Friday, December 24, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from week 4

In 1847, Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure was comissionaire of wines in a small French town. People knew him for his poetry, not for his attendance at Church. It was a big shock when the parish priest asked him to write a poem for Christmas mass. He felt honored to share his talents with his Church.
Cappeau was thinking about the poem the priest had asked him to write, while in a dusty stage coach. It had to be religious, and had to focus on Christmas. He flipped through the gospel of Luke and read the Christmas story. By the time he got to Paris, the poem had been completed. The song was Cantique de Noel. He was moved by his own work and thought his song was more then just a poem, it should be a song.
Since he wasn't good with music he turned to a friend, Adolphe Charles Adams, and asked for help.
Adolphe studied the Cantique de Noel. He agreed quickly and set to work on a original score for the song. The song was preformed three weeks later, on the Christmas Eve mass.
The song is O Holy Night.

Here are the lyrics

O Holy night, the stars are
brightly shining;
It is the night of our dear savior's
birth!
Long lay the world in sin and
error a pining,
Till he appeared and the soul felt it's worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world
rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and
glorious morn.

Chorus:
Fall on your knees, O hear the
angel voices!
O night divine, O night when
Christ was born!
O night, O night, O night
divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely
beaming,
With glowing hearts by his
cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly
gleaming,
Here came the wise men from
the Orient land.
The king of kings lay this in
lowly manger,
In all our trial born to be our
friend!

Chorus

Truly he taught us to love one
another;
His law is love and His Gospel
is peace.
Chains shall He break for the
slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful
chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy
Name!

Chorus


I like this song!!!!!!! :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from Week 3

Oops! I got forgot to do this, but here it is!

Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Mohr was an assistant priest in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf Austria. In 1818, during a very cold winter, he was making last minute preparations for his Christmas service, one he'd been planning for months. Everything was in place. But he had one tiney problem (well actually it was a very big problem, but back to the story) St. Nicholas's organ wouldn't play. Frantic he messed with the old instrument for hours. He fiddled with the keys, stops, and pedals, even crawled behind the console to see if he could find the problem. But no matter what he did, the organ stayed silent. He realized he could do nothing. So he prayed to find a way to bring music to the congregation. In 1816, Mohr had written a Christmas poem, and he remembered that and rushed to his office. He found the poem and decided to use it. He was really happy. He run and took it to the thirty-one-year-old school teacher, Franz Gruber. He gave it to the teacher and was very agitated since it was getting close to the service. He begged Franz to write music the choir could easily learn. Franz agreed to the challenge. Mohr rushed back to the church, leaving Franz with his thoughts, the ticking of the clock, and inspiration.
A few hours later they met at the St. Nicholas Church. The choir members were waiting for their rehearsal. What could have taken weeks was memorized in a couple hours. They sang it in front of the congregation.
Now, two hundred years later it's one of the most popular Christmas song in the world.
Silent night

Lyrics:

Silent Night. Holy Night!
All is calm. All is bright.
Round yon virgin, mother and
Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent Night. Holy Night!
Shepherds quake, at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent Night. Holy Night.
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy Holy face.
With the dawn of redeeming grace.
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader



*WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS!* Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Wow, it was awesome. The story is great, the acting incredible. But....there weren't many Narnians in this one and not many battles. :( Though, Lucy was awesome with her sword, and bow and arrow. :) Her acting was great in this one. :) She was very good at the emotional scenes, such as crying. Edmund's acting was good too. He also cried right and made emotional bonds correctly. Such as with Prince Caspian. That was one of my favorite parts. And Eustace, he was hilarious. Always yelling and fainting and turning into dragons. :) I liked that he and Reepicheep had a funny relationship. :) The fight scene with the serpent was cool too! Though I don't get it when it opens up, showing it's guts (Yuck.) It was cool when they rammed it against the rock. :)
The temptations part was quite interesting. Lucy had trouble with wanting to become beautiful and Edmund wanted gold to be rich and be the King of Narnia. Prince Caspian got angry, thinking Edmund wanted the throne of Narnia. They almost dueled but Lucy stopped them by yelling at them. They all gave up on the temptations and fought them off. They arrived at the gate to Aslan's land. There, Reepicheep decided to leave Narnia. Eustace got really sad, along with Edmund, Caspian, and Lucy, who gave Reepicheep a hug. (The first and only.) Then he left, over the big wave.
Aslan told Lucy and Edmund their time in Narnia was over. Lucy realized he meant this was their last time in Narnia, forever. Edmund, Eustace, and Lucy gave a tearful goodbye to Prince Caspian and Aslan. Before they left Eustace asked if he was coming back. Aslan replied- "We may yet have need of you in Narnia."

Then they went into the portal in the big wave, their last glance of Narnia, was Aslan and Caspian, standing on the beach. :) This movie was super sad in the end. I had to stop myself from crying. :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Songs: Where they came from Week 2

Next is What Child Is This?

What Child Is This is one of the best Victorian songs ever written. Some say this song's lyrics were written by King Henry. Unfortunately we don't know who wrote this one either. :(
This is one of my favorite. :)

Lyrics

What Child Is This?:

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthem sweet,
While Shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels
sing;
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies he in such a mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Hail, Hail, the Word made flesh,
The babe the son of Mary

So bring him incense, gold, and
myrrh,
Come, peasant, king to own him.
The King of kings salvations brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Joy, Joy for Christ is Born
The babe, the son of Mary.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas songs: Where they came from

I'm going to do one for each week of advent. :) This weeks song is Angels We Have Heard On High.
It has been argued that the song has been written by a French Priest or someone in western Europe. Even today no one knows who wrote it. Only a very dedicated person who wanted to share it with there friends wrote it. :) (At least that's what we know.) I think we can all agree that this is a great song. :)
Here are the lyrics.

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o'er the plains
and the mountains in reply
Echoing there joyous strains

Chorus:
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tiding be,
Which inspire your heav'nly song?

Chorus

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Chorus

See within a manger laid,
Jesus, Lord of heav'n and earth!
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our savior's birth.

Chorus

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1



*CONTAINS SPOILERS* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. It has a interesting twist to it. The previous ones are all a little happier. You can completely tell that this is the end, the final chapter of the Harry Potter series. With Hermione mind wiping her parents, Harry and Ron arguing, and even Voldemort, taking the Elder wand from Dumbledore's tomb. I thought the actors who played Harry, Ron, and Hermione did a wonderful job. They talked to each other properly, they cried with each other properly, they even yelled at each other properly. I look back at the first book. And thinking about it, I realize I never would have guessed anything like this to happen. You never would have guessed that Harry's cloak was a deathly Hallow, that the diary from the second book was a Horcrux.  Everything was planned so perfectly. 
To tell the truth, this movie is far darker then I imagined.
It makes me sad, that this is the end of the movies, once part 2 comes out, there wont be anymore. It seems that we've been on a long journey with Harry, Hermione, and Ron. But now it's coming to an end.
But at least, we have the second part to look forward to. :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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I'm tired, hmm. My mind is blank on books to write reviews on. :)

Violet Wings

This is a book I read recently. It's very good.


*WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS!*  Zaria Tourmaline is excited about turning twelve. That's when she'll get her magic wand, crystal watch, (which they get from the fairy council) and find out what her Radia (how much magic she has) number is. After that she can leave Galina, the part of Feyland kids stay till they're twelve. Since she's the youngest in her class, everyone has to wait for her to turn twelve before all of them can get there wands and watches. Before she does, her friend, Leona, convinces her to go to earth, through the portal Leona's mother created in Galina. They sneak through, and Zaria is in awe. She becomes "earth struck" (which means she is drawn to earth) and continues going to earth when she gets the chance. They get caught upon sneaking back into Galina. They almost don't get there wands and watches. But they plead to get them and they do, along with a punishment. (Getting metal clamped on their wings) When Leona sees her number of Radia she's ecstatic. Her color is half violet, and she is at level 200.  When Zaria checks hers, she is also violet but instead of half violet she is full violet. But her level is only 100.
Once news gets out about two fairies with color purple Radia they become famous. Leona likes it but Zaria doesn't and she continues sneaking off to earth and using her mother's spellbook. Leona and Zaria get there mentors, who help them with their magic. Zaria get's someone she particularly doesn't like when she meets her. Lily Morganite. Zaria was right not to like her. Lily does all sorts of bad things. She tries to take Zaria's mother's spellbook, (which Zaria gets back) find out what spells she's been using, and expose her going to earth all the time.
Zaria really gets mad once Leona is captured by Lily. But when Zaria asks for help to find Leona she is also captured when someone puts a troll made cloak (which fairies cannot use magic on) on her to weaken her so much that she can barely move. Lily makes a fake trial against Zaria and has Leona as a witness. But Leona accuses Zaria about casting a spell on her. Zaria is confused but realizes Leona is being controlled by Lily. Some how Zaria (Zaria does not know how.) makes the cloak explode into dust, and takes all the spells Lily cast on the Radia guard and the council away. Then she uses a spell to reverse Lily's control on Leona. Lily flees once this happens. After a long battle with Lily's gnome guards, Leona and Zaria are sentenced to be banished by the council (since they believe Zaria casted spells on them) for controlling them. Leona uses the Statue spell on them and Zaria and Leona collects their wands. They convince the council about the truth, that Lily is hoarding Radia and wanted to take Zaria's. Zaria and Leona decide to go chase after Lily........and.........that's the end. (Till the next book!)
I like Pikachu!

Writing

I'm happy!!! The book I'm writing is getting closer to the exciting part!!! The only problem is, I have writers block. :(  But I should get through it soon. :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pokemon!!!!

I just finished re-watching the Pokemon movie Heroes (fifth movie) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It very interesting, taking place in a small town. It reminds me of a city in Italy, Venice.  The reason why is because it has canals zigzagging in it where people ride on gondolas. Another reason I liked it was because of the music. It would get really fast during exciting parts then fade away as things get magical. I especially liked the part when Ash, Misty, Bianca, Latias, and Brock, stopped the bad guys from taking all the water from the town. (Annie and Oakley.) It's more interesting then it sounds, because words are so hard to use to describe this story. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

MY FIRST POST!

This is my first post and I don't know what to say, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!