La fleur que tu m’avais jétée

So Elina Garanca is amazing. She’s an amazing singer, but also, watch her acting in this scene. She doesn’t sing/say anything, but just watch her.

Context: Carmen seduces the soldier Don Jose and he ends up going to jail for her for two months. He gets out and meets her at this bar, which they’d arranged for. So he gets there and she sings and dances for him, but then he hears the bugle calls to report for military roll call. She goes off on him about how he wouldn’t even think of leaving if he really loved her. To her surprise, he reacts by getting serious like this and singing this song.

So he sings to her about how he kept the flower she gave him when she first picked him out of a crowd and went for him. Even though Carmen doesn’t say or sing anything… watch how she reacts. She’s maintaining her composure, even though she’s feeling a little bit about what he’s saying, she starts to smile, but doesn’t. Then at about 2:30, when he sings that even though he’d begun to hate her and wish he hadn’t met her, he realized that his only wish and his only hope was to see her again. Watch how she’s touched, and she likes hearing it… but then she’s also scared that he’s making her feel that way…. and then she’s also scared by how intense his passion is. Watch how she looked towards the door for that one point. This whole time, she’s trying to regain her composure. And then he says, “I am completely yours,”… and watch how her expression becomes calculating. She decides she can still manipulate him. Then watch how she softens again … how much of her decision is calculating manipulation, and how much of it is desire to hear these things from him again?

Just… how much she says with just her face.

Honestly, if I ever get to the point in drawing comics where I can communicate that much emotion without words… that’s a goal.

(This recording was done in 2010. There is a DVD available, or you can watch it on the Met Opera streaming app, which I recommend because it has a lot of great videos and audio recordings. I need to make a list of my favorites and post that here. That app is definitely worth subscribing to, but if you don’t want to do that, definitely get a free trial and watch this. The 2010 one. There’s also a 2014 recording of the same production, but this one is better. And see it live, if you’re around New York. It’s coming back next season, though not with the same singers.

also this

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Here she is as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Renee Fleming, in a new production which is coming next season. Needless to say, I’m ridiculously excited for this. It looks amazing.

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A book I’m reading included this story, which the author calls “a Buddhist legend.” I don’t know anything more than that about the exact origins of the story, but the theme is definitely Buddhist, and it’s so good I had to share it.

A young farmer is rowing a boat on a wide river, taking produce to sell in the market. He wants to get this done and get home as soon as possible. He looks ahead and sees another boat coming towards his boat, which will hit him if it doesn’t change course. He screams to the other boat, “Change course! You’re going to hit me!” The river is wide enough to accomplish this, but the other boat doesn’t change its path – it hits his boat. He gets out of the boat and continues screaming at the other boat, “You idiot! How could you just let your boat hit me?”

Then he noticed that the other boat was empty. He was screaming at an empty vessel.

This is how productive and worthwhile anger is – not at all. Getting angry doesn’t help – if it has any effect, it only makes things worse. The solution is to not let them make you angry.

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{ art post } Watercolor practice

“Practice watercolors” is always on my to-do-list. And I actually did a bit, recently, so I thought I’d bump down the last art post, which was pretty bad…

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Original   //  Kuroh   //  Lelouch

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So they made an Ace Attorney anime…

If you really really like Ace Attorney, watch it…

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If you only mildly like Ace Attorney… you probably won’t enjoy this very much.

If you haven’t played Ace Attorney… go play it. It’s available on DS and mobile platforms. It’s pretty much the only video game I play besides LLSIF. It’s more of a visual novel than a game-game. Honestly, I’d probably put it in my top 5 mystery series in any medium. It’s just really good.

It doesn’t translate that well as an anime unless you’re really into it (and you really love the game’s sense of humor, which I do).

If you watch things like Kindaichi Case Files, the opening of this series feels sort of like a parody of that kind of thing… It’s like Kindaichi but more aware of how cheesy it is, and totally going with it.

Also, Aoi Yuuki plays Maya, and that’s perfect and I can’t wait until the next episode just for that.

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This is a good thing to wake up to.

Actually, two anime with Toshiyuki Toyonaga in them, is also good news to wake up to.

(I’m so into his album, by the way. Just listen to “Hana” and try not to fall in love. )

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{K} Return of … something or other.

I’m still not sure how to feel about the second season of K.

My first impression was that nothing really happened – just a lot of fighting and no real character development.

Then I thought about it more…



{{     Spoilers within – K     }}

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{review} After all, he’s still simply…

I usually don’t like fight scenes. I usually find them tedious, and I want to cut to the character moments embedded within the story – the moment where A pins B down and starts to unmask him, not all the kicking and grabbing and dodging they did beforehand. I am probably the opposite of most people who enjoy visual media, particularly the fantasy and sci-fi portions of it.

But then, there are some characters who, when you see them fighting, it really reminds you what you love about them.


{{    Spoilers within – Black Butler vol 21.    }}

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{geass} Yes, actually, Suzaku was loyal.

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So I ended up going overboard and writing an essay about Code Geass again. It’s fun, though. Anyway, I thought I’d post it here.

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{geass} On “Karma Houdinis”


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Brainstorming – 360º video

So 360-video is a thing now, and of course, I only heard about it because they did one with Broadway shows. Seriously, go watch it, it’s amazing.

So I was thinking about things they should use this for.

I think it would really improve those “Live for TV” musical things that NBC does if they did them this way. They need something to make them more special. I’ve never felt any reason to watch them… I don’t see the point of doing it live.

Another thing someone should do is make a puzzle with one of these, like a mystery, and you have to move around in the video to figure it out.

I don’t know, these are probably not new ideas, but they still would be interesting to see…



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