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Music Minute: Taking the Hobbits to Isengard!

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Welcome to 2014! Instead of our usual program of clever musical intellect today Music Minute is going to dish out something that tickles the funny bone as well as gets those toes a-tapping!

Over a decade ago filmmaker Peter Jackson brought to J.R.R. Tolkien’s work to life on the big screen with the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, Dwarves, creepy Grim Reaper wannabe’s on mini-dragons, giant flaming Eyeballs….the stuff of creative legend.

Howard Shore, the musical genius behind the film scores, gave the movies their iconic anthems that have rallied fans for years. It is impossible to not strike a majestic pose when listening to the Fellowship theme or long for the Shire when concerning about hobbits. Those songs have a magic to them that transports those listening into Middle Earth every single time.

Like all things with a cult fan following the Lord of the Rings has a huge broad-based fandom throughout the internet. And where fans gather pop culture references will be made. One of the most memorable of these hilarious references is the Legolas “Taking the Hobbits to Isengard” remix. Call me aged but I remember when this first hit the web stream. I fell off my chair laughing and listened to it on repeate for days. Nearly ten years later the song still holds fond memories and has made it into a must-have-dance-in-the-aisles Ringtone for any Ringer fan.

Pop culture icons live on even when the general fan hype has dwindled. But like all musical scores in the fanverse, they are never forgotten.

Don’t believe me?

With the release of the new Hobbit Trilogy currently underway the man who made it all possible has not forgotten the fans or the fandom. This was a behind the scenes shout-out to all Ringers past, present, and future to let them know that they are loved and appreciated for all of their dedication and strange quirks.

And after all this time…Orlando Bloom still rocks the black eyebrows with blonde hair combo.

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Bring on 2014!

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Hey everyone!!!!  Wowzer, well I’m going to say that 2013 went by realllllllll fast like.  Like really, really.  Definitely an interesting year, I’d say!  Much wow. Very 2013.

It seems kind of like with tech and the online world going as ballistic as it has been (and speeding up, no less!), that these past few years we’ve pretty much been seeing the viral world constantly trying to outdo itself.  Which of course has then provided us with countless hours of entertainment as we sit and stare blindly at our lovely screens, be they computers, tablets, or phones….

And, to celebrate the craziness (and also to celebrate the new year…and the fact that we all have power once more (YAY electricity!!!), allow me to present a year in review, courtesy of YouTube:

Catch all those references???? (and recognize the faces???) That lovely combo included a whole ton of the big hitters from trending videos in 2013. Haven’t seen some of the vids before? Take a look here for the playlist of the top 10 trending videos in Canada over 2013.

Oh, and of course, cause I love it so muchly, in case you haven’t stumbled across this, our dear Pharrell Williams (oh, Nerd, you are so young at face! Seriously! He seems to be aging backwards!!), put together a 24 hour music video of his song Happy.

And lastly, because I uberly much loved this movie – waaaaaayyyyyy better than the first installment – Ed Sheeran’s awesomely spectacular end credit song for The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug:

And that should get things going nicely, I think. Bring on 2014!!

Music Minute – This Is Halloween Everybody Scream

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Man dancing imageIt’s Halloween. All Souls Night. The pagan new year. The creepiest date on the calendar when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.

Tell me something.

Do you know where your parents are?

Because if they’re not at home then turn up those speakers, dim the lights, press play, and rock your face off. You’ll be glad you did. After all, this is Halloween….

Nothing brings on the spook and creep-ness quite like a Tim Burton original on a day like this. Add in the ear-piercing chill factor of Marilyn Manson and you’ve got yourself one heck of a freaky time. Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas is one of those movies that you have to watch twice, once on Halloween and once right before the X-mas factor. Better still, crank up the killer soundtrack whilst driving through those dark empty country side roads in the cold dead of night. See how long you last. Mwahahaha!

Don’t you just love Halloween?

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Have a Happy Halloween everybody.

 

And remember, don’t loose your head!

 

David Bowie is…Making his mark in Toronto (and also probably an alien)

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of hitting up the Art Gallery of Ontario (aka the AGO) in the city.  Amidst the beautiful exhibits of paintings, photographs and sculptures (I saw, among other things, works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Emily Carr and O’Keefe), there was one attraction that caught my interest imensely.  That would be the David Bowie is… exhibit, running from now until November 27th.  This is the first North American stop for the exhibit, on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  It coveres the many decades Mr. Bowie has been a pop culture icon, from the 1960s to today, and all the work he’s done in music, movies, fashion, painting, etc.  In short, it was super cool, just like the man himself.

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Allow me to bring you up to speed for all of you who may not be familiar with Bowie.  He was born David Jones in 1947, and during his teens he began to break out with the wave of musicians coming out of Britain in the 1960s.  He really began to leave his mark during the Glam Rock era of the 70s and 80s.  He was basically like Madonna or Lady Gaga way before creating personas, being androgynous, changing your musical tastes, borrowing from lots of different art styles and being completely wacky was cool.  He paved the way for all of that.  He’s created a lot of different names for himself; Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, etc.  He’s acted in several movies.  He’s used Kabuki Theater, Mime, Gospel, Berlin Dance Hall and other styles as influence.  One of his quotes I saw at the exhibit says it best; that he doesn’t just want to be a radio, he wants to be a color television.

To give you a taste, here’s a few of his songs, starting with one of my very favorites, a song that actually had a TV series named after it.

 

Here’s a fun fact for you.  A lot of people think Bowie has heterochromia, which is a fancy way of saying two different colored eyes.  In reality, as you can see from the video in close ups, both of his eyes are blue, but the pupil of his left eye is dilated.  This happened back in 1962 when a friend of his punched him in the eye in a fight over a girl.  After a series of operations doctors saved his eye, but the damage was permanent, and his pupil is now forever dilated.  So from a distance it looks like his left eye is brown.  Interesting enough, he stayed friends with the guy who punched him, and that friend went on to design some of Bowie’s early album covers.  Anyway, fun fact.

Next up is one of the best songs ever to get dressed to.

 

Next is a scene from A Knight’s Tale, which proves that Bowie’s music belongs as much in a medieval dance hall as anywhere.

And, for a more modern take, here’s the Glee cast singing “Heroes”.

 

There are soooo many more songs, too many to put here.  You can check out some of his albums at the library. 

But I gotta add one more, and at the same time give a shout-out to Bowie’s movie career.  He’s had small and starring roles in over 20 movies, such as The Prestige and Zoolander.  But there’s one movie that fantasy fans love with a passion, and that’s Labyrinth, in which Bowie plays Jareth, the Goblin King. 

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The movie was created by Jim Henson, and features puppets, 80s music and a young Jennifer Connely.  It’s weird and wonderful.  Here’s the official video for one of Bowie’s songs from the film.

 

So there’s a little taste.  With a music and pop art career spanning about 50 years, there’s much more to see.  Bowie appeals to the ground-breakers, the definers, the freaks and the ecclectics in all of us. 

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So let that freak flag fly.

So, I hear you’re back at school..

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Heya buckos!  So, back to school again, huh?  Wowzer, does time fly – summer is already gone and we’re about to start welcoming in that lovely season people often refer to as ‘fall’…or crazy-glorious-leaf-colour-changing-awesomeness-time, as I like to call it  =P

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Seriously people, if you can’t laugh at yourself….well, if you don’t know the saying, never mind then.

Annnnywho, so how’d the first day of class go??  Niners, everyone had their shoes all shined up nicely for first day of high school?  Anyone get lost?

And you old timer’s, we’ve got some people doing their final lap – happy university/college hunting!  A word of wisdom, if you want to think of it as such – going to an out-of-town school and moving out of the folks’ place was one of the best things ever.  You really get quite the jump start by being out in the world and not have mum and dad as easy access security blankets.

That said, to each their own!

Ok, so things are getting busy right away, teachers handing out homework right from the get go and assigning projects…remember to come by and ask us for some help getting yourself organized and going when you need to start cracking down on school stuff.

And for those of you who are starting to think about doing volunteer work, we’ve got tons of volunteer programs for you here!

And because you should always have music…Avicii!