Summer Cool

You may understand me when I say that I like my summer reads to be light and entertaining. I save different authors for different seasons. I can not read Khaled Hosseini in August just as I can’t stick to a Sophie Kinsella novel in winter.

Be it summer, humid and hard as ever to concentrate, I’m reading Are You There Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea. I have never read her books before, though I have sometimes seen her on TV. And just like her television show, this book is crass and outrageous. It’s made up of real, short stories and I swear you will end up in tears in certain chapters.

Her style might not appeal to you, She writes like this:

“I rolled over and picked up Us Weekly magazine off the floor. The cover had a picture of Angelina, Brad, and their little Eskimo son, Maddox. I saw staring at the photo, wondering why this little boy looks so pissed off in every picture.

At first I thought he was just pissed about his Mohawk, but then I realized he’s probably furious. Maddox must have thought he hit the jackpot when some A-list celebrity rescued him from third-world Cambodia, only to discover that she was going to shuffle him back and for the to EVERY other third-world country in the universe. He’s probably like, ‘When the fuck are we gonna get to Malibu, bitch?”  

…and this:

“Then a homeless man with a dog approached us and put his hand out. This happens to be something that I have a real problem with: homeless people with pets who approach you for food when they have a perfectly delicious dog standing right there?”  

She’s straight-to-the-point, politically incorrect and without any borders whatsoever. But reading a chapter a night will make you go to sleep smiling and laughing.

And talking about smiles, have you ever heard of the BBC Proms? They are a celebration of the arts, held every summer, ending with the famous Last NIght of the Proms. This year, for the first time ever in the Proms’ history, Radio 1 was invited and it turned the Proms into a classic Ibiza night. International DJ’s like Pete Tong joined the Orchestra and gave us tune after tune of musical gems, each one bringing back memories of past summers. And I mean songs you surely know and recognize, especially if you’re in your 30s. There was Moby and Fat Boy Slim and a whole lot more. If you have time to see the whole set, I truly recommend it! It’s a feast for the senses, and totally beyond the definition of all that is cool.

You definitely know this one!

When Busy, Procrastinate.

I write this surrounded by chaos. I’ve been packing for three days but as yet, I’m not even half-way there. I have no space for half the things I want to bring down with me to Malta. So I’ve resorted to my best friend at these times, goes by the name of Procrastination, and am instead thinking about tonight’s event instead – one I’ve been looking forward to for the past 3 years.

Want a hint?

Six Songs of Me!

After reading Kate’s post on her blog today, I immediately knew I’d do this and blog about it myself. I love music and the sense of association it brings about. Each and every one of my favourite songs has a particular memory attached to it. Music is an important part of my life. And so I bring you:

Six Songs of Me!

1. What was the first song you ever bought?

The first cassette I ever bought with my own money was Madonna’s True Blue album, mainly for La Isla Bonita. I thought Madonna is her Spanish attire was so cool! 25 years later, I still think the same!

2. What song always gets you dancing?

This is a no-brainer for me. If you know me, you’ll know how much I love adore this song. It got me dancing the first time I heard it as a Uni student and still does today – as recently as at a wedding we had last month on The Rock. A lives in the hope that I’ll someday outgrow this song…HAHAHA joke’s on you my friend!

3. What song takes you back to your childhood?

I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago. Whenever I hear this song, I am thrown back to the 80s, I am a young girl crying my eyes out because that ‘scary man’ (aka Michael Jackson) was back on TV scaring the living daylights out of me. Nowadays the crying has stopped, but the video still unsettles me. Maybe it’s because he eventually did morph into that ghost/corpse-like man at the end of his life.

4. What is your perfect love song?

It would have to be our first-dance song at our wedding (well one of them anyways. The other one is just as special). Paul Weller is a god in my eyes, and this song has the most beautiful lyrics – so much so that it’s a guaranteed tear-jerker. I could hear it for hours and not get bored. I love it that much.

5. What song would you want at your funeral?

Now this is a morbid question, one I’ve never thought about. If I had to choose, it would have to be Comfortably Numb. It was my dad’s favourite one and for that reason I’ve never managed to listen to it from start to finish ever again in the 6+ years he’s been gone. But I’d like it to be played when I’m gone. It wouldn’t matter then.

6. What song makes you you?

It has to be this one. I may get knocked down at times, I may fail at other times, but nothing and nobody will keep me down. Plus, this is a goofy, silly, don’t-take-life-too-seriously kind of song. Get jumping now 😉

Tell me your Six Songs! I think nothing explains a person better than the music s/he listens to. I’d love to know yours 😉

Take-Me-Back Tuesdays!

 

I may be wrong, but I’m pretty sure this is my mother’s favourite song. I have heard the longer version of this song for tens of times. My parents loved the music of the 60s and the 70s – ‘muzika ta’ zmienna‘ they used to say. Only now do I realize how much I was influenced by the music I heard when I was younger.

 

This song is not a cheerful one, its’ lyrics are quite somber and the mood is a serious one. But it suits autumn. And it particularly suits November – my thoughts are always that bit more deeper in November.

a gentle rain falls softly on my weary eyes as if to hide a lonely tear…my life will be forever autumn,cos you’re not here”

I promise something more upbeat next week 🙂

 

 

 

Take-Me-Back Tuesdays!

Driving home yesterday afternoon, we were listening in to a radio programme discussing mindworms. At first I was thinking we’d stumbled upon a discussion about creepy-crawlies or a disease. However the meaning is, quite innocently, a song that is stuck in your mind and which you can’t stop singing.

This has been my mindworm for the past two days.

At the time Stephen Dorff was on my hunk/lust list, only coming second to Ethan Hawke. And Alicia Silverstone was so cool, I was jealous. Looking at her attire in the video it brought a smile to my face because we all had that type of dress in the mid-90s – the flowery, loose knee-length (or shorter) summer dress which we used to wear over a pair of boots. And in the jumping scene, I remembered wearing baggy jeans, boots from the inside and the checked tartan-style shirt. Only I was no way as cool as Alicia looked and still does!

The song was released this time 19 years old! The video is awesome in my opinion – but then I say that about each and every Aerosmith song. Just take a look at Amazing and Janie’s Got a Gun.

Another thing – if you’re a Lost fan, look out for a much-younger Josh Holloway!

Enjoy the flashbacks 😉

Take-Me-Back-Tuesdays!

Today is a day where songs like this make me feel better – songs where you can scream the lyrics, dance around in random circles and wave your arms about.

This song reminds me of a school-trip back in the 90s when we visited Italy. I remember singing this song in the back rows of the bus. Apart from the random circles, we did the same things then as I’m doing now.

So draw the curtains, close the windows and away you go!