August 8th, 2015
|10:11 am - Variations on a Theme, Post #47|
Saturday thoughts, 2, variations on a theme:
1) I've been listening to an audiobook (new to me), From Shakespeare with Love, a selection of just over half the Sonnets. One thing that's really striking me is the variations within and between the voices of the readers. The first 8 sonnets, for instance, are divided between David Tennant (using his Scottish accent) and Bertie Carvel. Both readers are wonderful, varying their voices to great effect to emphasize meaning -- but the vocal qualities of the two are really different. D Tennant's voice is deeper at its starting point, and more open (if that's a thing); B Carvel's is lighter and sharper. Same thing goes for, say, Juliet Stevenson, whose voice is a husky, sort of confidential alto which then soars upward as needed, and Maxine Peake, whose Northern voice is husky too but much sharper.
I love voices. I love thinking about them and hearing the infinite variety of them.
2) So I've been working out to a Pilates streaming video (done by the improbably perky Denise Austin, actually) for the past two weeks -- my own cardio and the Pilates abs one day, a bit of cardio and then the Upper Body and Lower Body workouts the next -- and I am feeling it in very good ways. In search of variation, however, I decided that it would be wise to add a different workout into the mix, and because I realized that I enjoy the Pilates and dance and yoga spectrum of workouts more than Cardio Death Weights or similar, I decided I'd investigate ballet workouts.
(When I was 13 or so, in the grip of puberty hell, I became so unbelievably clumsy that I could trip over a line drawn on the floor. My wise mother said to me that I needed to learn to live in and control my body, and told me I could choose between swimming and dance. I chose swimming, and a part of me has regretted it for decades.)
I decided to try a Mary Ellen Bowers Ballet Beautiful workout. She's the ballerina who trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and I've read about her work for a while. Here -- her recommendations for stretching at work. Anyhoo, so I purchased a nice soothing video, which has two 30-minute workouts: the first is an "undemanding" one, according to the Amazon reviews, so I decided that would be good.
On the good side: it's soothing(ish) but more challenging than one thinks at first. On the bad side: I still have terrible balance. On the good side again: so this workout, if I do it a couple of times a week, is going to address a decades-long problem.
What voices do you like? What kind of movement makes you happy? May you have only the best variations this weekend. :)
I love David Tennant's voice :)
It's a VERY VERY good voice indeed. :)
Happy Saturday, T!
Denise Austin is incredibly perky and fit and FIFTY EIGHT YEARS OLD OMG.
I enjoy weight training a lot. I like feeling stronger and seeing the progression as I am able to do more reps or lift heavier weights. And I like to play really loud rock music while I do it and pretend I'm Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 (ha ha ha). ;-)
I also like swinging a kettlebell. I don't like cardio much and that is a more fun for me way to get some cardio in. I don't do any of these things enough lately, though.
I really should start to do something pilates/yogaish because my flexibility and balance are not what they used to be. I often find these workouts too slow and mellow for me, though. I get antsy and can't wait for them to be over, which is so not the point of yoga, I know.
58. Good actual Lord.
[resolutely does not think about that]
Two of my friends are exactly like you, Cindergal -- they find weights and High Intensity Cardio their cuppa and are bored by Yoga and Pilates. If you pick the right High Intensity workout -- I suspect Jillian Michaels would work for you -- you could do some balance work while still killing it with strength training. :)
|Date:||August 8th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)|| |
Have you tried TRX. It's really a good addition to kettleballing.
I suspect I would enjoy it except that it would involve leaving my house. ;-)
|Date:||August 8th, 2015 04:26 pm (UTC)|| |
The ballet stretches do look useful - I'm going to see if any of them help with my current and ongoing achy shoulders and stiff neck.
Voices. Hmmmm. Alan Rickman is one of my favorites.
I do find ballet stretches good to open me up (I tend to hunch over, which I don't like). I hope some help for you!
And Alan Rickman's voice is an All-Time Classic. :)
Ballet workout! Very interesting! I was a little ballet girl as a child--still have my last pair of toe shoes, and still remember the pain of dancing in them--but extreme lack of talent meant that I didn't keep it up. But ballet workouts sound like fun. There's a Pure Barre near my house, but I suspect they don't have a senior class. I think I'll investigate your video, or see if there's anything online.
I could definitely use anything that helps with balance!
And the sonnets sound fascinating.
Bowers has a LOT of videos on Youtube (look up Ballet Beautiful). I've seen testimonials for Ballet Body, too, but it seems a little too much for me and the way I want to use the workouts. :)
And if you danced as a girl, you are ahead of the game! :)
Cheers to you today.
|Date:||August 8th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)|| |
I love the effects of different accents. I loved Tim Spall's cameo with a Brummie accent, given the Warwickshire orginal - even if it was Arden rather than Brummagum.
Hurrah for accents and voices! And hurrah hurrah for you! :)
That ballet workout sounds good.
There are a lot of Ballet Beautiful videos on Youtube. :)
Cheers and hugs!
Voices are wonderful! It's one of the reasons I love animation so much, I love listening to a great voice actor work. I may have to check out the audio sonnets - they sound lovely!
That's a great reason to love animation! Cheers for you! :)
Hugs and a good evening, too.
Lj ate my first comment but I'll try again...
The first voice I thought of was Clark Gables, all rich, dark and gritty as fresh coffee grounds.
As to favored movement, it's a toss-up between slow, smooth yoga (especially tree and child's poses) and a lovely brisk walk on a solid pavement. I do love sidewalks for walking on!
Happy rest of the weekend (in both sense of the word)!
Voices as food = great idea. I'll keep thinking about that one. :)
(I tend to default to Champagne and chocolate with my favorite male voices, actually...)
Brisk walks on cool autumn days are GREAT pleasures!
Hugs and good renovation-rebuilding thoughts for you.