My taste in literature, film, and music is rather eclectic (for that matter, as is my taste in near anything). I can’t always explain ‘WHY’ I like something…sometimes it just ‘FEELS‘ right. Music and Art especially resonate with me in such a manner…not anything that can really be put to words, just a sense. Something that my untrained ear or my untrained eye picks up on subconsciously…something that just strikes a chord in me.
The following selections fall into that category, I do not know exactly WHY I like them…they just FEEL right to me. I am fully aware, though, that just like my love of the smell of the salt marsh, of paper mill, and of gasoline…not everyone agrees with my tastes.
So, lemme know your thoughts. What are the books, movies, and songs that just FEEL right to you?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig. I first read ZatAoMM in my early teens and have revisited the book several times over the years. It is the type book that speaks to me in a different way each time I read it. As I have aged, I hear new messages in it…feel new emotions. It is not a difficult read, really rather an easy one…but, there is much contained in the simple words. It is one of my ‘comfort books’…just as some turn to foods, I have long turned to words on bound pages when my mind needs soothing.
The City of Lost Children I first saw City of Lost Children in the wee hours after a long night of partying. Despite my physical need to crash…my mind was held rapt by the film. It is very Terry Gilliam’esque…a dark carnival of dreams and nightmares with a fairy-tale-like quality. The movie stars Ron Perlman, whom you may know from Name of The Rose or Hellboy (or, for the TV viewers out there, Beauty and The Beast) and his unique nature is very well suited to his role. This film also opened my eyes to world of foreign film…and remains my favorite of the genre.
The Avett Brothers– November Blue
I have a friend who attended ECU a few years back and, as a fellow live music lover, he began draggin’ me down to NC every time The Avett Brothers were playing. After the first show, little ‘dragging’ was required, I would hit the road with a quickness. Later, they began playing shows up here VA as well and I made sure to attend when able. They have a loyal fan base and very much play to the crowd. It is obvious they love what they do, and they put on a helluva show. I’ve not seen them in well over a year now…but, from what I hear they are finally getting some well-deserved recognition.