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8th July 2006

Childhood meme

  • 8th Jul, 2006 at 4:33 PM

Gacked from snowgrouse because I want to see what responses I get for #3.

1. Post a silly / interesting / cracktastic thought you had as a kid about how the world worked.

I never believed in Santa Claus because my parents never expected me to. My sister and I used to lie awake at night trying to catch Dad putting presents at the foot of our beds, but never succeeded. However I did believe in tooth fairies. They had to have a reason for their actions, so I thought they collected the teeth to use as little translucent ivory bricks to build their houses, which would be all glowy white inside during the day.

And I also thought Marmite was made of meat and Vegemite of vegetables.

2. Name the most beloved childhood item that is still with you today.

Sorry, but I haven't got anything. Zilch. My mother threw it all out when I went overseas and she moved house. If she hadn't, I'd say my Hornsby electric train set. I loved that and could switch trains from track to track with the switchbox before I could walk (that's not as impressive as it sounds; I was over two before I could be bothered). I had a green and gold engine with maroon and gold carriages, freight wagons, signals, and straight and curving track I could cover the lounge floor with. As my father loved trains too, he indulged me hugely in this. I was so obsessed at three, I referred to anything with parallel (e.g. corrugated iron roofs) as "railway lines".

3. Beyond childhood--who were you in a past life (whether you believe in it or not)? Let your flist decide.

Go on, then! Be as creative or silly as you like. :-P


Song meme (or track meme in my case)

  • 8th Jul, 2006 at 7:05 PM

Tagged by kernezelda, and yeah, it's taken me a while to get round to it.

List seven songs you are into right now. It doesn't matter what the genre is, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now.

Some of these are quite old, but I have a very strange mix of stuff on my MP3 player. These are all tracks I'll hit replay on at least twice when they come up.

  1. Democracy by Leonard Cohen
    I love the words and the drums--I'm a sucker for drums--and Cohen's deep voice really suits this song.

  2. Surrender by Jami Sieber
    This is my favourite from the wonderful Lush Mechanique album, all Jami's electric cello with wordless vocals and tribal drumming. I should get my hands on more of her stuff.

  3. Into the West by Yulia Townsend
    LOTR! And I like how she goes shiveringly low at the end.

  4. Bolero by Ravel
    I don't care how often I hear this or whether people think it's done to death: the driving rhythms working up to the climax never get stale, and having a bit of it on the Doctor Who ep wImpossible Planet as a very cool bonus.

  5. She's My Girl by The Jews Brothers Band
    Funny, geeky, klezmery, ya gotta love it! And I have a soft spot for another track, Mordechai (What a Guy!), for the best rhyme under difficult conditions.

  6. The Lucky One by Alison Krauss
    This is the song that got me into her stuff a couple of years ago when I heard it on the radio, and I still like it.

  7. In the Lap of the Gods by The Alan Parsons Project
    And oldie but a goodie. If one of my unwritten novels was ever filmed, I want this as the theme. Yeah, this is the third instrumental here (plus wordless vocals) but I do like them. Damn, I should have fitted Bowie's Warszawa in there but I was trying to find more songs since the meme asked for them.
I'm not tagging anyone, but if you want to do this too, go right ahead!

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