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Music Monday … For Good

“Good Lord, Lisanne! Are you serious? Giving us such a blockbuster kind of song for #MusicMonday?” – that’s what you might say.

And I say: YES!

After I’ve spend the past week with Stacy Wolf’s AMAZING book “Changed for Good. A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical” (it’s amazing! If you have the opportunity to read it, READ IT!) I needed some Wicked in my life. So yesterday for my Sunday afternoon spend in the library I pulled out my old and baggy Wicked hoodie I got when my Mom took us to see the show in Stuttgart when I was 16 or 17 years old, and today I’m giving you that good ol’ tune (not to mention that I’ll definitely will wear that hoodie again, because: Why not? Girl gotta be comfy while working, right?).

Have fun!

And it’s Stephanie J. Block singing – who can say no to this?

And while we’re at it…can we please take another minute out of your Mondays to listen to Emmy Raver-Lampmann riffing the sh*t out of “The Wizard and I” – I swear to whatever you like me to swear to that THIS will make your Monday be filled with joy and happiness.

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5 Things I am looking forward to…

…doing once I handed in my MA thesis

I have talked about my MA thesis on here before, but now that it’s like around 5.5 weeks before I have to hand in that bad boy (or girl, haven’t decided yet) on June 1st my motivational list featuring ALL the amazing things I’ll do once I have this thesis finished grows. And I though it’d be fun to share. Especially since I guess there are a couple of things on there that only SOUND really attractive right now but won’t be anymore the moment I officially had time for them – the procrastination-witch probably makes them sound soooo good, then.

  1. watching the 5th season of Homeland. During the first two seasons I was like a die-hard fan of that show. Wasn’t too sure about the third and even more the fourth season then. Anyways – the 5th season is set in Berlin and it’s airing in German right now so basically everybody and their dog is watching it. I am not. Because I’m saving it. The fact that it basically will be summer once I’ve handed in the thesis won’t stop me.
  2. getting back into translating. The last thing I translated was Ryan Scott Oliver’s “Leave Luanne” for the last installment of schreib:maschine mid-March. Since then I’ve been riding my bike belting out German translations to one specific song, realizing that I’m neither a tenor nor a soprano (who knew? Well….I did!). And there’s a whole show waiting to be translated.
  3. cleaning, tidying up and purging – well, that might be a thing the procrastination-witch makes sound VERY attractive. But I have the feeling in case I have to move this summer I’ll happy about every box of books that I don’t have to move. Very, very happy. And maybe I’ll read Marie Kondo’s hit-book and get on the very hip minimalist-band waggon?
  4. making more of the last months of my BahnCard100. Since I have been a long-distance-commuter between Berlin and Leipzig for the last four semesters I have this very handy thing called BahnCard100 which entitles you to go on basically ANY train in Germany free of charge – because you paid for it in advance. It’s like a train flatrate. And I have placed to go this summer because I want to see all my friends and acquaintances perform in their summer shows. And I kind of decided I want to pay a return-visit to Lotte in Wetzlar since I’m REALLY up for a good cry and listening to the CD just doesn’t fix that.😉
  5. Looking forward to the things that might come up. Or not. As of today my future is not set. I don’t know what I’ll be doing come fall. And I really try not to be too stressed out about that. Let’s see if that works.

5.5 more weeks. Good lord, time flies. I can’t wait to hand it in but at the same time I really don’t want to…Aaaaarg.

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Music Monday … She Used to Be Mine

When I recently (like on Saturday) went back in my Youtube history I re-stumbled across Jessie Mueller singing Sara Bareilles’ “She used to be mine” from the musical Waitress. And while I was listening to it and watching Ms. Mueller – whom I love in Beautiful two years ago as you could read here – sing I remembered the day I showed it to my Mom for the first time. Somehow and I really can’t say why the both of us ended up crying on the couch and my Mom said: “Oh…maybe we should go to NYC again this summer and see shows!”

And although it took us another month until we put that into action and now we’re going. In July.

HAPPY MONDAY, FOLKS.

 

#12v12 April

In nächster Zeit stehen sowieso ein paar deutsche Posts hier an und da hab ich mir gedacht, fange ich doch gleich mal an mit etwas, was eigentlich “dazugehört”. #12v12 ist ein ziemliclh lustiger Ding auf Instagram, bei dem einige von mir verfolgten Blogger_innen immer wieder mitmachen, ob es nun die hochverehrten Kulturfritzen sind (die jetzt tatsächlich seit neuestem Plural sind!) oder Ella von Ringelmiez. “Konzept” dieses Hashtags ist es, einmal im Monat – nämlich am 12. – 12 Bilder aus seinem manchmal furchtbar langweiligen, manchmal ganz aufregenden Alltag zu teilen. Ich habe das in diesem Jahr im Januar zum ersten Mal gemacht, dann auch im Februar – im März nicht, wenn ich mich richtig erinnere. Eigentlich ist der Plan dann auch, das ganze zu ‘verbloggen’ – ein Fakt, den ich bisher geflissentlich übersehen habe. Ok, ignoriert. Ich habe ihn ignoriert.😉

Diesmal will ich es aber machen, wenn auch mit einem Tag Verspätung….

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Nachdem mein Montag mehr oder weniger damit zu Ende gegangen war, dass ich ENDLICH mein Tuch aus dem tollen Wollmeisen-Garn “Blend” fertig gestrickt habe, fing mein Dienstag damit an, ebenso ENDLICH ein Paar Socken fertig zu machen, die schon viel zu lange auf den Nadeln rumgehangen haben (ich kann immer nur eine Sache gleichzeitig stricken, ist mir dabei wieder aufgefallen). Das ist also Paar Nr. 17 meines #52pairsin2016-Projekts. Ich bin froh, dass sie fertig sind!

Da ich momentan so richtig durchstarte, was meine Masterarbeit angeht (zumindest rede ich mir das erfolgreich ein….), gab es dann sehr viele Bilder, die irgendwie mit Papier oder so zu tun hatten. Meine To-Do-Liste und ein Teil des Inhaltsverzeichnis’ eines der Bücher, über die ich mich am nachhaltigsten freue: Meiner Mutter hat mir das “Oxford Handbook of Sondheim Studies” (tatsächlich!) zu meinem 24. Geburtstag geschenkt, nachdem ich es mir gewünscht habe – damit ist es sozusagen Teil einer Reihe ungewöhnlicher Bücher, die sie mir zu Geburtstagen schenkte und die damit begann, dass ich zu meinem 14. Geburtstag meinen bis heute heißgeliebten Stowasser bekam.

Mein “Arbeitsplatz”für den gestrigen Tag war dann mein Stammplatz in der Bibliothek des Instituts für Theaterwissenschaft der FU Berlin, wo ich immerhin 4 Jahre studiert habe (3 Jahre BA und ein Jahr MA Tanzwissenschaft) und wo ich seit drei Jahren als studentische Hilfskraft beschäftigt bin. Und falls sich jemand fragt, wie ich mich motiviere tatsächlich zu schreiben: a) das frage ich mich auch und b) Witze machen. Viele. (höhöhö)

Wer viel denkt, muss sich auch bewegen – nachmittags ging’s mit dem Rad von Dahlem nach Schöneberg, wo ich zum Kaffee mit Musical-“Urgestein” und -Mensch der ersten Stunde Eric Lee Johnson verabredet war. Es ist immer großartig mit Eric nicht nur, aber auch weil er so viele tolle Geschichten hat darüber, wie Musical in den 80ern und 90ern in Deutschland war. (von denen er einige bestimmt auch bei seiner Solo-Show Ende Mai erzählen wird….)

Zuhause habe ich dann – vor meinem Abendessen, das wie eigentlich jeden Tag aus einem großen Salat bestandt – in mein Konto bei foodassembly.com reingeschaut, weil ‘meine’ Assembly einen neuen Verkauft für die Verteilung nächste Woche gestartet hat. Ich glaube, bis es wieder wirklich gute Sachen für mich gibt, die ich auch esse, muss ich aber leider noch ein bisschen warten….😦

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Ich bin eine Chaotin und da stehe ich zu, deshalb habe ich auch dieses Bild gepostet, mit vielen Fädchen, viel zu vielen Stricknadeln und zwei angefangenen Socken auf der aktuellen Ausgabe der Women’s Health, die auf dem Sofa rumlag. Habe ich nicht weiter oben gesagt, dass ich nur eine Sache gleichzeitig bearbeiten kann, stricktechnisch? Richtig! Aber die gelbe Socke ist so kompliziert mit so einem extremen Zopfmuster (es sind die Professor Higgins-Socken), dass ich noch eine mindless Alternative brauche fürs Fernsehen, Freundetreffen oder so.

Zuletzt bin ich immer wieder und immer noch beindruckt von meine Schallzahnbürste. Weil ich die erste Zeit in München war mit ihr und das Glas nicht dabei hatte, komme ich erst jetzt in den Genuss, sie über Induktion (zumindest glaube ich das) in dem Zahnputzglas laden zu lassen. Ein Wunder der Technik! Und dann zu Abschluss noch: Mein Foamroller! Ich habe viel mit Verspannungen vom unteren Rücken abwärts zu tun und das Ding (gemeinsam mit so einem kleinen, harten Ball, der quasi dazugehört, und den ich “Sohn Satans” getauft habe) ist unglaublich dafür! Yay!

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Music Monday … Broadway

Ok, I don’t know for how much longer this clip is going to stay up on Youtube, but I’m sure it will be long enough for you to enjoy it at least once.

Yesterday I FINALLY started on the Gypsy-Chapter of my Master thesis (only 6 days late….wow….) and I’ve made it kind of a tradition to listen to the recordings of the shows I write about while writing – which led to exessive listening to Patti LuPone belting out “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” the week before.

Anyways…while I went back to Gypsy I began to particularly like the “Broadway”-track from the West Ende Revival recording, which is a part of the “Dainty June and her Farmboys”-routine Momma Rose has her girls to in an audition. And somehow I’m a) really smitten with the way June is like really hitting the good ol’ Broadway-vibe in her part (around the 1:20 minute mark) and b) I just LOVE the way the music in Gypsy pretends to be older than it really is and in “Broadway” they really celebrate that! Plus: I mean – isn’t that whole orchestra-pretending-to-be-a-train-thing HILARIOUS? It’s giving my a great time in the library at least.😉

I hope your week is off to a good start and you’re listening to cool things on this Monday!

 

Music Monday … Lifesong

I’m sure there is the occasional Monday that just isn’t for you.

My Monday was a little something like that, mostly because I went up to Hamburg yesterday and my Sunday wasn’t really a Sunday (normally me on Sundays: hit the gym before lunch and then do nothing. or…next to nothing). And then I “lost” a day of sitting in a library and write little and procrastinate lots – instead I had to go to Leipzig and back and then run a couple of errands. Anyway…

On those Mondays when you are tired and all “meh” and “WEEKEND!” – and for all the other Mondays, too! – go and listen to the gorgeous Andi Alhadeff letting out here (inner) Persephone by singing “Lifesong” from Jasper in Deadland.

Mostly because Jasper is a fabulous show and the albums will be released this month if I remeber correctly! So YAY!

And go and watch / listen, ok? Will you? Will you? Will you?

I hope your week was off to a great start!

 

On what kept me from blogging

aka what I prioritized over blogging over the last couple of months

Folks! I’ve been absent on here, right? While I have been posting on the Theaterkind-facebook-page kind of regularly – on here there wasn’t all too much going on except for the odd #MusicMonday post here and there.

Clearly I haven’t been blogging, but: What have I been up to instead? Here’s the top list of what I prioritized over blogging.

Interning – many of you will know that I spent January and February living and interning in Munich. While I had a cool time in the theatre and within the production and I learned a lot about myself and how I want to work it was also cold and grey and snowy and….well…let’s say, my energy level was low.:)

Back in Berlin and facing all the stuff I had been postponing (including ALL the coffees with ALL of the Berlin based friends…) and BOOM I got sick. For two weeks straight. And I hated it. For the first week I could not even sit at my desk for half an hour.

Procrastinating. That sounds weird, right? I mean: isn’t blogging basically a form of procrastinating? It’s a fabulous way to spend time on things you shouldn’t be spending time on because other things are more important, right? When I sit in front of my computer because I REALLY should do stuff (e.g. working on my MA thesis which I have to hand in exactly two months from today) I really don’t like to do stuff. Can anyone figure out what I could possibly mean by that? Who wants to get stuff done when you could just watch a useless tutorial on youtube? Or what other people eat on a ‘usual’ day. Been there, done that – don’t judge.

Knitting. I am not even embarrassed. I really like knitting. In the end of 2015 I decided to knit 52 pairs of socks in 2016 (that project has its own hashtag on instagram…#52pairsin2016) and that is timeconsuming.

No ideas. Yep, I promised you (sort of) a comment on the things happening wth Stage Entertainment. And I could type up a little something about the work I presented at both the most recent Schreib:maschine and the one before that, but other than that? HELP me and feed me ideas? I could write a lot about knitting I must admit and maybe I’ll do that as an off-topic post, but…PLEASE!😀

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Music Monday … Heaven on Their Minds

It’s Easter Monday and what on earth should stop me from posting not only another #MusicMonday but also another JCS-themed Easter Monday #MusicMonday? Nothing, right?😉 // for those who don’t know: two years ago (TWO!) I posted one of my favourite songs from JCS.

This one we’ll be listenting to today is kind of cheating – since I already shared this video on the Theaterkind Facebook-page a couple of weeks ago, but I found myself going back to this rendition of the song probably more often than I should have (hello, procrastination!).

Please all lean back and have a good listen to Jodie Steele who is giving us the ultimate female Judas with a song that I’ve defined as the MOST IMPORTANT one from Jesus Christ Superstar. Yep, I just said that. And I’m not taking it back.

Make the most of your Monday (which is a Monday off where I am), after hours of knitting I’ll be hovering the flat. And checking of the “Music Monday!!!!”-part of my to do list for today.

What are you listenting to today?

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What We Must Watch on Valentine’s Day

As the enternal single girl I am (no milkshare brought boys to the yard so far….) every year Valentine’s Day is a very special day of the year.

And by ‘special’ I mean: I can’t decide if I just don’t wanna care in the first place or I’m just so depressed so that I pretend to not care….oh BOY!

Anyway, over the last couple of days a number of videos hit the good ol’ Youtube and while I was watching some of them I was all like: Yup, that’s gotta be Valentine’s potential. And here we go….

  1. This might actually be my favourite. I saw Jessica Vosk go on as Marian in Bridges of Madison County for the first time back in 2014 and now she brings down the house (and all of the guards…) with this AMAZING mash-up.

  2. Basically I just clicked the video out of habit and I have been a long-term lover of that song anyway. It’d take a lot to get more sad than that, right?

  3. With this one I go through phases of non-stop-listening and then not listening for a while and repeat from the beginning. Seriously? Andi Alhadeff!

  4. It all fades away. There are simply no more words.

  5. Start all over again.:) But don’t ever forget:

Happy Valentine’s Day, Ladies and Gentlemen!

P.S.: Two years ago I published another post honouring this date. It was about dysfunctional couples on musical theatre stages. Enjoy!😉

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Music Monday … Take Me Home to Ireland

After a while I have a new #MusicMonday for you today. All my exams for this semester are done and I can go back to all the stuff I work on besides my studies – plus this semester this also means: Back to listening to things other than works by Isabel Mundry, Elena Kats-Chernin and Philip Glass which I was doing of my most recent exam.

Anyway – in a lucky coincedence the video I’m going to share with you popped up in my youtube-subscription-box when my ears were opening up again to new things. And as the fangirl of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk I am – I hit play.

Andy Mientus and Margo Seibert (who I LOVED in Rocky!) might help a little bit but I think I’m in love with the folky-kind of pathos in this song. And I’m not even embarrassed.😉

A little bit of cheesy pathos is GREAT sometimes.