2014 Reading List Update

Currently reading:
Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith
Fodor’s Italy 2013
Italy 2013 by Rick Steves
England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond by Jon Savage
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Autobiography by Morrissey
Against the Odds by Jamie Meadows
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys The True Story by Dean King
The Night of the Gun by David Carr
Unimaginable Zero Summer by Leslie Stella
The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy & Gela Nash-Taylor with Booth Moore


2014 Reading List Update

Majesty & Magic

I always feel like I’m terrible at talking about music. I love it so much, but words fail me when I try to express why. I flounder around and words pour out of me but I’m never sure I’m communicating what I’m feeling.

My friend Dawn & I went to see Low last night, and they’re so very amazing and beautiful, and I have such a hard time explaining them. The easiest thing to explain is the harmonies. Alan & Mimi’s voices are each beautiful on their own, but when they sing together it’s transcendent. There’s usually at least one moment during a concert where I’m holding back tears because my heart is squeezed and overflowing. When I listen on my iPod I have to remember not to sing out loud along with them when I’m in public, because my voice is a train wreck that no one needs to hear. But it’s hard to resist because there’s something that compels me to be part of the song. I envy their voices and their unity in the music. To be married to someone you can make music with and sing so beautifully with is rare.

There’s a lot of darkness and melancholy in their lyrics and melodies that counteract the beauty of the harmonies, and the instrumentation is so minimal that there’s no place to hide. It all feels very bare and open and unmasked.

This song is a guaranteed goosebumps outbreak.

Sometimes their songs sound like they’ve been handed down through generations, like hymns, like lullabies. Like songs you learned from your grandparents, except maybe for the lyrics about drugs & death.  I suppose it depends on your grandparents.

Majesty & Magic