First of all, THE HELL?? I never thought I would see the day that Dipped in Cream’s Dark Loverman, Trent Reznor would take over an entire episode of Austin City Limits, did you? Just hold onto your muh-fuh’n hats and watch this heated-up performance of “Sanctified”.
Wait just one second…is that?? Is that REALLY Lisa Fischersinging with Trent? THELISA FISCHER?? Why, yes. Yes it is. Lisa is the Diva of all back-up singers (a term that actually doesn’t do her justice). She is THE voice behind The Rolling Stones, the late, great LutherVandross. If you haven’t seen the Academy Award Winning Documentary “20 Feet From Stardom“, make an effort.
“Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film.”
This incredible documentary now on Netflix…it’s mesmerizing.
ANYWAY. I’m kind of losing my mind because I will wake up on Sunday and find the airing of Nine Inch Nails on Austin City Limits…and it’s KIND of a big deal. It’ll be my birthday!
Today’s lessons in speaking Outlander are not as sexy as the last ones. Still there are a few words here that are extremely important to know. Names of potential adversaries and liquor. Both very key factors in my world as well as Claire and Jamie’s.
One must be able to pronounce the names of those who would do you harm, like that little bitch Laoghaire, who should have been drowned at birth. Just sayin’. Also it’s a good thing to know the name of the town witch. You never know when you’ll be on a stake being burned next to her. Good form says pronouncing her name wrong would be rude.
LESSON 4 – “Laoghaire” and “Gellis”
When you’re not sure who’s on your side or not it’s a good thing to know the names of the players involved. Don’t won’t to confuse friend with foe when it comes down to it.
LESSON 5 – “Colum” and “Dougal”
Finally, the most important Gaelic to learn today, how to ask for this particular type of good, strong wine.
LESSON 6 – “Rhenish”
There you go my Outlandish. Go forth and speak Gaelic!
Ever since I picked up Outlander and started reading, I’ve wanted to hear Jamie saying, “Sassenach” with it’s correct pronunciation. Initially I had no idea what that sounded like. Through the years, and the help of the Outlandish Companion (don’t judge, I like to immerse myself completely in the waters of my fandom) I learned, theoretically how it was said but I still hadn’t heard it.
Until now. Once again Starz knows their audience. They have provided us with lessons to help us learn to speak Outlander (Gaelic really but Outlander to us Outlandish peeps) and lo and behold my dreams have come true.
Say it to me Jamie: LESSON 1 – Sassenach
God yes! Oh sorry, got carried away there. How do we say the name of those wonderful stones that brought Claire (and us) back in time to Jacobite Scotland?
Here you go:
LESSON 2 – Craigh na Dun
…and when Jamie holds Claire close and whispers terms of endearment in her ear it sounds like this: