Lockdown day 8 ”Best of the best of the best, sir. With honors!”

And it’s still raining.

Chris Schilling

How ’bout some more of your favourite musical material, Ark? Have you ever posted a top ten or twenty of your favourite songs, albums, books, films, etc? Just for the buffs and nerds among us.

How could I refuse such a request?

I’ll do a Three Of The Best for a few days – Best Album, Book & Movie.

Feel free to point out how old I am and have no taste!

So, in no particular order.


Band of Gypsies. Jimi Hendrix.

As a lifelong fan there isn’t a Hendrix album  I don’t love, but if  I was forced to choose just one, then this would be it.

Recorded on News Year Eve 1969/70 at the Fillmore East, in Manahtten, New York.

This is the original cover of the Track release, which was changed when the album was first released on CD.

The cover image features Hendrix playing at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970, for some odd reason,  and it was only after the album was reissued on CD that it featured a photograph of Hendrix wearing the attire he wore during the show.


For those long suffering reader’s of the Ark’s spot it will come as no surprise that my first selection would be a Terry Pratchett book. I love pretty much all of Pratchett’s novels and one or two may feature along the way. If the number of times one has read a particular book counts for anything then this probably sits at the top of the pile.


As with albums and books, I tend to watch my favorite films over and over.

This one, and its sequel are endearing for so many reasons, not least the fact that one day in the not too distant future I will count myself among the ranks of …

Grumpy Old Men.

The DVD resides among several other firm favorites and whenever I feel like a good belly laugh it gets hauled out.


There you go …

Put on your ear goggles and have a listen.



39 thoughts on “Lockdown day 8 ”Best of the best of the best, sir. With honors!”

  1. We are going into our 3rd week of lockdown; my husband has been out three times to get groceries (I’ve never seen the cupboards and freezer so full), and has decided that since one or two (or possibly 275 by this afternoon) cases of the virus have appeared in our country, it might be wise to stay home entirely.
    Im pretty much a homebody anyway, so this isn’t a hardship for me.


    Ive even begun a few projects that could take me well into winter, if we ever get summer here first….and I’m half way through Lord of the Rings for possibly the last time. It just doesn’t make it this time around, sadly. But there is always Pratchett in the wings, waving, waiting.

    it’s both intriguing and nauseating (like watching someone else be actively drunk at the next table) to listen to the President these days. I am reminded of the way an earth moving vehicle backs and fills, back and fills, pats it down, moves along to another spot and starts over. Not a lot of progress, but a great expenditure of dust and gas. =)

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  2. I’m back. Who can sleep when it’s snowing like a fluffy cat in April? WTF? I digress. Best album, not fair, too tough to call – honourable mentions to Paris 1919 by John Cale, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis, Clash London Calling and Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. Argh, there’s so many more! Best book? More of the same, depends what mood I’m in -The Kite Runner, Winter’s Tale for starters. Best movie? Suspend belief and allow me to nominate Across the Universe.

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    1. London Calling might be in some people’s top double albums, too.

      Ah, Bowie. Went out on a high, leaving us with the wonderful Black Star and some late gems like No Plan and When I Met You.

      Thanks, @Notes.

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      1. I’m perplexed, haven’t been on WordPress for the last day and a half but no comment appears waiting for approval. Scratching my head. Don’t know what to tell you.


    2. It’s been 24 hours, Notes to Ponder. How ironic that on a post you wrote titled ‘Blocked,’ my main comment that started in moderation has disappeared from your site entirely and my follow-up question is still in moderation. Care to explain?


          1. It has come to my attention that anytime someone agrees with me, they are almost always absolutely correct. That can’t be a coincidence. By the same token, when that happens I can’t learn a damn thing. Bummer.

            So… damned if I do; damned if I don’t.

            As for the deodorant, I keep eating it but it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference… until later.

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  3. Our musical choices often reflect our particular generation — when we came of age, as it were — but is there music from subsequent generations that speak to us as powerfully? Or do we pretty much stick with those early formative influences and tastes?


    1. Most of my musical ”roots” began in the 70’s, and many of those artists I have followed through the decades, but apart from jazz and some classical . I have never really enjoyed music from the past decade or so.


  4. We don’t have to guess your age. We know you have been here for centuries and in between living with your great grand parents before your grandpa’s were even around.

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    1. Nat King Cole. ‘Stardust’ and ‘Nature Boy’.

      There’s a performance of the latter on YouTube, from maybe the late fifties, with Nat and his trio. He just trickles out a few phrases on piano, while singing that melody, accompanied by jazz guitar. Makes it look like the easiest thing in the world, but it’s a thing of wonder and beauty.

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  5. Music. David Gray, almost any CD or cut on any of them
    Books–Most of DiscWorld, followed by Sue Grafton (to. be. read. in. order.)
    Movie–has to be Yankee Doodle Dandy with Cagney…followed by Life of Brian and Good Omens

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