Hold it I’m about to drop off
Let me tell you my last thought
And so Emily Haines sings… but yes, let me tell you my last thought: I decided to compile all the stuff I wrote on my blogs for the last 11 years. Yes, I’m old and that’s how long I’ve been around. I’ve had several blogs (one quite successful, people recognized me on the street!) and thought it would be a good idea to throw it all together in one place. I’m still collecting everything and editing (I used to write in portuguese, so I’m translating) but you can already read some of my old stuff.
When I’m bored
I send vibrations
In your direction
From the satellite mind
And I want to update this on a regular basis, so I’m not going to send vibrations in your direction but I’ll send blog posts. So if I don’t update this, please demand it from me.
So, besides de 30 Day Movie Challenge, I also decided to simultaneously do the 30 Day Song Challenge on Facebook. Here is the result of my song challenge:
Day 01 – your favorite song
Florence + the Machine – Cosmic Love
Day 02 – your least favorite song
Katatonia – We Must Bury You
Ok, this list is gigantic, but I chose the one song I hate by a band that I love.
Day 03 – a song that makes you happy
Bat For Lashes – Daniel
Day 04 – a song that makes you sad
The Gathering – Like Fountains
Day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
It’s our song – me & my future husband.
Day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere
Moonspell – Alma Mater
Day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
Alanis Morissette – Mary Jane
1996, Metropolitan – Rio de Janeiro
Alanis’ 1st tour in Brazil. My sister and I were standing in front of the stage and we both felt as if she was singing this song for us.
Day 08 – a song that you know all the words to
The National – Slow Show
Day 09 – a song that you can dance to
New Order – Blue Monday
Day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep
Loreena McKennitt – The Mystic’s Dream
Doesn’t really makes me fall asleep but it wonderful to relax.
Day 11 – a song from your favorite band
Anathema – Fragile Dreams
Day 12 – a song from a band you hate
Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy
I cannot express how much I HATE Jamiroquai.
Day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
Yes, I’m guilty. I have to admit I really like this song.
Day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
Chico Science & Nação Zumbi – Maracatu Atômico
Day 15 – a song that describes you
Depeche Mode – Walking in my Shoes
Day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate
Mika – Relax, Take it Easy
I love Mika and this song but I used this tune as my alarm. Everytime I hear it now I think it’s time to wake up and go to work.
Day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio
Caro Emerald – That Man
Day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio
Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
Day 19 – a song from your favorite album
The Cure – Pictures of You
Perfect song from a perfect album.
Day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry
System of a Down – Psycho
Day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy
Marina & the Diamonds – Oh No!
Marina is lovely and makes pop music that doesn’t sound like crap. It makes me really happy.
Day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
Opeth – In My Time of Need
Day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire
Day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral
The Smiths – Asleep
Day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
Arrogant Worms – It’s Great to be a Nerd
Have you read the lyrics? It’s hilarious!
Day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
Lacuna Coil – 1:19
Since I can’t play any instruments, I chose a song I can sing and have actually performed live.
Day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
Verdi’s Piece from La Traviata – Sempre Libera
Since I can’t play an instrument I chose a song I wish I could sing instead.
Day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
London After Midnight – Kiss
Day 29 – a song from your childhood
Neil Young – From Hank to Hendrix
I was in doubt between this or Cat Stevens, but ended up with Mr. Young
Day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year
Angus and Julia Stone – Hold On
I started this 30 Day Movie Challenge on May 31st on Facebook, but decided to share it here too.
Day 1: Favorite film
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Day 2: Least favorite film
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The list is long… but I think this one beats all others.
Day 3: Favorite comedy
Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
Not sure if this qualifies as a comedy…
Day 4: Favorite drama
Day 5: Favorite action
Day 6: Favorite horror
Interview with the Vampire
I don’t like horror films so this one is difficult and I don’t even know if this qualifies as horror, but I like vampires so…
Day 7: Favorite animated feature
Day 8: Favorite thriller
Day 9: Favorite musical
Hedwig & the Angry Inch
Not just favorite musical, but one of my all time favorite.
Day 10: Favorite foreign film
Run Lola, Run
So, no Dutch or Brazilian movies for me, so let’s go with a German one… but it could easily have been Swedish, Spanish or Chinese.
Day 11: Favorite kid’s movie
The Neverending Story
I’ve probably seen this over 50 times…
Day 12: Favorite love story
Before Sunset (and Before Sunrise)
It’s a tie between with Joel & Clementine, but since I already chose that one as my favorite movie, here are Jesse & Celine.
Day 13: Favorite chick flick
P.S. I Love You
Day 14: Favorite documentary
Capturing the Friedmans
Day 15: Favorite play adaptation
♥ Clive Owen ♥ Natalie Portman ♥ ♥ ♥ this movie
Day 16: Favorite book adaptation
The Lord of the Rings – Return of the King
I know the die hard fans didn’t like it and a lot was left out, but I simply love the trilogy and especially the last part. I cry every single time. It’s pure magic.
Day 17: Least favorite book adaptation
Memoirs of a Geisha
Day 18: Film that is your guilty pleasure
Day 19: Film that made you cry the hardest
Hilary & Jackie
Day 20: Movie with your favorite actress
the one and only, Kate Winslet.
Day 21: Movie with your favorite actor
Day 22: Movie you wish you could live in
Lost in Translation
Day 23: Movie that inspires you
Les Invasions Barberes
This trailer sucks but this movie is incredibly beautiful.
Day 24: Movie with your favorite soundtrack
Day 25: Movie with the most beautiful scenery
Day 26: Movie you’re most embarrassed to say you like
Love it. Seen it many, many times. Cried every single time. A ♥ redhead Kate.
Day 27: Movie with your favorite villain
City of God
Meu nome é Zé Pequeno, porra!!
Day 28: Movie with your favorite hero
Day 29: First movie you ever remember watching
The Wizard of Oz
Day 30: Last movie you watched
♫ Bat For Lashes – What’s a Girl To Do ♫
I’m not going to make a list of the best CD’s released in 2009, instead I’m making a list of the CD’s that made a difference in my 2009.So, here we go.
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns
It only took listening to Natasha Khan’s voice and I surrendered myself to her. Her voice, the melodies, lyrics… everything fits perfectly. She kicks ass live and I still chills everytime I listen to her songs. Bat For Lashes reminds me of Tori Amos, some of it. My favorite tunes: Moon & Moon, Daniel, Siren Song e The Big Sleep.
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
I grew up listening to Neil Young and Cat Stevens. Chatting to a friend about this he suggested I should listen to Fleet Foxes. The harmony of the voices was the first thing to get my attention and I ended up listening to their album 20 times in a row. I loved it so much I managed to get tickets to their already sold out concert and had the chance of admiring their talent live. Favorite songs: White Winter Hymnal, Your Protector, Meadowlarks e He Doesn’t Know Why.
Metric – Fantasies
I never really payed attention to Metric., I only listened to Emily Hanes’ solo work… until I saw them live. They are amazing and very energetic. The concert was sold out; everyone jumping, clapping and singing along (something that is rare here in the Netherlands). Beating like a hammer… beating like a hammer… got into my head and stuck there. Emily Haines was inspired by Buenos Aires and Fantasies is an awesome album. Favorite songs: Help, I’m Alive, Satellite Mind, Gimme Sympathy e Blindness.
Mew – No More Stories Are Told Today So
I like all their albums and I have to admit that, until know, this one is the weakest. But even so, it’s a great album by an excellent band. The guys are even better live and their gig was the best of the year. A fantastic sound and magical videos made their performance unforgettable. My favorite tunes: Hawaii, Silas the Magic Car e Reprise.
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Break Up
It’s just a delicious album. Everyone loves bashing Scarlett but I think she’s awesome and her work on this album is good. Besides, with Pete Yorn it couldn’t really go wrong. Favorite tunes: Relator, Blackie’s Dead, I Am The Cosmos e Shampoo.
Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
I was a bit reluctant to listen to Bon Iver. It wasn’t love at first sight but… after a while I got used to his high-pitched voice and I gave in. His concert was what I missed in 2009. Favoite songs: Blindsided, For Emma, Re:Stacks e Creature Fear.
Anneke van Giersbergen & Danny Cavanagh – In Parallel
This CD is a record of a magical night in which two artists I admired got on stage together. And, like I’ve mentioned before, 5 of the 6 pictures on the artwork were taken by me. Favorite songs:Teardrop (Massive Attack Cover), Jolene (Dolly Parton cover), Songbird e Big Love (ambas covers do Fleetwood Mac). And, of course, One Last Goodbye, sung by Danny.
Florence + the Machine – Lungs
I had already listened to it but without paying to much attention, but since my friend Kinho listed
it as his number 1, I decided to give it another shot. Well… it’s been playing on repeat for 3 days straight. I’m sad the tickets to her concert are already sold out. Her voice reminds me sometimes of Natalie Merchant and her sound is a bit similar to Bat For Lashes. I’m glad to see two extremely talented women enjoying success. Florence and Natasha are proof that the’re no need to be blonde and shaking one’s ass to be successful. Favorite songs: Cosmic Love
, Between Two Lungs
e Girl With One Eye
Corrupted by Depeche Mode has been on repeat since the True Blood video clip. Another song from the show has also stuck on my mind: Bad Things by Jace Everett. Mika was a hit with his pop music and even Lady GaGa gained my sympathy with Bad Romance (I still dislike her fans). Michael Jackson is gone but he left us songs like Smooth Criminal, Beat It e Thriller. Agua de Annique released a weak CD but Adore, Wonder and Home Again make up for it. And Fleet Foxes’ Mykonos was the song I heard most in 2009.
♫ Florence + the Machine – Cosmic Love ♫
My talent for writing movie reviews has been long gone, but everytime I see Kinho’s
lists I get excited. I’m not in the mood of listing the best of everything, so I’m going to start with the best movies of 2009, in my humble opinion.These are films I saw at the movies in 2009. I actually managed to go to the movies 32 times. I should have gone more since I have a Pathépas; I pay 20 euros a month and can go as many times as I want to any Pathé cinema. A ticket usually costs 10 euros, so I think I have a good deal.
Best of 2009
I didn’t want to see it, I was tired of the hype. In the first minute of the movie I joined the hype. The colors, editing, cinematography… everything is impecable. It’s the indian version of City of God, but with a happy ending. And there is even Bollywood style dancing.
One word: excellent. Sean Penn deserved his Oscar and gave a kick-ass speech.
Darren Aronofsky did it again. The visual style is the opposite of Requiem Para Um Sonho. The Wrestler was, for me, everything Benjamin Button was not: a portrayal of aging. And the acting… amazing.
Just having Kate Winslet in the cast is enough for me. And this is one of the best performances of her career, the same goes for DiCaprio. I like how director Sam Mendes portrays the drama of middle class.
500 Days of Summer
It’s like the tagline says: “It’s not a love story, it’s a story about love”. Sweet as hell.
Nazis getting their ass kicked! Tarantino directed it, what else? Oh, and there’s cutie Mélanie Laurent and the excellent Christoph Waltz.
Capitalism: A Love Story
I love Michael Moore’s movies. There are many haters, but I like his films. He deals with serious issues in a hilarious way. And you really have to laugh at some of the absurd things shown in this movie, because the only other option is crying.
This is not a movie for the faint-hearted, many people left the cinema. The movie is tough, weird, visually beautiful and has 2 amazing actors.
Beautiful, colorful and with a great soundtrack.
I usually hate this type of comedy but this movie is really funny, I couldn’t stop laughing.
Awesome editing, great sountrack and critique to modern society.
Woody Allen all the way. Just the way I like it.
Worst of 2009
The only good thing about it is Hugh Jackman.
Vampires that shine in sunlight? WTF?
NineWhere The Wild Things Are
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
Alice in Wonderland
Men Who Stare At Goats
I Love You Phillip Morris
The Lovely Bones
♫ Alanis Moritssette – Mary Jane ♫
This week I started listening to the acoustic version of Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill
. And in doing so, I ended up in 1996, when I was 14 years old and listened to the plugged version day and night. How I loved Alanis… her yelling voice, her weird ways, her lyrics. I saw her live, in the late Metropolitan in Rio de Janeiro, and left the concert voiceless, all the voice I had I lost singing along. I could swear she sang Mary Jane
looking at me.
This adoration when on for many years but slowly faded away. I don’t know what happens to musicians, it seems like the music industry sucks out their souls. It has been a real pleasure listening this new version of Jagged Little Pill. These continue to be my favorite songs: Mary Jane, I’m Not the Doctor and Wake Up. And the cool thing is that they are really new versions of the same songs.
♫ Agua de Annique – Longest Day ♫
This post should have been written a few weeks ago. But I wouldn’t be Tessa if I hadn’t procrastinated about it. On October 30th I went to see Bat For Lashes here in Amsterdam. The opening band Hecuva was, hmm how should I put it, interesting? That’s all I can say. The vocalist’s voice was actually very nice but the songs were just weird, extremelly weird. Electronic beats with non-sense text sung in a totally different rhythm. The audience applauded hoping the torture would come to an end.
Finally, after a 30 minute delay, Natasha Khan got on stage. In a magical moment, the concert started with her song Glass
. Natash’as voice is even better live and she is beautiful, friendly and energetic. The band: magnificent. Some of the songs that were performed: Sleep Alone
, Moon and Moon
, Siren’s Song
, The Big Sleep
, Pearl’s Dream
, Horse and I
, What’s A Girl To Do
, The Wizard
. The other pictures I took can be seen here.
♫ Anneke van Giersbergen & Danny Cavanagh – Teardrop ♫
In the beginning of 2008 two of my favorite musicians got together for a very special performance. One year later, Anneke van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, Agua de Annique) and Danny Cavanagh (Anathema), got back on stage together for 2 other amazing gigs. Each of them played their own set list and at the end performed together. I was there, both years, photographing and enjoying the music.
The day I arrived for my vacation in Rio, I received an unexpected e-mail. The mail was from Anneke telling me about the release of the album recorded live and that she would like to use my pictures. I was extremely happy; my first published photos would be for a CD of two artists I admire.
Well, various e-mails were written and a long time has passed but, yesterday, finally, I received my copy of ´In Parallel´. From the six photos published, five are mine. The artwork turned out really nice and elegant.
And here you can have a better look at the photos I took: aqui
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixèd mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. “
~ William Shakespeare
♫ Agua de Annique – Sunken Soldiers Ball ♫
In the 11 consecutive years I lived in Brazil, I always dreamed of coming back to Amsterdam. Now I’m here for 4 years and I’m always nostalgic about Brazil and keep thinking about all the good things. Both times I went back to Brazil, I returned thinking Amsterdam is awesome. But soon after, reality kicks in and the nostalgia begins all over again. Why can’t I be happy in the place I am? Human beings are so complicated (or maybe it’s just me). So, I made a little list os some of the things I love about Amsterdam. Thinking positive!
- hundreds of concerts every year.
- many art exhibitions, for all tastes.
- everything is close by, you can cycle everywhere.
- and if lazyness kicks in, public transport is great, efficient and safe.
- if you don’t speak Dutchs it won’t be a problem, everyone speaks English. Even the baker.
- a billion bars and cafes, almost all cornes have one.
- beautiful people.
There is more but this is all for today.