This is one a certain friend of mine might refer to as a hold a tile song, the kind of song that gets your adult self rocking just so and your mind leaning in to memories of boyfriends past, the kind of schmaltzy ’80s love song that your childhood or teenage self sang with full-throated sentimentality as though you’d lived it, the kind of song that might’ve found you holding a tile with a boy at a house party or at the club back in the day. Did those cotton-candy sweet songs give us false ideas of love as my friend jokes? Perhaps. But tell me all that big hair, big shoulder pads, and Whitney, doesn’t take you back to a feel-good time. For those of us who came of age in the 80s, our youth may now be vintage but the music still has a certain magic. My musical meditation (see also Release and Positive Vibes) continues:

It’s Sunday so I’m making this my Sunday, Sunday, and Monday meme posts though I’ve been reaching for music more readily than books these past days (and truthfully coaching and editing clients’ reading will probably take the lion’s share of my reading attention for the foreseeable future).

I will say this, this week I’ve watched the first episode of American Gods (and, though I thought I’d encountered every brand of supernatural on Supernatural, I’m still wondering what did I just watch, that sex scene though) – the Neil Gaiman books have been on my to-read list for a while and the confusing, intriguing (well paced, well shot, well acted) first episode of AG made a good case for bumping them up the list. Mind blown. Hope I remember or have the time to keep up; life makes it hard to get married to new TV shows, even the good ones. Also found myself binge watching (though I still haven’t finished the full season) Dear White People and it is so good (better than the movie, which it picks up from plot wise, even), not black and white in the least – check it out.

The only bookish things I can share are from my other blog:

This post I did on Reading Beyond your world

This mailbox share of new and forthcoming releases (including one of mine – a children’s picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure) from Caribbean Reads, publisher of my book teen/young adult novel Musical Youth

This countdown to next weekends Wadadli Stories Book Fair at which I’ll be reading, paneling, maybe doing a little cos-playing (where’s a Storm costume when you need one? lol), and (the part I’m most psyched about) announcing the winners of the Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge – if you’re a regular here you’ll know this project meant to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda is my baby – so, to reference another 80s song, I’m so excited.

cake by danielle by eef

Wadadli Pen cake by Danz’s Sweet Dreams.

10 thoughts on “Vintage

  1. I’ve only read one Neil Graiman – The Graveyard Book – which I loved. I’ve eyed a few others. Congrats on your upcoming release. Happy Reading and listening in between!

  2. I read American Gods years ago, but it wasn’t one of my favorites. When the adaptation comes out on DVD, I’ll check it out. We just finished Dear White People, which was much better than I thought it would be. Like you said, it’s not black and white…I mean, yes, it is, but it really isn’t. Very good.

    • Yeah, better than I expected, too (re Dear White People). Re American Gods, I read one review that seemed to suggest that the pacing on the TV show is faster than the book (well, it would have to be wouldn’t it – TV being visual and books allowing for a lot of inner stuff). Still going to check out the books at some point. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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