Have You Seen the Fashion of Zuhair Murad? And Where to See It Online

If you’re a true fashionista or fashion snob, try not to retort with What kind of a dumb question is that? You have to realize you’re among a definite minority in the population.

Recently, I started learning about dresses, their designs and designers and such, mostly starting through Pinterest (some I’ve like so far). Not knowing anything, really, about the matter, trends in what I liked started to pop out. They tended to be either time period of the dresses, by which many Pinteresters organized their fashions, or designers that many Pinteresters noted in their comments on each pin. I’ll write about period fashion some other time, but for now, I want to focus on a designer whose name I kept seeing come up repeatedly in my viewing of dresses, and that is Zuhair Murad.

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Favourite Songs I Heard for the First Time in 2009

What were your favourite pieces of music that you heard for the first time last year?

I don’t necessarily mean music that came out last year, just that you heard it for the first time last year because it was new to you. If you care to share, you can put it in the comments following the post. I’d love to know to expand my musical horizons.

Below are a list of favourite songs I heard for the first time in 2009, enough that would fit on CD were I to have made one. Most were from musicals as I really got into them in 2009 after my classic jazz year in 2008. A few were one-off takes on television events, though, so I’ll start with one that was both. It was available on YouTube like most of my selections so I have included the videos to have the music right here for you. I also linked the songs to blog posts I did inspired by them, where I did one.

Someone Like You

from Jekyll & Hyde
Linda Eder & Frank Wildhorn on 2000 PBS Special
Linda Eder delivers a loving performance of this gorgeous song with touching lyrics, accompanied by husband Frank Wildhorn, who had composed the song. (blog post)

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If You Were Gay

from Avenue Q
Rick Lyon and John Tartaglia

Love and humour, not just in song but also video spoof. (blog post)

The Internet is for Porn

from Avenue Q
Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Rick Lyon & the Guys
Possibly the funniest song I have ever heard! (blog post)

Mix Tape

from Avenue Q
Stephanie D’Abruzzo and John Tartaglia

A song that dragged my emotions up and down, enhanced by Stephanie’s nuances of acting while singing this song. (blog post)

As Long as You’re Mine

from Wicked
Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz
An often overlooked song from Wicked that I only heard once I saw the musical, rather than hearing the more popular songs from it. However, I loved it immediately, especially the soft-spoken ending.

Academy Awards 2009 Introduction

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway
This number was both brilliant and unexpected in being clever, funny and spectacularly performed. My intro to the full talents of Hugh Jackman. (blog post)

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Monologue Song

from Saturday Night Live November 7, 2009
Taylor Swift

How to trash everybody you want to with class and humour while being really cute about it. (blog post)

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Dark Eyes

by Bob Dylan
Judy Collins
Judy Collins gives this sad Dylan song a haunting rendition. (blog post)

Better Angels

Lesley Gore
The original It’s My Party girl seriously grows up with this beautiful tune I first heard on CSI Miami (compilation video of episode shown below).

I Got a Feeling

Black Eyed Peas
Just an awesome dance song, ’nuff said cause I’m getting dancing! Best 2009 song in my opinion. (I chose the flash mob version shown on Oprah for the video cause it’s also so awesome!)

Wake-up

The Arcade Fire
I heard this song via the trailer for Where the Wild Things Are and thought they had made a pretty good choice for a theme song.

The Closest Thing to Crazy

by Mike Batt
Katie Melua
Pretty much describes what feeling in love feels like to me. (blog post)

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Gayla Peevey
I heard it on a Telus commercial and loved it immediately, a bit surprised I had never heard this 1950s seasonal classic until now. (blog post)

You’ve Gotta Have a Gimmick

from There’s No Business Like Show Business
Bernadette Peters, Julia McKenzie, Ruthie Henshall
This is probably the ultimate example of my claim that girls have all the fun songs in musicals, and the video only emphasizes the point.

Married

from Cabaret
Ron Rifkin, Michelle Pawk
A charming little song about marriage. A compact version is shown below.

Mystery

performed on the show Inside the Actor’s Studio
Hugh Laurie
A hilarious and charming example of how lyric writing sometimes feels like to me, trying to find desperate rhymes and more desperate words that conform with desperate rhymes. (blog post)

Love, Look in my Window

from Hello Dolly!
Ethel Merman

There isn’t a video for this one but the piece was written for Ethel Merman when she joined Hello Dolly! If you hear her perform it with the emotions she does, you’ll know why it was written for her. I can hardly keep from crying at points in it. Probably good I don’t have the music for that reason!

Who Wants to See Taylor Swift in a Twilight Movie?

Taylors Swift (l) and Lautner (r)

So, singer Taylor Swift is dating Twilight New Moon werewolf star Taylor Lautner. She (Ms Swift) only blatantly hinted subtly in her Saturday Night Live (SNL) monologue on November 7 (2:42 to 2:55 in the video).

Now, I know Taylor is a name for both genders, like Kelly, but isn’t that kind of weird to be dating someone with your name?

Taylor (Lautner) seems to think (Extra Magazine). He stated that “It gets confusing definitely”.

Wait a minute, Taylor (Lautner). What gets confusing? When you or Taylor (Swift) talk to each other or call, to whom would you be referring except the other?

I’ll tell you one thing, though, aside from strange, it must sound narcissistic! To be talking endearingly as much as you  might in a relationship and having your name in the place of the other person’s name all the time. Imagine all the things you say to your significant other and put your name there. How weird would that sound, especially if you had a purely male or female name, which most of you have? You’d sound like you’re gay! Taylor and Taylor had better come up with some pet names for each other or else it’s going to be weird!

Any of you out there reading this have a spouse with the same name to share some insights?

Anyway, since Taylor’s been in a movie with Taylor before (Valentine’s Day, due out Feb 12 2010), which I believe was where they met, how’s about another one? How’s about Taylor Swift being in Twilight Eclipse or Breaking Dawn?

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(Aside: Hey, this poll feature in WordPress has SO improved since the last time I used it!!! Nice!!! You can share this with your friends now, too, apparently!)

Now, I don’t like Twilight myself. I make all the stuff for it on my blog because I know there’s a big fan base out there for it. I haven’t read a word of it or seen any of it, so I don’t know if there’s any classy and pansy characters for Taylor Swift to be. But we could always alter the story so that Jacob Black, Taylor Lautner’s character who’s on the short side of a love triangle with Bella Swan with Edward Cullen and doesn’t seem like he will get her, could dump Bella for Taylor Swift’s character.

Hey, they’ve already altered the story so Edward Cullen could have a boosted profile since Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen, has become an international heart throb. I had heard that somewhere with my TV on one night. I really don’t actually know.

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Maybe Taylor Swift could be a cute weregirl. Well, no. There’s no such thing. Cat girl? Still feline but gentler? Or maybe a succubus? Nah. Too naughty for Taylor’s classy and clean image.

By the way, who does Jacob Black eventually end up with anyway?

No worries about spoiling it for me. I have zero plans to watch of read Twilight. 🙂

Finally, what do you think of Taylor & Taylor as a couple, since I’m on a gossiping streak?

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Reiteration:
I really don’t follow Twilight or any of this teen stuff. I was making some Twilight New Moon posters for their fans out there so I had to learn about the characters to know a bit about the series. I also had recently seen and posted about Taylor Swift’s SNL video, where I learned she was dating the werewolf from Twilight. I even forgot his actor’s name was Taylor! It was only when I realized that that I had the idea for this post. In “confirming” Taylor was dating Taylor, a quick Internet search revealed some other facts I mentioned in this post. In other words, my research wrote the story after I had the initial idea. But I’ll be honest that I’m becoming quite the huge fan of Taylor… Swift. Total class act. Couldn’t care less for Lautner. 🙂

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