icepixie: ([Other] Soprano pride)
Skating: Yesterday I did the entire Silver forward inside-back outside three turn pattern, down the entire rink on each foot, without a single step down on any of the back threes. HOORAY.

My back spin lesson with BF last week was good. He said I was trying to go immediately from step one to step four in a four-step spin, so we're breaking it down into micro parts. As in, we started on the wall. Then we went to just trying to spin on the right foot with the left leg turned out(!). Maybe I'll get this spin yet.

Humira: Eh. I haven't noticed any difference yet. Maybe I get a third or fourth hour of negligible pain in the first half of the day, some days, but it's still within the usual variation of the last year. The second dose is on Wednesday. *crosses fingers* Today was a lovely day it would've been nice to get out and walk around in, but my thought process for some time has been, "Do I hurt? I'm not walking anywhere. Do I not hurt? Better not walk around or I'll start hurting." It would be nice to break out of that someday.

Music: Meet my new favorite contemporary composer, Norwegian Ola Gjeilo. He composes for choir, piano, and strings. I've currently got his setting of "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" on repeat, but the entire album it comes from is fantastic.

Real things

Jan. 5th, 2016 08:29 pm
icepixie: ([Skating] Z&G zombies rocking out)
The Bronze test program is getting realer by the minute.* After my lesson Saturday, split falling leaf into toe loop is definitely going into the choreography oh god.

But I need to choose music for said program. P loved all my choices, and I love all my choices, so I turn to you, dear internets, to break a tie. Of these selections, all of which I've cut down to the required one minute and fifty seconds or less, what do you like?



And just for fun, if I go to the all-adult competition in Atlanta in September, at which I would compete Pre-Bronze because that's the highest level I've passed and for which the music has to be under 1:40, I think I'm going to do a program to "Alaskan Nights" from the Northern Exposure soundtrack. I suspect I could be goofy enough to pull it off. And/or if I do a Light Entertainment program, where I think the length restrictions are looser, I may try Simon & Garfunkel's "The 59th Street Bridge Song." Again, goofy and dorky, etc.


*Alas, three revolutions of a back spin, which is a requirement, is not real at all. Loop, the other requirement I don't have yet, is shimmering somewhere between reality and illusion.

New Hem!

Nov. 16th, 2014 03:58 pm
icepixie: ([Other] Soprano pride)
There is NEW HEM OUT! Okay, so it's a five-song EP and only two of the songs on it are new, but they are lovely, lovely, lovely. "Soft Landing" is my favorite, because I'm a sucker for airplane imagery, and I appreciate the counterintuitive way the melody goes up as Sally sings "softly as we land." "Place Names" is also quite good--reminds me of their more country-influenced songs--and I have to say, I never expected to hear Cynthiana, KY, mentioned in a song, especially one by a Brooklyn-based band.

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You know you're a Real Skater when you wonder, "Where could I have put [insert item here--in this case, Benadryl cream]?", look all over for it, and finally throw up your hands and buy a new one only to find it two days later in your skate bag.

Oh, well.

I got my costume for the show yesterday, finally. It's a black long-sleeved leotard and ballet wrap skirt, to which I will add black cat ears (sigh). I'm thinking perhaps a white scarf to mimic those black cats who have white patches on their throats and chests, and also in an effort to keep warm. My super-thick tights I ordered along with my boots came yesterday, and they are quite cozy. Basically they're tights made out of sweater material, but it's not completely obvious, so they'll work for the show. It would be nicer if they were fleece-lined, but I don't think I could get away with that.

(I was always envious of the girls who had ballet skirts when I was in dance classes. I don't remember why I never had one--if I never asked because I knew it was an unnecessary expense or if I asked and was told that. Maybe I was going through a tomboy phase and didn't want to admit any interest in skirts? Anyway now I have one. It's boring black, but oh, well.)

As I mentioned, I ordered my boots, and they came on Friday! YAAAAAAY! Even straight out of the box, not broken in or heat molded, they're almost as comfortable as my current Riedells, so I think this will work. I need to get the right ankle punched out, and maybe stretch the balls just a teensy bit, but overall I am very pleased. I actually get the suction effect when taking my feet out of them, which is how you know they fit well, especially around the heels.

Now I'm in the middle of Snosealing the crap out of them while I wait for my blades. Fun times with the hairdryer this weekend.
icepixie: ([Photos Stock] Sunflower field)
Pretty sure I'm about to fast-forward through an entire year in the not!drawerfic. Big, bold "One Year Later" and everything, BSG-style. If I do that, I can get to something more conflicty that much sooner, and that big conflicty thing is the climax of the story, so I might actually, you know, finish it this calendar year! The only flaw in my plan is that I should really make that "one year later" the beginning of a new section, and the section before it isn't that long. So far I have 38 chapters that average 3k each, divided into three sections of 30-40k each and a fourth that's going to be 10k if I go with this plan. I guess that's not the end of the world, but it offends my taste for symmetry.

...Oh, who cares. There's almost nothing interesting about the year I'm going to skip. Off it goes!

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P started counting for me while I was doing my Waltz 8 in lesson today, and heeeey, what a dramatic improvement in my three turns! The rest of the figure was as crappy as ever, but the turns are much better. When I'm on the circle as opposed to just on a line where I can do whatever arc I want, I tend to fear and avoid the turn until the last possible second, so by that point I've over-prepared and can't hold the edge coming out of it. Doing it to a count meant I had to do it early-which-is-really-on-time, and so I could hold my edge coming out.

She also has me doing a spin exercise that actually gives me hope that someday I may actually be able to enter a spin on one foot. I was seriously questioning whether that would ever happen even just a couple weeks ago.

Finally, I wondered if it might be, and now I know: the exercise she gave me last Saturday to work mohawks is indeed the dreaded 5-Step Mohawk Sequence from Bronze MITF. Well, minus that slip thing at the end that I'm pretty sure would land me on my head right now. It's good to know it's not quite as scary as everyone I've ever heard talk about it makes it sound. Although that step forward after the back outside edge is something of a nail-biter, especially at a decent speed. I'm sure I flail very attractively every time I hit that point.

One of the other adult skaters had a bumper crop of blackberries this year, so she made jam and gave all the other adults a jar today. I've not had great experiences with blackberry jam in the past, but this is delicious. Tastes like summer!

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I've been going through a Dar Williams renaissance over the past week. I think most of what I had from her came from Kenster, so there's a whole bunch of stuff I'd missed since then or just never knew about, so I've been exploring tracks I'd missed. Some particularly nice new-to-me songs are "This Was Pompeii" and "Troubled Times."

I have a sneaking suspicion that "Are You Out There" may make its way into a China Beach vid once I see the rest of the series. Obviously the song is about something very different, but the themes of alienation, and connection through music, seem like they would work well with the source from what I've seen so far.

I also suspect the box set may be a (very) early Christmas present to myself, at least unless the library gets the last two seasons in tout de suite.
icepixie: "All the Queen's Horses." Lyrics misquoted from The Innocence Mission. ([DS] Fraser/Thatcher train joy)
Paper Aeroplanes is a Welsh boy-girl band I've been listening to lately. Imagine Stars, if Stars were fronted by Zooey Deschanel.

Several songs I like:
My First Love
Red Rover
Cliche
Make a Wish
Winter Never Comes"

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Another thing I want to rec is a due South fic: "The Great Northern Maple Syrup Adventure," by nutmeg9cat. It's novel-length gen with a few hints of Fraser/Thatcher UST, and it reads just like an episode, with a good mystery, wacky Canadian hijinks, and excellently characterized versions of Fraser, Vecchio, Thatcher, and Diefenbaker. Seriously, go read it now. It makes me want to write dS fic again!

P.S. On this note, please, someone talk me out of writing the AMAZING horrible AU where Fraser and Thatcher are pairs skaters. Or where they have to solve a crime via skating. Skate America is held in Chicago and they get caught up in a judging scandal which takes out the Canadian pair who were in on it, and at the last minute they have to step in FOR THE GLORY OF CANADA, maybe. Hey, they're Mounties, I'm sure they're good at something wintery and outdoorsy like ice skating. Anyway, their skating somehow breaks the case open, because the corrupt judge reveals him/herself in scoring them. Turnbull sews their costumes (red, possibly with maple leaves, naturally) out of some stretch fabric they have lying around the Consulate for undisclosed emergencies. Vecchio and/or Kowalski make disparaging comments about figure skating throughout the whole thing, but then are the loudest cheering section during the actual event.

...I AM NOT WRITING THIS.

Not yet, anyway.
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
Antje Duevkot sings a lovely version of "Es ist ein Ros entsprungen" (aka "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming").

She's got some great stuff on her YouTube channel! I had no idea. I'm particularly enchanted by her homemade video for her new song(!) "Butterfly Effect." This woman just has gobs of talent.

Speaking of which, she made a piano version of "Into the City" that's really great. So much talent.

If you search her on YouTube, you get all kinds of live covers and collaborations and other goodies too. I've never been one for live music, but I kind of want to go to one of her shows.
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Today I am going to rec you some Shawn Colvin songs. Yes, that one. Last.fm has been spitting a fair percentage of her back catalog at me lately, and I decided to check out her stuff. So, have seven songs:

The cheerful, perky, if possibly slightly threatening* one: Fill Me Up

The two step one: Round of Blues

The "I don't really know what it's about (though I suspect anxiety), but it's super catchy" one: Another Long One

The eightiestastic one: Steady On

The one about marriage: Bound to You

The cover: Window to the World (originally by Rush)

The one that'll break your heart: Monopoly


* I just don't really know what to do with the lines "I know where you live, / And I know who you are, / So don't get too close, / And don't go too far." It's a sweet, if perhaps slightly codependent, love song aside from that.
icepixie: ([Farscape] Crichton in space)
One more link from my ongoing Suzanne Vega renaissance: "Marlene on the Wall" (re-recorded version). I was never a huge fan of the original--it was catchy, and it would get caught in my head, but not because I really liked it. But this one makes it like a whole new, much better song, for some reason. (*cough* Possibly that reason is that I finally got it explained to me that the "Marlene on the wall" is a poster of Marlene Dietrich that was hanging on her wall when she wrote the song.)

I have yet to figure out exactly what's going on it, though. My current theory is that it's from the perspective of someone who would very much like to be in casual relationships and/or be a femme fatale a la Dietrich, but can't help having FEELINGS explode in her face. It's vague enough that it could be entirely the opposite, though.

However, the one that is still getting the most play in my iTunes is "Undertow," which I just love to bits, haunting as it is. There appear to be competing theories as to its meaning:

1.) Vega herself says that she meant it to be from the perspective of a real undertow, as in the ocean current. The internet at large laughs at this.

2.) The internet at large thinks it's about anorexia, and they have a very compelling case I tend to believe, especially given all the sharp/thin imagery in the verses.

3.) I'm still kind of attached to the idea that it's from the perspective of a serial killer and/or cannibal.

4.) A case could be made for it being about writing metaphorically consuming an author as they reveal their innermost selves, which is perhaps the most cheerful interpretation.

I desperately want to vid this song, but I can't think of a dark enough canon to do it with. Maybe BSG, but I can't face the idea of rewatching that whole show. It could possibly be an Americans vid about spies losing themselves in their cover identities, but I dunno, I'm not really feeling it. Perhaps something could be made about becoming a role onstage in Slings & Arrows, but...eh, not sure.

On the other hand, the first disc of Orphan Black came today from Netflix, so depending on how dark that is, it might work! (I know nothing about it besides "clones" and "people whose taste I trust are hooked on it.")
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
I just discovered that over the past three years or so, Suzanne Vega has re-recorded her entire back catalogue in a very stripped-down acoustic format, then divided it into four albums by theme (love songs, people and places, songs of family, "states of being"). She's always been a little hit or miss for me, more and more miss as time goes on, but I've always enjoyed her more folky songs rather than the weird electronic-y ones, so this is excellent.

Here are some of my favorites:

Ludlow Street - I'd actually not heard this one before, as it's from one of her recentish albums, but it's excellent. I really like the couplet and trailing line of the chorus: This time when I go back to Ludlow Street / I find each stoop and doorway's incomplete / Without you there. That breathy jump up the scale on the last syllable of "incomplete" does funny things to my heart.

Undertow - The strings are an AWESOME addition. The drums were a good thing to remove. This version is even creepier than the original, which I always assumed was from the perspective of a serial killer, or at least a vampire. (Which, arguably, is a kind of serial killer...)

Small Blue Thing - Don't get me wrong, the original is absolutely fantastic (I've always loved the synth on the "I am falling down the stairs..." part), and this version doesn't actually change much, but the subtle changes are good too.

Cracking - Okay, this is not the redone version, but I just discovered the original, and I really like it, so I'm linking it.

Ahhh, that was a nice walk down memory lane. "Left of Center" was totally the anthem of my misunderstood teenaged self. SO MUCH. Even if it was fifteen years out of date when I was a misunderstood teenager. I also have vivid memories of writing a complete rip off of "Small Blue Thing" for a high school creative writing class, and of spending an inordinate amount of time with my guitar trying to finger-pick like her on any of the many songs I downloaded tabs for. (I never succeeded.) "Tom's Diner," on the other hand, never did much for me, but I did enjoy the I Dream of Jeannie filk version she did that Nick at Nite co-opted for their commercials. Hee.

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In other news, I've followed the internet wildebeest herd and started listening to Welcome to Night Vale. It sits a little further toward the "bizarre for bizarreness's sake" end of the humor spectrum than I generally enjoy, but enjoyable it is nonetheless. For those of you who've been living under a rock, Night Vale is a podcast (you can get it for free through iTunes) from a community radio in the fictional small town of Night Vale, somewhere in the American desert southwest. It's kind of like HP Lovecraft meets the stranger parts of Chris in the Morning's radio broadcast, with sprinklings of X-Files, Fringe, and Twin Peaks, all done in the style of A Prairie Home Companion.

It's the perfect length for my morning commute, and decent for my afternoon one (that's longer, so I go back to music for the last ten minutes of the drive). I'm not sure I would like it so much if I didn't desperately need more entertainment for these drives, but I do, so I do like it. Plus, I really wanna know what's up with the hooded figures.
icepixie: ([BSG] Nothing but the rain)
Ugh. I am voluntarily getting up at 5:30 tomorrow morning so I can skate before work. Thankfully it's just this week; sane times get reinstated next week. On the other hand, since it's so early, maybe it'll just be me? Me and one or two other people? That would be cool.

Have a fabulous cover of "Dancing in the Dark" (Springsteen version) by Ruth Moody of the Wailin' Jennys. (She's the soprano.) I bought the whole album it's on, and it's pretty good. Moody is a fantastic singer and musician. My only complaint is that the lyrics of her own songs are kind of insipid in places.
icepixie: ([B5] Ivanova facepalm)
Googling confirmed what I suspected: my skating-induced knee pain is in fact a reoccurrence of the condition I had nine years ago (which was apparently induced by walking around Europe or, according to the doctor I saw, the fact that women's hips aren't directly over our knees). On the upside, at least I know exactly what exercises I need to do, and I know that they start helping almost instantly. Plus the linked PDF gives me some different ones I can do. On the downside: c'mon, body! I try to do right by you with exercise, and this is how you repay me?

Bah.

While I'm here, have some a link to this free 65-song mixtape (you may have to "like" NoiseTrade on Facebook to access the link, sorry).

I'm particularly fond of the offerings by Steve Moakler ("Today"), Kate Tucker ("Hangover"), Rachel Yamagata ("Saturday Morning"), and Matt Wertz ("Get To You"). I don't know if Yamagata is actually reminiscent of Joni Mitchell or if it's just that all of my Pandora stations used to play a song by her called "1963" incessantly, but that's the association I have.

I think the Matt Wertz song might make an interesting The Americans vid, if only because it's a song produced in 2013 that's doing its absolute best to sound like it came straight from 1986, and on a meta level that amuses me. Lyrically, it doesn't fit anyone in the show, although isolated phrases may lend themselves to certain shots. I guess it could be twisted pretty easily to be about spy missions, though. I'll have to give it some thought once I finish watching this season...
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
In high school, I had a friend whose musical taste was lodged firmly in the 1970s. She got me to listen to quite a bit of Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, and Simon & Garfunkel. She also attempted to get me into The Velvet Underground, but that was unsuccessful because, seriously, have you heard Lou Reed's voice? Yikes. But despite that musical education, three days ago was the first time I'd ever heard "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)."

My first thought was that this song must have been written either while high or about being high. On the other hand, I have had moments where good weather, no obligations, and a generally pleasant mood have combined to make me feel, well, pretty groovy. In fact, I do have vague memories of not only greeting, but dancing with a lamppost after one ballroom competition in college when I was feeling particularly silly. So who knows?

Either way, it's a fun song. Happy Easter, everyone. May it be groovy.
icepixie: ([Farscape] Crichton in space)
Best drinking song ever. Apparently a raccoon, possum, dog, and several birds have quite the hoedown. Plus, you can dance to it! (Admittedly it's not a perfect swing, but it's not a bad one!)
icepixie: ([Fringe] Vulcan)
I know I said I was off to do something productive, but I just ran across Gaelic Storm's version of "Cecilia," and it is a trip. You should listen.

ETA: Also The King's Singers cover. Although whereas Gaelic Storm's is actually good, this one...does not work very well. But it is kind of hilarious.
icepixie: ([Movies] Myrna Loy as a blonde)
One music rec today: Milo Greene, a band that deliberately set out to make rock songs that sound like sweeping film scores. Just my kind of music! There's also a strong whiff of eau de hipster in there, but that could just be the unkempt, bearded-and-behatted dude who stars in all their music videos.

Anyway, while "1957" and "Perfectly Aligned," among others, are wonderful, my favorite is actually this live version of "Don't You Give Up on Me." (The album version's not bad, but I like this one better.)

This is an odd association, I know, but for some reason all I can think when I hear that song is that it would've been perfect for an exhibition program skated by Kate Mosely and Doug Dorsey of The Cutting Edge. Something about the beat, the guitar line, and the cymbal crashes just says skating punctuated by jumps and lifts to me. I don't know. I think it would also be an excellent group number for something like Stars on Ice, because I can totally envision multiple people flying around a rink skating loops around each other and doing awesome things in unison/one right after the other to it.

(...Doesn't everyone choreograph to songs in their head? Just me?)

Speaking of Stars on Ice, I rediscovered the fact that YouTube is basically the perfect platform for archiving 4-minute-long figure skating programs, and spent much of yesterday happily watching random things. Like this: "Chair Men." To which I can only say, "I want all y'all's muscles. ALL OF THEM."

While I'm here, have my favorite of the things I rediscovered yesterday: Renee Roca & Gorsha Sur, "Everything Must Change." Aiiiieeee, so pretty. So many beautiful lifts. So much gorgeous extension. I love the way they express the music all the way to their fingertips. Since I'm reminiscing, I'll tell you that these two were my first introduction to ice dancing, with the equally lovely "Maria," and I remember being, like, twelve in 1996 or whenever it was watching this in stunned silence, then going, "WHAT WAS THIS BEAUTIFUL THING AND WHERE DO I GET MORE???"

Did I mention how great YouTube is for this kind of stuff? I remember tape-trading to get older programs of my favorites! /old*


* Speaking of which, happy birthday to me! 29, on the other hand, does not feel old, except perhaps for the point today where I realized that the crop of freshmen I taught in grad school is going to graduate in two months. WHAT.
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Hem fans and soon-to-be-Hem fans! The band has put the entirety of Funnel Cloud up on NoiseTrade, and bundled it with two tracks from Departure and Farewell: "Tourniquet" and "Walking Past the Graveyard, Not Breathing."

Click iiiiiiiiitttttt, you know you wanna. ;)
icepixie: ([Movies] Myrna Loy as a blonde)
Bunheads is, frankly, getting worse and worse,* but they have excellent taste in music. Each of the last three episodes has featured a winner:

Op. 7: III. Cuckoo! - comp. Benjamin Britten - A little bizarre, but awesome nonetheless.

You, Sailor - Erin McKeown - Any show that introduces me to a new Erin McKeown song I actually like gets at least a few points. My favorite bit is the strings at the end.

Tonight You Belong to Me - Jane Monheit - A lovely little duet, originally by some syrupy tween girl group of the 1950s, but here redone in a much, much better style. Of all the covers I found, it's also the closest to how it sounded when Sutton and Hunter Foster sang it on the show--though thankfully without their sad, out of tune ukelele. (P.S. I so hope The Wailin' Jennys cover this some day.)

While I'm here, have some NoiseTrade goodies:

The Rebecca West - Their band name is an instant win, but their music is good too; it occupies that region that probably is considered country but I actually, you know, like. My favorites are the title track and "Make It Rain."

Caro Emerald - Apparently this woman is massively famous in the Netherlands and possibly some other European countries, yet she's giving away half her album for free. Her strange business decision is our gain! Imagine Frank Sinatra moonlighting as a 21st century dance pop star (and, you know, as a woman), and you've imagined her stuff. I especially like "A Night Like This."

William Fitzsimmons - Sufjan Stevens meets Iron & Wine, maybe? This guy's reasonably well-known in folky circles, I think (apparently he's had songs featured on Grey's Anatomy?). I like the stuff here, but my current favorites are actually from the Goodnight album: It's Not True and Please Don't Go.

ANNNNNNDDDD Hem's latest album has a release date: April 2! Of 2013, even! Apparently there was much sturm und drang accompanying its creation, but it's probably NOT their last album. Woot!

* Minus Melanie's epic ponytail-takedown and subsequent adventures in roller derby, anyway, because those are awesome.
icepixie: "All the Queen's Horses." Lyrics misquoted from The Innocence Mission. ([DS] Fraser/Thatcher train joy)
AAAIIIIIIEEEEE. New Hem! One song, at least! And signs point to a.) Departure and Farewell being split into not two, but three albums, and b.) at least one of those albums being released in March, and c.) maaaaaaybe at least one being released earlier than that.

Anyway, get "Tourniquet" here. You have to sign up for their mailing list, but this is not a hardship, eh?

As for the song itself, I'm not as enamored of it as I am of some of their other work--although maybe I would feel differently if I were familiar with Brooklyn geography, which is what this is about--but it's certainly respectable, and as always, I love the lush instrumental background.

While I'm here, have a few more music recs:

Lisa Hannigan
"What'll I Do" - This is without a doubt the catchiest song I've heard all year. Hannigan's quirky delivery perfectly suits the inventive lyrics, too, like the following: "What'll I do without you around / my words won't pun, my pennies won't pound / and oh, and my frisbee flies to the ground." The whole song is full of great images and unexpected slant rhymes.

"I Don't Know" - Also some interesting lyrics, and I loooove the brass and strings.

Gin House
"Marianna" (download it free at NoiseTrade) - It's very...soulful, I think, is the word, although it's not soul music as such. I really like the chorus, and especially the little flourish of a wind instrument that appears after certain lines.

Thea Gilmore
"Come Up With Me" - Gilmore pops up with some regularity on my Pandora stations, but I was never moved to buy one of her songs until I heard this one. It was released in 2008, but is more reminiscent of the alternative rock purveyed by many female artists of the 90s. I'm sure the fact that the intro is the melody of the chorus to Third Eye Blind's "Turn Around" speeded up by half has something to do with that. (Seriously, compare them for yourself. It drove me crazy trying to figure out where I'd heard that guitar line before.)

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And another random link I've been holding on to:

Interactive map of the London Blitz. It maps every bomb that fell. My jaw actually dropped when I saw how many red dots showed up on that map. (Zoom out. It's insane.)
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
I seem to be getting close to finishing some Yuletide-related things, and could use a beta or two. If you're willing, wanna fill out my handy-dandy poll? It includes all the fandoms I offered and all the ones I might possibly write a treat in. I'm more than willing to provide beta-exchange services. :)

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Have some music recs:

The score of The Last Station is my new favorite of everything. Apparently the movie is about Tolstoy, and the composer is a Russian guy. It's got the lushness of something like Khachaturian's "Masquerade" and the aching somberness of Goreki's No. 3. Sometimes at the same time!

All I can find online is the title track, but that's okay, because it has almost all the themes present in the rest of the score, and it is gorgeous. (For the record, though, "Flight" is my favorite track, even if this one basically reprises it in its entirety. I hope some enterprising young figure skater has used this for a program, or a ballet company choreographed something to it, because cries out for gliding movements.)

Also, because it is close enough to Christmas that I can start recommending holidayish music, more Pink Martini:

Schedryk - "Carol of the Bells" in the original Ukrainian. (No, I had no idea it was originally Ukrainian either.) Apparently it's a New Year's song over there.

Elohai, N'tzor - I get the impression this isn't actually a winter holiday song, but it's on their holiday album. Whatever, PRETTY.

Auld Lang Syne - This is by far the best version of this song I've ever heard. (Okay, it's also the only version of the song I actually like, so it was a low bar. Still.) Jazzy and awesome!

Sympathique - Not a holiday song. Very jazzy and bouncy, though. I think it's about a pampered woman who's complaining about her ennui.

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