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Saturday, February 21st, 2009
7:09 pm
Every once in a while, I like to share something beautiful.
After a few exchanges, the director introduced this talented pupil. A short red-haired boy shook hands rather timidly and went straight to the piano. With the first few bars of the Appassionata by Beethoven, I felt I was in the presence of a true God-given talent. I wanted to hear more and he played the still little-known Jeux d'eau by Ravel like a finished master. I kissed him on both cheeks and took his name, which was Emil Gilels.

--Artur Rubinstein on Emil Gilels






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-JB



Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
3:41 pm
What some people find cute...
Just ain't.





Only $39.99, free shipping.  But Monkey Cuddles is even better--







$23.99 plus $9.99 shipping and handling.

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Well, at least I'm set for Feast gifts.

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-JB

Monday, August 25th, 2008
6:49 pm
"Where's your little rocking horse when you need it?"

-Susan, upon observing my elation at the William Tell Overture

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-JB
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
7:42 pm
P.S.
A) Spiked heels usually don't look very good (low blocks or tapered heels are much nicer and better accomplish the oft-lauded "extension of the leg")

B) This unobtrusively excellent pair of heels is perhaps even better than yesterday's nominees--





Now, really, don't the shoes just grab your attention?

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-JB

Current Mood: Highly amused again
Monday, August 4th, 2008
8:47 pm
The Perfect Pumps
Or

"A Highly Unusual Post"

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In my wide and varied travels over the seething sea that is the internet, I occasionally stumble upon people who make outrageous and unsubstantiated claims.  In fact, I find such people are surprisingly common.

This is such a case, albeit a mild one.

I present the so-called "perfect pump"--






Link here.

The shoe, I daresay, is far from the "perfect pump."  For one thing, referring to anything as "perfect" invariably implies a certain universality--without even looking at the "perfect pump," I would imagine a shoe that is equally beautiful and appropriate in formal, business, or nicely-casual settings.  The fact that this shoe is made out of some hideous velvet-like-stuff disqualifies it immediately.  And what's with the dental-floss-esque stitching on the sides?

Furthermore, the overall lines are, for lack of a better word, a little goofy--tame by most standards but still far from "perfect".  The need for a wavy arch and what I call the"floating foot effect" (i.e., the uncomfortable-looking levitation of the arch of the foot inside the shoe) is slightly awkward.

A brief browse on Zappos reveals my quick-and-preliminary nominee for the perfect pair of pumps.  Or at least, the best I could find for searching on one website without the motivation of eventually wearing them.

1) - The Peter Kaiser "Ila"











Link here.


2.5" block heels (just high enough to gain the unique advantages of heels while avoiding the RAWR factor); almond toes. 

A slightly shorter, less-pointy toe might be MORE "perfect" but the almond toe is always lovely, extending the natural lines of the foot and avoiding the pointy-toed Wicked-WItch-of-the-West trap so many women fall into. 

No, they're not "playful"--there are shoes like these and  these for "playful" (which in this case is no more than a euphemism for sexy and the aforementioned RAWR factor).  Those are just good examples, mind you. Not to say I don't like the way they look (I very much do in fact!), but I hesitate to recommend them.  I'm not a fan of public sexpots and I think most high heels are suggestive of it.  If you disagree, I do hope I offended you.

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Now how do I know these things?  How is it I have strong, informed opinions on WOMEN'S SHOES?

It is simple - I think girls are pretty and I have considered what makes them so.  Like anything else, I analyzed what seemed to be consistent trends.  Furthermore, my general aesthetic ideals--smooth lines, balance, simplicity--are applicable to most things...including the fashion of both genders.

Before you deem me effeminate, I must point out that even James Bond knew what perfume he liked.

So there.



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007
-JB 

Current Mood: Highly amused
Friday, June 27th, 2008
9:31 pm
Showtunes with realsingers continued...




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Incidentally, it needn't just be "great" singers who can put showtunes across--but they must be sung, not yelled.  

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-JB
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
2:08 pm
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
6:02 pm
Two of my sister's quotable quotes--
"Your arm looks pregnant"
--(Referring to my triceps)

"My goodness, you look like you popped out of a cake"
--(upon seeing me in my boxers and a necktie)

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-JB
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
11:32 am
For crying out loud.
I weigh exactly 139.5 lbs. 

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Good thing I planned on working out again. 

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...
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I don't really have the time to start today, but I'm going to anyway.  Right bloody now.

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-JB

Current Mood: I am a gnat.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
10:27 am
So.
Two finals, Indiana Jones, and a presentation.

Today is definitely a Wagner excerpts kind of day. 

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-JB

Current Mood: Wagner.
Friday, May 9th, 2008
6:51 am
This is GREAT.
Screw the video...listen to Bechi!  AHA!




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-JB
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
9:07 am
New review
Brahms this time.

Go there; spread it!  Pretty please.
http://vocedelleone.blogspot.com/

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-JB
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
9:50 am
Courtney: :outs thoughtfully::
:: pouts*
 me: You're a lesbian?
 Courtney: WHAT?!\
 me: Don't pout about it

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-JB
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
12:43 pm
Concerning David
"He was supposed to get some Philistine foreskins...he got 200.  I always wondered how he presented them..."   

[Laughter]

"I won't give you the ideas I've considered..."

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-JB
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
10:27 am
New review--Previn conducts Debussy
http://vocedelleone.blogspot.com/

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Read it read it; spread it spread it.

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-JB
Monday, January 28th, 2008
12:36 pm
Hm.
I just tore a door off its hinges.

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-JB

Current Mood: Moody.
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
7:56 pm
The Merrill/Tucker tornado...
This is why I got into opera.  Stuff like this.  Wow.  And they're both old men!

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Tucker (the tenor who looks like a bullfrog) does not have a pretty voice, but he is powerful.  And Merrill is one of the best.  Ever.
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-JB
7:38 pm
Courtney: "I was thinking of how to make the world better"
Me: "Oh, what were you thinking?"
Courtney: "I don't know, but it involved those toy styrofoam thingies and quarter machines."

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-JB
Sunday, December 30th, 2007
7:23 pm
My *other* blog
http://vocedelleone.blogspot.com/

Just CD reviews as of now.  I will likely touch upon other topics...

Do please spread it around.  But keep it separate from this one, if you wouldn't mind...

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-JB
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
5:44 pm
[Whiny voice]

"I can't do a thing without my cookies!'
-Me

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-JB

Current Mood: amused
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