Music Talk: Coraline Soundtrack

The AMAZING soundtrack, created by Bruno Coulais adds the obvious and heavy eery feeling that the story is meant to convey. Coulais originally had the band They Might Be Giants create the soundtrack, but, in need of a darker sound, he changed it, leaving only one song by the band in the soundtrack (“The Other Father’s Song”). The rest was done by the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the Children’s choir of Nice. The parts that were sung are a ‘nonsense language’ which was composed of random french words. It was meant to produce fear. The instrumentation used, despite the obvious symphony instruments from both band and orchestra, was a harp from Madagascar, bass, Chinese instruments, a water phone, a glass harmonica, chimes, glockenspeils and marimbas. The music was written while the director and Coulais were miles away from each other (Coulais was in Paris, France at the time). Given set designs and an idea of the story itself, he was able to create masterful pieces that added a humongous amount of artistic dynamic to the movie and brought many of the scenes to life.

Bitch Wednesday: Smiling

People don’t understand how powerful a smile is. Putting a small effort and smiling at a stranger could both brighten your day and that person’s. When I first got on campus, that’s what I’d feed on O.O I’d go get food and try to yank smiles out of the cashiers because they looked so depressed (they still do. . .in some ways, I’ve given up on them. . .) One place I LOVE going to is this cafe that’s in my library. they smile and treat all their customers like they give a shit (which they might not, but it helps.) Personally, I’ve kind of re-evaluated how I approach people and have decided to try smiling at everyone and not just the lifeless cafeteria staff. Their are NUMEROUS people who look and stare in my direction and I just passively stare back. I’m definitely going to try smile more, especially because how I know it makes me feel when I get a smile, I figure someone will feel the same way 🙂

My Life: If You’re Interested

So, my 4 days back home weren’t amazing . . .actually they were far from it. . . .especially the last day, but I enjoyed hanging out with my family. I missed them very much 😦 the week I finally got over homesickness, I had to go home, so it was weird because I had a whole bunch of feelings I’d resolved rush back into my head, so it was like the same thing all over again. Plus, when I went home, not much had changed. It was almost like I had never left, which was both good and bad in some ways :/ I’ve made some progress in school and tried my best to get along. I’m trying to get around and strategize. I feel like if I treat college like computer mahjong, I can survive *O* hopefully, anyway. . . . I’m slightly good at computer mahjong, so I feel like dealing with things that way will allow me to succeed a lot better.

I’ve made one additional friend, and he is really nice. I feel like whenever I bring up a male, people automatically assume that it’s more than friendship, but it’s not. . .as much as I secretly wished that was true a few days ago, I’m actually enjoying just being friends with him. I’ve never had a relationship and I have so much work, though, so a simple friendship is mostly what I can handle as a person XD He’s very friendly and has a nice personality, so, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed his company. Hopefully, that is the last friend I make . . .I’m partially kidding. Like I’ve said many times, I didn’t plan to make friends this year. I was supposed to be an enclosed hermit, but noooooo. . . .I just HAD to make friends without trying. . . . . .having a few friends is fun though 🙂 and a little bit more easy to deal with rather than an entire gang of friends. I think, in some way, I’ve become socially comfortable here, so I don’t see myself making anymore friends, but. . .who knows lol

October Topics

Coraline:

For those of you who know nothing about this, it is a story of a girl who is forced to move from her hometown to Oregon with her parents who are attempting to get a gardening catalog published. Both her parents neglect her while working on this, and she finds a door that transports her to a parallel universe in which she has a mother and father similar to her own, but with button eyes. The ‘other mother’, the mother in her parallel universe, creates wonders and enhancements in this world in an attempt to manipulate Coraline into giving up her life. I’ll be periodically giving interesting facts about the production of the stop-animation adaption of the book, and a few tid bits about the book itself. I’ve only seen the movie, so maybe this will motivate me to actually read it. . . . .who knows

Myths and Shtuff

Myths and things that happen to freak people out, such as. . . .

1) Garden Gnomes
2) Cats
3) . . . .Fixations with the full moon?

. . . .And anything else that’s seemingly creepy to human beings, but probably doesn’t have any actual, realistic, interesting elements attached. . .or maybe it does, but I’m just not being imaginative enough.

Costumes

I’d like to get pictures of some awesome costumes for Halloween. My costume will merely be ‘festive’, nothing special. If I happen to run into some eccentric Halloween clad college students, I will make sure to post pictures up here. . .I mean it

October is nearly over, but I’d thought I’d end the next week or so of it with a blog bang since I haven’t been posting as frequently. School has deterred that very much so 😦 but I will try to make up for it with a few topics I think will be interesting. . . .and if my life gets more interesting then. . . .that’ll make it interesting too XD

Bitch Mondays: Weather

It’s supposed to snow in my hometown the day I’m supposed to leave. . .which is great because I don’t get to leave until the night of . . .wonderful. . .

Indiana weather is a lot more bipolar than Illinois weather. The seasons aren’t as clear cut. The summers will be blisteringly hot, but the trees will begin to change color and fall off the leaves. . . .it will continue to be hot until mid-October when you have the unmercifully cold mornings and then the slightly warm, edging on cold rebellion afternoons, leading into unseasonably cold nights. . . .it’s great 😀

Now, I love the Fall. It’s actually one of my favorite seasons, but it’s best if you have a sweater. . .or a jacket. . . .even a light hoodie to fend off the psycho weather changes during the day. I didn’t exactly pack well for dorm life, so all I have is more wonderful granny sweater that’s quite nice and heavy, but doesn’t get the job done in terms of keeping me warm all the time. So, while I’m home. . .I’m going to steal all the hoodies that I can O.O