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Absolutely Amazing!

Posted in Books, Journal, Mental Morsels, Music, Musings, Reviews, Wonderful Words with tags , , , , , on 15/03/2013 by Jen Healey

An exciting sounding title, I know, but I’m so filled with surprising good feeling at the moment.  (Let’s hope that me posting this doesn’t jinx that!)  But, I have recently been finding that despite dire finances and a lack of career focus, there really is more to life than these material matters.  Those of you who have spoken to me of late will be well aware of my latest fascination with Philosophy.  Please don’t run, I’m not going to start getting all pretentious and lofty, that’s just not me.  However, when I find something that is both helpful and interesting I like to share it with anyone that is willing to listen.

So, with this in mind, I’m going to sing the praises of both a book that I have recently read and the library services which made it possible for me to do so.  The book is ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’ – by Alain de Botton.  Which I will own for myself one day soon, as it has become a very important book to me, marking the beginning of a love affair with this subject.  Here is an open invitation to join up on goodreads and share a world of books and opinions – click here, if you like.

The other link that I’m going to pop on this quick little post is one to my local library service, which enables me to search, reserve and collect books without leaving the village (courtesy of the Mobile Library service).  Yes I know this may sound a little old-fashioned what with E-Readers and the like, but I don’t think that anything compares to the feel and smell of a real book, that has been held and read by other people before me.  Okay, enough sentimentality from me.  I would urge you to support the work of your local library though, it is free after all and is a precious thing that would be terrible to lose, in my humble opinion.

I hope to see you on goodreads soon.

Enjoy something simple and cheap/free where you can.

N.B.  The Rush obsession continues also – The Trees – please skip the stupid feckin advert and give this song a listen.  I love it.

 

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In a Rush

Posted in Music with tags , on 02/07/2012 by Jen Healey

It’s been a while since we talked music and I’m in the grip of a mild music obsession with Rush.  So let’s visit with them shall we?

YouTube abuse alert!  Please excuse the stupid flippin adverts.

This post will be mostly vids yoinked from YouTube, but it is the best way to share my perspective on a truly awesome band.

I am in the process of discovering the genius of this band beyond the epic song ‘The Spirit of Radio’ –

A song that has been in and out of my life since my early teens, but I never explored any of their other material, until now.

If you prefer the perfection of the album version – here it is, with the fab lyrics.

I could not believe that Rush completely consists of three guys – just three!  Amazing!  Did you check out that drum kit?!

I bagged a bargain the other day in Leamington Spa, buying one of their albums (Time Stand Still – collection) for a meagre £4!  It is ace!  The first track is ‘The Spirit of Radio’, which is worth the purchase price alone, in my humble opinion.  I agree heartily with Jack Black (love him or hate him) who makes a very good point here –

I don’t know what he’s doing with his hand!  Ah well, he is at least able to recognise the quality of both the music and lyrics.

Other songs that I am unable to stop listening to are :

Tom Sawyer –

Album version.

You’ve gotta love a band that doesn’t take itself too seriously, including South Park in your concert, that definitely counts.

Freewill –

Album version. 

Time Stand Still –

Yes, yes, the video is tres tragic, but it was the eighties and I think the song more than makes up for the bad vid.  However, in this case, I would actually recommend listening to the album version!

Apologies to those of you who do not share my opinion on Rush, as an opinion, it is of course subjective.  I would say, however, that the musical ability of these guys cannot be in question.  They have been a major influence in the world of rock music, and probably beyond.  I have much more research and listening to do to catch up on the years of music I have missed.

I’m looking forward to it.

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