Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vote for the song!!!

So, after the comments on the last post, I have narrowed it down to 8.  Heh heh.  IT WAS HARD and the most 'secondings' any of the songs had were 3 or 4.

Well, anyway.

Here are the options, in alphabetical order, because I am a librarian-secretary person so that is How It's Done. :P  Please read my descriptions as they may help you in choosing which one to vote for.

#1 A Lovely Night

This song should relatively painless.  Anyway, it's better to sing something easy than try to show off and fail miserably. :P 

#2 I Could Have Danced All Night

The high note at the end is a little bit of a struggle but if my voice is in the right 'mood' it should be okay.  Or if I could just find karaoke for the key that's actually in the movie...

#3 I Have Confidence

I always used to fast-forward this song in the movie because I don't like Julie Andrews singing it.  I don't know why, okay, but it annoyed me. But then I heard Sierra Boggess and Laura Osnes singing the song, and I suddenly realized it was kind of a fun song, and it may or may not have been on my favorites list for a really long time.

#4 I Won't Say I'm In Love

This song is, in short, Not My Style.  Not at all.  And the first time I heard it I kind of hated it, except that it was funny.  But being bored in the car by myself with a princess karaoke CD... well I learned it and for some reason it's really fun to sing.  But be warned, if you make me do this one it will be more of a Joke than my Actual Singing Voice.

#5 On My Own

I adore this song.  But don't let that influence you.  As far as range goes, it's about exactly the lowest I can do without sounding grindy. Haha.

#6 The Rose of Tralee

I've never even heard all the words to this song, so if you choose this one it may be a little longer in coming because if I'm going to learn it, I intend to learn it Properly.  And, btw, I do have quite a bit of Irish in my background.  Just so ya know.

#7 Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again

AHHH THE DRAMA.  This is definitely testing my high range though.  It won't be perfect, I can promise you that.  But I still love singing it.

#8 Wouldn't It Be Loverly

Another easy one.  Ditto what I said about #1.

#9 A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

The classic Cinderella song! Should be relatively easy to sing depending on the key.  Lily James' version is my favorite so I may be slightly influenced by that. :)

So vote away! I will leave this up for at least one week.  If you vote after 2/18/16, there is a good chance your vote will not be counted.  But it can't hurt to try. :P

NOTE: A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES is also an option, but I forgot to include it in the poll. If this is your vote, please comment!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

I'm Official!!!!

The Jane Austen Society of North America! After seven years with Jane Austen, I am a definite Member.

Monday, February 1, 2016

"I could not live without music. Life would be a blank to me."

OKAY FOLKS.  Here is a Grande List of Nominations for which song I should sing!  If I didn't include one of your nominations, it is because a) I am not willing to sing it for the public for whatever reason or b) there is no suitable karaoke/instrumental/accompaniment to be found.

I am listing who nominated what, because if you nominated something, you cannot second it.

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes was requested more than once already, so that one will already be part of the running.

As for the others, you may second up to three each... and then I'll make a poll for the top five songs that were seconded. :)  I'm including links to music videos so you can refresh your memory or listen to a new song!

A Change in Me (Anna)
A Lovely Night (Natalie)
All I Ask of You (Natalie* -- would do with 'male only' cover)
God Help the Outcasts (Jessica Prescott)
Home (Anna)
I Could Have Danced All Night (Miss Meg)
I Have Confidence (Naomi)
I Won't Say I'm In Love (Amy)
In My Own Little Corner (Natalie*)
On My Own (Naomi)
Once Upon a December (OldFashionGirl)
Once Upon a Dream from Jekyll & Hyde (Emma Jane)
The Rose of Tralee (Jessica Prescott)
Scarborough Fair (OldFashionGirl)
Slumber Dear Maid/ Largo (Naomi--and yes, I'm including this! ;))
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Jessica Prescott)
Suddenly (Jessica Prescott)
Sweet Liberty (Anna*)
Think of Me (Natalie*)
Weep You No More Sad Fountains (Natalie)
We'll Meet Again (Naomi)
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (Natalie*)
Wouldn't It Be Loverly (Naomi)

*In the cases with asterisks, my readers asked for songs from a particular musical, and these were ones I found available.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Requesting Nominations

Hello all!  So, when most of you filled out my survey, you expressed an interest in my idea of presenting you with a song. Sung by me. I am still considering this, but in the meantime you might choose to help my consideration a little.

I'm looking for song nominations.  Pick any song you like... as many nominations as you like. Next week I will go through and weed out any songs I can't or am not willing to sing.  Then I will ask for Secondings.  Haha.

So for now... go crazy. ...well not really.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Costume Study: A&E Emma 1996

Costume studies were not in my original plans for blogging in the near future, but suddenly I just wanted to do it.  So do it I shall.

The reason?  Actually because I am starting on a new Regency dress.  Did I say that in the last post? I can't remember.  Oh dear.

Anyway, since store-bought patterns can only allow for so much (and everyone else who makes Regency dresses will be using the same patterns, haha), I decided to look to some of my favorite Jane Austen films, costume-wise, for inspiration for both day dresses and ball gowns.

Costume Captures is a lovely place to look for these, but they only have costume studies for two of the movies in this era I really care about (Pride and Prejudice 1995 and Northanger Abbey 2007... oh, they also have Miss Austen Regrets, and I did like some of those costumes so I might have a look at that later).  The Dashwood Sisters, a blog I used to frequent but which is no longer updated, also has a gorgeous study of Wives and Daughters, including tips on making the dresses.  Not what I'm looking for at present, but y'know. Just in case you were curious.

The 1996 Emma (popularly mis-categorized as 1997) is visually one of my absolute favorites for costumes and hairstyles.  Well, Emma's hairstyles.  I think that the whole thing has a wonderfully historically-accurate feel.  Although, of course, overall my favorite is the 2009 one.  (I also love those costumes, even if they feel a little more consistently vibrant than is realistic.)

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