We love our neighbors.
Since our move to the neighborhood, we have steadily morphed from friendly neighbors to good friends.
We have out together all the time. Try new restaurants. Exchange good with each other all the time. Jump into each other’s hot tub or swimming pool. Go on vacations.
The last vacation was to Joanne’s home town Halifax.
Sure we chose the wrong month to go. It was COLD!!
But when you are with friends, everything is amazing.
So I have shun the social websites.
The unfortunate consequences of that has been that I have cut off my family and friends.
So, I will post randomly here and hope that my fabulous savvy family members will share with everyone one.
Comments are open and your feedback is always appreciated.
Here are some pictures of a recent wedding we attended.
A rare sight. Rhea in a dress!!
The love of my life.
Would I have paid any attention to the subsequent work by Radiohead without this song? As much as the band may hate my answer, no. I probably would not have cared (at least until OK Computer).
I still remember the chills this song created. Absolutely thrilling. It may have lost the lustre over the years but this is the song that put Radiohead on the map. It’s their legacy and they cannot escape it as much as they might want to.
Please could you stop the noise
I’m trying to get some rest
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head
And with this song, Radiohead elevated themselves, in my eyes, to rock gods.
The way the song maneuvers in and out various segments going from a hard rock to a soft melody and then back to a hard rock is done with the finesse of a painter delicately painting a masterpiece.
Everything In It’s Right Place
The switch in the music for a band that is at the top of it’s game is very very risky. Only bands like Beatles or Pink Floyd have come out of this transition with flying colours. And we can add Radiohead to that list.
The first time I heard this song it was jarring. “This can’t be Radiohead!!!”. “Are they selling out?”
But the haunting sounds of their record Kid A starting from “Everything….” were too addictive to ignore for long.
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Cracked eggs, dead birds
Scream as they fight for life
I can feel death, can see its beady eyes
I think of this song that began the transition of Radiohead from a run of the mill rock band to mega stars.
After Kid A and Amnesiac, it was refreshing to hear Radiohead pick up their guitars. Very very hard not to air drum to this song.
True Love Waits
Some sage advice from these poets.
And true love waits
In haunted attics
And true love lives
On lollipops and crisps
Just don’t leave
The song builds and builds to the point where it seems even the band wants to take a break and soothes the music to a beautiful bridge.
This song was never going to be in my list. Only after listening to it again a few days ago, it but me, this is one of the most “perfect” songs by Radiohead.
House Of Cards
If you want to listen to a beautiful song that is both visually and sonically mesmerizing, this is it.
A Wolf At The Door
Took me forever to decide the final song for this list.
Lyrically this song is meaningless.
But the play of the words and the music and Thom’s voice is so intricate and yet so beautiful that you can do nothing but admire the band that came up with the song.
The family visited Paris in last week of July. The trip was outstanding to say the least. Perfect weather. Crowded but not too much(I don’t think terrorism has impacted the tourism much. Especially people from China). Friendly people (for the most part. We did experience some famous French pouting).
Here are some pictures.
So during my long run this Sunday I was about to cross a family with a little child planning on the path.
The father yells out “Hayley, get aside and let this jogger through”
WTF!! I wanted to yell back “I am not a jogger. I am a runner”.
Does anyone else have this problem?
Ok. Lets try this again.
Life has been relatively steady. Summer is finally here and once it gets here you suddenly realise that you are not a “heat” person anymore. If the temperature ticks to 25.00001 C, my sweat pores open up like a runaway faucet and I yearn for some cold air.
Went golfing with the neighbour boys on Tuesday and each time I play golf I realise I really love it. And then forget about it for a few months. Am sure it will be no different this time.
Running has been steady. Am no Robin, but am putting in about 35 to 40 KM a week. Am pushing to double it by September. Planning a couple of marathons later in the year. Ran Around The Bay in April which was strangely my worst and best run. Worst because I have never in my life felt so cold. Was severely under-dressed for the run. Best because I finally beat the 3:00 hour mark. Finished the run in 2:59:14 hours. Really proud of it.
Work has been good. Work mostly from home although I have a preference to work from office. I find I am more productive at office. No distractions and working from home is a drain on the will power.
Daughter has been growing a breakneck speed. She is going to be 13 this year. And what does this teen want? A dog. Oh my god!! She is relentless. I have given in and my wife is almost there. Looks like we will be getting a doggy in the house.
Well, there is music.
The fairly tale story is of course Maggie Rogers. I think the whole world has seen this clip of Pharrell’s reaction to her song.
I find the video so adorable because for the first half of the song she kept glancing at Pharrell to gauge his reaction but she could not read his expressions until finally he gave her the gracious nod. Then she just beams! And the song is fantastic. Hope to hear some good things from this young woman.
More music reviews coming up.
Well, hope to see you all soon on this page. Will try to get it active again.