Mama Mia!

I finally saw Mama Mia last night. I am a huge ABBA fan and wanted to see it at the movie theater but didn’t make it. My husband was not thrilled about watching it but said, “I would rather spend time watching Mama Mia with you than watching the Tour of California (bike race) alone.” That was a miracle in itself, as he has been glued to watching that race as soon as he gets home from work. So we were watching the previews and he says to me, “did you know this movie has ABBA’s music in it?” I laughed and told him of course I knew that. It was one of the reasons I wanted to watch it.

I wondered how well Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan (sp?…u know who I’m talking about) and all the other actors in the movie would be able to pull it off…the singing. I was kind of worried they would ruin the great music of ABBA. Fortunately, I was wrong and they did surprisingly well. Another surprise was how funny parts were. I know if my Mom, my Sister, Carrie & I watched it together we would be laughing out loud together. The storyline went very well with the music. I really enjoyed it and of course I sang along to all the songs. Hubby said, “I know all these songs.” He downloaded all my music on his ipod one time and I had the Best of ABBA in my library. So he had been listening to ABBA on his ipod while training for his marathon. (he he he, I was secretly preparing him for Mama Mia and I didn’t even know it! :) ) I know he liked it more than he thought he would. Two reasons: 1) He didn’t fall asleep…he always falls asleep during movies. 2) The comments he made during the movie. He would never admit he liked it though. Most men don’t want to admit they would like a ‘chick flick’

Besides the music, my most favorite part of the movie was the scenery. Ahhhhhh…it was breathtakingly beautiful. It was filmed in Greece and the ocean water is heavenly blue. It almost made me want to put Greece on my list of places to visit. I miss the ocean so much.

Anyway, I think it’s a keeper. What I mean by that is I think I’m going to have to purchase a bluray copy after we get our bluray player. This musical ranks up there with Grease for me. Okay, I’ll close my review now. :)

Happy Friday,
Shan

Here Comes the Sun!!!

The sun is shining today…oh happy day! We’ve had way too many drab, grey, dreary days lately. This does nothing for my mood, but bring it down. What a great way to start out the day…with the sun streaming in the windows! I decided while getting ready this morning I would listen to songs about the sun. They were so good and uplifting I thought I would spread the joy and share them with you.

Sunshine…a wonderful thing!
Shan

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New Music

Most of you know I love 80’s music. One of my presets for XM radio in the car is the 80’s channel (much to my kid’s dismay) and another I love more is First Wave (classic 80’s new wave-my favorite). Even so, I also listen to new music. I decided I would make a playlist of some modern day bands I like. It just so happens that all of these are “boy” bands.

  • Keane
  • Lifehouse
  • The Killers
  • The Fray
  • Secondhand Serenade

I liked Somewhere Only We Know by Keane and decided to listen to some of their other songs on Rhapsody. I really like them. Spiraling Down (Keane) is a great upbeat song and in some parts reminds me a lot of the Talking Heads. The Killers is another new group I have found facinating. Some of their lyrics are not the best, but their style is unique. Secondhand Serenade is fast becoming a favorite for me. They have a lot of songs I like besides Fall for You. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do…sorry oma & opa, I know they won’t be your style. :)

Music makes me happy,

Shan




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Dear John

by Nicholas Sparks is the name of the book I finished today. No, I don’t have time to be sitting around reading books. Usually when I drive to Tulsa I listen to books on CD. Last Thursday I almost finished the book. I was cleaning the kitchen today and decided to listen to the end while doing my monotonous chore. I think this is the last of his books I will read. Don’t get me wrong, they are wonderfully written and keep you interested. I love the way the reader on the CD speaks…in that southern Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina draw. The Choice was the last audio book I listened to of Nicholas Sparks and the narrator was the same. I have seen all of the movies from his books, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook. The problem is how heart wrenching they all are. It is like I need to have a box of Kleenex nearby while reading/listening.

Well, I absolutely hated the ending to this book. It was just too sad, but also at the same time made me feel like a horrible person. John did the right thing, but I don’t think I would have done the same. That is what makes me feel so bad. I like to think that I would choose the right when given a choice. He just didn’t deserve to have such a non-happily ever after ending. I think I’ll stick to science fiction from now on…at least for the time being. :) Emily, did you feel the same way?

Reading…a good thing,
Shan

Happy Songs Are In!

The following have given me their Happy Songs:

  • My Brother: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
  • My Mom: Your Song by Elton John
  • My Son: Move It by will i am (Madagascar 2 version)
  • My youngest Daughter: Axel F by Crazy Frog
  • My Sister: I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

I have updated the playlist with their songs…so you can listen and be happy :)

Smile,

Shan

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