So 2010 is over, and I’m still running myself ragged with the dual retail gigs. That should be easing up now that the big winter-holiday season is over. I should be getting back some brain function and free time to dedicate to the Great Job Hunt. I’ve been slacking on that for about a month now. Yes, yes, who knows what I could’ve missed, but it’s hard to work on filling out applications properly when one hasn’t been eating or sleeping properly. At least I know I’m not alone in having trouble getting work in a library – one of my friends from grad school might be considering joining the Peace Corps or a similar organization so she can have a little adventure before settling into Responsability.
Aside from running myself into the ground, I’ve been trying to find little things to amuse myself and hopefully maintain a semblance of sanity and functionality (for values of those terms). I believe I’ve mentioned the German-language musicals I’ve been exploring. I’ve had Tanz Der Vampires for years, having bought the German album while getting excited about the sadly short-lived Broadway production. I started finding more this January when a friend showed me clips from Elisabeth on YouTube. I’ve known there were multiple international versions of musicals since high school when I saw the international version of “One Day More” at the end of the Les Miserables Tenth Anniversary Concert and got Japanese cast recordings of Les Miz and Phantom of the Opera.
I’ve also been a fan of Frank Wildhorn since high school. He composed the music for Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War: Our Story In Song, and Dracula – those are the ones that I know made it to Broadway. After poking around on Amazon.com, iTunes and another legal MP3-downloading site, I found out that he’s had a couple shows produced in German. I knew about Jekyll & Hyde years ago, though I just got the album yesterday. There’s also a German version of Dracula, as well as Rudolf – Affaire Mayerling (based on Empress Elisabeth’s son) and Der Graf Von Monte-Christo. I haven’t quite gotten into Rudolf yet, but I must say I’ve been enjoying Dracula and Monte-Christo. Good music and good voices performing. I’ve become a fan of Thomas Borchert, a very good baritone who sings Dracula and Edmond Dantes/The Count in those respective albums, and Lyn Liechty who sings Mina on the Dracula album and Lucy in the German cast album of Jekyll & Hyde.