Like many people my age, I looked forward to watching The Wizard of Oz each year on CBS. The movie would dominate discussion on the playground the next day and you felt like you were missing something if you hadn’t watched it and couldn’t participate in the conversation.
But before I watched the movie for the inauguration of the American Film Institute’s Movie Club, I’d say it’s been at least two decades since I watched the movie. It’s not for lack of access — no longer must I wait for it to show up on CBS or one of the Turner movie channels since we long ago added it to our DVD collection. But it’s a film that has become such a part of the tapestry of our popular culture that it’s easy to feel lately, even if “lately” is twenty or so years ago.
I won’t say that watching it this time felt like it was new. But, it felt like I was discovering an old friend again.*
* A friend that will probably get a lot of viewing once Shortcake discovers the film. She wasn’t engaged with the film yet and I distracted her during some of the “scarier” moment with the Wicked Witch of the West pulling her shenanigans. Continue reading
Time again for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish). This week’s topic looks at music and books. But instead of looking at the songs I’d like to see as a soundtrack for some of my favorite reads, I thought I’d take a different approach. I’m going to list some of my favorite music to listen to while reading.
- Star Trek: The Astral Symphony
- Fantasia Soundtrack
- Michael W. Smith — Freedom
- Yanni Live at the Acropolis
- The X-Files: Fight the Future Soundtrack
- Various Star Trek soundtracks
- Doctor Who: The Music
- Various classical playlists from Spotify
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
I’m sure there are others but these are some that have been in my rotation for years now and continue to draw me back.
This video combines two things I love — the piece our handbell choir played this year for Christmas and houses with lights synchronized to music.
This year’s piece was The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came. And while the musical accompaniment to this light show isn’t ours ,it gives you an idea of what the piece sounds like.
I will also note it’s been stuck in my head for the past couple of days while I’ve been swimming laps in the pool.