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On Wednesday we went to see Gordon Giltrap perform at the Lights theatre in Andover (where my musical theatre group normally perform).

I've been a fan of Giltrap's since a friend introduced me to 'Perilous Journey' and 'The Peacock Party' when I was a teenager. For those who don't know the name, he is a folk guitarist, probably best known for the tune 'Heartsong', which was used for the BBC's Holiday Programme for about ten years. But if the main rhythm riff of 'Heartsong' is the only Giltrap piece you know, you are not hearing anything close to his full range. There are various selections of his music on YouTube.

I am delighted to say that he was absolutely fantastic live. As a mediocre - mainly rhythm - guitarist, I am astonished when I see that kind of flawless virtuosity. Not only that, but he turned out to be a funny and charming host.

So during the interval I bought his latest album and got him to sign it.

Now after all the conventions I've gone to and all the writers I've met you'd think I'd be better at this 'meeting heroes' stuff, but all I managed was a slightly incoherent 'I've been a fan of your stuff since I was a teenager'. 'Fan of your stuff'. Honestly!

Anyway, next time he's at the Lights I'll be there!
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Anyone who has been in our house will know that our life is a constant fight between having space to move and accumulating stuff.

We had a clear out of DVDs and videos a couple of weeks ago, leading to a bag of DVDs going to my mum, another bag on hand for donating to the Meaneys and the rest going to a charity shop.

But our biggest problem at the moment is that I buy many CDs and we are running out of space to put them. I've been looking at techie solutions to this but all of them seemed fairly expensive. But then someone advertised a media streamer (Virtuoso MC-500 if anyone is interested) on the bulletin board at work for £75. Now this is not the most up to date piece of kit but I'm prepared to pay that sort of money for something as an experiment.

So this afternoon I spent a happy couple of hours setting the box up (I had to buy enough ethernet cable to run from the broadband router upstairs down to the living room). And after some fiddling around it seems to all be working okay. So we now can rip all our CDs onto the PC (most of which are already there) and stream them down to the downstairs amp, using the TV to select tracks.

I've upgraded the supplied software so that I can use iTunes as the front end, which is what I tend to use on the computer anyway. So once everything that needs to be ripped has been ripped (and I've sorted out the tags that need fixing) we can stick the CDs into boxes and clear a bit more much-needed space in the living room. Hoorah!

We have also this weekend spent some of [ profile] pennski's bonus on buying a new mattress and replacing our rather battered coffee table.

I call that a result.
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1. Go to, and find the greatest hits for the year you turned 18 (on the left-hand side)
2. Select at least the first 40
3. Bold the ones you like
4. Strike out the ones you hate
5. Italicize the ones you are familiar with but neither like nor hate
6. Leave plain the ones you don't recognize.

Hmm. It's surprising the number of songs I don't recognise from artists I know. Another one of those 'different side of the pond' divergences I guess. Mind you, there are probably other songs I would recognise if I heard them.

Greatest hits of 1984 )

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Ganked from [ profile] cabell

1. Open your music library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

The soundtrack:

1. Opening Credits: "Finale" - Miss Saigon
2. Waking Up: "Music is the Victim" - Scissor Sisters
3. First Day at School: "Cheek to Cheek" - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
4. Falling in Love: "I Don't Like Mondays" - Tori Amos (weirdly I don't have the original version on CD anywhere).
5. Fight Song: "Food Glorious Food" - Oliver Original Broadway Soundtrack (maybe it's a food fight...)
6. Breaking Up: "For Emily, whenever I may find her" - Simon & Garfunkel
7. Prom: "I don't Want to Know" - Fleetwood Mac (If the prom is in the seventies I suppose)
8. Life is Good: "Wish" - Red Dragon (my ex-brother in law's folk band - this starts with the classic line 'Your kiss is like a kick in the teeth'. It's actually skewed romantic so that works quite well)
9. Mental Breakdown: "Guilty" - Blue (the things that turn up on compilation albums...)
10. Driving: "There are Worse Things I Could Do" - Grease
11. Flashback: "Ghost in this House" - Alison Krauss & Union Station
12. Getting Back Together: "Jailhouse Rock" - Elvis Presley (very odd)
13. Wedding: "Prologue: Jellical Songs for Jellical Cats" - Cats soundtrack (at a wedding?!)
14. Paying the Dues: "Fear of the Dark" - Gordon Gilltrap
15. The Night Before the War: "Blown it Again" - Daniel Bedingfield
16. The Final Battle: "Side by Side" - Company Soundtrack (uh huh)
17. Moment of Triumph: "Jumpin'" - Liberty X
18. Death Scene: "The Final Fight" - Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale
19. Funeral Song: "Letter Home to England" - Tell Me on a Sunday Soundtrack (there is nothing you could do to make that make sense...)
20. End Credits: "New Lace Sleeves" - Elvis Costello

The less said about that the better I think!
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For the first time in a couple of years we are heading off to a rehearsal tomorrow night.

Our old operatic & musical society are doing Crazy for You some point next year. Lots of Gershwin songs, a silly plot, the chance to shake the dust off our tap shoes and the old musical director who made our last show such a misery has retired. What's not to like?

Okay, the possible catch (and you just knew there had to be one)is the date of the production. We don't know what it is yet, but how much are you prepared to bet that it's at the same time as WisCon (which we are already booked for and are definitely going!)?

Watch this space!


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