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2007 Was . . .

Monday, December 31, 2007
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Posted by: Sarah P

Baby Zoe. . . the year of a great beginning. Like all new moms, the birth of my child was physically the most traumatic, and emotionally the most tremendous moment of my life. Nothing can touch it. For all those out there who don’t have kids, I’m sorry to be so predictable and prosaic, but if you are ever graced with the birth of your own child, you’ll understand. Hey, maybe you already do.

But this is not a blog about family life (far from it). Instead it’s about culture. Mostly male-oriented culture, let’s be honest, and I’m not male (also far from it). So while the baby monitor static clicks away in the background, I’m going to get in a few cultural highlights of my year that I doubt anyone else here would bother with.

Music

Surprisingly, our house is not filled with the annoying jangle of saccharine children’s songs. No cloying lyrics, or inane music. Instead, Graeme and I have rediscovered the value of classical music. Earlier this year we were driving home from the cottage, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture came on. Now, if you’re like us, you have just immediately started singing/humming the dramatic ending to the epic piece of music. But when was the last time you listened to the whole thing? It’s truly incredible. Amazing. Astounding. Overwhelming. And then when you do finally reach the ending, it will likely bring with it tears.

But music has come to mean so much more to us now that we have a wee one. It can be a wonderful distraction. She has shownDidgeridoo - though not Xavier Rudd a preference for the louder music, so on her iTunes playlist are songs like Crazy (Gnarls Barkley) and Dance Tonight (McCartney). There’s a really cool song she loves called Mana, by Xavier Rudd. It’s found on his Food In The Belly CD – it features the didgeridoo much to her delight. And if she likes it, and baby is happy, everybody is happy. Who knows, it might even have the same effect on you.

T.V.Family Ties

We haven’t seen a lot of this recently. TV on DVD is a favourite right now, because of the all-important pause and rewind buttons. Squirmy little kids and overtired parents do not make for easy watching. We have, however, rediscovered the 80s classic Family Ties. It seems to have held up over the years. It’s not high action, it’s not nail-biting drama, but it’s honest, and sometimes that’s as engaging as another dead body or scandalous affair.

DVD

I can’t call this category Movies, because one of the major things we’ve seen and really enjoyed this year is Planet Earth, and if anything, it falls into a nature mini-series. It’s incredible. Usually I hear about stuff from other people and think: “Yeah, but you’re likely more easily impressed than I am, and I’ll not likely waste my time on the kinds of things youPlanet Earth do.” (Sorry to all those who have recommended things to me in the past.) But this time they were right. Several different sources raved about this series, and so do I. The photography is out-of-this-world (no pun intended), and the subject matter fascinating. It’s a pricey series (60-90 bucks, depending on where you get it and if it’s Christmas Eve and you’ve promised it to someone as a Christmas gift), but well worth it. And it’s all kid-friendly content.

Another enjoyable addition to our DVD collection was The Bourne Ultimatum. I think that when (some) filmmakers plan trilogies nowadays, they plan all three to be good, and not Matt Damon as Bournejust money-makers (but not those who planned the Pirates of the Caribbean movies), and the Bourne series has certainly benefited from that. The audience is tired of the great 1st movie, lame 2nd movie (but you have to see it anyway), and decent 3rd movie. All three Bournes were good. And Matt Damon is easy on the eyes too (I warned you this wouldn’t be your average guy’s review).

Books

Haven’t I already told you we had a baby this year? Do you honestly think I’ve had time to read?

In fact, I don’t even have time to continue reviewing the few cultural artifacts I have had time to enjoy this year. Were this a review of children’s literature (either good to read or good to chew on) I could go on at length, but alas, it is not. Were it a review of children’s fashions and the appropriateness or inappropriateness of putting toddlers in bikinis, I could go on at length with fervour. But alas, it is not. So, with the quiet, wakeful grunts of my beautiful baby girl now emanating from the monitor, I will have to bid you adieu.

Until next year… llewopharas

Zoe
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. James17930 permalink
    Monday, December 31, 2007 5:24 pm

    The best part of the 1812 Overture is the end, but specifically the completely random and crazy bells that make it sound like the end of the world.

  2. Tuesday, January 1, 2008 12:14 am

    The kid likes loud music, huh? You just wait until Uncle Beal stops by for another visit.

  3. terrific permalink
    Tuesday, January 1, 2008 12:07 pm

    Have you ever heard the ending of the overture played live at Fort Henry in Kingston? With real canon shots at the end? That has always been my favourite memory from the summers in Kingston.

  4. James17930 permalink
    Tuesday, January 1, 2008 10:59 pm

    I can’t believe they’re wasting ammunition like that — what if the Americans attack?!

  5. terrific permalink
    Thursday, January 3, 2008 12:02 pm

    umm…. no comment.

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