Happy New Year!
This is the great thing about the movie "Holiday Inn." I can post a video from it for nearly every holiday. :)
Until next time,
I love country music. I have for as long as I can remember, really (it's sort of a natural thing where I live). But I hate all of the content that most country songs contain, so I feel limited in what I can listen to. I like some Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, older Dixie Chicks stuff, etc. And I was also a casual fan of Keith Urban. I had bought a few of his songs on iTunes, but never a whole CD. When "Get Closer" came out, I heard a lot of good things about it. I read the Plugged In review, which said, "It seems Keith flat-out skipped country-lyrics orientation class." And that sentence made me very, very curious. I listened to clips of the songs online and really liked them, so I bought the CD. And I love it! Practically all of the songs are happy, upbeat love songs, which is not your typical country music. The music and lyrics are so catchy...I am very impressed. " I especially love "Put You in a Song" and "All For You."
P.S. I cannot believe this guy is Australian. I always forget until I hear him in an interview or something. Because his accent just disappears when he sings.
Michael Buble: "Crazy Love"
This CD didn't come out this year (I don't think), but I only found it this year. :) I was also just a casual listener of Michael Buble at the beginning of this year, until I finally got some sense and realized how amazing he is! I used to think, why would I listen to a new guy singing the old songs when I can just listen to Sinatra? But there's something pretty cool about a handsome young guy singing the old songs that I love. :) I love this CD. Not all of the songs on it, but most of them. :) His voice is great on every song, but some of them just aren't my style. My favorite song is "Haven't Met You Yet," and I also like "Cry Me a River" and "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)."
Dreaming in Black & White and Dreaming in Technicolor, by Laura Jensen Walker
I really loved the two little books! I meant to do a post about them but never got around to it. I first came across Laura Jensen Walker earlier in the year, with her Getaway Girls trilogy, which involves a book club and traveling to Europe! I also really loved that series. These are all really light chick lit type books. Anyway, these two books are about a single girl named Phoebe Grant. She is a huge classic movie fan...I think that's what drew me in. :) There are ton of old movie references. I read these at the beginning of the year, so I'm not qualified to give a good description months later. The ending of the second book was the slightest bit disappointing for a hopeless romantic like myself. I want to reread these, though!
Mary Poppins, by P.L. TraversThis Mary Poppins is not the Disneyfied Mary Poppins you're thinking about. :) The movie was based on this, the first book in the series, but they are vastly different! P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins is a very cross, vain nanny, not much like Julie Andrews as the singing, cheerful, "never cross" nanny. The book is just lovely, though. It's clever and imaginative in a way that it seems only English children's literature can be (but more on that in another post). It has some beautiful parts that were left out of the movie...some of my favorites were the chapter about the twins, Barbara and John (who are left out of the movie entirely) and a part involving propping a ladder against the night sky and hanging stars! :)
(Only joking. Sort of.)The famous ballroom scene is probably one of the most beautiful animated scenes ever. Another great thing about Belle is that she wears a yellow dress! Well, technically golden, but it sure does look yellow to me.