AFN (Armed Forces Network) just aired NBC’s Live @ Rockefeller Center Special this evening. My favorite performance was by Beyonce as she sang a rendition, with added parts it seemed, of Ave Maria. As I was listening the song rang a memory bell in my head. Parts of the song sounded a lot like a Madonna tune from her Like a Prayer album. It was a beautiful song and tribute to her mother called Promise To Try. Now I don’t know if you will hear the similarities too but luckily YouTube had both songs available. Let me know what you think!
I’ve noticed that a large majority of of the books I’ve read this year and books on my TBR/ARC shelves take place in New York City. That’s ten books total. Bachelor Degree, Between Here & April, Schooled, What Happened to Anna K., The Last Summer of You & Me, Sail, Matrimony, The Great Man, Garlic & Sapphires, The New Yorkers, & Free Food For Millionaires. I love NYC and after reading all these books and the few I still have to read, I am ready for a shopping/dining/tourist trip to The Big Apple. I guess New York City isn’t just major inspiration for songwriters and movie sets.
Have you noticed a repeated pattern in the settings of your recent reads? Does reading about a place over and over again in one or more books make you want to go there? If you did go or would go, where would it be to?
Music Video ~ I Love New York ~ Madonna
Last night I was talking with my friend Juli on the phone and she mentioned the mix cd’s I had given her for her birthday last year. She told me that all day she had played Madonna’s “Ray of Light” over and over again. This song has a great beat, cool lyrics and a melody that stays with you throughout the day. It’s full of hope and happiness and always makes me move and smile.
Now for those of you who know me, I LOVE MADONNA!!!!!!!!! I have been in love with her since 1984 when I was in the fourth grade and saw the music video for “Like A Virgin” at a friends house on MTV (we did not have cable in my family’s house until 2000). Ever since I have been obsessed with the Material Girl, Queen of Pop. I have all her albums and admire all her work in music and many transformations. So today, I will post Juli’s favorite song of the day, “Ray of Light” for your viewing and listening enjoyment.