Monday, November 15, 2010

Last week while enjoying a bowl of spaghetti with gravy and a nice bottle of Bordeaux background music was in order, and who else but Frank? Hoping to hear "My Way," and "Strangers in the Night," my dinner was abruptly interrupted by - Christmas music. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Christmas music. And Christmas time. And Christmas trees. And Christmas shopping. It's the most wonderful time of the year. As I listened to "although it's been said many times, many ways..." in Mr. Sinatra's enchanting voice, I began getting excited and that excitement led to an empty bottle of wine. The truth is, I'm not really ready for Christmas yet.

It's amazing what music can do to you. Music evokes so much emotion. Memories. Feelings. Nostalgia. Happiness. Music has gotten me through some tough times. It's also made the good times better. Sometimes music choice depends on my mood, and other times my mood depends on the music. I could go on and on, but instead, I am going to list some of my all time favorite albums - those that were significant in my life (in no particular order).

Nirvana - Unplugged

Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

Radiohead - Ok Computer

Days of the New - Red

Frank Sinatra - The Very Good Years

Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Madonna - Ray of Light

Metallica - The Black Album

Ben Harper - Both Sides of the Gun

Michael Jackson - Dangerous

These days I am enthralled by the following - but not yet ready to add them to the forever list.

Muse - The Resistance

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

I love British Bands. These days my favorite bands are all British - Radiohead, Muse, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, James, The Beatles. I guess these bands should be the best since the British invented music. They also invented Christmas.

I'm now waiting until after Thanksgiving for Christmas tunes, but I have to admit, I may start decorating this week - which reminds me that I need to buy some decorations, and a tree, and some ornaments...and did I mention I'm hosting Christmas this year? And I've got to plan a Thanksgiving menu, and buy food...and then I better start my shopping...Frank was right last week, it's time for mistletoe and holly.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I'm a bad blogger. Well, maybe not bad, maybe just really inconsistent. How often is one supposed to blog? Are there guidelines or rules? How does one become a great blogger? Does a blogger need to focus on a certain topic? Where did the word blog come from anyway? Actually, if you really want to know the origin of the term "blog", here is the answer.

I haven't yet decided why people blog, and I suppose since I blog I can't offend anyone with my theories. Do you want to hear them? That was a rhetorical question, of course, because this is my blog. I think people blog because they think they are interesting. I think people blog because they think they have good ideas. Some blog to be funny. Some blog for a cause. They blog because they want to express themselves. Some blog to brag. Others blog to tell people things they are afraid to verbally express. I think bloggers have tendencies towards vanity.

I'm still new to blogging, still trying to figure out the purpose of blogging - if there is a purpose - and still trying to figure out if I like to blog.