If I thought that last week's song choice was difficult, this week's is horrible! So much choice!
And tell you I shall. Because I'm pretty much speechless right now. All I shall say is please keep the characters animated like this, and not in a Pixar-y Up or WALL:E kind of way? Because I love these two just as they are! (Even if Elphaba doesn't look like an animated Idina Menzel, I can deal with that because she looks perfect).
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So basically an incredible artist at Disney has put this story-board together and would love for Stephen Schwartz (the guy who wrote the music & lyrics to Wicked) to give the thumbs up and turn it into a Disney film (as an adaptation of the musical, not the book obviously. The book's not quite as Disney friendly but the musical is perfect). And wow does it look good! Elphie & Galinda look absolutely perfect here and you have to admit, she has talent. The way she's drawn it, to having the idea of swooping over the Ozians like that is brilliant and then closing in a Hercules-esque way is great.
(Amy and I before she flies to Oz, except she's going by aeroplane)
The music you can hear (and the lyrics posted) are both by Stephen Schwartz and are from Wicked (duh) and Disney film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I think she's added the music perfectly too. To check out her blog, click here. Who knows, hopefully one day (very very soon) Stephen will see this and we'll have a great musical animated film again (having said that, I did really enjoy The Princess and the Frog. Maybe something on that level of visually amazing?)
"You may think that she's commanding her monkey minions with the wave of her hand, but you'd be wrong. She's actually reaching for her hat that flew off frame when she decided to try defying gravity."
All of the images here belong to Heidi Gilbet and all of the music & lyrics belong to Stephen Schwartz.
Love love love, Galinda xxx
Well, maybe a tad exaggerating there, but my sister just won the York round of Masterchef. It's not going to be on the BBC or anything, it's a school thing. But the fact that she's through to the regional round really shocks me. And before you get all mean and tell me that I should support her (because I totally do!) she was shocked too, as was the teacher who accompanied her! Especially as apparantly one of the opposing students had a chef for a father. I then had to explain to her that the ability to cook wasn't genetic. She's not the sharpest knife in the kitchen (see below).
And here she is doing the practise run-through, which was a good idea. as when she did it at home she took two and a half hours to prep and cook the main course. Great, except that she has an hour and a half to cook the both courses. Whilst the maincourse recipe had to be edited for the actual cook-off, her Sticky Toffee Pudding with dates and a sticky sauce was divine! So so good. (I'm glad I told her to practise that recipe before I came back to Manchester!)
So yes, I am actually proud of her. Because whilst her main courses are OK, her desserts kick ass!
Love love love, xxx
'Cause when it all boils down
At the end of the day,
It's what you do and say
That makes you who you are.
Makes you think about,
Think about it, doesn’t it.
Sometimes all it takes is one voice.
~ Strip Me, Natasha Bedingfield
I am a shy person. I know that I sometimes may not come across it, but I am. Extremely shy. It will take me a while to open up to a person, and only then if I like them (so lucky or unlucky them depending on your point-of-view then). Having said that, if someone says something which I really disagree with, I will let them know (unless they're drunk and/or potentially violent and able to 'get' me, in which case I'm afraid that I simply cannot stand up to them).
Love is all around, but sometimes, for some reason or another it is deemed as wrong. I don't understand this. As far as I am concerned men have the same rights as women. Your skin colour makes no difference either. Nor your religion. Nor which country your originate from. Neither does your sexuality. You are a person, who loves passionately. That shouldn't stop you from doing anything.
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Take what you want, steal my pride
Build me up or cut me down to size
Shut me out, but I’ll just scream
I'm only one voice in a million
But you ain't taking that from me.
The title song from Natasha Badingfield's latest album Strip Me (shown above) serves as an aid to really emphasise this important message. We often think of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Junior as people in History who stood up for what they believe in. That's what I don't get. History is the past. Sure they changed their future, but for some unknown reason, hatred is still there and we have the power to stop it, most simply don't.
I'm not just talking about the colour of your skin here either. I'm talking about your sex. Your religion. Your nationality. Heck, even your sexuality. You are a person with as much right to do and say what you want as much as your have the right to a heart, brain or fingers & toes. Those things aren't rights, those are things which make up you, the beautiful person you are. You want to spend the rest of your life with someone, that's fine by me! I don't care what race/religion/sexuality they are! As far as I am concerned, you're proving to them and everyone you care to let know that you love them. Nothing else to it than that.
We all have a voice. Make it count. Make it heard.
Love love love, xxx