The Merchant of Venice soundtrack, David Juritz,
leader (historical – Europe, elegant, tragic)
“Main Title” by Hans Zimmer from the Rain Main
soundtrack (sexy, exotic, urbane)
Pied-Piping the Muse Notes
Mozart Effect – This term is based on studies done in the 1950’s with children who had speech and
AREAS of concentration for “meditating” to music:
1.General story brainstorming
2.Setting – grabbing the
details as we live them
3.Character – seeing someone
come alive in our heads
“Rules” for meditation exercise:
1.Have a partner select music
that will focus on your purpose. (For
example—tell her that you’re working on a werewolf story and you’d like it to
be seductive, suspenseful, and gothic in tone.)
Partner keeps the title(s) a secret so you can avoid any preconceptions
about what you’re going to hear.
2.Listen to song more than
a. First time – absorb the
music by just listening.
b. Second time – record your impressions in a
variety of ways: word pictures (phrases, sentences, words, details),
sketches. Don’t break the flow of your
c. Third time – interpret your impressions by adding
notes, completing sentences, and
adding more details or deleting what doesn’t fit.
Listen again if needed….
3.Remember to use the five
4.Allow yourself to get corny
and feel the music. Live the
This isn't exactly the next installment in the series, but it's close--and it's about 50 minutes of awesome. Never Hike Alone isn't a series sequel, reboot, reimagining, or even a recycled version of the "real thing" (whatever "the real thing" is anymore in this cash-grabby world of remakes). It's a quality fan film. It's gory and scary and full of Easter eggs. If for some reason you've never seen a film with Jason Vorhees in it, it's a great entry point, because it includes a quick recap of the "ghost story" that's always haunted Camp Crystal Lake. In a bloody nutshell, we've got a hiker (who by the way could very well be the younger, nicer brother of Jax Teller, so enjoy!). Hiker vlogs about a trip he's taking into a "preserve" in the Catskills. Then--oh, crap--hiker stumbles over a certain wooden sign that every horror fan will be familiar with... Never Hike Alone was released on YouTube on--what else?--Friday the 13th, so if you want to watch it, you can do it right here! (Just click on the screen and maximize to a full screen view.) (Be prepared for some watching-through-your-fingers scenes. Or maybe I was doing that because I had all the lights off!)
Raise your hand if you've ever been to the Disney EPCOT Food & Wine Festival.
(Er...that's not me in the photo. But I swear I was there!) I'm going to interrupt my Halloween Movie Binge in order to dish about my recent adventures in culinary and wino paradise, so strap in, rev up your taste buds, and close your eyes for a vicarious thrill... First off, here is everything you need to know about the Festival. Basics: * It's once a year at EPCOT, and there are 35(!) booths from different countries, plus food studios. * You will eat and drink all day. * If you are a pescatarian like me, there are many, many things to eat, which leads to... * You will spend way too much money no matter what you are. (Wearing a Magic Band facilitates this, as it acts as your fun credit card. Everything becomes Monopoly Money with a Magic Band.)
Mickey looks so sweet, shiny, and innocent here, but he's going to attack your bank account, smack it around, and you will like it. Now, you foodies, let me show you the gluttonous swath I cut through the Disney landscape!
1st Stop--Germany! (Click above for the menu.) I began with a wine flight of Rieslings, which is a favorite varietal of mine. Note my virgin passport in front of the flight. It is about to get sullied by many stamps and food stains.
2nd Stop--India! Let it be noted that pairing wine with my food from this point on was pure necessity. (Really!) Also, I didn't go to the marketplaces in order--this meant that I was walking from one end of the park to another, because good girls exercise.
Anyway, here you see Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice. I paired this with a light, crisp Chenin Blanc. Delicious!
3rd stop--Farm Fresh! This stand features (Wait for it!)...Farm Fresh food from Florida! I needed something light and refreshing after the heat from the Indian curry (Yes, I'm a heat wimp.), so I ordered a Roasted Beet Salad with Green Beans, Feta Cheese, Vinaigrette, and Toasted Walnuts. Salads rock. But the highlight of this meal wasn't the food--it was the bounce-on-my-heels yumminess of the Mango Wine. If you're going to the Festival, this is AWESOME.
4th Stop--Hawaii! I'll be honest--I was on a roll with the vino, and Pineapple Wine sounded like just the thing. It was...eh. In fact, for me, it was one of only a few disappointments. Not that I would turn it down. I just wouldn't head straight for this marketplace next time. At this point, I headed for the food studios...
5th Stop--The Cheese Studio! Cheese, Glorious Cheese. Check out this trio! Strawberry Macaroon topped with Pepper Cheese (Sounds weird but tastes great!); Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Shallot and Chive Cheese (I'm swooning even now.); Profiterole topped with Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Apricot Jam (also divine). I snarfed up this pretty plate with a Veltliner (barely visible to the left of the cheeses).
Intermission of the Tummy
My Foray into a Wine Seminar
The Food & Wine Festival offers special events, including seminars in which winemakers chat about their craft. Luigi with the Coppo Winery in Italy was our host, and I swear to God, you are looking at one of the best Moscatos I've ever had on the right.
I must confess that this is one of two marketplaces I visited twice (the other being India...which you will soon discover again). My first trip here was for the purpose of delighting in this adorable pallet of cheese:
*Fromager Affirois de Excellence
*Blue Cheese with Apricot Jam
*Toma with Honey
The plate was paired with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Malbec.
At this point I'm scaring even myself. How did I eat so much? DRINK so much? Bear in mind that the Festival opens at 11am and it's now hours later. I've been eating, drinking, chatting, walking, and generally reveling in how lucky I was to be at EPCOT.
Also, you'll notice that the glasses of wine are not exactly mammoth.
I was getting a second wind here with this wine flight, which included a Valdeorras, Rosado, and Monastrell. Rose is a personal favorite of mine, so I liked. Liked a lot.
I will pause again here to mention that almost every time I ordered a wine flight, it rained for about five Florida minutes. So anyone who was caught in a quick downpour that day can blame me and my love of the grape.
So, yes--another flight! This one featured Chenin Blanc, a Pinotage, and Sweet Shiraz. Africa has some kick-ass wines.
This one starts out like an indie movie about people working out their issues over dinner. One of the guests is the hero, who has lost his son, and he's attending this little reunion party at his ex-wife's invitation. Then the unsettling, ambient music kicks in. It's music that would make anyone want to watch through their fingers, reaching into you to scrape over your nerves. Then someone plays a...video. That's all you're going to get, but keep in mind that this movie is not what you would expect it to be. It's labeled as a "thriller" at Netflix--a psychological thriller to be exact. Scenes build upon one another, and every time the hero says (or gives a look that means) something is wrong, we all go one step closer to the abyss. Not a fun scare, but a deep one.
What I love about the digital age is that it's brought back scary movies with a brutal force. There's something for everyone. Not everything has to be about jump scares, though I love them. Not everything has to be about slashes, though that's one of my fave horror subgenres. Sometimes you get movies that are subtle, that creep under your skin minute by minute. They are slow burns (like one of my all-time favorites, SESSION 9). For HONEYMOON, you need lots of patience. It starts off with newlyweds who go to a remote cabin, and they are totally in lurve. Much time is spent establishing this. Also, if you're a GAME OF THRONES or PENNY DREADFUL fan, you'll be happy to see Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway here. Then weirdness starts, beginning with the townspeople. After that, something changes for this loving couple, and I'm not going to say what, but...creeeeepy. Oh, also, if you're looking for a scene that will make you want to barf, look no farther than this flick. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Movie Math HOUSEBOUND = girl under house arrest in possible haunted house (x) (fun jump scares + solid mystery + kinda funny) - (that is not Shailene Woodley on the poster) I don't know how many times I skipped over this one on Netflix. Totally worth a see, not the least because it takes care of the old "why don't they just leave the house if they think it's haunted?" dilemma with ease. (Family attachment to the house, and as mentioned, house arrest.) Lots of twists and turns, plus some truly fun horrific moments that made me go "Hee!!!" Check it out: