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~ Favourite Things
Jim lists a few of his favourite things...
~ Singing the Blues all aspiring blues artists should read this...
~ Desert Island Disks if you could take only 10 disks to a desert island, what would they be?
~ Desert Island Films and which 10 movies would you take with you? 
~ Songs That Stopped Me In My Tracks
When was the last time a song stopped you in your tracks?

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things

An exercise in listing some of my very favourite things. What is really interesting about some of the items on this list, is that many of them have not changed over a period of 30 years or more. What is on your list?

Any music by...
~ Steve Forbert: especially Mission of The Crossroad Palms; Rocking Horse Head; Streets Of This Town
~ Bob Dylan: Everything - but especially Highway 61 Revisited; Blood On The Tracks; Planet Waves; Time Out of Mind; Love and Theft; and all the Bootleg Series albums
~ Steve Earle: The Mountain; El Corazon; and Jerusalem
~ Neil Young: Harvest Moon; Live Rust; Sleeps With Angels; Rust Never Sleeps; and Unplugged
~ Laurie Anderson: Strange Science; and Strange Angels
~ Bjork: Debut; Post; and Homogenic
~ Paul Kelly: Deeper Water; Gossip; Hidden Things; and So Much Water, So Close to Home
~ Bruce Springsteen: Greetings From Asbury Park; The Wild, The Innocent, and The E-Street Shuffle; Nebraska; and The Ghost of Tom Joad
~ Woody Guthrie anything you can find!
~ and others too numerous to mention. Check out my CD collection here...

Any movie directed by...
~ The Coen Brothers: especially, Fargo, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou? ah, the heck with it - see them all! 
~ Terry Gilliam: The Fisher King; Brazil; Time Bandits; 12 Monkeys, etc
~ Francis Ford Coppola: especially Apocalypse Now; and all The Godfather films
~ Martin Scorsese: Mean Streets; Taxi Driver; Goodfellas
~ Sergio Leone: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Once Upon a Time In The West; and Once Upon a Time In America (the original four hour version)
~ Terrence Malick: Badlands; Days of Heaven; and The Thin Red Line
~ Sam Peckinpah: The Wild Bunch; Straw Dogs; and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid
~ Akira Kurosawa: especially
~ Rashomon (1950) - remade as The Outrage in 1964
~ The Seven Samurai (1954) - remade as The Magnificent Seven in 1960
~ The Hidden Fortress (1958) - the inspiration for George Lucas's first Star Wars movie
~ Yojimbo (1961) - remade by Sergio Leone as A Fist Full of Dollars, in 1964
~ Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove; 2001: A Space Odyssey; A Clockwork Orange; Eyes Wide Shut; and... listen, do yourself a favour and see them all!
~ need I go on? Check out my movie collection here...

And while I'm talking about movies, any film staring Robert De Niro; Martin Sheen; Warren Oates; Julia Roberts; Harvey Keitel; Toshiro Mifune; and many, many others

Any book written by...
~ John Steinbeck: especially The Grapes of Wrath; and Of Mice and Men
~ E. Annie Proux: The Shipping News; and Heart Songs
~ Cormack McCarthy: All The Pretty Horses; Cities of The Plain; and The Crossing

Eating! Hey, I'll eat virtually anything - especially if it's sweet.

Songwriting and passionate singers

The musical, Les Miserables. Nothing else comes close - except maybe, Jesus Christ Superstar


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