Monthly Archives: March 2017

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs by Andrew Blauner – review

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles SongsIn Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs by Andrew Blauner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It would be hard for me to not like this book. Beatles? Oh, yeah. I was pleased to get an advance read courtesy of First to Read.

The concept is simple: Ask writers to write about their favorite Beatles songs, tell stories of what the songs mean to them, the how and why of it all.

The responses are fascinating to me…some personal, some expository. More than a couple of things were new… composition, group politics, life events…and I’ve read a bit on the Beatles. Not surprisingly, a few tidbits were in conflict with knowledge from other sources, but that made this all the more interesting.

I don’t have a “favorite” Beatles song, nor even a favorite album or creative period. I do have a few dislikes, but even John, Paul, George and Ringo disliked some of their works. This book prompted me to reflect on how I would answer that question. And to go through the catalog again.

And again and again, because…the Beatles!

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Road trips and Baskin Robbins

So I just drove 2,000 plus miles in the span of ten days…980 a week ago Saturday out and back to drop off our 26 foot LuLaRoe custom built trailer to its new owner (I met her halfway), and then a pair of 450 milers (up and back) to visit our best friends in Tennessee this past weekend. On the way back, I recalled another road trip I blogged about on Dangerous Intersection way back in 2010. In that post (Road Trips, Nertz and ADD), I mused on driving to Tennessee to see our friends, playing a card game called Nertz, and what goes through my head while I’m driving. Continue reading

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood by Matteo Bussola

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on FatherhoodSleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood by Matteo Bussola

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m so glad NetGalley made this English translation of Bussola’s original Italian available for an early read!

Delightful. Poignant. Real. Funny. Vulnerable. Human.

I could stop there, but that would do this a disservice. I understand that the stories in here are from Bussola’s Facebook posts about his life with three daughters and being a father. They are brilliant, heartwarming, candid…okay, more adjectives… Here’s a snippet, from when his six year old was asking how someone blind could love (there’s more to the story…):

“So love is like music, Daddy?”
“Sort of, yes. But you can’t feel it through your ears.”
“Well, how then?”
“Well, through everything. Even your nose. Yours Hands. Your feet.”
“No way! How can you feel it with your feet?”
“I’ll give you an example. You know hat girlfriends do to their boyfriends, to test whether they really love them? Your mom always did it to me.”
“What?”
“At the beginning, when I used to go to her house, or she would come to mine, and she slept over, your mom would always put her freezing feet on my back or my legs.”
“And what did you do?”
“I left them there and warmed them.”
“But didn’t they make you really cold?”
“A little, sure.”
“So when Mommy put her feet on you, you heard music, Daddy?”
“Always.”

Enjoy this.

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