Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Whatcha Readin’ and Listenin’ To Wednesday: December 24, 2008

This week has been a slow reading week, but a busy listening week. I’ve even pulled out my one and only Christmas album for a few spins. Something about that jazzy approach—and the images in my head of the Peanuts Christmas dancers—gets me in the holiday mood.

Three side notes:

(1) Check out Whole Lotta Album Covers this week for the Best and Worst of 2008 according to Mark, Ray, Bob, Chuck, and me. Prepare to be amazed by some stunning artwork … and horrified by some real stinkers.

(2) Next week, I’ll be posting my fourth annual (has it been four years?!?) best and worst of the year picks. I know you’re on the edge of your seats; please don’t fall off.

(3) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!


The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.B. White. Every person can improve his or her writing, and reviewing this classic little book is a great—and quick—way to do so.

Listening To:

Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Aerosmith, Get Your Wings
Lindsey Buckingham, Gift of Screws
Rush, Permanent Waves
INXS, Kick
Tesla, Into the Now


At December 24, 2008 7:39 AM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

I'm way overdue spinning Guaraldi, but am taking that on the road this morning

Almost done with Heroin Diaries and will be starting the new Stephen King short story comp thereafter

Watching: Rankin Bass Christmas DVDs
American Teen

Listening to:

Guns n' Roses - Chinese Democracy
The Nazz - Open Our Eyes Anthology
MUCC - Shion
Sepultura - A-Lex
Sepultura - Dante XXI
Sepultura - Against
Dio - Holy Diver
Wino - Punctuated Equilibrium
Jason Becker - Collection
Hot Water Music - Caution
Total Fucking Destruction - Peace, Love and Total Fucking Destruction
Reverend Horton Heat - We Three Kings: Christmas Favorites
Isis - Celestial
David Lee Roth - Eat 'em and Smile
David Lee Roth - Skyscraper
Sublime - s/t
Eighteen Wheels Burning - Tweak'd Out Strung Up & Redlined
Rockin' Instrumentals (50s and 60s comp)
Carnivore - Retaliation
Kreator - Hordes of Chaos
Ace Frehley - Kiss solo album
Arcade - s/t
Marvin Gaye - Motown Great Songs and Performances
The Damned - Damned Damned Damned
Scale the Summit - Carving Desert Canyons
Fugazi - Margin Walker
Mark Farina - House of Om

At December 24, 2008 12:58 PM, Blogger Metal Mark replied to my musings ...

Some cookbooks, Green Lantern comics and 20,000 Leagues under the sea

Voyagers, Christmas Carol and Aquaman

Listening to-
Electric Wizard-Witchcult Today
Alice Cooper-Along came a spider
Enforcer-Into the night
Reino Ermitano-Brujas Del Mar
The Ancestors-Neptune with fire
Mortifier-Ungerground Noise

At December 24, 2008 1:30 PM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

Elements of Style is a classic. Definitely worth revisiting now & then.

At December 24, 2008 3:00 PM, Blogger Barbara(aka Layla) replied to my musings ...

I've been reading two books:

1) Beautiful Boy by David Sheff (unfortunately its because I relate to the topic)

2) The Hour I First Believe (a novel about the affects of Columbine on a couple who worked at the school)

Listening to: whatever pops up on my Last FM station.

Merry Christmas, Daveed!

At December 24, 2008 4:48 PM, Blogger Jessica replied to my musings ...

Merry Christmas David! :)

I've been reading: Change Your Thoughts-Change Your Life, by Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Listening to Christmas music of every type, and a lot of My Chemical Romance.

At December 25, 2008 11:45 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Listening to:
Rat Pack Rat Pack Christmas
Steve Lukather SantaMental
Roch Voisine Christmas is Calling
Chicago What's It Gonna Be Santa
Beach Boys Christmas
Chicago III
Various Artists Standing On the Outside Looking In (Cold Chisel Tribute album)
Cold Chisel s/t
Ben Folds Rockin' the Suburbs

Transporter 3
Superman II: The Donner Cut (I'm floored by how much better it is than the Superman II that was actually released)

At December 25, 2008 2:53 PM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

Just dropped by to wish you a Merry Christmas!

At December 25, 2008 9:12 PM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

good call on Chicago III, very favorite album of all time

At December 25, 2008 11:46 PM, Blogger replied to my musings ...

Ray: I've always preferred CTA, II, and V but III is growing on me... again. There's some great stuff on there, especially Happy 'Cause I'm Goin' Home and Hour in the Shower.

At December 26, 2008 12:56 PM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Whoops, I left that last comment, didn't realize I was logged in as the wife. silly me.

At December 27, 2008 7:09 PM, Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. replied to my musings ...

hahaha... I think CTA is just as good as III and I like 'em all through X before Cetera usurped control III speaks to me on so many levels I've said play it at my funeral and you'll know a fair chunk about me, those two songs inclusive


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