Just a little Tolkien fandom blog. Lots of fangirling over elves going on here. I used to be "Theelvesoflindon" in case you were wondering. Asks, RP starters, and the like welcome.
ahahaha I don’t know what possessed me but I tweeted at Lee Pace and I really hope he answers it. I mean I asked an actual question so it’s not like he would be answering some random inappropriate comment or whatever but I think I might be getting too ambitious in tweeting celebrities :p
I HAVE FOUND ONE OF MY PEOPLE.
How far did you get? I didn’t learn a HUGE number of songs, but my teacher had me perform with her other students 3 times (once in a kimono and once in a yukata to boot). I think I was her “pet gaijin,” and I say that with the greatest affection.
I will never, ever enjoy playing “Rokudan” though. I WILL, however, long to own my own bass koto someday. I got to play hers and omg it’s gorgeous and I could feel the vibrations in the floor under my feet.
Oh my gosh. You sound so amazing. You even got to perform in costume DX. I’m so insanely jealous of you. And yes, I remember the feeling of the koto reverberating through the strings and the air :3 it was so cool. (I’m gonna look up Rokudan. I don’t recognize the name, but I might’ve heard it at the little recital.)
I only knew one song ;-; My host mom was friends with two world champion koto players and they taught me Tinsagu nu Hana in one crazy 3-hour block (Idk where you stayed in Japan, but it’s a big deal song in Okinawa). My fingers so so dang sore from the tape. I performed it the next day at their little studio with my host mom accompanying me with her flute.
I had it all recorded by my camera freaked out and I lost a good 70% of my footage and pics from my few months there ;-; I do have one pic, though!
And yes, I was a pet gaijin, too. A bunch of neighborhood ladies took me out to eat all the time. Everyone wanted to show me off. Girls would grab my hair and ask if it was real XD
Ahhh, I’m not that amazing :p I just had a whole collection of right place/right time/right people that fell into place for me (my teacher never charged me for lessons either…I studied with her for almost a whole year and she never charged me at all).
Yeah, Rokudan…it’s long. Apparently really famous but I had never heard it before so I was a bit lost the whole time. And omg the pain in my fingers when she would make me practice pushing the strings over and over…the picks weren’t so bad once I got my own set that fit my hands, but pushing the strings was awful. My teacher had these massive callouses so I don’t think she noticed it anymore.
Oh god you got the hair-grabbing, lol. I thought I would escape it because my hair is pretty boring and not all that different from anything my kids would normally see in Japan, but then one day some of my girls decided to SMELL IT. It started as just petting it and then turned into SMELLING IT and I was like “wtf” the whole time. But they were nice kids so I just let them do it and never ever wore my hair down again :p
And since you showed me a picture, here’s one of mine. Prepare yourself for a fat gaijin in a kimono playing a koto: