Tuesday, January 6, 2009

"a listener's life list"

i always see the book "1000 places to see before your die" & drool. i really want to see them all. is that possible in one lifetime? i mean is there anyone out there who doesn't want to see places like ayer's rock in austrailia, machu picchu in peru, the ring road in iceland, the amalfi coast in italy & my list could go on, but that's not what my blog is about today.

while shopping for the sister's birthday present this year, i came to the counter to pay & sitting beside "how to raise a lady" (which my sister actually got as a gift this year. ha) ... anywho... sitting beside that book was this.

(that's the noise the book made with a glowing bright light coming from it)

seriously?? i had no idea this book existed. i could just picture having my own copy, pages folded down, listings highlighted & checked off, slightly weathered from carrying it from place to place : )

"This is a book both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It's arranged alphabetically by artist to create the kind of unexpected juxtapositions that break down genre bias and broaden listeners' horizons— it makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for example, are the little-known R&B singer Baby Huey and the '80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band Bad Brains. Farther down the list: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, Count Basie, and Afropop star Waldemer Bastos."

Each entry is passionately written, with expert listening notes, fascinating anecdotes, and the occasional perfect quote—"Your collection could be filled with nothing but music from Ray Charles," said Tom Waits, "and you'd have a completely balanced diet." Every entry identifies key tracks, additional works by the artist, and where to go next. And in the back, indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions.

my copy has been ordered from amazon. i can't wait to get started!!!

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