Aaron's PicksBooks, Music, and Movies
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Welcome to Aaron's Picks!
This is my chance to share some of the things I enjoy with the rest of the world, books I love to read and reread, music I enjoy listening to, and movies I love to watch.
There are three sections to this page. I highlight one item from each category. If you want to browse all the items in a category (books, music, or movies), scroll down to the category and click in the link right above the highlighted selection.
Since this web page is generated dynamically from a database, each time you visit, a selection from each category is randomly chosen as the highlighted item.
The Book of Three
I don't recall how I was introduced to Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three, the first of the five books comprising the Chronicles of Prydain. I was in my teens. The magic that enthralled me then is still there every time I reread this or any of the other books in the series.
Don't let the fact that this book or the others in the series are categorized as "Young Adult" or "Juvenile Fiction" turn you away. I think too many adults make this mistake, missing out on some very delightful reading.
Each of the books in the series can stand alone as a complete adventure. This first book introduces us to the cast of characters that inhabit the magical world of Prydain.
This book and the series rates a full five stars! That means you need it in your library.
The Four Seasons
Vivaldi - Gil Shaham & The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
I wanted my own CD recording of "The Four Seasons" for quite some time, but hadn't yet got to it. Then my sister, who had raved and raved about her CD recording of Orpheus' performance, brought it over to my home. I was instantly captivated as I listened to track 10, Allegro non Molto from Winter. I had to have my own copy of the CD. Needless to say, I was soon the owner of my own copy and I've not regretted it even the least bit.
I love it, in fact.
I usually preferred a small ensemble performance over a larger group unless the larger group has insane precision and clarity, both in choral works, and string works. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's crisp precision backing Gil Shaham's own amazing accuracy and skill blend together making this a recording that I give a whole-hearted rating of 5.
This is recording of "The Four Seasons" is a must have for any collection. Get it!
I missed this one when it was out in theaters. I probably wouldn't have seen it so soon after it came out on video if it wasn't for a friend of mine bringing it over one evening. So we watched it with some other friends.
Prior to my seeing The Kid my sister, whose opinion I value and trust when it comes to things of the cinema, told me that yes, it was a good movie, but she and her friend had fixated on the music soundtrack all through the movie and so described the music as distracting, the "circuis-like" music never seeming (or very rarely) to stop.
So I had mixed expectations that evening. What a pleasant and delightful surprise, then, to discover that this was indeed a good movie, a funny movie. I liked it. A lot more than I thought I would. The music wasn't distracting to me at all. Sure, like many Turteltaub movies (While You Were Sleeping comes to mind), the music is a bit much, but not unpleasantly so in the least. Not every movie can will find the balance of background music that I thought God's Army (see http://www.zionfilms.com/) found.
This is a good show. A good family film. As I watched, I knew I would have to add it to my DVD collection. I haven't yet (as of this writing), but I expect to buy it this very evening. I give this show a very enjoyable 3 1/2 rating.