The Life of Shinke

Archive for December 2010

I recently watched Model Behavior and Starstruck and realized just how much movies influence my music choices and how easily they bring me back to the era in which the movie was made.

Let me explain.

Movies introduce me to a lot of songs that I might not have heard otherwise.

For instance Cruel Intentions introduced me to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve which is one of my all favourite songs….the movie too and Model Behavior introduced me to Hello World by Belle Perez.

Also movies are normally steeped in the time period in which the movie takes place and hence solves the problem of time travel.

If I want to return to my favourite decade, the 90s all I need is a good 90s movie such as Model Behavior.

The fashion, the slangs, the trends of the era are all there. And it makes me happy, it allows me to enjoy what I miss about it.

The crazy hairstyles, the brightly coloured and patterned pants, the belly bearing tops and the fun of the 90s are all there for my enjoyment.

Music videos and books help conjure up the past as well so definitely check those out if you feel like time travelling today.

So that brings me to my top songs of last week, which just happen to be movie inspired.

1. Something About The Sunshine – Anna Margaret

2. Hero – Sterling Knight (Christopher Wilde)

3. Hello World – Belle Perez

4. Let That Be Enough – Switchfoot

5. All The SameSick Puppies

Which one of your favourite songs was featured in a movie soundtrack? Let me know in the comments.

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So every Christmas they play Frank Kelly’s Christmas Countdown on the radio and I thought hey I should post this for everyone else in the world that don’t have this privelege.

So here you go, and to top is all off I’ve added Christmas Correspondence as well.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas! 🙂

 

 

Christmas Correspondence

December 14th

Dearest John:
I went to the door today and the postman delivered a partridge in a pear tree. What a delightful gift. I couldn’t have been more surprised.

With dearest love and affection, Agnes

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December 15th

Dearest John:

Today the postman brought your very sweet gift. Just imagine, two turtle doves…. I’m just delighted at your very thoughtful gift. They are just adorable.

All my love, Agnes

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December 16th

Dear John:

Oh, aren’t you the extravagant one! Now I must protest. I don’t deserve such generosity. Three french hens. They are just darling but I must insist…. you’re just too kind.

Love Agnes

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December 17th

Today the postman delivered four calling birds. Now really! They are beautiful, but don’t you think enough is enough? You’re being too romantic.

Affectionately, Agnes

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December 18th

Dearest John:

What a surprise! Today the postman delivered five golden rings. One for each finger. You’re just impossible, but I love it. Frankly, John, all those squawking birds were beginning to get on my nerves.

All my love, Agnes

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December 19th

Dear John:

When I opened the door there were actually six geese-a-laying on my front steps. So you’re back to the birds again, huh? Those geese are huge. Where will I ever keep them? The neighbors are complaining and I can’t sleep through the racket. PLEASE STOP!

Cordially, Agnes

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December 20th

John:

What’s with you and those birds???? Seven swans-a-swimming. What kind of joke is this? There’s bird do-do all over the house and they never stop the racket. I’m a nervous wreck and I can’t sleep all night. IT’S NOT FUNNY…….So stop with those birds.

Sincerely, Agnes

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December 21st

OK Buster:

I think I prefer the birds. What am I going to do with eight maids-a-milking? It’s not enough with all those birds and eight maids-a-milking, but they had to bring their own cows. There is poop all over the lawn and I can’t move into my own house. Just lay off me. .

Ag

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December 22nd

Hey:

What are you? Some kind of sadist? Now there’s nine pipers playing. And do they play! They never stopped chasing those maids since they got here yesterday morning. The cows are upset and are stepping all over those screeching birds. No wonder they screech. What am I going to do? The neighbors have started a petition to evict me. You’ll get yours.

From Ag

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December 23rd

You Creep!

Now there’s ten ladies dancing – I don’t know why I call them ladies. Now the cows can’t sleep and they’ve got diarrhea. My living room is a river of poop. The commissioner of buildings has subpoenaed me to give cause why the building shouldn’t be condemned. I’m sicking the police on you.

One who means it, Ag

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December 24th

Listen Idiot:

What’s with the eleven lords a-leaping? All 234 of the birds are dead. I hope you’re satisfied, you rotten swine.

Your sworn enemy, Miss Agnes McCallister

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December 25th (From the law offices Taeker, Spedar, and Baegar)

Dear Sir:

This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers fiddling, which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, Miss Agnes McCallister. The destruction, of course, was total. All correspondence should come to our attention. If you should attempt to reach Miss McCallister at Happy Dale Sanitarium, the attendants have instructions to shoot you on sight. With this letter, please find attached a warrant for your arrest.

-Merry Christmas

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During the crazy study period of university only a few things can keep you sane, good friends, fun study sessions and a great playlist.

I tend to listen to music that I already love hence I won’t be paying any great attention to the words but more the beat.

In my first year I listened to Fallout Boy’s albums on repeat, in second year my bff chose our study music randomly and this year I’m listening to Drake‘s album Thank Me Later. Love it!

So my favourite songs of this week are:

1. Unforgettable – Drake feat. Young Jeezy

2. Thank Me Now – Drake

3. Up All Night – Drake feat. Nicki Minaj

4. Show Me A Good Time – Drake

5. Miss Me – Drake feat. Lil Wayne

 

Honorable Mentions

Over – Drake

The Resistance – Drake

Fireworks – Drake feat. Alicia Keys

 

So how do you choose your study music? Let me know and good luck on your finals! 🙂

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So as per usual as soon as exam season came around my mind started wandering to what books I wanted to read, what movies I wanted to watch and all the tv shows that I needed to catch up on.

Ah the joys of procrastination.

Anyways as I was pondering my recreational life instead of studying for my Biology final I thought about reading challenges and the fact that I’ve always wanted to join one.

So in true nerd style I Googled reading challenges and found some great websites to help me choose and join one.

There’s A Novel Challenge by Wendy and Teddy and Bibliobabe which both have a nice compilation of all the challenges running for each year. You just pick the one you like, click the link and sign up….or you could just do it by yourself and not sign up either way is fine as long as you read. 🙂

So as soon as my exams are over I plan to pick out at least 3 to tackle.

On the other hand to make next year really special I have decided to make a challenge of my own. If you want to try it go right ahead, just leave me a comment and update me on how it’s going. I’ll be sure to do the same.

The challenge is that I read ever single novel that I have at home that I have either abandoned or never started.

Wish me luck! 🙂

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