Mar. 19th, 2008

fr_defenestrato: (jesus bird)
Alf Arthur, Who Arden Evan, Hal Lorde Bea Tyne Haim. Di King Duncan, Ty Wilby Donne Hawn Eartha Citizen Evan. Gibb ostrich Téa Daly Brendan Fergie Boss Art Dos Passos Zasu Weaver Gibb does Hooch Ray Spassky Ken Starr, Sand Leda Snodden Dude Temptation, Bundy Liberace Ephron Evil. Ford Inez Duck Ingrid Amanda Power Andie Glory Ferre Vera Men.

Alf the TV show alien
Sir Arthur Sullivan
little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two
Eve Arden
Evan Dando
Hal Linden
Audré Lorde
Bea Arthur
Tyne Daly
Corey Haim
Diana, Princess of Wales
Coretta Scott King
Sandy Duncan
Ty Cobb
James Wilby
John Donne
Goldie Hawn
Earth Kitt
Citizen Kane
Evan Wade (fashion model)
Andy Gibb ostrich
Téa Leoni
Carson Daly
Brendan Fraser
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
The Boss, Bruce Springsteen
Art Garfunkel
John Dos Passos
Zasu Pitts
Fritz Weaver
Barry Gibb
does (some deer... some female deer)
Hooch (of Turner &)
Satyajit Ray
Boris Spassky
Ken Starr
Georges Sand
Leda & the Swan
Pete Snodden (Irish DJ)
The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
Otis Williams (of the Temptations)
Ted Bundy
Liberace
Nora Ephron
Evil Knievel
Gerald Ford
Inez Courtney (stage and screen actress)
Daffy Duck
Ingrid Bergman
Amanda Plummer
Tyrone Power
Andie McDowell
Glory, from Buffy season 5
Gianfranco Ferre
Vera Lynn
Men in Black
fr_defenestrato: (saturnalia)
Hooray! I got 8 hours of nearly uninterrupted sleep last night! Crashed hard shortly before 9 and woke up at 5 a.m., completely BOING-don't-even-fit-in-the-bed-anymore awake. Started work about 5:30 and got the biggest baddest job on my to-do list done by 8, so I had no qualms about not leaving for the office until 9:15. Today we convene the Red Team review of the present proposal. I'm hoping any of the four people assigned to review it will have actually read it by 3 when we meet to debrief.

Meanwhile: hommos from Perfect Pita for lunch. Nom nom nom.

Tonight: the Suspicious Cheese Lords are singing a Tenebrae service at the Franciscan Monastery in D.C. As I've mentioned to several peoples, the Monastery fired us as artists-in-residence two years ago this spring, and since then (and partly because of that) we've been evolving into more a concert band than a church-service group—obviously to my extreme glee. We scurried that first year to make up the money (~$7K per annum) the Franciscans had given us to sing 6 services during Holy Week and various other holiday services throughout the year, and now that we're actually getting 5-figure offers from cathedrals and concert series far and wide we don't have to accept any old church service job that comes our way. But I've always had a soft spot for the monastery, which has one of the most gorgeous, sonorous, peaceful chapels I've ever been in... and so when the Franciscans asked us back for this Holy Week and the lords debated about it, I was happy that we decided to accept only once service, and that that service was Tenebrae. It's a mournful service, full of lamentations and whatnot, and toward the end of the service all the church lights go out and the altar candles are extinguished one by one, except for one that the priest picks up and walks out of the chapel, leaving the place in total darkness. While the lights are out the "strepitus" (Latin for "great noise") is sounded, symbolizing the "contraction of the earth in woe" following Jesus's crucifixion, or some such crap. (They have special noisemakers for this at the monastery.) Then the priest brings the candle back in, just like Jesus brought back the light of the world blah blah blah. Yeah, it's goofy and mythtical, but I like the darkness of it, and the drama. We sing nothing remotely happy. Yay!

Ooooh, in fact, one of the things we're singing tonight is explicitly about "the dying of the light" (but rages, rages not thereagainst): Moriens lux amantissima by Jean Mouton. We recorded this last summer but it didn't make it onto our new CD, which made me sad as it's my favorite thing of Mouton's that we sing. Anyway, y'all are welcome to come listen... at least it's free and you don't have to sit through TOO much churchiness.

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