Fairy Tale Musings:

“Ah, what a wonderful love. . . In order to transcend the role given to you and defy fate, there will always be pain and suffering.” ~Drosselmeyer (from Mamiko Ikeda’s ‘Princess Tutu’) (Princess Tutu print by YesPop)   Hans Christian Andersen’s stories are more than morals.  Unlike the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales where the good […]


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Christmas is a-coming and it’s time to dust off those albums hiding in the shelves. Here is a sleigh load of music that I am listening to this month! Enjoy and Ho! Ho! Hoooooooo! My sister introduced me to this song when she joined a choir. It gets stuck in my head all year round. […]


Ganbatte! The Spirit of Japan

Punk Rock music is generally seen as a music that is wild, rebellious and seeks to reject the norms of society. Taking the underground world by storm, the first true punk bands sprung from New York and London in the late 1970s. Leading the punk music scene were the British bands “The Clash” and “The […]

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Christmas is a-coming! It is a time of remembrance, celebration, and joy. In picking this next assignment, I decided to focus on a film that captures childhood joy, and makes me giddy just thinking about it. 崖の上のポニョ, or Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a Japanese animated film created by 株式会社スタジオジブリ (Studio Ghibli), […]

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The hidden song: Sleepy Dragon

In searching for music that melded like magic with the brilliance of the silver screen, I was captivated from one to another. From pterodactyls soaring to french horns, Moira Shearer twirling in stark white with blazing red shoes, the opening montage for Disney’s “Up”, to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biker boots crushing roses underfoot… moments such as […]

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Millionaire Waltz

October has arrived! Autumn is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with Queen? Welcome to the Millionaire Waltz: a brilliant Mercury composition of rock, ballad and, you guessed it, waltz. The piano is the conductor, the keeper of rhythm and time, and is the first to begin the intro in a […]

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