Monday, December 24, 2007

LA NOCHEBUENA.

I don't usually buy stuff for myself unless it's a necessity, but every time around Xmas, I do like to reward meeself. So what did WAT get WAT this year? I thought you'd never ask!

-A silly funny James Bond-style spoof starring The Beatles themselves in Help! I do already have the cheap DVD that was released a few years ago, but this new version of the 1965 film is fresh 2007, restored and with all the extra goodies that go along with it.

-Paul McCartney's impressive solo career with Wings and beyond is now on DVD in The McCartney Years! OH HOW EXCITING! LOVE IT! Full of tons of music videos and commentary by the genius himself! I can't wait to watch and hear it with good crisp sound. Sweet joy!

-Yeah, I finally bought Madonna's Confessions Tour. Saw it a little over a year ago on television, and it is terrific entertainment visually, but this also has an extra audio CD with the awesome live concert versions of Music and Erotica which I can't stop humming. Catchy indeed. Her Royal Highness is quite the entertainer/performer, even at her age.

-Last but not least, a beautiful annotated hardcover version of what is considered the first modern novel and what some regard as the greatest book ever written: Don Quixote de la Mancha. I read it years ago in college, in the original Spanish language version, but found it quite complex at times due to certain words/expressions used here and there. This version makes reading Miguel de Cervantes' 17th century masterpiece much easier. To quote The Beatles, "it's a thousand pages give or take a few." Ah yes, that poor insane idealistic lanky Don Quixote and his chubby short sidekick Sancho Panza on their zany adventures to defend chivalry and impress the damsel in distress. A highly comical and almost sad work of art really. There is a famous Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha.

A fantastic Happy Xmas to you all!

11 comments:

Bill German said...

where's my present?

durante said...

I like that you read. And that you talk about it. Maybe I'll pick that book up.

durante vita

Palm Springs Savant said...

You are so right about the toe-tapping "Erotica" and "Music". It's soooo good.

Lewis said...

Hey, I'm all about buying gifts for myself.....and skipping the others! It's much more festive that way! merry Christmas.

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Those were great meme gifts. Thanks for mentioning "Help", I may just "Help" myself to it while I'm out this afternoon. Almodovar is from La Mancha as well, as I understand. I've never been there, but he always makes it sound like it's the Kansas of Spain -- flat and boring. All the same, I can't imagine anything in Spain being as boring as Kansas.

molly said...

i looove "help!"
merry christmas to you toooo!!

Gavin Elster said...

In that picture I suppose Paul is the one with the red scarf?

Merry Christmas.

Todd said...

You can't go wrong with Don Quixote! Glad you got what you wanted for Christmas, so to speak.

Merry Christmas!

kimy said...

merry christmas! have a Fab u lus 2008!

Scot said...

I'd say who your short, cubby sidekick is, ut he just started talking to me again....

Marko said...

I love Gremilins and I was gonna pick up the copy of the new vrs. Now I must!

Confessions was good, and she is the queen!
The version of Erotica was her actual demo which she originally titled "you thrill me" it was revamped for the tour. LOVE it!


Merry Xmas Wat!