quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Holidays)
Missed posting on Christmas, but didn't feel like posting on New Year's Eve like I have in years past. Fortunately, the first line of this particular song from Christmas Eve On Sesame Street (which you all know how much I love) is quite appropriate. I posted the video of it a few years back if you want to hear the whole song.


Keep Christmas With You All Through The Year

When Christmas time is over and presents put away, don't be sad
There'll be so much to treasure about this Christmas day and the fun we've had
So may happy feelings to celebrate with you
And, oh, the good times hurry by so fast
But even when it's over there's something you can do to make Christmas last
Keep Christmas with you
All through the year
When Christmas is over
Save some Christmas cheer
These precious moments
Hold them very dear
And keep Christmas with you
All through the year.

Happy Holidays, everyone!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Holidays)
Every year around this time I quote the lyrics to some holiday related song and this year is no different. I've been listening to this song a lot as I walked the holiday-decked streets of DC, so it seemed appropriate. Plus, it really was the year of the Muppet this year.


One More Sleep 'Til Christmas

There magic in the air this evening

Magic in the air
The world is at her best, you know
When people love and care
The promise of excitement is one the night will keep
After all, there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas

The world has got a smile today
The world has got a glow
There's no such thing as strangers when
A stranger says hello
And everyone is family, we're having so much fun
After all, there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly and joyous
With a burst of pleasure, we feel it all right
It's the season when the saints can employ us
To spread the news about peace and to keep love alive

There's something in the wind today
That's good for everyone
Yes, faith is in our hearts today
We're shining like the sun
And everyone can feel it, the feeling's running deep
After all, there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas
After all, there's only one more sleep 'til Christmas Day 



And for those of you who never had a chance to see the Muppet Christmas Carol....



Happy Holidays to you and yours! (No matter which holiday it is that you celebrate.) May the coming year be blessed with good health, happiness and security!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Life)
In the past month, I've gone to Japan, been shaken by an earthquake while NOT in Japan, tried to ignore some significant anniversaries of major tragedies, applied to a graduate program and before any of that happened saw the final Harry Potter with my brother, completing the set. While each of those are worthy of their own post, I'm not feeling very good with words right now. Instead, I bring you YouTube videos from various shows I've enjoyed over the years. See them before they get reported! :-)

We've got Sorkin, Asian dramas and Charlie Crews, if you're interested... )

Next time I post, I promise it will be Quaggy generated content. :-)
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Bang Bang)
I was going to post my Harry Potter blatherings, but then I saw this meme over at [livejournal.com profile] zinke  and decided that that I so would rather do this instead.

Ask me a fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom, lj stuff, fic writing, etc. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you want.
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Holidays)
In case you're new to these parts, I generally quote holiday songs this time of year.  After some debate, I decided to go with something traditional this time around...


Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot and old lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup and surely I’ll buy mine,
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.


Harry:  What does this song mean? My whole life, I don't know what this song means. I mean, 'Should old acquaintance be forgot'? Does that mean that we should forget old acquaintances, or does it mean if we happened to forget them, we should remember them, which is not possible because we already forgot?
Sally: Well, maybe it just means that we should remember that we forgot them or something. Anyway, it's about old friends.
(From When Harry Met Sally)

May next year bring peace, security and, most of all, joy for you and yours, my friends. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas too!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Holidays)
Every year since I started this LJ, I've quoted song lyrics at Christmas. This year I'm going to do something a little different. Thanks to YouTube and the Sesame Street Channel, I offer clips from Christmas Eve On Sesame Street, including two of my favorite songs "True Blue Miracle" and "I Hate Christmas". Everybody has one Christmas movie that they watch every year without fail. This is mine.

True Blue Miracle is one of my favorite Christmas songs.




The older I get, the more I appreciate Oscar's song.




This is my mom's favorite.




This is a classic bit from the movie:




And as an added bonus for Muppet and West Wing fans alike, we have the Muppets singing Carol of the Bells:




MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!
quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Big Bird)
Yesterday was Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary and it seems like everyone is getting in on the act, even Google! Today, I went on Sesame Street's YouTube channel and gathered as many of my favorite classic clips as I could find. There was the King of Eight, the Queen of Six (forgot about her!), an operatic orange, a Teeny Little Super Guy, Martians, and Tweedlebugs. Tatyana Ali (long, long before the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire) met Herbie Hancock and Tony Danza played tennis with Big Bird. There was even a very cute bit with Yo-Yo Ma! I thought I'd share them. Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?







Even more under here... )

And for one last trip down memory lane, this was my Sesame Street...





Thank you for 40 wonderful, educational years, Sesame Street. Here's to 40 more!

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Her)
Okay, I normally don't ask for help with fic on such a widespread basis, but I think the topic is broad enough that I'll get a range of answers. I'm curious about what everyone's answers would be.

Without getting into details about why I need the information, I'm having trouble figuring out who Donna would have on her iPod. I have a feeling hers would be a little different from mine. I think I can make a pretty good case for R.E.M. and I decided that even if she wasn't a Cranberries fan, she would have a soft spot for "Linger". [personal profile] flippet  and [profile] tomfoolery815  both rightly pointed out that Donna was in all likelihood a U2 fan. (Her excitement to possibly meeting Bono was very similar to her excitement about seeing Yo-Yo Ma.) And I would bet money on her wearing out her copy of the Garden State soundtrack. But other than that, I'm stumped. I'd like to use a Matchbox Twenty song that wasn't released as a single and I don't know if she would be a big enough fan to buy the whole album.

So, I'm opening the floor for suggestions. What kind of music do you think Donna listens to? Specifically what kind during season 7 and beyond?  I don't mind if its obscure, but it would be helpful to have some sort of sample, if you can find one. (YouTube is fine.)

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Kiki)
When I look back at 2008, it feels like I lived for five years in these twleve months.  I just passed too many milestones and historic markers (both personal and universal) to really wrap my head around this year or to sum it up with a few words, so I'm not going to even try.

Normally this time of year, I quote song lyrics.  I didn't do so at Christmas, since I posted fic instead, but I would hate to abandon the tradition completely. So...

New Year's Resolutions )

Happy New Year, Everyone!  May 2009 bring you happiness and this year be a little better than the last.

quaggy: Forbidden Forrest scene from the 1st Harry Potter movie (Night)

I love this song.  It's called "Better Days" by the Goo Goo Dolls of their Let Love In album.  It's a Christmas song without mentioning Christmas.  It a New Year's song.  But mostly it's a prayer for the future.  It was pretty popular when it came out, so you all should have heard it before.  Sing with me!!

Better Days
(written by Johnny Rzeznik)

And you asked me what I want this year
and I try to make this kind and clear:
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
'Cause I don't need boxes wrapped in strings
and desire to love and empty things
just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

So take these words and sing out loud
'Cause everyone is forgiven now
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again

I need some place simple where we could live
And something only you can give
And that's faith and trust and peace while we're alive
And the one poor child who saved this world
And there's ten million more who probably could
If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

So take these words and sing out loud
'Cause everyone is forgiven now
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again

I wish everyone was loved tonight
And somehow stop this endless fight
Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

So take these words and sing out loud
'Cause everyone is forgiven now
'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again

'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again 


Happy New Year, Everyone!  Here's to better days!

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Holidays)

This is my favorite Christmas song.  Most people don't know it because its from Christmas Eve On Sesame Street, a movie they've probably never seen.  But I want to share the words because they truly are beautiful.


True Blue Miracle
(Written by Carol Hall )

I believe in miracles and I can tell you why
Once a year the street I live on sparkles like the sky
All hung with lights for Christmas
Twinkling every where.
The world turns bright for Christmas
And if that isn't a true blue miracle
I don't know what one is. 

I believe in miracles. I know because I've seen
Once a year the place I walk is filled with trees of green
And pine cone smells of Christmas
Floating through the air
To jingle bells of Christmas
And if that isn't a true blue miracle
I don't know what one is.

But the greatest wonder of them all
Is not what's happening around you, it's the way
You start to be...
Yes the greatest wonder of them all is how your
Heart is filled with love
You start to light up like a Christmas tree!

Feelings feel so wonderful
You have to let them show
Maybe that's why everyone begins to get a glow
And fill their hearts with Christmas
Spirit they can share
That's the best part of Christmas
And if that isn't a true blue miracle
I don't know what one is 

And if that isn't a true blue miracle
I don't know what one is.


Merry Christmas, everyone!  Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Muppets)
Because there were just so many songs they needed their own post!  Thank you, YouTube and [personal profile] seri_scribble for the inspiration!!  

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Keytus Mom)
I went onto YouTube to find the "Mah Nah Mah Nah" song. I found so much more than that!! So I had to share! First up... a trip to Seseame Street!!

ETA: So, I fixed the tagging issues... and added a few more songs.  Including two from the very early days!

quaggy: Elizabeth looking back at Mr. Darcy (Minds)
So 2006 is almost over.  I’m actually sorry to see it go.  It was a pretty momentous year for me!  But rather than go off on some long rambly monologue about everything that would be far too personal to post and rather boring for everyone but me, I thought I would put together a “soundtrack” for 2006.  These are the songs that I listened to without end during 2006, the ones that will always remind me of a specific time this year and/or just fit my life… all too well.  I really didn’t put an explanation as to why each of these make the list, but I can.  

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