Music & reading

Ordinary Time 27/Trinity 17 – Saturday

This is going to be a non-sensical post. Just me spitballin’ really.

I’ve gone from listening to Maxwell then to Barbra and then to Matt Maher’s new album Alive Again.

Now I’m listening to instrumental stuff again. In addition to the stuff above and a whole bunch of music (my iPod classic is now up to about 56GB used of the 112GB available; I’m halfway to filling it up!).

In particular, 11:11 by Rodrigo y Gabriela. re-Foc and their self-titled album were freakin’ awesome. Their two live albums (Live: Manchester & Dublin and Live in Japan) also rock out. I love “Diablo Rojo” and “Tamacun” and this new album is great. The bonus DVD on 11:11 shows how frighteningly good Gabriela is on rhythm guitar and that Rodrigo plays lead guitar like a possessed genius.

That plus I’ve never realized how incredibly beautiful Ms. Quintero is until seeing her on the album’s bonus DVD;  I’ve always thought since finding out about R&G a few years back that she was definitely waaaay cute. And how a guitar can be one helluva percussion instrument if put in the right hands. Their classical guitars by Yamaha also look fully sick. Really.

In terms of reading (that is non-book related):

Robin Marantz Henig – “Understanding the Anxious Mind”, New York Times Magazine, Oct. 4, 2009 edition

Jonathan Safran Foer – “Against Meat”, New York Times Magazine, Oct. 11, 2009 edition

Jon Gertner – “The Calorie-Restriction Experiment”, New York Times Magazine, Oct. 11, 2009 edition

GQ Australia, October-November 2009 edition

And in addition to a ton of other books on my reading list, there is also:

Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story of Recorded Music (2009: London, Granta Publications; New York, Faber & Faber, Inc.) ISBN 978 1 86207 942 7

I blame a review of this that was published in the Australian Financial Review’s Review section about 3-4 weeks back for me putting in an order for this at Angus & Robertson, Post Office Square. That plus my hobbyist level of audiophilia (as distinct from audiophilia nervosa, :-p).

Now time to start on the ironing.

+ 2158hrs


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