Books on a Sunday / Stealing from Austin Kleon / Deeper look at a-ha

morning babble / Sunday 05-30-21

Still chilly, but not grumpy. I folded laundry yesterday, so I’m feeling good. What does that mean? Go watch yesterday’s video by clicking here and then you’ll get it!

Last night, my family & I met up with some friends at one of their homes. We vaccinated, so we can do stuff like that! Anyway, I was the family with the punk kids, but they ended up having a great time. At one point of the night, we were all around a table and playing the game – 5 Second Rule – where the basic gist of the game is needing to name 3 things listed on the game card within 5 seconds. I won’t go into too many details, but one group had to name three one hit wonder bands in 5 seconds. a-ha was mentioned. This is the band who had the song “Take On Me” along with one of the most favorite videos of all time. Well, Miss Denise got a little upset and quickly proclaimed that they are not a one hit wonder band. Now, I put in 11 years of radio time and some those stations played the junk out of “Take On Me.” BUT – I don’t recall ever playing another song by them. Like, ever.

So, I googled a-ha for a greatest hits album and they have one! It’s 16 tracks – all different, not just “Take on Me” and is called Headlines and Deadlines: The Hits of A-ha. But then, I initially thought I found out that they had a new album because on Spotify, it’s listed as 2019 (it’s actually remastered, so the year is correct). The album is called Minor Earth Major Sky and was released back in 2000 . . . but not in the U.S. Elsewhere, this album was certified platinum in Norway and Germany and gold in Austria, Spain and Switzerland. So, on my Spotify account, I hit the heart symbol for this album as well as their greatest hits album. I’ll give them both a listen this week and then give a follow up review next Friday on New Music Friday. Going deep on the band – a-ha – who would’ve thought!

I haven’t run yet – but it will be #150 AND I’ll surpass 500 miles for the year – once done. It’ll happen soon on the treadmill.

Books on a Sunday!

  • Austin Kleon‘s Steal Like an Artist – I thought I could read this book in the morning and then do the babble, but . . . I got stuck – in a good way! I got motivated after reading Chapter 3 – “Write the Book you want to Read.” I then printed out the book that I was hoping to write this year. First time doing that. Only been typing away on the computer. So, now it’s physically in my hands and the ideas are being scribbled throughout the first 8 chapters. Next Sunday, I’ll definitely have the book – Steal Like an Artist – done (not my book – give me some time!) and finally do a further recap on all of its 10 chapters.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.” – by Mark Twain via Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist (page 23)

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