Friday, September 09, 2016

What I’m into June-August 2016

I've been meaning to write this for a while, so it has turned into what I've been into for the past few months.

What I'm reading

Assimilate Or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary - D.L. Mayfield

How to Survive a Shipwreck - Jonathan Martin
The Reality Slap - Russ Harris
Jesus Feminist - Sarah Bessey
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
The Light of the World - Elizabeth Alexander
Broken Open - Elizabeth Lesser
Never Broken - Jewel
America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America - Jim Wallis
Being Mortal - Atul Gawande

Hardly surprising what I've been reading really, with a few books on how we deal with the stormy seasons in our life.  The highlight was definitely 'When Breath Becomes Air', a brilliant reflection on death and dying.  I can not recommend it highly enough.

The other highlight was American's Orginal Sin, which so, easily can be translated to the Australian experience. The chapter of White privilege was a challenging reminder.

I've always loved Jewel's music, so her book, part memior and part 'self-help' was a really great read, and certainly gave me a lot to think about.

What I've been listening too 
It's  been a great yeat for music. Here's a collection of the music I've been listening too:
  • Starboard home - Written and performed by some of Ireland’s leading songwriters, Starboard Home has been commissioned by the Dublin Port as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. 12 new songs about stories of the river and port portraying Dublin’s resonant past as well as its dynamic present. Bought it mostly because Gemma Hayes and Colm Mac Con Iomaire were two of the artists on it.
  • Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool 
  • December - I Will Let You Have Your Say
  • Switchfoot - Where the light shines through.  
  • All Sons and Daughters - Poets and Saints
  • Audrey Assad - Inheritance - a collection of old hymns (Holy Holy Holy, Be thou my Vision) along with some original songs.  Well worth listening to. 
  • The Gloaming - self titled - the second album from another great Irish band. 
  • Daivd Bowie - Blackstar
  • Lisa Hannigan - A Swim  she just has a magical voice.
  • Ingrid Michaelson - It Doesn't Have to Make Sense
  • Wilco - Shmilco
  • Sandra McCracken - God's Highway
Other music that I've been listening to this year:
  • Hamilton - late to get onto this, but really enjoyed listening to the musical and can't wait for it to get to Australia. 
  • Live recordings from the current tours of Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam
Over half-way through 2016, and the standout albums for the year are Radiohead's 'A moon shaped pool', Audrey Assad's Inheritance and All Sons and Daughters. I'm looking forward to listening to the albums released this year by Paul Simon, Daniel Lanois and Dave Dobbyn.

Rumour has it that a new U2 album could drop, but I'll believe that when it magically appears in my i-tunes account.

What I'm Watching
I just started Stranger Things. I've just watched the first epsiode, so will reseerve judgement for now.

Otherwise, most of what I watch on TV is live sport.

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