Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Literary Listening

I love unusual pairings, think Owen and Mzee, chocolate and salt, Chick 'n' Pug, to name just a few. Let's face it a turtle would be just a cold shell of a creature without his warm, blubbery hippo counterpart, chocolate's sweetness would be too cloys without salt, and chickens and pugs... "se magnifique!"

Sometimes even though one might believe these two things have little to no place together, or would otherwise just not naturally group them with one another, when these odd couplings come together it is like the planets have aligned! You may even smack yourself on the forehead, "of course these two things belong together!"

One recent coupling, that I don't automatically dismiss as making no sense whatsoever is musician Ben Folds, and author Nick Hornby's latest album. That's right that Nick Hornby of About a Boy, High Fidelity and most recently Juliet Naked fame.

It just makes sense that Hornby, who often writes about music or uses it as a theme in his writing would collaborate with Folds on a album. Folds asked Hornby to write lyrics for which Folds could then write songs to. The result is an album that Rob Gordon would play in his record store, and Tucker Crow would have been proud to write. If you don't know who I'm talking about then get thee to the Odyssey or your nearest indie bookstore and pick up some Hornby!

Pair this album with Hornby's latest book and you have an evening made in reader's heaven! Check out one of the songs in the youtube video below!

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!



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