Let’s Start The Week Right #2

Some stuff to help you get through the week or at least give you a new perspective on things. This week’s article is from 2016 but it is as relevant today as it was five years ago.

An article to read:

We Are All Witnesses: Twenty months after Tamir Rice was killed in Cleveland, his mother is still grappling with how to grieve in private following her son’s public death (The Ringer)

An interview to listen to:

Hanif Abdurraqib: Moments of Shared Witnessing (On Being)

A book to read:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you’re a fan of horror, especially gothic horror rooted more in the supernatural than gore, Moreno-Garcia is the book for you. It was reminiscent of the gothic horror from the film Crimson Peak (excellent film, would recommend), except that Mexican Gothic is set in 1950s Mexico. We follow Noemí as she embarks on an adventure to try to figure out what’s going on with her newly-married cousin. What she finds is much worse than she could expect and before long, Noemí finds herself tangled up the same family mess that ensnared her sister. Moreno-Garcia’s writing is excellent, the story is extremely gripping, and the ending equally as satisfying.

Rating: 10/10 – if you like any sort of gothic/historical horror and a well-written story, I can highly recommend Mexican Gothic.

Music to listen to:

Joey Alexander’s newest release. Joey is a young jazz pianist who is exceptional. You can find his music on Spotify and Apple.

YouTube video to watch:

WIRED has these great videos on YT where experts in specific fields review relevant scenes from movies/tv shows. This week’s selection are two videos by hacker Samy Kamkar. Below is the first time he was on and he did another one recently, which you can find here.

Something nice to look at:

Spring violets by Rachel Kramer

Music Sundays: Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things (In Studio Performance)

When my dad visited me back in August, he introduced me to a young pianist named Joey Alexander. For more about Joey, check out these two NPR stories:

Suffice to say, I fell in love with his music immediately. This kid (and he is kid) is incredible and he’s playing in one of my favorite musical mediums, jazz. My dad and I went to Barnes & Noble (remember those stores?) and bought his album, which we listened to all weekend. Here’s a taste of Joey’s music. He is really that good.

Music Sundays: The Barberettes

Another girl group! The Barberettes have been around for a while, they just released an album (which you can get on iTunes), but they’ve done a lot of covers and they’re really good. Here are a few of them.

Here they are covering The Andrews Sisters’ song Rum And Coca-Cola.

And covering Satin Doll.

Covering the Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann.

I really can’t recommend their music enough! I love listening to them, they’re so good. Go to the YT channel these are from for more. And don’t forget to check out their official channel for more.