Becca just got home and had to find this song; apparently she heard a few seconds of it as a radio bumper and wanted to track it down. Never heard it before, but why not, says I?
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
I didn't agree with a lot of things he said--sometimes he downright infuriated me with his tireless defense of Bush and his destructive policies--but I think in Christopher Hitchens we've lost something we can't afford to lose. There are too many people dying who are unafraid to say what they think, and to be able to defend those thoughts with intelligence. Hitchens was never a man I expected to find screaming his unmeasured opinion on television. So even when I disagreed with him, I never heard a man who was toeing a party line or simply shouting down those who held contrary opinions. It's rare to see someone you disagree who can actually defend their opinions instead of falling back on the old trope of "But it's what I believe."
Here is a piece in the new Vanity Fair, in which Hitchens questions many of the things said about death, particularly Nietzsche's maxim that "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger." It's a fascinating read just a day after the author's death.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
SamuraiFrog's Essential Christmas Songs #5. This is another one of those songs that people tend to hate, but it just fills me with warmth. I hear this song, and I'm in my grandma's house just before Christmas. So no one may agree with me (except my Dad, maybe... maybe), but this is a Christmas classic to me and it always will be. And, honestly, I just genuinely like the song. I have no use for Alvin and the Chipmunks, but I will always love this song.
One thing I didn't mention last season that I should have: the opening credits sequence is just lovely. Beautiful special effects, an excellent and compelling title theme by Jerry Goldsmith. It really is something to look at. Easily my favorite of the Star Trek openings.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A review of the films I've seen this past week.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
I guess a lot of people tend to think about the people they've lost when the holidays come around. For whatever reason--I'm in a depressed mood, I think--I've been thinking tonight about my late sister Ellen. A big part of the fun of Christmas for me in the 90s was that I had two half-sisters who were experiencing their childhood Christmases, and getting to see it through their eyes was just wonderful.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
SamuraiFrog's Essential Christmas Songs #4. Oddly enough, I think I have more versions of "Sleigh Ride" on my Christmas Playlist than any other song... five off the top of my head: the classic Leroy Anderson piece, one by the Ronettes, one by Fozzie Bear, one from the Star Wars Christmas album, and this version, my favorite, by the Ventures. I was blown away when I first heard this, because I was always a fan of their similar-sounding surf rock classic, "Walk--Don't Run." I actually grew up hearing that song in large part because my Dad used to play it on his guitar, one of a couple of surf rock riffs he liked to play around with. So, once again, nostalgia kind of takes the cake for me here.