Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
September is usually nice here, but I don't recall ever having such great weather this late. We keep thinking that the beach season is over, putting in huge sessions on what feels like "the last day of summer"...then finding that it just stays nice.
Update Oct.5, 2012: Well, it stayed warm right through until the end of September, and then we had an abrupt correction back to normal temps. However, the Thanksgiving forecast is still pretty great:
Sunday, September 02, 2012
- I've become a bit obsessed with the song Here and Heaven by the Goat Rodeo Sessions, to the point of enjoying alternate versions for the tiny differences: on the Jay Leno Show), live on NPR, and the making-of/behind-the-scenes. Their passion for music shines through on all of them.
- Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes -- after falling in love with their song Home (and a spirited performance on Letterman), Man on Fire really caught me over the last few weeks -- wonderful abandon.
- Viola: Air on a C String was an excellent BBC show that is apparently not available online any longer. They focused on the fact that many of the great composers used the viola as their primary instrument, which certainly interested this viola-playing composer.
- Enjoying a hodgepodge of amazing songs from Purity Ring, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble and Japandroids
- Colin Stetson plays a huge bass saxophone that has to be heard to be believed. After hearing him play Judges on Q, I had to hear more.
- Awesome Okanagan had a feature on local hip-hop kid Bdice, covering his Daily 16project, where he wrote and recorded 16 bars of music every day for a year. Not my usual style, but this guy's got inspiring levels of talent and drive.
- Passage by Exitmusic -- this woman’s voice broods, yowls, growls and whispers, always surrounded by just the right sounds, sometimes hushed, sometimes violent. Great song.
- No Road Markings for Miles -- my mom collected and published our journals from the trip to Europe the two of us took together in 1993. My parts are occasionally painful to read, but it's a treasured keepsake and I've been enjoying picking it up these last few weeks.
- Souvenir of Canada 2 by Douglas Coupland -- On Canada Day, I poured myself a frosty brew, pulled the lounger into a comfy spot under the mountain ash, and settled in to enjoy this classic slice of Canadiana. Perfect.
- Chuck Friesen was a guy from Rosenort who wrote some interesting things before he died of cancer last year. Based on his writing, he and I wouldn't share many beliefs, but for some reason I found this good reading to put things in perspective and be thankful for what we've got. I was interested in his take on the "mistakes" people make when visiting someone who is terminally ill, and in reading the push-back from some of the people who supported him through his last weeks and months.
- Lakeland by Allan Casey -- If I tried to describe this book, it would sound dull, but it was anything but. I started with the chapters covering the lakes I knew best -- Okanagan and Lake of the Woods, Lake Winnipeg -- and just kept reading. I was fascinated by his take on the ice road on Lake Athabasca, the story of Grey Owl, and small-town Quebec culture...actually all of it was great. Beautifully written, highly recommended.
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking -- when I couldn't get this book from the library, I read all the other books they had on the topic of introversion. In some ways, I wish I had waited for this one, which was by far the best of the bunch. Very affirming, and it might even change the world if some extroverts would give it a shot.
- With the girls, I've been reading Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, which I cannot recommend. On the other hand, we all adored The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu and promptly bought (!) the next two books in the series because the library won't have them for a while.
- Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff -- I haven't been doing much reading about technology, but I enjoyed this. Some good cues to either unplug from passive use of the web, or get busy really creating stuff online.
- What is a Print? -- gorgeous art book, practical and inspiring and awesome.
- Princess Mononoke -- I watched it again one night while Tannis and the kids were in Calgary. Still my favourite animated film.
- The Hunger Games -- watched with Tannis, who is a fan of the books. Not the best movie, but entertaining enough, and made me want to read the series.
- Percy Jackson -- so, so bad. And we loved the books.
- Ramsay Downholers -- I'm not really sure how to describe this pilot for a TV series about an old-timer's hockey team in Ontario. It was surprisingly compelling, if only because it so accurately depicts the scene I've encountered here as well. Quite funny, but very low-brow.
- Local singer Nico Boesten made an excellent video talking about the song he wrote after his dad died. Powerful stuff.
- I'm super excited to see Samsara -- the trailer looks incredible, maybe even better than Baraka