Friday, July 22, 2005

Mixed Nuts

It has been some time (months!) since I have posted a Mixed Nuts here so for those of you new to me that term means what I am reading/watching/listening to, or what I think is good clean fun.


Ears to Listen:


I have really been enjoying my new CD, The Best of Glenn Miller! I know some of my loyal readers might be thinking, this, the 80's girl?! listening to Glenn Miller? Oh man, is this music marvelous! It makes me wish I had lived in the 40's when people really knew how to dance. My mother and her husband can swing like crazy and I just love to watch them. In the Mood is the toe-tapping, get-up-and-swing song you always hear in 40's period movies and you just can't help feeling like the world is a better place while listening to this music. This one is great fun for a twirl with the children!


At this very moment though, I am in my contemplative mode and am listening to George Winston's, December. There has been so very much happening this week that it is hard to think clearly. My dear friend's son was in the hospital for some mystery illness, our dear precious friends are leaving now sooner than I thought they were, and well, this music just sooths my soul. I sometimes feel as though certain musicians can share the heart of God through their work; give the comfort of the Holy Spirit. How music is a blessing! Even the picture is peaceful. God gives such good gifts to His children.



Eyes to See:


We just enjoyed a rousing version of Jane Austen's classic work, Pride & Prejudice, but with Indian flavor in Bride & Prejudice. What a highly enjoyable and marvelously colorful movie! It is a pleasant mixture of Bollywood and Hollywood and is almost free of anything objectionable. There was a fairly sensual dance scene with a scantily clothed Ashanti in it that didn't really seem to match the movie's Indian theme and sensibility. However, this was minor compared to the funny and highly entertaining take on Austen's much-loved work! The dances were beautiful and well done and the music was marvelous. It does not compare, of course, with the beauty and purity of the A&E version of P&P, but was not trying to. It was in a perfectly fantastic league of its own. The rhythm is going to get you!


Good for the Brain:


I recently finished reading a very enjoyable book, albeit one that started slowly (and that I read very slowly due to very little "free" time) but only grew more interesting as I persevered. It is called, The Daisy Chain, by Charlotte Mary Yonge. (Yet another 19th century author of the genre I find engrossing!) It was truly one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. It is wholly different from Austen in that it is a very intimate look at a large upper-middle class family living on a limited income, in very class-oriented England during the Oxford movement. I will repost a paragraph by the publishers, Beautiful Feet Books, here:

Charlotte Mary Yonge's Victorian bestseller is a domestic story, a novel of female education, and a detailed survey of the controversies and practices of High Church Anglicanism in the 19th century. Its portrayal of the bookish, awkward heroine, Ethel May, paved the way for stories of literary heroines like Jo March and Anne Shirley, and its emphasis on the domestic life of the May family illuminates the Victorian doctrine of separate spheres, the seemingly contradictory gender politics of the Woman Question, and the relationship between religion and the rights of women in the 19th century. Absorbing, moving, and intricately plotted, The Daisy Chain is Yonge's best-known novel; this edition will provide the 21st century reader with a comprehensive education in Victorian culture, not to mention a tremendously satisfying reading experience.

I agree whole-heartedly that it was a very satisfying experience! This edition also contains some very well-written and fascinating essays about various aspects of Victorian life, the Oxford religious movement, class segregation, and about Yonge herself. If you are looking to enrich your mind with a clear and engaging look into this time period, keenly feel for those in the story dealing with joy, sorrow, loss, gain, faith, peers, you will enjoy this book immensely.





vtcabin said...

I love Glen Miller... I brought my Dad to see the orchestra 9 years ago...my dd was 4 mos old and sleeping in the front row during In The Mood. She first danced to Tuxedo Junction and my kids have been singing "Don't sit under the Apple Tree" of late. So Cute. I'm also an "80's girl", but went through a period of time that I was very interested in music of the 40s, and bought several cds of that era... Nat King Cole and Dean Martin are some other favorites. Seems that I can always listen to that type of music.

Also love George Winston. December is my favorite. When my first child was born she spent 3 months in a NICU. Music soothed her and I played December in her crib on a daily basis. Thanksgiving has special meaning for me.

I could "talk" music all day! ~Ali

Donnabooshay said...

Ah.... George Winston.....relaxing to say the least :o)

I have been on the hunt for Bride and Prejudice for two weeks now. I spotted the cover of the dvd at the movie store in town. One copy.

I was told it would be back on the 20th....I went to 21st...oops...gone again.....

I can't wait to watch it.

Did you think the actress was beautiful? She is considered by many the most beautiful woman in the world. And guess what she is unmarried @30 years old and lives at home.

Interesting huh?

Glad you got to see it!!!

Thanks for the fun updates!

In the mood (the band was swingin') In the mood (two hearts were singin')


JenIG said...

Tis True. Bride and Predjudice was utterly enjoyable. I'm going to rent it with Coie and then we're going to dance all around the house shaking our shoulders up and down. That Indian music is nearly enjoyable as my groovy disco tunes. i LIKE it -- it makes makes you wanna moooooove.