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On the Topic of Thespianism

One of my stranger gifts came from my sister. She's a sophomore at Salisbury State University. She apparently went back and visiting our old high school at some point when they were digging through some of the stuff in the theatre office. A teacher I respected but never had for class remembered me and my sister, and let her have one of the two remaining t-shirts from the play I was in, Arsenic and Old Lace.

I don't know if I've already written about this, but I was one of the cops, even helped choreograph the fight scene I was in. That got me a standing ovation, as I managed to avoid all fights except one I lost badly freshman year. It was a good show, and we had good comedic timing and decent delivery.

I still have (and occasionally wear) the shirt I got for being in the show. Now that I live a quarter mile uphill from my high school, maybe I should stop by sometime.

I visited my college today on the way to catch the train. The nasty weather delayed me beyond any hope of making the right train. I figured I could stop in and say hi to my old boss and make sure he remembers enough about me to use him as a reference instead of him just getting a call out of the blue. Problem is, this week is Spring Break. Well, I got a brief look at how some of the construction on campus is going. Oddly enough, one of my co-workers from UMBC was on my flight to Ireland. THAT was spooky.

Also spooky is today's rain blasting sideways down DC streets. Sideways. That shouldn't be allowed.

- Pookah

Comments

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ekilon
Mar. 21st, 2001 07:15 pm (UTC)
sideways rain.
Why do the phrases that sound like they should be in songs have to do with the rain so often?

Sideways rain.
the hit by pookah.
pookah
Mar. 21st, 2001 08:29 pm (UTC)
Be Careful ...
Sideways Rain

A
Walking down the avenue
You came flying out of nowhere
Watching as you ran by
All I could see was dark hair
And your eyes
And cloudy skies

B1
You're moving past
You're moving fast
It's so hard to keep on walking
Wish I could get
Anything but wet
But I can't start talking
Don't leave me drenched in pain
In the sideways rain

A
Every time you pass me by
Every time I can't say hi
Puts a curtain of gray
To overcast my day
And the drops came down
And you came around

B2
You're moving past
You're moving fast
It's so hard to keep on walking
Wish I could get
Anything but wet
But I can't start talking

C
The wind whips you by me
Before I can speak
That's just an excuse
I know it's me that is weak
I can't match the bluster
I can't match the speed
I can never find all the time that I need

B2
You're moving past (don't leave me)
You're moving fast (don't leave me)
It's so hard to keep on walking (in the sideways rain)
Wish I could get (don't leave me)
Anything but wet (don't leave me)
But I can't start talking (in the sideways rain)

A
Walking down the avenue
You came flying out of nowhere
Watching as you blew past
All I could see was dark hair
And cloudy skies ...

- Pookah
ekilon
Mar. 22nd, 2001 06:43 pm (UTC)
You sing...
So where the tune?
*grins*
Or chords?
sheet music?

I'll be the exact opposite of careful.
I wanna hear how it sounds in your head.
and if you have no idea,
I'll send it to my composer friend
watch out.
pookah
Mar. 22nd, 2001 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: You sing...
I need transcription lessons ... I can hear it, but I just wouldn't know how to put it down.

I hear a voice, sometimes a second voice (for the echo part and harmony on the refrain), an acoustic guitar, and drums keeping mostly a beat of 1-2-3-and-4.

4 measures per phrase, usually starting on 2nd measure first beat, off-beat afterwards. 1st and 4th measures usually rests.

1-2-3-4-Walking down the a - ve - nue ...
1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2 and 3-4-1-2-3-4 ...

Obviously there's some liberty with a few syllables here and there (e.g. "You came" from the second line on the "4-and" of the 1st measure)

If I had a keyboard I could write the notes, and I wouldn't even begin to know how to sketch chords down in courier font.

Adapting for syllables, 1st stanza voice something like:


4___1___2___3___4___1___2___3

____C_C___C___C___C___B___B---
F_F_A_A___A___A__A->G_G---
____C_C___C___C___C___B-------
____A_A_A_A___A__A->G_G---


I'd kill for a clef font. I had to use underscores to get it to space right. Ah well. That's a little frustrating, to almost have it there.

I'll remember this tune, but you can have your composer friend work on it and see what he comes up with.

- Pookah
ekilon
Mar. 24th, 2001 12:15 pm (UTC)
If I only had the time...
I'll figure that out, too, when I'm back at home.
Can I upload programs to that site, too?
Is that a dumb question?
Probably.

Uh...
You don't play guitar.
or I'd tell you that tabbing is the answer.
Um...
Um...
Sound recorder?
ekilon
Mar. 21st, 2001 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm a thespian.
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