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I have discovered So You Think You Can Dance Canada...and it's dangerously intoxicating. This is Nico-- of course I like him, he's the unconventional, beautiful, troubled one. (Take out the piercings, and it's even better.) And I now want to date a French Canadian.
I'm not kidding. I'm contemplating how to get to Montreal and where the French Canadians hang out in the D.C. area.
28 November 2008
24 November 2008
SHE & HIM: VOLUME ONE
MATT WARD AND ZOOEY DESCHANEL MAKE PASTE’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Singing has long been more than Deschanel’s hobby. In 2001, she started playing in a cabaret act with fellow actress Samantha Shelton. “I did a lot of music and stuff in high school,” Deschanel says, “but as an adult, I just needed a way to play music, and [the cabaret thing] was a safe way for me to be able to sing and test out the waters. I would transpose all the music for the band, and it’s amazing to see all the core structures that Gershwin and Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart used.”
The big secret, though, were the hundreds of original songs Deschanel had stored on her computer. She’d been writing songs since she was a kid, and by her early 20s she was recording demos, layering vocal harmonies over piano and guitar.
Ward convinced Deschanel to send him some of the demos, and the two decided to record an album. The idea that this might come across as just another Hollywood starlet’s vanity project never struck either of them. “We talked about songs, we talked about records and music and how to record stuff,” Ward says. “And I guess the best way for me and Zooey is to record in some sort of bubble you create for yourself that doesn’t really take into account Bruce Willis.”
They quickly discovered that they shared an affinity for timeless music; they’d even grown up listening to the same oldies station in Los Angeles, K-Earth 101. “When I met Matt,” Deschanel says, “I was like, ‘I don’t want to record with anyone else!’ It was so clear to me: ‘This is the only person who will be able to do this. This is the guy who has to make a record with me.’”
“After I heard all of the songs,” Ward says, “they sounded like they all fit together in a really interesting way that I had never heard before. I just felt like I had been exposed to this great artist that nobody really knew about as far as her songwriting. When people think of Zooey Deschanel, they didn’t used to think ‘songwriter.’ The whole thing was just a complete no-brainer. These were awesome songs that needed to be heard.”
And they are. If you would’ve suggested back when we launched the magazine that Zooey Deschanel would write most of the songs onPaste’s favorite record of 2008, we’d have thought that about as likely as Arnold Schwarzenegger becoming governor of California. But the 13 songs on Volume One are lovely throwbacks to blissful ’60s pop, tastefully arranged and produced by the über-talented Ward. And Deschanel loves her new career so much, plans for Volume Two are already under way.
“I would rather be a songwriter than be an actor,” she says. “I’m grateful I’ve been so fortunate to have success as an actor, but being a songwriter is just creatively so satisfying. I know this is silly because I’m 28 years old, but this is all new to me, to be playing shows—there are people who know the words to the songs and are singing these melodies that were born in my bedroom. It’s amazing to me to give them a life, and they go and live on their own. I feel like that’s sort of some little microcosm of what parents feel like with children.”
23 November 2008
21 November 2008
We're the movers, we're the shapers, we're the names in tomorrow's papers, it's up to us now to show 'em.
This school district should be ashamed. I guess it just goes to show, the great ones are always doubted.
"We are each going to make a toast for change. And what that means is from this moment on, every voice that told you you can't is silenced. Every reason that tells you that things will never change disappears. And the person you were before this moment, that person's turn is over: now's your turn." ~Freedom Writers
20 November 2008
18 November 2008
Watching a painting coming to life
Shifting and shaping
Staying inside, it all goes it all goes by...
14 November 2008
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08 November 2008
|I HAVE studied many times|
|The marble which was chiseled for me—|
|A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.|
|In truth it pictures not my destination|
|But my life.||5|
|For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;|
|Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;|
|Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.|
|Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.|
|And now I know that we must lift the sail||10|
|And catch the winds of destiny|
|Wherever they drive the boat.|
|To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,|
|But life without meaning is the torture|
|Of restlessness and vague desire—||15|
|It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.|| |
07 November 2008
“Oh, and I’m adamant about this one—If he doesn’t like hot cocoa... On the other hand, if he knows exactly what to say…And if he doesn’t kiss you, but you feel like you’ve been kissed…”
16 October 2008
15 October 2008
I feel must interject here,
You're getting carried away feeling sorry for yourself
With these revisions and gaps in history
So let me help you remember.
I've made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear.
I've prepared a lecture on why I have to leave
So please back away and let me go
I can't my darling, I love you so...
Oh oh oh.
19 September 2008
Anyone else enjoying the "intertextuality" of the line "I can do the Freddy"?
How I wish I were half as cool as Jenny Lewis. To have graced the screen in the glory that is Troop Beverly Hills and to currently sing in a fabulously quirky band that allows for equally fabulous and quirky solo albums? That's almost too much of a good thing!
18 September 2008
13 September 2008
Don't you all love the forbidden? I know I do-- the taboo makes it all so exciting. Can you believe that a glimpse of ankle used to be prohibited? Well, in the words of Cole Porter, "In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on a something shocking, now heaven knows, anything goes!"
If I were to recreate these scandalous apparitions, my legwear would have to be lavender sheer silk stockings. Luminescent legs! Brilliant.
(courtesy of jezebelstationary.blogspot.com)