Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and my nice, warm, and cozy bed.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and my nice, warm, and cozy bed.

In the dark days of winter, it’s sooooo hard for me to get out of bed. I’ve been getting up a bit later than my usual 6:00 a.m. time, which is kind of throwing off my days.

It’s just that my bed is so cozy and warm. Why would I want to leave it when it’s cold and dark out? I would stay there all winter if I could. Just give me a bunch of books, some tea, and a plate of food, and I’m set.

How are you doing with the dark days of winter? Hope you are staying warm! Have a wonderful weekend.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley for my book club. I’m not loving it so it’s slow going. I’m applying my “give it 100 pages” rule before I stop reading it. Still reading Samuel Johnson Is Indignant by Lydia Davis. I’m loving her style of short stories.

I finished Exit West by Mohsin Hamid—brilliant book. One of the best I’ve read.

I’ve been watching . . . nothing much. Finally saw the movie Ladybird and loved it.

I’ve been listening to . . . a lot of Edith Piaf and Madeleine Peyroux. I seem to be in a French music mood. Also got back to the list this week.

#127 Sonic Youth, Sister: Kim Gordon is the reason for this one being on the list. She’s definitely worth it, and I agree she is a pioneer in rock music. But I don’t agree that it’s a “greatest album made by a woman”—this is an album made by a band. Granted she is one of the three founders of the band. I like Kim Gordon but I never really got into Sonic Youth. “Hot Wire My Heart” and “Cotton Crown” are my favorite songs from this album.

#126 The Carpenters, A Song for You: A secret from my childhood that I don’t want to admit but will is that The Carpenters’ debut album was actually the first album I purchased with my own allowance (not Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours as I always claim). I thought Karen Carpenter was cool because she played the drums, and my dad loved the Carpenters. Syrupy sweet or hokey, you can’t deny that Karen Carpenter and her brother were musically gifted and their songs were popular hits. On this album, I loved the song “Top of the World” and used to sing it all the time as a kid.

#125 Fiona Apple, Tidal: I love the uniqueness of Fiona Apple’s voice and her jazzy style. “The First Taste” sounds like a song she’d be singing at some intimate late night- club where people might be dancing a slow samba. Other songs I like are “Sleep to Dream,” “Shadowboxer,” “The Child Is Gone,” and of course, “Criminal.” Both “The Child Is Gone” and “Criminal” have that languid, slithering sound to them—almost as if her voice and the music are dripping.


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