Saturday, September 02, 2006

"Laser Me Skinny": The Rufus Hewlett Story/

So first off, I have to thank Paula (if that's your real name...Dr. Dolittle is more like it) for her ingenius laser beam suggestion. "A" has been telling me to buy one of of those for about seven months, but why would I listen to him? No, no, complete strangers are WAY more reliable. Anyhow, I bought a laser pointer yesterday, and Rufus went nuts! Not only did he STAND UP...he actually JUMPED a little and sort of RAN. Okay, okay, calling it "running" would be a bit of a stretch, but it was faster than a walk. It was a trot. A cat-trot. A rapid waddle. The way someone runs when they're just getting to the end of a marathon and they only trained for a 10K. (That's "kilometres", for all you mile-using Americans. Ki-lo-me-tres. It's a measure of distance. And I, it would seem, am really really hyper today. Must be the rain.)

I am thrilled, therefore, to say that my cat is well on his way to becoming an athlete. I, on the other hand, am sitting at my computer eating a pizza. (It has a high-fibre crust, though, which cancels out the cheese. Somehow.)

It is a quiet day today in the loft, other than the sound of little furry feet chasing something they will, alas, never catch. I spent the morning organizing one of my email accounts (I have seven) into folders. You know, "The fam", "Friends from high school", "Friends from theatre school", "Ex-boyfriends", "The Aeroplan account I didn't know I had", "People I don't really like anymore but whose emails I'm keeping anyway because I'm incapable of throwing things out". That sort of thing. I have decided not to start writing my new play until Tuesday. Yep, Tuesday's the day. For now, I am officially on holiday, which will hopefully mean that I can stop feeling guilty soon and relax, after a truly crazy summer of theatre.

As for the members of PHARK (that band photo was fantastic, by the way!), things are going swimmingly. "A" is getting ready for his three back-to-back acting gigs; "H" has his delightfully feisty girlfriend in town; "P" splits his time evenly between brainstorming film ideas and...well...beard maintenance; "R" is losing his mind over a beam of light; and I am blogging my life away.

M and I are thrilled about all the comments in other languages -- thank you and keep them coming. I am actually getting a little cocky about my French. Oui, c'est vrai, je suis bilingue! C'est merveilleux! (See? Cocky.) I checked out Les Cowboys Fringands, as instructed, and I absolutely love them. My favorite song so far is "Ma belle Sophie."

Please feel free to tell me about other bands/musicians that I wouldn't hear about otherwise. French bands, British bands, Hungarian bands, American bands, Russian bands, Italian bands, Spanish bands, Klingon bands (No! No! I'm kidding! Please don't...) I like low-key, mellow music the best and I'm a big fan of piano and vocals, guitar and vocals, etc. My faves (oh my god, I just used the word "faves". GIVE me some caffeine. NOW!) are:
Rufus (meow) Wainwright, Hawksley Workman, Ani di Franco, Jack Johnson, Keane, The Weakerthans, Claire Jenkins, Sarah Harmer, Lauryn Hill (that's a new one for me), Johnny Cash (also new...don't tell my dad, because I made fun of him for twenty years) and many more.

In return, I will continue to post photos of David that prove he's not actually as much of a jerk as McKay. He smiles. Often. With teeth. (Not much hair, though. He shares that characteristic with Rodney, strangely enough.)

Off to eat the other half of that pizza. Yaaaaaaaay fibre!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay pizza....more lingo practice? How about Russian? :)) About Russian bands....there are many I can list: Splin, Aryia, Ruki Vverh, TATU, Ikrali, Glyuk'za..and many more!

Am looking forward to seeing "McKay and Mrs. Miller"


5:14 PM  
Blogger Flo said...

excellent post! lol good luck for R & his light beam... again thanks for the picture (c'est la première fois que j'arrive à dessiner le visage de david, enfin qui ressemble à david en tout cas. je crois que je vais m'ouvrir une bouteille de champagne pour fêter ça!) but don't forget to post some of you (je meurs d'impatience de pouvoir dessiner votre visage qui est carrément mignon d'ailleurs...)

good luck for your email folders and have a nice holiday! vivement le prochain post ;-)

5:17 PM  
Blogger Cazilie said...

:) Torchs also work wonders. Especially on a dark night. I've had dogs and cats going loopy for forever. Why not suspend your laser pointer from the ceiling and just swing it gently for a no-fuss, cat work out :)

Procrastination is wonderful when you have to actually do something. My housemate has become so skilled at procrastinating that when we have an essay due in, I hide her DVD collection and lock her in her room. Yet she still finds ways not to work!

Post more pictures of David and we will gladly start you a fan club complete with T-shirts, pens, and those cute teddy bears with shirts.

Good luck with Rufus!

5:20 PM  
Blogger sueKay said...

yay for Rufus!

Ehm...Scottish bands...all I can think of is Franz Ferdinand (who to be honest haven't really had many good songs beyond their first single), K.T. Tunstall, Texas...that's about it at present...Don't have a clue about music much myself...I like individual songs more than bands.

I've given up on organising my email accounts...that's what happens when you join every community/forum/group/website you come across and subscribe to everything that interests you...And to add to the chaos I forgot my University log-in details so all my really important emails are kinda lost...oops!

5:24 PM  
Blogger Sal's Gal said...

Here's a linguistic tongue-twister for you (and David):


I have it on excellent authority that it means "computer programmer" in Irish Gaelic. ;) Unfortunately, I have no idea how to pronounce it, though I believe 'mh' carries a 'v' sound...

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I'll be much help with the music, but I like John Mayer.


5:35 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Jane said...

Oh, wow! I didn't think that Rufus would move for a laser from what you were saying, but YAY! Il me fait plaisir qu'il se bouge un peu! Nice that you can give yourself a holiday just like that and Pizza.... Mmmmm

5:41 PM  
Blogger kiffle said...

My roommate bought a toy called "The Bird" and even King will play with it. Well. He'll lay on the ground watching the other cat play with it, and if it happens to come near him (it's basically a feather on a long string), he'll swipe at it.

Okay, I don't give him enough credit. He will chase it a little bit, and then he gets bored and lays back down. But I swear, that is the best 2 minutues of his day!

5:41 PM  
Anonymous twincy said...

Go Rufus!

The Weepies are actually Canadian (I think- I might be making that up), and they're quite fabulous. Their music is kinda folksy, mostly acoustic and very adorable.

Travis are Scottish, and pretty well known? A little? Their older songs are, again, mostly acoustic, the newer are more ... well, electric. Not as good, in my opinion, but then, like you: I like my music mellow and low-key.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

I'm afraid I can't recommend much in the sort of genre you're looking for. My tastes tend more toward world-wide and weird. Like Voltaire or Uncle Bonsai (the weird) or Oceania and Varttina (the world).

You might like Jami Sieber, though. She's quiet and mellow and does a lot of electric cello that really kinda has to be heard to be believed. Another local musican, and a friend of mine, is Deb Seymour. She's a singer-songwriter who does folk and some oddball stuff (like Martian Tango).

Generally speaking, I love gothy stuff like Dead Can Dance and the Vancouver-area goth/ambient Delerium".

For more world-inspired stuff, there's Mouth Music or Uttara Kuru or the work of Vladimir Ivanoff with such groups as Vox and Sarband. Last month I went to a wonderful outdoor concert to hear Gjallarhorn that was well worth the time.

Actually, I could probably go on at considerable length, being an inveterate music buff as well as a singer and musician myself. As I said, I know this doesn't really fit in with the genres you mentioned, but perhaps you'll find something on the list here that piques your interest. Good hunting!

5:48 PM  
Blogger sueKay said...

how could I forget Travis!! One of the few bands I've actually met!

*is ashamed*

they're fantastic :D

5:48 PM  
Blogger dee said...

Blogging your life away can be fun...although some might take umbrage at spending all of your waking hours talking to complete strangers. Eh. But it sure is fun. ;-)

Posting photos is always a good thing. I don't think anyone will turn you down on that. LOL

On the subject of music: right now my favorite CD is "Indoor Picnic Music" featuring a variety of artists (including Conjure One, Jars of Clay, Leigh Nash, Matt Wertz, The Format, and Venus Hum). Granted, I originally purchased it for the acoustic BNL song, but discovered that the whole CD was very good. Nice mix too. I'll probably end up buying more my all of the artists on it. iTunes and I are far too friendly though…

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Katya said...

Hmmm. Bands.

I'm extremely fond of Guster, though they might be a little percussion-heavy for you. (FYI, they opened for Barenaked Ladies a few years ago.)

Other possibilities: Oysterband, Thea Gilmore, Caroline's Spine, Eddie From Ohio, K's Choice, Fiamma Fumana (Italian techno-folk!), Mediaeval Baebes, Rasputina, Sarah Slean.... My musical tastes are pretty eclectic, so it's hard for me to try to narrow recommendations down, but I hope some of these are to your liking.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Nel said...

Your cat sounds abit like mine. She has me well trained. She sits there watching, while I play with her toys - for her amusement. At least I get some exercise out of it, even if she doesn't.g

5:54 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

Wow, I can't even get my cat to chase a laser or a flashlight. She just looks at me like she's too good to chase around a light. Go

Seven email accounts? LOL..I got eight, but only use 3.

As for music..don't think I can help out on that. I live in the country, so I listen to country and some rock. I don't really follow any bands. sounds like a good

5:56 PM  
Blogger aurore said...

In return, I will continue to post photos of David that prove he's not actually as much of a jerk as McKay. He smiles. Often. With teeth. (Not much hair, though. He shares that characteristic with Rodney, strangely enough.)
It's a good thing that I'm somehow able to have a fit of laughing in complete silence (lots of shaking involved, though) because it's midnight in France and I would probably have woken up the neighbours!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Chrystalline said...

LOL - my Boo was a fantastic mouser in her day, and she always loved chasing the laser pointer my dad got me when I was in grad school. I lost it, though, so I can't try it with Wyberd...

I need to stop reading your blog and go work on my own, but...

I find myself strangely intrigued by the idea of starting a Klingon band - would probably sound a lot like Wagner's operas. Or maybe Blind Guardian.

Email - oh, dear. I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 email addresses, and if I didn't use folders and automatic email filters, I would never get *anywhere*! (Must go fuss at Blogger for saying we can use bold/italic tags and then always turning them into "/* every time we try.)

Okay, okay, I'm really leaving this time - blogs to update, posts to move, and all that;)

6:01 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Have you heard David Gilmour's most recent album? That's quite low-key and mellow and nice. Also perhaps some David Gray (A Century Ends for guitar, Life In Slow Motion for piano).

6:03 PM  
Blogger Cate said...

As someone already mentioned, the Weepies are fantastic - as are Girlyman (try 'The Shape I Found You In). Ohhh, and Catie Curtis - click 'listen' in the top menu to get to 'Catie Curtis Radio' :)

6:03 PM  
Blogger aurore said...

In return, I will continue to post photos of David that prove he's not actually as much of a jerk as McKay. He smiles. Often. With teeth. (Not much hair, though. He shares that characteristic with Rodney, strangely enough.)
It's a good thing that I'm somehow able to have a fit of laughing in silence (lots of body shaking and thigh slapping involved, though) because it's midnight in France and I would probably have woken up the neighbours!

You're joking right? It's obvious after listening to 30 seconds of one of David's interviews that he's not a jerk. He and I share a very similar sense of humour and from reading your posts, it must be a common trait in the Hewlett family :-)

And wow, your French sounds good but if you lived several years in Montréal that's not enterily surprising.
Though I don't know if you've ever been to France, but "our" French can be different, the most glaring difference being the accent! I'd say that the French-Canadian accent is to the continental French accent what the Scottish accent is to the London accent.
And you probably know all that already and god, do I sound patronizing!

Je crois qu'il est plus que temps que j'aille me coucher. Et je viens de réaliser que ça n'est que le début de l'après-midi pour vous au Canada. Le décalage horaire ne cessera jamais de me fasciner !


6:13 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Je suis contente que vous ayez appréciée Les Cowboys Fringants. Ce n'est probablement pas vraiment ce que vous écoutez habituellement. Peut-être aimeriez-vous mieux "Ariane Moffatt". Je trouve que ses mélodies sont merveilleuses et sa voix est inimitable. En plus, elle jour du piano.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Poor Rufus =P I have seen our youngest cat go nuts over laser pointers, and it's quite good exercise. As long as you don't point it at their paws and cause them to attack themselves. Actually, making Rufus run in circles to attack it would be pretty good for exercise.

Pizza is yummyyy, stop, making me hungry... It's raining, and I would say wheelchair + rain + my pants = sucky.

Anyways, for really relaxing music? I would definately check out Yann Tierson. He actually did the soundtracks for Amelie, and Goodbye Lenin -- it's very good when you want to just really relax to, piano and orchestral music, some of his songs have vocals as well, but they're not really normal songs with lyrics.

Edith Piaf. Definately Edith Piaf. She's a french singer from, 40s-60s ish (if I remember correctly), who had an insane life -- and just has some of the most beautiful songs. If you only download one, La Foule is probably one of my favourites.

Hebrew word for the day! (hehe)

Stage! (because you're in theatre)

Ba-ma - בָּמָה

6:23 PM  
Blogger Trialia said...

Dude! Kate, you have great taste in music. Ani is one of my musical idols.

I saw Vienna Teng play as support to Sarah Harmer a few months ago, and she was amazing. Off to see Lacuna Coil next month - can't wait!

Check out the mp3 rotation at if you want - perhaps there'll be something there that you like. :)

Other recommendations... Well! Here goes... and it's a big list! ;D
Nerina Pallot, Regina Spektor, Within Temptation, Carina Round, Suzanne Vega, Yasunori Mitsuda, Nobuo Uematsu, Counting Crows, Rilo Kiley, Tegan and Sara, Opeth, David Sylvian, Sufjan Stevens, Indigo Girls, Emiliana Torrini, Zero 7, Lamb, Idina Menzel, Katie Melua, Sonata Arctica, Massive Attack, October Project, Capercaillie, Badmarsh and Shri, Alejandro Escovedo, Tarja Turunen, Charlotte Martin, Anna Nalick, Hooverphonic, Abigail's Mercy, Norah Jones, A Perfect Circle, Santana, Evanescence, Astrud Gilberto, The Blue Nile, Rilo Kiley, Cocteau Twins... Shall I stop now? ;)

6:24 PM  
Blogger Cindee said...

Good luck with Rufus! He sounds alot like my cat Bud(the name says it all for his beer belly)who went to kitty heaven 3 years ago. :(

My favorite piano/vocal music is Jim Brickman and John Tesh, also best Sax music is Kenny G.

6:30 PM  
Blogger elfgirl said...

You'd probably like Common Rotation. They're kind of folk-ish, with a very wry sense of humour. They'll be playing in Toronto in November, and I highly recommend their live shows. If you go to their MySpace page you can listen to a few of their songs. They're American, so no language practice, but they have other redeeming qualities.

High fiber pizza - yum! (I do sincerely like whole wheat crust pizza.)

6:33 PM  
Blogger salivia_baker said...

Johnny Cash is love! and Johnny Yuma works perfectly with John Sheppard (sorry getting stargate-ish again) but I must admit that I also like Joaquin Phoenix (i love that guy) and Reese Witherspoon in Walk The Line do a very good job (Witherspoon even sings better then June Carter *hehe*). Kind aenvy my mum that she was on a concert of JC and June Carter (double JC *silly*).
But you know the concert with Willie Nelson? That's also very cool one. My Mum was very happy when I gave her my CDs so she can listen to them in the car (I don't need them that much because I got the music also on my HDD)
But speaking of Country you maybe like Kane and Jerrod Niemann

Could also send you my klingon CD if ya want ;)

As austrian artist I can recomend Reinhard Fendrich and Christina Stürmer.
As german Bands.. erm you maybe like Silbermond or Xavier Naidoo (not really my taste but you maybe could lke it)

As american artist I like Josh Groban, he likes to sing in english, french, spanish and italian.

Can't come up with other artist atm.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Oh, I love Ani DiFranco. Her lyrics are true poetry. In one of her songs she described the sunrise in this way-

"The sun stumbled home from a bar on the east side of town."

It was just so descriptive and original. She could have just said the sun was rising, or it was dawn, but neither of those phrases would have set the mood of the song as well as what she wrote.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous cari ree said...

Good luck with the fatcat! (I use that term with complete affection as I used to have one myself)

I love your taste in music (seeing as it sounds very much like the contents of my ipod). I would definitely suggest checking out the likes of Patty Griffin, Karine Polwart, Erin McKeown, Fiona Apple, Carol Laula, Nerina Pallot, Iron & Wine, Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor, Rebecka Tornqvist and Neil Finn (all I can think of off the top of my head at the moment) Hopefully something there may suit :)

6:47 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

Oh yeah, I absolutely agree that Medieval Baebes are great. I love their stuff. Dead Can Dance has a lot of medieval-inspired work to their credit, and if you like MB you'll probably enjoy at least some of DCD.

6:47 PM  
Blogger WPAdmirer said...

Kate - have you considered joining the ICWP? It's a mail list for women playwrights. It's international and is a pretty interesting group. I'm the list administrator. You can check out the web site:

Since I know you're writing now, I thought you might be interested. I'm a playwright as well (have a play opening in the Los Angeles area on Sept. 29th), and I enjoy the contact with other playwrights. It's not just open to women, but it's centered around promoting women playwrights.


6:55 PM  
Anonymous Evangeline said...

Okay, I love you because you know who Sarah Harmer is. I adore her.

Have you heard anything by Erin McKeown? Here's 'Queen of Quiet', one of my Erin favourites. I discovered her around the same time I first heard Sarah and Aimee Mann, so I always group those three together in my (somewhat scattered) mind.

6:55 PM  
Blogger dd said...

Salut !! (all I wrote today is in french sorry, it's late in france 01:00AM so i'm not able to spaeking english).

Les cowboys fringants,j'adore aussi! Ma préféré c'est 'Les étoiles filantes' personnellement ^^

et j'ai découvert très très récemment Johnny Cash. C'est pas mal du tout ;)

little english lol I feel like*
your lucky, for seven email, me nothing *cry*

take good holidays ;)

The Departure, the who, the smiths, Butterfly Butcher are very famous and best group of music ^^

so have a good day and bye bye...
going in my bed *lol*

dd, and cool for many photos of david so soon !!

7:01 PM  
Blogger Kerin said...

Since I've noticed some good choices here, I'll offer up some favorites. Mostly, US-based.

Ben Lee, Citizen Cope, Damien Rice, Marc Broussard, Augustana, Snow Patrol, Maria Taylor, Rachel Yamagata, and just in case you've missed the media-machine, the Fray are pretty good and piano/vocal-heavy. Have plenty more suggestions, but I'll give you time to digest.

Enjoy the holiday :) Masalamah (goodbye in arabic)

7:02 PM  
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7:03 PM  
Blogger Auliya said...

Cats love those laser things. Glad it worked for Rufus. My cat is neurotic enough, no laser needed.

Thanks for sharing that pic of David too.

Have a great weekend all!

7:04 PM  
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7:04 PM  
Blogger pavaneofstars said...

Glad Rufus is getting his workout, lol! :) On the subject of music, I just discovered vocalist music this week. Her music is a blend of lyrical and haunting to bright and upbeat. Very pleasant to listen to. Piano is featured in many of her songs as well as guitar and strings, etc. I think you would enjoy it. :)

7:11 PM  
Blogger ZoniDuck said...

Seconding elfgirl's rec of Common Rotation. Excellent singer/songwriters, and probably right up your alley from what you've said here.

I'd also recommend Kate Rusby. She's an English folk singer and songwriter with a wonderful voice. If you click on the Recordings link there on her website, then click on the name of one of the albums, you can listen to some of the songs from each CD. Try "The Cobbler's Daughter" from Sleepless, and "Drowned Lovers" from Hourglass.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Gem Simpson said...

I can't belive I am even suggesting *anything* seeing as I have the worst taste in music in the world (My MP3 player is full of Spice Girls, Aqua and Clay Aiken)

But I would suggest Snow Patrol, they are good, John Mayer is also a million different kinds of awesome. I'm also a big Michael Bublé fan...Savage Garden also but they split up ages ago, but there Affermation CD rocks!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

"In return, I will continue to post photos of David that prove he's not actually as much of a jerk as McKay."

David a jerk like McKay? Never! I love all that behind-the-scenes stuff on the dvds. His sense of humour is classic. Can tell you two come from the same family! ;) hmmm... wondering how close you and Jeannie McKay will be...

Keep posting the pics and good luck Rufus' exercise regime. I suspect your laser pointing arm will be getting a workout... neighbours will be getting concerned about the suspicious red dots appearing around the window...

7:31 PM  
Blogger b said...

yay rufus and his light spot!! daddy buys those for our kitties too and they love it. we have hardwood floors and the ones with snowshoes (sunspot, samhain, casteylan, nala, isis) skid all over the place.

here are some words rufus probly thinks are portant for you to learn in every language:

nuq what? (ques)
nIQ breakfast (n)
megh lunch (n)
nogh writhe (v)
mev stop, cease (v)
chen build up, take form (v)
DoH back away from, back off, get away
ghung be hungry (v)
jab serve (food) (v)

ghung! chen megh! jab! DoH!!!!


7:44 PM  
Blogger Beth G. said...

Bon jour!

I have just discovered your Blog and have enjoyed reading every entry. I'm looking forward to your next post. It's a pleasure to read your writing, and I encourage you to write as much as you can, including your new play.

I live in Michigan, across the border from Canada. Toronto is lovely, especially in the wintertime, when you can retreat into the underground shops and never have to come up for air until the money runs out.

I also have a cat, a fat furball named Bijou. He was originally named Bubba, but after spending $$ at the vet, I changed the name to something more appropriate.

I used to speak both French and Spanish conversationally, but unfortunately I don't remember enough to send you this post in anything other than English. I still shudder in horror when I recall how inadequate my French was the last time I visited Montreal. If you are able to keep up with the Quebecous, then your French is indeed très bonne. Despite my personal inadequacies, I had fun trying to translate all the comments you received in other languages.

I used to know a little German, but he died. (I'm sorry! It's strictly my brother's evil influence that makes me say things like that. He's a stage actor and sometimes playwright in Chicago. I apologize in advance for the following shameless plug, but when in Chicago, see Tony and Tina's Wedding, costarring my brother, Charles Greenia.)

I guess you know something about brothers as well as acting. I'm very much looking forward to seeing both you and David in 'McKay and Mrs. Miller.' Thanks for sharing the pictures.

If you would like some inspirational music to write to, I have included a parody written by my brother as a favor to a friend who wanted something unique to sing at an audition.

The Same Music Every Night
(sung to the tune of 'The music of the Night' from Phantom of the Opera)

This is serious, I’m not having fun here.
I will make you cry before we’re done here.
This is not a romp,
Not like “Spamalot” or “Stomp”
It’s a serious freaking musical as Art
So shut up and listen, don’t talk, belch, or fart.

Now surrender your dollars in the lobby shop,
Be amazed at the range of merchandise.
Buy the key chains, the socks, and fuzzy dice,
With a discount if you have seen it twice.

Slowly, gently, it may dawn upon you
How your good friend Andrew Lloyd has conned you.
Wait two scenes and then
I will sing this song again
Or I’ll change a note or two and add a chord
To keep you all from sensing that you’re bored.

7:53 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Hey. I totally identify with you not knowing you have accounts in places, for example. I didnt know I had a blogger account and could post here. Haha. So yeah, first comment! Madness. I am not very knowledgeable in the world of theatre, even though I am studying it at pre-university college. And apparently from my grades doing quite well. I'm not very knowledgeable in film and tv either, I just watch it! But MUSIC: I can tell you anything.I just got back from Leeds Festival here in England. I camped in a field for 6 days, three of which involved getting up, cooking breakfast on a camping stove then going to see some amazing bands for 12 hours then coming back to the tents to do nothing for 12 hours but sleep and laugh. Enough ramlbing, band I think you'll like:

Edith Piaf - will help with your french as she is a french singer. BUT AN AMAZING ONE.

The Shins - Indie-ish, Chilled, pop, folk, whatever.

To plug the English sound:

Zero 7 - the album simple things.

Willy Mason,
Two Gallants (favourite of mine at the moment).
Tom Waits. He never leaves you!

Also, go for the oldies, The Small Faces, The Kinks, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Erm to wrap up: Ryan Adams (right next to Rufus Wainwright on my iPod), K.T Tunstall, Jeff Buckley, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Dispatch and finally the Crimea.

Sorry about the length of the list. But yeah. If there's too many,just get the Garden State soundtrack, it'll look after you! haha.


8:03 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

P.S Local Bands that arent on a label deserve mentioning:

Heavy Weather

Sordid Monkeys

Kind of plugging bands from my area but I owuldnt do it if they werent good. x

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might want to try Chantal Kreviazuk or Anna Nalick. I'm a fan of Celtic inspired music as well, and a couple of my favorites are Gaelic Storm and Off Kilter (gotta love a band that plays Rush's Tom Sawyer on bagpipes).

Hope you get some interesting music that you enjoy out of it.


8:22 PM  
Anonymous Friederike said...

Its a long time since I laughed so much while reading a blog. :)
And I have fallen completly (this may be spelled horribly wrong) in love with your cat. I would like to have one, but its not possible (my landlord wouldn't allow that).

Regarding your question about recommendations I highly recommend Muse from England, especially their first album "Showbiz" and their second one "Origin of Symmetry". Its alternative Rock with more than just a bit of a piano. They are fantastic (and live pure magic, fortunetly they will appear soon here in Germany).

Oh...and as a closing word: I'm very looking forward to "Mckay and Mrs Miller" and hope that Mrs Miller will be a ruthless counter part. ;) McKay needs and deserves such treatment from time to time. *grins*

Von einer englischen Website auf eine deutsche zu wechseln, wieder zurück (das beliebig oft wiederholend) und das um 2 Uhr morgens, kann verwirren. ;)

8:31 PM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

god, british bands, we got any of those? :confused: 'The feeling' are quite good.

Wished that worked for my dog, only thing he gets up for is food (loves cheese). He just can't be bothered, too lazy. Guess dogs really do take after their owners ;)

8:45 PM  
Blogger Kath said...

I can't seem to stop laughing at your posts. Go Rufus!

Sadly, I am mono-lingual. Uni-lingual? Obviously my English isn't that good either. I can second elfgirl's music recommendation: Common Rotation rocks! Go see the boys live if you can. You can download a different song for free everyday at The Union Maid

Less than a week until your premiere Stargate appearance. Getting nervous? Not that you need to be. You're already part of the family. There is no escape! *insert evil laugh here*

8:49 PM  
Anonymous goldustlady said...

If you're looking for new music, these guys aren't exactly new, but they're not well known outside the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Fighting Gravity They're not exactly what I'd call mellow, but I think they're worth recommending.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Karei said...

I love music, extremely odd music among it all. But one of my favorites right now is Dispatch. They're pretty mellow, and I've been singing "The General" by them for days now. They've actually kinda disbanded and done side stuff, but I just fell in love in college... yay college radio.

Oh yes and more photos are super :-)

9:28 PM  
Anonymous calmstorm said... the blog. A very heartfelt thank you for making me laugh...well giggle is more like, but it's all good :)

9:29 PM  
Blogger M said...

Great story about Rufus - good job with the laser beam.

Hmm, I don't know any Klingon bands... uh but I can tell you a couple of Aussie bands or musicians...

Charlton Hill, Jet, The Finn Brothers (Neil Finn was formerly of Crowded House though he's really Kiwi), Killing Heidi, Ben Lee, Powderfinger, the Whitlams, Superjesus... and if you'd like something Aboriginal, you could try Yothu Yindi.

I have way more than 7 emails and yeah, I don't know how that happened. I use one or two these days and ignore everything else!

More pics of David? Showing teeth is a good thing in my family - I always get told I'm not smiling unless they can see my teeth.

And pizza's ok, once in a while and since you are working out, I see no reason to indulge oneself! :)

10:10 PM  
Blogger SGAngeL said...

Awww!! Cats are so cute! We got two kittens thursday night and they go crazy with the laser pointer too :)

As for bands... I'll suggest The Fray, they're similar to Keane, I believe.

Love the pic of you and David btw!


10:28 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

I often found ping pong balls the best thing for duping my cat into some much needed exercise....until I realised that I spent more time chasing after the things than he did. I also tried the torchlight thing and mouse toy on the end of string thing, but was firmly put in my place by a look of total disgust and a flick of the tail.

Oh, and a pizza cut in half is half the calories so therefore you can eat twice as much!

10:47 PM  
Anonymous TheOneBlueGecko said...

You should listen to the French band Pheonix, if only for the fact that they sing in English defeating most of the reason for listening to a French band.

Regardless, they are quite good.

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Music suggestions, you say? I'm the one who everyone's always going, "Who's THAT?" when I play mix cd's or my ipod or whatever, so keep that in mind.

I STRONGLY suggest:
David Wilcox (American one, not the Canadian one) - How Did you Find me Here or the Live Songs & Stories would be the best place to start. He's my absolute favorite recording artist, and has been for almost 20 years now!
Beth Nielsen Chapman - Self Titled or Sand & Water
Shawn Colvin - OLD stuff, Live '88 or Steady on are the best two, IMO

I've enjoyed sifting through your blog!

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Emily said...

Good British bands (even though I am American) other than Keane (yay! Love them!) MUSE (muse muse muse muse muse, if you like piano muse is the kind of rock for you. maybe a bit too hard for your tastes, i don't know), arctic monkeys, the streets, Hard-Fi... that's all off the top of my head.
my cats go insane over laser pointers too.

12:15 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

Pizza? Oh, man, you're making me hungry. I'm moving out of state in less than a week, so I'm trying to eat through the food I have rather than buy more, but it's SO hard when people mention pizza... :P

As for reccommendations, I've recently fallen in love with Julia Murney's music. I saw her as Elphaba in the touring production of Wicked and thought she was absolutely fantastic. Ran out and bought the solo album that she released a few months back, and I love it! Very low-key, lots of piano-and-vocals and guitar-and-vocals stuff.

12:55 AM  
Blogger Kara McKay said...

Our old boarder bought a laser pointer for our cats, Cow and Orange Cat, and they loved it. Unfortunately, he took his pointer with him when he moved. I've been meaning to pick up a new one since then, but I keep forgetting.

Isn't it amazing how a blog can stall productive work? I'm supposed to be working on my website update, and instead I've spent the last two days writing LJ entries and a blog entry. I've decided that Sunday will be my day for getting down to business.


1:04 AM  
Anonymous Miranda said...

Dia duit! (that's gaelic...I'd say more but idk how to spell it ^_^;;)

Try Vienna Teng. She's awesome, mostly piano and vocals. Very soothing music. ^_^

1:08 AM  
Blogger icicle said...

kate-seven email accounts?!

thank goodness i'm not the only one. i have 8 accounts as well...4 on AOL, 3 on yahoo, and 1 on msn that i completely forgot about until now.

did you know that you can receive up to 1,000 emails on each AOL account until you have to actually do something with them? ok, so i'm an email 'pack rat'. LOL.

music? tori amos. please, tell me you listen to tori. you can download stuff from

i totally agree about edith piaf- legends don't come around that often. after all this time, her voice still is magical. i'd rather listen to one of her old records than 99% of today's musicians.


1:27 AM  
Blogger jifferhorn said...

i see you have enough suggestions here to keep your holiday full, but i'll go ahead and throw in my two cents anyway...

of course, there's the lovely and talented goddess, tori amos... but i suspect you know about her already. slightly more obscure is missy higgins (she's from australia) with the fabulous song 'the special two'. you may also enjoy fisher (i think she's american).

let's see... if you like bands like evanescence, you should check out within temptation. they're a dutch band i just discovered recently.

i hope you have a fantastic holiday! :-)

2:57 AM  
Anonymous dso17 said...

Salut !

C'est génial vous êtes billingue !
Votre chat va perdre du poids, ça roule pour vos amis les PHARK, et vous êtes en vacances ! Tout baigne !

Bon alors à propos des groupes de musique des différents bien j'ai fait beaucoup de danse de caractère (pour faire court danse des pays de l'Est de l'Europe: Tziganne, Ukrainienne, Bulgare, Géorgienne, Russe, Biélorusse...bientôt des vidéos sur mon blog :P) mais je suis incapable de savoir quels sont les groupes sur lesquels je dansais !
Enfin si, je connais ça: ( je ne sais pas si ça va vous plaire, c'est très particilier et très rythmé !) Loyko (tziganne russe: les meilleures musiques sont Heyka, All the Cards, Lautary, Road of the Gypsies).
Je viens d'écouter la chansons des Cowboys Fringants, "Ma Belle Sophie" et ça me fait penser aux chansons de chanteuses françaises comme La Grande Sophie, Olivia Ruiz, Camille...

En fait je ne connais qu'une très belle chanson piano/voix: "Si j'étais un homme" de Diane Tell (canadienne), les paroles sont absolument splendides !

Voilà ! Je peux me renseigner pour savoir s'il existe d'autres groupes français qui ressembleraient aux Cowboys Fringants car je dois bien admettre que dans ce domaine j'ai des lacunes !

Vivement le prochain post !
A la r'voyure (patois de mon bocage vendéen) ! Kenavo (au revoir en breton) !

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Pitry said...

Scottish bands? Jethro Tull! [i]Jethrooo Tull![/i] Well, Ian Anderson [i]is[/i] Scottish...

Someone else already threw in Hebrew so I'll just say "behazlaha" (good luck) with the play-writing!

And Rufus has a future. Really. *sigh* I love cats. - Hey, Atlantis already had Torri Higginson's dog twice, maybe you can blackmail David into having Rufus there, too! He can show off his athletic abilities against evil aliens! ;)

4:24 AM  
Blogger Chez said...

Ohh, bilingual! nice.. unfortinaly I can't speak french.. But I do have some suggestions...
From Australia (which someone has already has mentioned) Missy Higgins, she's singer/songwriter on the piano and gituar

Brooke Fraser ( New Zealand based, She's beautiful, great lyric, melodic gituar based rhythm.

Sophie Koh (
She's Australian, but born in NZ, and just lovely.

Lior ( He's Actually Australian not french.. but sounds like a french name ;)... He's very mellow and melodic. Roots and Rhytmn type, with accoustic gituar!

Yay.. hope you get plenty of listening time!

4:26 AM  
Anonymous anna said...

just found this. great picture :D i love those hyper kinds of days.

you wanted different languagesfrom stargateians (is that what we are now= :P)? would you like some Finnish? :D

terve! suomi on kuulemma erittäin vaikeaa kieltä, varsinkin kun kirjakieli on ihan erilaista kuin puhuttu kieli. odotan kovasti "mckay and mrs. miller" jaksoa, mutta en näe sitä kunnes vasta ensi vuonna. :D

4:38 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

How about some Aussie music? Aside from having a fitting name, I think you'd enjoy Something For Kate ( I can't vouch for their latest album, but their earlier ones (The Official Fiction and Echolalia are my favourites) are great.

5:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hejsan från Sverige!

(that means "howdy from Sweden). Swedish is half-way between English and German so if you can improve your German, ya get a bonus language included!!! Unfortunately, when I moved here in 1994, I know English, Spanish and French (in that order of fluency) so not much help there.

On the plus side though, all you really need in Sweden is to say "varsågod" since this means everything from "thanks a bunch" to "have a cookie" to "sure, whatever ya say, buddy" and leads people to think that you are very easy to get along with! :-)

Perhaps you could motivate Rufus to get some more exercise by threatening to sic Isabelle (kitten) on him. Rampaging kitten is enough to get ANYONE up and running for cover!!! Just ask Mr. Scotty, Isabelle's surrogate mama. All I can say is that it's a good thing collie dogs are so patient! But even he gets pretty fed-up the fifteen millionth time she pounces on him. Poor fellow. shows was Scotty's life was like back when it was quiet and peaceful!

Tack för idag,
Ha det så bra!

Erin in Ulricehamn
(bonus points to anyone who can find it on the map!)

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, I swear English is in fact my native language. I just am suffering from Sunday morning "not-quite-a-hangover" and "too-little-caffeine-ingested-so-far" itis!!!

For example: shows WHAT Scotty's life was like back when it was quiet and peaceful!

And is a band I would highly recommend if ya wanna release yer inner Viking (or just like folk rock!).

(maybe the SECOND mug of tea will do the trick)

5:27 AM  
Blogger apban said...

Ok band suggestions for photos. I like that arangement.

well there's my fave [see we all use it =)] Snow Patrol and then there's Coldplay who you may have heard of. I don't know how popular they are in Canada. Nerina Pallot is really good you may like Martha Wainwright. erm... Oh Ray LaMontagne is really good, may be more popular over there I've only just heard of him in the U.K. and there's Turin Brakes and Travis and I think some already said Texas.

That's all I can think of that you might like =)

Is your Dad a country fan??? Because that's how I got into Johnny Cash and country music my dad always has country music playing in the car, that and 60s music all he ever plays. I got him a seventies c.d for variation, you know something closer to the decade we live in. but he rarely plays it.

5:34 AM  
Blogger apban said...

Oh and there's Athlete you might like there kind of alternative rock/pop, there first album anyway and there's David Gray. And Elbow is rather mellow

5:58 AM  
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7:02 AM  
Blogger Arlessiar said...

There are two German bands you might like, "Silbermond" and "Juli":

And more pics of DH are always welcome! *g* Although, this is your blog, so don't feel forced to post pics of your bro since so many SGA fans visit your blog! As a fan I love all these pics of course, but I also love pics that show you or Rufus or anything else from your own life. You're a very sweet and funny and interesting person. :)

And no, I don't think David's as much a jerk as McKay. From what I saw or read about your brother I think that he's very funny, witty, and a nice and caring human being. A bit geeky, yes, and his sense of humours is a bit twisted sometimes, but he's not like Rodney!

And the hair thing - we talked about that a few times in the thunk thread at Gateworld, since it seems David's not taking the receding hairline thingie that well. Hehe, do you tease him a lot about that in your family? *g* But he shouldn't worry so much about that, he looks fine.

Love the way you sort your mails! I only have three mail accounts but they're already driving me nuts.

Pizza? An essential part of nutrition. I cannot do without. :)

7:03 AM  
Blogger Liloow-Vena said...

OMG!! I imagine your obese cat running, it's frightening.... a mix between Garfield, your cat and the ass of a horse (don't ask why a horse, it's my crazy mind!!! I think it's beacause you spoke of "trot")I've so much imagination I guess.... Poor me.

"I am thrilled, therefore, to say that my cat is well on his way to becoming an athlete. I, on the other hand, am sitting at my computer eating a pizza." ==> oh it's not a good exemple for the cat.... It sees you eating pizza and it must makes sport.... Poor cat.

Ohh you takes few days of holydays, nice for you... Me I have to go to school tomorrow after two months of holydays!! (the pleasure of still being at school!!) it'll be hard!!!

Oh you can be cocky... May I be cocky too? Do you think I bilingue or my english is very very bad???
well, english written is more easy than english spoken because you can't hear my beautiful french/scottisch/i-don't-know-what-else accent... And now I know that you're bilingue I could write in french but infact I prefer writing in english!!! *madness when you catch/hold (I don't know what verb use, in french it's: "folie quand tu nous tiens") us*

If you want to listen french band, I like very much "les Wriggles". My favorite songs of them is "Mon petit mec et moi", "Juste avant que je", "Julie la petite olive" (but the last one it's because we sang it in Maths with my neighbour....), I also Like Indochine which is a bound of Rock..... don't know if you like...
There is also the music of Yann Tiersen which is good and calm. ( He made the music of the film "Good Bye Lenin")
For Spanish bound, I like Marea and there is also Ska-p...

"I will continue to post photos of David " ==> Yeah!!! David's photos!!!! Nice!!! Thanks a lot!!!
It'll make me feel better when i'll go home on week end.... My pleasure after a long-working-week: comme on your blog and see David's photo, and read the stories about your cat and you too!!! funny!!!

Oh David Smiles with Teeth? I have well understanding??? nice for him, it means he have still teeth.... *ball*

By speaking the cat, on the photo I thought it was something to put umbrellas.... *1000 excuses*

I'm a boulet(oh a french word, What does he do here???==> Is that question english? I like to make my own rules in english and DD call this Liloowenglish on the forum of the FFFDH: my english... we're crazy. Don't think all the french are crazy even if... a lot of are! It's a sort of cliché like the baguette or the beret) and I'm proud to be a boulet ... (that's worse I guess)

See you!!!

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

I'm really liking the mellow kinda music at the moment, my favourites are..Schuyler Fisk, Cary Brothers and Remy Zero which is basically The Last Kiss soundtrack. Rufus Wainwright is on that so I thought the other music would possibly suit your tastes too.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Flo said...

j'ai réfléchi un peu pour la musique (j'ai vérifié le style de musique que jouaient 'les cowboys fringuants', en fait) et peut-être que benabar, aldebert, vincent delerm ou thomas fersen pourraient vous plaire. charlotte gainsbourg aussi d'ailleurs...(au fait, c'est gênant si je vous tutoie? parce que c'est compliqué de mettre des 'vous' partout). je vais mettre des liens vers leurs sites sur mon blog si ça te tente...

7:39 AM  
Blogger littorina said...

Joshua Radin! Oh, his songs are lovely.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Vive les Unas said...

Wow, complétement bilingue, je vous admire ! Prochaine étape : apprendre l'anglais au chat. Ou le français.Parce que l'effort intellectuel fait AUSSI perdre du poids.
Concernant les Cowboys Fringuants, j'aime bien aussi, et si vous voulez des noms de chanteurs français jouissant d'un accent relativement parisien, je vous conseille Zazie...Carla Bruni est pas mal non plus si on aime la guitare, Francis Cabrel c'est un classique, si on aime la variété française faut pas passer à côté de Claude François...

Je vais peut être arrêter de vous déblatérer des noms de chanteurs français^^ Bonne journée à vous !

PS: Oh ! Des photos de David ! Youpy !!

VLU (de la FFFDH)

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I cant recommend any music as my taste is somewhat bizarre (Hey! I listen to 1970s porn music!!) although I can recommend 'The Dresden Dolls' for a piano based listen or try the site:

You type in a band you like and it recommends other bands with the same sort of sound :o)

Glad Rufus is keeping fit. My cat is currently resting after a night out on the prowl (then waking me at 4am scratching at the door to be let in. Grrrrr)

8:55 AM  
Blogger klo_the_hobbit said...

My ipod exploded on me, so for the last month and a half I have been limited to the 5 CDs I've brought since I got here. SUCK.
BUT, we saw Snow Patrol in Queensland a couple of weeks ago and GO LISTEN NOW IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY. Their new album is a thing of beauty.
I would also like to second people who have mentioned Eddie from Ohio, Kane and Ryan Adams. Yummy in my tummy. Or ears.... something. *grins* Also worth checking out are Doves. They're.... Irish maybe? Somewhere in the British Isles anyway and their music is gorgeous.
And The Zutons. They aren't really very mellow, but they are tremendous fun and have a very cool name.
And hurrah for Johnny Cash!
Would provide you with some linguistic nonesense at this point, but I have no clue how to make my keyboard talk in Greek, so I'm going to leave it at that.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Tammy Mc said...

It sounds like Rufus may be well on his way to a healthy lifestyle. I forgot about a laser pointer. We have spent hours driving our cat crazy with one of those. It was on a keyring, and we could just pick it up and when she heard it jingle she would come running to us.
We also had a race track set that she would chase around until she could not walk straight. It was funny to watch plus it was good exercise for her.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

You might like Jeff Hanson.

Am v. illegally posting a link here for you to download one of his songs, If You Ever Say.

Just recently discovered Hawksley Workman myself - *loves*.

10:15 AM  
Blogger aurore said...

I usually make a rule of reply only once to posts but I realised I forgot to recommend you a French composer/singer. He's very young and really talented. I'd define his style as pop/folk but then I'm no specialist.

Your stories about Rufus make me ache for a cat but alas I'm currently crashing at my parents until further notice (ie when I can buy a flat) and while my father wouldn't mind, my mother is not animal friendly at all :-(


10:26 AM  
Blogger Cyn said...

Drive-by comment...

I totally recommend British singer/songwriter Tom McRae is our unofficial promotional site. We have a load of live tracks that you can download and a couple complete shows.


10:35 AM  
Blogger Teknikal said...

hi!!!well youve had those languages so lets try some irish!!!!!

first need the leprechaun hat!!

cead míle failte (kayed meela falltya)
- one hundred thousand welcomes)

dia dhuit (deeeea guwit)- hi!

Slainte ( slaanta)- good health..i.e cheers!! *best said with guinness or alcohol in hand*

cant wait to see m&m miller..well..when atlantis finally starts in ireland next month

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Aussie music:

Missy Higgins: her ablumn: "Sound of White", is awesome. She plays the piano and sings, her voice is unsual and the lyrics are heartfelt as they are about her life and experiences.

Then there's Delta, young but her music spans the ages. Not bubble gum pop. Also another piano player.

Pete Murray. Very mellow.

There's more but it's 1.24am here and I need to go to sleep. *g*

Have fun listening to all the different bands and singers.


11:32 AM  
Anonymous Nathalie said...

One of my friends pointed me here and I've enjoyed reading! And blogging is one of the finer ways of going through your day.. *nods*

As for music.....
You might like Beth Hart (I've recently discovered her and like her music very much). And, for the international flavour of this comment.... I'm going to point you to Dutch band Blof (my favourite Dutch band).

And, closing with some Dutch:

Ik hoop je blog nog vaker te lezen!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Becky S said...

Good Morning Kate, I would have posted last night, but was heading out the door for work when I stopped to read your blog. Wonderful! Rufus may start into his second kittenhood without knowing it. You should try a brightly colored ribbon too. Either tie it to a stick and pretend to be fishing with it or 'snake' it along the floor in front of him. Letting it drag on the floor as you walk around works too.

As far as music is boyfriend suggests listening to Coldplay. It's his favorite band. I don't really have a favorite band. A friend of mine introduced me to a band that plays in Las Vegas - Jonathan and MusicMagic ( Not what you were looking for, but they are great.

Have a good holiday. ;)

11:49 AM  
Blogger Rox said...

You organize your mail? Now that's an interesting idea...

About Rufus' physical condition... have you introduced him to Mars? Maybe he'd get Rufus to play a bit, run around...

I listen to a lot of music, most of it a mix of genres and artists, but there are a few I really really like:
K's Choice, Anouk, Morcheeba, Vixtrola, Texas.

As for Romanian music, I recommend Phoenix. It's an 'older' rock band, which has adapted our folk music.

12:16 PM  
Blogger RunTotoRun said...

I have been enjoying your posts, and a very pleasant bonus is all the great music recs. On the off chance that you already don't have more new music to deal with than you can... well, deal with, here are a few more.

Amy Cook's Fireflies
The Decemberists' Engine Driver
Joe Purdy's Washed Away (always makes me smile)
Sarah Slean's Sweet Ones
The Corrs' No Good for Me
Robert Downey's The River, Man Like Meand Broken (angstiest voice ever) ;-)
Tina Dico's Losing, Haunted
Peter Gabriel's The Book of Love
Just for fun, there's The Dandy Warholes' Bohemian Like You
One that always gives me a lift is The Boondock Saint's The Blood of Cuchulain, a wonderful soaring Gaelic instrumental.
Il Divo's I Believe in You (in French)
Eastmountainsouth's All the Stars, So Are You To Me

12:43 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

My favorite band is Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers. They are a good light rock band. With some twang, but not enough to get you tag them as country. Although, Stephen just "came out" as a country music fan a year or two back. It was a big step as I see it. You can listen to most of their tunes on teir site Stephen Kellogg & THe Sixers

2:35 PM  
Blogger dutch_eowyn said...

Laser-therapy for Rufus! Hehee, I love that picture. Wait until he figures out he's never going to catch that beam, then he'll sit on his butt, staring you down disdainfully.

As for music; as much as I'm a cheerful and positive person, I'm always attracted by music that's slightly melancholic, with gitar-riffs in a minor key but with a hopeful ring to it. Does that make sense? The best example I can find imho (and yay for YouTube, although most of the music I love doesn't come with very interesting visuals, it's still convenient way to get a taste):

Doves - Catch the sun

And for a Dutch example (also YouTube, with a clearly low-budget video, because famous in The Netherlands does not equal fancy clips, but man does this song choke me up in a happy fashion!):

Spinvis - Astronaut

3:01 PM  
Blogger geekjumper said...

Go Rufus! Tying a small light or a balloon on a string to a cat's collar is also effective. Evil! But effective.

Let's see. I haven't seen anyone rec Rose Polenzani. Very, very mellow with unexpected twists of poetry and raw power. Danielle Howle is a Southern folk rocker on the same label who can seriously wail. When she's solo without her band (the Tantrums), her music is quieter, and very, very American. Her live recordings are insane, as she wanders off on hilarious tangents (Live At the McKissick).

Still language hunting? I can't imagine when you'd ever, ever have cause to use this, but I'll offer up:

O-si-yo! (o-see-yoh) Ge-da, da wa to. (Gay-dah dah-wah-doh)

That's 'Hello! My name's Kate.' (Ge-dah) in Tsalagi (Cherokee). ;) The g and the d are hard, somewhere between a g/k and t/d.

Be well!


5:00 PM  
Blogger nomidalantian said...

u no... I truly thought David had waist length hair... darn. I can get pretty stupid sometimes. lol, I dont know if I know of any bands you wouldnt know though... I'm not always up to date... I dont think the knack are new or unknown... although theydo only seem to have that one song... British bands to me are generally 'what the hell is that? you call that music?' solo artists are sumtimes good though...
I've just realised that I write far more in my comments to other people than on my own blog... Well, I'm goin to change that and post another blog about my dog... hehehe a dog blog... Oh, we love tormenting, i mean playing with, our cats and puppy with a laser pointer, once pippa (one of our cats) managed to climb up the side of the door to about 2 metres chasing it... It was impressive... god, i'm stil typing aren't i? sorry again...I rambled...

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Iona said...

Hi Kate.

I just found out about your blog yesterday and I immediately read all the posts. Couldn't stop reading. :) I now officially adore your blog.

I have to say I'm in love with Rufus. And that's from seeing only three photos of him! He's adorable. Oh yeah, the other photos are good too. ... Okay, seriously, I think they're wonderful. I absolutely love them. Thank the photographer for me.

I love your names for us Stargate fans (yep, I'm another one of those). Much better than »gaters«.

I can sympathise with you where mail is concerned. I don't even know how many accounts I have. Um... many. One of the reasons is that being a fan takes up a lot of inbox space. I don't dare to remember the archaic times when inboxes were smaller than 1 GB! *shudder*

Nice to see that you also love languages. And another person who knows what's like to forget a language. It frustrates me to no end, but the only thing to be done, really, is revise. :( But I can brag that I know three or four words of about 15 languages. ;) It's an unfortunate side effect of studying languages.

Well, since you asked for words only, here are a few random ones from an obscure little language called Slovenian. (With it being my native language, I hope you'll forgive my English)

»star« (I'm not kidding, it's an actual Slovenian word, but it doesn't have the same meaning as in English.)
»kava« (I guess you guess what this means already. ;) )
»rdečerumen« (I'm only adding this one because an American once said he didn't understand how it's possible for us to pronounce it. It's not that useful a word, though.)

If you can't find the meanings for these, just yell and I'll translate them. :)

On to music, then.

Hmmm.... I wouldn't mention too many of the local singers and bands because most of those are in the »it's better if you never hear this« category. Of the good ones you might like Katalena or Neisha. The former is a band that adapts old folk songs; very slightly eccentirc, but good. The latter's a pretty popular singer songriter and pianst. Unfortunately I haven't found anything useful about the on the 'net, but I can keep looking.

From my former country, you might also like
Toše Proeski and maybe even Josipa Lisac (Croatian, very eccentric, but she's got the most impressive voice I've ever heard.)

Here are their sites:

Of course, there are also more accesible ones.
Billie Holliday's always a favourite ; Loreena McKennit and Sarah McLachlan are wonderful.

No Klingon bands? Really?! ;)
The only klingon music that I remember is from a Star Trek: Voyager episode, and that because it's the only music that actually made me laugh out loud. It wasn't good, but immensely funny. *g*

If you like instrumental music too, you can always find good pieces in film music.

And don't worry about pizza. I'm sure cheese has some nutritious things too, like proteins... and things. And we're supposed to eat a lot of vegetables anyway, like tomato, even in sauce from... In short, pizza is good for you! (Says this pizza addict. :) )

And now I should stop this rambling...


6:20 PM  
Blogger Drake214 said...

A laser pointer? My cats love those!

So it's raining up there too? I've been sloshing around in the mud all day. ^_^

So you like Johnny Cash? Have you seen the movie 'Walk the Line'? It's really good.

I can't wait for the pics of David. (and you? We've got see some more positive brother-sister interaction to remind those of us with siblings not to kill them!) It's quite amazing that he shares physical qualities with Rodney, isn't it? ;)

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old, old classics but worth discovering anew (like the day in 1992 a roommate told me she'd heard a new song - Hotel California by some band called the Iggles - gotta love SoCal blondes! I mistakenly told her it wasn't new and she informed me it was new to HER!). Richard Thompson. Try his site, I particularly love Two Letter Words for ballads.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

My cat is about the size of a whale too - I think it might be an idea to get a laser pointer for him too! Altho he does have an obession with chasing straws around the house. Weirdo.

Okay lets see... Should that have been: Mio gatto molto grande... Hmm, thats about all I know!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Oh, I forgot to ask, or should I say warn. Do you think those lasers are safe? You wouldn't want Rufus to gain more weight by growing tumors now would you.


ps.. these word verifications to post comments are too long. i'm lazy very lazy.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Trialia said...

Is it weird that having half my recs duplicated in comments after mine make me giggle? ^_^

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Dan said...

A couple of music recs, since you've gotten loads.

Someone mentioned The Feeling, who are a fantastic group. Perfect for summer listening. I've also fallen in love with Jose Gonzales (the song Heartbeats is a good one) and Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. Enjoy!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I can tell you all about German bands.....but none of them seem to fit in with your musical tastes. LOL

Funny how I can adore someone like Sarah Harmer(going to see her in a few weeks) and yet completely worship the band Rammstein. *giggles*

For poppy, fun, bouncy German music check out Sportfreunde Stiller. Their song Ein Kompliment is THE BEST!

If you're feeling adventerous:
Sportfruende Stiller
Die Toten Hosen
And One
Apoptygma Berzerk
Feeling B
and the list goes on.......

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Nelle said...

Another really fun cat toy is bird feathers attached to a spinner. When it swings through the air, it must really look and sound like a bird because my parents' cat goes absolutely nuts over it and doing acrobatics in the air trying to get to it (which are really impressive because he has 3 and a half legs!).

A few fun Scottish bands:
King Creosote, Sons and Daughters (one of the best bands I have ever seen live!), The Beta Band, Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian and The Cosmic Rough Riders.

Other favs: Super Furry Animals, Violent Femmes and Jimmy Cliff.

It is raining very nicely outside right now.

9:45 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

I just wanted to say that if you're the sort of language geek you appear to be, you will probably die laughing at Geoffrey Chaucer's blog.

I know I did.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Brindel said...

Somewhere a mile-and-a-half ago, (or is that a kilometre? *g*) I think it was trialia who mentioned a long list of groups, including October Project and Capercaillie.

Definitely give October Project a go, the self-titled CD is up on iTunes and is a thing of beauty.

(To give you some idea, on, the CD has a solid 5 Gold Star Rating based on 122 reviews, it's just that good.*g*)

As for Capercaille? If you hit and go to the "Music Downloads" drop-down field, then enter "Mile Marbhaisg" (quite the mouth-full *g*), you can access a Free Download of my favorite song by that group.

Hope you find some new music to enjoy!


1:01 AM  
Blogger Erynn said...

I love Capercaille. I saw them live once at the University of Washington, complete with step dancing. Awesome stuff.

1:54 AM  
Blogger Erynn said...

Mile Marbh'aisg air a' Ghaol (meel-ah MAR-vusk air uh gehl) is actually a Scots Gaelic song, and the literal translation is "a thousand death-shrouds on love". Oh yeah. ;) Let's hear it for tragic love songs and happy songs of battle & death!

Another group that does a wonderful instrumental rendition of Mile Marbh'aisg air a'Ghaol is Mouth Music, a Scottish group, on their cd "Mouth Music." Their lead singer at the time was Talitha McKenzie, a fabulous Gaelic singer, with instrumentalist Martin Swan. Well worth picking up for the afro-carribean influence on traditional Gaelic song.

Mouth music, or puirt a bheul, is sung music for dancing. My favorites on that particular cd are Bratach Bàna (White banners), a waulking song, and Fraoch a Ronaigh (Heather of Rona), a navigation song from North Uist.

Waulking isn't "walking" misspelled. It's beating a freshly woven cloth on a table or the floor to felt it and make it weatherproof. The songs are rhytmic, and often filled with scurrilous village gossip. They have sometimes been sung as a flyting or magical contest between two rival singers.

Traditionally, you never repeat the same song over the same piece of cloth, so as not to bring bad luck upon the intended wearer. Waulking songs are a lot of fun, and are call and response songs with a lead singer on the rann (verses) and everyone at the table on the sèist (chorus).

(Yes, it's 12:30am and I have nothing better to do than rattle on about Gaelic singing. Pity me.)

3:36 AM  
Blogger Celli said...

My absolute favorite band is Lowen and Navarro. They're all about the guitar and vocals and great lyrics.

11:17 AM  
Blogger windshieldbug said...

Così gatto bello e vivace!

You blog is fun to read in the time I waste at work. Most times it send me laughing.

Ho preso in giro il mio padre circa Johnny Cash quando ero più giovane inoltre! I enjoy his music now. Bluegrass is home to me.

1:46 PM  
Blogger kouzlo5 said...

Ahoj! Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog. Almost seems like you could put together a fantastic play about PHARK... Haven't seen any Czech words or phrases though, so here are a few:

(j is pronounced like English y and č like ch)

Ahoj! - Hello
Jak se jmenujete? - What's your name?
Dám si jedno pivo prosím. - I'll have a beer please.

And last...

Strč prst skrz krk. - Stick your finger through your throat.

Not the most polite, but certainly a fun phrase to try to master since it lacks any vowels. :-)

Most famous Czech band today is probably Chinaski and they have FANTASTIC SONGS (neuvěřitelné písně). Look for "Tabáček" or "Vedoucí," but pretty much everything is great. Another band is Divokej Bill, although the first time I heard their song "Není nutno" I thought it sounded a lot like Czech bah mitzvah music...

3:13 PM  
Blogger Skein42 said...

Bands - how about a German one? Wolfsheim is pretty good if you're going for the quieter stuff. Try "Kein Zurueck" ("No way back", and no further explanation needed for this). Though the lead singer does sound like he's just back from his umpteenth suicide attempt. Which I quite like, because I am German and we tend to go for morose. And desperate. And "I got a knot in my lower intestine" sad. Keeps us ... uhm ... well, happy. Stops us from invading Poland again. But doesn't keep us from spawning our own pope. Oh yeah, and they (the band, not the Germans) do sing in English quite often, which might make for some extra entertainment ridiculing the weird accent.

Hugs and thanks for those lovely pics of David. And for keeping this blog. I would smooch you but, you know, that's not morose enough.


4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your blog. I'm a big fan of David's, I adore Stargate: Atlantis and I'm really looking forward to "McKay and Mrs. Miller." I'm also very much enjoying your blog and I can see that you share David's fabulous sense of humour. Must be a family trait...

Anyway, I noticed you've already got at least one comment in Finnish (my mother tongue) but I thought I'd post a few simple words in Finnish anyway, in case you want to learn more (all nouns, all related to you in some way):


The first one is a loan word from English (I think.) I promise I'll post the translations a little later, in case you don't have access to an English-Finnish dictionary.


5:55 PM  
Blogger grrluknow said...

My kitty goes wild for the laser light, too, but I feel too guilty after a while, because she can't catch I bought one of these:

and after a workout with the laser light, give her a few minutes chasing something she can catch and torment. The feather toy comes with a long pole, so you can get some decent distance in the air even if you're sitting at your computer while playing with the kitty. If your kitty gets lazy about jumping after the feather, hide the feather behind things (I use an ottoman) and it will drive him nuts....he'll just have to go after it.
You have a very beautiful cat, btw.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I don't mean to spam your blog, but you have to check out Sia. I think that you would love her.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Elvinborn said...

on bands, you might try Nickel Creek. They are a young group from California with a mandolin, guitar, and violin. Their roots are in bluegrass, but they pretty much defy genre. And their vocals are outstanding. Alison Krauss produced their first two albums (if you're familiar with her), and you can really tell.
Start with their first label release "Nickel Creek". It's fantanstic. I can listen to it repeatedly for days and never get tired of it.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Trialia said...

Yes, it was me, and October Project and Capercaillie are both brilliant bands. Shame Mary Fahr quit OP. I love their music, though. Slightly less of a fan of Capercaillie- theirs I have to be in the right mood for. OP I can listen to anytime. The self-titled album is brilliant, but I'd also have to put in a major rec for Falling Farther In. <3

10:34 PM  
Blogger omgwtfcori said...

huh you didn't say anything about german bands! BUT I'm still gicing you one! Hah! Uhm yeah, Beatsteaks for one, are german, they sing in english, though. Hmm Kettcar one the other hand sing german, but they are really good. :D

So perhaps they are something for you!

Grüße aus Deutschland

9:31 AM  
Anonymous omglawdork said...

Two bands:

1) La Oreja de Van Gogh (Spain). They're very poppy, which doesn't really comport with your "faves" list, but they're also really strangely addictive and the lyrics aren't rocket science (so people like us can actually understand a lot of them). I'd start with "El Viaje de Copperpot."

2) Del Castillo (Tex-Mex). This is a Texas band, but like many Texas bands, a lot of their songs are in Spanish. Very flamenco/gypsy-inspired, and a lot of fun. One of their songs was featured in the Robert Rodriguez film "Once Upon a Time in Mexico." Another fun Texas band that does songs in Spanish as well as English is Los Lonely Boys - they're proteges of Willie Nelson, but with a totally different sound, much closer to rock.

Still loving the blog - and the frequent updates! It's always a treat to come and find a new post. Thanks!

10:51 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

If you get a chance, go to He's a fellow Canadian, as well as a terrific singer.

Good luck with the play.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Yes. My real name is Paula. And I'm glad the laser pointer has inspired some movement in Rufus! (Go to DragonCon for the weekend and the lovely Kate Hewlett mentions you in her blog. Squee!)

Hopefully this will make him more interested in toys he can actually catch.

Get back to work on your play, now!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Have you ever heard of Grant Wilson's music. Its all piano music but he is really awesome. To listen more this is his site on myspace.


3:30 AM  
Anonymous Alipeeps said...

If you like mellow music and piano/vocals and guitar/vocals then you have to check out Sarah McLachlan.. though she's more famous in your part of the world than mine so you probably know her stuff. I have every single one of her albums..

Other good stuff I would recommend is Aimee Mann, Keane and Patti Griffin - in particular an album of hers called Living with Ghosts which is entirely her and an acoustic guitar in a studio. Awesome stuff!

P.S. I can't wait for McKay & Mrs Miller either! :D

8:24 PM  
Anonymous spacedmonkey said...

Snow Patrol. Seriously. Espeically Final Straw but the new alboum is cool too.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Lt.Col O'Malley said...

I do the Same thing with my cat.I take a laser beam and my cat run after it.And when my dog see my cat running after a laser beam,i run to catch my cat lol.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Quantaqua said...

As for a Dutch band I can suggest Acda en de Munnik.
Altough they do sing in Dutch...
They are two guys and they sing mostly with guitar and piano.

2:07 PM  

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