January 12, 2012


Listening to:

Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now Since receiving a new guitar for Christmas, I find myself especially drawn to guitar music.  I've been playing and singing 'Own Side' a lot lately.
Bryan John Appleby - Fire on the Vine -  This is simply gorgeous music.
The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers - Folk, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, even a little Blues...I love bands that are hard to classify.  I am having fun getting to know this Canadian band.
The Black Keys - El Camino - This continues to be our nightly after-dinner dance music.  And our commute to school music.  And our "hurt my knee and need to cheer up" music.  In other words, my boys LOVE this album.

The Descendants - We went to see this over the holidays.  It was definitely sadder than I expected, but I thought it was wonderful.  Not an exciting movie, but a beautiful and moving one.  Highly recommend.
Contagion - This was pretty good.  The cast was phenomenal - I can't believe how many A-listers are in it - and it was engaging.  There was almost too much going on to really connect with any of the characters in any depth, but I enjoyed it.

Sebastian Barry - I discovered Sebastian Barry a couple months ago, and I started with On Canaan's Side.  His writing is exquisite.  It's so beautiful, and it drew me right in.  That said, when I finished the book I realized that I didn't really care about the main character very much.  She seemed to let life happen to her, and then she reflected on it.   The Secret Scripture and A Long Long Way, on the other hand, I enjoyed immensely.  All of Barry's novels are either based in Ireland or at least start there, and I enjoyed learning a little about Irish history along the way as well.  But mostly, I just love his words.
By Nightfall - I loved The Hours, so I decided to read the latest by Michael Cunningham.  I am about halfway through it so far, and I think we've covered about twelve hours.  Amazing how he can keep me interested while talking through the specifics of someone's day.  I'm liking it so far, but I'm anxious to get to the climactic event.  If there is one, what will it be?  If there isn't, then why am I reading this?

What are you listening to/watching/reading lately?

1 comment:

  1. I liked Contagion too. I was a freak about germs before watching it, and now I'm even worse. I see people coughing in public and I just want to run. lol

    I just watched Apollo 28 the other nite. Have you seen it yet? It's pretty good!


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