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 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!
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.
The Matinees - Leap Year