Saturday, May 24, 2014

Robyn 'Does It Again' with Royksopp

Image via Robyn's FB

My favorite singer, Robyn, teamed up with Royksopp to create a 5 song mini album called "Do It Again." It's really interesting hearing her sing against a sound that isn't obviously "hers," but very enjoyable!

You can listen to the entire album on NPR's website, or purchase it through Amazon or iTunes.

PLUS, Moby did a remix of the album that's available on SoundCloud!

Have a great weekend, and if you take a listen, let me know how you like it!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A Novel Accomplishment

I FINISHED MY NOVEL!

You know, the one I started in 2010 for a NaNoWriMo challenge?

It took far longer than I expected,but I'm quite pleased with myself. Now I can begin the process of sending it out to publishers. w00t!

And because one of my friends asked, here's an excerpt:

Moments later, Sue hung her jacket on the seat next to Kris and sat down. Kris turned to introduce herself and was struck dumb. Sue was the mystery woman from Sureshot! Kris was overwhelmed by the chestnut curls streaming over her shoulders, and the delicate, exquisite beauty of her heart-shaped face. Kris had work hard to remember how to breathe. She inhaled deeply to ground herself and try again, but, as she had at their first meeting, Sue covered for Kris’s speechlessness with her cheerful exclamations.
“Hi, I’m Sue. How are you? I guess you know my sister?” Sue smiled expectantly and tilted her head, waiting for Kris’s response. 
“Um, yeah, I’m Kris. And, sort of. We’re in the same Spanish class.”
“But we only met today, sis,” Stella jumped in. “Would you believe she just came bumping into me while we were waiting for a table?”
“Too funny,” Sue smiled at Kris again before turning her attention to the rest of the group, whom Stella introduced once again. Then, Sue, Callie and Stella began chatting animatedly while the guys listened with half-hearted interest and Kris sat, stunned.
She could not have told anyone, had they asked, why Sue shocked and thrilled her heart so. It was as if she recognized her from another life or from a dream. Kris was sure that if she did not get to know this woman better she would be missing out on something incredible, and that feeling led her to another: fear that she might clumsily ruin any chances of friendship since she’d never had much practice. The stigma of being a loner was one she feared she wouldn’t be able to brush off, despite her new start in a new city. 
 (c) R. May Evans, 2014 

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cinderella En Pointe


Last night I saw my first professional ballet with my sisters at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. We saw the 3 hour production of Cinderella with choreography by Victoria Morgan and music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the KC Symphony. This production is the first to play the entire score by Prokofiev in Kansas City, according to the gent who introduced it.

It probably goes without saying that the ballet was technically perfect (as far as I could tell anyway). And the story has some interesting differences from the commonly-known Cinderella story. Most notably: Cinderella's father is still alive (though hen-pecked), and the fairy godmother has a whole troupe of fairies who assist her in Cinderella's transformation. I didn't expect to see men playing the ugly stepsisters, but it was hilarious. They did a great deal of slap-stick, physical humor that nearly stole the show at times! (You can see a picture of them here.)

The performance was a delight to the senses and it really didn't feel like we were sitting there for 3 hours because the story so transported us!

You can see great images of the show (and read more about it) in this article.

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