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By: Patti Abbott

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 20:40:31 +0000

Well, it would be over the summer or next winter and it would be at either the Nixon or Reagan Library. Phil prefers Nixon, of course. Doing a book on bad presidents so he would qualify. We'd have to find an apt to rent.

By: Richard

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:39:57 +0000

Yes, know them both, and the answer depends on WHERE in those places you'll be. Email me with particulars, and I'll give you my opinion on each. Yorba Linda is only 15 minutes away from here...

By: Patti Abbott

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:33:46 +0000

Hoeless and hopeless.

By: Patti Abbott

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 14:33:16 +0000

If I am not reading, I will begin to create a story in my head. I was taught to do this to fall asleep when I had insomnia as a seven year old. The only time the music will capture my full attention is if there are lyrics I am straining to hear--thus another story. Hoeless, I know. Which is a nicer place to spend some time-Yorba Linda or Simi Valley. If you are familiar with those place.

By: Richard

Sun, 24 Jan 2010 18:14:45 +0000

"a disembodied soundtrack like this goes right over my head. I plain don’t hear it unless I put down my book and focus" That means you were reading with the music on as background, apparently. I'll bet you do the same thing with classical music, it's just background music, and you wouldn't be alone in doing that. But background music is just that, something in the environment of the space you're in, not something to pay attention to. For me, listening to a soundtrack CD, or classical music, or jazz, is a focused experience. My preferred way to listen to classical is in an otherwise still room, eyes closed. When I listen to film music, I treat it the same way I would a "light" piece of classical music, such as Aaron Copeland's Appalachian Spring. (as opposed to a symphony or concerto, which has more structure): I listen closely but not to the exclusion of everything else. I can't concentrate on reading material if there is vocal music, conversation, television or other noises. I'm not good at tuning out. The lyrics in rock, pop or whatever lyrics force themselves into my consciousness in a way that makes it difficult to concentrate on anything but routine tasks.

By: Patti Abbott

Sun, 24 Jan 2010 15:37:13 +0000

Having listened to it first, I heard more of it at the movie. But a disembodied soundtrack like this goes right over my head. I plain don't hear it unless I put down my book and focus. Literally force myself, Should I have to do that? And if I went to a concert to hear it, my mind would soon be somewhere else. However, if there are lyrics attached, it's a whole other thing. Different ear or brains, I guess.

By: Carl V.

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 22:27:59 +0000

"I have often said I believe that a good soundtrack should be able to stand alone as a piece of music." I think you are right about that Richard. It is odd, because until I saw your post about this I hadn't even thought about the music in Avatar. Usually the soundtrack is one of the first things that stands out to me in a film and I often find that the music featured in a movie can lift it from being a mediocre film to a more enjoyable emotional experience. I think I was so involved in the visuals with this one that I didn't think twice about the movie. I was trying to 'see everything', which is never possible, especially on the big screen. I couldn't honestly say what my opinion of the music was in Avatar at all and I personally find that a bit odd.

By: Jeff S.

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 22:21:01 +0000

Thanks for review. I think I will be adding this soundtrack to my amazon wish list as I really enjoyed the music of Avatar.

By: Jeff Meyerson

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 20:58:50 +0000

But do you have his soundtrack from the classic HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, Rick?

By: Richard

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 19:58:16 +0000

Thank you, George. I feel like you are my one faithful reader when Saturday comes. Still, as long as the standing ovations continue...