RENT the Musical Saturday, May 8 2010 

When I saw that the musical RENT was playing at the Civic in Auckland, I thought “Hmm, might be interesting.” I soon forgot this little inclination, to be perfectly honest, until one of the girls I work with piped up and said “I want to go to RENT – anyone else keen?” So we got together a group and bought tickets. Well. Best decision EVER!

RENT is an avant-garde rock opera, based around a group of young, down on their luck creative types living in New York and trying desperately to survive (and pay their rent, of course!). This story could very easily tip towards being quite depressing, as it touches often on poverty, death and HIV. And yet… it is woven together in such a way that it becomes a story of hope, endurance and love, without becoming overly sentimental. You fall in love with the characters, you understand that their mistakes are what make them so wonderful and offbeat. You are sucked into their world, and even though you know there can’t be a fairy tale ending, you sit there desperately hoping for them to be touched with happiness even for just a moment.

And the music… ohhh THE MUSIC! Beautiful, haunting, catchy… Obviously, many actors/singers have played these brilliant parts all over the world during different productions of RENT, but the songs themselves are pure gold. And the New Zealand cast of Rent? Didn’t let the show down at all. They were exceptional.

When I got home, I went straight onto iTunes and downloaded the album (from the film that was made based on the musical) and I have the film itself on order, too. This musical left me buzzing… It just was so riveting, dark, honest and thought provoking. I recommend anyone, anywhere in the world, to go see this show if the opportunity presents itself. It isn’t light and fluffy, but it is utter brilliance.

Can you tell I really enjoyed the show? Haha 🙂

Watch a few scenes here from the musical RENT!

April Madness – What’s On My iPod Monday, Apr 5 2010 

Just a quick posting to update you as to what I’m listening to on my iPod at the moment! Some of my picks are popular, some not so much. Hope you find something that YOU like in the process!

Possibility by Lykke Li. This song was played in the movie Twilight Saga: New Moon and I totally fell in love with it. So sombre, so haunting.

Telephone by Lady GaGa FT. Beyonce. Okay okay, everyone is listening to this at the moment. But I love it so much I just had to give it a mention! Plus the video clip is so cool.

Bad Things by Jace Everett. A bloody AMAZING song, this guys voice is pure sex. You may recognize it as the intro theme for the TV series True Blood.

Blue Eyes Blue by Eric Clapton. I have loved this gorgeous song for years and years, and have started playing it again. In my top 10 most loved songs.

Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit. I guess I’m loving the blue eyes at the moment, huh? But another haunting melody. Everybody knows it as the movie theme for Halle Berry’s Gothika.

More Than Words by Extreme. Relaxes me every time I listen to it. 🙂

American Pie by Don McLean. I couldn’t find an official video, so here’s the best quality clip that I could find!

The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) by FOTC: Flight Of The Conchords. EPIC EPIC EPIC!

So many good songs out there, both new and old. There’s just nothing better than tuning the world out and getting absorbed into music that you love! Hope you found a gem in there, or found an old fave that you haven’t listened to in ages. Until next time!

Music Tidbits Tuesday, Feb 2 2010 

I’m not a muso by anyones standards, but I do know what I like. Music, to me, is something that elicits certain feelings within you, takes you away from yourself, provides a form of escapism. I have plenty of friends who know everything about the musical world, about underground beats, dubstep and the history of all things lyrical. I’m the geek who loves pop and rock and country, but you know what – it makes me happy! So here’s a quick list update of what’s playing on my iPod at the moment!

Taylor Swift – Fifteen

Pearl And The Puppets – Because I Do

Powderfinger – My Happiness

The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Mika – Love Today

Aerosmith – Jaded

David Bowie – Magic Dance

Glee Cast – Don’t Stop Believing

Okay, that’s enough for today! Hopefully there was something in there that YOU enjoyed as much as I.

New Years at Omaha Sunday, Jan 3 2010 

So normally I blog about objects, activities, movies etc but I really wanted to write a small piece about my New Years in Omaha with my very good friends. 

The past year has been quite tough for me – for a lot of reasons. But this holiday absolutely wiped the slate clean and made me really look forward to 2010. I was surrounded by my best friends, friends from the past, and people that (by the end of the holiday) became new friends. We sunbathed on the white sand, letting the crystal blue water lap at our toes as the sun turned us a gorgeous red (whoops, pass the sunblock!) and I looked on as those wonderful people zoomed around on a jetski, dragging behind a water-biscuit carrying screaming victims (think flailing limbs and massive fails into the water!).

We played card games like Skip-Bo, Bastard and Last Card. We played board games like Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit. We played Buzz on the Playstation, and watched Girls Of The Playboy Mansion on TV. We ate bacon, eggs and pancakes for breakfast – then had BBQ’s, pizza’s, pasta’s and roasts for dinner. Copious amounts of alcohol was drunk, peels of laughter were constantly emanating from our overcrowded deck (covered in sandy towels, blow up chairs and sports gear) and the time for bed was often 4 A.M. 

The days were long and filled with sun, sports, swimming and the reading of good books. The nights were longer and filled with all the silly games we could think of, all the while singing along to music, discussing relationships, life and everything in between. 

In my life, I have never been part of such an eclectic group. People from different walks of life, with different beliefs and goals, but it just clicked. And I came away feeling so very grateful to know these wonderful, fun, interesting people. Thank you guys.

Happy New Year everyone. 

Omaha Beach

Painting of Omaha Beach

Music To Mac To Monday, Nov 30 2009 

You know sometimes you hear a really good song and you just love it? You may not like the band, or the rest of the album, but that particular song just absolutely does it for you? Well, thats kind of what happens every time I see a new Mac/Apple ad. They pick the most amazing tracks to advertise their equally amazing products. Some of the music is by unknowns (though that doesn’t last long) and some of it is by the most famous of groups. But either way, they ALWAYS choose gems.

Apple Mac Logo

Here’s a list of some of my top picks from Apple/Mac ads:

Hey Mama by The Black Eyed Peas

Rock Star by N.E.R.D.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet

Vertigo by U2

Feel Good Inc by Gorillaz

Ride by The Vines

Lose Yourself by Eminem

Someday Baby by Bob Dylan

Love Train by Wolfmother

Music Is My Hot Hot Sex by CSS

La La La by The Bird And The Bee

Work That by Mary J. Blige

What I’m Looking For by Brendan Benson

Shut Up And Let Me Go by The Ting Tings

Viva La Vida by Coldplay

Bruises by Chairlift

No You Girls by Franz Ferdinand

If I Had Eyes by Jack Johnson

Mr Pitiful by Matt Costa

She’s Got Me Dancing by Tommy Sparks

New Soul by Yael Naim

Walkie Talkie Man by Steriogram

Technologic by Daft Punk

Take California by The Propellerheads

Okay, that’s my faves, but amazingly there are more. See how bloody eclectic and great their music choice is? Go onto iTunes or Youtube to sample some of this music – see if you like it as much as me!

Well done Apple. Once again, you win the marketing game, hands down.

Good Creedence Sunday, Nov 29 2009 

I’m not what you’d call a “Music Buff”. Most of the songs that I adore get me mocked by my lovely friends… *Cough Cough* But this is MY blog, so you get MY opinion! Haha.

One of my all time favourite bands is Creedence Clearwater Revival. A true blue American rock band that became famous in the 1960’s and created songs so good that even in the 2000’s their music still heavily saturates radio stations. When I’m chilling at home, sitting on the deck out in the sun, more often than not I have Creedence playing on my ipod. It’s fun, catchy and makes you feel good.

Their songs can be a little bit bluesy, but are mostly soft rock that gets you singing and tapping your foot. Some of my particular faves are “Bad Moon Rising”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “Midnight Special”, “Suzie Q” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”. All the songs are available on iTunes and, in my opinion, are a great addition to anyones music collection. Anyway, doesn’t hurt to broaden your listening preferences, right?

Creedence Clearwater Revival