Friday, August 18, 2006

Nicked from Ian and Myutopia

Ian had this on his blog a while back and I liked it. I also got nuthin else today. I added a couple of things to it too.

Name a song that helps you wake up Jingo by Santana

A song you associate with hot balmy weather Caribbean Party by David Rudder

A song that makes you happy to be alive Love Shack by the B52s or 59th St. Bridge Song by Simon and Garfunkel

A song that makes you want to cry Don't Know Why I Didn't Come by Norah Jones

A song that makes you smile to yourself You Make Me So Very Happy by Blood, Sweat and Tears or Radar Love by Golden Earring.

A song that makes your ears bleed Roseanne Barr's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner or anything by either of the Simpson sisters.

A song where you think 'god, she's got an amazing voice' The rendition of Ain't No Sunshine that Calypso gave at her school talent show when she was 11. The kid sings all over the house all day so I know she can carry a tune but that's very different than standing on a bare stage in front of an auditorium full of people and blowing their socks off with an a capella version to the extent where the audience falls silent and then erupts into wild applause and a standing ovation. (How was that for a run-on sentence? Diagram that, I dare ya.)

A song where you think 'god, he's got an amazing voice Harry Connick, Jr.'s cover of
Cry Me a River

A song that you could be very intimate with someone to or that you could fantasise about being intimate to Baby, I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton or Satisfied by Prince

A favourite song from the 50's Unforgettable by Nat King Cole (this was a close runner for 'god, what a voice')

A favourite song from the 60's Dream a Little Dream of Me by the Mamas & the Papas

A favourite song from the 70's Dust in the Wind by Kansas

A favourite song from the 80's Only one??? No way. Gees, I can't even narrow down to one group/artist.

A favourite song that is longer than 7 minutes in length Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf

A song that is so hypnotic and mesmerising you would commit a crime to it if it told you to I dunno, but there are a few that make me nearly homicidal. The Teletubbies theme song comes to mind. (Sorry, Lisa)

A favourite instrumental Snakecharmer by Ottmar Liebert

Favourite Scottish song Uuummm... Does KT Tunstall's Black Horse and a Cherry Tree count? Because it's either that or something bagpipey, sadly I'm not up on Scottish tunes.

Favourite cover version Killing Me Softly by the Fugees or Dancing in the Streets by Van Halen



This one I ripped from My Utopia. Again, I modified it some.

1. One book that changed your life: Well, the Bible would be an obvious one. I was scared and intimidated by it as a kid, partly due to a complete lack of exposure to it. As a college student, I was amazed and changed by it. Antoine de St Exupery's The Little Prince has also had a profound effect on me.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: See above. Otherwise, I can't think of too many books meant for adults that I've read and reread aside from various books of poetry. Among children's books the list is just huge. Dr. Seuss's ABCs is committed to memory. The Kissing Hand, Guess How Much I Love You, several books by Kevin Henkes and Jon Sciezka(These guys are wonderful! They soooo get the way a kid's mind works, Scieska in terms of humor, Henkes in terms of relationships.)

3. One book you’d want on a desert island: Only one???? Ok, I'd say an atlas that included maps of the currents and shipping lanes in the area as well as a how-to-guide on shipbuilding.

4. One book that made you laugh: Well, several people at the beach looked askance at me as I giggled my way through Bill Bryson's In a Sunburned Land.

5. One book that made you cry: Haing S. Ngor's autobiography. He was the actor who portrayed Dith Pran in the movie The Killing Fields. His story is so utterly tragic and heart rending it makes the story from the movie look like a cakewalk. He prefaces certain chapters by saying sensitive readers may want to skip ahead.

6. One book that you wish had been written: Hhhmm, how about wishing that Thomas Cahill's Hinges of History Series (How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Gift of the Jews, Sailing the Wine Dark Sea) had been WELL written. The premise of the books fascinated me and I thought he had many good points. His style and chronology were just so convoluted it drove me insane. I was so excited when I received them all as a gift and so disappointed when I read them.

7. One book that you wish had never been written: It is regrettable that Danielle Steele is so wealthy when talented writers can't even find agents. We'll just leave it at that.

8. The book you are currently reading: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. I highly recommend it.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read: This list is extensive...Night by Elie Wiesel is on top of my 'to read' pile though.

10. The most recently acquired book: Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman. A great big 'thank you' goes to
James who had a drawing for this book. I was fortunate enough to have my name leap out of the fishbowl and into his hand. It just arrived in the mail yesterday. Yippeee!

11. One book you'd recommend that people might be reluctant to read: Go read The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. It's about the first publication of the Oxford English Dictionary. Yes, I know that sounds dreadfully dull, but the relationship between the main editor and one of the most prolific contributor of entries is one of those 'truth is stranger than fiction' things. It really will amaze you. Also, you will come away with a deeper respect for the writers who labored prior to OED, an appreciation for words, and awe at the massive undertaking of the project itself. Go. Now. Go on...go check it out of the library. Now! Why are you still here?


Ok, wait...tell me what other music and books do you folks recommend I check out? Some of my favorites were suggested by other people. One never knows....

Have a great weekend. And stop at the library.

21 comments:

tl said...

The answer to the first set is - everything filed under F:/music
The answer to the second set - everything in the local library.

:)

James Goodman said...

As for music I will send you a list if you want. I am a total music junkie. I can't seem to string together thoughts let alone words without a little diddy playing softly in the background.

As for books, I would say anything from that soon to be best selling author James Goodman, oh wait...

Seriously, have you read any books by David Niall Wilson? I've just started Deep Blue and I'm already hooked. Of course, I've read nearly every book he's ever written. :D
He's a helluva writer.

Also, anything by Joe Konrath.

And there's:


Elizabeth Massie
John Skipp
Matt Schwartz
Steve Saville
Sephera Giron
James Moore
John B. Rosenman
Joseph Nassise
Thomas Sullivan
Bev Vincent
Deborah LeBlanc
Weston Ochse
Justine Musk (who happens to be smokin' hot as well as talented)
Richard Steinberg
Janet Berliner Stephen Mark Rainey

James Goodman said...

Oh, and I almost forgot, Michael Laimo and Jeff Strand. I'm sure there are more, but I haven't had enough coffee yet. :D

James Goodman said...

Oh, here is a little in the way of music...

The Rosebuds- leaves do fall

Tori Amos- Cornflake girl

people in planes- if you talk to much my head will explode

Camper Van Beethoven- Pictures of Matchstick men

Ween- Gabrielle

gnarls Barkley- Crazy

The Raconteurs- Hands


Yeah Yeah Yeahs- phenomenon

Bloc Party- Banquet

Ladytron- Destroy everything you touch

Rock kills kid- paralyzed

lecram sinun said...

So, it's going to be a weekend of singing books, then. Have a great one! :)

snavy said...

I am so diagramming that sentence - I love that stuff!! I am such a geek!!

Great memes!!

barefoot_mistress said...

OOh James picked a Tori song, I think im in love!

Music..you know...


Books, well, I read all sorts of old Indian lit, stuff they have to drag out of the basement in the main library because noone has checked it out since 1964.

The Cost of Living
by Arundhati Roy
(for example)

But I would recommend for non Indian stuff:

T C Boyle.....all of it! Start with some short stories such as his
Greasy Lake and Other Stories

or for some fun full length:

Drop City
Budding Prospects
Water Music

I could go on.......

lime said...

tl, you clever, clever fellow!
lol


james, i absolutely know who to turn to when i need suggestions! I've read the soon to be best selling author and i concur. the others are brand new to me. and the music...only familair with ganrls and tori so LOTS of things to have fun checking! thanks!!

lecram, yes and i have all your various movie suggestions too!

snavy, hiking up my pants, pushing up my taped glasses and adjusting my pocket protector....i'm a nerd too, i mean who else read sthe road atlas for amusement.

suse, i just read an interview with boyle last week. interesting fellow! thanks.

Logophile said...

I was going to sit here and diagram the sentence in the comment box, but I realized with out the underlining and circling it gets confusing, so...
I will let it go.

MyUtopia said...

Great list! I like the book one, I might swipe it.

Cosima said...

Terrific lists, I will definitely check out your book recommendations.

If you like mystery novels, I would recommend Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti series, which takes place in Venice. The descriptions of Brunetti's dinners are worth the read alone :)

Tommy said...

Allison Krauss blows me away. I have also read about 20 books in the past week. Most by Laurell K. Hamilton, Lisa Jackson and Margaret Atwood with Alice Hoffman thrown in there as well. I would suggest a book called "The Red Tent" By Alice Diamanti (sp?) It is freaking fantastic! I LOVED it! I think you'll like it. Have a great weekend babe.
TG

steve said...

another wonderful list!!

anything by Prince or ZZ Top what a combination LOL!

Have a great weekend!

lime said...

logo, you can do it privately on paper if it makes youfeel better

myutopia, i stole it from you! lol

cosima, will these dinner descriptions sabotage my diet goals??

tommy, i will have to check those suggestions as well. i read 'red tent' a couple years ago. thanks!

steve, oh hon, you are a man after my own heart. i LOVE both prince and ZZTop!!

Lacquer, Semi-Gloss Lacquer said...

...am so going to klepto this... (sorry, it's nearly one, I'm tired, and I havn't the brain cells to work on my self interview.. (thanks for the diversion dearie...)

Margie Blystone said...

You make me feel So!... Not!... cerebral!

I was going to mention 'The Red Tent' but I see it's already been tagged AND you read it... That was my fav of all time.

Worst book EVER has to be the Oprah pick of 'She's come undone' by, Wally Lamb... Hate, Hate, Hated that book! I had to finish it though because I thought it would get better at some point... It never did!

And tell me... When do you find time to read while raising a family AND keeping up with all the blogging?

Fortress Guinness said...

omg...!!! i can comment on here...wtf is going on...???!!! anyway...Radar Love...stone cold classic...!!! thanks for taking the baton Lime...xxx

ttfootball said...

I'm definitely gonna check out some of these book suggestions. Need to get back into reading, my vocab is becoming terribly limited. Reading V.S. Naipaul at the moment. Music: Timeless by Sergio Mendes

M said...

i would suggest Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper

Boysenberry said...

Lime, hope you don't mind, but I'll be pinching your music meme shortly. Let you know when it goes up :)

Boysenberry said...

Just letting you know, the music list is up.