3 of my best


Groundhog Day.

  • Phil: “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”
  • Phil: “I’m a god — I’m not the God, I don’t think.”


Lord Foul’s Bane – Stephen Donaldson

The first novel in Stephen Donaldson’s epic multi volume fantasy of Thomas Covenant, a successful novelist who is struck down with leprosy, and after an encounter with a mysterious beggar who tells him to ”Be true!” he is apparently knocked down by a car, and when he comes round he finds himself in a place called the Land.

A truly brilliant series of fantasy novels. If you have read Tolkein you will love this.


Desire- Bob Dylan

Everyone knows a Dylan song or three and my interest was sparked mostly because Jimi Hendrix always cited Dylan as a major influence. I never bought a Dylan album but an old girlfriend,bless her, bought Desire for me one birthday. It has remained one of my favorite albums of all time, not least because of the track Hurricane.

Put on your ear goggles and have a listen.


10 thoughts on “3 of my best

  1. Movie: Cat Ballou
    Book (fiction): Lonesome Dove (or anything by McMurtry) (I also loved the Covenant series, BTW, but hate the new trilogy. Go figure.)
    Music: Afterlife, or anything written by Rossano Galante (Hey, I’m a trumpet player and horn filler, what can I say?) This music always has elements of grandeur and rich, thick texture, beautiful and often delicately pitched solos, all the while it teaches you how to become a better musician, and somehow allows every instrument to feel special and vital. It’s genius orchestral writing. Even with probably the most critical conductor in history, whenever I played the high trumpet parts louder and sweeter to ring off the back walls, a performance always made him finish conducting the piece with a look up to us, a slight nod, and a grunt of deep satisfaction. The audiences always took a few seconds – for some pieces over ten seconds – before responding very enthusiastically to any Galante we played. But it’s not the players; it’s the writing.

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    1. I didn’t enjoy the new series either. Donaldson was cruising on his reputation and I think he must have fired his editor!
      I have two books of the final series but haven’t bothered with any more.


  2. Groundhog Day is great choice Ark. Your following two selections I am not familiar with. Sorry. My 3 all-time favorite movies, books, and music albums with close seconds, since it is near impossible to pick only one. I have MANY favorites. These listed really depend on my mood at the moment which determines the specific genre:

    #1 — “About Time” (2013)
    #2 — “Horrible Bosses” (2011)

    #1 — “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon
    #2 — “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde

    Music album:
    #1 — “Permanent Waves” by Rush
    #2 — “We Are Not Alone” by Breaking Benjamin

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    1. Have the Braking Benjamin Album, but not heard the Rush album.
      My kids have been nagging me to watch about time and oddly enough I looked for it on Netflix last night, but they’ve dropped it.

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      1. Ah, yes… About Time was available on Netflix from about Jan. to last month. It will likely come back around WHEN this pandemic continues into August and/or September. 😉

        Geddy Lee’s voice is certainly… umm, a long acquired taste to put it politely and some never acquire it. 😄

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  3. GroundHog Day: Murray has the rare comic gift of making everything he says look improvised (maybe some of it was).

    Desire: is this album slightly underrated in the Dylan canon, coming after Blood on the Tracks? Greil Marcus, I believe, wrote it off. Why? It has so many good songs: One More Cup of Coffee; Isis; Black Diamond Bay; Sara. (Joey is a bit of a dirge).

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