November 12th, 2014

Opera

Sarah Brightman


Sometime Sunday I walked into the garage and found my son and his friend throwing darts and listening to...Sarah Brightman??? Curiosity got the better of me so I surreptitiously made my way to the computer and discovered they had searched for (and presumably listened to) Pink Floyd's, "Wish You Were Here" which had segued into Phantom of the Opera's, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" which can also be found in my library under an additional three albums, Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas, Sarah Brightman - the Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, and Surrender. It would appear they had listened to them all.

Which really shouldn't surprise me since my boy grew up listening to Dive! Back in 2008 I wrote:

Seeing a sticker on a CD by Lesiëm (More specifically, the album Auracle) which read, "Sarah Brightman meets Enigma." Yes, that happened in 1993 and was called, Dive! What a riot! I wanted to slap someone.

When the boys left for the park, I pulled up her discography and started listening in earnest when I came across a low-bitrate rip of Eden I'd made from a copy I checked out from the Dallas Public Library in 1997. As that would obviously not do, I bought the album on iTunes. It wasn't until much later I discovered I'd already bought the physical CD to replace it some years back. No idea why I didn't import it at a higher bitrate back then.

My daughter and I share an iTunes account as she's still too young to have her own, which is a double-edged sword as my work iPhone automatically downloads every goofy app she installs on hers - but she does have instant access to every song I've purchased. So when she started listening to this new album, she asked if I had anything else by her. WHY YES I DO! Aside from the half dozen albums (when I found the double) and European EPs, I have another twenty or so digitally, one I downloaded that very night as I discovered she'd released a new one, Dreamchaser. I played her some of my favorite tracks and explained classical crossover to her.

I sure enjoy these types of evenings with my children, and now want to spend some more time with Sarah.
Newton

MY FIRST EARTHQUAKE!


Well, I just experienced my first earthquake. I thought that what it was, but wasn't sure until michelle1963 confirmed it. I gotta tell you, the not knowing was almost as scary as going through it. I live in a fairly substantial house - with a second-level concrete basement, so when the entire house started shaking I couldn't imagine it being much else.

I was sitting at my desk when it starting vibrating and there was a low rumble outside. It shook for several seconds, paused, then shook again.

4.8 magnitude earthquake! Yikes!