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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. 

    ...

    Good thing I planned on working out again. 

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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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