when josh came with me to visit my aunt, we went from union station where marty picked us up, to Damon’s to pick her up a birthday cake. I had a rolled up poster of “58 reasons we love Ariel” in my hand. He made us dinner, salads first and then a frozen deep dish pizza. and Ariel refused to tell us the name of the dirty book she was reading (it was 50 shades of gray) (this is before 50 shades took off) (because even when she’s reading smut she’s cooler than everyone else) and we talked about all the superhero movies coming out and then tangentially, about tesseracts, and marty took us all into his library and pulled down a D&D book off his D&D shelf and opened it to a page on tesseracts and tried to explain it to us, then he kind of faded away and left us to look it over. Then he called us back into the kitchen and he had turned the lights off and put candles in the cake and lit them.
ariel was so profoundly surprised. because she had thought that her birthday was the following day. and it seems to me, that could only happen if her birthday was something she was trying not to think about, that she was keeping at the back of her manic mind. and that makes me kind of sad. not to mention how sad i am that the apartment in which that all took place is now occupied by a different tenant. and that she and marty are no longer a couple. i don’t think i’ll ever get over that.
cover #10 (last one!!): Thinkin’ Bout You by Frank Ocean
I did this because Channel Orange is an amazing album and I’m happy he got some recognition that he deserves at the Grammys.
honestly, this was the most difficult cover of them all to do because his vocal range is insane and his voice is so soft and clear. I did my best though!
thanks to everyone who listened to these and shared the music. <3
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Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz in the film Get Yourself a College Girl, described as “A curious 1964 hybrid of teen movie musical with pre-feminist overtones as well as a parody of moralistic anti-rock message films.”
The Long Novel curriculum for next year