Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weekend Music Binge

When it comes to music I am the first to admit to having whacked-out tastes. I am, after all, a woman who listens to a Japanese version of the Habanera aria from Carmen, then to the Imperial March a/k/a Darth Vader's theme, and then to a mishmash of themes from TV shows and anime, and songs from James Bond movies. Oh, and then there's the part where I'm a big fan of the Takarazuka Kagekidan, too.

So, to start this weekend off, here is a selection of my most favorite songs right now.

While the studio version of this video really made waves because of its imagery (the US forces in Iraq being pulled out to assist Hurricane Katrina victims instead), I think I prefer the "angrier" version (with bonus horn section) that's the centerpiece of this combined U2/Green Day benefit set in New Orleans. (The other two songs are "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Beautiful Day".)

This next song is something I've already posted to the blog, part of the soundtrack to my first NaNoWriMo experience: a live version of "Lost Heaven" by L'Arc~en~Ciel.

I also have the full studio version of "You Know My Name", the theme from the Daniel Craig Casino Royale, but it's always great to see this dynamic title sequence: fractals! People getting killed! Playing cards! I'm not sure it gets enough love....

I guess no one has the live video for this duet on "I Won't Last A Day Without You" by Utada Hikaru and Shiina Ringo - just the live audio. It always makes me weak in the knees to hear these two sing together.

And finally, because I really can't get through a day without them, a performance by Wao Youka and Hanafusa Mari: the finale from the Takarazuka Kagekidan Soragumi production of the Yeston/Kopit Phantom. Wao plays the Phantom, who has just died, and Hanafusa is Christine. Here, the Phantom appears to her for the last time. Also in the clip are Sakiho Juri and Aran Kei.

Do you have a list of songs you keep playing over and over to help you through any situation life decides to throw at you? I'd like to know! Tell me about it in the comments.


Jonette said...

I think this is the first time I've listened to Wao and Hana singing. With Wao, I was quite surprised to hear such a deep yet clear singing voice from a woman. The build-up was excellent, and the end of her aria gave me goosebumps.

The lifted platform for the boat added quite nicely to the illusion. Makes you think they're really floating on the water. :D

PJ Punla said...

@ Jonette

When I have free time at the office, I'll show you some of my Takarazuka collection. I have a LOT of Wao and Hana stuff; you MUST see them sing and dance together as they are amazing.