Happy end of February everyone! I’ve decided to step away from the Small Snippet format and try something different for my month wrap up post. Below you’ll see some of my favourites from February from a whole range of different mediums.
So welcome to my favourites of February and enjoy!
Omgosh you guys! The final season was so perfect and amazing. I was watching this show on the edge of my seat as I had absolutely no idea where the story would go. From season one The Good Place has been such a wild ride! I feel in love with the characters and was constantly surprised by the directions taken by the narrative!
The last episode was a doozy and despite my many emotions, I was so happy to see it through. The Good Place has cemented itself as one of my favourite shows out there!
Blurb: The didgeridoo is recognised around the world as an iconic part of the traditional music of Indigenous Australia, its rich, full tones seeming to evoke the breadth of the land itself. This album is a celebration of that ancient voice, and the music it has inspired from Australia’s great composers.
The Art of the Didgeridoo features performances by legendary player William Barton, including recordings which trace his relationship with one of Australia’s greatest composers, Peter Sculthorpe. Barton’s collaborations with Matthew Hindson, Sean O’Boyle and his mother Delmae Barton showcase the vastly different sounds of the didgeridoo, and Barton’s own innovative music runs throughout the album. Matthew Doyle’s performance of Dawn Mantras by Ross Edwards closes the album – a work which was written to herald the new millennium in a performance from the sails of the Sydney Opera House. This moment was viewed throughout the world, and music that has lost none of its resonance over a decade later.
Taken from ABC Music
Length: 14 Tracks
Genre: Classical and Indigenous Fusion
Why is it a favourite?
I am a fan of classical music and the moment I heard a song from this album on ABC Classic I was hooked. The sound of the didgeridoo by itself or in traditional Aboriginal songs has such an amazing depth, I really love the sound the instrument makes. Build an orchestral arrangement behind this sound and you have struck gold.
The Art of the Didgeridoo not only showcases the instrument but it demonstrates the range the instrument has and the ways in which it can make beautiful music. ‘The Concerto for Didgeridoo’ songs are powerful ones which demonstrate the breadth of not only the Australian land but the ways in which the orchestra and Didgeridoo can work together to paint stunning soundscapes.
Please note that due to issues with Dreamspinner Press slowly going out of business, there are are very few places you can purchase this eBook. Please check out the authors page though, as they are looking to self publish.
Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.
Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.
Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.
Taken from book blurb
Length: 324 pages
Series: Family of Lies #1
Genre: Romance. Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.
Read As: Paperback.
Why is it a favourite?
Family OF Lies: Sebastian is such a breath of fresh air! The first time I read it, I DEVOURED it! I fell in love with the characters, the setting, and the romance between the main characters.
Not only is this book an amazing example of the fantasy genre but my god, the characters just jump from the page! Honestly I think Sebastian and Prince Turren are my favourite romantic pair 💕
There is snark.
There is sarcasm.
And there is a hard won happy ending, I may as well stop reading other books because Family of Lies: Sebastian is the perfect book for me.
Blurb: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re The Addams Family! America’s first family of ghastly giddiness, are here in all of their ghoulish glory in the original TV series based on the delightfully demented imagination of Charles Addams. Tarantulas, torture racks, and tombstones have never been so much fun!
Join Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Cousin Itt, and the rest of the gang for a fiendishly funny and altogether kooky experience. It’s time to pay a call on The Addams Family
Length: 64 episodes.
Why is it a favourite?
Morticia and Gomez.
I am in love with them individually and as a couple ❤ When I first encountered the Addams Family, it was with the 1991 film with Anjelica Huston and Raúl Juliá and I fell in love.
It wasn’t until a late night TV binge that I found the original TV series, and fell even harder in love. After quickly purchasing the complete collection, I devoured the series and loved every episode.
The show is so funny, very adorable, and for something that was created in the 60’s, has aged quite well. If you’re an Addams Family fan, this is definite recommended watching.
Blurb: Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value — until somebody tried to kill her for it.
The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It’s a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O’Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth is deadly.
Length: 445 pages
Series: Ice #3
Genre: Romance. M/F Romance.
Read As: Paperback.
Why is it a favourite?
Back in the long long ago, a two level book store opened near where I live. This store (for a few years at least) was a game changer for me. I had a small source of income and unrepentantly spent too much of it here.
One section of this store that opened up a new world of accessible books for me was the romance section. I will admit I didn’t like being seen in this section or spending too much time in here but still it had WAY more romance books than my library 😍
As someone who has previously studied film at a tertiary level, I have a intense appreciation for film and all that it can represent. Queer representation in film was a focus of mine, and even though I may be a bit rusty and not as up to date with films as I once was, I still know what I like. Which, fair warning, tends to be comedies or cheesy romances.
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
The Celluloid Closetis a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on Vito Russo’s book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982. Russo had researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.
The Celluloid Closet is an important queer film because it documents and discusses the history of non-heterosexual characters within early Hollywood films. The film talks about how these characters were hidden in subtext, how they were portrayed as villains, and how censorship affects visibility. Continue reading “My Favourite Queer Films”→
It seems trite to say that I’m a big fan of music, but I’m going to go ahead and say that I am a bigfan of music 😛 I’m well versed in music theory, music making, I can play over five instruments, and I have music-listening-to down to a science!
It wasn’t until I was going through my most played playlists that I realised just how much I actively listen to queer music. I’m incredibly happy at the fact that I give almost as much time to my queer singers as my favourite hetero ones.