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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Notas al Azar II

1. I've read 12 books this semester and am currently working on book 13. I think that's the most I've read in one semester so far! My favorites have been Toni Morrison's Beloved and The Bluest Eye, Louise Edrich's Love Medicine and of course William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. I probably know the most about The Bluest Eye since I wrote TWO papers on it. I actually don't have a least favorite book.... I happen to like just about everything I read.

I also really enjoyed The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Junot Diaz, the Pultizer-Prize winning author of the book, came to my campus and signed my book! And he was VERY nice and down to earth. Here's a picture of him signing my friend Kristen's book.

2. Have I mentioned here that I'm living in an off-campus house next semester? I'm excited to live in an actual house (with a kitchen and free parking!) rather than a dorm. I do like being able to walk to class, but I guess it won't be a big problem driving to campus since the house is only 6 minutes away. And I'm not excited about paying rent every month.... However, at TCNJ, living on campus comes to over $900 a month whereas off-campus rent is $350 a month. Much better deal.

3. The day before Easter, my mother and I were watching some show that mentioned Stevie Nicks. I told my mother that I always felt like I should listen to Stevie and thought I would like her. My mother agreed.

So I started with her debut CD Bella Donna which I currently am loving thoroughly. I also downloaded Rumours, perhaps the most famous Fleetwood Mac CD which I am also currently loving thoroughly. I'm pretty sure "The Chain" is one of the best songs I've ever heard.

I find my newfound love for Stevie/Fleetwood kind of random since I usually don't like listening to 'old' music. But this is too good to resist. I've also just started listening to Stevie's The Wild Heart and Fleetwood Mac's Fleetwood Mac (1975).

My favorite tracks from Bella Donna are "Bella Donna," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Edge of Seventeen," and "Kind of Woman."
My favorite tracks from Rumours are "The Chain," "Dreams," "Go Your Own Way," and "Gold Dust Woman."

4. I'm seeing James Morrison tomorrow!!! NEXT WEEK!

I LOVED his first CD Undiscovered when I first heard it a couple years ago. He recently released his second CD Songs For You, Truths For Me and I was surprised to find that it's even better than his first CD. I've been dying to see him but he's from the UK and doesn't tour America very often. James is my favorite male artist and I am so excited to finally see him live.

And I think it's cool that I first heard James when his song "Wonderful World" used to come on in Rite Aid where I used to work. My favorite artist EVER is Leona Naess, and I also first heard her in Rite Aid! And come to think of it, Fleetwood Mac also played in Rite Aid a lot... Wow. I guess I like adult contemporary since that's the station we had to play.

. This is by far the creepiest video I have ever seen.


Michelle M. said...

I always liked the song Stand Back by Stevie Nicks. And Blue Lamp - which is on the Heavy Metal Soundtrack is great. And Whenever I Call You Friend with Kenny Loggins, cause it's fun to sing to.
Stevie Nicks. Yep.

Milo said...

Hmm I am in the UK but have never heard of James Morrison. Is it a generational thing?

I remember reading Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying' at university too! Powerful stuff!

hoteltuesday said...

Michelle - I like "Stand Back" as well! I haven't listened to The Wild Heart repeatedly yet, but I remember that one sticking out.

Milo - Hmm. I figured everyone in the UK heard of him? His first album went #1, his second debuted at #3, he was nominated for (and won) a few BRIT awards... According to Wikipedia he was the best selling male solo artist of 2006 in the UK. lol.

Polt said...

Edge of Seventeen is a grea song. I like Rhinanon and Sara as well,not sure which album they're from though.

Yep, I had my Fleetwood Mac phase about 20 years ago...maybe its something every gay guy goes through around the age of twenty? :)


Milo said...

Enrico - ah well, you do by now know that I am stuck in the 1980s and to a slightly less extent - the BritPop generation of the mid/late 90s (which is when I went to university).

I have not really got into anything new since then. Don't like most current British artists (they seem manufactured which I hate). I'll try and listen to this James Morrison guy at some point.

john said...

I loved Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, I have most of their cds. Empire State, That's Alright and Gypsy are favorites, along with the songs you mention.

The Wild Heart is a fantastic cd. I love the title track as well as Stand Back (the first single) on which Prince played synthesizer without credit. I also like If Anyone Falls. Her later cds are pretty good, but, in my opinion, aren't as good as the first two.

Anonymous said...

OMG he scaried me when he first jumped put in the video. I like Stevie Nicks too.