I had the week off and drove to Seattle to visit family this past week. This gave me the chance to listen to a ton of albums at once and the time to finish my first book from My New Years Resolution.
My life has been dull with no adventures lately, sorry for the lack of posts.
Out of Africa- I was not overly fond of this book. While the stories were interesting and the descriptions helped me picture the wild of Africa I did not like the layout of the book. The stories were scattered and out of chronological order. I didn’t even know the author was married at any point until toward the end of the book, and it was hard for me to identify with the key characters when she only gave bits and pieces of them throughout the book. It was a struggle for me to finish, but I managed. I also have the movie on my list so maybe I’ll enjoy that more.
Cabaret- Wow! This famous musical was not AT ALL what I was expecting. I was expecting something along the lines of a Rogers & Hammerstein musical, not the trippy, gritty ride of Cabaret. I enjoyed the way the Nazi storyline was a backdrop to the lives of the main characters and how the musical numbers always correlated with what was going on at the time. I found Liza Minelli’s character annoying at first but as the movie went on I liked her more and more. The stand out was Joel Gray, the emcee of the movie. His showmanship really made the movie.
Beach Boys; Pet Sounds- I was not a fan! I don’t know what album had Kokimo on it, I used to listen to that one with my dad, but I found the songs very boring on this particular album. I was itching to skip songs, but I forced myself to listen to the whole album and aside from two songs that are still popular, I didn’t care for it.
Marvin Gaye; What’s Going On- Ugh! This was a difficult album to listen to as well. I am not a smooth R&B kind of person and all his songs revolved around sex and the lyrics were uninspiring. It definitely had a 70s sound but not my cup of tea.
Mr. Dylan was a surprise because I absolutely loved the two albums I had! I was not expecting to at all, but the mellow songs that were longer than normal were soothing and the perfect road trip music. Of all the albums I listened to on this trip, Dylan was the only one I listened to more than once.