kivrin: the words "I knit so I don't kill people" (knit kill (coconutswirl))
( Nov. 16th, 2011 01:37 pm)
Good old-fashioned music meme, inspired today by [personal profile] tree_and_leaf.
1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first thirty songs [ETA: OR 24 IF YOU GET TIRED THEN] that come up that do not give away the name of the song. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless LJ denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist.
4. Least hapless LJ denizen wins admiration. That's right, just like a lobbyist in budget season, the points don't matter.


1. It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees.
2. Tonight the brightest moon in a hundred years floods the streets of Rome and I am standing here.
3. ___, I would my true love did so chance...
4. I went down to the ____ and I saw my baby there stretched out on a long white table, so sweet, so cold, so fair.
5. Go down yonder, Gabriel, put your foot on the land and sea.
6. The purpose of a man is to love a woman and the purpose of a woman is to love a man.
7. Come all you lads and lasses, I'd have you give attention To these few lines I'm about to write here...
8. Thought I had it bad, but I had nothing, I had nothing on those who had none.
9. I wanted to be beautiful, so I got a magazine
10. I keep looking back, a lifetime back across the desert.
11. ...the movie's over, it's four o'clock, and we're in trouble deep...
12. In the redwing valley, on the Indian side, on my daddy's pony I would ride.
13. ...I saw him when he first walked in. I thought it was a vision of him. He was looking like where he'd been, looking kind of fragile.
14. ...A rich, beautiful thing, a cross between a fantasy of the bedroom and a saint. And you were just a backstreet girl, hustling and fighting, scratching and biting.
15. All my lovers have been lost bad boys.
16. Somewhere you are sleeping, someone by your side. Something you've been doing most of your life.
17. Cool me, cool my fever high. Hold me when I cry.
18. I wake up and check my senses: one two three four five.
19. That nice easy mark at the edge of the park - a slam dunk if ever I saw one.
20. We got three funeral homes, seventeen churches, got the football title back in '73
21. I am an orphan on God's highway, but I'll share my troubles if you go my way.
22. Time, time, time, see what's become of me
23. She gets up every morning long before the day breaks blue
24. This appeared as a moral dilemma
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Matins Responsory (I look from afar)
The Choir of St. Edmundsbury CathedralRead more... )

Advent Prose (Drop down ye heavens)
The Choir of Belfast Cathedral Read more... )

A Song of Peace (music by C. V. Stanford)
The Girls and Men of Norwich Cathedral ChoirRead more... )

Comfort Ye, My People
Elisabeth Von Trapp (yes, she's a granddaughter of Maria and the Captain)Read more... )

The Angel Gabriel (Gabriel's Message)
Maddy Prior & The Carnival BandRead more... )

Cherry Tree Carol
Maria SangioloRead more... )

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Charis Chamber VoicesRead more... )

Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth
CaeciliakoretRead more... )

People, Look East
Ripon Cathedral ChoirRead more... )

Let me know if any of the links don't work, or if the sound quality is crappy. For a number of tedious reasons, I ended up with wma files and had to convert them to mp3s with new-to-me software that might not be the greatest.
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kivrin: a church choir (choir)
( Dec. 6th, 2010 11:41 am)
I wanted to post an Advent mix last night, but I got bogged down in looking for a good recording of one piece in particular. Turns out that if you listen repeatedly to a dozen 30-second samples of "Creator of the Stars of Night," not only do they all start to sound the same, they all start to sound like CRAP. It doesn't help that I best know CotSoN as an anthem for three voices with alleluias between each verse, and so I feel frustrated with recordings that do it in austere plainchant style. Even though that's most traditional.

Tell me (if you're so inclined) your favorite pre-Christmas music!
kivrin: Buffy snuggling Willow with the word "Love" (b/w! (glim))
( Jul. 10th, 2010 01:40 pm)
For anyone interested who is unfamiliar with the musical 1776, a YouTube playlist with all the songs, including those that were cut from the theatrical release of the film.

Though I don't have to wear several layers of wool every day, I do feel the need to say "Gentlemen, I fear you hardly knew how bad it could get when you complained it was "Hot as hell! In Philadel! phia!""
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Whip out your music program, click the random button, and pick out 10 songs. Alter the name by turning it into a convoluted, wordy synonym. For example: Silent Night = Nocturnal Time Completely Lacking Noise. When someone guesses the title correctly, italicize the convoluted one and put the real title and the person who figured it out.

1. At No Point Enter Into A Morbid Condition At A Premature Age Never Die Young (Lori McKenna, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses and [livejournal.com profile] zahrawithaz.

2. If This Speaker Possessed A Verbally Able Image Of The Individual Addressed If I Had a Talking Picture of You (sung by Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer.

3. Onomatopoeia! In a Gleeful Manner at Great Distance From Sea Level

4. Each Speaker, In An Ovine Manner, Previously Diverged From The Preferred Course All We, Like Sheep, Have Gone Astray (Handel's Messiah), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

5. A Nocturnal Period Pursuant To A Difficult Diurnal Period A Hard Day's Night (The Beatles), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses and [livejournal.com profile] tx_cronopio.

6. The Municipality Indicated Perceived Through Liquid Precipitation This Town in the Rain (Anthony Stewart Head and George Sarah), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tx_cronopio.

7. Country Possessed By Or Pertaining To Those With Brain, Cardiac, And Respiratory Function Land of the Living (Lucy Kaplansky), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

8. Lyric Pertaining To A Steam- Or Electric-Powered Multi-Unit Track-Bound Means of Conveyance Train Song (Eliza Carthy), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

9. Chartreuse Avian Embryos And Preserved Porcine Flesh Green Eggs and Ham (Moxy Fruvous), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses, [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer, [livejournal.com profile] tx_cronopio, and [livejournal.com profile] zahrawithaz. Here is a YouTube link to the song in question (ignore the video.)

10. Adjust Your Position From Prone To Supine (or Vice Versa), Classical/Romantic Composer Roll Over, Beethoven (The Beatles), guessed by [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer and [livejournal.com profile] zahrawithaz.
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[livejournal.com profile] breadandroses and I saw Richard Shindell last night. It becomes increasingly clear to us that our experiences of surly!Richard could be put down to the fact that perhaps he just didn't like playing the Birchmere. Which is fair, since the sound system is (or was, when I was last there) teh suck, and much of the seating likewise, and ditto the menu. (DEAR ALEXANDRIA VA, YOU ARE NOT NEW ORLEANS, KTHANXBAI.)

Though the Birchmere never gave me food poisoning, so there were advantages.

ANYWAY. Last night Richard Shindell was chill!conversational!Richard, even when he was frustrated by the difficulty of tuning his bazouki. ("Can you just tune it there in the sound booth? You've got knobs and stuff!" *Plays a phrase of introduction. Stops.* "Could you just turn it down on the monitor so I can't hear it?") He played a lovely solo set, as follows:
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Antje Duvekot opened, and was very pleasant, though my favorite part of her set was when Richard came out to sing harmony on "Vertigo" and they bantered about their clothes. Apparently there'd been some discussion back in the dressing rooms about what they should wear, and she had strongly recommended the long-sleeved shirt he came out in, and he had suggested she wear both the dresses she was considering. "You were unequivocal," he said to her. "I was equivocating." And then they did the song and he sang harmony, moving effortlessly into a heartbreaking falsetto on one line of the refrain.
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kivrin: a guitar with a hand resting on top (dave carter guitar)
( May. 5th, 2008 08:08 pm)
The Summer's Eve Song Swap lineup: John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Eliza Gilkyson, and Vance Gilbert.
The News On Crooked Still: They'll only be playing on Thursday and Rushad Eggleston, mad cellist, is no longer with the band. (see www.crookedstill.com)
Other performers: Tracy Grammer, Eddie From Ohio, Dar Williams, and (in what I think is a first-time appearance) Lori McKenna! Also favorite contra dance caller Beth Molaro and favored band to dance to The Sevens.
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kivrin: a guitar with a hand resting on top (dave carter guitar)
( Apr. 22nd, 2008 02:34 pm)
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.

Sufjan Stevens, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
Pirates of Penzance 1981 Broadway Cast Recording, "My Eyes Are Fully Open" (yes, it's from Ruddigore, not Pirates, but in that production it was interpolated. Roll with it, dude.)
Patty Larkin, "Hallelujah Baby" (I think it's actually just called "Hallelujah" but as a song title that means either Handel or Leonard Cohen to me, so.)
Chanticleer, "Jefferson (Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken)"
Haydn's Little Organ Mass (quit snickering)
Carbon Leaf, "The War Was In Color"
Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry covering Jackson Browne's "Shape of a Heart"
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Preorder Seven is the Number, album of previously unreleased songs by Dave Carter, performed by Dave and Tracy, here!

It may be ready for Falcon Ridge, but I put my order in now just in case.
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Revisiting the meme here...

Whip out your music program, click the random button, and pick out 10 songs. Alter the name by turning it into a convoluted, wordy synonym. For example: Silent Night = Nocturnal Time Completely Lacking Noise. When someone guesses the title correctly, italicize the convoluted one and put the real title and the person who figured it out.

1. One More Celtic Lyric for Performance While Imbibing Another Irish Drinking Song, by Da Vinci's Notebook. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

2. Difficult to Succeed Hard to Make It, by Dave Carter (performed by Tracy Grammer.) Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

3. It Arrived at the Midpoint of a Nocturnal Period Without Precipitation It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

4. Nocturnally Luminescent Synthetic Superhuman Being Glow-in-the-Dark Plastic Angel, Nerissa and Katryna Nields, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] kelilah.

5. Approach the Liquid Dihydrogen Monoxide. Go to the Water by Kat Eggleston.

6. Hibernation Season at the Point of His Departure Winter When He Goes, by Dave Carter (performed by Tracy Grammer.)Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

7. Female Lacking Parents Orphan Girl, by Gillian Welch (performed by Crooked Still). Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses.

8. I Reside at a Location Separate from That at which I Fornicate. I Live Not Where I Love, traditional, sung by Kat Eggleston.

9. Burial Ceremony in the Center of His Circulatory System Funeral in His Heart, by October Project. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] kelilah.

10. At the Time of My Departure When I Go, by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] spiritdance.
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Whip out your music program, click the random button, and pick out 10 songs. Alter the name by turning it into a convoluted, wordy synonym. For example: Silent Night = Nocturnal Time Completely Lacking Noise. When someone guesses the title correctly, italicize the convoluted one and put the real title and the person who figured it out.

1. One More Celtic Lyric for Performance While Imbibing Another Irish Drinking Song, by Da Vinci's Notebook. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses

2. Difficult to Succeed Hard to Make It, by Dave Carter (performed by Tracy Grammer.) Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses

3. It Arrived at the Midpoint of a Nocturnal Period Without Precipitation It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses

4. Nocturnally Luminescent Synthetic Superhuman Being Glow-in-the-Dark Plastic Angel, Nerissa and Katryna Nields, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] kelilah.

5. Approach the Liquid Dihydrogen Monoxide

6. Hibernation Season at the Point of His Departure Winter When He Goes, by Dave Carter (performed by Tracy Grammer.)Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses

7. Female Lacking Parents Orphan Girl, by Gillian Welch (performed by Crooked Still). Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses

8. I Reside at a Location Separate from That at which I Fornicate

9. Burial Ceremony in the Center of His Circulatory System Funeral in His Heart, by October Project. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] kelilah.

10. At the Time of My Departure When I Go, by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. Guessed by [livejournal.com profile] spiritdance.

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HAH!

I just had a minor clerical triumph. Fully explaining it would take an amount of time utterly disproportionate to its importance, but the general theme of my glee is that I thought I was going to need to spend several hours altering labels on folders and it turns out to be unnecessary thanks to a good decision I made six weeks ago.

My mental soundtrack seems to be on super-eclectic shuffle today, having gone from "And Her Mother Comes Too" by Ivor Novello, performed by Jeremy Northam to "Wise" by Catie Curtis to "Stars" from Les Miserables performed by whomever sings Javert on the Les Mis Highlights cassette I got in my Christmas stocking in about 1990. (I was always far more interested in being Javert than being that silly Cosette, or besotted Eponine.)

The Lilah/Wesley sex!icon (by _elektra) has nothing to do with this post.
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List five songs that you are currently digging. It doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good. But they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your five songs. Then tag five other people to see what they're listening to.


1. Crooked Still, "Orphan Girl" (Gillian Welch cover). Brilliant crazed fiddle-style cello, killer finger-picked banjo, lovely pure vocals and double bass that I'm sure kicks ass in some way I'm not musician enough to identify. One of those songs that just makes you happy.

2. Tracy Grammer, "Shadows of Evangeline" (music & lyrics by Dave Carter). Weird, hypnotic, complex, allusive. Typical Dave, in other words. I imagine a really chilling Buffy S7 vid to this song.

3. Jim Henry, "Ruby." I'm a sucker for father-and-daughter songs, and this one is so heartfelt and yet so funny.

4. Josh Ritter, "Snow is Gone." Another song that just makes me happy to be alive. Hello blackbird, hello starling/ winter's over, be my darling!/ Been a long time coming, but now the snow is gone

5. Tracy Grammer, "Preston Miller" (music & lyrics by Dave Carter). I guess you might call this the love child of a Gilbert & Sullivan patter song and a broadside murder ballad. (This is one of the songs that, eerily, I always think of first in Dave Carter's voice, though I've learned it from Tracy's performance and recording. I did hear him do it once, at the workshop stage at Falcon Ridge in 2000 or more likely 2001.)
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kivrin: a guitar with a hand resting on top (dave carter guitar)
( Jul. 28th, 2005 04:04 pm)
Favorite Falcon Ridge Folk Festival moments:

- Vance Gilbert yelling for Pete Kennedy to shut up and sing during the "Our Roots Are Showing" workshop. PK made a good point about how one's musical roots are not only the ancestral music of one's people(s) but also the music one grew up with, or that was part of an important transitional time like adolescence. Making the point once would have been better, though. Even making it only once per pre-song blab would have been an improvement. The Kerouac reference was utterly gratuitous, also. At least Maura Kennedy's hair was non-frightening this year, though her tendency - their tendency - to pop up on any stage at any time and horn in on a side mike to sing harmony was pretty terrifying. Still, less terrifying than PK popping up to talk.

- I could cite Tracy Grammer's entire mainstage set, but within that, my favorite moments were Tracy's blistering "Disappearing Man," which I'd never heard done live, and Jim Henry's "Ruby," a tender and hilarious love note to his daughter. (And Liz leaning over to ask me "are they romantically intertwingled?" )

- An impromptu appearance by the Thompson sisters during the Gospel wake-up call.

- Rushad Eggleston challenging Aoife O'Donovan to jumping jacks during Crooked Still's mainstage set, and Aoife hissing "I can't, no, I... I can't wear a bra with this shirt!!"

- Crooked Still's rendition of "Wayfaring Stranger" on the mainstage.

- The couple who came over to compliment my contra dancing. (I hope they didn't see Liz and me dancing in the Square Of Disaster later on...)

- The dances Kathryn Wedderburn called. (I like the way Beth Molaro or Paul Rosenberg teach the figures, and how Beth does walk-throughs, but by golly, this year I most enjoyed dancing to Kathryn. Even the really complicated dance where you had to swing with your shadow. )

- Learning a little bit of swing dancing from Meg and Ry.

- Eliza Gilkyson's "Jedidiah 1777." But then I'm exactly the kind of geek to love a song that partly transcribes letters from the 1770s. If only I'd had time to go back to the CD tent I'd have bought Paradise Hotel right then.

- Dancing and washing in Friday's storm, including pulling one of our neighbors into a group hug, then drying off and putting long pants and a long sleeved shirt on over my blessedly un-sticky skin.

- lounging in the Perfect Shade by the lower camping gate with my fellow Camp Duckians.

- falafel and smoothies. YUM.

- Paul & Storm peeking out from behind the backstage curtain to join in the refrain "sits to pee!" during Eddie from Ohio's mainstage set on Saturday night. Eddie had a family emergency in North Carolina and couldn't be at the festival, leading to another of my favorite moments: Storm holding up a cell phone so Eddie could hear "Great Day" at the Wake-Up Call, and moving the phone up and down in rhythm when everyone started clapping.
What to do: plug some song lyrics into an online translation engine a few times over, post the results, and see if people can identify the songs.

English - Spanish - Russian - German - English
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Music meme from [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses

ETA: Of course, the people listed in number six don't have to answer, and anybody else is free to pick this up if so inclined.

1. Total amount of music files on your computer?
None at work, about 100 at home, I think. Possibly more.


2. The last cd you bought was...
I ordered Tracy Grammer's Flower of Avalon a few weeks ago, and am waiting impatiently for it to arrive. Before that, I think it was a copy of Patty Larkin's Red=Luck to replace the one I lost when my bag was stolen.


3. What was the last song you listened to before reading this message?
Huh. I think I listened to "Adios, Hermanos" (Paul Simon, Songs from "The Capeman", track 1) last night.


4. Write down five songs you often listen to or mean a lot to you.
for a whole variety of reasons...
"What Do You Love More Than Love?" Dar Williams
"For Once In Your Life," Lucy Kaplansky
"Dear Diary," Patty Larkin
"Hazel's House," Richard Shindell
"Christmas Carol," Nerissa & Katryna Nields

5. What new music are you really excited for in the coming year so far?
The Tracy album ("Shadows of Evangeline" is going on extended repeat, oh yes.)

6. What 5 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?
[livejournal.com profile] prosicated and [livejournal.com profile] kelilah because I'll look at their answers
and say "why didn't I say that?" or "I need to get that!" [livejournal.com profile] greyhoundliz in the hopes that she'll post (;P), [livejournal.com profile] saskia139 because her answers will draw on a much wider musical world than mine, and [livejournal.com profile] renniekins because I don't know what music she likes.
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From [livejournal.com profile] breadandroses

Step 1: Get your playlist together, put it on random, and play.
Step 2: Pick your favorite lines from the first 25 songs that play.
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from.
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly! No cheating and pasting the lyrics into a search engine.

lyricism )
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On Sunday night I went to see Richard Shindell, who is second only to Paul Simon in my personal pantheon of living musical gods. (My personal pantheon of musical goddesses is larger and less hierarchical.) He was playing at the World Cafe Live, a new Philadelphia venue that's just like The Birchmere in D.C., except nice. The menu is smaller but better, and closer to being worth the prices; the bar is much better; the service is several orders of magnitude better; and the seating is more comfortable and assigned, which makes dining elsewhere and then arriving close to show time a workable possibility. I didn't take that option; I lived it up shamelessly, with a cup of the soup du jour (non-vegetarian white bean), a caesar salad, iced tea, and creme brulee. The creme brulee was mediocre, unfortunately - strangely dry and with a too-thick crust that required more than an Amelie-ish tap to break.

Richard opened with "There Goes Mavis," which he introduced as his favorite song from his new album, saying with characteristic dry humor, "it'll all be downhill from here." He continued with "Fennario" and Pete Seeger's "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy." Then he did "Che Guevara T-Shirt," and I made a fool of myself.

Richard reached the verse that starts "As the contents of his wallet show, his plan's a little sketchy/ Three hundred bucks, and a bad address of a cousin in Miami." He started to continue with "He's rationing his batteries...", a line from earlier in the song, then stopped and vamped. And vamped. For about five seconds - but long seconds, long the way only unscheduled quiet on stage can be
long.

So I decided to be Helpful Fan (as my silly brain constructed it in that moment) and called out "in a couple months!" that being the line he'd missed.

"What is it?" said Richard, still vamping.

"In a couple of months!" I said again.

"No, that's not it."

I covered my face. Richard kept vamping. I lowered my head towards the table and wished for oblivion. Richard vamped, then picked up at "As the contents of his wallet show" again.

After the song, he explained that something weird happened to the sound while he was playing and it unnerved him. So I felt like an idiot again for thinking he'd suffered an attack of Frank Hayes' disease*, or more precisely what my family calls Moon On The Breast Of The Newfallen Snow disease (from the line in "A Visit From St. Nicholas" that we tend to pop out with any time we get stuck while reciting the poem.) In addition, of course, to the shame of having violated a cardinal rule of performance, that being don't prompt until the
actor asks for it
. Especially if you're, oh, in the audience.

It was only hours later that realized that of course it also sounded like I was heckling him, making an "any time now!" kind of comment. Oh. Good. Lord. And I went up to him afterwards and asked him to sign a cd... yargh.

My consolation is that it was dark and he probably couldn't see me, certainly not well enough to recognize me later. And I was seated right behind a table of loud people with a guy who was very enthusiastic and loud and made lots of loud, enthusiastic comments throughout both Richard's set and the opener's. So maybe Richard thought it was someone from that table.

For the record, his entire set was: Read more... )

* A syndrome that causes performers to forget or mangle the lyrics of songs they have themselves composed. Named for the filksinger Frank Hayes ("Never Set the Cat On Fire," "Like A Lamb To The Slaughter (The Matty Groves Song)", who apparently suffers greatly from this malady.
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1. Open your MP3 player.
2. Turn on 'random' or 'shuffle'.
3. List the first fifteen songs it plays, no matter what they are.
My list )
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The Nields, all incarnations

-Are you female or male: Einstein's Daughter
-Describe yourself: Love and China
-How do some people feel about you: Bulletproof
-How do you feel about yourself: Jennifer Falling Down
-Describe your girlfriend/boyfriend: Keys to the Kingdom
-Describe where you want to be: Mercy House
-Describe what you want to be: Jack the Giant Killer
-Describe how you live: In the Hush Before the Heartbreak
-Describe how you love: Living It Up in the Garden
-Share a few words of wisdom: This Town Is Wrong
-Bonus Wisdom: Gotta Get Over Greta

Also, GIP again, [livejournal.com profile] glimmergirl again.
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