31 October 2005



It's Halloween!!! It's a personal tradition of mine to read my favorite Poe stories and poems. Here is a great one to share for the occasion. Enjoy!


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,--
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door.
Only this and nothing more.

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;--vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow--sorrow for the lost Lenore,
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore:
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me--filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
"'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door,
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door:
This it is and nothing more."

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you"--here I opened wide the door:--
Darkness there and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?"
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore:"
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore;
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore:
'Tis the wind and nothing more."

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door,
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door:
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,--
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore:
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning--little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door,
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as "Nevermore."

But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered, not a feather then he fluttered,
Till I scarcely more than muttered,--"Other friends have flown before;
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
"Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore:
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of 'Never--nevermore.'"

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore,
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee--by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite--respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil! prophet still, if bird or devil!
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted--
On this home by Horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore:
Is there--is there balm in Gilead?--tell me--tell me, I implore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Prophet! "said I, "thing of evil--prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us, by that God we both adore,
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore:
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting:
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor:
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted--nevermore!

25 October 2005

In Your Arms, I Feel...

Alejandro Fernández - Entre Tus Brazos 2004 - Latin Pop

Siento – I Feel
L&M: Emilio Estefan, Jr., Robert Blades, Angie Chirino, Jorge Casas

No sé si podré confiar
I don’t know if I will be able to trust (again)
En mi triste corazón
In my sorrow-filled heart
Que sufrió por otro amor
After what I suffered because of another love
La desilusión
The disappointment
Es difícil empezar
It is difficult to start anew
Otro engaño soportar
Another deception to bear
Pero encontré el amor
But I found love
A tu lado porque…
By your side because…

Siento en mi alma
I feel in my soul
Renacer el sentimiento
The reappearance of feeling
Has llenado un vacío
You have filled the void
Que dejó un antiguo adiós
Left by an old goodbye
Nunca pensé que podría ser así
I never thought it could be like this
El inmenso dolor
The immense pain
Que ha dejado otro amor
That remained from another love
Ya no… siento…
I no longer feel (it)

Estoy cansado de llorar
I am tired of crying
Al dolor no quiero regresar
I do not want to return to pain
Pero junto a ti
But with you
Hoy he vuelto a amar porque…
Today I have returned to love because…

-Coro x 2/ Fin-

24 October 2005

After the Storm

Alejandro Sanz - Grandes Exítos 91_04 2004 - Latin Pop/ Rock

Previous Releases:
No Es Lo Mismo 2003
Unplugged 2001
El Alma Al Aire 2000
Más 1997
3 1995
Basico 1994
Si Tú Me Miras 1993
Viviendo Deprisa 1991

Alejandro Sanz, haven't I heard that name before? Oh yeah, he's that guy in the Shakira video. He has a very successful career based on great music, beautiful story-telling and as much as I hate to say it wicked cool videos. From the time this Spaniard stepped onto the scene, guitar in hand and heart on sleeve, the music world could do nothing but stop and welcome his refreshing presence. Mr. Sanz is an actual musician, not just another factory pop pretty boy. He is so good, in fact, that his MTV Unplugged performance has the distinction of having had the largest audience in the history of the popular concert series.

This is a "Greatest Hits" collection so if you are at all interested in getting into Latin music, this is a great place to start. -side note: listening to latin music can accelerate learning to speak Spanish.- There are 3 versions of this disc Grandes Exítos 91_96, Grandes Exítos 97_04 and of course Grandes Exítos 91_04 [DigiPak]. The first two obviously represent each of the albums made during those time periods and 91_04 includes both of those and a bonus special disc. This 3-disc [DigiPak] has a total of 43 songs featuring all of his major singles and the bonus disc has a duet with The Corrs - 'The Hardest Day'. This is their version of Mr. Sanz' 'Me Ire' from "El Alma Al Aire".

From one of my favorite songs: 'Corazón Partío'

Después de la tormenta siempre llega la calma
After the storm the calm always comes
pero sé que después de ti, después de ti, no hay nada
but I know that after you, after you, there is nothing
Para qué me curaste cuando estaba herío
Why heal me when I was hurting
si hoy me dejas de nuevo con el corazón partío
if today you leave me anew with a broken heart?

You DON'T Like Me! You Really Don't Like Me?

And I quote, "What I don't understand is why I can get out of here on time when I close with everyone else, but not with you! .... no one in this store likes you. Everybody here hates finding out they have to work with you. All of the shifts (supervisors) would love to be the one to send you packing and the store manager is at his wits end trying to figure out what to do with you!"

So, it's finally cooling off a bit here in Texas but I was as hot as the leather interior of a car at 3 on an August afternoon to be on the receiving end of that. It's not what was said , I'm sure there is some truth to it, I am not the easiest person to be around, in any situation, but the PERSON who made the comment... aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh!!!! Of course, I'm not innocent here. I had my fair share of things to say but to protect the employment status of myself and the other party we won't go into that.

21 October 2005

Get Serious

Yes I am about to rant, sorry. Email, as wonderful and beautiful of a communications medium as it is can be used for the forces of evil. You know what I am referring to - the pointless, useless, "God help me who had time to sit around and come up with this?" CHAIN LETTER. The following is an actual chain letter that a friend sent to me (as a joke?):

Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will stay awake just to watch you sleep. Wait for the guy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in your sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, Wait for the one who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares about you and how lucky he is to have you. Wait for the one who turns to his friends and says, "...that's her."

If u open this you have to repost it, or you will have bad luck for the rest of your life!!!!!!! If I don't get this back I guess you're not my friend. If you have a lot of love for someone, copy and send this to your whole list. In 5 minutes your true love will call or message you. You have just been WISHED. Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they like you. Something good will happen to you at approx. 1:42pm tomorrow, it could be anywhere. So get ready for the biggest shock of your life. If you break this chain, you will be cursed with relationship problems for the most important time of your life. Send this to 15 people in 15 minutes to carry on the chain...and spare yourself the emotional stress. Be careful, (COPY AND PASTE, DO NOT JUST CLICK FORWARD)

I am in serious trouble now. I erased it. I don't think posting it here is perpetuating the cycle. In any case I suppose I'll be getting a visit from this guy instead of Mr. Perfect described above. Oh well.

13 October 2005

Nothing Is The Same

by the way CHRIS, this is #42!

Luis Miguel - Nada es Igual (1996)
Recent Releases: México en la Piel (2004), 33 (2003), Mis Boleros Favoritos (2002)

I am a sucker for a sad love song and that is why this one is so wonderful in my book. The disc is filled with more than sadness but it has been the title track and overall theme that makes this my favorite CD of the 15 in my collection by Luis Miguel. The song is sad, but in a sweet way. I figured after mentioning 'Nada Es Igual' 3 times (Music Tag! - I'm It, TAG - I'm "It" Again and in this week's Listening Lounge) I could post the lyrics and say something about it.

The disc is nothing out of the ordinary for this performer but it is one extrordinary cd. Luis Miguel contributed more to writing for this project and the music seemed to pick up elements of other styles including jazz and R&B. "Nada es Igual" also contains the single 'Suena' which is the Spanish equivalent of 'Someday' from Disney's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Overall it is a great Luis Miguel pop album. The title translates to 'Nothing Is The Same'. I can't explain why it's my favorite song, all I know is that I love the emotion and sentiment behind it. My other favorite song 'Un Día Más', 'One More Day', is also like this.

#2 - Abrázame
Embrace Me
#4 - Nada Es Igual
Nothing is the Same
#6 - Que Tú Te Vas
Now That You've Gone
#7 - Sintiéndote Lejos
Feeling Far From You
#9 - Un Día Más
One More Day

'Nada es Igual' - L&M: K. Cibrián/ A. Lerner
Duérmete aquí, sueña por mí
Sleep here, dream of me
Que yo te amaré
That I will love you
Hasta el final del tiempo
Until the end of time
Besarte así con tanto amor
To kiss you thus with so much love
Ya mi vida no es igual
My life is no longer the same
Si a mi lado tú no estás
If you are not by my side

Nada es igual, sin tí no es igual
Nothing is the same, without you it is not the same
No soy nadie sin tu amor
I am nobody without your love
Nada es igual, ni el cielo ni el mar
Nothing is the same, neither the sky nor the sea
Todo cambia de color si no estás cerca
Everything loses its luster (color) if you are not near
Vuelve pronto a mí que no sé vivir sin ti
Come back to me soon I don’t know that I can live without you

Quedate aquí cerca de mí
Stay here close to me
Sé que tu serás la dueña de mis sueños
I know you will be the owner of my dreams
Verte reír, amar y seguirte amando
To see you laugh, to love you and continue loving you
Nada es igual si a mi lado tú no estás
Nothing is the same if you are not by my side


Por eso háblame, llévame, déjame sentir
For that reason talk to me, take me, allow me to feel
Por eso ámame
For that reason love me
Que la puerta queda abierta
The door remains open
Hasta que vuelvas a mí
Until you come back to me
Yo aquí esperaré por ti
I will wait here for you

-Coro/ Fin-
Vuelve pronto a mí que no sé vivir sin tu ...amor
Come back to me soon I don’t know that I can live without your …love

07 October 2005

What Does Your Name Say About You?

Just some interesting and fun things. I have always wondered if your name is tied to your destiny in some small way. It would not be so bad for me, my mom gave me a great name!!

If you break my first name into its two parts it means "LOVE" in Japanese and "WOMAN" in Hebrew. Combined it is Arabic and means "LIFE". My middle name is derived from the Greek for "VICTORIOUS". My last name is German meaning "SON OF WILLIAM" and William in its English form is "PROTECTOR".

So I am a Woman with a Victorious Life that starts with Love from a line of Protectors. How cool is that?

06 October 2005

Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (2005)
Previous Releases: Tidal (1996), When the pawn... (1999)


#1 - Extraordinary Machine

#6 - Parting Gift

#7 - Window

#11 - Not About Love

She's back!! And thank God she's still angry. After a LONG six year absence Fiona Apple has returned and unlike Sarah or Alanis she has not been overcome by happy fairies. Don't get me wrong happy is good but sometimes my life's soundtrack needs to sound as pissed off and confused as I am. Extraordinary Machine delivers. The 12 track disc can easily be spun over and over and at many times related to. Buy the DualDisc (SONY is the best), listen, enjoy, repeat!

03 October 2005

Think Before You Speak

When we open our mouths to say something, we usually know the intention behind it. Unfortunately others cannot read our minds so we have to be extra careful what we let flow from our lips. Former Education Secretary William Bennett found this out the hard way last week. Not for the first time I'm sure, but this time he really slipped. You would think that someone who wrote a book entitled 'The Book of Virtues' would know that sarcasm is not one of them. Mr. Bennett next time be a little more careful, the media gallows is always awaiting a victim. Oh well, since abortion is so "morally reprehensible" someone else came up with another PLAN.