janne_d: (beautiful day)
Guess where I was yesterday?


The 360° tour in Sheffield to be completely precise - left my house at 08.30, got there 10.50, queued until 17.00 and got home again at 01.30, and it was totally worth it. Because: I got into the cordoned off area that was inside the stage outer circle, yay!

And the stage this time was amazing - circle in the middle, a ramp at the back to get them down onto the outer circle, but there were two bridges out to the outer ring as well that they walked over and those ones moved around! So I have now seen all members of the band from less than 6 feet away - actually close enough to be real people, OMG. Adam was out over the bridge on our side loads of times, Bono and Edge once or twice (Edge walked right over my head playing Where the Streets Have No Name) and on the outer circle as well and even Larry came over it at one point. And there was room to move and dance and jump because they'd limited the numbers in there and everyone was shifting about as the band and the bridges moved - I never really even had trouble seeing the stage and at my height that is saying something.

The set list and more babbling: )

So I sang my heart out and danced my legs off and my feet still hurt and my neck aches and it was amazing and incredible and I would go again in a second.
janne_d: (beautiful day)
I have tickets to the U2 tour in August!


It'll be the fourth time I've seen them and I am stupidly excited!


I saw Zooropa in Glasgow in 1993, Popmart in 1997 and Vertigo in 2005 - all completely excellent.

janne_d: (beautiful day)
1. Picked up new U2 album "No Line on the Horizon"
2. Listened to new U2 album a total of 5 times on 3 different hi-fi systems (I live with a hi-fi geek)
3. Watched/listened to every U2-related BBC iplayer available
4. Subscribed to U2.com and read all the album reviews linked there
5. Got annoyed at the snippy tone of last week's Observer review of the album
6. Realised long-standing obsession with the band is very much still alive and kicking

Very good album, btw. Lots of echoes of previous things but with a fresh feel and definitely more interesting than the last one. I know what I'll be playing in the car for infinity.

The other thing I did today was finally get a useful inspiration for the [livejournal.com profile] boxofmagic Merlin Big Bang that I signed up for. I now have a page of notes and a lot of fear that I won't be able to pull off the inspiration, but that is better than the fear of being completely idea-less!
janne_d: (interpretivedance)
via [livejournal.com profile] runpunkrun.

1. Put your music player on shuffle
2. The first lines of twenty songs = a poem; the first line of the twenty-first song is the title

The Kingdom is Ransacked

If you go lookin' for hot water
When I saw you in the garden of Gethsemane,
You wanted a challenge, it's calling you higher.
I lit a thin green candle.

Well they were given the grapes that go ripe in the sun that loosen the screws at the back of the tongue,
If it be your will.

Starshine, never gonna find me,
You can reach, but you can't grab it.

Where's your head at?
It's a decision that was made between you and me.

Now I will tell you what I've done for you:
I'll take the position, assume the missionary part.
Your heart is not open so I must go.

Six o'clock in the morning;
I can't say that I love Jesus,
Never knew I could feel like this.

Set me free;
The heart is a bloom,
It's coming up, it's dare.
Tonight I felt stronger inside of your ways.

Seems a religious theme got in there somehow!

Songs and artists are here for the curious )
janne_d: (woo!)
My neck hurts and my feet hurt and my ears are ringing. but! I do not care at all because:

excited babbling within )

And now I am knackered and going to bed.

REM, woot

Aug. 24th, 2008 05:41 pm
janne_d: (ffshiny)
I am unexpectedly going to see REM tonight, due to a friend turning up at the door of the venue about 2 hours ago and purchasing tickets...

Life is good.
janne_d: (phoenix)
So last Friday night I went and saw the second ever performance of Monkey: Journey to the West at the Manchester International Festival (oddly, the premiere was sold out...). A 16th century classic Chinese legend retold in opera, dance and martial arts, by a Chinese director called Chen Shi-Zheng, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett.

And now it has been reviewed in the Observer, and the Times, and the Independent and had a whole documentary devoted to its creation on the BBC. For possibly the first time in my life, I am ahead of the crowd here. A very odd feeling indeed to have seen something that is so new that the critics are still talking about it.

It was very cool of course - the music was very good, I still catch myself with little snatches in my head and some of it was really quite out there. From the documentary it seems they were using some pretty unusual intruments as well as the traditional Chinese and orchestra ones. The set and costume design was gorgeous and the animated bits were amazing. And the cast were great too, with circus tricks mixed in with martial arts and singing, and the man playing Monkey himself was fabulous.

The only slight problem was that the subtitles for the wholly Mandarin dialogue and lyrics were a bit... erratic. Sometimes they didn't match the person speaking, sometimes someone would speak for a bit and not get subtitled at all! But there was so much to listen to and look at that it didn't really matter that the story was a bit incomprehensible.

Most enjoyable all together, and I now feel quite smug at having seen it before (nearly) everyone else.

my new tape

May. 5th, 2005 09:05 pm
janne_d: (Default)
Just made up a new tape to play on long and boring train journeys. Not that anyone cares, but this is the playlist:

See here. Or not, whatever. )

There are times when I wonder what is actually going on in my head...

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