Dracil’s BlogJournal

December 27, 2008

Nodame Cantabile Paris Chapter OP and ED

It’s over.  :(  Third season next fall.

So I guess in an attempt to prolong it for a bit longer, I looked up some information on the OP and ED songs.  Apparently there was quite a bit of collaboration.  The OP is “Sky High” by The Gospellers.  The ED is 東京 et 巴里 (Tokyo to Paris) by 宮本笑里 (Miyamoto Emiri) x solita.

So first, if you have no idea about the story, at its simplest, it’s a romantic comedy/drama/slice of life about two musicians.  As such, there is a lot of classical music presented in the series.   What’s notable about the opening and ending songs is that they are both actually variations of some classical music.

See if you can figure out what they are.

Ok, if you haven’t figured it out yet, then listen to the two videos below.  Failing that, just go to the video’s page and you can see what pieces they’re from.

In any case, the two songs tie in really well with the series.  What’s a little more unusual is that you can see people from the two videos in each other’s videos.  Emiri’s in The Gospeller’s video and The Gospellers’ are in her video.


September 21, 2008

Code Geass music

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This song makes me sad.  Well, primarily because it’s used for a very tragedic death.

This song also has unpleasant events attached with it.  Not death, but it’s also about loss.

I think this is one of the reasons I really like Code Geass, besides its way of twisting traditional ideas of “good” and “evil” roles.  In general, I like shows that can make me sad.  The music in the series is also pretty nice as well.

June 22, 2008

Alice’s Summerthing

Aww, I got ditched by everyone.

Anyway, got up early in the morning and went over to Leqi’s new place. Brought over some books for her to read while she’s back home. Since there wasn’t really anything to do and she had been up all night and I have not been having enough sleep, we just napped until she had to leave for her flight.

Took the bus straight to Golden Gate Park after that for Alice’s Summerthing. It was… fun. Trapeze looked interesting but the line was long and I didn’t want to leave my bag unattended since I was alone since all three people who were supposed to go didn’t go. :P Besides, the musicians were making (nice) fun of the people on the trapeze.

I did have some of the best garlic fries I’ve ever had (well, it was really the fries), though I think that’s just from them soaking a lot of oil. But the outside was really crunchy while the inside was really smooth.

I should’ve probably just put on my telephoto lens but since I wasn’t able to get a lens hood for it yet I didn’t want to risk it bumping against people. The nice thing about having a 12MP camera is that if I’m not showing the photos at their original size, I can always just crop it instead of resizing it to make it seem closer (which I did for the second and third pics). I also experimented with zooming while taking the picture, a modified version of a technique I learned from Scott Kelby’s The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2 (mainly ’cause I remembered the general idea, but not the specifics). I think it turned out pretty well, though it’s not perfectly steady, which would only really be possible at this distance (no flash) if I had support, like a tripod, which would be pretty hard to set up there anyway since it was so crowded. I got lucky with this shot as it was taken just as Lifehouse’s Jason Wade jumped up. The other bands here today in the order of the photos were Marie Digby, The Last Goodnight, and Ingrid Michaelson. I didn’t get a chance to take a pic of Secondhand Serenade (mostly ’cause I was eating at the time away from the stage and crowds and I was taking pics of everything else).

Aside from a movie on Tuesday, I will finally be able to get some much needed rest. :P

May 22, 2008

Summer Events

Things I’m interested in and will probably attend:

May 24 Tzu Chi Festival
May 24-25 Carnaval SF
May 31 Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival
Jun 1-15 Dine About Town
Jun 7 Berkeley World Music Festival
Jun 7 Worldwide D&D Game Day
Jun 15-Aug 17 Stern Grove Festival
Jun 22 Alice Summerthing
August 17-18 Golden Gate Renaissance Festival

Conventions I’d like to go to but probably won’t because of conflicts/too far/too soon:

May 23-26 Fanime
May 23-26 Kublacon
Aug 29-Sep 1 ConQuest SF

April 25, 2008

Sing of the Lord’s Goodness

A couple weeks ago, around the time the Olympic torch was in SF, I noticed this street musician playing a familiar tune on his saxophone. After a while I realized that it was the same melody as Sing of the Lord’s Goodness which I hear at church relatively often.

I didn’t think about it again till today. Then I remembered that I’d looked up this song in the past. The reason the guy was playing this song was not because he was some random Christian (maybe he was), but more likely, it was because this song was originally a jazz song by Dave Brubeck called Take Five. This is probably why the tune’s catchier than usual.

Compare the two versions below:

I sorta ODed on Christian worship music during my religious phase in college so I don’t really listen to them anymore, though every time I go to a new church I always look through their song book. I’ve been trying to find a specific version of Gloria in Excelsis Deo that I first and last heard at Newman Hall. I believe the words were all (or at least partially) in Latin. So for example, the second line had “et in terra pax.” So far, no luck. Maybe one of these days if I’m in that area area I should just go in and ask them for the music.

Speaking of music, I didn’t bother checking this at all, but I think one difference between Catholic music other Christian music is that the Catholic music don’t seem to focus as much on Jesus, just God in general, while the other Christian music focuses on Jesus a lot. So much that I sometimes wonder if I’m listening to a love song. I think it’s one of the fundamental differences between Catholics and other Christians. Catholics don’t seem to be as much about the personal relation with Jesus and emotional stuff. I think this may also be true about the early Protestant churches as well (the ones that split right off, like Lutheran, Anglican, etc). I plan on writing more about this in another entry, so I’ll leave this for now.

April 23, 2008

Yoko Ono sues “Expelled” filmmakers over Imagine

Yoko Ono sues “Expelled” filmmakers over Imagine

Heh, it’s about time. As expected, the producers are whining about this. I think it’s telling that they are trying to hide their illegal activities under the guise of “free speech.” Unfortunately, there will be those who will believe them, just like they believed their film that science is a free speech issue (it is no more a free speech issue than teaching Math in an English class is a free speech issue).

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