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Daily Thanks

Posted by eemilla on August 22, 2008

I was a bit grumpy yesterday so I decided I should try to write some daily thanks.  Today I am thankful for my Aunt Renee introducing me to Santana.  I am also thankful my the nice shaded lot our house sits on in our older neighborhood.  I enjoyed reading, lots of music, surfing the internet, and playing with the cats and dog.  Today has been fairly unproductive as far as housework goes, but I am in a nice mood.

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Dorky Fun Music Survey

Posted by eemilla on August 22, 2008

Thanks to Licensed to Blog for this great little music survey.  My answers are below.

 

If someone new were in your car, what song on your player would you be quickest to skip out of embarrassment: 

I still have a lot of my husband’s songs as I am trying to be maybe hear something I may have previously missed in his White Zombie, Pantera, Widespread Panic, Tupac, or Wyclef albums.  Of my own songs, I would confess to my neverending nostaglia for my entire Cypress Hill mix.

What song or songs is/are most “atypical” on your player? I have a few Hank Williams, Jr songs (see the above for why).

What song(s) on your player turns you on? Erykah Badu’s Boogie Nights from her live one and Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness from Monterey Pop.

If you wanted to get a member of the opposite sex in the mood, what song would you program to come on when they are in the car? Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye as the only member of the opposite sex I am looking to turn on is my husband, and this would have a sweet High Fidelity reference for us.

What is the longest song on your player? Mountain Jam from The Allman Brother’s Eat A Peach (I didn’t include any classical music because it isn’t in the general shuffle)

What do you think is the silliest song on your player? I Want to Get High Cypress Hill, or I also have two Michael Jackson tracks from Off the Wall: Workin Day and Night and Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough.

What did you most recently add to your player? Our computer is too new; therefore, no new music until we pay it off.

What did you most recently delete? Some of my husband’s stuff like Mystikal.

What is your favorite song on your player that is from a movie? Deep Blue Day Brian Eno Trainspotting and Across the Universe Fionna Apple Pleasantville

Is there a song on your player that is only there for someone else’s benefit? Fortunately I don’t have a song on the player that is just for someone else as when we travel we have enough shared music to avoid the Pantera and Tori Amos.

What song or artist do you find yourself skipping most frequently and therefore should probably delete?  I skip lots of stuff, but only because I listen to what fits my mood.  Ani DiFranco and Patty Smith may work on Monday, but I may need Outkast and Slick Rick come Tuesday.

 

Which is your most played song and is this your favorite song or is does the player have favorites? Love the Life You Live Midnite; while this song is great, I had to create a super random playlist that won’t play any song that has been played within the last month just to avoid hearing this and the Dead’s Althea every time I ran through a playlist.  This question is my contribution to the survey.

Without cheating, start your player and list the first 10 songs that come up in random play.

1. Rock n Roll Led Zeppelin LedZep IV

2. Surf Wax America Weezer, blue album

3. So Fresh, So Clean Outkast, Stanokia

4. Love the Life You Live Midnite 

5. X-Factor Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

6. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds The Beatles Sgt Pepper

7. Blowin’ in the Wind Bob Dylan The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

8. Da Art of Storytellin Part 2 Outkast Aquemini

9. Glass Onion The Beatles white album

10.  Give Up the Funk Parliament Greatest Hits

 

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I love hippie music festivals!

Posted by eemilla on August 11, 2008

I spent the weekend at the Trinumeral music festival at lovely Deerfields in Mills River, NC.  We had a great camping spot below the Ocho stage with grass rather than dirt underfoot.  The weather was absolutely amazing, especially since we are in what are normally the dog days of summer.  Attending festivals like Trinumeral restore my faith in humanity.  It just feels so good to dance and play surrounded by such beauty in both the natural surroundings and the people.  My least favorite part is the litter and the trashing of the porto potties.

This time we were also blessed with Bearly Edible; their grilled cheese is “world famous” because not only does it provide a tasty breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but it is cheap (they sell for $1 a pop before tip).  I was quite happy to enjoy their pesto mozzadilla a good deal more than the grilled cheese.  It was only five bucks, but the pesto was so fresh and good that it was worth more.  Last week we planned on using pesto for our pizza only to discover that our garden didn’t have enough basil.  We ate some store pesto, and it was not at all satisfying.  I think last week’s experience definately made the Bearly Edible’s pesto that much more delightful.  Our last festival experience was marred by the absence of BE, and they saved us this time as our planned burritos went for a swim when the crappy, plastic freezer bags failed to stay closed (I might add these bags are the stupid more expensive named brand).

Although I enjoyed seeing most of the bands (I must exclude Lotus and Particle from this), Laura Reed and Deep Pocket were my favorite I’ve never listened to band.  The worst scheduling conflict occurred on Saturday night when we had to decide between Midnite and Stephanie’s ID, but really Stephanie’s ID had no chance as we have numerous occassion to see them (in fact we caught them at Bele Chere a couple of weeks ago).

Today I am attempting to come down from the clouds and get grounded again so I can do some laundry and grocery shopping.  However, I really think I am going to make my very own hula hoop because I always enjoy watching the hoopers get down.  I have a whole year or more to practice my moves for the next awesome festival that comes to town.

Thanks Trinumeral, Laura Reed and Deep Pocket, Deerfields, Bearly Edible, Midnite, Custard Pie, GZA, Galatic and Boots Riley, EOTO, Artvandalay, Incognito Mosquito, East Coast Dirt, Secret B Sides, and Snake Oil Medicine Show.

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American Reading Habits

Posted by eemilla on August 11, 2008

I found this list on http://shewhoeats.wordpress.com/; I do love reading her blog!

Here’s how it works:
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Highlight those that you love (I have changed mine to blue).
4) Reprint this list in your blog.

The premise of this exercise is that the National Endowment for the Arts apparently believes that the average American has only read 6 books from the list below.  In light of the NEA’s thought, I have highlighted those in green that I read as required reading; those in gold are books that I read in relation to a movie.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (read as required school reading but one of favorite books)
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy– Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner- Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I haven’t seen the movie of the same title)
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (read this for school, and I thank my professor)
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’ Diary– Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker (watched the movie first, and love them both)
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (read for school & read again after Apocalypse Now)
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I wonder where is Toni Morrison?  I mean she won a Nobel, and she is an outstanding American author whose prose at times rivals Nabokov for its poetic beauty.

Paradise

Sula

Beloved (although I have not seen the movie)

Tar Baby

Song of Solomon

Love

Jazz

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Thank you Representative Henry Waxman

Posted by eemilla on August 1, 2008

I know it has taken much, much too long, but regardless thank you Representative Waxman for attacking the shameful abuses of defense contractors.  I hope this brings more justice to fruition than the contempt charge for Karl Rove is likely to bring.

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