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About rusted.laurels

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  • Birthday 11/23/1995

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    pop culture, art, writing, music, and everything else that's unfortunate enough to catch my attention.

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  1. I'm baaack! Trying to keep the thread alive, mostly, but also music's a great remedy to stressful situations and feeling stuck, so. No Mika music this time, gotta practice more first. I'd like to cover Hurts eventually but the chords I found are not quite right and I haven't gotten around to figuring out chords that work for me. Meanwhile, another bad idea by yours truly: This time I'm singing an old country song called I Think Too Much Of You by a group called Flatlanders. It's really not a song that's particularly suited to being covered because the best thing about it is the mix
  2. This one's Mika's fault - he played two (if I remember correctly) of Mariza's songs during the cooking livestream and I was intrigued enough to do some digging. Found the song I was looking for; also found this one, which is exactly the kind of stuff I enjoy listening to. I do tend to find interesting new music in weird ways, but "stealth recommendation by favorite musician while said musician is trying to make tomato sauce with 4000-ish people watching" probably takes the cake... ... or the sauce, as the case may be. I'll just... show myself out
  3. if you have the IG app, the whole thing's still available to watch on there I'm also trying to screen record it rn, but my phone Keeps Ruining the recording, and it'd be much nicer if someone could download it properly.
  4. I finally got an instagram account solely to watch this stream and that was so worth it
  5. @TinyLove_CJ Oooh, Wolf definitely goes onto my playlist - I love this earthy-yet-ethereal sound. - Oh goodness! This will be fun! My taste in music is highly eclectic and my playlist contains everything from medieval music, opera and early-20th-century recordings of forgotten international folk music all the way to modern-day Colombian pop. A thousand years of music across all continents - that's me in a nutshell. Sharing some highlights from my Random Catchy Stuff playlist for now, will slide in later with more fun stuff. First off, Una Storia
  6. (posting at 2:30 AM like a champ just to ramble a bit because I'm bored, oops)


    Current life goals: learning Italian well enough to subtitle the X Factor stuff. Learning French might be more useful for Mika purposes, but French - no offense to any French people - is a scary, scary language, whereas I've got a half-decent head start in Italian and wanted to finally hunker down and learn the thing properly for about... well, all of my life, really. Haven't learned a language (aside from sad Esperanto attempts and way sadder Latin attempts) since English, so that'll be interesting. I think I figured out English well enough eventually, let's see if I still have that ~magic touch~ with languages, lol


    Also, and on a totally different note, I'm thinking about creating a forum topic for that Twitter Mika Song Rating Game that's been making the rounds - I see them popping up in the MNIMH thread a lot but there's no decent place outside of twitter to put the ones for the other albums, which is a massive shame because I'd love to see more people do those. They're really fun!

  7. @mellody I almost feel bad about throwing my sloppy improvised half-a-song up there; I really don't stack up well in this comparison x'D You have a beautiful voice, rather reminds me of some of the better Filk* singers from way back when that was still a thing - and your guitar playing's fine, too, by the way. Sounds like a classical/nylon string guitar (rather like my lovely old Höfner, actually), right? I feel like there's a bit more leeway with what sounds good on those things as compared to steel strings. Something about the mellower tone suiting a relaxed style be
  8. This is difficult, and #3 changes fifty times a day, but I tried. Toy Boy I stumbled over that one a lot of years ago, and I loved the song the second I first heard it. It's so unique, and there's this sort of wistful sadness to it, fragile like an antique porcelain doll, and it deals with this massive injustice - in a way, it reminded me of Oscar Wilde's fairytales, which are similarly gracefully fragile and full of love that's cast away and never ends well for the protagonists. Toy Boy's a good song to just Feel Emotions To for a while, but prettily. Boum Boum Bo
  9. Oh gosh, late reply here! This will probably become a running theme; I usually just flat-out forget to write down my replies, lol @Siri Ha, I always loved ghost stories; always wanted to befriend the ghosts as a kid. They sounded lonely and sad. And honestly? Italian medieval architecture is amazing, but the thing that impresses me most are the amazing books. I spent five days in Milan with my university once, not only visiting every medieval church we could (And San Bernardino Alle Ossa on my own time because I'm a morbid weirdo and marveled
  10. Oh, that was fast! Thank you very much! I didn't expect the interview to be quite that old, lol; makes more sense that way, though. And good lord, that Mickey Mouse impression!
  11. Does anybody know what this is from or has the full thing? https://ladder---to---the---stars.tumblr.com/post/187441575419/interviewer-is-that-a-fake-tan-that-youre They messed up so badly and poor Mika looks so bewildered I'm just really morbidly curious about how they tried to get themselves out of that mess again.
  12. So this pure hubris but have a very much Work In Progress cover of the first minute of Overrated. I tabbed the song by ear earlier today because I wanted to know if I could, then recorded the guitar bits at half past midnight, and then added the voice parts and a second guitar track on a whim. I have never sung the song before. I'm not very familiar with the song. I don't technically play the guitar nor do I technically know how to sing, I'm a freaking accordion player and this is a terrible idea. So, yeah. The rhythm is all messed up, there's guitar mistak
  13. so I'm still struggling to get a good handle on his face (I'm pretty danged face blind too, to the point where I've walked past my own sister on the street, and I have no idea why I keep doing this to myself, lol) but here's some quick doodles. They're not actually watercolor, by the way, just digital art that pretends to be watercolors. Physical paint and carpeted floors don't mix well, and I don't have enough daylight in my hovel anyway. They're both inspired by The Voice screencaps, by the way - such a treasure trove of facial expressions and fun poses.
  14. I know it's been a year since the last post in here but shush So, as has been noted before, picking one favorite per album is basically impossible - but I sure can try. Cheated a little by giving reasons for more than one song per album sometimes, but I did pick only one song per album officially, so... that counts, right? Right. LICM: My Interpretation That rising melody of the "I don't need an alibi" bit is entirely too pretty - it's just such an absolutely timeless song. My favorite recording of it would have to be the Napster Live Session one: Just one guy and one
  15. Actual tears may or may not have been involved because I tend to really dive into the meaning of songs on public transport (where actual crying would be a terrible idea), but eh, close enough. Toy Boy used to get me every time. That damn last verse and the way something so sweet and innocent turns into a cautionary tale because ~society~. No Place In Heaven is just as heartbreaking. We Are Golden also belongs on the list, not really because it's sad but because it has this really weird energy that does something to me alright. Last Party is in a category all by its own
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