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
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!
And here's one from my summer playlist. Mark K. may not mind us crashing in his basement but he seems a little crotchety about file sharing. I'd love to know what others think of the album, this song is by far my favorite thing on it.
A slightly hurt hip followed by a nasty cold left me unable to practice, rehearse, perform or do many of the dance related things I usually do once the little ones are asleep and so all the sudden I found myself with enough time to do something I haven't done very much of in the last six years since having children: watch films. It felt exhilarating and foreign, getting so completely absorbed in another world for an extended, uninterrupted chunk of time, and also like coming home.
My favorites so far have been Submarine, Bill Cunningham New York, and the Lebanese film Caramel. And I can watch the opening four minutes of Midnight in Paris over and over again, though I will confess I can't help looking for Jesse and Céline in all those heart-tugging shots of the beautiful city.
I'm just about all better and so will probably be back to work in the evenings very soon, and that's good. But I'm going to make a point of taking a night off here and there to watch things. Recommendations would be very much appreciated x
And here's nice one from a local band that I've been meaning to play for ages. I love the way it builds and everything about it really.