposed dinnerware. I'm not so sure about the pieces with roaches printed on them.

  • Moth designs - big colorful designs on tshirts and other stuff, with a bit of arabic vocabulary printed on it too.

  • Ellembee - More really pretty, elegent printed t-shirts; my favorite was this one.

  • Fisk and Fern - printmaking, illustration and collage.

  • Hero Design Studio - when I move back, can someone get me this poster as a housewarming present? It's sooooooooo cute... and it glows in the dark!

  • Ex Libris Anonymous - journals made from used books and library discards. I actually found a couple in their bin that I used to have as a kid!

  • and finally The Chalkboard Tee - GUH. THIS WINS EVERYTHING. JUST GO HERE AND WATCH THE YOUTUBE.



All of this makes me really want to get my beads out of storage and crank out some of the ideas I've had past few months.


In other news, saw this guy playing the at Union Square earlier today. Its funny how many subway musicians have myspace music these days. I can't find the song he was actually singing today, but I do like "Indian." He's apparently at this point an institution on that particular L platform. Not to self, find him again and pick up a CD.

again, big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ggirl for providing the excuse to get out of the house.

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kjpepper: (iPepper)
Oh yay, this meme's going 'round again.

Guess the song and the artist.
Then, if you like, choose fifteen songs out of your own playlist and inflict your taste in music on someone else.



  1. A fellow would know that his darling had heard ev'ry word of his song, with the moonlight helping along. -- "Marian the Librarian" from The Music Man. ([livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs)

  2. I can design an engine - sixty four miles to a gallon of gasoline -- ([livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon)

  3. In the age of super-boredom, hype and mediocrity, Celebrate relentlessness, menace to society -- "Megalomaniac" by KMFDM ([livejournal.com profile] harinezumi)

  4. battered columns stand as silent monuments, deep inside their dreams I see your memories

  5. On we sweep with threshing oar, Our only goal will be the western shore. -- "Immigrant Song" by Led Zeppelin ([livejournal.com profile] austingoddess)

  6. Show no fear for she may fade away. In your hand, the birth of a new day. -- "The Neverending Story" by Limahl ([livejournal.com profile] sheangel)

  7. Why'd you leave the keys up on the table? There you go, create another fable. -- "Chop Suey" by System of a Down ([livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon)

  8. Maybe you should stay and have another drink... and think about me and you. -- "Skullcrusher Mountain" by Jonathan Coulton ([livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon)

  9. Blood market, love market, sometimes I wonder why they need me at all. -- "Zydrate Anatomy" from Repo! ([livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon)

  10. Water is my eye, most faithful mirror, fearless on my breath. -- "Teardrop" by Massive Attack ([livejournal.com profile] firinel)


  11. Ain't nothin like it, her shiny machine. Got the feel for the wheel, keep the moving parts clean. -- "Panama" by Van Halen ([livejournal.com profile] austingoddess)

  12. You can touch, you can play, if you say I'm always yours -- "Barbie Girl" by Aqua ([livejournal.com profile] harinezumi)


  13. I want lots of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds, I hear people die when they're trying to find 'em. -- "The Fear" by Lily Allen ([livejournal.com profile] cell23)

  14. She got lovin' like quicksand, only took one touch of her hand. -- "Hush" by Deep Purple ([livejournal.com profile] firinel)

  15. It glittered and it gleamed for the arriving beauty queen. A ring and a car now you're the prettiest by far -- "Kiss Them For Me" by Siouxie and the Banshees ([livejournal.com profile] disco_necked)

  16. I grabbed some frozen strawberries so I could ice your bruising knees but frozen things they all unfreeze.





















off to meet [livejournal.com profile] ggirl for dinner... hopefully it won't pour down rain again like it did an hour ago...

OMFGROFLMAO

Jun. 1st, 2009 11:47 am
kjpepper: (youtube or it didn't happen)
blame [livejournal.com profile] aersi's twitter for this one.



I am not going to make it to either the library or Trader Joe's today because I am DEAD FROM FUNNY.
kjpepper: (Hoops)


...OMG. *death by facedesk* (It's well done though.)
kjpepper: (Tenna (laughing))


aaaaahahahahahahaha.

Also THIS IS SO TRUE.

I've decided I have a girl crush on Lily Allen. She seems like she'd be fun to go on a pub crawl with. Also curse her for "Who'd Have Known," that song made me cry today. Goddamn hyperemo spike of doom.

I'm going to have to go hunting through the house with some bleach, carpet deoderizer and some febreze tomorrow - I keep having this faint Chat Pipi #5 scent waft past my nose and then disappear in random places in the house. Ugh.
kjpepper: (iPepper)
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Oh gods. A lot. If I started naming them all we'd be here forever. Also, this number is augmented when you factor in all the songs that I don't think I know by heart but can sing all the words to when they come on the radio. It's one of those "human brains are really quite interesting" things in terms of memory and what unlocks it.

Question is oddly on point, as I was about to post about skipping this week's podcast and thinking about new music in general. Like the song from this commercial. And both Lily Allen's albums. My ears and ipod are sponges...

Plan for today... go with dad to three (!!!) doctor's appointments, have a sit down with Toodledoo and update it, play with the paint samples I picked up at Benjamin Moore yesterday, rescue my laundry from the dryer, figure out when I'm going to have time to go to the library, more thinking/wibbling about car rental, wedding presents and trips. And work. Oh god, work. I'm going to take the laptop with me and see if any of these places Dad has to go have wireless.

Wow

Apr. 28th, 2009 02:53 pm
kjpepper: (iPepper)
Every so often the internet dredges up something amazing out of the sea of kitty pics, V masks and rick astley videos.

That said, this is pretty damn cool.



ETA: watch it in HQ if you can.

kudos to [livejournal.com profile] kshandra for the heads up.

*DEAD*

Apr. 23rd, 2009 03:57 pm
kjpepper: (brat)
this right here is why kids = awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxfe8YTd6N4


I am dying at the acting out of the chorus. "She hit the floor" *WHAM* AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
kjpepper: (L&O and the goddamn batman)
This game again. Guess the song and the artist. Then, if you like, choose ten songs out of your own playlist and inflict your taste in music on someone else.


  1. Looking like young Marlon Brando... not like old fat Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now. - Jill Sobule - Karen by Night ([livejournal.com profile] anangelssilence)

  2. Take your ass to the barbershop. Tell the barber that you're sick of looking like an asshole. - Wesley Willis - Cut the Mullet ([livejournal.com profile] black_reign)

  3. If I could change your mind, I wouldn't save you from the path you wander. - VNV Nation - Chrome ([livejournal.com profile] austingoddess)

  4. Don't take it on board, don't fall on your sword, just play another chord if you feel you're getting bored

  5. Wind in my hair, shifting and drifting, mechanical music, adrenaline surge - Rush - Red Barchetta ([livejournal.com profile] austingoddess)

  6. My organs move like a squirm of eels, we should be more adventurous with our meals

  7. Some people think you have a problem, but that problem lies only with them... just cause you are not like the others

  8. The pale princess of a palace cracked and now the kingdom comes crashing down undone - Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning is the End is the Beginning ([livejournal.com profile] aersi)

  9. This was a Pizza Hut! Now it's all covered with daisies! - Talking Heads - Nothing But Flowers ([livejournal.com profile] austingoddess)

  10. Down on the boulevard children are sold to pave the way for your streets of gold. - Machines of Loving Grace - Golgotha Tenement Blues ([livejournal.com profile] aersi)


it's gonna be interesting to see who gets these.
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Notes

Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:22 pm
kjpepper: (nine naked men)
  • I'm all right. Really. I'm not great, but I'm all right. Thanks for all the calls, IMs, hugs and love yesterday, they helped a lot. As did dessert at La Fiorentina's and Avatar the Last Airbender with Jon.

  • Today is scheduled to be nuts with teh packing and the work. May have to nip out in a bit for NOS. Or maybe just make myself some more coffee.

  • it's snowing... huh. It like just started 20 minutes ago and the ground's already coated. Hm.

  • Tea tree oil soap may just be the best shampoo ever invented for dreads, if you don't mind the smell. Actually even with the smell - you just have to be sure to stick your head under the water for like ten minutes to make sure it rinses out thoroughly.

  • Music Music Music!!! Northern Kings are amazing and I just found out why. Has much to do with one of the singers from Nightwish fronting it. Awww yeahhhhh. Also, Apocalyptica. I've decided between them and Rasputina, cello just needs to be part of the standard rock band ensemble. Really I'm just a big fan of wall of sound, full orchestrated rock. I apparently actually need to see True Blood... I was already intrigued by the ads last fall and the prospect of Anna Paquin, who I've had something of an admiration for since The Piano, but Jon played Jace Everett's "Bad Things" for me last night and, well, it will be the first thing on my netflix queue when move time happens.

  • Meat: no word yet on when the needles arrive. I think I need to call people tomorrow and figure out what's up. Meantime apparently the steroids seem to be treating me all right - no more ankle swelling/pinched nerves. Course I'm a little annoyed by the side effects, which are somehow more noticeable than when I was on the prednisone. I've been more of an emotional wreck lately (that could just be stress), I'm craving sugar and simple (c word that I refuse to use)s like HELL, and my reproductive system has decided that whatever schedule it's quietly been running on for the past near 20 years is obsolete now and it's more fun to start each week with a two day period. Um. What. No. No real sign that the intestines are about to go splode, but then again I felt pretty fine before the video camera revealed the jejunum full of potential Old Faithfuls, so me feeling okay may not be the best thing to go by. :P Decided I'm not going to worry too much about my weight - I'm too busy really to give it much thought, and besides, in a couple of weeks I'm going to be back in New York, Land of Walk Everywhere, and I rather fully expect whatever excess I'm carrying to pretty much fall off. It always does when I'm there for any significant period of time.

  • I just realized my move date is the day Watchmen comes out... this is making me rather sad, considering who I assumed I'd be seeing it with when the first teasers dropped. Mew.
    Lunch, then back to the grind... :P

    ETA: aaaaaaaaaand back on the dragon wagon...
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