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(no subject) [Mar. 30th, 2006|07:17 am]
In this year's exciting season of 24*, Agent Jack Bauer (Steven Merrill) attempts to thwart a terrorist sleeper cell in Peoria, Illinois.  With all odds against him, can he save the River City from sure destruction?  The only way to find out is to watch.

New Season Starts March 30th, 2006 at 12:00 AM.

Gripping Season Finale March 29th, 2007 at 11:00 PM.

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LAST MUSICIAN STANDING [Mar. 27th, 2006|11:58 am]
The following is a great quote, and it's source is rather ironic.

Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

The wedding this weekend was a blast.  I was the Last Musician Standing, which made it a bit hectic, and nobody's really heard from John Ferguson yet, which is a bit worrying.  Someone said he was in Bosxton.

In any case, congratulations to Jeremy and Nikki.  It was a cool wedding, and I was tied for the youngest Bradley U alum there.

Plus, the hotel was across the street from both a Wausau Insurance office (unexpected), and the only Fry's Electronics in the Midwest.

Speaking of Wisely improving the Present, here's where I'm at today:

284.5 pounds
42.5% body fat

Let's see what we can do about that.
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My Senior Recital [Apr. 3rd, 2005|01:44 pm]
[mood |accomplished]
[music |The ringing in my head]

My senior recital was last night. It went great, and there were so many people I didn't expect, chief among them Chris Heeren, Ariel's mom, (okay, so I expected it, but it was still fun) the Adams-Wenger and Wessler families, Peter Ettrup Larsen and his Danish cronies, and so on.

I'll be posting recordings on my website soon enough, but here's some pictures my dad took with the school's ridiculous lens and my new Digital Rebel XT - he did a great job with these!

Senior Recital GoodnessCollapse )

Now it's off to sing in my last Chorale concert ever :(
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Preach On, Brother (Barrett) [Feb. 10th, 2005|01:29 am]
[mood |happyhappy]

I recently attended a masterclass put on my Dr. Richard Barrett, our stage director for La Traviata, a great guy, and a Sinfonian to boot.

He was talking with Kirsten Mateer, a very talented singer who is currently studying accounting. She said that she plans to be an accountant as her career, and sing for fun, etc. She said that the reason she didn't want to be a professional singer was that she hates rejection, which is a good reason as any, in my book. (Richard also readily admitted that professional singing, especially opera, is the business of rejection.)

To be honest, I'm rather in the same boat. If I keep practicing (and I really am, these days - who saw that coming?) and working, my voice has the potential to turn out pretty nicely. And I, like her, plan to do multimedia 9-5 and sing a decent amount of the rest.

But this is what he said about not pursuing singing as a career choice:

"Well, I get up every day, and, living in New York, I'm thankful that there's a man to come and pick up my garbage in the morning. But you can bet that there's a hundred of them who wish that they had what you have in your throat."

Makes you think. I've still never ruled out Sven the opera singer, but I'll also certainly be a full-time multimedia guy for a decent amount of time.

Also, this is what Fiora Contino, the amazing musical director of Opera Illinois, said to me tonight: "Steven, you're very good. Not just at computers, but at singing, too."

I just wanted to melt right there. Her dad knew Puccini personally. No matter what happens the rest of this week, that ridiculous compliment will keep me going.

Pleasant dreams, all.
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I love lamp [Jan. 30th, 2005|02:54 am]
[mood |sleepysleepy]

Barbeque Kitten was A-MAZING. Congrats to John, Matt and Alex, along with the rest of the Kittens, for an amazing show.

After that, we decided to go to Old Chicago, and I finished my World Beer Tour.

Now I can either go for tour number two or just start drinking what I want - we'll have to see.

'Night, all!
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Boilerplate Life-Is-Good Post [Jan. 29th, 2005|01:23 am]
[mood |happyhappy]

So, yeah.

Fiora Contino, the best opera conductor I may ever get a chance to work with thinks that I'm cute, which can't be bad.

I just got a really nice card from my ex-girlfriend. I still miss her unbelievably, but the card was such a nice touch.

And inside the card was her key, which I promptly gave to Erin and Laura, thus giving us two new honorary roommates, which rocks!

Yeah - got another Pirates performance tomorrow morning, and then a little bit of stuff to do this weekend, and then it's back to the regular week. Can't wait to graduate, can't wait to stay here. Good stuff all around.

Hope you all are enjoying the new year, guys!
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Never Fails... [Jan. 24th, 2005|01:49 pm]
Whenever I've been spiking my hair, and I just comb it all forward, people think I got my hair cut.

Four times already today, I've had comments on my "haircut." It's interesting.
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Who are you, sir? Speak! I am a pirate! [Jan. 18th, 2005|05:27 pm]
[mood |hopefulhopeful]
[music |Pirates of Penzance]

Okay, everyone, I'm in a production of Pirates of Penzance, and y'all should come see it.

It's this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodruff High School.

6:00 dinner, 7:30 show including dessert over intermission.

Starring Pete Wessler, Gina Wright, Shirley Salazar, Pete Driscoll, Debra Austin, Lee Wenger, and of course, me!

I can get you in cheap, and I'm going to bug you all to come, so you might as well sign up as soon as possible.

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Time for Bed [Jan. 7th, 2005|12:54 am]
[music |Trio - Out In The Streets - Da Da Da]

The caraway "seed" is not a seed at all, but a fruit.

G'night, all.
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Song Lyrics Quiz [Jan. 6th, 2005|09:06 am]
[mood |jubilantjubilant]
[music |That would be counterproductive]

Hooray for work snow/internet-outage days!

So I'm doing this song lyrics quiz thing:

On your current playlist, hit shuffle and pick the first ten songs on the list (no matter how cheesy or embarrassing), and write down your favourite line of the song. Try to avoid putting the song title in the line.

Okay, without googling, you web-savvy friends, you, try and figure these songs out.

1. And when it's green it simply means that she is really stressed / And when it's clear it means she's completely emotionless /And that's alright I must confess
2. I play both good and evil parts / I sing to Verdi's grave
3. I had ice in Minnesota and it melted / Please hold the North Dakota MEGA SUPER BONUS POINT QUESTION
4. Being on an elevator when someone shouts, "Hold the door!" / "NO!!" / "Fuck you lady, that's what stairs are for!"
5. So pull me under your weather patterns / Your cold fronts and the rain don't matter / Because the sun burn's what I needed
6. The news has got me paranoid / Papers and the news reports / Casualties of every war / Anchor people keeping score
7. I'm not alone cause the TV's on, yeah / I'm not crazy cause I take the right pills everyday
8. He'll get sniffin' when your fish is gashed / He likes you best when your banana's mashed / He's only happy with your girlfriend's pie / And his bony fingers up your ass
9. You are the promised kiss of springtime / That makes the lonely winter seem long / You are the breathless hush of evening / That trembles on the brink of a lovely song
10. I'm lookin' at my watch / At all the time that's been stolen / When I was carrying you / Seems I've tripped and I've fallen


If you can see this, scroll down for the answers.

1. Mood Ring - Relient K
2. Opera Singer - Cake
3. Channel 7 Has One Less Viewer in Athens - Big, Big Furnace
4. Schadenfreude - Avenue Q
5. Hurricane - Something Corporate
6. Paranoiattack - The Faint
7. Bleed American - Jimmy Eat World
8. Dr. Bones - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
9. All the Thing You Are - Jazz Standard (I actually pulled up an instrumental version by Dave Brubeck.)
10. Waste - Smash Mouth

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