December 19th, 2008

Captain's Log...

More about Majel

In reading and remembering more about Majel Barrett, I'm reminded of all of her pivotal and memorable roles:

  • Number One - A female first officer! OMG! Eventually they chose the weird alien (Spock) over the strong female, no matter how well she did in the role. Go figure.
  • Nurse Chapel - Unrequited love played so honestly, plus she had a good rapport with DeForrest Kelley.
  • Computer voice - made it into all 5 series (including 2 episodes of Enterprise), plus spoofed herself in an episode of Family Guy.
  • M'Ress - A breakthrough character in that it wasn't some guy in a rubber suit, and for years Trek fans thought cartoons would be the only way we'd see alien species we could buy on television.
  • Lwaxana Troi - I'm sure her most enjoyable, and certainly most scene-chewing role, and one of the rare characters to make it into more than one series.
  • Lady Morella - Certainly a pivotal role in Babylon 5, and so glad she was able to do it.
  • Dr. Julianne Belman - A small role in Earth: Final Conflict, but more memorable because she managed to create a respectable show out of Gene's old notes (I really enjoyed the series until the last season, myself). She also brought Andromeda to life as well in the same way.
  • "Q-in-Law" - On a long road trip to Chicago many years ago, we entertained ourselves with the book-on-tape version of this Peter David novel, read by Barrett and John DeLancie, and it was the funniest thing I think I've ever heard. Not only did she do all the female roles and he all the male, but the premise of the book was that Q decides to marry Lwaxana Troi to experience love... and then dumps her after he'd given her the power of the Q. Hilarity ensues! Truly a memorable work for me. :)
She will always truly be a Grand Dame of science fiction fandom, and will be truly missed.

Feelin' kinda classy

I just heard Poulenc's Gloria on our local NPR station, and it reminded me that I'd performed it years ago (can't remember if it was one of the high school choral events I attended or something I did in college). What a great piece! He was such a creative writer. I'm going to have to pick up a copy somewhere.

It also reminded me I'm woefully short on classical music in my library. Another piece I've been wanting to pick up is Orrf's Carmina Burana, but I'm extremely picky about the soprano solo in the "Dulcissime" "In trutina" - the woman who performed with us when I did it in college moved me to tears, and if I can't find another soprano who phrases it as she did I may never be satisfied.

I really should dig up all my old performances and make digital copies for posterity.