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maybe it’s much too early in the game…

This is possibly the most adorable thing I’ve seen.

He’s wearing a suit, she’s wearing a tiara and playing a tiny guitar. How can you not love this?!

Happy New Year xx


Justin Bieber ruins Steampunk

Justin Bieber’s new (not new, it was written in 1934) song Santa Claus is Coming to Town has an inexplicable steampunk video to go with it. Um…why?

According to the Washington Post, this all means that “fans of steampunk, the Victorian-era sci-fi cosplayers, may be fleeing en masse to another form of dress-up”.

There’s always the slim chance that the singing munchkin is just a huge fan of the industrial revolution, Jules Verne and upgrading his every day attire with the clockwork innards of a watch (assuming a helpful grown up explains how we told the time before digital watches were invented). More likely, he’s just tagging onto a niche clothing trend that hasn’t already been dragged through the media a la Taylor Momsen’s gothic-stripper styled wardrobe or Katy Perry’s cartoon pin-up costumes.


“I want to go to New York for Christmas.”

I am loving this song – “Christmas In New York” by Clara Barker.

I’ve probably been swayed because I’ve met the singer Clara (rhymes-with-Sarah) Barker and she’s pretty awesome all on her own, but her voice and this song are gorgeous.

The first verse mentions frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity, the restaurant where Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol used to hang out.

It’s got that “Fairytale In New York” vibe but without sounding like the kind of argument you pretend to ignore when you’re shopping for last minute presents on Christmas Eve.

It’s got the sweet, whimsical, “wouldn’t it be nice if…” feeling that you get imagining you’re walking home on a city street, bundled up in a cute yet appropriately expensive coat as the street lamps twinkle through the snow.

What more do you need?

There’s currently a Facebook campaign to get Clara to number 1 in the UK charts and you know deep down you don’t want the X Factor to churn out another auto-tuned droid to mindwipe the nation while we’re all distracted with the Dr Who Christmas Special.

Join now! We need YOU!

You can buy the “Christmas In New York” single for a very civilsed £0.79 on iTunes (or find your way to her 2 full-to-bursting-with-amazingness albums) so there’s no excuse not to join the revolution.

Save the cheerleader singer, save the world!


random pop music fact

Kesha’s “Tik Tok” sold more copies than any song by The Beatles.

 


“I’ve got a dentist who’s over 7 feet tall.”

No that’s not the start of a joke, it’s the first line of a song from Burlesque. Yes, that film when Stanley Tucci gets to upstage world-renowned divas Christina Aguilera and Cher.

My point is that although Dr Long John was “performed” (danced & mimed) by Kristen Bell’s character Nikki, it’s actually Megan Mullally of Will & Grace fame who recorded the vocals.

Kristen Bell as Nikki - Burlesque

Megan Mullally as Karen - Will & Grace

See below the beautiful Ms Kristen Bell and friends dance to the incredible vocal stylings of Karen Walker Megan Mullally…


There’s a drumming noise inside my head…

I started up a choir about 4 months ago and we had our first performance this week (which went amazingly well if any of them are reading!).

Now that we’ve got 1 show under our communal musical belt it’s time to concentrate on moving forward and choosing more new and interesting songs (not that covering The Beatles, Adele & Radiohead hasn’t provided a suitable amount of variation already) so that I can get to work on the arrangements.

notes for our arrangement of "Rolling In The Deep"

In the spirit of previous entry “I Ride This Motherloving Beat Like A Tractor”  and “I Put A Spell On You” I’ve included 2 versions of what is one of my favourite songs at the moment. Listen to Freshman Fifteen (from Northwestern University) sing their acapella/human percussion version of Florence & The Machine’s “Drumming Song” and then listen to the beautiful original track to see where it came from.


St Trinians

St Trinians’ gothic tear-away Andrea of the white face powder, fishnet sleeves and burgeoning art theft career…

…was played by pop star Paloma Faith of the beautiful voice, fantastic costumes and notable head-wear.