As you’ve probably seen, I’m turning out to be quite rubbish at the headlines thing. Putting them up in the sidebar every day just felt too binding, and – as it turns out – so does putting them in a post every day. Because some days I just don’t feel like blogging about headlines, I feel like blogging about inane stuff like googlies or the sleeping man in Room 13 at the Hotel Highland, or the superexcellent Yule Platter at Jómfrúin [where we went last night *swoon*] …
Emiliana Torrini’s latest CD Me and Armini which I have just downloaded and listened to [it actually came out in September – I am so behind] and which has totally flung my eyes open as to Emiliana’s exceptional talents. Like most Icelanders I have followed her career since she started out about 14 years ago playing a flower child in a stage version of Hair at the Icelandic Opera, and have seen her grow from record to record. However, with this one she has moved forward in leaps and bounds from the last one, Fisherman’s Woman, which I gushed about a couple of years ago. I thought that one was very good and still do, but it’s a lot more mellow [her boyfriend was killed in a freak accident in New York City and this was her method of processing her loss] than Me and Armini, which is just a rollercoaster ride of styles and beats and rhythms and joie de vivre, all underpinned by her beautiful vocals. It’s very rare that a record captivates me on the very first listen, but with this one it felt like my head was Reykjavík on New Year’s Eve and the sounds were the firecrackers going off at midnight. In other words: va va voom!! So if you’re stuck for a Christmas prezzie, or just want to treat yourself, that one comes highly recommended.
IT JUST KEEPS SNOWING AND SNOWING AND SNOWING AND
It’s all just too beautiful. Seriously, I don’t think we’ve had it this gorgeous in December for years and years. The layer of snow keeps thickening and now most of the coloured lights are sort of enveloped by it and cast a hue on the white crystals all around. Sooo beautiful. Alas, it is not to last – apparently we’re in for rain on Christmas Eve. Sniff. Right now it’s -2°C [28F]. The sun came up at 11:21 am, set at 3:29 pm. Two more days until the solstice!
PS – Víkingsson [a.k.a. Don S.] is doing an excellent job of describing the Yule Lads in daily installments over on the Facebook group site. Check it out!