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Post 5 songs (or more) that start with the letter you're given.
I've got "C" from [personal profile] eumelia.
Let me know if you'd like a letter.

Four of my songs are from the musicals and one is from the movie that is almost a musical. It wasn't intentional :)

1. Chase The Morning, from Repo! The Genetic Opera. Sarah Brightman is brilliant and gorgeous. And the voice of Marni, repeating the affirmation, is both beautiful and creepy. I love this scene - it passes Bechdel test like whoa! Actually, while Repo! is sometimes problematic and sometimes full of plot holes, it has strong and interesting female characters. Also, the line You have your mother's eyes, her hair is very creepy, because Shilo wears a wig, and Nathan could easily order it made from Marni's hair.
2. Cell Block Tango, from Chicago. It's famous. I love the dark humour of the lyrics and the sad stories behind them. I quote it a lot:
You know, some guys just can't hold their arsenic.
And then he ran into my knife. He ran into my knife ten times.
I guess you can say we broke up because of artistic differences. He saw himself as alive and I saw him dead.

3. Could We Start Again Please, from Jesus Christ Superstar. I'm a fan of JSC, especially of the "2000" version (Jerome Pradon is brilliant as Judas). This song makes me deeply sad because I know the feeling: you see things in entirely different light, everything you thought made sense doesn't, or this sense is something entirely different, and you just want to wake up from this bad dream, or to change everything entirely. Also, the scene in the movie during this song is very disturbing.
4. (The) Creation of the Man, from Scarlet Pimpernel. This one is hilarious. ...Someone has to strike a pose / And bear the weight of well-tailored clothes / And that is why the Lord created men! It also fits nicely into my field of study, which includes gender presentation on fashion and clothing.
5. Christmas Is All Around, from Love Actually. It is simple, and silly, and you can't get it from your head for days... but it's Christmas. I always watch Love Actually at Christmas (or, to be exact, at New Year Eve, because we don't celebrate Catholic Christmas here), and I love this song. Also, Billy Mack! And particularly enjoy the incredible crassness of the moment when we try to squeeze an extra syllable into the fourth line. (Can't miss a chance to say it: Joe is love.)

Victory Day

May. 7th, 2010 04:54 pm
svollga: (smile)
As I will be offline until onday, I'm writing this post today.

May 9 is the Victory Day, Den' Pobedy, the day of Victory over Nazi Germany. It's the day I celebrate personally because though I was born long after the Great Patriotic War (Second World War for those outside of the former USSR), and no one among the relatives I know personally was a soldier then, I still feel personal connection to that war and that day.
Mostly, I feel it because I know exactly that if the USSR lost in that war, I won't be born, ever. My father is Jewish. He was a child than, safe in evaquation - he would be dead. My mother's parents come from Belarus and Ukraine. She was born after the war - she wouldn't be born.
Also, I've read enough of books like The Diary of Anna Frank to imagine quite vivdly what would happen to me if I lived through that war, if I happened to be in ghetto or in concentration camp.
And to end on a more positive note, I've watched so many films and read so many books about that war while growing up that I can't but feel proud for the people who fought, and suffered, and won. Won this war not for the goverment, but for themselves, for their children, for their future. In spite of all the ugly and cruel things the Soviet goverment did to them during and after the war, they still won, and that's what I am celebrating.

Some songs about the Great Patriotic War that fill me with emotion:
Довоенный вальс - Valtz Before the War, a song about the last days of peace.
Священная война - Sacred War, it was written in the beginning of the war, in 1941, and was practically a hymn, filled with rage and determination.
Смуглянка - Smuglyanka, about the partisan movement (and love), a lovely, jolly song despite the grim circumstances.
Нам нужна одна победа (also performed by it's author, Bulat Okudzhava) - We Need One Victory, a song in a melancholy yet decisive mood.
День Победы - Victory Day, the ultimate end-of-the-war song.

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