Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday Snapshot Is Almost Ready for Christmas, but Not Really

Currently reading:

Family Plot by Sheri Cobb South: So far, not enough John Pickett/Lady Julia drama!


A review of Lisa Kleypas' latest historical novel, Cold-Hearted Rake, plus a Buy Borrow Bypass on four short Christmas books you should read over at Book Riot.

Movies watched:

the wrecking crew
The Wrecking Crew, directed by Denny Tedesco

"The Wrecking Crew" was the nickname for 15-30 musicians who regularly played the studio recordings of major LA music labels in the 1960s, and who are partially responsible for some of the greatest pop songs in history. This documentary recounts their contributions to songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, The Monkees, and more.

Like 20 Feet from Stardom, The Wrecking Crew is a look into the music industry and the people who provide supporting roles for the stars who get most of the public recognition. The Wrecking Crew's not quite as good as 20 Feet from Stardom, but it's still well worth watching. It was their contributions that made a lot of the songs they played on great–they were all fantastic musicians, oftentimes better than the musicians in the band–and yet they didn't even receive a mention in the album liner notes, let alone royalties! But I suppose that's the life of an artist, especially those who work for a corporation. I feel like I understand the "sound" of the '60s and how it came about much better now. Definitely recommend this if you're a fan of 1960s music!

This week in heidenkindom:

I have all the Christmas shopping done, THANK GOD. Unfortunately I've been feeling under the weather the past few days. Hopefully it's just allergies and not an actual sickness.


This infographic from Lone Wolf Librarian does a good job of showing just how much Google knows about you. Even if you're paranoid about privacy online, you'll probably be surprised at just how many tentacles Google has in your life, online and off (incidentally, I tried uploading the infographic here, but Blogger–a Google company–won't allow the resolution to be higher than 100 pixels wide, rendering it basically unreadable. Nice).

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