A year in music

Ah, music; where would we be without it? It’s central to practically every aspect of our lives: it sets the mood, it can evoke deep emotions, and it in the darkest of times, it can bring us back to where it’s light. It’s that powerful!

That being said, I love thinking up play lists. So, what better way to commemorate the good and bad of 2017 with a musical play list! 2017 was a particularly good year for music (not including Despacito). I came across a lot of oldies but goodies, and a few new ones as well. (But mostly classic hits.) They remind me of certain events over the last year, and where I was at the time. And many of them have uplifting lyrics, and are meant to inspire us to overcome obstacles. And didn’t we all need these kind of lyrics this year?!

  1. Through the Ages, Cloud Cult
  2. To be Human, Sia (feat. Labyrinth)
  3. It Might as Well Rain until September, Carole King
  4. Shake it Out, Florence and the Machine
  5. Ahead by a Century, The Tragically Hip
  6. Bat out of Hell, Meatloaf (Yes, I had to include this one)
  7. Sunshine on my Shoulders, John Denver
  8. Runaway, Kanye West (Ballet may or may not have been an influence for me in choosing this song)
  9. Only the Young, Journey
  10. Everything’s alright, Jesus Christ Superstar
  11. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart), Journey
  12. Funnel of Love, Wanda Jackson
  13. Dedicated to the One I love, Mamas and the Papas

And of course, this:

 

What musical tracks defined 2017 for you?

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…

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Yes, that’s the first snow of the season. Magic!

It now feels like we’ve reached peak Christmas, because there’s nothing in the world that compliments colourful Christmas lights and decorations more so than a blanket of white fluff.

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The dog clearly loves it.

My Christmas shopping is (mostly) complete, so now it’s down to the final touches. And festive baking! So much baking. And so much eating to come.

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Started out with this….

IMG_0431.jpgWhile getting a tad distracted (because baking while having old movies on in the background is a unique pastime of mine)….

But I finished them eventually.

IMG_0428At least, not until the end of the movie. (Slightly Dangerous, if you’re wondering)

As of this past Friday, I’ve been riding the wings of Meatloaf tunes, because I saw the Bat out of Hell musical. It was actually pretty good! If not a little strange in terms of the plot line. But still, very admirably 70s/80s’ rock. The lead performer was especially good, because his singing was actually suited for the rock music, and didn’t have the typical broadway singing voice.

Other things of note:

  • Don’t film a drone over a Renaissance festival or this will happen.
  • A week from today, it’s Doctor Who day! (I may or may not cry when 12 regenerates.)
  • The new Star Wars movie!! I may have to quit using Twitter until I see it because spoilers are jumping out from around the corners on me.
  • Another lovely year end tribute from TCM.

ALSO, because I am (for once) shameless, I started using Wattpad to publish some ridiculous stories I’ve had bopping around my head. READ MY FIRST STORY HERE. (ps: be gentle, it’s still a work in progress…!!)

If I don’t get back here later this week for my round of ‘thoughts’ or whatnot, enjoy listening to Bat out of Hell. (ps: get a load of that overture!)

Thursday thoughts

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Eating mulberries in Shakespeare’s garden, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 1928
  • And the revelations keep on coming.
  • Every morning when I turn on the news, I find myself thinking, “who’s next?”
  • At this point, it could be anyone.
  • It’s baffling.
  • Although not necessarily surprising?
  • The Onion is having a field day with all these emerging allegations.
  • It’s also kind of upsetting, especially when it’s a person who you thought was decent.
  • Still waiting for Donald Trump’s turn.
  • That guy…
  • Iced Peppermint Mocha dreams fulfilled as of this week.
  • And the week before.
  • Chocolatey, minty goodness.
  • Although not enough whipped cream on my last to satisfy me.
  • But oh well!
  • If that doesn’t suffice, a Krispy Kreme donut will.
  • To have even half of one would be dangerous.
  • Oops, too late.
  • Dangerously delicious.
  • I hate the word delicious.
  • Especially when used to describe something that is not food.
  • Never, ever do that in my presence.
  • It’s the end of November.
  • What?…. Where did it go…??
  • It was the end of Halloween, and now it’s not.
  • Sad!
  • But then again, the Month of Merry will be upon us.
  • Have you ever heard of a Return to Saturn?
  • Unless you’re a real astrology buff, the answer is likely no.
  • I’d never heard of it before either… Until last week or so.
  • Apparently it happens. Every 29.5 years or so, the planet Saturn returns to the astrological house that you were born into and stirs up enough personal shit to make it feel as if you’re going through puberty again.
  • If you’re turning 29 within the next year, like I am, it’s fast approaching.
  • Timing is everything, isn’t it?
  • All I had to do was a bit of research as to when mine is due, and OH GOD IT’S RETURNING THIS DECEMBER.
  • My ass is going to be kicked by an invisible astrological entity.
  • For two years.
  • But perhaps some good will come out of it.
  • Hey, James Cameron’s Titanic turned twenty this month!
  • Questions still linger about that movie.
  • Namely, why Rose wasn’t able to make room for Jack on that floating door.
  • Or better yet…. Did Rose actually die at the end of the movie?
  • Likely yes, but that’s been up for debate.
  • It’s still a shame she dropped the necklace into the ocean.
  • That thing was worth a fortune, dammit!
  • You know what also came out this month in 1942?
  • Casablanca.
  • Ingrid Bergman was luminous.
  • And on that note, I sign off!
  • But not before I leave you with this other Journey song I’ve been listening to lately.
  • There’s no cheesy video to accompany it, as far as I know, but it doesn’t need it.
  • Thank goodness.

 

Top image from here

This month

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A November sunset that my iPhone camera did not do justice for.

As L.M. Montgomery so beautifully put it, “It was November – the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.” If I could sum it up to today’s narrative, I would have to go with ‘the month of grey skies, dead leaves, overhasty Christmas decor, unnecessary Thanksgiving/Black Friday influx from the US.

Seen:

  • Flurries! And rain.
  • The Great Canadian Baking Show. For a spin off of the British series, it’s very enjoyable… No doubt thanks to its adorable contestants! As of now, I want to try making Montreal style bagels, fondant fancies(!), and maple cookies.
  • Frankie Drake. Fun show! It reminds of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in some ways, but this show is definitely lighter in its tone, and very Canadian (since it’s set in Toronto).
  • Cheesy Christmastime movies that started the weekend after Halloween. I couldn’t be more thrilled/nauseated.

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Babe alert! An admirable portrait of Jeff Bridges (circa 1970s), because I have no shame.

  • Black Friday deals. So much want and not enough buy. Take for instance, a Canon or Nikon camera, which I’ve been lusting after for almost ten years. (Just a few thousand dollars more! Not.)

Listening to lately:

  • Journey. I heard their song ‘Separate Ways’ in the film Tron: Legacy not too long ago, and simply had to look it up on Youtube. And of course I found the accompanying music video in all its 80s’ glory, at the top of the search results. The song itself is so intense and hardcore, and the video is just… Whoa. (It eventually led me down a rabbit hole to find the best parody video of it.)
  • Not One Minute More, which I happened to hear on the radio while driving home last Monday. (RIP Della Reese!)

Read:

Sadly, no books have caught my interest this month. SO BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT READS.

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Once again, no justice done by my iPhone.

 

Jeff Bridges photo from here

Thoughts on a Friday

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  • My favourite time of the year is hanging on a bit longer.
  • I miss doing these on Fridays.
  • So much more interesting than on Tuesdays.
  • These are the days nostalgia is made of.
  • Next time someone suspends Donald Trump’s Twitter account, I hope it’s permanent.
  • One can dream.
  • I never knew I needed a Noirvember nickname until now.
  • You may now refer to me as Margot Savage until December 1st.
  • *Seductively takes a long draw on a non-existent cigarette*
  • *coughs*
  • I thought about doing Nanowrimo this year….
  • …. But decided not to.
  • I started with 600 or so words, but then I lost motivation.
  • I already have three (unfinished) stories on the go.
  • Lost in the sands of Nanowrimo past.
  • I better start writing… Something.
  • Now that Halloween is over, I’m waiting impatiently for those terrible Christmas tv specials to start.
  • Not until after Remembrance Day, which is acceptable.
  • I don’t know why, but I’m really looking forward to seeing them on tv again.
  • Even when they’re overly saccharine, over the top Christmas-y, and filled with too-beautiful-to-be-true people who just can’t seem to get their shit together in their love lives.
  • L’amour, l’amour.
  • It’s getting cold.
  • To state the obvious.
  • Unless you’re in Australia, where it is no doubt blissfully warm.
  • Lucky you.
  • G’day.
  • No fair, it’s Saturday tomorrow.
  • I can’t sleep in.
  • Time change is on Sunday and I can’t do much sleeping in then either.
  • Because, work.
  • I really want a new camera.
  • And I really want to visit Los Angeles.
  • This has been brewing for some time.
  • SO much want, and not enough buy.
  • So I will end things here, on a Girl Hunt Ballet note.
  • Since I can’t find any decent music.
  • So, this will do!
  • Be good and enjoy the weekend, peeps.

Seen, heard and read lately

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Well thank f***, it’s finally started feeling like fall. The leaves are finally changing (better late than never), the weather is turning gross, Halloween is looming…. And scary movies are on tv. What’s better than that??! (Just don’t say Christmas.)

Seen:

-The Alias Grace mini series. (See below.)

-Dracula films on Sunday nights this month starring Christopher Lee. Campy at times with tons of bright red (fake) blood, but they are awesome.

-A demonstration of how Medieval people walked. Sounds like a drag, but it’s actually quite interesting. Apparently humans (depending on the region, that is) have gotten lazy at walking properly  over the last Millenia.

The most beautiful thing to grace the Internet over the weekend. However, I did find out that this was created in August, so it’s been around for a bit. Also, I thought this was sung by Frank Sinatra, but nope! It’s actually sung by Matt Monro.

Heard:

-I’m still kind of on a Jesus Christ Superstar kick, so I’ve been coming back to this and this as of late. (And holy smokes, I never thought I’d be admiring how hot a singing voice Jesus has.)

-The Carpenters’ “We’ve only Just Begun”. It randomly popped up in my recommended videos on Youtube a while back, and then I heard it on the radio in the car.

Read:

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood. So good! I only wish I could write as compellingly as Atwood can. I thought it would be dark and depressing (which it was at times) like The Handmaid’s Tale, but it had its happy moments, and it ended on a good note. I was watching the tv series along with it, and I was not disappointed with it either. Now I am finished, and once again without a compelling book to read. Hmm.

“… Illusions of someday, casting a golden light”

I can’t say that I was ever a fan of the Tragically Hip. Proud Canadian I am, but never one to listen to their music.

I’ve heard their songs on the radio for years, but they never fully resonated with me. At least, not until last year, through the tragic circumstances of Gord Downie’s cancer diagnosis. But isn’t that always the case? Only through these kind of situations do we really start to understand a person. Once I started to learn more about Gord Downie and who he was, the more I could see how much of an influence and impact he had on Canadian culture. And with the incredible things he accomplished this past year on borrowed time, especially with his work on The Hidden Path (while bringing to light a dark subject about Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal children) it says a lot about who he was as a person. 

The song Ahead by a Century has a lot more meaning to me now for some reason. I don’t know if it’s because the lyrics strike a chord (so to speak) with me as a person today, or if it’s just because of Downie’s impact, but either way it’s something special. There’s a quote floating around somewhere that Downie was to have said, about creating music to bring people together.

This Choir Choir Choir! clip, although a few years old now, is a perfect example. (PS: No one can put together a musical tribute better than them.)