Tuesday, 25 January 2005

this is getting to be a problem

i've become so trivia obsessed now there's a whole column devoted to it, on the right.

it means i can avoid writing about anything important...

Monday, 24 January 2005

son of listmania

okay so now i'm home, here is what my home iTunes shuffle unearthed:

you only - tree63 [the answer to the question]
candy - the presidents of the usa [the presidents of the usa]
psalm 96 - emu music [you alone live]
hi-lili hi-lo - rickie lee jones [pop pop]
four seasons in one day - crowded house [woodface]
another flavour - the sundays [static and silence]
sinking - jars of clay [jars of clay]
how will you go - crowded house [woodface]
jesu, joy of man's desiring - JS bach [contented rest]
isobel - bjork [post]
human nature - miles davis [mellow miles]

much overlap? crowded house seems to pop up a lot. and why not, eh? but in a library of 1041 songs, you'd think the shuffle could have looked further afield...

should find a way of doing it with books and movies too. trivia! trivia! i love it!


well, ben b got me started on this (you can follow all the links back from his blog to see who got him started if you're so inclined), but now we're all doing the shuffle. this is where you select your music collection and hit shuffle, then confess what the list says with no substitutions or censorships :) (i have different things on iTunes at work than i do at home, so i'll do it again when i get home, just for trivia's sake).

smoke - ben folds five [whatever and ever amen]
the ring goes south - NZSO [LOTR - fellowship soundtrack]
isengard unleashed - NZSO [LOTR - two towers soundtrack]
not the girl you think you are - crowded house [recurring dream]
never do anything - barenaked ladies [maroon]
shiny happy people - REM [out of time]
all the kings horses - vince jones [live]
largo (arioso) from flute concerto in g minor, bwv 1056 - JS Bach (well, he didn't play it obviously, but i don't have the liner notes with me) [contented rest]
let your love grow - paul colman trio [new map of the world]
straight to my heart - sting [nothing like the sun]
lucky trumble - nancy wilson [almost famous soundtrack]

how random! interesting to see what the overlap with my home list will be. or maybe not. well i like this kind of thing...the random flipping through familiar things. and i like looking at other people's lists too, i don't know what i think it reveals about them, but perhaps some common ground, some quirkiness, some surprises.

feel free to add your own!

Wednesday, 19 January 2005

radio silence

it seems to have been a lot longer since my last post than a month-and-a-bit. december was so full-on i can't even think of it without getting a bit of a headache. january so far has been spent trying to catch up with myself from december.

last night i had the unalloyed pleasure of having bek and georgia over. i haven't caught up with either of these two for months and months, so it was just great to lie around, listening to music (norah jones, joni mitchell, chet baker, ricki lee jones, jeff buckley, tori amos...it was that kind of a night), drinking red wine, eating rich food, laughing and talking. makes me realise how much i'd missed it.

i hadn't made any new year's resolutions because i never do, so when the girls asked me what mine were i had to think for a minute. i decided that my resolution would be "to let go". there are things i have no control over, all i can control is my response. so i'm going to try to let go. which is actually very very very hard to do.

the other thing is writing. georgia said "what is your goal with writing this year?"

"to finish a short story," i said, hiding my face in the curtains.

"what, writing or publishing?"

that elicited a further groan from me. we decided upon publishing. surely it can't be that hard, surely my creative reserves have replenished at least a little bit? surely in the intervening months since i've written anything there has been enough grist for the mill and enough angst to get me going again?