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It's Friday!

Well, it's my Friday. Tuesday is my long day, but then I get two days off in a row. Today, I got to pop down the street to Hole in the Wall Books to fill in a few grievous gaps in my science fiction library (no, I will not tell you what they are--my shame is too great). My car decided to play "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" for me. I've got a great stash of tea to drink. My fridge is full of autumnal greens to cook. Life is good.

In fannish news, I think Tennant's Doctor has grown on me. Nine will always be first in my heart, but Ten has a certain puppyish charm. As of "The Idiot's Lantern" I am officially head over heels in love with Rose Tyler, though. I've never heard any of Billie Piper's music. I bet it's horrid, Spears-esque crap. I don't suppose anybody has ever heard of her doing a duet with Nick Cave or something?

Sigh. I thought not.


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Nov. 14th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
I would characterize her music as "OK". Not great but not bad, although some of her early stuff is questionable (circa late 1990's, early 2k's).

The early stuff was very 'girly-pop' (this was around the time of an explosion of female solos and bands in the UK, such as 'Atomic Kitten', etc), and I'm sure I have some of it on CD, somewhere...
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I have great faith in your taste in music, so I assume I'd find it "OK" as well.. I *do* read the lists for your mixes, I just am a slacker and never comment. Sorry :(
Nov. 14th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Once you get past the awfully annoying "Because We Want To!" (anthem for teenaged brats everywhere), her music wasn't awful (it wasn't as interesting as Britney Spears, alas, although I think Britney's music was more interesting than most do...as I quickly defend myself as a musician). She has a nice, light voice and, as you can tell, great presence. YouTube used to have a number of her videos, but they may have disappeared in the latest purge.

I envy your ability to see puppyish charm in Ten. I mostly want to smack his nose with a rolled-up newspaper! :-)

Enjoy your weekend! I have a similar set up, with a break in the middle of the week. It's kind of nice to have a schedule offset to the rest of the world - particularly for things like grocery shopping.
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'll have to poke around and see if there's anything left on YouTube. I don't think I'm gonna invest any money until I've heard at least a few samples.

Can you tell me what you find interesting about Britney Spears's stuff? I'm honestly curious. I do tend to be in the camp that dismisses her as pop fluff, but I'm very open-minded and curious.

And didn't realize you were a musician. I never got around to asking you what you do, come to think of it... I could pose the question in your own LJ if you like.

And, yeah, I can understnad wanting to whap Ten on the nose. I think he has his moments, but when I think about it, most of those moments have more to do with good writing than with Tennant's acting. I can tolerate him, but I'm no fan.

Nov. 19th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for taking so long to get back to you on this - this has been a very busy week! And the lovely weather really hasn't helped much.

Can you tell me what you find interesting about Britney Spears's stuff?

Quite often, the writer/producer Max Martin gets exclusive credit for her music, yet he doesn't when we're talking N'Sync (typical gender discrimination). Yet the things that I find interesting about her music aren't heard in N'Sync's music, which suggests that whether they're her direct contribution (and there's no reason why wouldn't they be, unless we just want to dismiss her completely), or Martin's response to her particular strengths. I tend to think she's a better instinctive musician than most of her "generation" - certainly better than Christina Aguilera, who has a better instrument in her voice, but no musicality and an atrocious sense of rhythm; even Beyoncé Knowles often feels stilted in a way that Britney doesn't. Ironically, although Pink hates the comparisons, I think they do have quite a lot in common, which includes a tremendous sense of rhythm and an awareness of where the key pressure points are in a melody. You can see it in Britney when she dances - as with her voice, she's not the best technically, but she knows where the beat is. You can see her feeling it/responding to it in her core, whereas both Christina A. and Beyoncé tend to move their limbs to the surface of the melody. Britney also does something very Southern, which is put the ornamentation on the low end of her voice, rather than screeching up high, which personally I prefer. Plus, frankly, for all its worrying subtext, "Baby One More Time" is a great pop tune - and not quite as squicky as "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)"!

Now, that was probably more than you intended me to say!

But yes, I am trained as a classical musician, and played professionally for about 2 minutes before realizing that it wasn't what I wanted to be doing. But I folded it into what I ended up doing, and if you're still curious, you can reach me at my livejournal e-mail - easiest method!

Nov. 14th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
I found a couple of her videos by searching under her name on youtube. While the music wasn't something I'd ever listen to usually, there was a certain joyousness and lack of pretension to it that made me enjoy it for the length of the video. And I'm sure I would have loved "Cause We Want To" when I was thirteen, which is certainly its target audience.
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of guessed it'd be something like that. I love her personality, but well, you know the kind of music I prefer. It is not normally produced by cute, young blondes.
Nov. 14th, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yay! Happy Your Friday! :)
Nov. 14th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
They say your first Doctor is always your favorite, so Nine would be mine. I can't stand David Tennant - much too "prissy" for me. While the last episode saw him being a bit more "fun", it still wasn't great.
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, prissy is a great adjective for Tennant!

And, you know, Tom Baker was really my first Doctor, but Nine is still my favorite. I guess Baker is my favorite from the original series. In my mind there is a significant divide. They're almost different shows.
Nov. 14th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
When the first internet availability of this Dr. Who became available, I said I recognised the girl playing rose. She's in some movie or something I've seen in the past, and it's been bugging me! Do you know if she's been in anything other than what's on IMDB? cause none of those titles are ringing a bell.
Nov. 15th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
I really couldn't say. If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that maybe you caught one of her music videos? She doesn't really have a long and varied acting career, as she only about 23 or 24.
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