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  • The Thriller Free Zone has begun. Warming up with Stick Men improvs and Starless with David Cross.

  • ProjeKct Four - Seizure

  • A Scarcity of Miracles by Jakko Jakszyk, Mel Collins, and Robert Fripp

  • followed by Caitley's Ashes, from Jakko's solo but featuring Mel Collins.

  • Liquid Tension Experiment Osmosis

  • DreamTheater Space Dye Vest

  • A wall of later Pink Floyd - Yet Another Movie, Terminal Frost, Sorrow, Wearing the Inside Out, Keep Talking

  • Zep's No Quarter

  • Alan Parsons Recurring Dream

  • Sting's I Burn For You

  • Queen Who Wants to Live Forever

  • Fleetwood Mac for Halloween? When it is Buckingham's Live version of I'm So Afraid, you better believe. Then Nicks's Straight Back.

  • Back to Robert Plant with Ship of Fools, then

  • Metallica's Nothing Else Matters

  • Into the 80s for realz, with Prince's When Doves Cry, then

  • U2's Indian Summer Sky

  • 80s movies: I'm Falling from Real Genius, Wang Chung's Fire in the Twilight from Breakfast Club

  • Winding down in the late 80s with The Cure: Fascination Street (extended version) and Lullaby

  • Last of the 80s, The Cars Moving in Stereo.

  • Takedown and cleanup to Cirque du Soleil's Corteo

acroyear: (folk process at work)
as we get closer to the 25th, the seasonal albums that aren't just tolerable, but i absolutely love countdown...but not in any order, so nyah.

  • Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio

  • December - George Winston

  • A Celtic Heartbeat Christmas - various

  • Jethro Tull's Christmas Album

  • A Scottish Christmas - Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway, Bonnie Rideout. (Maggie's Music has lots of good holiday albums, including a new one this season just announced, but this particular one strikes me the most)

  • A Winter's Solstice - Windham Hill artists (the first one remains the best)

  • If On A Winter's Night - Sting (though I prefer his mid-80s version of Gabriel's Message more than the one on that album)

  • A Collection of Recycled Gifts - Marillion (my copy's still on its way, but I know most of the tracks already...)

About JWS :: As we get closer...
acroyear: (border)
Soundchecking - 5:30pm
  • Flock of Seaguls - Nightmares
  • Depeche Mode's Policy of Truth
  • Frankie's Welcome to the Pleasuredome
  • Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  • Eurythmics - Who's That Girl
  • Eurythmics - Here Comes the Rain Again
  • Kate Bush - Experiment IV
  • Kate Bush - Running up the Hill
first kid at 6:35
  • Madness - House of Fun
  • Madness - One Step Beyond
  • Men at Work - Who Can It Be Now
  • Men at Work - Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde
  • Missing Persons - Destination Unknown
  • Modern English - I Melt With You
  • Oingo Boingo - Weird Science
  • Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party

only my second kid (and Wiggles is on her way out now). by the way, this is my 11th year, 10th anniversary of the first TFZ!

  • Planet P - Static
  • Planet P - Why Me
  • B 52s - Channel Z
  • The Cars - Moving in Stereo
  • The Cure - Lullaby
  • The Cure - Fascination Street (Mix-up extended version)
  • Big Pig - I Can't Break Away
  • Peter Gabriel - I Don't Remember
Now switching into classic rock mode
  • Alan Parsons - Recurring Dream within a Dream
  • Moody Blues - Lost in a Lost World
  • Keep Talking - Pink Floyd
  • Careful with that Axe Eugene - Pink Floyd (Pompeii version)
  • Sting - I Burn for You (Bring on the Night version)
  • Spirits in the Material World (heard this one at lunch) - The Police
already feeling like it has slowed to the end. only 8:18 and maybe 16 kids total. :/
  • Invisible Sun - Police
  • Veteran of the Psychic Wars - Blue Oyster Cult
  • Home by the Sea - Genesis (yes, both parts...)
  • Mama - Genesis
  • Osmosis - Liquid Tension Experiment
  • Nighttime Birds - The Gathering
and I think we'll call it a night, as far as broadcasting outdoors goes...
acroyear: (danse me)

  • Warmed up the system to various Pink Floyd


  • The closing credits suites from Pirates 3
  • "Obliviate" - the opening music from Harry Potter 7.1 (painful scene, that...)
  • Abduction of Barry - Close Encounters
  • The Conversation - Close Encounters
  • The Dress Waltz - Jerry Goldsmith's score for Legend
  • Gentle Giant - Ben Bartlett, from the score for Walking with Beasts (the giant being the 25 foot tall Indricothere)
pop 80s time
  • As the World Falls Down and Within You - David Bowie from Labyrinth
  • Invisible Sun - The Police
  • Synchronicity II (many miles away) - The Police
  • Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode (enjoy [ profile] dawntreader90 )
  • Loving the Alien - David Bowie
  • Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics

now some rock

  • Emminence Front - The Who
  • I Burn For You - Sting (Bring on the Night version)
  • A Recurring Dream within a Dream - Alan Parsons (a mash-up of Dream/Raven from the classic '76 album)
  • No Quarter - Led Zep (the Song Remains The Same version)
  • Space Dye Vest - Dream Theater (forgot how cool this was)
  • 3 i 2 - ProjeKct One

and we'll wind it down with the classic Steve Hackett halloween trilogy

  • The Steppes
  • Vampyre with a Healthy Appetite
  • Darktown

and 2 more just to keep things going while i pack up the lights

  • Home by the Sea - Genesis ('93 live version)
  • Sheltering Sky - King Crimson

so in spite of hunting the classical down, i didn't play any today. oh well...

acroyear: (danse me)
...started late as traffic was horrible getting out of Tysons.  Got in just in time for 6 kids...hope I didn't miss everybody else...

This year I'm going to shuffle up a bit more (having put together an ipod mix)
  • The Gathering - Herbal Movement
  • Stick Men - The Firebird Suite (yes, Stravinsky played on a Chapman Stick, a specially made Touch Guitar, and all the percussion Pat Mastelloto can muster)
  • Alan Parsons Project - A Cask of Amontillado
  • BOC - Veteran of the Psychic Wars (one of my all-time seasonal favs)

  • Peter Gabriel - I Don't Remember
  • Ozric Tentacles - Pyramidion
  • The Fixx - The Sign of Fire
  • Pain of Salvation - Ashes

  • Pink Floyd - Marooned
  • The Gathering - Nighttime Birds
  • The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
  • Uriah Heap - Lady in Black

  • Metallica - Enter Sandman
  • Pink Floyd - One of these Days (Pompeii version)
  • The Cure - Lullaby
  • The One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater

  • King Crimson - Dangerous Curves
  • The Police - Synchronicity 2 (another of the regulars each year)
  • David Bowie - Time Will Crawl
  • Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine

after this, things had been quiet out there for some time, so I switched to classical/movies and brought it inside...

  • Pirates of the Caribbean 3 - Hoist the Colours Suite
  • Webern - 6 Pieces for Orchestra (Sir Simon Rattle)
  • Stravinsky - Rite of Spring part 2 (Michael Tilson Thomas)
  • The Dark Crystal - Finale

  • Ligeti - Lux Aterna (from 2001)
  • Varese - Deserts (2nd Interpolation)
  • Close Encounters - The Abduction of Barry (oddly, these last three are all in very similar styles so I almost couldn't tell when they changed!)
  • Mahler - Symphony 7 mvt 1 (MTT again)

  • Takemitsu - Funeral Music from Black Rain (Marin Alsop)
  • Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky Cantata (Previn)
  • Star Trek IV - Crash and Whale Fugue

and with that, I think I'll call it a night...

oh, and it was wiggle's first trick-or-treat outting!

acroyear: (timing)

American Landmarks Series

I posted these, one every half hour (give or take) today on FB.  Here they are collected...

The Jefferson Memorial
The Apollo Project
The Giants of Sequoia National Park
Dr. Seuss
The Grand Canyon
Jim Henson & The Muppets
Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, FL
New York's Central Park
Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
The National Mall & Washington Monument
The Wright Brothers' Plane
Times Square, NYC
Zion National Park
The Cherry Blossoms of Washington, DC
The Great American Southwest
San Diego Harbor at Sunset
The Fender Strat
Yosemite National Park
The Las Vegas Strip
The Shelby GT Cobra
acroyear: (don't go there)
Newt Gingrich didn't see his shadow (right before his eyes), so we're stuck with 6 more weeks of GOP primary stupidity...
acroyear: (danse me)
started 6:15, ended by 7:45.  Not even 30 kids (and for a moment, with 2 "rushes" of 8-10 kids, I was worried we'd run out of stuff...).  Totally a classic rock evening this year...
  • soundchecked to Pink Floyd (Dogs, Welcome to the Machine, One of these Days, Careful with that Axe Eugene)
  • Alan Parsons (Tales of Mystery and Imagination)
  • Sting's I Burn For You
  • Police's Sync II
  • Zep's No Quarter (Live version - first time on the playlist in a few years...)
  • Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows/Within You Without You (from Love), then the new Love remix of Fool on the Hill...
  • Genesis's Home by the Sea (1 and 2, Live '93)
  • and wound down with a handful of Steve Hackett pieces (incl Darktown, A Tower Struck Down, and Clocks)
Lots of the usuals DIDN'T get played this year, it seems...
acroyear: (fof oooh perty...)
Some of you might have seen this on FB, or 'cause I kept passing my phone around showing it, 'cause I think it's just great...

From MDRF 2011
acroyear: (big tree)
Snowpocolypse #3, Feburary
Snow-covered desert plants near Mather Point, Grand Canyon, April
From Don Quixote 2, Maryland Renaissance Festival
Grand Canyon sunset, near Bright Angel Trailhead
The Ponce de Leon statue, St. Augustine, FL. November
Norman Lake, North Carolina, November
Sunset at Great Falls Park, November
The Skies finally cleared for us, Yavapai Point, Grand Canyon, April
The Las Vegas Strip from the Stratosphere, April
Geoffrey fires from the White Hart Tavern at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, October
What do you do when a zillion birds take off at once?  Niagra Falls, in December
acroyear: (Coff E)
Today's selections for the Best Of.

Zion National Park, April
New York Renaissance Festival, August
National Harbor, September
Bellagio Conservatory, Las Vegas, April
Antietam Battlefield, September
"Dinner Herd", Grand Canyon Village, April
Camouflaged King, MDRF, Oktoberfest Sunday
acroyear: (fof morning already)
My "end of the year" meme is best not told in words, as there was much of this past year that has sucked, often in a way too personal for even a locked LJ post. So rather, my looking back at the best of 2010 is done in photos rather than words. I'm uploading them to FB and mirroring that on plurk every hour or so, but will collect them for LJ every few hours or so, to not flood LJ with a dozen posts a day. Yes, some of these photos will have been taken by [ profile] faireraven , and I'll try to credit her as I post them. :)

Here's the first, taken on my "playing hooky" hike through the C&O Canal last July, with Great Falls just a half mile or so off to the right.

This is evidence enough that you don't have to have a super-expensive DSLR to get a decent photograph, once you really get a handle on your camera's capabilities and a sense of composition and framing.
acroyear: (foxtrot snowball)
1. Eggnog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate, or better still, Tea.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Hides them behind the bar, tosses them in a magnetic box or a gift-bag w/ tissue-paper, and loads the car to take them along 'cause we rarely do stuff in the house right now.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
white, built-in to the tree.  we have some externals but they got so tangled up taking them down from our first one at the house (heck, they didn't even come down 'til April!) that they'e never been out since, other than some were used as decorations for an MSFB.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No, excepting occasional plastic stuff.  Having pets usually meant no real plants in the house.

5. When do you put up your decorations?
About once every 3 or 4 years.  Knowing we're not going to be home kinda puts a damper on it, and usually the performance season after fest is so busy (3 weddings, 2 out of town, plus business trip, plus revels) that faire itself hasn't been put away by the time the holiday arrives.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Christmas ales.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
When the holiday is on a saturday, having 90 minutes of only snow and christmas related Looney Tunes cartoons on TV while we opened the stockings and waited for the 'rents to get up for breakfast.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
Never really a definitive time.  I just sort of eased out of caring about "the truth", as I went from waiting for santa to "being" santa.  I still use "Santa" and "Rudolf" as a "from" person for the lesser gifts that are to the house as a whole (e.g., DVDs and the like).

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Not really, but that's 'cause we usually went to late services.  The rule was stockings opened immediately upon waking up, then wake the parents (at a reasonable time) to show off, and after breakfast gather for the tree.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?
A combo of stuff of mine that used to be on my parents' tree, and stuff of Cyd's that used to be on her parents', and a few odds n sods...though I just got a GREAT idea for an ornament, but I'm not going to say so here.  Watch this space after the holidays.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love Love Love, even the crazy like last year.  I make it a point of making sure "work from home" is an option so I can park with the computer, the coffee, and some music, and just hack away in sweats. I *REALLY* hate years without snow, particularly a few years back where the entirety of Feburary was below freezing (for HIGH temps) but not a single snow flake the entire time.  Suffering without any rewards, in my opinion.

Our first Christmas in the house (and the only one we hosted for both families at once) was 2002.  It was also my first "white" Christmas ever. :)

12. Can you ice skate?
Not at all.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
I couldn't say what a fav was anymore.  After 40, they start to fade a little...

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
General atmosphere.  Nothing specific, though I'll notice if something's missing.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Christmas ales.  Didn't we ask this already?

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Based on the past few years, "driving" would be it if someone were to objectively look at it, as we spend time at both 'rents.  Maybe someday we'll have the time to host our own again.  MUST catch A Christmas Story during the 24 Hours marathon at least once.

17. What tops your tree?
A star of some type.  Haven't pulled the tree out in a few years to know (see point above).

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
Both. :)

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.  "Skating" from A Charlie Brown Christmas.  "Snow" by Lorenna McKennitt.  Several tracks from the out-of-print Celtic Heartbeat Christmas.  My most recent rediscovery is George Winston's Holly and the Ivy.

On the other hand, any song I hear more than 3 times in a single day while shopping or sitting in a restaurant has simply got to go.  "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" has made the "I hate you this year" list several times running (including this year).  The "White Christmas" movie version of White Christmas I can do without - I prefer the version from Holiday Inn.

20. Candy Canes?
Not really.

21. Do you feel Christmas is too commercialized?
No more than anything else in this society.

22. Real tree or artificial?
Artificial, and pre-wired.  Allegies, the overwhelming smell, needles everywhere, the need to water, the need to keep cats OUT of the water, all add up to "no thank you" for real trees.

23. Do you put lights up on the outside of your house?
We did our first year.  See above (they didn't come down 'til April or May, and they're still tangled up)

24. Do you do a Christmas Dinner or Supper and who cooks?
Usually our mom's cook at each of their respective houses.  I cook any time we host.

25. Is your family the everyone unwraps gifts at once sort or do you do it one gift at a time as the others watch?
Everybody is handed out one, we all open at the same time, show everybody, and repeat.  Nobody opens another 'til everybody's opened the current set.

26. Do your pets share in the festivities?
Max did.  Viv kept her distance.  The rabbits stayed in their cages, usually.

Adding a question:

27. What's your fav holiday movie?
An American Christmas Carol, starring Henry Winkler.  Transposes the story from industrial revolution Britain to early depression Concord, MA, and emphasizes the "dying unloved and unremembered" better than the original book (and most of the films) did, though the Patrick Stewart comes close.  A Christmas Story is a darn close second, of course.
acroyear: (fof oooh perty...)
From The Sunset Collection

ISO 100, f/13, 13 second exposure, focal length 18. cropped a bit to take uglier cars out. :)
acroyear: (nature lover)
Here's an example of contrast between two ways of capturing running water.

Short exposure, catching it as sharp choppy waves
F/5.6, exposure 1/6th second. From 2010-11-01 Great Falls in Fall Colour

or Long exposure, smoothing out the whitewater into a foam
F/29.0, exposure 10 seconds. From 2010-11-01 Great Falls in Fall Colour

needlesstosay, you'll need the tripod handy for the latter...
acroyear: (danse me)
Is starting in film-score land...
  • 2 from Close Encounters (John Williams)
  • 1 from Batman Begins (Zimmer-Howard)
  • the Mischief Managed medley from Harry Potter 3 (John Williams)
  • 3 from Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (Hans Zimmer)
  • opening titles from the original Planet of the Apes (Jerry Goldsmith)
  • 2 from The Black Hole (John Barry)
  • Alice's theme from the Tim Burton film (Danny Elfman)
and those two segue us into a Disney batch...
  • Grim Grinning Ghosts
  • The Bells of Notre Dame
at this point, we finally got our first kids...(and they weren't even all that dressed up...)
  • Poor Unfortunate Souls (Little Mermaid)
  • This is Halloween & What's This (Nightmare Before Christmas)
  • Hephalumps and Woozles! (Winnie The Pooh)
now the classical begins...
  • Berlioz's Symphonie Fantasique mvt 5 (includes Dies Irae) (Bernstein, NYPO)
  • Mars and Saturn from Holst's Planets (Bernstein, NYPO)
  • Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain (Bernstein, NYPO)
  • Stravinsky's Symphony of Winds (Rattle, BPO)
  • Tocatta & Fugue and Sorcerer's Apprentice from Fantasia (1982 version - sounds clearer for my needs here)
  • 2 from Saint-Saens - Danse Bachanal and Danse Macabre (Eugene Ormandy)
  • O Fortuna (well, why not?) - Orff (Previn, LSO)
  • Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky Cantata (Previn)
and to close...
  • Mahler Symphony 7 (Michael Tilson Thomas, SFO)
  • works by Takemitsu
2010-10-31 Halloween
and someday there's gonna be a rant on how many kids were *driven* from house to house instead of walking...
acroyear: (photo album time)
I decided to take a little sanity break, get off my arse, and go hiking. Went across the river to the C&O Canal National Historical Park to see what Great Falls looks like from the Maryland side. Not bad, but not as nice as the Virginia.

However, the canals and other rocky formations can be quite beautiful, especially at sunset. Unfortunately, the haze kinda kept the rocks from getting as nice as they could have been, but still. All of this was done on my little point & click Kodak M863. I might go back with the "good" camera (the Canon XTI) later, but I wanted to familiarize myself with the area first.


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