as a recovering catholic, i can’t say Lenny’s theology was especially triggering to me–other than just the itchy feeling i get in the presence of catholicism. The show’s Art Hoe Vatican Catholicism bears as much resemblance to the church I was raised in as Hannibal’s Baltimore does to the real thing. Now the working class ethnic Catholicism of The Sopranos…that gets me where I live.
The fakest part of the show is how Lenny is Art Hoe/Twenty Pounds Of Lace And Tiaras/Prettiest Pope despite being American and raised by a sensible no-frills nun but is also Straighty McHetero. Any two out of the three is reasonable and Jude Law plays all of them convincingly but the combination just seems vastly improbable.
I was thinking last night that most viewers must make a sorta baseline assumption, watching this, that Sorrentino isn’t playing it straight – that he isn’t, you know, a hardline conservative Italian Catholic who is framing his actual ideal Pope as a abrasive male genius who is rude and has failings™ but is nevertheless always right. (For genius read saint, but that would be the dynamic, basically.) I mean, I don’t think that’s Sorrentino’s angle, but really I only know this because 1) based on previous filmography dude has clearly hung out with way too many leftists, 2) his consistently hilarious rug-pulling soundtrack choices. Somebody must be watching the show this way, though, just like there are people who watch Hannibal thinking that Hannibal is justified, if only by the internal natural law of his universe (“Hannibal is God’s favorite”).
It annoys me that no one seems capable of pulling out the theological big guns against Lenny, like it’s weird that Caltanissetta came closest? Scoring points in argument doesn’t matter if the other guy can pack you off to Alaska, but the writing is definitely frustratingly one-sided at times.
I was tagged by the amazing @dallelujah (go follow them!)
1. Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by? I own every MCR album
2. What was the last song you listened to? Guns and Ships from Hamilton
3. What’s in your CD/Record player right now? Pretty. Odd.
4. What was the last show you attended? I saw Bruce Springsteen awhile back
5. What was the greatest show you’ve been to? RENT
6. What was the worst show you’ve ever been to? I don’t really know. There’s never been a bad show
7. What is the most musically involved you have ever been? Umm jeez long list. I currently play bass clarinet in band but I played Bb soprano clarinet before that. I play bass and sorta guitar and sorta piano. And I want to become Band Teacher
8. What show are you looking forward to? Band competition on April 28 and Science Olympiad
9. What is your favorite band shirt? Does my MCR letterman jacket count?
10. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day? If I choose Dallon Weekes can Breezy come with?
11. Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback? MY CHEMICAL ROMANCEEE
12. Who is one band/ artist you’ve never seen live but always wanted to? The Brobecks, My Chemical Romance, Panic, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer GREEN DAY
13. Name four or more flawless albums: Folie à deux, Pretty. Odd., and Violent Things
14. How many concerts have you been to, total? I’m counting musicals too: Wicked, Grease, The Lion King, Bruce Springsteen, and Annie
15. Who have you seen the most live? Musicals?
16. What is your favorite movie soundtrack? BELLE
17. What was your last musical ‘phase’ before you wisened up?
The Killers, but I still like them soo idk
18. What is your ‘guilty pleasure’ that you hate to admit liking? ANY MUSICAL
Reblog if u appreciate altos. And I don’t mean “reblog if you recognize that sopranos would sound pitchy if altos weren’t there to sing harmonies.” I mean reblog if you appreciate girls who can get bassy, who can’t play Christine, who constantly have to take it a fifth or an octave lower so as not to damage their vocal chords. Reblog if u would listen to a solo from a girl with a medium voice, who can’t go particularly low but can’t go particularly high, instead rocking those middle ranges. Reblog if you wanna tell all the altos out there who have struggled with confidence bc they just wanna sing higher, just wanna get solos and melodies for once, just wanna be as appreciated as sopranos, that they are beautiful singers with beautiful medium low voices who are beautiful and valid and worthy of attention.
It has been my ambition to record a cover of Victor’s beautiful aria “Stammi Vicino” since first hearing it, and discovering it was written just for this anime. I offer my sincere thanks to Hiiteiru for helping this recording become a reality by sharing her transcription of the instrumentals with me. Several takes (and teas) later, I present you “Stammi Vicino”, the soprano cover. I sincerely hope you enjoy it; I really wanted to share it with the fandom before this amazing figure skating ride came to its conclusion.
P.S. Since the duet’s release, I’ve recorded a second rendition of this aria! You can find it HERE if you’re interested. :)
Thanks VanroMarand, my lovely SS who gifted me this beautiful watercolour art of Victor, used as the track visual here!
IF YOU PLAY THE 2nd, 3rd, OR 4th PART OF THE MUSIC IN YOUR BAND, YOU ARE IMPORTANT. I’M COMPOSING A PIECE AND THE HARMONIES PROVIDED BY THESE PARTS LITERALLY ALMOST MADE ME CRY. DO NOT DOUBT YOUR IMPORTANCE.
Happy Friday! As we enter into the last day of the year, I felt inspired to record a cover of “Agape” from Yuri!!! On Ice. I really am thankful to YOI help make 2016 a little brighter, and for all of you fellow fans and new followers, ‘following’ me into 2017 where I look forward to bringing you new original music and more cover recordings. Thank you for your support. I sincerely hope you enjoy this rendition of Agape.
I dedicate this recording to Johnny Weir, who said if he could choose one program to skate that would match him from the series, it would be “Agape”.
Thank you @scaredofthesky for allowing me to use your beautiful art for this cover.
Portrait of soprano Leontyne Price in Mozart’s opera, “Don Giovanni.” Printed on front: “Fayer, Wien.” Stamped on back: “Photo, Fayer, Wien I, Opernring 6. Handwritten on back: "Salzburg, 1960. Don Giovanni.”
Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone for your positive response to my covers of Stammi Vicino this past week! It really made my heart swell to read many of your comments, and to find that I’ve hit 100+ followers on my music blog! I want to do something special to commemorate this, because for me this feels like a milestone for a starter music blog as a performer and growing composer. For now, I wanted to share with you another cover form Yuri!!! On Ice ( possibly my second favourite song from the series), Serenade for Two. Thank you again to Rui for allowing me to collaborate with her lovely piano rendition. I really hope you enjoy this cover as well, and stay tuned for more upcoming music!