Well, it is Wednesday, and that is Getting to Know You day at Create a Connection. I had so much fun hosting this day in April. But, now it is PainterGirl's turn to host! I'm looking forward to fun questions from her!
Here is what she asked of us today:
I want to know what book, movie and song not only changed your life, but also changed the way you thought about the medium. It could have been when you were a child or a teenager or just last week. Anytime in your life.
Well - I LOVE books, music and movies, but choosing just one of each that changed my life is hard!
There are two titles that come directly to mind. Early on it was Little Women. I loved this book as a young kid. I read it many times. I wanted to be Jo. I am not a writer, but I dreamed of being one! She was so passionate and creative.
Only a few years ago, I read a book called The Mists of Avalon. I had been recommended this title many times before, but for some reason, back in about 2001 or so, I read it. My friend (and boss) Laurel recognized a kindred spirit in me, and told me I should read this book. It truly changed the way I see the world. Thanks Laurel!
This one is actually harder to narrow down. My favorite movie is Singin' in the Rain, but I can't say it changed my life or how I think about movies. Gene Kelly is phenomenal, and a genius choreographer!
When there is a movie that I really want to see, I love to go alone - I get to experience it all on my own with no one else's opinions or input. I learned with this movie, that you can make a funny, horribly sad movie all at once. You can enjoy something that is so heart-wrenching, you think about it for days.
Another movie that affected me very deeply is The Piano. I truthfully don't remember the story line, but I was so deeply moved by this movie, that I have only seen it one time. I don't want to ruin the experience of it by seeing it again. It was another movie that was heart-breakingly beautiful to me.
OK - first (don't laugh) - Take a Chance on Me or Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! by ABBA. Yep, ABBA! My friend from high school, Travis, was a friend from kindergarten through near the time of his death in 1996. He had cystic fibrosis and died just after turning 21. Travis was a GREAT friend and I lived with him for a short time. He was also gay and ABBA was his favorite! We watched Priscilla, Queen of the Desert so many times (another movie I could have written about above!) - and ABBA features prominently in that movie. We heard these songs over and over... I always think of (and miss) Travis when I hear them!
More recently, I have several songs that come to mind. The Dixie Chicks song, Not Ready to Make Nice impresses me so much. I'm a big fan of the Chicks, and I applaud them SO much for standing up for themselves in the whole big issue about their statements about the prez'nit. I love the song, the words, so powerful!
This is a movie too - but music more than movie impressed me I guess. Dreamgirls - what a phenomenal movie and soundtrack. Jennifer Hudson was one of my favorites when she was on American Idol. I was SO excited to see her taking on this role, and WOW - did she ever take it on! The song, "and I am telling you" is SO powerful, and she just blew it out of the water. The performance was most definitely Oscar worthy! (I added this as my music - you can watch the video too if you scroll to the very bottom of my blog!)
Wow - this was fun, and I got a bit long-winded! Thanks PainterGirl - can't wait to hear what you ask next week!