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Below are the 8 most recent journal entries recorded in rumersing's LiveJournal:

Friday, March 24th, 2006
4:18 pm
"Fides (Belief)" - Auricle

'Til the sun never rises and the skies turn to grey
'Til the earth stops revolving - all light fades away
'Til the planets stop spinning in the darkness above
I will treasure each moment I am with you, my love

'Til the raindrops stop falling - the wind never blows
'Til the mountains all tumble to the seas far below
'Til the stars lose their sparkle and the ice melts away
I will love you forever - I will love you always
'Til the moment when the sky's no longer blue
Until then you know I'll still believe in you

Just...wow. So very lovely. It doesn't sound like much at first. I mean, great - Latin chanting. Fantastic. But! The female vocals really surprised me - her voice and the lyrics are just really gorgeous. It has an extremely emotional, extremely epic feel. A very surprising piece, it's one of my current addictions!

"Lost at Sea" - Eisley

Sailing over wave and tide oh-
Fantastic waves against our sides, oh-
And I'm not so afraid
Lost at sea, as i should be
And I'm not so afraid
Lost at sea, you and I, you and me...

This is a unique little piece. I really can't describe it - It reminds me of Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Odyssey. Full of imagery, this one is...emotional if not physical. Wonderful!

"Disguise" - Lene Marlin

Have you ever felt some kind of emptiness inside
You will never measure up to those people
You must be strong, can't show them that you're weak
Have you ever told someone something that's far from the truth
Let them know that you're okay-
Just to make them stop all the wondering and questions they may have

I'm okay, I really am now
Just needed some time to figure things out
Not telling lies, I'll be honest with you
Still we don't know what's yet to come...

It sounds like angst,I know, but IT ISN'T. I promise, it isn't. This is a song about hope under the pretext of angst. It's very straightforward and honest - very real. You try to do your best, but you do fall short sometimes. This is a song about reality. Particularly the bridge. Truth of this brand is kinda hard to find in music nowadays...strike that. It's hard to find ANYWHERE nowadays. Go listen already!

Current Mood: content
Saturday, December 10th, 2005
1:29 am
Enigma's Playlist!
Because I promised I would, here's a playlist dedicated to Enigma - one of the characters in phe_chan's upcoming novel (s).

1) Blood Makes Noise - Suzanne Vega

I'd like to help you, doctor - yes, I really really would
But the din in my head - it's too much and it's no good
I'm standing in a windy tunnel, shouting through the roar
And I'd like to give the information you're asking for
But blood makes noise - it's a ringing in my ear
Blood makes noise and I can't really hear you in the thickening of fear...

Really, all she wants is to help. But whatever's going through that head of hers isn't exactly translatable. Still, she does her best.

2) Don't Fear the Reaper - Apollo 440

All our times have come...
Here but now they're gone...
Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain (We can be like they are)
Come on, baby (Don't fear the Reaper)
Baby, take my hand (Don't fear the Reaper)
We'll be able to fly (Don't fear the Reaper)
Baby, I'm your man...

*grins* Do I really have to explain this one? It's a nifty remix, though.

3) Girl Anachronism - Dresden Dolls

I am not so serious - this passion is a plagiarism
I might join your century, but only on a rare occasion
I was taken out before the labor pains set in
And now, behold the world's worst accident:
I am the girl anachronism!

This is a fun one. While Enigma is typically cool, calm, and in control, sometimes she loses it. Hey, we all have a breaking point. Crazy Enigma!

4) Split Personality - Pink

Said I'll say it again, you're my only friend
(I protect you from the world - I basically protect you from yourself...)
Though I can't go on, I'm not satisfied with this being the end
(Heh...this is just the beginning...)
Tell me, why can't I just reach up and simply touch the sky?
Tell me, why can't I spread my arms and fly and fly and fly?
Tell me, why can't I say this, why can't I do that?
Tell me, what do they want from me - tell me how to act?

Going back to the Subtle/Psycho Enigma argument, check out this song.

5) Epiphany - Staind

So I speak to you in riddles 'cause my words get in my way...
...'cause I talk to you like children, though I don't know how I feel
But I know I'll do the right thing if the right thing is revealed...


6) I'm A Tree - Imani Coppola

Yo, why the freak are you all staring at me? (I'm a tree!)
Yo, why the freak?!
I'm a tree! (No, you're not!)
I'm a tree! (Stop lying!)

This song is just cracky enough to be Enigma. Imagine her be-bopping down the street singing this. It fits.

7) It's Tough to be a God - Kevin Kline and Kevin Branagh

It's tough to be a god, but if you get the people's nod
Count your blessings, keep 'em sweet - that's our advice! (It's great advice!)
Be a symbol of perfection - be a legend, be a cult!
Take their praise, take a collection as the multitudes exult!
Don a supernatural habit - we'd be crazy not to grab it!
So sign on two new gods for paradise!

Enigma as Tulio, Chance as Miguel. IT WORKS.

8) Let Go - Frou Frou

So let go (let go), jump in
Oh well, whatcha waiting for?
It's all right 'cause there's beauty in the breakdown
So let go, (let go) just get in
Oh, it's so amazing here
It's all right 'cause there's beauty in the breakdown

I can imagine her talking to Rose...that bit where Rose has to choose whether or not to become Life? Yeah.

9) Inside - Sting

Inside the failures of the light, the night is wrapped around me
Inside my eyes deny their sight, you'd never find me in this place
Inside we're hidden from the moonlight, we shift between the shadows
Inside the compass of the night, inside the memory of your face...

Think of Picasso paintings as you listen to this. Or maybe a broken mirror. This encompasses every shard of her personality, by clever verb usage. Lots of it.

10) Sleeping Awake - P.O.D.

Reveal to me the mysteries
Can you tell me what it means?
Explain these motions and metaphors
Unlock these secrets in me
Describe the vision, the meaning is missing
Won't anybody listen?

Define the riddles of my mind
Nothing is really what it seems...

Can you see it? The writing -
Can you tell me what it means?
Translate the symbols' enigma
Expressions keep questioning me
The message is written, the meaning is missing
Won't anybody listen?

Prophesy, interpretate the signs
Nothing is really what it seems...

Now, this one I ADORE for Enigma. Intense, urgent, almost frustrated. Did I mention intense? This describes Unmortal Enigma, not everyday, average, nonsensical Enigma. This one means business.

11) They - Jem

Do you see what I see?
Why do we live like this?
Is it because it's true
that ignorance is bliss?

Who are they?
And where are they?
And how do they know all this?
And I'm sorry; so sorry
I'm sorry it's like this...

This one's something of a lament. Not quite wangst, but it ties back to the whole frustration issue.

12) Walk the Walk - Poe

Hey, did you ever get the feeling that it's really a joke?
You think you've got it figured out and then you find that you don't?
So you say goodbye to the world and now you're floating in space?
You got no sense of nothing not even a time or a place?
Then suddenly you hear it it's the beat of your heart
And for the first time in your life you know your life is about to start...

Upbeat strangeness! Because it needed more. I put this one at about the same level as "I'm A Tree".

13) Duende - Delerium

Sharp-cut aching breath (Your arms can't hear me)
Choking scent of death (Your hands can't hear me)
Gruelling jawbone grind (Your eyes can't hear me)
Cursed by my own mind (Your heart can't hear me)

Ooooook. More crackiness.

14) The Book of My Life - Sting and Anoushka Shankar

There are promises broken and promises kept
Angry words that were spoken, when I should have wept
There's a chapter of secrets, and words to confess
If I lose everything that I possess...
There's a chapter on loss and a ghost who won't die
There's a chapter on love where the ink's never dry
There are sentences served in a prison I built out of lies...

Though the pages are numbered
I can't see where they lead
For the end is a mystery no-one can read
In the book of my life...

There's not much I can say about this one. It's probably the most serious, straightforward piece here.

15) Die Another Day - Madonna

I'm gonna wake up - yes and no
I'm gonna kiss - some part of
I'm gonna keep - this secret
I'm gonna close - my body now

Sigmund Freud? ANALYZE THIS.

The disjointedness is what does it for me.

BONUS TRACK: Sore Wa Himitsu Desu - Slayers


There were two more songs I wanted to upload, but 16 15 was a nice round number and I'm tired. Maybe later. Time now for sleepings, yes.

BONUS TRACK 2: Chariot Race - Hans Zimmer

This one's an instrumental, but I LOVE IT SO. Enigma's Egyptian, right? Check it.

BONUS TRACK 3: Harem - Sarah Brightman

Sing for me a song of life's visage
Sing for me a tune of love's mirage

Time is change, time's fool is man
None will escape the passing sands of time
I hold your Eastern promise close to my heart
Welcoming you to my Harem...

Imagine Enigma as she was when she was alive. It's not so much the lyrics I'm going for, but the tune, the feeling of the song itself.

THAT IS ALL. The playlist, she is complete. Off to seek a toilet seat!

Current Mood: drained
Monday, November 7th, 2005
8:15 pm
One more for tonight!

Only This Moment (Radio Edit) - Røyksopp

"Forces within me mix reason with lust but I try to accept it and not make it worse
'Cause I know I might lose you by taking a chance, but love without pain isn’t really romance..."

Addictive. That's what this song is. I can't believe I forgot it!

Current Mood: crazy
8:00 pm
RahXephon, Choir, Miyazaki
The Garden of Everything - Maaya Sakamoto feat. Steve Conte

"The mirror melts - I'm somewhere else inside eternity - where you on outstretched wings sing within the Garden of Everything; Where memories call to me - backward dreams or phantom reality? Call to me, they call to me..."

Wow. So pretty. I love how they wove Stranger in Paradise through the melody...

This is one of those songs that you've gotta pay attention to the lyrics to really get the full impact of the music. (Granted, you don't have to, because it's pretty anyway...) It's wistful, very melancholy, but hopeful at the same time. The imagery here is phenomenal - it helps if you've seen RahXephon, but even if you haven't, you can still relate the words to your own life. I think that's the point, really. Ooh, I'm rambling. Long story short: Maaya Sakamoto = teh PWN.

Fields of Gold - The Miami University Men's Glee Club

"...So she took her love for to gaze awhile upon the fields of barley; In his arms she fell as her hair came down among the fields of gold...Will you stay with me? Will you be my love among the fields of barley? We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we lie in fields of gold..."

This song helped me get through a tough time earlier this year. (I suppose, in retrospect, it shouldn't have, but that's another story.) I've always been something of a sucker for men who sing, and men's choirs are an absolute joy to listen to. It's always a special treat when I get to hear them. This song was lost recently during a move from PC to laptop, and it was found again earlier this morning courtesy of my friend and former choir director, Walter. Thus, I've chosen to share it here. It's really a wonderful piece, and although you have to turn up your speakers a bit to hear it properly, believe me when I say it's worth it.

Kaze ni Naru - Joe Hisaishi

"Wasure te ita mado akete, hashiri dase koi no uta; Aozora ni taku shite iru, te o gaza shite mou ichido...Wasure nai yo sugu soba ni kimi ga iru itsu no hi mo; hoshizora ni kaga yai te iru, namida yureru ashita mo..."

Translation, because I'm making it easy for you.

This is an extremely summer-y song. Cheerfulness at its finest! You heard me rave about this movie earlier this summer - The Cat Returns - and this is the ending theme from it. Very heartfelt and straightforward, but...well, listen and see for yourself!

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
12:05 pm
Sinatra, Jenkins, Brent
Beyond the Sea - Frank Sinatra

"Somewhere beyond the sea, somewhere, waiting for me; my lover stands on golden sands and watches the ships as they go sailing..."
Very pretty. Frank Sinatra has a very fluid, very velvety voice and this piece really shows it off. It was used in Finding Nemo as the ending theme, and the (relatively) recent TV series, Lost (albeit in French). It's very wistful, but hopeful at the same time, and the imagery is fantastic. A classic for good reason!

Dies Irae (Mixed) - Karl Jenkins

" Dies irae, dies illa Solvet saeclum in favilla Teste David cum sibylla Quantus tremor est futurus Quando Judex est venturus Cuncta stricte discussurus..."
Now, this is a fun piece. I got it from a site that rated this as nine out of ten demons, so naturally, that sold me. This is one by Karl Jenkins, the same guy who did Adiemus, and we all know how much of a fangirl I am about Adiemus. It is, as the title suggests, a remixed version of Dies Irae. It's very driving, intense, very good on the imagery. Really, it would have gone well in Constantine. I adore it so.

Free Love Freeway - David Brent

"Free love on the free love freeway, where love is free and the freeway's long..."
For all you Office maniacs out there. This is David Brent, the boss, singing. It didn't top the charts, but it's nifty anyway. *grin* Though my favorite line is a contest between "She's not dead!" and "He sounds a bit gay." "He's not gay!" So great.

Laura no Esta (Dance Mix) - Nek

I have no lyrics because I can't find the right song.
This is an interesting song. When I fist got it, it was labeled as above. But when I went to look for the lyrics, they didn't match up with what the guy was singing. It is strange, yes.
Anyway! It's a fun song. It would probably be better if I knew what he was singing about, but for now I'll content myself to the fact that it sounds good.

Thus is my return to this journal. Onward!

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
12:46 pm
Two wangst, two smoochy
Gone - Kelly Clarkson

"There's no light at the end of the tunnel tonight, just a bridge that I gotta burn..."
I love this song. I absolutely adore it. Maybe this is just my vindictive, vengeful side talking, but I think it fits. It hasn't exactly been on repeat, but it's been pretty damn close. Kelly's voice is perfect for it, too - just the right amount of power. Not your average wangst.

Breathe (2am) - Anna Nalick

"No one can find the rewind button, girl, so cradle your head in your hands and breathe...just breathe..."
Now we have proper angst. Well, not quite. Angst of the philosophical variety. It's a bit more optimistic than most other types, which is right up my alley. (I'm an optimist by nature. Believe it.) This is a song to turn to when you're looking for a way to just end the day. Or a song to help you through hard times. I only wish I knew about this song a couple months ago. A couple years ago. Whatever. It's soothing in a way I really can't describe. Good sleep music, too! Hooray for double-whammies.

A Real Fine Place To Start - Sara Evans

"Holding you close, chasing that moon, spinning all night, loving just who you are - sparks flying in the dark..."
SO. PRETTY. This is country (just to warn those of you who don't like it), and since I've been something of a country buff all my life, this newest addition to the class is nothing short of phenomenal. Sara Evans has always been a near-favorite of mine, and this song has only reaffirmed my admiration of her talent.

Ashita E No Merodii (Melody to Tomorrow) - Chaka

"Koi suru kiseki - himitsu wo hodoite anata no moto e hashiru!"
This is the ending to the Card Captor Sakura Movie 2. It is happy and not-exactly-bouncy-but-close and, well, pretty. Just like the movie. Perfect ending theme! (P.S. Sakura and Syaoran are SOCUTE.)

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
12:53 pm
Instrumental, Folk, and Anime
First up: The Promise - Michael Nyman

The piano in this piece is simply amazing. It's powerful and driving, and from the first notes it sweeps you away. There's something of a necessity in the melody, a determination. That's it; if determination could be written into music, this would be it.

Secondly: Raewyn - Russell Crowe

This sounds like something you would sing around a campfire. Something almost bardic, a ballad. It would sound just fine with no accompaniment. (But the guitar sounds wonderful with it.) A beautiful song, however, the story behind it is really sad. Here: At the very bottom.

Last: Rinbu-Revolution (A Round Dance Revolution) - Masami Okui

This is probably my all-time favorite Japanese song/anime opening. It's from the anime Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena), which in itself is full of the most beautiful music and art that I've ever seen. The movie is absolutely breathtaking. There are probably five versions of it, ranging from a remix to a movie version to a "la-la" version (all of which I'll probably post at one time or another), and the message is essentially the same: not losing who you are, seeing things at their full value, fighting for what you believe with all you've got, and of course, revolutionizing the world.

Lyrics and Translation


Current Mood: determined
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
12:30 pm
First post!
And with every first post, there must be a dedication, no?

So I present you with the first three songs ever to grace this journal:

Now We Are Free - Hans Zimmer

Now We Are Free (Maximus Mix) - Hans Zimmer

Now We Are Free (Juba's Mix) - Hans Zimmer

I like the first two particularly. The Maximus Mix has always been and will continue to be an all-time favorite of mine. And it so happens that was the last song Princess, my cat, ever heard. I therefore dedicate this journal to her. Because we will meet again, but not yet. Not yet.

A wonderful start to a wonderful journal. I'll try to update every day, so there will always be something new to listen to.


Current Mood: rejuvenated
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