1. The Winner Takes It All – Abba.
Oh man. I love this song, in all its melodramatic, OTT, girl-after-a-bottle-of-white-wine-sadness, beautiful glory. It’s one of those great Abba songs that always gives me the goosebumps, and I just love how they make such an operatic song and dance about the end of the affair. Metaphor tastic!
So here I am on a Sunday evening, quickly typing a blog entry before hitting the hay. These last two months life has really been getting in the way of blogging (happens to us all, right? ;)), but I am trying to post two or three times a week. I’m trying to keep up with other peoples blogs too…I like the blogosphere too much to ignore it for long!
2. Sorry or Please – Kings of Convenience.
If you haven’t heard of KoC, please check them out. They are like Ikea, another Swedish export – quirky, original, accesible, and great fun too!
So yes, life has been busy. Work is hectic as ever and keeping me well and truly on my toes. And then there are the weekends… This weekend was a school exeat, so we left at lunchtime on Friday. I chose to go on a trip with Year 8 for the afternoon – we all headed down to the National Theatre to see the production of ‘War Horse’ that’s in rep in the Olivier.
3. Vital Signs – Frank Turner.
To use a quote from the immortal GPB, I less than three Frank Turner. Such an awesome singer-songwriter. And a lovely bloke to boot.
So, Friday. We got to the National and got to go on a really cool behind-the-scenes tour – we saw all around backstage and also got to see some of the props and puppets that are used in ‘War Horse’. Then we settled down for the show. Which was amazing – poetic, inventive, moving. ‘War Horse’ is adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s book, which I hadn’t read beforehand. Added even more suspense to proceedings…
4. Miracle – Paramore.
Hmmmm. I don’t mind Paramore, but I’m not evangelical about them either. I got this album after a tipoff, and I don’t hate it…I just don’t love it either. Hmmmmm.
So the show was great, and then I waved the kids off and headed across town on the tube to meet Mattheiu and some of his colleagues for drinks. Good chat, lovely new folk, and just enough silliness. Then chilling, which is only ever a good thing.
5. Because The Night – Patti Smith.
POWER BALLAD! Hee. This is one of the songs I *love* to sing when I’m driving. Genius.
Saturday morning, up and out and rushing for the Bristol train. Made it with, literally, a minute to spare. Just under two hours later I was in the beautiful South-West, meeting the ever gorgeous Mlle Wilson. Tea and possibly nuclear rum cake while watching ‘Flight of the Conchords’, and lots of catching up in person.
6. Make You Feel My Love – Adele.
Oh, sigh. I love this song. It totally appeals to my soppy girly side.
After a couple of hours Mlle Wilson and I were joined by her friend Steph, who she’d met back when she trained as a teacher. Steph’s a bundle of fun, and we all had a blast chatting and bantering and generally being silly. As night fell and the clock moved on we headed to town, and had a delicious dinner in Cafe Rouge (Bavette steak and creme brulee = Om nom nom). And then we headed to the Colston Hall for the main entertainment.
7. Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson.
Do you remember when Michael Jackson man good music? This is a tune! And the key change is golden.
Because last night we went to see one of my favourite comics, Dylan Moran, in standup. he was everything I expected – funny, witty, sweary… A brilliant, brilliant gig and great company to share it with – Mlle Wilson and Steph, Mlle ‘s boyfriend and some of his friends. Great gig, then red wine and post show chat in a nice bar. Then home for hot milk. 🙂
8. You Were Made For Me – Sam Cooke.
Oh, how I love Sam Cooke. One of the best vocalists I’ve ever listened to… Just sublime.
Then I had an awesome nights rest, before another three hour chat with Mlle Wilson, sitting in our PJs, drinking tea. Mlle Wilson and I call and text and email and msn and write….but there’s something so cool about actually seeing someone and spending time with them, don’t you think?
9. Hiphopatamus Versus Rhymenocerous – Flight of The Conchords.
Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeve. Oh man, how I adore FotC – youtube their songs ‘Bowie’, ‘Business Time’, or ‘Robots’ if you fancy a giggle!
Then trains and trains to get home, on a cold and bitter November day. It’s definitely the part of November now when I kind of just want it to be December already…
10. Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
Hee. Lord bless the shuffle function. I’ve just ripped a bunch of Christmas stuff onto my laptop ready for the festive season….this is just the tip of the iceberg, trust me :-).
So, a busy old weekend. And now, a busy old week to come. So I am off to bed – I feel a decent sleep is in order before another crazy school week!