October 30, 2009

Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?

Today on my lunch hour I sat in my office and watched the snow twirl outside in hard white specks, while the last of the reddish leaves fell off that huge gorgeous tree by my window. A new reader from England sent me an mp3 link to an interview author Nick Hornby gave last week on Robert Elms’ BBC London radio show to talk about his new movie, his new book, and the role of pop music in the world today. I queued it up, and as we neared the 28-minute mark and I heard one of my favorite authors say the name of my blog, my face turned all shades of flushed and my heart pounded with a hearty measure of disbelief.

Nick’s been extremely kind and encouraging to write about the places he finds joy in my site (like this wow!), and I love that we hear music in the same ways — but for an audiophile like me who runs an mp3 blog, hearing him talk about it with his own charming voice was really, well… the capper of my music-geek year.

I stifled a whoop lest my co-workers become suspicious, and felt humbled and very happy. I guess after Songbook and High Fidelity and the new Juliet, Naked, we can call this one even, Nick. Thanks.

Nick Hornby on Robert Elms – BBC London (Oct 23)

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  • that’s amazing heather! i kinda feel like i got in on the ground floor of something great!

    kelly — October 30, 2009 @ 5:54 am

  • Congratulations!

    CarmencitaB — October 30, 2009 @ 6:11 am

  • Hi Heather

    He also gave a wonderfully old fashioned and illuminating interview on his career as a writer on a UK programme called ‘The South Bank Show’ last Sunday. It was a joy to watch because of its seriousness.At the end of the programme he smiles for the first time and that moment has stayed with me since.Something about patience finding its deserved reward echoes from my reading somewhere.

    He has also written the film script for a movie called ‘An Education’ which is getting electric reviews here.

    His endorsement of your blog is recognition, I think ,too, of its equal seriousness.

    Russell — October 30, 2009 @ 7:08 am

  • Luminous, Heather. I love it.

    Heidi — October 30, 2009 @ 7:48 am

  • Fantastic! Very happy for you.

    Jason — October 30, 2009 @ 7:55 am

  • That’s awesome Heather!

    Kelly — October 30, 2009 @ 8:34 am

  • He also gave your blog a nice (and thoroughly well-deserved!) shout-out during the Q-and-A session at his book talk at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC earlier this month. :)

    Peg — October 30, 2009 @ 11:33 am

  • That’s pretty awesome. I think I’d poop myself if that happened to me.

    Sean Cannon — October 30, 2009 @ 11:52 am

  • That’s great Heather! You deserve it. You write about music with so much passion, it’s a real treat to read your blog!
    Cheers from France.

    severine — October 31, 2009 @ 4:05 am

  • And here I thought this was going to be about Sanford & Son! Congrats on the mention. It’s official. You’re big!

    Nathan Clendenin — November 1, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
"Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel."
—Hunter S. Thompson

Mp3s are for sampling purposes, kinda like when they give you the cheese cube at Costco, knowing that you'll often go home with having bought the whole 7 lb. spiced Brie log. They are left up for a limited time. If you LIKE the music, go and support these artists, buy their schwag, go to their concerts, purchase their CDs/records and tell all your friends. Rock on.

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