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27 February 2006 @ 09:59 pm
My tribute to Rufus Wainwright and the end of self-consciousness  
So after discovering my undying love for Rufus Wainwright (and not just his supreme sexiness, but also his beautiful music), I created a little something in tribute. And after writing a tl;dr post about how Harry Potter has helped me throw off my yoke of self-consciousness when it comes to music and just being myself, I have decided to share what I created.

Here it is: Hallelujah. (If it asks you for a password, just press Escape twice. It should then let you through. I don't know why it's doing that.)

I actually think it doesn't really suck at all (although there are definitely a few roughs spots; if I had my druthers, I would have taken it down about half a step, or maybe even a step), which is fairly surprising considering that I recorded it using Microsoft Word Notebook's lecture-note-recording mechanism, which is fairly shoddy. Basically, I played the accompaniment on iTunes and then just sang along with it while Word recorded it. I wish I could say I was playing the accompaniment, too, but I don't have a piano here. It's just something I bought (by accident, actually) off iTunes.

It felt so good to do this--and not just the uploaded recording, but all the practice ones I did. (My neighbors probably hate me now!) As it was in the past, I totally lost track of time and just found my bliss.

PS Be nice! I'm really going out on a limb here!
Current Mood: artisticartistic
Current Music: "Hallelujah," Rufus Wainwright
Katie: SATC-butterfileskatieowrites on February 28th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
I love that song and you have such a sweet voice -- it's lovely to listen to. Thanks for sharing it! The image of a "cold and broken" Hallelujah always strikes me as beautiful and sad.

I wish I could sing something and sound good enough to post it!
Miss Sophia: Sirius Love Puffsmiss_sophia on February 28th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) Well, it's nothing compared with Rufus's version (I am vowing never to listen to mine directly before or after his!), but it was fun to do. There aren't many poppy-type songs I can handle, although I suppose that one's more folky than poppy. It actually reminds me of the type of things I used to sing in my church choir days.

The lyrics of "Hallelujah" are so haunting. I'm still trying to figure out what they're all about. One thing that kind of sucks about the accompaniment I used is that it allows for one fewer verse than the Rufus Wainwright version, which meant that some lyrics got cut.

One thing I will never do is post myself singing something like Britney Spears or Green Day. I like the Internet, and I have no desire to break it. :P
Katie: HP - nevillekatieowrites on February 28th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Here's a whole thread of thoughts on what the song means. :) http://www.radiohidebound.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

I love the version by John Cale from Shrek, too. :)
The Cee Monstersagacious_c on February 28th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC)
You have such a pretty voice! Very melodic! And I love that song. Some of the phrases are just so... perfect. (As in, highly descriptive, unlike for example, me at the moment.) "And all I ever learned from love / was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you....

I can see why you'd want to internalize this song and express yourself through it.
Miss Sophia: Sirius Love Puffsmiss_sophia on February 28th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you. :) My voice doesn't work for many of the types of music I enjoy, so it was nice to come across something that wasn't half-bad.

Besides being sung by the extraordinary Rufus Wainwright (actually, his is a cover of Jeff Buckley's version, I believe), the song does have very lovely lyrics. And it added a really poignant moment to all the silliness that was Shrek.
Norwegian Blue: Really Corkingnorwegianblue47 on February 28th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
My computer is either being sick or being stubborn, because I haven't been able to do audio files without it freezing for a half hour. I'll try and listen to it this afternoon.

Completely unrelated, but I was reading Fandom_wank earlier, and I was reading the one where there was a picture of Emma Watson drinking a beer. And I'm killing myself laughing at this "In the next edition of the Quibbler:

"Is Hermione drinking cheap Muggle beer, or is her Corona pastede on yay?"" And then I'm like that icon looks familiar. And I'm like "Is that my Miss Sophia?" (Because I claim ownership of my flist). And then I went on to the next HP wank and you were funny in there, too. Not saying that you aren't funny any other times, but just thought I'd share my appreciation of the funniness.
Miss Sophia: Sirius Love Puffsmiss_sophia on February 28th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, do you post on F_W, too? Is your screen name the same over there? I love that place! Snark and laughs are always good times.

I had been lurking there for a few months, and then several weeks ago I posted something anonymously under the name of "Laoshu" ("mouse" in Chinese), and one of the paid-account holders liked it enough to offer me an account. So I've been trying to bring teh funneh ever since. :) Glad you like it!

I've seen a few of the other Quillers, like story (I forget all the numbers that come after her name) and Corned Bee, over there from time to time, too.
Norwegian Blue: Trevor for Presidentnorwegianblue47 on February 28th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
No, I don't have a Journelfen account. I just lurk and occasionally make anonymous comments when the situation begs it, but I could probably count on one hand that I've done that, and as far as I recall it wasn't anything particularly noteworthy. And I've been lurking there since a little while before HBP came out.

the gumboot gumshoe: GIPraven_feathers on February 28th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
howdy, surfed in via metaquotes (brilliant quote, btw!) and noticed you're using my "srsly" icon uncredited. would you mind adding the credit ravenous_icons to your keywords? thanks a bunch. :)
Miss Sophia: Srslymiss_sophia on February 28th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. I've added you to the credits, both here and on JournalFen, where I also have used it. (I'm miss_sophia over there--one fewer underscore.) Let me know if you want me to change the wording or anything.

So sorry to have ganked uncredited! I'm sure you know how it is--icons float around everywhere, and one uncredited icon becomes a hundred of them. I'm glad you commented to let me know. Thanks! :) As you can probably tell, I love love love the icon!
the gumboot gumshoe: kissy faceraven_feathers on February 28th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, livejournal is a wasteland of floating icons and it looked like an oversight. thanks and i'm glad you're enjoying it. :D