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This is absolutely adorable and everyone must watch it!
(I'm the one that suggested it)Posted by: LizFromNebraska at June 26, 2009 8:47 PM
Oh my goodness this song triggers, like, a Pavlovian reaction in me! I was in my first year of high school when Titanic came out. Saw the movie with my family and then again, repeatedly, with just about every friend I had.
We had just moved (new house, new school) and I didn't have a bed yet due to renovations. All I had in my room (the tiny attic -- sloped ceiling and all) was a sleeping bag and a CD player/radio. I remember every Sunday night the radio station would do a Top 20 countdown and I'd listen to it, curled up on the floor in the dark, trying to stay awake through the increasing commercials/talking, to see if this song was still #1. I was always rooting for it and I remember feeling like it just HAD to be #1, but worrying worrying worrying that somehow it wasn't.
Looking back, it's a wonder I had any friends at all. And I don't know how I developed my awesome taste in music, given such inauspicious beginnings. Well not really beginnings but...middlings. "The Dark Years."
Adorable kid, though!Posted by: Alexandra at June 26, 2009 9:42 PM
A small fountain of tears is bubbling up in my mother's eyes...
I agree with you about cheering on a song in the countdown, Alexandra. I do that all of the time, except I must admit that no matter how hard I try, Icelandic music will not grip mainstream U.S.A. quite like it's gripped me (people seem to be vaguely aware of Iceland's existance, I fear), and no matter how much I pray, God has more important things to focus on than resurrecting "Rhiannon" and "Storms" to the Top 20.Posted by: Vannah at June 26, 2009 11:22 PM
She IS adorable, and the music lovely - I never watched the popular Titanic movie (to sexualised for my taste) -- but too, really struggle with star children...'specially after having witnessed the sad life of Michael Jackson.Posted by: elizabethk at June 27, 2009 5:20 AM
Vannah, do you listen to Emiliana Torrini at all? I fell out of the habit of listening to her for a couple years, but she's been featuring pretty heavily in my rotation again for the past six months or so.Posted by: Alexandra at June 27, 2009 1:46 PM
No, I don't know Emiliana Torrini. What sort of music does she write/sing/perform? :)
I like finding some new people to listen to, though. My latest obsession is Windsor for the Derby. You should check out some of their music. :)Posted by: Vannah at June 27, 2009 2:08 PM
Oh, I only asked because she's from Iceland. She sang something for the Lord of the Rings movies but she's got a moderately prolific career as a singer on her own. She's kind of got a folk/acoustic soft-vocal thing going on, with the occasional pop vibe.
I think my favorite album of hers is Love in the Time of Science, which has an electronica edge to it; but her most recent album, Me and Armini, has some good tracks on it as well. The most popular song from that CD tends to be Jungle Drum, but I like others more. I actually sent Carla one of them (Bleeder) because I thought she'd like it. I can't find a good version of it on Youtube but here's another of my faves from that album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbKRjkJNeXY
I don't like the pop-ish sort of sound (ie Big Jumps) as much, from her, though it's fine for background music; and she's not on my Top 10 list, but I do enjoy her music.
Thanks! I'll definitely look into her music. :)
It's odd for someone from Iceland to have a name like hers. She doesn't have the typical -thottir surname. But, I suppose, not everyone keeps that on their surname.
:D!Posted by: Vannah at June 27, 2009 5:17 PM
Her name would have never been "-thottir" because the surname is supposed to end with a "d" not a "th."
Head is slammed, frustrated, into desk.Posted by: Vannah at June 27, 2009 5:38 PM
Oh my goodness Vannah it's funny you say that -- her father was Italian and was forced by the Icelandic Name Committee to change his name from Salvatore Torrini to Davíð Eiríksson. So she then went by Emilíana Torrini Davíðsdóttir but a few years later the regulations changed and she switched back to her original name.
I think she lives in London now anyway, though.Posted by: Alexandra at June 27, 2009 5:40 PM
So the regulations have changed? I always did wonder why not everyone from Iceland (just most people) had the traditional surnames of "dottir" or "son."
I actually only learned this back in April, though, when I finally went on a Wikipedia quest to learn the surname behind Bjork and realized why it's never attached to her first name: it is impossible to pronounce (well, that's probably not why, but whatever...).
Are you an Icelandophile, too? :D
That's my hopeful smiley.Posted by: Vannah at June 27, 2009 7:51 PM
Not really an Icelandophile, Vannah. Just an audiophile. ;)
I will ferret out (have ferreted out) bands playing in college clubs in Seoul, even though on an international scale I've never been east of Slovenia, lol.
Which is why my 9th-grade obsession with the Titanic song is so humiliating! I started out with cool taste as a kid -- classical and classic rock, via my parents -- but man did I take a detour in those early years of the Backstreet Boys. At least I can appreciate a wide variety of genres!Posted by: Alexandra at June 28, 2009 8:06 AM
Classic rock: genius. That's my favorite genre, too!
The Backstreet Boys were so famous a few years ago. I can only remember that vaguely, but by sister was obsessed with them and the other boy band- especially the members who were fresh out of rehab. She bought the concert video and screamed in the living room (I hid behind the couch because she and her friend were watching this past my bedtime) all night long.
Sigh...hopefully we can agree that contemporary music just isn't that great. It's not the exciting art that it used to be, is it?Posted by: Vannah at June 28, 2009 12:35 PM
Oh man I'm so happy I can't agree with you there, Vannah! There's so much amazing stuff out there, from weepy guitar rock to rap that actually still has good beats and good lyrics. The radio is usually the worst place to find anything good, sadly. Unless you're using Pandora, which can be great at times.
I've basically been mainlining Shostakovich for the past week so I've been keeping it easy and upbeat with the contemporary music I'm listening to. Even though it's kind of a cliche, Explosions in the Sky is something of an early-summer tradition for me; I always come back to The Earth is Not A Cold Dead Place.
I should probably get my own blog or something, since all I do is talk about myself.Posted by: Alexandra at June 28, 2009 4:15 PM
You should get a blog; I'll read it. :)
And I must look for better music; I appear to be incapable of finding anyone I like beyond The Killers, a few indie bands, M.I.A., and older bands who are still active today. :)
Any suggestions (confession: I don't listen to the radio and cannot see anyone beyond what plays on the mainstream radios; most new bands come from listening to soundtracks for abstract music)?Posted by: Vannah at June 28, 2009 9:46 PM