Being Talented, but Not Wanting “The Life”

When you look across the internet during a time of struggle, trying to find like minded people, sometimes you type a search phrase that brings up the exact opposite of what you were looking for. I did that today. The phrase … Continue reading

A Simple Message to Robin

If I could go back in time I would not try to stop you because that is your decision… I would simply be there… Just be there so you would not be alone… I understand what you might have been thinking and feeling (as best I can not being you or knowing you)… My simple wish is that I could hold your hand and help you go peacefully… But I know if anyone was there you probably wouldn’t have been able to go through with it… I don’t judge you… I only offer love and hope that you can feel it from where you are now.

Let’s Talk – Lord of the Rings: The Musical

Hello again everyone!

So there is this musical I have been a huge fan of for a while now that not a lot of people seem to even realize exists (for reasons I will talk about a little ways below).

Lord of the Rings: THE MUSICAL

What the above video shows is how GORGEOUS the music is in this show. The reason for this is because it is a mix of everything I love. The music is the love child of three different sources;  A. R. Rahman, Christopher Nightingale, and the band Värttinä. For those of you not familiar with any of these artists I will give a brief introduction for you.

A. R. Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, and musician. Above all, however, he is a film composer. In 2011, Time magazine described him as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer and predicted that he would win Best Original Score for 127 Hours. Unfortunately, he did not win (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross took the award for that awful The Social Network score that I really don’t care for. But that is a talk for another day). He is also well know for his work on Slumdog Millionaire among many other things.

So there isn’t much I can say about Christopher Nightingale. I really don’t know much about him and, from looking at his theater credits on Broadway.com, he seems to be more of a orchestriator/arranger. Any music student can tell you that is a tough and thankless job. LOL.

Lord of the Rings: The Musical seems to be the only credit where he is specifically listed as “composer”. It seems he is involved with Matilda The Musical right now and was also involved with Ghost The Musical, neither of which I have heard or seen as of yet. So, I will have to leave it at that as far as Mr. Nightingale is concerned for now.

So that takes us to Värttinä:

Värttinä is a Finnish folk music band which was started 1983 (when I was BORN @_@). I love their sound because it actually remind me a bit of listening to Wilson Philips growing up. Those close harmonies in women’s voices. You can really hear this group’s influence in the sound of the musical in a lot of the more chant like pieces. Especially in “Saruman” (below).

The colaberation is obvious, yes?

Anyways, lets get back to the musical now that you know a little about the writers of the music.

I had thought that this gorgeous work had died after its London run. There was no word as to where it was going after it closed and I had given up hope of ever getting the chance to see it. HOWEVER, I just found out that they are planning a world tour in 2015! I am so excited and I hope, with all my heart, that it comes to West Coast USA. I tend to be pretty picky when it comes to shows and their music… This one makes me want to cry because it begs me to be part of its world and I want to answer the call! I really am not sure how the show is outside of the music though. I hear it is pretty long because it covers all three Lord of the Rings books… That’s a lot of story to cover!

I am willing to sit in a theater for three hours to see THIS though:

And, yes, that is Legolas with dark hair (like it is supposed to be… but once again, that is a story for another day).

This show makes my heart fly *sigh*

Summer C. Latimer

Some Recipes I Came Up With After Much Experimentation!

Chicken and Kale Soup

This first one is a Chicken and Kale soup I found on the internet one night and then promptly lost the recipe to forcing me to improv! Good thing I took theater in high school *wink*

Ingredients:

4   Boneless Chicken Breasts or 6 Tenderloins (which ever you want to use)

1    Bag of Chopped Kale (I use the type you get at TJ’s)

1    Box Chicken Stock (or veggie stock if you want)

1    Cup Flower (I actually use rice flower)

2    Cloves Chopped Garlic

Salt and Pepper

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

Rice (Any kind you like cooked however you want)

Step One:

Heat the oven to 375. Pat chicken dry and salt and pepper it then mix more salt and pepper into some rice flour and coat the chicken.

Step Two:

Heat olive oil in a large, deep pan. Once the oil is hot add the chicken and brown it on both sides then remove it from the pan and set it aside.

Step Three:

Add more oil if you need to and add garlic. Add half of the bag of kale (or however much the pan can hold) and salt it. Let this cook down a bit then add a good amount of the chicken stock (around 4 cups probably, but you can’t really add too much honestly). Bring that to a boil then add the rest of the kale and cook it down.

Step Four:

Transfer the cooked down Kale and stock to a glass oven dish (you can probably do this in a crock pot, but I use the oven). Add the rest of the stock and then place the chicken on top and cover it all with foil.

Step Five:

Let it all cook for an hour then check it. Keep cooking it until the larger chunks of kale are tender. I really am not sure how long it will take. lol. While it all cooks you can make the rice however you choose.

Step Six:

Remove the soup from the oven and take the chicken out (set it aside). Add a touch of Balsamic Vinegar to the Kale and stock. Make a mound of rice in the middle of a bowl. Place the chicken on top of the rice then pour the broth/kale over it (you may need to scoop the kale out rather then pour it).

That’s about it! If you have any questions or need me to better explain anything just let me know!

It’s super yummy!

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mug Cake

This next one is the mug cake recipe that I finally settled on for my gooey-chocolatey-peanutbuttery cravings! Remember, it makes TWO cakes and I would recommend using the smallest egg or even just half an egg.  <.<

Ingredients:

1       Egg (Beaten)

3       Tablespoons Brown Sugar

2       Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream

2       Tablespoons Oil (I use Peanut Oil)

2       Tablespoons Flower

2       Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

1/2  Teaspoon Baking Powder

Pinch Salt

Peanut Butter

Chocolate Chips

Step One:

In a small mixing bowl mix together the egg, cream, oil, and brown sugar. Make sure it is mixed well and all the sugar is dissolved.

Step Two:

Add all the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until smooth then pour half the mixture into two different mugs and set aside

Step Three:

Mix the chocolate chips into some peanut butter (as much or as little as you want) then drop as much as you want into the partially filled mugs and cover with the rest of the cake mixture. 

Step Four:

Cook each mug for one minute and ten seconds in the microwave (times may vary). When you eat it be sure to dig down to get to the ooey-gooey-goodness with every bite.

Enjoy!

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I will certainly add more recipes as they come to mind! For now, however, I hope you enjoy these! If you try them let me know how they turned out in a reply down below!

Summer