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Site additions for JB's @Team_Barrowman pages

Guess the late evening coffee has finally worn off and while I’ve got MORE stuff I could do to the site tonight, it involves some serious video editing, and my brain is too tired for that. So I’ll just post what I’ve done so far today and call it a night.

On the Multimedia page: Two new Barrowman videos (the interview and “Copacabana” performance from the Jonathan Ross show from February of this year), and 6 new audio files from various radio shows and other places.

And on the Various and Sundries page, a video clip and a couple more cartoons/photos added.

And with that, you can now put a fork in me, I’m done for the night. :)

@Team_Barrowman AmazonUK order finally arrived! Woot!

Something just occurred to me… Another Side went gold, right after I ordered it. Why do I visualize it sitting there at 499,999 after all this time, then I order it, and *poof* it pushes it right over the top into Gold status. Coincidence? Maybe. But I’d like to think that I was responsible for it, lol. You’re welcome, John. 😉 (But what happens if I send the CD back, do the Powers that Be take the gold record away from you again!?! LOL)

Another Side goes Gold

Anyway, it’s not like my CD order from AmazonUK was really all that late, it only came in a day later than guestimated. But I guess I’m just used to AmazonUS giving estimated delivery dates and then beating those dates by 3-5 days regularly. Not used to them coming in after the fact. (Why do I keep thinking “My CDs just flew in from England, and boy are their arms tired!” LOL). I can be an amazingly patient person when it lets me save $50+ on an Amazon order. In all honesty, though, I was getting a smidge itchy about hearing the new CD; I’ve been reading for the last week and a half how GREAT it was, and was getting just a little impatient to hear it for myself.

John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter

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So anyhoo, the John Barrowman CDs are finally here (and arrived on his birthday, no less. Happy John’s birthday to ME! 😀 ). To recap, I picked up Another Side, Music Music Music, Swings Cole Porter, and the new one – called simply John Barrowman – that came out a week and a half ago. FINALLY, I have liner notes to go with the songs that I’ve been listening to for the last month or so. I’ll probably put the new CD in the CD player of my clock radio and give it a listen tonight, but the CD that I’m actually most interested in the liner notes at the moment is the Cole Porter CD.

I’ve really been grooving on that one the last several days (have one or two tracks from that one in the mp3 player widget at the left – What is This Thing Called Love and Don’t Fence Me In – if anyone wants to take a listen), so hoping there’s some good background info to be had on the songs in the liner notes. And as I mentioned on my webpage, out of all JB’s album covers I’ve seen, Swings Cole Porter is DEFINITELY my favorite. If I were one of my cats, I’d be purring right now. LOL. 😉

In other news, I apparently threw out my bum knee this morning during ye olde Wii Fit workout. I think it was a combination of too many crossover lunges and the fact that it’s been damp and rainy here all day today. Rain always tends to set my knee off. So I’ve been keeping the bottle of ibuprofen close at hand, and while it’s not bothering me quite enough to do the usual 800mg 3 to 4 times a day, 400mg did absolutely nothing for it, so I split the difference and have been taking 600mg three times a day today. I’m HOPING that it’s just a temporary setback (temporary as in “just overnight, will be fine in the morning”); I’ve already missed 2 workout days this week already, and was just getting back into the swing of things yesterday and today. And I’ve been on such a roll with the post Christmas diet, down almost 10 pounds courtesy of my Wii EA Sports Active workouts 3-4 times a week. Really don’t want to have to give it up because of the knee again, or I know me, I’ll never get back to it. :(

Allrighty then. Looks like 600+ words is enough for one night. To reuse a favorite phrase of mine – Put a fork in me, I’m done. 😀

@Team_Barrowman : CDs, Olympic tunes, BBC radio…

Ended up canceling my AmazonUK order for the three John Barrowman CDs. Wanted to add on a fourth – John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter – which supposedly I should have been able to do, just place a separate order, then request it be “combined” into a single order. It refused to be combined. So rather than email Amazon for help and wait for a response in case they tried shipping in the meantime, I opted to just cancel both orders. Then turned around and RE-ordered all four CDs in a single order. 😀 Amazon didn’t have a problem with me doing that, I guess. So now I’ve got Another Side, Music Music Music, Swings Cole Porter (What? No “Night and Day” on that one!?!), and the new self titled CD that’s coming out March 1st coming in in a single shipment from Amazon.co.uk. And again, saved a nice chunk of change vs if I’d ordered it from Amazon.com proper. I think AmazonUK was $55 total, vs $110 from Amazon.com for the exact same CDs.

Didn’t have to get up at 3am to listen to John on the BBC radio thing the other night (see my Twitter stream about that). Once again, internet saves the day; the radio station is keeping that showgram as an online stream until early March. So I was able to listen to the entire 45 minutes of interview at my leisure last night. Although why JB would come on a show that is so clearly NOT into his music is beyond me. I guess any publicity for the new CD is considered good publicity, and maybe my American brain is just taking British humor too seriously, but IMHO they were seriously slagging off his choice of tunes, *pththtt*. Wasn’t a total loss though. Got to record 45 minutes of John, AND picked up that live Snow Patrol track as well. Yes! She shoots, she scores! 😀 Haven’t heard anything from Snow Patrol since D and I saw them open for U2 up in Boston last September.

When it’s not so late, I’ll have to see about some of his other radio interviews, since he’s doing something like 11 of them in the next week or two.

Hmmm… Heaven in my blog mp3 player just cut off early. Something must have interrupted the upload when I put it online last month. Will have to fix that. That’s okay. That just means Feelin’ Good came up sooner than later. 😀

Speaking of which, two songs that John has covered have made it into the Olympics, I noticed. Not his versions, no surprise there, but they did Both Sides Now during the opening ceremonies. And the first skater in the women’s short program last night during the figure skating competition did her routine to an instrumental version of Feelin’ Good. Since that one is currently topping my list of favorite John songs, needless to say I sat up and took notice in a hurry.

Gaa! Another song cut off short. Note to self: reupload I Know Him So Well too. Grrr… I was going to add a few more songs anyway, so I’ll upload the lot of them at the same time, probably over the weekend. NOT tonight though, I overslept the last two mornings, so promised myself I’d be in bed by midnight tonight, so I wouldn’t miss another Wii Workout in the morning.

@Team_Barrowman – My JB webpages are done. Whew!

…At least until the new John Barrowman CD finally gets here this week and I can include my thoughts on that. Or until I find some other miscellaneous bits o’ randomness to include on the third page. But after giving up 10 bucks to plug in the Virgin Mobile 3G net connection (we don’t have wireless at the office), 5 lunch hours last week, several late nights, and a good part of this afternoon (a lot of all that time was learning curve, still getting the hang of this whole Jooma design thang. Trying to figure out how to beat java script, php files, and html header code into submission & getting the video player to cooperate and actually play back JB’s “Night and Day” video the way I wanted it to nearly had me slamming my head onto the desk this afternoon), I think it’s safe to say:

“Put a fork in it, it’s DONE!” 😀

The main John Barrowman category page is here. There are intros to all three pages there, or any of the three are accessible from the left menu.

Gee, now that it’s done, NOW what do I do?!? LOL

One quick @Team_Barrowman post…

… then it’s off to bed with me (although I just rediscovered the coffee that I’d poured, um, several hours ago, that I’d forgotten all about, so just chugalugged it. I’ll prolly be awake for hours now. LOL)

I think I HAVE officially reached “Nerdvana”. I spend all day at work slamming my head against my desk trying to get some video player code to cooperate for the office website, and then what do I do when I get home? Spend several MORE hours working on a variation on the same player to use on the home website. It was an audio only player, so fell into place a little easier, and I really like the way it turned out.

I thought since I’m still getting all these blank stares from people when I mention how great John Barrowman is (I guess they missed his first 2.5 minutes of onscreen time on Desperate Housewives Sunday night, LOL), thought I’d share a little of why I think he’s so great over on the website, so set up an audio player with several tracks from each of his CDs that I’ve got, a few of my favorite tunes from each. So I spent the evening putting that together after Survivor was over tonight (yes, Survivor was tonight; if you were looking to watch it in its usual time slot tomorrow night, too bad so sad, you missed it! 😉 ).

Anyhoo, the new player is on the page here; check it out to see who this guy is who I thought was so great that he actually managed to kick U2 out of the Prius mp3 deck for the first time in over a year! (All the same tunes are also in the player at the left, but the one here isn’t nearly as slick as the one over on the website.)

Website MP3 Player

My apologies to the mods on the official JB newsgroup. I’m still a little rusty on newsgroup etiquette (it’s been years since I signed up for one, probably not since my days when I was was using GEnie, my first online service from years ago), so naturally, I keep doing things that make them give my posts the boot (and I understand why, entirely my bad, I just keep forgetting it’s not a regular forum. 😉 ).

But since I’m not an official JB anything, I’ll repost here what I put there. Not as many JB folks will see it here, but maybe the extra Twitter/Facebook exposure might be helpful. :)

For those who missed it, or are in the UK and haven’t been able to see JB’s debut on Desperate Housewives on Sunday, it IS posted on YouTube, all 2 minutes and 40 something seconds of it. I personally like my own edit of it, but haven’t had time to set it up in a player on the website yet, so this will have to do for now. Sorry it’s hanging over the edge of the page a bit, but none of the video is missing, so I’ll leave it for now…

And the other thing that got the boot from the newsgroup is that I personally thought it would be a kick to see if JB’s gazillion fans got together and tried to get John on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson while he was still here in the US, if for no other reason than to listen to John lapse back into his Scottish accent after speaking with CraigyFerg. I could listen to John speak with that Scottish brogue for, well, forever. Sounds great, don’t understand why Scott isn’t in to it. 😉

Apparently that coffee has kicked in, I seem to be typing a million miles a minute here. 😀 But anyhoo, if anyone wants to email Craig Ferguson to suggest getting JB on the show while he’s still in the US shooting DH, the email address over at CBS is

http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_late_show/about/email_craig.php

Or for you Tweeters out there, he’s @CraigyFerg on Twitter.

Okay, the clock just bingbonged 1am. I probably should call it a night. So tweet or email ole CraigyFerg, check out the new mp3 player on the website, and heck, feel free to leave a comment! I’ve only had one so far and that was from my sister, so it was probably just a pity comment, lol.

@Team_Barrowman vs @U2_360Tour ;-)

Well, THAT was a bit of a shock to my ears this morning. In a good way, though. Got in the car, hit the start button to boot up the car, and “Don’t Fence Me In” from “John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter” started playing in the CD deck. Swap it out for U2’s “Artificial Horizon” CD that just came in yesterday, and *bam* I’m just as easily jamming to the opening remix of “Elevation”.

Quite a jump from:

Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies
On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.

to

A mole,living in a hole
Digging up my soul
Now going down, excavation
I and I in the sky
You make me feel like I can fly
So high, elevation

Weeeee!

The kicker was when I was about half way to work, and the Live remix of “I’m Gonna Go Crazy” from Croke Park starts blaring through the speakers, and it’s all I can do to NOT start pogoing right there in the driver’s seat. Took me right back to the inner circle in Foxborough. MILES away from riding my Cayuse anywhere. 😀

I love having eclectic musical tastes. My mp3 deck is “like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” when you hit the start button and boot up the car. :)

My JB @Team_Barrowman webpage online…

… well, most of it. Lunch hours really need to be longer than an hour! Will finish it up later, but decided to go ahead and publish what I had so far. Unless I botch up the cut and paste, here be the link:) More later…