challenge, music

100 day song challenge #08

#08 A song that calms you down

I generally find any piece of music that goes heavy on the piano to be quite calming. Could be anything. Nick Cave playing on Marianne Faithfull’s There is a ghost, Diamanda Galas hammering away, the way she usually does, or something simple like the piano on Lana Del Rey’s Ride, Beyoncé’s Halo, or someone with mad skills like Yiruma. Anything piano will do.

I do much favor what Conway Savage does on Fair and tender ladies tho.

Also. He’s got such a pleasant quality to his voice.

Not really expecting this to make sense to anyone really. It is one of my all-time fave songs though. Yes, of all the songs recorded ever.


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challenge, music

100 day song challenge #17

#17 A song that was released in the 70s

Finally! I’ve got a reason to harp on about one of my faves John Cale. I love John Cale.

In case you’ve missed it; John Cale used to be in Velvet Underground. I don’t particularly like Velvet Underground. I also don’t like Lou Reed (also in Velvet obvs).

But I love John Cale.

Well. At least when he plays the piano.

If I’m being honest, my love for Cale is completely based on his Fragments of a Rainy Season record. Which is a live recording where he plays the piano. Basically.

I just love how he plays the piano. People don’t play the piano like that anymore.  Except for Diamanda. But then she and John would probably have learned how to play around the same time, so that makes sense I suppose. I wish someone would teach me how to; it has a darkness about it that I find very appealing.

I think he probably, originally, released this song in the 70s. I have CD saying he did. So let’s go with that; John Cale’s cover of Heartbreak Hotel.


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dirty weekend
books, movies

Dirty Weekend, the movie

Have I mentioned lately that I love Dirty Weekend? I  l o v e  Dirty Weekend. Hands down favorite novel of all time. I was introduced to this masterpiece via Nina Björk’s Under det rosa täcket, which was on the reading list when I studied contemporary feminist literature. So at least I got something out of that course…

What I love about Dirty Weekend is how it’s written in the style of a fairytale, and I do love a good story of revenge. It’s also short and snappy, and Zahavi is really quite good at creating tension.

Anyway. That’s not the point here; I’m not going to try to convince you this is the best novel ever (I mean it is, purely objectively), you can go right ahead and hate it. Which seems to be what most people do anyway. So.

I’ve known for a while Dirty Weekend was made into a movie in the early 90s. Terrible movie apparently. (See IMDB.) Because I’m completely obsessed with the book – I read it at least once a year, frequently when I read terrible books to remind myself that there are good books – I have been looking for the movie. I just had to see it, even if was terrible. Considering the fact that A. most people seem to hate the book too, and B. I sometimes don’t agree with IMDB (what do you mean the 1993 The Three Musketeers is not the best movie ever!?!?) – I figured there was a fair chance I’d still like it.

I didn’t. At all. Not even a little. It wasn’t even vile. Or violent, which you might expect if you read the book.

I just wanted to say that I’m disappointed. And I don’t handle disappointment well (in the words of Diamanda, obviously).

And I was so happy when I finally stumbled on it on YouTube; I’ve been looking for this movie for basically forever. And I generally struggle to find any movie at all that I feel even the slightest inclination towards watching. I never thought I’d say this, but I even prefer Baise-Moi, which is just vile. But that’s always something.

I just wish someone would have made it into a cartoon instead. I am so sure that would have worked so incredibly well for this particular story. Oh well.


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