#mirthmusicmon – Jellicles can and Jellicles do – #mondayblogs

When I turned nine, I was given Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats on video for my birthday. Up until then, the only song I had known from the show was Mr Mistofolees, but I wasted no time learning the rest. I still adore the music from it. Last Saturday, I went to see a high-school production of the show, and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Turns out, this is a school where dance classes can be taken as a subject, and so it was actually far better than I was expecting. Thus, I’ve had the album on ever since. Here’s a few of my favourite numbers for you to enjoy!

You can join in on MMM here. Happy Monday! Have a great week!

#MirthMusicMon – Thank you, thank you very much – #mondayblogs

I’m whipping this post up quickly, before I head off on my retreat. I’ve been in a bit of an Elvis mood lately, ever since Edy and I had a private karaoke date night a couple of weeks ago and I found this song amongst the catalogue.


Now for something entirely different. Edy dredged this up. I remember this ad vividly but I hadn’t thought about it in years. It is kinda gross, but also amusing.

That’s it from me. I will see you when I get back on Wednesday.
~ Emily

A great start to #ROW80 and some Doctor Who #mirthmusicmon

row80I’ve got to say, I’ve made a really good start to this ROW80 round, and I’ve had a really productive week overall. It’s now Sunday night and I’m feeling pretty proud of myself, actually. Let’s hope it lasts! Ruth Nestvold was talking on her goals post about how they say it takes 21 days to make a habit. That’s what I’m aiming for with this round. Even when I sometimes wanted to just read on my lunch break instead of make sure I did some writing, I did the writing anyway, and I always felt really pleased with the words I was getting down. The only thing I didn’t manage was to visit very many people’s blogs. I’ll try and do better at that this week. Here’s a break down of my goals:

  • Write one page in my notebook every day

I did this! I so did this. I think there was only one day when I only wrote one page, the rest were multiple. And I have actually figured out the ending of the story. Which is a relief, because this is the story that has emerged from my 2014 NaNoWriMo and for the past nine months I’ve had no clue how it was going to end. I also wrote some fairly important scenes. And there’s more to come. This coming week will be good, too.

  • Type up stuff in notebook on Sunday afternoons


  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.

Pretty much. There were a couple of days where I didn’t manage it, but I probably read for more than half an hour on the other days, so it’s even. I’m only just on track for 52 books in the year, though. Someone pass me some graphic novels!

  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post.

I wrote the review for Splintered that went up on Friday.

  • Spend Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Saturday afternoons working on assignments.

I spent Sunday at the library. I’m going to get into the uni work a bit more in earnest starting this week. I’ve completed about 20% of my coursework so far.

  • Ride bike to work/walk from work into the city after work at least three days a week.

Yeaaaah. See, my bike has a flat tyre which I need to get fixed, and I was finishing work quite late, and it was usually dark by the time I got out, so I skipped the walking, too. I did do a zumba session at home on Thursday morning, though. That counts for something, right?

  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day.

music_mirthThis Wednesday is the first pay day since the round started, so I’ll be doing this over the next couple of days. It’s also time for Mirth and Music Monday. Today’s is rather Doctor Who-themed, because I came across the classic clip of David Tennant in drag, so I apologise to those who don’t understand a word of it. Mirth first, then music.

Our Mirth and Music Monday linky is here. Please come and join the fun! To learn more about ROW80 (“the writing challenge that knows you have a life”), visit the blog. I’m heading off now, I’ll see you soon! ~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – A Double Dose of Jurassic Park – #mondayblogs

I have to apologise for the drive-by nature of this post; it’s nearly 9pm, but I’ve had my mum staying and for a while was really stuck for something to post for today. But then thankfully, the recommended videos on YouTube inspired me.

John Williams’ music is always beautiful, and the Jurassic Park theme is no different, as this video by The Piano Guys, made to celebrate the release of the new Jurassic World movie, attests.

And then I remembered the first episode of a web series I backed on Kickstarter a few years ago. This is the first episode. Spot my name in the third column on the second screen of donor names, once you have giggled at the episode itself.

And there are another 12 or something episodes!

Join us for Mirth and Music Monday over here. I’m going to go now and get ready for bed, but I’ll see you all again soon.

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – *whispers* Shia LaBeouf – #mondayblogs

So today Shia LaBeouf was trending on Facebook because a guy painted him as all 13 incarnations of the Doctor from Doctor Who. And they’re actually really good artworks. But it did mean that all I could think of was the Doctor in the lead in the song I’ve chosen for tonight’s post. I have no idea where this song came from, but wow, it’s epic. And hilarious.

See? You needed this in your life.

For more Mirth and Music Monday, visit our linky. Feel free to join in, too!

#MirthMusicMon – Oooooooooooooooooooooklahoma! #mondayblogs

So, um… I’m hoping this post turns out all right. I actually have no audio on my laptop right now (I don’t know why; I watched some stuff on YouTube with headphones in, then when I took them out, it refused to play sound at all). But I was determined for this to be the week I get my life back on track and stop moping about and being sad that My Fair Lady was over. Getting back into blogging and writing is a part of that. Last Friday was only the second alternate Friday in 18 months when I didn’t post a book review. And I’ve got a bunch of things I have read that I should have reviews written for. Anyway, in light of all that, I’m going to hope that good visual for the videos means good audio as well and post some Mirth and Music today anyway.

While My Fair Lady was on, I had a half-hour drive home from the theatre every night. It was usually around 11:20 by the time the show finished, so getting on for 11:35 or so by the time I got out of costume and make-up and actually made my way to the car. I was always pretty tired, and my solution for having to drive when tired is to blare show tunes and sing along with them. I was on a Rogers and Hammerstein kick for most of this time, so Oklahoma got a pretty good run. This then led to purchasing the Hugh Jackman version on DVD. I adored this when I was a kid (it was the first thing I ever saw HJ in) but I hadn’t watched it in years and years. It lived up to the nostalgia. So here are a couple of clips. Enjoy!

We have a MMM linky over here if you want to join in. I’m going to go and maybe write a book review!

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – The coolest thing you’ll ever see played on a fairground organ

With any luck, this post signals a regular return to Mirth and Music Monday for me. Admittedly, I am posting this two days in advance because this is a crazy week for me (My Fair Lady rehearsals Sunday – Thursday and then opening night on Friday, followed by three more shows on the weekend), but after this week, I will have my Mondays back! Weee!

Anyway, a page I follow on Facebook just shared this video, and holy carp, it’s amazing. Bohemian Rhapsody is, of course, an incredible number in and of itself, but this just took it to a whole new level.

And now another Queen song, but the clip never fails to make me smile. I wish I had legs that look as good in a mini-skirt as Freddie Mercury’s.

Our Mirth and Music Monday link is here, feel free to join in! I’m going to go now and put my name on the $200-worth(!) of makeup I just bought for the show. Things get so easily lost in theatre dressing rooms, and I’d so rather not lose any of my new stuff.

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – Happy Easter! – #mondayblogs

Happy Easter one and all. I hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter break. I’ve actually taken a few extra days off work and I’m having a fabulous time. Even though I had all of Monday off work, I somehow didn’t manage to write an MMM post (I was really busy, you know, lying about and eating chocolate and stuff). So I’m falling back on the old excuse of “It’s still Monday in a lot of parts of the world!” I have Easter-themed videos!

For this first one, well, you may want to sit down. 😉

This second one is Bach’s Easter oratorio, and it’s 42 minutes long. So you might want to open some other tabs, or have it on while you do the laundry or something. It is lovely to listen to right through.

Feel free to join us for Mirth and Music Monday at the linky. I’m going to go now and continue to intend to start work on a history essay I have due relatively soon. See you next week!

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – A Little Bit Meta #MondayBlogs

So it is actually Tuesday in Australia, but it’s still Monday in plenty of parts of the world, so this counts as a Monday post! (I’ve been trying to get a paper written that is due Wednesday, so my brain has been a bit of a schemozzle this week). I’m rushing this post a bit because I’m at work and should probably be doing more constructive things. I don’t think I’ve posted the Oscar Winning Movie Trailer on MMM before, despite it being one of my favourite YouTube videos. And Edy pointed out that The Title of the Song would go rather nicely with that, but you also get the bonus The Song That Goes Like This from Monty Python’s Spamalot because I am quite fond of that show. But it’s a bootleg, hence it being the bonus.

The linky for Mirth and Music Monday is here. Feel free to join in!

~ Emily

#MirthMusicMon – Everybody Needs Good Neighbours

I’m not exactly a soaps fan myself, but if you’re Australian, you’d have to have been living under a rock the last 30 years to not at least have a vague knowledge of Neighbours. The show is celebrating its 30th Anniversary on Wednesday, and lots of old stars have returned for the occasion. They also had a special on TV tonight, where even more of the former cast members talked about their time on the show. I sort of nearly forgot about MMM tonight in amongst watching that, so when I finally realised it was time, Edy suggested a Neighbours themed post. Seemed fitting.

For music, Angry Anderson’s Suddenly, which was played over Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene’s (Kylie Minogue) wedding. This scene was voted the number one Neighbours moment, and basically every Australian ever (and probably a fair number of Brits as well, given the show’s popularity there) has seen this scene at one point or another, regardless of whether they’ve ever seen any more of the show.

This second one is not one I was familiar with until it came up in the special tonight. Bouncer was the loveable dog on Ramsay St, who basically belonged to everyone on the street. Apparently this was his dream wedding. (Apologies for barely understandable Aussie accents)

Our Mirth and Music Monday linky is over here. Feel free to join in! I’ll see you Wednesday!