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Archive for January, 2013

January in Hobbiton. The thermometer read -43 degrees Fahrenheit this morning and the sun surfaced through the ice fog like a drowning swimmer. Dreaming about hopping a freight going some place hot and exotic …..

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Today’s selection is an impertinent little Pinot Noir from …..wait, wrong post …..No, really, today’s song is the classic American folk song, O Death. This version by Jen Titus was featured in the Supernatural episode Two Minutes to Midnight. I like the anvil chorus and the ominous droning that has been added in. A more traditional version of this song was featured in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou?

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Today’s musical offering is a parody of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe entitled Call Me Loki. [Okay, okay, I think Tom Hiddleston is cool, so sue me].

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Today’s song is “Hard Times Come Again No More“. This version is from a CD called Songs from the Mountain which was inspired by the Charles Frazier novel, Cold Mountain. Don’t confuse it with the soundtrack from the film of the same name: the two are different. Songs from the Mountain is a combination of both new tunes and old folk songs from the time period of the book.

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The Arnorian Native Language Archive has relocated to our building and, to accommodate them and their patrons, some bookshelves in the stacks had to be moved. Moving the shelves revealed some tatty carpeting underneath so new carpeting was requested.  This morning one of the library admin assistants sent out a memo letting the rest of the staff know when the carpet layers would be in. Unfortunately, she transposed a few letters in the Language Archive’s name so ANLA came out as “ANAL”. I suppose it was inevitable that the “ANAL” and the “ORAL” History offices would wind up next to one another ……

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Two of my favorite things–the plays of William Shakespeare and music videos–have finally been combined together:

The film footage is from the new BBC production, The Hollow Crown, which covers four of Shakespeare’s history plays–Richard II, Henry IV Pt. 1 & 2, and Henry V.  The series is due to air on PBS Great Performances sometime later this year, but if you’re desperate, you can view the plays on-line on YouTube. (Thank you, Internet). The new productions are really good and star some very well-known actors such as Jeremy Irons, Patrick Stewart, and David Suchet.  Tom Hiddleston gained attention for his breakout role as Loki in Thor. However, I think he does some of his best work playing Bluff Prince Hal.

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Actor Tom Hiddleston likes to give song recommendations on his Twitter account. Taking a leaf from his book, I thought I’d try that myself. Here’s the Proclaimers singing what I think is the ultimate Friday anathem, “I”m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”. If you are wondering what film the footage is from, that’s an excellent indie picture called Benny and Joon and yes, that is a young Johnny Depp playing the Chaplinesque hero.

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