everyone is always talking about the football players having to do two-a-days in the sweltering heat but aren’t the band kids practicing too, in just as hot uniforms, carrying sometimes big metal instruments half their size, marching in the sun, over and over? well this is just to say: we see you band kids, we know you’re busting yr butts. so come on in to the air conditioned denny’s after practice, and if you need an extra booth for all the tubas, we can probably accommodate you.
I cannot stop day dreaming about Olivers bday party. It prob going to be at the loft. Of course everyone else will leave first, 'giving them the room. When he finally goes to leave I NEED Felicity to get up on her tip toes and kiss him on the cheek whispering "Happy Birthday" and then I just want him to say fuck it and kiss her. REALLY kiss her. And scoop her up and go upstairs. And at some point, whisper the words, "I want to come home." Then I can die happy. Or just be dead. Whichever.
Anon, you beautiful soul!! Way to go guessing the loft! I don’t know what I did to deserve this, because I NEVER get messages like this one, so thank you. Ugh, my heart is so very full from the picture you’ve given me that I ended up writing a *short* spec fic about it. (Based on recent spoilers, I know most of what I have written here ain’t gonna happen; but alas, I started this fic last month and wanted to finish it anyway. My Oliver deserves a happy spec fic on his birthday.)
Here’s my new favorite photo to set the stage. LOOK HOW HAPPY THEY ARE. I’M FINE.
Felicity’s cry echoes across the expanse of the loft, her words bouncing off its high ceilings, sending all party guests into an unprecedented silence.
Oliver stills, every fiber in his body already tightening, already on edge, ready to pounce to protect her if need be– He relaxes a little when he realizes Felicity is not, in fact, reacting to any sort of danger. Instead, she stares with wide, horrified eyes at the knife he’s still gripping, hovering over the direct center of the cake. The cake he was just instructed to cut himself. The cake covered in exactly 32 little plastic arrows, all pointing towards the center to form a giant O.
Yet he knows that look means trouble of a different sort…a Felicity-sized and always important portion of concern.
Oliver quickly makes eye contact with the rest of the group, just in case anyone’s picked up on something he’s missed. But everyone appears just as confused as he is by Felicity’s new state of peril.
Felicity visibly swallows as she slowly tiptoes towards him. She licks her lips once, hesitating before meeting his gaze; and he can practically see the wheels spinning behind her eyes, as she calms herself down and tries to explain.
“I just mean…you should have the corner piece, you know? Because it has more frosting. You like frosting, right? Everyone loves frosting.”
“Felicity…” He has no idea what she’s hiding, but he can tell something’s off.
“You know what? I’ll just cut the cake. I mean, you already do so much, the least I can do is cut you a piece of cake.” She’s taking the knife from him and already cutting off a corner piece, before he can even try to stop her, all the while muttering something to herself. He leans in a bit to try to hear, but Curtis and Quentin have resumed their conversation across the table, so all he catches is something along the lines of “What was I thinking…”
God, if only he knew. He’s spent years learning to understand what Felicity Smoak says, let alone trying to make sense of what could possibly be going on inside that beautiful head of hers.
It is safe
to say that Roman music was mostly monophonic (that is, single melodies with no
harmony) and that the melodies were based on an elaborate system of scales
may have borrowed the Greek method of ’enchiriadic notation’ to record their
music, if they used any notation at all. Four letters (in English notation 'A’,
'G’, 'F’ and 'C’) indicated a series of four succeeding tones.
also other, non-Greek, influences on Roman culture - from the Etruscans, for
example, and, with imperial expansion, from the Middle Eastern and African
sections of the empire.
wind instruments included: the askaules,
a bagpipe; the Roman tuba, a long,
straight bronze trumpet; the cornu
(Latin “horn”) was a long tubular metal wind instrument that curved
around the musician’s body; versions of the modern flute and panpipes.
contests were quite common and attracted a wide range of competition, including
Nero himself, who performed widely as an amateur and once traveled to Greece to
depict instruments that look like a cross between the bagpipe and the organ.
The pipes were sized so as to produce many of the modes (scales) known from the
Greeks. It is unclear whether they were blown by the lungs or by some
There are numerous
references to hundreds of trumpeters and pipers playing together at massive
games and festivals.
instruments included drums, tambourines, cymbals, and castanets.
majority of music for which we have surviving notation was vocal, and singing
was probably the most common form of musical activity.