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(In rereading this entry before posting, I realize it's a bit disjointed and hops all over the place...I apologize for that, but it's the way my brain seems to be functioning these days!)

A quick wrap-up of the past few weeks and days (I think I'm addicted to bullets):

  • First off, I'd like to thank [livejournal.com profile] princessjune and [livejournal.com profile] winterlillies for making me smile with their adorable LJ gifts! Thank you, ladies! ♥
  • Despite the bit of "negativism" that occurred a few weeks back that bade me request your prayers (and it is still on-going), things have been pretty good. I'm trying to trust that the prayers of our friends are working, and that things will right themselves (i.e., not worry/stress out).
  • It's saddening to see how slow LJ has become in recent months (years?). I miss all the activity and icons! :(
  • For whatever reason, I've been on a Emma kick. I'm not exactly sure what made me start fiddling with the screencaps again, but a month or so ago I started making a batch of icons, which put me in the mood to rewatch the Kate Beckinsale adaptation, which in turn led to a (yet another) reread of the book. I'd forgotten how peaceful and reassuring the world JA created there can be, and it's the perfect summer read; replete with strawberries.
  • Speaking of perfect for summer, I've joined the ranks as a convert and fan of She & Him. (This one I can blame on [livejournal.com profile] sakka!) ;D Their two albums will be joining the ranks of my "summer playlists" beside Leigh Nash, who was my summer soundtrack for last year.
  • Slow as always to the music front I may be, but does anyone else enjoy Colbie Caillat? I only discovered her because they play her a lot on the radio at work, and I found myself enjoying several of her songs. THIS song in particular is glued to the insides of my cranium. Tell me others have been beguiled by her embodiment of summer; soothing voice, romantic themes, and softly country-esque melodies?
So with summer in mind I have a couple questions for my friends and readers:
  • What books represent summer to you? It could be a book you read one summer and look back fondly on the experience, or a book that summarily describes what summer means to you.
  • What music embodies summer to you? Are there certain songs/albums/artists that make you feel "summer-y"?

Date: 2011-07-15 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] princessjune.livejournal.com
You're welcome Lauren! <3

Yes, it is a lot slower on here! I miss all of the icons and the action here too. I hear it's because of Tumblr. Supposedly, people are migrating over there which is odd because I have one and all you can really do on there is post pretty photographs and inspirational posts but that's about it because there's no privacy on Tumblr. when you post something everyone who stops by your page can see as there's no privacy option anywhere.

I love Colbie Caillat! Her music always brightens up my mood.

I understand your love for Emma! I plan on reading the book again too. Kate's version is the best. I used to prefer Gwyneth's version until I read the book. Kate's version is much more sensible and natural just like the book itself. I watched Romola's version, it was good but I prefer Kate's and Gwyneth's versions. The person that they chose to play Mr. Knightley in Romola's version is not my cup of tea. Otherwise it was very good and very entertaining. I also love the simplicity of Romola's version as well.

Date: 2011-07-15 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
You're too sweet!! :)

I've heard Tumblr blamed as well, and while I can understand the appeal of "reblog" every picture you find attractive, is that not the same thing as WeHeartIt? Honestly, Tumblr doesn't do anything better than any other site; quite the contrary IMO.

Yes she's definitely cheerful! I even find her melancholy songs somewhat up-beat (i.e., "Realize" which has an adorable music video!).

The very first Jane Austen ANYTHING I was exposed to was the KB adaptation of Emma; it just took me another year or two to actually realize what I'd watched. I'd heard about JA online, and went and rented S&S '95. And the rest, as they say, was history... ;)

I had such high hopes for Romola's version. She was a lovely choice, but they wasted all of her talent. Instead of making her fascinating and complex (like Gwendolyn Harleth in DD), they made her irksome, modern, and obnoxious. Plus whoever cast JLM as Mr. Knightley must've had an epic brain lapse.

Date: 2011-07-15 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2theriver2pray.livejournal.com
I like Colbie Caillat, especially during the summer since my skin reacts to negatively to the sun. It's nice to listen to her when your resting and under a shade, drinking tea (well water or juice for me XD) and reading a good back. She definitely leaves you with a smile on your face and a little more at peace.

Twitter, Facebook, and especially Tumblr took a beating on LJ. I have a tumblr but it's kind of annoying since I am still trying to understand everything how everything works, even after 4 years of having the internet! Tumblr has this detached feeling for me , while LJ is more community oriented (or at least was :( ). I love the pretty graphics on tumblr but always wonder why people can't be that creative here? To me you get even drama rama since you don't know if you can use them on LJ and it's so complicated to me. Don't get me started on Twitter, however Facebook has nice games....problem is you have to friend a bunch of strangers if you don't want to pay for the stuff in the games.

LJ rocks hands down for me. I will never leave it. It has mood themes, custom layouts, userpics. It has so much awesome that even when the LJ camp fail us, they still pawn the rest.

Plus the only time I'd ever use only 140 characters is if I'm so sick and only have enough energy to type 'pray for me during this hard time'. 140 characters is not enough to establish a human connection.

I love She & Him. I love their style and how they be themselves. I've always adored quirky artists instead of manufactured fake Barbie doll singers. I like Zooey's fashion style, it very unique. She proves you can be unique and different with out being over the top or whatever what Lady Gaga does. Leigh Nash! I love her and some of the songs she did on Matthew West's The Story of Your Life CD!

Have you heard Adele's record 21? It's own of my few non-religious/inspirational albums I listen to.

Date: 2011-07-15 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
I'm not a fan of summer's heat and sunshine, myself, so I can understand you there! But this year it's strangely attractive in the sense of the idea; rather than the actual experience, if that makes any sense.

Twitter, FB, and even Tumblr to a degree all lack what is best about LJ: customization and self expression. You can't even change the color on anything on FB!! Twitter is too short and inane, and Tumblr has no privacy or originality.

LOL re: 140 characters--I'm the person who's routinely had to split up a comment into two separate ones, because of reaching LJ's character limit!! Posting on FB or Twitter would be torturous.

Yes, exactly! I love the way she dresses, as well; so cute and vintage and feminine!

Don't even get me started on Lady Gag-me. *pukes*

I loved Leigh Nash ever since Sixpence, but her solo album "Blue on Blue" is even better. SO incredibly soothing and ethereal. (I had no idea she'd teamed up with Matthew West--thanks for the heads-up!)

I've heard a little of Adele; I still haven't made up my mind about her voice (aside from acknowledging that she's amazingly talented), but I'm not sure about buying her. Love her sense of fashion and that eye makeup she wears, especially!!

Date: 2011-07-15 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] visionsbeyond.livejournal.com
I`m glad things have been working out for you olde :)

Yeah LJ has slowed down . Many people are blaming tumblr but IDK. I love tumblr but don`t think I could ever give up LJ. LJ has more of a personal touch :)

ha ha Emma? Not my fav JA novel but I adore the adaptations! My fav is the Jeremy Northam one though! It`s one of my all time favorite JA adaptations! I did love Mark Strong`s portrayal of Mr Knightley too though ;)
The Ramola Garai one was pretty but just okay overall. It felt a bit too modern.

Not a big fan of Colbie but I have two of her songs 'Love Song' and 'Fallin for you' which are adorable and fun to listen too :)
I don`t have any artists that are specifically 'summery' though lol

If you`re asking about books then it`s definitely P&P! I read it many years ago during one of my summer vacations , watched the 95' adaptation (which is still my favorite btw) and fell in love with JA`s works. It was technically the summer I fell in love with JA and so it will always remain special :)

Date: 2011-07-15 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
Thanks, Val! I hope you're doing well, too? ♥

You're exactly right, and while I'll "tumbl" sometimes for a little while off and on, it's LJ that holds my attention. ;)

I like my movies to have a bit of dirt and darkness as I'm sure you know, so it's the KB version for me!! ;D (I'm not a fan of JN's Mr. Knightley, but have you seen him in The Winslow Boy? Quite a nice performance, I must say!)

I haven't heard "Love Song", but the other one you mentioned is adorable!

JA is perfect for all seasons!!! Emma is summery; Persuasion is autumnal; NA or MP is good for winter, as is S&S; and P&P is so wonderful you can read it whenever and get something out of it. ;D

Date: 2011-07-15 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlillies.livejournal.com
Yup sad to see LJ so quiet as of late. I know it has gone in phases, but this time it just seems more and more quiet.

I don't really like Colbie Caillat-her voice just annoys me. LOL!

Summer books-The Island of the Blue Dolphins. I reread that a million times as a child during the summer and I still think of it as summer. :)

Music Summer-The Beach Boys!

Date: 2011-07-15 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
I'm hoping things come back here soon; it's almost getting boring!!

LOLOL! Oh well I can't blame you there I suppose--she got her start with Taylor Swift, which I didn't know until like yesterday, and neither one of them has the chops to go up against the likes of Hayley Westenra or Hayley Williams, but I do think Colbie's voice > Taylor's.

Don't hit me Jess, but I never read that book as a child! I was too busy getting my hands on every horse book known to man...

Ohhh haha, yes, good one!! ;D

Date: 2011-07-15 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winterlillies.livejournal.com
It is very boring indeed. Sometimes I sit here and refresh my friends page only to see one new entry in like 6 hours. Blah!

I knew ;of her via the Jason Mraz crowds (my sister is a HUGE Mraz fan), but she just annoys me. I don't know why, but she does. Ugh Taylor Swift...I doubt she'll be significant 10 years from now.

Really, you've never read it? I love, love, love that book! I'm waiting for a copy to come back to the library so I can reread it as an adult and see how it holds up to my memory of it. :D We had to read it for class and while the rest of the class hated it I didn't.

Date: 2011-07-18 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
LOL I don't even bother to refresh my LJ flist, LOL! There's hardly anything new on it! I can check it twice a day and see nothing new.

Oh yeah that song; "Lucky". They play that at work, too.

I happen to like Taylor, more for her pleasant lyrics than for anything else...she's like bubblegum. ;)

Nope, I never did! At least not that I can remember--and I'm pretty good about remembering what I read as a kid (at the very least it'd jog my memory if I read the synopsis). I was more a horse and Little House fan; oh I read those soooo many times!!

Date: 2011-07-15 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msantimacassar.livejournal.com
Good to hear you are hanging in there!

I really need to watch the Kate Beckinsale version of Emma, the Gwyneth Paltrow version was disappointing and I need some more Emma-ness!

I think Anne of Green Gables is my summer read. Something about the descriptions of meadows, flowers, and games completely expresses summer to me.

I second the Beach Boys! And Adele is a melancholy yet soothing artist to listen to.

Date: 2011-07-15 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

Oh my goodness, yes yes yes you DO need to watch the KB version!!!!! It has it's flaws, as well, but I've seen all four adaptations including the horrid '70s one, and it's by far the best and truest to the novel (which is the entire point; at least to me!). Do let me know what you think once you've seen it!

I love Anne! Especially the movies; I never could get past book 5 in the series.

Adele is very talented!

Date: 2011-07-16 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ever-maedhros.livejournal.com
You never can have too much Jane Austen in your life. :D

Date: 2011-07-18 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
AMEN!!!!! LOL! ;D

Date: 2011-07-17 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] areth-lovejoy.livejournal.com
Yes, I enjoy Colbie Caillat and especially She & Him:)

Ooh, Brooke Fraser, esp. "Something in the Water" is a summer artist, as well as Imogen Heap, Lisbeth Scott, Sarah Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson and Regina spektor. I did a post with a bunch of links if you are interested:

Bookwise, my summery reads are nearly anything by L. M. Montgomery as she came on vacations with me, esp. The Blue Castle. Which is also just a fantastic read. Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund. These are all books I read in summer and bring it back, but the Blue Castle really describes summer as well....

Still praying for you and your family - Take care!

Date: 2011-07-18 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
*yayz at your Zooey icon*

Wow, that's some list! Thanks for the tip! I'll have to sit down and seriously look into all those links.

I haven't read any of those you listed; the fifth Anne book is as far as I got for L. M. Montgomery (who isn't someone I can take in too much of at a time). Never heard of the other two authors...and I used to work in a bookstore!! LOL!

Thanks again! :)

Date: 2011-07-19 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sakka.livejournal.com
Yay! It is my duty to infect people with She and Him! :D *hugs* I'm glad you liked it! As well as Colbie... you should listen to "Realize" (I think that's the name of the song) which she does with Taylor Swift. I'mma gonna put it on your CD mix :D

LJ is quiet. But I have to insist that while tumblr and others have given it hits, LJ -- in my mind -- has not really stepped up to compete. Maybe I'm in the wrong here, but I feel there's no reason to pay for userpics when you can have unlimited space at a place like Photobucket for free. We should at least be allowed to host external icons. Also, some of the "updates" seem rather inane -- like who the heck wants games on LJ??? I just feel like there is a disconnect between the users of LJ and the owners. *shrugs*

The way I look at it is, LJ is good for personal reflective thought. Tumblr, graphics only - I'd never post anything text-based there. Blogspot good for making a "magazine" -- non personal things you want others to read. I'm not even gonna touch Twitter with a tenfoot pole (though I have :D) and Facebook, let's just say I was at the delete page a few days ago but didn't go through with it.

Summer music... definitely She and Him of course :D And seems I tend to listen to more 1960s music in the summer...

As far as books that mean summer to me...uhhh... I'm not sure! Good question! I can't really say what I read in the summer. If anything, it tends to be less because of being outside so much and so on. :P

Date: 2011-07-19 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olde-fashioned.livejournal.com
Yaaaaay for long comments!! :D :D :D ♥ ♥ ♥

LOL re: infecting people w/ S&H. I'm forever grateful to you, and I think my mom is, as well! (She STILL listens to Vol. 2 as she goes to sleep!!!)

You showed me Colbie's "Realize" (tho they play it at work), and that's one of my FAAAAAAAvourites. Love that one and "Break Through" right now. *sigh* (And Imma jump up and down when I get that CD in the mail!!)

You're exactly right about LJ; I don't like their new management, either. It feels...half-baked? Lame? Cheap? As for the games, wasn't that a thinly-veiled attempt to capitalize on FB's popularity? They just aren't getting it. (And there's no WAY they'd let you have userpics for free--that must be a major source of income for them!! I know that's the biggest reason I renew my account each year!)

But another thing about Tumblr, while yes, it's graphic-oriented, there aren't many original graphics. It just seems to be an endless "reblog" fest of other people's stuff. Whereas the way LJ USED to be, there were people making, posting, and sharing things they'd made!

PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE DON'T DELETE YOUR FB!!!!!!!! *sniffles and cries* One by one my favourite people are leaving FB--and then I'll be left with the people I don't like and had to add because of RL!!!

I'm not big on '60s music, but I do enjoy going to Johnny Rockets and using the jukebox thingies! ;D

Date: 2011-07-19 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nathan cunningham (from livejournal.com)
Good questions! I can never hope to adequately answer them; perhaps a separate blog post is in order, but that can only go halfway at most!

As far as books are concerned, there is a book of American tall tales I used to read during the summer when I was in elementary school. Homer's "Odyssey" was my assigned summer reading for a sophomore English class, so that story has been summer-y for me ever since then; and the various installments of the Harry Potter series were always released in the middle of the summer, so I read them then, too. "Harry Potter" is perhaps my fondest summer reading memory, because they were big books and I had a lot of time in the summer, so I would spend all day and sometimes all night reading them so I could be finished before school started (not to mention the fact that I just enjoyed them so much, haha!). The last four books were each released around my birthday, so they were always given to me as presents, and I would stay up very late after first opening them, then excitedly join in my friends' conversations on what was going on in the story. Good times. ^_^

Then there's music. Don't get me started on music, because I really will stay up all night. But I do feel good about claiming the following as part of my summer list:

"Hey There Delilah" -- Plain White T's

"Beethoven's Last Night" album -- Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Sample: http://youtu.be/ismZ3ewcOZY

"The Celts" album -- Enya
Sample: http://youtu.be/RJ5nEI4QMOU

"Like Humans Do" -- David Byrne

"A Day Without Rain" album -- Enya
Sample: http://youtu.be/Cutj_htp5h0

"Nearer, My God, to Thee" -- Kyle Henderson arrangement

"Dream Big" -- Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band

A few selections from the "Evita" soundtrack:

This song:

"Furr" -- Blitzen Trapper

"Game" album -- Piano Squall
Sample: http://youtu.be/vuoCODvtC7s

"May May and Bobby" -- Joe Purdy

"Mushaboom" -- Feist

Anything by the Wicked Tinkers
Sample: http://youtu.be/dnsPpFJeUzQ

"Paint the Sky With Stars" album -- Enya
Especially "Orinoco Flow" and "Caribbean Blue"

"Final Fantasy VII Piano Collections" album -- Nobuo Uematsu
Sample: http://youtu.be/Rbidvci8Rqo

"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" album -- Hans Zimmer
Sample: http://youtu.be/w2nMwMOUIos

"Princess Mononoke" album -- Joe Hisaishi
Sample: http://youtu.be/zdctS6E97hA

"Skyline Firedance" album -- David Lanz
Sample: http://youtu.be/1QnkP9GItX0

"The Sweet Escape" -- Gwen Stefani

"Push On" -- Surreal and the Sound Providers

"Unearthed" album -- E.S. Posthumus
Sample: http://youtu.be/PTy81zxGuxQ

"Doomsday Clock" -- Smashing Pumpkins

Anything by the Beatles
Sample: http://youtu.be/nkhTA6MQ3BQ

"Theme of Love" -- Nobuo Uematsu

"Final Fantasy I-III Medley" -- Nobuo Uematsu

Some of those may be quite odd, but each song is tied to a summer memory and is thus on the list. You did ask. ^_^


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