Cover Lover… I Will Survive

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The Great Mozart Marathon: Episode 4

Well, Mozart is back.

He was about 7 years old when he wrote this one and for me, he hasn’t yet worked out how to start a piece of music. This one just seems too much too soon, though I am going to assume that there will be others that start with more sooner that I will like. So the real problem with this one is that I just don’t like the start. It does settle down nicely even though there are some rhythm abrupt changes later (especially in the third movement) that don’t really do a lot for me either.

Overall, it is something I could listen to. It probably helped that the version I found had a piano instead of a harpsichord.

This Mozart guy may have a future… And speaking of which…

I found a harpsichord version of this one first but quickly managed to track down something with a piano. So that’s all right.

All I’m going to say about this one is I felt the plot much more strongly than in the previous one. I felt the thread running through each of the movements. And obviously I don’t know what I’m talking about and am just trying to describe how I feel.

And there you have it. The Mozart Marathon back up and running. Only about 700 pieces to go.

205 Books: Algeria

whathedayowesthenightAlgeria is next in line for 205 Books. I’ve had a quick look around on the interwebs and have decided to go with What the Day Owes the Night by Yasmina Khadra. The main problem with this decision stems from the fact that my local library does not have e-copies and the only paper copy is currently on loan. It’s due back on October 12, so this will give you all the chance to find your own copies. And until then, or until I get the little postcard telling me the book’s waiting for me, I’ll be reading the second book of The Chronicles of the Black Gate. Again.  You should as well. Or maybe start with book 1, if you really want.

Cover Lover… Shape of You

So, I figured Around the World in 205 Books and The Great Mozart Marathon (yes I’m still doing that) weren’t enough. So now I am also doing Cover Lover… which is basically just me putting up videos of cover songs that I love. The good thing about this is that it really doesn’t take much time or energy. And if I get stuck I can probably just put up something from Walk off the Earth. Which is what I am doing today, just to get things moving.

 

 

That is all. I’ll be back next week with another.

205 Books: The Fall of the Stone City

Apparently, The Fall of the Stone City, by Ismail Kadare, is a deep and meaningful book that offers truth and blah blah blah. Seriously?

Maybe all that stuff is in there somewhere. Maybe I’m just someone who has spent my life reading “genre” books more than anything else so I expect… more in the way of actual plot. Or something.

I’ve gone and read some reviews and they all talk about the wit and the twists and… One of them even talks about the lovely translation and here I was thinking maybe the translation was terrible and that was why the language was so boring and simple. I was thinking maybe that was why some bits were barely readable– like the bit where a character was sitting in a car thinking about a conversation he was going to be having in a few minutes; the guy sitting with him in the car was getting confused. Then he had the actual conversation and he was getting confused himself and… I was confused.

It started out strange, looked like it was building towards something interesting in the middle, then nothing. There are probably metaphors and allusions and whatever that I didn’t get, but surely a story must stand on its own.

In conclusion, A Thousand Splendid Suns didn’t live up to the hype, but I still enjoyed it to a degree. The Fall of the Stone City was just terrible. Thankfully it was also short.

Now I will be taking a break from Around the World in 205 books. When I come back, I will be reading something from Algeria. If anyone has any suggestions or comments…