And now for some Velvet Underground…

Not the original vid, but pretty good arrangement and phrasing — and perfect for a lazy, yes, Sunday morning.

Sunday Morning
(Lou Reed, John Davies Cale, David Lang)

Sunday morning, praise the dawning
It’s just a restless feeling by my side
Early dawning, Sunday morning
It’s just the wasted years so close behind

Watch out, the world’s behind you
There’s always someone around you who will call
It’s nothing at all

Sunday morning and I’m falling
I’ve got a feeling I don’t want to know
Early dawning, Sunday morning
It’s all the streets you crossed, not so long ago

Watch out, the world’s behind you
There’s always someone around you who will call
It’s nothing at all

Watch out, the world’s behind you
There’s always someone around you who will call
It’s nothing at all

Sunday morning
Sunday morning
Sunday morning

So what’s on your Sunday playlist?

While we’re asleep, this is what books do…

This went viral last year, but seeing it again hasn’t lessened the awesomeness of it — mostly because this is what I think books actually do when no one’s watching.

[This stop-motion animation video is made by the cool people at Type Books in Toronto]

Goodbye, Bunheads!

Continuing with my farewell kick, here’s the cast of Bunheads, in their “Farewell Dance”. Bunheads is the ABC TV series about a group of teen ballet dancers in a small California town, whose teachers are the awesome Sutton Foster (the original Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” to theater geeks) and the even awesomer Kelly Bishop (Lorelei Gilmore’s mom to Gilmore Girls fans, the original Sheila in “A Chorus Line” to theater geeks).

Barebones synopsis of the series: Sutton plays Michelle, a Vegas showgirl, who dreams of making it big in Broadway. She marries a man on a whim (Alan Ruck — Cameron to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fans), moves to a small town in California with him. He dies in an accident, leaving her and her mother-in-law, Fanny (Bishop), who runs a ballet school to get to know each other. Drama and (dance) hijinks ensue.

It’s a fun show and not just because of the dancing. It’s from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of the Gilmore Girls, so it has that same aesthetic and sensibility. I had thought that it would actually take off, given the likeable cast and the network-friendly premise and storyline. Alas, it didn’t.

So, here’s the farewell dance. This would have been perfect if Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop also performed. But as it is, it’s great. Goodbye, Bunheads, I’ll miss you! It was fun playing in your sandbox!

Choreographer: Marguerite Derricks
Music: “Blues for Baby and Me” by Elton John
Performers: The cast of Bunheads sans Kaitlyn Jenkins (who plays the sweet Boo).

Let’s start the weekend with Rod Stewart

Got inspired by a friend (hello, Mari!), who posted a Rod Stewart song on Facebook, so… because it’s been a crazy stress-filled week and we all need something mellow and yet kinda cool, and because Rod Stewart feels like a dude everyone can grab a drink and shoot the breeze with, here’s nearly an hour’s worth of his hits. Oh, and bonus, Ronnie Wood — how cool is that?!

Here’s the playlist:
1. Hot Legs
2. Tonight’s The Night
3. Handbags And Gladrags
4. Cut Across Shorty
5. Every Picture Tells A Story
6. Maggie May ( FILE MISSING )
7. Reason To Believe
8. People Get Ready
9. Have I Told You Lately
10. Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda)
11. The First Cut Is The Deepest
12. Mandolin Wind
13. Highgate Shuffle
14. Stay With Me ( FILE MISSING )
15. Having A Party

Happy Friday and have a restful weekend, people!

Geekery: The Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

http://vimeo.com/30123068

Geekery: The Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Sci-fi author Richard Matheson died yesterday. I wasn’t really aware that I was a fan, until I read his obit here and realized I’ve read (and watched) many of his stuff like: I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come and most memorably, this episode of Twilight Zone. Up to now, every time I look out the window in a plane (and if I get a window seat, I always choose one near the wing), part of me expects to see a creature out there. Shiverrr!

There are other Twilight Zone eps that are better than this one, but this one sticks to my brain.

(And yes, I fully realize how cheesy this is — the creature is wearing a bear (gorilla?) suit, for godsakes! And yet…)

Deep think of the week: Ask yourself one simple question

A simple question reveals complicated truths. The answers, thoughts and revelations that bubble up to the surface will make you learn things about yourself.

Watch this video and go ahead, ask yourself the simple question. The visit http://www.fiftypeopleonequestion.com and post your response.