While I was ridiculously eager to get my hands on the complete score from The Fellowship of the Ring, I had a few reservations about the format it would be in. Doug Adams had informed us a few months ago that the score would be heard on disc largely as it is in the film. That is to say that it would programmed according to the score's placement in the movie, but without the cuts and jumps heard on the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Ultimate Edition. I didn't like this idea because I had always felt that the voluminous tracks that make up that release and the RCA Victor/Sony complete Return of the Jedi made those albums very difficult to listen to.* I should have had more faith. Jedi doesn't play well complete because the film is overscored, but also the variable sound quality and use of concert arrangements of music originally composed for the first Star Wars cause the album to drown in itself, and I prefer Arista's 4 CD box set presentation of that score.
The Lord of the Rings is a very different animal, though, and hearing it play out fully is a totally different experience than the original album, and my surprise at how it works as a whole was something that was unexpected considering my familiarity with the score as it is heard in the film. The album tracks are designed to compact a sequence in order to give it a beginning, middle and an end. This involved quite a bit of editing, and while I was extremely concious of how music was missing from the original CD, the new set thrusts into the foreground how different an approach this was to the scoring of the film.
The music flows. It's not about excerpts, it's not about cues, it's about how everything fits together as part of a whole. It plays best by letting it play out all the way through. While this may demand three hours, they are three hours that are filled with music of great passion that is also intellectually engaging. On FSM's podcast on the topic, it is brought up that the music doesn't so much follow the action as it runs parallel to it in the film; it is music about what is occuring on the screen rather than music underlining what is occuring on the screen. The liner notes that Adams provided outline all of the thematic material in the film and helpfully tell you where to find the first instances of each. It encourages a much more critical approach to listening to the score than was possible on the original CD.
[ ] I am shorter than 5'4".
[ ] I have many scars.
[ ] I tan easily. (I burn first)
[ ] I wish my hair was a different color
[ ] I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
[ ] I have a tattoo.
[x] have/I've had braces. (I looked like Bugs Bunny for a while as a child)
[ ] wear glasses/contacts
[ ] I would get plastic surgery if it were 100 safe, free of cost, and scar-free.
[ ] I've been told I'm attractive by a complete stranger.
[ ] I have more than 2 piercings.
[ ] I have piercings in places besides my ears.
[ ] I have freckles
[ ] I've sworn at my parents.
[ ] I've run away from home. (although this didn't play out exactly the way that sounds)
[ ] I've been kicked out of the house.
[ ] I have a sibling less than one year old.
[x] I want to have kids someday
[ ] I've had children.
[ ] I've lost a child.
[ ] I'm in school.
[x] I have a job.
[x] I've fallen asleep at work/school. (it's a job requirement at the phone company)
[ ] I almost always do my homework.
[x] I've missed a week or more of school.
[x] I've been on the Honor Roll within the last 2 years.
[ ] I failed more than 1 class last year. (I don't do that sort of thing anymore, it's too common)
[ ] I've stolen something from my job
[x] I've been fired. (and what a story that is too)
[ ] I've slipped out a "lol" in a spoken conversation.
[ ] Disney movies still make me cry.
[ ] I've peed from laughing.
[x] I've snorted while laughing.
[x] I've laughed so hard I've cried.
[ ] I've glued my hand to something
[x] I've laughed till some kind of beverage came out of my nose. (only once, though)
[ ] I've had my pants rip in public
[ ] I was born with a disease/impairment.
[x] I've gotten stitches. (I was hit by a golf ball once, it was right on my eyebrow, which is why you don't see anything there unless you really look)
[ ] I've broken a bone.
[ ] I've had my tonsils removed.
[ ] I've sat in a doctor's office with a friend.
[ ] I've had my wisdom teeth removed. (they're still there, scheming, plotting)
[x] I had a surgery. (yeah)
[x] I've had chicken pox.
[x] I've driven over 200 miles in one day. (cross-country trip)
[x] I've been on a plane.
[x] I've been to Canada.
[ ] I've been to Mexico.
[x] I've been to Niagara Falls. (slowly I turned... step by step...)
[ ] I've been to Japan. (no, but I have a lot of Japanese electronics, does that count for anything?)
[ ] I've Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans
[ ] I've been to Europe.
[ ] I've been to Africa.
[ ] I've been to the Eifel Tower.
[x] I've gotten lost in my city.
[x] I've seen a shooting star.
[ ] I've wished on a shooting star.
[x] I've seen a meteor shower.
[ ] I've gone out in public in my pajamas.
[x] I've pushed all the buttons on an elevator
[ ] I've kicked a guy where it hurts.
[x] I've been to a casino.
[ ] I've been skydiving.
[x] I've gone skinny dipping.
[ ] I've played spin the bottle
[ ] I've drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour.
[ ] I've been in a car crash.
[ ] I've been Skiing
[x] I've been in a play.
[x] I've met someone in person from the internet. (just recently, actually)
[ ] I've caught a snowflake on my tongue.
[x] I've seen the Northern Lights.
[x] I've sat on a roof top at night.
[ ] I've played chicken. (no frickin' way)
[x] I've played a prank on someone.
[x] I've ridden in a taxi.
[x] I've seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
[x] I've eaten Sushi.
[ ] I've been snowboarding.
[ ] I've gone on a blind date
[ ] I miss someone right now.
[ ] I have a fear of abandonment.
[ ] I've cheated in a relationship.
[x] I've had feelings for someone who didn't have them back.
[ ] I've told someone I loved them when I didn't.
[ ] I've told someone I didn't love them when I did.
[ ] I've kept something from a past relationship.
[ ] I've done something I promised someone else I wouldn't
[ ] I've done something I promised myself I wouldn't.
[x] I've snuck out of my house. (but only so that I wouldn't wake anybody up)
[ ] I have lied to my parents about where I am.
[ ] I am keeping a secret from the world
[ ] I've cheated while playing a game.
[ ] I've cheated on a test/quiz.
[x] I've run a red light.
[ ] I've been suspended from school.
[ ] I've witnessed a crime.
[ ] I've been in a fist fight.
[ ] I've been arrested.
[x] I've shoplifted.
[x] I've consumed alcohol.
[ ] I regularly drink.
[ ] I've passed out from drinking.
[ ] I have passed out drunk at least once in the past 6 months.
[x] I've smoked weed
[x] I've taken painkillers.
[x] I've eaten shrooms.
[ ] I've popped E.
[x] I've inhaled Nitrous (whip-its).
[ ] I've done hard drugs.
[ ] I have cough drops when I'm not sick.
[ ] I can't swallow pills.
[ ] I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem
[ ] I have been diagnosed with clinical depression.
[x] I shut others out when I'm depressed.
[ ] I'm anorexic or bulimic.
[ ] i've slept an entire day when I didn't need it.
[ ] I've woken up crying.
[ ] I own over 5 rap CDs.
[x] I own an iPod or MP3 player.
[ ] I have an unhealthy obsession with anime/manga.
[ ] I own multiple designer purses, costing over $100 a piece.
[ ] I own something from Hot Topic.
[ ] own something from Pac Sun.
[ ] I collect comic books.
[ ] own something from The Gap.
[x] I own something I got on e-bay.
[ ] I own something from Abercrombie.
[ ] I own something from American Eagle.
[ ] i hate to sound like im bragging but i consider it confidence
[ ] I can sing well.
[ ] I've stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
[ ] I open up to others easily.
[ ] I watch the news. (I used to, but it just causes too much stress)
[ ] I don't kill bugs.
[ ] I hate hearing songs that sacrifice meaning for the sake of being able to rhyme.
[x] I curse regularly.
[x] I sing in the shower.
[ ] I am a morning person.
[ ] I paid for my cell phone ring tone.
[x] I'm a snob about grammar.
[ ] I am a sports fanatic.
[ ] I love being neat.
[ ] I love Spam. (only in the Monty Python sense)
[x] I've copied more than 30 CD's in a day
[ ] I bake well.
[x] My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, red or blue.
[ ] I would wear pajamas to school.
[ ] I like Martha Stewart.
[ ] I know how to shoot a gun.
[ ] I am in love with love.
[ ] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
[x] I laugh at my own jokes.
[ ] I eat fast food weekly.
[ ] I believe in ghosts.
[ ] I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
[x] I've not turned anything in and still got an A in a certain class.
[ ] I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room.
[x] I am really ticklish.
[x] I love white chocolate
[ ] I bite my nails.
[ ] I play video games.
[ ] I'm good at remembering faces.
[ ] I'm good at remembering names
[ ] I'm good at remembering dates.
[ ] I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.
A. FOUR JOBS YOU'VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE:
2) Roy Rogers.
3) Tower Records. (still the best of the bunch)
4) Verizon Special Services Field Technician. (in progress)
B. FOUR MOVIES YOU COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER:
1) The Godfather Parts I and II
2) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
3) Once Upon A Time in the West
C. FOUR CITIES/TOWNS YOU'VE LIVED IN:
1) College Point
4) Fresh Meadows
D. FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH:
1) Buffy The Vampire Slayer
3) Dead Like Me
4) Battlestar Galactica
E. FOUR PLACES YOU'VE BEEN ON VACATION:
1) The Bahamas
F. FOUR WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY:
1) Live Journal; you should try it
3) Film Score Monthly
4) Movie Music.com for the message board.
G. FOUR OF YOUR ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANTS:
2) Mexican Gardens (alas, it ain't there no more)
3) Mijarres (I envy you this place, aerolyndt)
H. FOUR OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS:
I. FOUR SCHOOLS YOU'VE ATTENDED:
1) North Hills School, P.S. 221 Q
2) Louis Pasteur, J.H.S. 67 Q
3) Benjamin N. Cardozo, H.S. who remembers the frickin' registry?
4) Queens College, CUNY.
J. FOUR PLACES I'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
2) The Bahamas.
3) My own Greek island.
K. FOUR THINGS YOU FIND YOURSELF SAYING
2) The thing about that is...
4) Music composed and conducted by... (I'm not sure why that last one happens)
The regular buses and trains were running today. The union and the MTA are still in negotiations, but the only action taken thus far has been the suspension of the private bus lines, so my bus is still running. I knew they were going to play around with the 7 line though, because they always do whenever there's friction between management and craft in the MTA (I assume that it's because it's one of the few lines that they can fuck with because it's not going to effect any other line). I was right. I took the local, and it was a good thing I did because there was a "stalled train" at Grand Central that was holding up all 7 service; I was able to transfer to the R at 74 St/Broadway and actually got to work a bit earlier than I had these past few days.
This might be a rather shrewd move on the part of the Transit Workers Union; the strike will be more disruptive if it were to occur on a Monday than a Friday, and so the threat of that may make a very good bargaining chip for the negotiators to use over the course of this weekend. The workers still laboring "on good faith" worked for the us during the last of our collective bargaining, so it may go in the union's favor.
The company issued a memo outlining some of the services the company is planning to get people into work. They are providing buses for Brooklyn and Bronx residents, they expect those who live in Queens to take the L.I.R.R. (if the strike does occur, I'm covered with my managers here, so I won't be expected at work), and nobody ever gives a fuck about Staten Island anyway. Jersey pooftahs.
* I only apply this to Phantom Menace and Jedi; the complete Star Wars sounds much better when heard complete and in order, as does The Empire Strikes Back, although I have reservations about the sound quality on that complete release as well.