Posts Tagged ‘music’

Valentine’s Day inspiration

February 9, 2010

When my husband and I were courting (only a few years ago), one Valentine’s Day he went all out and got me: a big bunch of red roses, a big bottle of champagne, and a kick-ass, king-size box of Belgian chocolates. 

I thought this was marvellous – still do – and an unusual spin-off was that it actually slaked my desire for Valentine’s Day “proof of love” gifts.  Having had my one totally-over-the-top slew of Valentine’s gifts, I never really felt that such largesse need be repeated.  (Not that I’d complain, mind!)

So in recent years, we’ve been much more restrained.  But unlike many married couples I know, we’ve never given up on Valentine’s gifts. 

SPOILER WARNING: STOP READING NOW, MARTY, IF YOU’RE READING THIS BEFORE FEBRUARY 14th!  (He checks this blog out occasionally)

This year I’m getting him a whole bunch of CDs for his car stereo.  He’s always too busy to look out new CDs for it, and as a result the soundtrack on his drive to and from work is invariably the same old music – once beloved, now very, very boring.  Changing the CDs is one of those ‘mean to get around to’ chores that I know is lurking just below his consciousness – so I think a six-pack of brand new CDs will surprise and delight him.  If I’m feeling gushy I might write him a card about how we’re still making beautiful music together.

It’s not a lavish gift, it’s not a wildly romantic gift, but I think he’ll be rapt with it, because it’s personal to his needs and tastes.  And oh my God, is he sick of those current CDs!

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1001 songs

November 18, 2009

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I’ve been enjoying reading Toby Cresswell’s tome, 1001 Songs, which comprises short, informative essays on…1001 songs.  The selected tunes range from the 1920s to last week (or so it seems), most being from the 1960s to present day.

This book makes a great gift for any rock and pop music lover, as there is such a wealth of knowledge and opinion to scan through.  It’s perfect for ‘dipping into’ – both to learn more about the songs you know, and also those you don’t – but might want to investigate.

I love some of the trivia in it.  My favourite: how Gladys Knight and The Pips’ famous song ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ was actually inspired by Farrah Fawcett.  Who would have guessed that?  Turns out the songwriter called Lee Majors one evening for some reason, and initially chatted to Lee’s then girlfriend, Farrah – who mentioned that she was currently packing her bags in order to catch the midnight plane to Houston.  And so, ‘Midnight Plane to Houston’ was born – but Gladys Knight, who loved the tune, wisely suggested the change of vehicle and destination.