January Record of the Month

Hey Everyone!

It’s that time of the month again! The time where I talk about a record I love and want to recommend! So for those who don’t know, I do a spotlight on a record once a month. I love all genres of music and am willing to review anything- so let me know in the comments or send us a message!

Today, I’m going back to my roots with some good, old, classic rock! I’ve chosen Steve Miller Bands greatest hits, because it was one of my first records, and probably the most listened to album I own! Every song on that album, I’ve been singing for years with my parents! Also, I will say that buying tickets to their concert could have influenced my choice this month… ;).

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If you’re looking for a good rock album, you will LOVE this, especially if you want a refresher of their music. My favourite song on the album is Rock’ N’ Me or Jet Airliner. The song most people will probably recognize the mos is The Joker ” Some people call me the space cowboy….”

Anyways, my record copy is from London Drugs- I know weird right? They were randomly selling some classic albums all remastered! You can check out any local record store or even larger companies like Sunrise Records will have a copy too!

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For the next month, name a year and I’ll feature a hit album from that year!

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1999

Hey Dear Readers!

One of the newest posts I’m starting is called “Record of the Month.” It’s just exactly what you think it is! Every month I want to feature a new record that I’ve been listening to lately. PLEASE leave me comments and recommendations! I would love to hear about ANY new albums. It does not matter what it is! I love all genres of music, so don’t worry about suggesting something I won’t like! Whether it’s rock, country, folk, pop, rap, classical, whatever else! I will listen! Music is an amazing form of expression, and I love listening to whoever, especially if I have a back story about the album, or the artist. It makes me appreciate them so much more!

I love records. The best Christmas gift I ever received was my record player. I actually don’t even remember asking for one- I think I casually brought it up one day without thinking too much on it! So, my parents went out and bought me one. I was SO shocked! SO thrilled! They bought me Steve Miller Bands greatest hits (one of my favourite bands) and I’ve been collecting ever since! My records range- one year I bought Adele, another Alice Cooper’s Schools Out, Buddy Holly, Guns and Roses, Pink Floyd! The list goes on!

My love for music and records is shared by my Uncle/ Godfather. We’ve always had a very different relationship and we are pretty close! I go to all of his band gigs and we trade records whenever I get the chance to see him! This last time I got SGT Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Styx, and he loaned me Led Zeppelins concert video. So, it’s safe to say that my rock history lessons still continue and I’m grateful for them!

Anyways, my first record this month is different from most of the ones I’ve been talking about. The Record of the Month goes to one I have been listening to all month long! You know when you listen to a song and you like it, but then one day you’re just in the right mood and listening to that song and something just clicks and you are like THIS IS AN AMAZING SONG! This is me with Prince’s 1999 album!IMG_3521

I bought 1999 from Sunrise Records in West Edmonton Mall. I was at the store for Lady Gaga’s Joanne record, and I stumbled across their “used” records section in some random part of the store. I kind of just grabbed it without thinking. I saw Little Red Corvette and was like I’m down. When I got home, I listened the shit out of Lady Gaga’s, so I finally decided to listen to it after having it a week. When I did, I was like ok why haven’t I listened to this sooner!! It is soo fun to listen to!

My two favorites on there are Little Red Corvette and 1999. I love the rest, but there’s just something special about 1999 that just wants me to get up and dance! I always think, imagine the New Years parties in the year 1999- it makes me think of them. I mean I was like 6 in 1999 so I never got the partying aspect then obviously, but imagine celebrating the year 2000 when you’re of age! Amazing.

The record came out in October 1982- when Prince was 24. What’s cool about it, is its more of a pop/ funk feel from his usual rock albums. The album is just fun and upbeat and from what I’ve read is Prince’s breakthrough album. What I love about Prince, is his entire band, and all the parts they play in these songs. In 1999, there’s like three different singers along with Prince’s voice throughout the whole song. Also, watch the music video, it’s just so ‘80s great. The whole band does a whole dance sequence while playing instruments! I LOVE IT!

I recommend this album! It’s such a fun album to listen to before going out! I always find myself dancing to it- thank god my record player is in my room! Prince- We miss you, I wish I could’ve seen you perform live. Rest Easy.

Here’s the list of songs on the album:

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Feel free to leave comments and suggestions!

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Remembrance Day

November 13, 2017

Hey Guys!

Well, I am a couple days late to posting about Remembrance Day, but I hope that everyone was able to take a moment to think about the people who have sacrificed and continue to put their lives on the line for our freedom.

History has always been my favourite topic, so it’s easy for me to take a weekend and dedicate my time to learning something about any of the wars. Not only is it to expand my knowledge, but to also try to get even just a glance into the emotional side of what men and women go through. I’ll never be able to come close to understanding, but I feel like my empathy for them grows and maybe I have somewhat of a clearer image than I did before.

Anyways, today my post is of some very good books and movies I have read that I have watched or am watching for this long weekend.

Movies/ TV:

  1. Band of Brothers- it’s what I’m currently watching (ep.2) and is AMAZING. I watch this show every single year. My brother is loaning me his copy of Pacific too, so I’ll start that this week as well! Band of Brothers follows Easy Company as they go through the war. Easy Company were part of the Airborne division and were the guys who parachuted out of a plane on D- Day in WW2. The show follows their training process, their jump on D- Day and the fights up until the end of the war. Tom Hanks is an executive producer of the show, and you also get to see his son in the series too! Very cool!
  2. Saving Private Ryan- Another awesome and obvious movie to add to the list. During WW2, soldiers were sent to find a Private Ryan. As letters are being typed up to send to the families whose members had died in the war, a woman notices that 3 of the soldiers were from the same family. The mother was being notified that 3 of her 4 sons had died and at the same time, because of D- Day. Soldiers are sent on a mission to find the last brother to bring him home safe to his family who had just gone through a big loss. Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg writes and directs an amazing story. The way D- Day is filmed is the best in that movie.
  3. Pearl Harbor- Love this movie. It makes me cry every time! This one is easy to explain! It’s the movie about the attack of the Japanese on the Americans in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii! The Americans had not yet entered the war, and were getting used to living their lives in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor was the attack that officially made them enter the WW2. Michael Bay directs this movie- I had no idea!
  4. Dunkirk! I freaking love this movie! I talk about it a lot! An awesome Christopher Nolan movie! The back story behind Dunkirk, is that in 1940 the Germans had moved into France. The British and French were attempting to escape out through Dunkirk but were trapped on the bay by the Germans. The movie, doesn’t give a ton of background, but focuses strictly on their escape. The entire movie you are stressed! There is barely any sound, so loud noises begin to scare you, the sound of the clock makes you stressed and impatient. There are barely any lines, almost no talking, so you never know what anyone’s really thinking. It’s like you’re there! Super stressful, but truly an amazing show of survival instinct.
  5. Schindler’s List- Another Steven Speilberg. This movie is so sad. It’s the longest movie I’ve ever seen. It felt like it was 6 hours of just me crying! The movie is about a German business man who starts a factory for Jewish workers to make money. When the Jews begin to be exterminated, Schindler tries to save his workers by making excuses to keep his factory operating. It’s an emotional movie, shot in black and white.
  6. Enemy at the Gate- this movie, has some romance in it too actually, but is about the Russians stopping the Germans from entering Russia. Russia is almost unconquerable because of the amount of land and the cold environment. Men were freezing and dying. Vassili is a Russian sniper, who has been deemed a hero. The movie focuses on him fighting a Nazi sniper who is sent to kill the man who is the hero. The movie is awesome, because it shows what Russian soldiers had to deal with in WW2. For example, Stalin limited supplies to fighters so there would be 1 gun to 3 people.

Alright, I’m moving onto Books before I run out of room here!

  1. The Secret Of Raven point (Jennifer Vanderbes)- I’ve talked about this book in the past, but it’s about a girl who joins the military as a nurse to find her brother who has gone missing. The book focuses on being a nurse in WW2, and what they witnessed and had been through with the constant trauma cases.
  2. The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)- Oh my god. My brother’s girlfriend suggested this book to me and it was one of the best books I’ve ever read! It focuses on two sisters during WW2. The one sister constantly puts her life on the line for her country (France)and becomes a spy. The other sister is more reserved, but ends up playing a big part in the war by protecting kids.
  3. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)- This book is told from the perspective of death. An orphan gets adopted by a German family during WW2. Her father teaches her how to read, who grows to love books. Liesel even rescues one from the Nazi book burning. Her father resists joining the Nazi party and even houses a Jewish boy at one point.
  4. The Diary of Anne Frank- I read this book in grade 4, and can remember the stress I felt throughout the book. If you don’t know the story, Anne Frank was a girl in WW2 who wrote about her experiences hiding from the Nazi’s in Amsterdam. It is worth the read to truly understand what the Jewish people had gone through.
  5. Night (Eilie Wiesel)- is an autobiography about a Jewish man who was sent to a concentration camp. He describes his days living at Auschwitz. I feel like that is all I should say about it.
  6. The Nazi Hunters (Andrew Nagorski)- this is a history book focusing on the trials of the Nazi commanders and higher ups in Germany after the war. It was interesting, because it discussed some of the hunting that people did to try to find the high ranking commanders hiding in places like Argentina. It also discussed the Nuremburg trials, and the process of the trials.
  7. The Nazi Officers Wife (Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin)- The last book I have, and another autobiography. Edith Hahn was a Jewish lady living in Vienna, Austria. She had managed to escape a work camp, and had a friend forge papers for her. The book goes into her life in hiding and actually marrying a Nazi officer at some point!
  8. Easy Company Soldier (Donald George Malarkey) – If you LOVE Band of Brothers like me, then you will love this book! It’s actually an autobiography on Sergeant Malarkey who was apart of Easy Company! He talks about his decision to join the army, and all the important parts of the war. Also, what parts Hollywood wanted to include versus what actually happened! It would be a good gift idea for a Band of Brothers author!

I think that’s good for now! I have many many more books and movies that I have read throughout the years. My love for history can be credited to my dad and his passion for history!

 

Let me know if there’s a book or movie I should be reading/watching!

 

– Erin xo

Classic Books to Read

Hey My Fantastic Readers!

So great to post for a second time today! I find writing is so soothing, especially in this stressful time! Two more weeks of hectic life, and then I may have some days off! Excited for this to happen! One of the things I haven’t been able to do is read, so I will be happy when that opportunity comes up again! I find I’m too tired to read lately, but that will change- hopefully sooner rather than later!

Today, I wanted to talk a bit about some classic children books that I think everyone should read! The other day, I was working with this individual with a disability, and we were in the Chapters trying to pick out a new book for her to read. When I went through the teen’s section with her, I picked out all these books I wanted to read with her and was like PLEASE. It was like I was the child and she was the adult saying No Erin, my god I want to read this one over here. Anyways, it’s safe to say that in my last Chapters Instagram post, I ended up buying two new books I was trying to convince her to buy! So, here is my list of books that I think are important for everyone to read! Sometimes, adult books lack the fantasy and adventure that kids and teen books have, so I love reading some of these as an adult and tend to appreciate them more!

Here is my short list!

Heidi– Johanna Spyri- I read this all the time as a kid. Based in the Swiss Alps, Heidi is based on the events of a young girl living with her grandfather. Also, this version I bought is so cute! One of the two purchases.

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Aren’t they so cute! I love Heidi- the yellow and pink is so beautiful!

Little Women– Louisa M. Alcott- This is the other purchase. Aren’t they beautiful?!? I can’t help myself with pretty books. This is book is a story of four young sisters transitioning from childhood to womanhood. Nothing is better than that episode of Friends where Rachel reads the Shining and Joey reads Little Women- you can be just like Joey- Watch the whole clip below!

Treasure Island–  Robert Louis Stevenson- It’s a story of bucaneers and bury gold. Super exciting and my dad bought me this beautiful copy of the book! Pirates OG!

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The front cover is dedicated to Treasure Island, but there are 7 novels of his in here! My brother got King Arthur set from the same place which is also very cool!

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde– Again, Robert Louis Stevenson-  The classic is about a lawyer investigating his friend Mr. Hyde! Really, who doesn’t want to read a good book about a schizophrenic! Also, this is part of that same book my dad bought me! I got it for Christmas, but I think it’s from Costco if you’re interested!

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Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling– Of course this is on here, you all know me so well and the story, so I won’t go on! I have so many copies! I recently bought my house copy (Gryffindor obvs), but the illustrated copies are beautiful and where it’s at! The third one comes out this year!!

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This is the most beautiful book I own! By far!

Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and The Jungle Book– All of these are amazing. I have loved Peter Pan since forever. It is my first love when it comes to some of these classic children’s books! The reason why I lumped all of these together, is because I recently bought them in the adult section of Chapters! They are adult popup books! So amazing! These are the ones that are currently out- very beautiful books as well!

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There are surprise popup pictures too!!
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Just missing The Jungle Book!

Another series everyone should read is the Series of Unfortunate Events- Daniel Handler. So how I bought all of these books, was I went to my local thrift shop, after I watched the show, and purchased all the books there for not even $40. I seriously recommend doing this! There are 13 books in the series and if you can save a little bit by doing this- than do it! They were so cheap and ALL of them but one was there. I bought that single one from Chapters later on! They’re all hard copy and mint condition. ANYWAYS, a very good series (check out the TV show on Netflix too) about three kids who are being chased for their fortune!

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I want to briefly remind you of Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. This is a new series, but so good. I loved it, read our previous blog post on this book! Still a good teen series!

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Also, I don’t know if anyone remembers this, but the Magic Treehouse- Mary Pope Osborne– books were SUPER popular when I was little! I LOVED them! Maybe I should re- read them as an adult although that would take me 5 mins. Basically, Jack and Annie use the Tree House to go back in time to solve different riddles. They go back to famous historical events!

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I think that is all I can think of for now! There are so many that I’m missing, but here’s a good chunk for now! Hope you enjoy!

Erin