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Shave And A Haircut… And Some Songs

Trust me, a shave and a haircut sure as heck ain’t two bits anymore.

Also, phew! After a really really bad fall-behind on the blog I’m again caught up. That’s two bad failures in close proximity. Yuk. Maybe I just need to post more meaningless posts to fill up the days I can’t think of anything to talk about. …but that’d be just silly. I would never do something like that.

Ahem. Moving along. After two years of not going clean-shaven and two years of no haircut, I’ve finally done both. My haircut this time is significantly shorter than I’ve maybe ever had it, too. Partly because I cut my ponytail off on my own, and I may have cut it just a smidge too close to my head. Oh, well. I have about 12 inches of hair to donate to people that need it more than me, so that’s good. It’s nice to do what you can when you can. And my haircut doesn’t look nearly as awful as I thought it did yesterday. We’ll have to see if that’s a constant thing or not.

Anyway, I ended up going to Sports Clips. Poor girl… First, she seemed a bit like a beginner in the haircut business. Which is no good with me. Not saying I can’t handle a beginner… just saying that I have no idea what I’m talking about with hair styles. And I don’t go for the standard men’s cuts. I like a part in the front, parted on the right, and tapered in the back. But there are technical words I don’t actually know how to convey. All in all, it took three different women to give advice to my hairdresser, one of whom actually did some cutting herself. Didn’t help that I changed where the part was on her, too. It’s been a while since I’ve had anything that wasn’t really long and automatically parted in the middle.

But, eventually, I got the hair cut, and since I wear a hat all the time, I can hide it even on days it looks horrendous. And, since it was my first visit there, I got a free shampoo in a massage chair, free shoulder massage and free hot towel during the shampoo. …Honestly, I’ll never understand the purpose of a hot towel on one’s face. It was a bit odd. Slightly uncomfortable at first, then just… odd. And weird once it was gone. But, yeah. All that for $18. I tipped $7 because I felt bad about how terrible a customer I was, not knowing what to say. I also came in with rather ridiculous hair, so that likely didn’t help. Still, it worked out in the end. I think. Mom will likely be happy.

Can you believe there was a time when a shave and a haircut was two bits? That’s $0.25, by the way. …can you believe there was a time when we split quarters in half?

Oh, the songs part. I’ve made progress on my recital, insofar as I have a wonderful friend acting as my music director. He has lots of music, and I came to him with a truncated list, severely so from my original choices, of songs I’d like to sing. I told him the few that most definitely had to happen (three duets with men and two solos) and he gave me a list of songs and rough order in which I might sing them. (I’ll even link you to past posts I’ve made about some of the songs!)

“On The Street Where You Live” – “My Fair Lady”
“Falling Slowly” – “Once”
“Why, God, Why?” – “Miss Saigon”
“If I Can’t Love Her” – “Beauty and the Beast”
“Man in the Mirror” – “A Man of No Importance”
“I Am What I Am” – “La Cage Aux Folles”
“Lily’s Eyes” – “The Secret Garden”
“The Curse” – “Rigoletto”
“No More” – “Into the Woods”
“Out There” – “Hunchback of Notre Dame”
“Finishing the Hat” – “Sunday in the Park with George”

With only two repeated composers to the best of my knowledge (Stephen Sondheim with “Into the Woods” and “Sunday in the Park with George” and Alan Menken with “Beauty and the Beast” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame”), I think I’m doing pretty well. Both of the songs from both repeated composers were ones I absolutely had to have in the recital, so I’m doing pretty well on getting a variety of sources. Though the style and subject matter is pretty unvaried, what with 99% of what I sing being ballads… this list ain’t much different. Literally, Russell (my music director for this) only marked three of these songs as anything but ballads. But, hey, that’s what I do.

Hopefully, some of the songs that didn’t make the list will make appearances at Guerrilla Theatre performances next semester. I don’t have much time, but I’m going to try and do at least a couple of them. Especially before some people graduate. But for the recital, now all I have to do is confirm the venue, set a date, get an accompanist that has time to practice with me and the four other duet musicians and… well, just do it.

Should be fun.

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Sing, Sang, Sung – “The Curse” From “Rigoletto”

Don’t really have an excuse for not putting this up yesterday beyond hanging out with people from 4 until after midnight… so, maybe some excuse.

I’m constantly trying to find more music to put in my repertoire. It can be hard, though. I don’t really know much about new musicals that come out. Most of my rep is a series of songs that most everyone with my vocal range sings all the time. That can be problematic. If I go to an audition and someone else uses the song I’m using to audition with, it suddenly becomes about comparing the two of us instead of figuring out if we’re right for the role.

So, a friend of mine reminded me of something I’d long forgotten about. There was a movie back in 1993 made by Feature Films for Families called “Rigoletto.” It was basically “Beauty and the Beast” meets “Phantom of the Opera.” Not exactly the most original plot, but it wasn’t all that bad a movie from what I recall. Of course, I was also a little kid, so who knows. Anyway, what I definitely completely forgot about (and still can’t remember) is that the movie actually had songs in it. And they’re really not that bad at all.

I’m still really hoping to perform a recital at the end of this month/beginning of next month, so long as I can find the musical theatre director and arrange it with him. And if I can find the sheet music for this, I think I want it in there.

“The Curse” – Rigoletto

We’ve heard the tale since we were young,
Heard the songs that have been sung,
About an evil spell.

Someone beautiful is cursed
We feel sad through every verse
Til a kiss and all is well

The message that no one can see
Is clearer to someone like me

There is no curse or evil spell
That’s worse than one we give ourselves
There is no sorcerer as cruel,
As the proud angry fool.

And yet, we cry life isn’t fair
Beneath our cries the truth is there

The power that will break the spell
We should know very well
Is locked within ourselves

Yet we’d rather blame,
And curse our fate then change
We run from everyone to hide from the pain
And all the shame

The story’s old we knew it well
About a wretched evil spell
The power that will break this curse
Oh I know all too well
Is locked within myself

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Sing, Sang, Sung – “Beauty And The Beat” By Todrick Hall (With Lyrics)

Okay. Still plugging the show. Usually, I’d use this post to just write about the show and the opening night’s performance… I’ll wait until tomorrow afternoon to do that. It was good, to be brief about it.

Tonight was the opening night of The Rude Mechanicals’ “Twelfth Night.” One of the three Facebook events can be found here. We will be performing at the Park at Manderson Landing on Friday and Saturday, with pre-show music starting at 7 and the show starting at 7:30. As always, the show is free, but donations are nice. Tomorrow, the show will be at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Northport/Tuscaloosa. It will have a $15 cash pay-at-the-door with proceeds going to the West Alabama Aids Outreach program. Inside, there will be a free buffet and a cash bar. That one is RSVP, however, and may have been filled… if it’s not, though, I’ll let you know as soon as I know!

Now. Onto the little gem that I was linked to today. I may have listened to it… slightly less than a million times. It’s wonderful.

Who remembers the Disney film “Beauty and the Beast”? It’s a true classic, one of the better Disney films, in my opinion. Not my favorite (that’d be “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), but definitely solid, and with some good music. (AND it has the guy that voiced Claude Frollo in “Hunchback,” so that’s fun.)

Anyway, if I remember correctly, the very first non-instrumental song in the movie is one called… well, I thought it was “Bonjour,” but this YouTube video says it’s “Belle (Little Town).” Whichever. If you remember the movie, you should remember the song with either name.

Now… I don’t exactly know who Todrick Hall is, or what he usually does… but this is excellent. A group of people got together and rewrote the lyrics of the song, added in some beats… And put it in the ghetto. It’s “Beauty and the BEAT.” And it’s amazing. I can’t really give much else in way of explanation. Just… listen. It’s hilarious.

“Beauty and the Beat” – Todrick Hall

No lyrics… I couldn’t catch them all if I tried, and Google just links me to some stupid Justin Bieber song… But there is an article on Huffington Post about this video, and it mentions that Todrick Hall is a one-time “American Idol” contestant. Glad he didn’t win. He should make more things like this.

UPDATE: I have lyrics! Enjoy.

BELLE:
Little town, it’s a quiet village.
Every day like the one before.
Little town, full of little people.
Waking up to say…

HOOD PEOPLE:
What’s good? What’s good? What’s good? What’s good?

GLOZELL:
Get yo tail out the street!

BELLE:
There go Bonquesha she wit Trey like always.
He on the downlow I can tell.
Every morning just the same since the morning that we came
To this busted wretched town.

CLEETUS:
(Spoken) Good morning, Belle.

BELLE:
(Spoken) Good morning, Cleetus.

CLEETUS:
(Spoken) Where you going?

BELLE:
(Spoken) The weave shop! I just saw the most wonderful up do with some finger waves and some micro braids…

CLEETUS:
(Spoken) That’s nice… Patrice, one of my brownies! Hurry up!

IMAN:
Hey little mama can I get them digits
So I can hit you on yo cell? Yo let me get it though.

HATER GIRL:
Her beauty ain’t all that!

IMAN:
But her booty is real fat.

IMAN/HATER GIRL:
No denyin’ she a bougie girl that Belle.

STREET LADY:
What’s good?

KEITH:
What it do?

STREET LADY:
How is yo Ma’n’em?

BELLE:
Bonjour!

GLOZELL:
What you call me?

BELLE:
How is your wife?

HUNGRY LADY:
I need six legs!

CHEAP LADY:
Uh-uh, that’s too expensive.

BELLE:
There must be more than this old hood rat life!

LAWASHA:
(Spoken) Hey, Belle!

BELLE:
(Spoken) Hey LaWasha, hey LaDrya. I came to get my hair did. Have you got anything new?

LAWASHA:
(Spoken) Girl, not since Isaiah.

BELLE:
(Spoken) That’s alright, I’ll take this one.

LAWASHA:
(Spoken) Girl, you gonna spoil him!

BELLE:
(Spoken) Well he’s my favorite! I mean, look at those eyes, those little cheeks, his little Caesar cut…

LAWASHA:
(Spoken) If you like him all that much, then he yours.

BELLE:
(Spoken) But ma’am-

LAWASHA:
(Spoken) Girl, I insist!

BELLE:
(Spoken) Thank you! Thank you very much!

LAWASHA & LADRYA:
Look there she go, she think she got that good hurr.
Girl, that’s a lace-front I can tell.

LAWASHA:
Where she get that ugly dress?

MILES JAI:
Cause she look a crusty mess!

LAWASHA & MILES JAI:
Cause she really is a bougie girl that Belle! Mmm.

BELLE:
Oh, isn’t this a hot mess?
Who would name their first-born Blue Ivy?
Here’s Kim Kardash and Kanye.
Wonder if they’ll have a brand new show on BET?

VONZELL:
Well I had heard that she a chocolate chaser.
They say she like that caramel.

SHAQUEEBA:
She aint looking for no beast
Less he lookted like Tyrese.

RANDOM HISPANIC:
Very different from the rest of us.

VONZELL & SHAQUEEBA:
But you ain’t like the rest of us.

ALL:
Yes, different from the rest of us is Belle.

*gunshot*

(Spoken) Oh shit! (Running and shouting)

JEROME & LITTLE FOOL:
(Spoken) I said Jerome in the house, I said Jerome in the house!

LITTLE FOOL:
(Spoken) Watch your mouth!

JEROME:
(Spoken) What’s up, little lady? Your dad must be a cop cause you got fine written all over you!

LITTLE FOOL:
(Spoken) He said you got fine written all over-

JEROME:
(Spoken) Be quiet little fool! Let’s say we walk through the hood real quick?

BELLE:
(Spoken) No thank you, Jerome.

JEROME:
(Spoken) Hold on, hold on, woah woah! What do you mean no thank you, mama? You’re the finest girl I ever asked, so why don’t you spin around for me?

Right from the moment I had met you, seent you,
I said you bangin’ and I fell.
Baby, what’s it gonna be?
Tell me is you feelin’ me?
Cause I’m makin’ plans to leave my momma house.

JEROME FANGIRLS:
Look thurr he go. Isn’t he awl that?
My boo, Jerome… Girl he so foine!
Uh-uh, fo’ real? Girl, no he didn’t!
If she can’t use yo’ comb don’t bring her home!

HOOD PEOPLE:
Eh-Eh.
Mmhmm.
Uh-uh.
Oh-krrr.
Yo’ kitchen nappy.
Girl hide yo kids.
Sho nuff!
Shawty!
Okay!
Ain’t nobody got time for that!

JEROME:
Yo homie, move!

HOOD PEOPLE:
Jamal!
Jamel!
Jaquan!
Jaquel!
My baby daddy!

BELLE:
There must be more than this old hood rat life!

JEROME:
If you got good credit, you can be my wife!

ALL:
Look there she go, she lookin’ so ridik’lous.
She think she in a furry tale.
Why she got her weave like that?
Tell me where they do that at.
She really is a bougie girl.
A beauty, but a bougie girl.
She really is a bougie girl… That Belle!

What’s good?
What’s good?
What’s good?
What’s good?
What’s good?
What’s good?

GLOZELL:
If you don’t get out the skreet, ooh I swear for God! Uh uh!
Don’t make me take my shoe off!
Ooh get outta my way!
Heffa.

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