Musings of a Museum Fanatic: October 2014


10 Songs From 50's & 60's Musicals You Should Hear

One area of music that doesn't seem to be appreciated as much anymore is that of the musical. I love love love musicals. I think it probably started when I found and started listening to my parents records which included musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Hair. I was hooked.

Today I'm going to focus on the old school, classic musicals, from 1970 and earlier. The 1950's and 1960's was the heyday for musicals including huge timeless ones like Singin' in the Rain and My Fair Lady. Everyone today only ever seems to know the big show stopper tunes. While those are always well and good I've always been the person to really enjoy the B-side type of tunes.

Make 'Em Laugh from Singin' In The Rain
While the movie's namesake is a classic tune this one from later in the movie will have your sides aching from laughter. Donald O'Connor's slapstick physical humor in this song (and really the entire movie) is amazingly hilarious.

Goin' Courtin' from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
This is probably one of the more under appreciated musicals from this time period with so many great songs and dance numbers.

The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music

Officer Krupke from West Side Story

Lechaim from Fiddler On the Roof
This is one of my all time favorite musicals. I used to dance around to it all the time when I was younger. Seriously I still know all of the words to all of the songs. Be sure to check out the killer dancing starting at about the 2 minute mark.

Get Me to the Church on Time (I'm Getting Married in the Morning) from My Fair Lady
Audrey's songs are usually the ones that people think of when they hear My Fair Lady but I am all about this song.

Getting to Know You from The King and I

Tom, Dick or Harry from Kiss Me Kate

42nd Street from 42nd Street
Even though this is the namesake song people aren't as familiar with 42nd Street, maybe because it's black and white or because of it's age. Either way it's definitely worth a watch, especially for all the amazing tap moves.

It's A Grand Night for Singing from State Fair


Top 11 90's Alternative

Lately I've been in this mood where the only music that seems to speak to me are the angsty grunge tunes of my middle school years. Since I haven't done a favorites music list lately I felt it was only time to pay tribute to my top 11 90's alternative tunes! Yup top 11. I have spent countless hours switching back and forth between songs (much to the angst of Kevin) and it's been really hard to narrow it down to just 11.

90's alternative has a really unique sound to it and it's almost hard to describe the slight differences between it and say early 2000's alternative. To almost anyone it might sound the same but they're most definitely not! Some of these bands have multiple songs that I would include in my top 11 in a heartbeat but I definitely had to force myself to pick one. Take Live for example, I feel that some of their other songs like "I Alone" or "All Over You" would be perfect representations as well.

Grab a Surge, your best flannel shirt and enjoy some totally awesome tunes with me.

Possum Kingdom by The Toadies

If You Could Only See by Tonic

Plush by Stone Temple Pilots

Man in the Box by Alice in Chains

Shine by Collective Soul

Lightening Crashes by Live

Come As You Are by Nirvana

Everlong by the Foo Fighters

Desperately Wanting by Better Than Ezra

Bullet with Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins

Jeremy by Pearl Jam

What do you think of my list? Is there songs that are on your top 90's alternative lists that I didn't put?


Crispy Parmesan Shrimp With Spaghetti

3 oz. Parmesan cheese
1 egg white
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coarse ground pepper
1 lb frozen large uncooked shrimp (21-25 per lb), thawed
2 T. snipped fresh parsley
8 oz. uncooked spaghetti
2 C. broccoli florets
1 C. marinara sauce

1. Pre-heat oven to 435 degrees. Bring salted water to a boil in 4 qt. Casserole

2. For Parmesan topping, lightly spray NONSTICK 12 in. Skillet with vegetable oil using the Kitchen Spritzer. Heat for 1-3 minutes (or until hot) over medium heat. Grate cheese evenly over the bottom of the Skillet using the Rotary Grater. Cook cheese for 4-5 minutes or until it turns golden and lacy. Start at the edges and immediately loosen cheese with Small Slotted Turner. Slide it on to a cutting board and allow to cool completely. Place cheese crisp into a plastic bag and crush with with side of Meat Tenderizer

3.  For shrimp, whisk egg white, garlic salt & pepper in Classic Batter Bowl. Peel, devein, and remove tails from shrimp. Add shrimp to the egg mixture and toss to coat. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer at the bottom of the Deep Covered Baker.

4. Snip parsley with the Mini Professional Shears then toss with the cheese crumbs. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the shrimp. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.

5. Add pasta to boiling water, cook for 4 minutes. Meanwhile cut broccoli into small florets and add to boiling pasta. Cook 1-2 more minutes or until cooked to desired tenderness.

6. Place sauce into Small Micro-Cooker and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until warm. Drain pasta and broccoli. Divide pasta among plates, top with sauce then shrimp.


5 Resources To Help With Your DIY Projects

There are so many issues that you can face when starting on a DIY project like where to find the materials (at a cheap price!) or how exactly to do the project (thanks pinner who only pinned the photo!). Lately I've been branching out and trying to find new places and websites that can assist with my projects. Here are some of the new favorites I've found

Fire Mountain Gems
Need cheap beads for your project? Need beads you might not be able to find in Michael's or Jo-ann? Check out Fire Mountain Gems! They have everything from crystals to charms to tools to make jewelry. When I discovered them this past spring I went a little nuts during one of their $1 sales. If you're a jewelry crafter or use beads for other crafts check them out.

New Ideas
For new ideas trying heading to actual company websites instead of Pinterest this time. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Michael's both have really great Projects & Inspiration pages. They have both idiot proofed a majority of the projects with step by step directions and downloads so you can make them on your own, you can even find baking projects under these as well.

I'm a huge fan of Michael's including photos and links for each other products used in the project. Yes Yes I know what they're doing but sometimes it's really helpful to have that photo so you know what you're looking for (just be sure to check who has the good sales this week!). Specific product websites have gotten in on this action as well so be sure when you're looking for that Wilton pan or Lion Brand Yarn to check out their websites

Save On Crafts
This website is every DIY fanatic (and bride's) dream come true. There is literally everything you could imagine to make a craft on this website. Need burlap? They have it in rolls, already cut into pennants, bags, there are even ready made burlap flowers!

Local Library/Park District
Mom would give me a big hug for adding this one to the list! Seriously you have no idea how big a resources these can be. Most local libraries will have tons of books on every type of craft. It's a great way to be inspired without having to fork over dough for the actual books. Check out the programs at the library and your local park district as well. The past few years I've seen a spike in craft related classes and they're usually very low priced or free! I've seen ones from Beginning Sewing to Making a Popcorn Garland.

Become a Joiner
There are so many groups out there that you can join that will encourage and bring you new opportunities. My mom is involved in a knitting group through our church, this group of ladies get together weekly to knit, talk about projects and share ideas. She's been involved with a group through another church that knits and sews baby blankets and hats for preemies. Check out things like Meetup for crafting groups in your area.

Maybe you don't want to make new friends but there is that one friend of yours who is into scrapbooking too. Make a monthly date to bring the three pages & supplies you're working on right now. Create your own little group!

What are some of your hidden resources for your DIY projects??