The storm has moved on up North towards Mainland Japan. Okinawa is drenched in sunshine and tickled by soft winds today. Island living at it’s best! Driving around with the A/C on and the windows down (I know it’s silly) feels so good and having the iPod blasting through the speakers is perfection. Today is perfect for the music of Eric Clapton. I enjoy all of his styles, the rock of Cream and when Clapton plays the blues your heart breaks. But today I was listening to his 80’s stuff. Songs like “It’s In The Way That You Use It”, “She’s Waiting” and my favorite, “I’ve Got A Rock N’ Roll Heart”.
I have started Jodi Picoult’s NINETEEN MINUTES and am liking it so far. I find myself being a paranoid reader with this book though. I keep expecting something terrible to happen or a twist to floor me but so far it’s the violent act that the story centers around as well as character building that fills up the first pages of the book. I really loved CHANGE OF HEART so we’ll see if I feel the same way about this one.
My husband called me this afternoon to tell me that a book arrived for me in the mail today. I was so excited because I knew it was “Garlic & Sapphires”. I told him I would swing by his office on my way to an appointment so I could start it while I was waiting. I LOVE IT!!!! I love Ruth Reichl’s writing style and the crazy waitress lady on the airplane from L.A. to NYC was hilarious and scary. I showed my hubby what Planet Books was reading this month and he flipped through the book and mentioned that there were recipes. I didn’t know this but I was pleased to find this out. This will be a fun book and I am so excited it won (though I did not vote for it, but voted for “The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry” instead). If you have already started G&S, please let us know what you think so far.
On another note, yesterday I picked up the new CD release, “Complete Clapton”. It’s a two-disc collection of Eric Clapton’s hits with Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes, his solo work and his duet with B.B. King. It is just AMAZING and I had no idea just how many of Clapton’s songs I just love. Today I did a lot of driving (and believe it or not there is a ton of traffic on Okinawa) and I got to listen to all 36 tracks and had the best day because of it. I may be a bit under the weather with a stuffed nose and soar throat but the music was so powerful, it made me feel better. I will admit that I had no idea that Belinda Carlisle’s song, “I Feel Free” (track number 3 on “Heaven on Earth”) was a Cream cover until this morning. I have loved that song since 1988 and was tickled that Belinda had chosen to cover that tune. I used to sing it over and over again in my room in junior high and high school. When I go home for Christmas this year I am looking forward to picking up the autobiography that compliments this dual disc. The November issue of Vanity Fair Magazine has an excerpt from Clapton’s new book, “Clapton: The Autobiography”, about the period of time when his son, Conor, fell out of his mother’s rented apartment window and fell to his death 50+ stories down. The writing, vividness and vulnerability that Clapton’s retelling showed makes me want to know everything about this amazing artist. (NOTE**Within the last link in this paragraph, Borders.com offers a video of Clapton regarding this book.)