Ah, January: month of new leaves, fresh starts and regret. Should you find yourself up in the wee hours seeking a no-longer-there warmth from the hot water bottle, listening for cars outside the window and thinking of bygones, may I offer you this-
Stan Getz & Oscar Peterson - It Never Entered My Mind (live)
The Christmas shopping is not going as smoothly as it could. My younger son's list includes (but is not limited to):
- A penny that rolls by itself - A 'magnetic' (?) heliocopter with a monster inside - A dragon
Santa, if you are reading, please advise.
Below you will find my favorite playlist of the moment. It's Christmas tune free, in case you need a break. I especially love the Benjamin Gibbard one- maybe it makes some kind of sense that an aging showgirl would find resonance in a song about a replaced monument. God bless the tunes x
I loved this. It is exactly what it says, essays about how she became the poet she is. But of course in a larger sense it is about one person finding her way, partially, through books, through reading the carefully chosen words of other people.
One thing she writes-
"Poems are read in lonely rooms, in solitary humors, by people for whom the love of poetry is a do-or-die part of their lives. The poem and the reader enter into a mysterious transaction, composed of time and memory and obsession. The mystery of it resides in the fact that- if it is a good poem, or even a great one- the mortal reader will assist it to live on."
We haven't had too many Contrast Podcasts this year, but James and Tim are putting together our annual Festive Fifty episodes as I write this. Here is the info from James if you want to take part. I can't wait to hear the voices of my old CP friends plus the surprise guests that usually pop up and maybe some new voices too. Send your picks to James - firstname.lastname@example.org
1. From the list below, pick your 10 favorite songs
2. Arrange them in order from 1-10 with 1 being your most favorite.
3. If you choose to, you can give a negative vote to any one song.
4. Share the list! Get more people to vote! Facebook! Blog! Twitter! Tumblr!
Please do all of the above by Sunday, November 25th
A.C. Newman - I'm Not Talking
Adele - Skyfall
Alabama Shakes - Be Mine
Alabama Shakes - Hold On
Amy Cook - Getting to You
Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America
Antlers - Drift Dive
Bat For Lashes - Laura
Beach House - Myth
Beach House - Other People
Ben Folds Five - Do It Anyway
Bill Fay - Cosmic Concerto
Bright Light Bright Light - Cry at Films
Brother Ali - Mourning in America
Bruce Springsteen - Land of Hope & Dreams
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Cat Power - Ruin
Chromatics - Kill For Love
Chuck Prophet - Play That Song Again
Crocodiles - Endless Flowers
Curtis Stigers - Things Have Changed
Daughter - Candles
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Who
Dexy's - Free
Dexy's - Nowhere is Home
Divine Fits - Would That Not Be Nice
Django Django - Default
Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings
I tried to do this yesterday but my Internet connection had other ideas.
This playlist is made from one of my brother's old radio shows. He was playing a string of hip hop classics one day in December 1998 and some unknown soul popped a cassette into their system, taped a part of the show, hung onto it for years and then sent it into a local hip hop archive who sent me a copy. Some of the songs cut off on the tape and so making a playlist of it is something I've wanted to do for a while. I hope you enjoy hearing some of the oldies once again as much as I do.
ps- Language not suitable for listening with the little ones!
1. Bottega Veneta Fall 2012 ad which reminded me of the first picture last time I did this (Breakout Session: "Is Fashion Art? Re/Imagining the Body" 3:30PM, Lido Deck, BYOB) 2. From a book of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photography 3. A page from the book Paris In Color 4. Carla Bruni by Bharat Sikka, from her No Promises CD 5. Grooves in San Francisco as captured in the book Old Rare New: The Independent Record Shop 6. A café in Vienna from the book Kaffehaus 7. Peasant Meal by Le Nain, in Paintings in the Louvre 8. A Dancer of the Ouled Nail by Etienne Dinet in the book Serpent of the Nile (I recently saw two dancers of this style at a festival I was taking part in and the costumes were absolutely breathtaking in person) 9. Breakfast in Bed from a book about Mary Cassat 10. Amanda de Cadenet and daughter Atlanta Taylor by Véronique Vial from the book Women Before 10 a.m.