I was innocently doing my daily trolling through the blogosphere the other day when I happened upon a missive from Jessica at “Branches” entitled “Five Things You Should Read/Watch/Listen To If You Want to Understand Me”. Firstly, I thought that was a great, intriguing idea. (Limit yourself to five books, movies, or songs that define and/or formed you.) Secondly, I was fascinated by her choices, an interesting amalgamation. Thirdly, I hit a roadblock with my own choices.
How could I narrow it down to just five things? Initially, I thought it would be fun and easy, but it quickly proved to be daunting. Every time a pivotal selection would come to mind, I would think of another something that might be a little bit better. The choices became overwhelming, because we all have so many facets to our lives and finding the exact prism that would reflect what we are, in an understandable way, became a challenge.
As is my nature, I was overthinking things. It didn’t have to be perfect. It just had to be an adequate and fair reflection of things that spoke to me, not a stone tablet that would delimit my persona into perpetuity. And once I relaxed, I realized that I have already mentioned certain touchstones repeatedly throughout my various blogs over the years. Why not go with what I know?
Herewith, my five things you should read/watch/listen to if you want to understand me. In a break from Jessica’s list (wherein she simply listed the items and left the reader to ponder her choices, which is actually quite savvy and intriguingly mysterious), I am going to include links to blog posts that further explicate my selections, sometimes in a roundabout, somewhat buried way. Enjoy.
1. “The Witching Hour” – Anne Rice
A richly-detailed and hypnotic epic, dripping with atmosphere.
2. “Verdi Cries” – 10,000 Maniacs
The beauty of longing and the ache of memory.
3. “The Hitchhiker Trilogy” – Douglas Adams
This series cemented my belief that a delicious combination of humor, unfettered imagination and heart can lead to magic in a jar. The link is a bit of a cheat, but there are references.
4. “The Stairs” – INXS
From the two-minute instrumental opening to the growing power of the lyrics, this one gets me every time. The link only contains a part of the song, but it’s the most moving bit for me.
5. The Movies
I freely admit this one is a big-ass cheat. I wanted to include a movie in my list of five things, but I couldn’t think of one that is a standout, as there are so many movies that I like, for a variety of reasons. So, mea culpa, here’s a link to me babbling about the lingering impressions I have from a whole truckload of movies.
Okay, that wraps up my five, at least for this particular moment in time. Now we transition to you lovely folks: What five books, songs and/or movies could possibly help others understand you better? No need to make it definitive, as I certainly didn’t, but I’m very curious about seeing what the responses might be. Oh, and feel free to run with this as a blog post of your own, if you want to expand and expound as I did. I’m sure Jessica won’t mind.
Have fun. And cheers.
Side note to Jess: Thanks again for allowing me the gentle topic-theft. I know it’s been quite some time since we chatted about it, and you most likely had given up hope that I ever would take any action, but I finally did. Things can sometimes be rather lackadaisical here at Bonnywood…
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