Archive for November 25, 2009

New Tunes #1 – Feist and Vanessa Carlton

Hope you folks had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m hoping to post every two or three days when I’m free, but once the week is over (*cry*) I will be doing scheduled posts (I hope) so that this blog isn’t totally dead. Woohoo! Also, be sure to check out my contests page later today! ūüėÄ

Anywho, I’m sure you noticed the new font. Like it? I’m simply loving it!

Another new thing! I’m adding a new feature. I think below it says it’s called something like “Unconscious Mutterings” or whatever, but just ignore it. For now, I’m calling it “New Tunes”. Basically, I list the songs that I recently downloaded (for me, it’s iTunes. For others, it may be Napster, Limewire, Amazon, whatever; it must be DOWNLOADED, not hardcopy albums you bought from Target or Wal-Mart or Costco), and I give mini reviews for them. If you’d like to participate in this meme, just make a post called “New Tunes” (with or without a schnazzy title; I’m just always going to put the artists’ names unless I encounter a stroke of genius for the title), write about your new songs (or podcasts, apps, iTunes games, whatever), post, and come back over here and go to Mr Linky below (after saying “hello” to him, of course. I think he’s going to be my new online BFF, seriously. It’s so AWESOME!!). Be sure that you link back to my blog in your post!! If you don’t, I will bother you about that for the rest of your life!!! (Kidding, kidding…sort of. No, but really. Do it.) Now, my turn!

“1234” by Feist from The Reminder (2007). I first heard about this song thanks to my dear friends Summermoon and Jess (love you gals!) on Twitter. At first, when I listened to it on Project Playlist, I thought it was a little too odd and quirky for my taste. But for some random reason, months later, I wanted to listen to it again and decide what I thought of it again. I guess I started liking odd and quirky, because I loved it the second time around. I simply couldn’t get it out of my head for days on end, and finally decided to buy it. SO glad I did. Loved the songwriting–pure genius. And I simply adore the jazzy-twangy sound it has to it. It’s like KT Tunstall, Norah Jones, and Alison Krauss mixed in to one song. (P.S. I have yet to watch the video that the title links to.) Score: 10/10

“Nolita Fairytale” by Vanessa Carlton from Heroes and Thieves (2007). I randomly found this song on Project Playlist when I was trying to look for more Vanessa Carlton songs. The name struck me as interesting (and you all know my penchant for fairytales), and I loved it from the start! If there is an award for “Best Use of Instruments”, this should win it. I love how the piano mixes in with the funky percussion beat of the drums. The piano totally reminds me of some Internet game I used to play…I forget what’s it called, but anyway, I love everything about this song! The uneven rhythm, the poetic lyrics (Vanessa is fab at this), you name it. Go! Listen to it! Score: 10/10

“White Houses” by Vanessa Carlton from White Houses – Single (2004). I found this at the same time as “Nolita Fairytale”, and I was quite eager to listen to this one, as I think it was either Anilee or Erin who had this as their tweet or their gchat status update once. From the start, I loved it. I never knew Vanessa had such a wide range with her voice, and the lyrics pretty much sell, although if you find out what it’s about it’s not very clean. I love songs that I can relate to, and this one I definitely couldn’t until the very last verse, so I actually rewrote it so that it’s cleaner–and relatable! Anyway, I thought this song really exemplified what GOOD music is about, and the kind of talent that a REAL singer should show. If there is only one song Vanessa shines in, it’s this one. Score: 10/10

“Heroes and Thieves” by Vanessa Carlton from Heroes and Thieves (2007). Okay, one last Vanessa song! I heard this also on Project Playlist at the same time as the other two, and thought, “Wait a sec–doesn’t this sound like ‘Ordinary Day’?” And it does. But it’s…different. It’s quite set apart from “Ordinary Day”. Sure, the melody is strangely similar, but it’s such a lovely waltz-y song that it’s easy to tell the two apart and still tell that it’s a Vanessa song. I’m still trying to figure out the meaning of this song–whether it’s a pure love song, or more like a diss-the-ex-lover song–but either way, it reminds me of Robin Hood in that the speaker is having trouble distinguishing heroes and thieves. I dunno about you, but this sounds like story material to me! Score: 10/10

Now, it’s your turn! Again, make a similar post to this one (you don’t need to have a link to the song on Youtube, or even put a score out of ten) with mini-reviews to a few songs you bought, click on MckLinky below, and enter your name and the URL to your POST (NOT your blog!). Happy listening!

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November 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Featuring…PRIYA OF “BOOK CRUMBS”!!!!

Priya rocks. I heart this chica¬†(and I am jealous of her. This picture is of her in New York City!! So¬†lucky!!!!). Frankly, this¬†bibliophilic blogger is¬†the epitome of awesomeness. Not only is she the first Featured Blogger/Reader of NftN, but she: (1) went out of her way to contact me to be featured, and (2)¬†despite her busy schedule, she took the time to answer my interview questions.¬†THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, PRIYA!!!!!!!!! I got the chance to ask my pal¬†about her fantastic blog, which you should all check out (it’s quite eclectic:¬†it includes snippets from her life and well-written book reviews to boot!), and other random and fun questions about her. Readers, new and¬†old, behold her words of wisdom:

ON HER BLOG AND BLOGGING:

Describe your blog in a couple sentences (or a few words).

My blog, Book¬†Crumbs, consists of Middle¬†Grade and YA book reviews (with a few classics and children’s books thrown in);¬†poetry and other writing; information about recent book releases, internet¬†giveaways/contests, etc.; movie reviews (and trailers); interviews with authors¬†and bloggers; arbitrary musings on absolutely nothing at all; and more.

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in 2006, but only started serious book blogging in 2008 (around fall).

How did you get started on blogging?

One of my friends,¬†who was a published writer at age seven, told my sister and me all about¬†blogging and showed us her blog. I thought it sounded interesting and so I¬†started my own. At the beginning, I only posted my poems, but as time went on I¬†started posting the weather forecast ūüôā Then¬†last year, I discovered some amazing book blogs and decided to focus my blog in¬†that direction.

Do you prefer writing reviews or writing about your life/thoughts?

I like writing both! Reviews are really fun to write when I LOVE the book (or hate the book), but I also like posting pictures, poems, and random everyday stuff.

ON ALL SORTS OF RANDOMNESS:

If you could see anyone in concert,who would it be and why?

Good question… I’d love to go to a Carrie Underwood concert because I enjoy her music, but I’ve heard that Taylor Swift concerts are amazing as well (all the costume changes and everything!). But Taylor sounds horrible singing live from what I’ve seen…

What are some of your hobbies?

Other than blogging and reading, I play the piano, write poetry, play tennis, bike and swim occasionally, travel(usually every summer), and participate in math competitions… I think that’s most of them!

If you could meet anyone–real or¬†fictional, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Hermione Granger! It would be really fun¬†to talk about all her classes and everything! (This is coming from the person¬†who immediately wrote out an algebraic equation for Golpalott‚Äôs Third Law (the¬†potions law from the sixth book which stated ‚Äúthe antidote for a blended¬†poison will be equal to more than the sum of the antidotes for each of the¬†separate components‚ÄĚ) and researched Arithmancytolearn more about it. By the way, the Arithmancy website is REALLY cool and¬†shockingly accurate!)

It would also be fun to meet the Gallagher Girls and see what their life is like.

If you were left alone on an island for five years, who and what would you bring with you?

If they wouldn’t mind, I would bring my friends and family. And I would bring LOTS of supplies. But assuming that all my essential needs would be automatically taken care of, I’d bring a TV, a laptop, and tons of books.

If you could have any magical power, what would it be?

Invisibility would be fun to have, and flying sounds great too. But I think I would choose reading minds. Not the kind where everyone’s thoughts are constantly plaguing me, but the kind where I could choose whose mind I want to read and zone in. I know that everyone has secrets, but there are a lot of times where I really want to know what someone is thinking!

If someone did a biopic about your life, who would you want playing you?

If possible, me. It would be weird to see someone else try to look and act like me.

If you were an animal, what kind would you be?

An eagle! I think it would be awesome to fly.

FAST FACTS ON PRIYA:

Favorite animal:

Any feline.

Favorite color:

Purple!

Favorite movie:

Hmmm… I can’t decide on a favorite, but I love animation and 3D.

Favorite book:

Don‚Äôt ask me to choose! I love so many¬†books, and my favorites keep changing based on my mood¬†ūüôā¬†Here‚Äôs¬†the link to all of my 5-star reviews on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/1964044

Favorite song of the moment:

Unapologize by Carrie Underwood

Pet peeve:

People who say one thing and then contradict themselves the next day. And then, pretend like they never said the original thing in the first place.

Oh, and people who tease others about¬†‚Äúbeing too nerdy.‚ÄĚ Grrrrr.*

Favorite TV show:

I like watching American Idol (but only after the bad contestants have been eliminated). Sometimes, I also enjoy (shhhh!) Hannah Montana and Arthur. They can both be pretty funny and entertaining.

Favorite food:

Oh wow, where to start! I like Italian,¬†Mexican, Indian, Thai, and lots more. And for desserts: cake, brownies, cookies,¬†ice cream, muffins, donuts, etc. I live to eat ūüôā

Dream vacation spot:

I’ve never been to Hawaii! So I’d enjoy going there during spring, when it isn’t too hot. I’ve always wanted to go to Australia as well. And I think that it would be fun to go up to the Arctic for a month or so.

Dream job:

This keeps changing! Right now, I have absolutely no idea.

*Nerdess says: It’s okay, Priya. *pats shoulder*¬†Only cool people are nerds. Those idiots who tease us for being nerds will never¬†be worthy enough to be a nerd. ūüôā

I’m going to admit though, Priya…sometimes, you¬†freak me out. Like seriously, reading these answers, I start thinking I wrote them. Great minds sure do think alike! ūüėÄ

To everyone else: want to be the next awesome¬†person to be featured on NftN? Everyone–that is, all book nerds and nerdesses!–are invited¬†to be featured. You don’t have to be a blogger, or an author (though both are¬†welcomed any day!). You’ll probably have a different batch of questions–possibly with some of the one’s used in Priya’s interview mixed in. So are you cool? Then¬†contact (see sidebar for my e-mail)!

Thanks a TON again, Priya!

November 25, 2009 at 1:30 am 3 comments


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