What I’ve been reading – Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great fun read, and Amoruso seems like she would be the funnest person to hang out with. Her sheer drive and wit and energy are inspiring – it’s just a shame that Nastygal itself seems to have crashed and burned, judging by the news stories. Still, I’m sure that Amoruso will rise from the ashes. (I just hope she’s managed to hang on to some of the money, after all her hard work.)

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What I’ve been reading – Blackmail Boy by Parker Avrile

Blackmail Boy  (The Runaway Model, #3)Blackmail Boy by Parker Avrile

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some nice musical detail for verisimilitude, not to mention sleazy music biz detail too. Very kitchen-sink and realistic, in a rather melancholy and downbeat tale. (That’s a compliment.) Not much in the way of fluffy hearts and flowers here – this is gritty RL, and real people’s sad little motivations and sadder lives. But the touch of hope at the end was very sweet.

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i’ve been happy since you decided to go

That guy in the Miracles?  See that guy second from the left?  Is that Romesh Ranganathan in a former life or what?

Ah, I love Romesh.  The surliest, dourest, most hilarious swine on the face of the earth.

Oh, and of course all other music in the galaxy might perish and wither to dust, we still wouldn’t be too badly off as long as we had the recorded output of Smokey Robinson.

Choral music is not one of life’s frills. It’s something that goes to the very heart of our humanity, our sense of community, and our souls. You express, when you sing, your soul in song. And when you get together with a group of other singers, it becomes more than the sum of the parts. […]

via It’s like a great oak that rises up from the center of the human race and spreads its branches everywhere — Live & Learn

 

 

The House of the Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song, sometimes called “Rising Sun Blues”. It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans; many versions also urge a sibling to avoid the same fate. The most successful commercial version, recorded in 1964 by the British rock group the Animals, was a number […]

via The Animals- House Of The Rising Sun- — AMERICA ON COFFEE

 

Gnarled old blues rockers, in short pants.

 

The Los Angeles-based group originally comprised Henry Garner (drums), Terral “Terry” Santiel (congas), Lequeint “Duke” Jobe (bass), Michael Moore (saxophone), Kenny Copeland (trumpet, lead vocals), Kenji Brown (guitar, lead vocals), Freddie Dunn (trumpet), and Victor Nix (keyboards). The group began in the early 1970s, when members of several backup bands from the Watts and Inglewood […]

via “Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star” — AMERICA ON COFFEE

 

Beautiful melancholy.