Far too overdue to be anywhere near approaching decency, I have finally reviewed the last book I finished reading, the biography Belle and Sebastian: Just a Modern Rock Story by Paul Whitelaw. Please head over to The Bookworm Collective to read my review and also to check out some fabulous reviews by the other blog members, most of whom are much more prolific and punctual readers than I am.
And to pique your curiosity about this biography of one of my all-time favourite bands, here is a video clip from their appearance on Live With Jools Holland, which is discussed in the book. This performance of I'm Waking Up to Us is noteworthy for the fact that Isobel Campbell performs a solo spoken word segment on the song, a viciously bitter song that is disputably about her. Regardless of whether the song is actually about her breakup with Stuart Murdoch or not, many people believe that it is, and for Isobel to have performed it must have taken a no small amount of courage and it has certainly given me a great deal of admiration for her.
Although The Stars of Track and Field is the Belle and Sebastian song that has actually been stuck in my head for the past two days, if you must know the truth.
Last night we attended a 50th birthday party. Curiously, we turned down another invitation to another 50th birthday party for the same night, being thrown in Saskatoon.
I made the rather sobering discovery last night (no pun intended, although I was the designated driver) that there will be a startling number of 50th birthdays celebrated amongst our circle in the next two years. My own will be in a couple of months. Some would argue that perhaps I should take this as a sign to start acting my age, but to that I reply bollocks, if Stuart Murdoch can turn 40 this month and still pen songs about school yard bullies, then why can't I still get all fan-girly over them?