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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Under the weather

The nose can't smell, the brain can't work. Therefore no review today. Please tune in tomorrow for Alyssa's article on Perfume Cool and The Rules and on Friday join us as Chandler Burr lets us get a glimpse into the process of creating The Perfect Scent.

Meanwhile, a short poll not related to perfume: please list three of your all-time favorite songs. I am bored with everything I have on my iPod and am looking for suggestions. Thank you and stay healthy in this tricky February weather!


Blogger elle said...

Feel better soon!
Only three? Yikes! Let's just say I'm randomly picking three of my top fave 300. I'll go w/ Richard Butler's Good Days, Bad Days, Peter Tosh's Stepping Razor (or Coming in Hot) and EBTG's Troubled Mind or The Road. The second I post this I'm going to start agonizing over ones I didn't choose. :-( Must learn how to make decisive, short lists this year.

10:15 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you feel better soon too....

Good topic since my ipod (and many other items) were stolen last week and I could use some new ideas for when it gets replaced. I actually bought the soundtrack Juno just before it was stolen and was enjoying that for something different.

10:33 PM EST  
Anonymous MarkDavid said...

Feel better soon, dearest M!

Lets see...well, I can't guarantee you'll be terribly interested in what Im listening to, but Ill give it a shot anyway...

In Heavy Rotation on my iPod lately:

Arvo Part Summa - the entire album
Van Morrison - Into the Mystic, These Are the Days
Joni Mitchell Shine, her new album.
Will Young - Leave Right Now, Who Am I
Paolo Nutini - anything I can get my hands on.
Verdi - Ernani
Puccini - Gianni Schicchi
Ferde Grofe - Grand Canyon & Niagara Falls Suite
Sondheim's A Little Night Music - original cast
Cy Coleman - City of Angels - original cast
Adam Guettel - Floyd Collins - original cast
Mahler - Das Lied von der Erde
Mel Torme - Live at the Playboy Jazz Festival
Kurt Weil - The Rise & Fall of the City of Mahoganny

Im a Classics, Jazz, Classical, Opera, Musical Theatre kind of case that wasn't painfully obvious.

10:52 PM EST  
Blogger Beth Gehring said...

Ouch..I hope that you feel much better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's pretty tough to choose three, but I think that today I would choose Frank Sinatra's Witchcraft, Led Zeppelins, The song remains the Same and REM's Shiny Happy People. I'm with Elle, I've got thousands of songs on my iPod and I feel like I'm betraying them all by choosing only three :)Also, the entire soundtrack to the movie Practical Magic.....And Garden State and and and and and and and.........

10:53 PM EST  
Blogger Kelley said...

Three is tough! I would have to say:

1. "Resurrection Fern" by Iron and Wine
2. "Elsewhere" by Sarah McLachlan
3. "Fly Away" by Indigo Girls.

These are all fantastic and are in no particular order. Hope you feel better soon!

10:56 PM EST  
Blogger Gaia, the non-blonde said...

Feel better soon!
I was in a similar state last week, hence no perfume reviews. All I wore was Louve for five days straight (go ahead, laugh).My all time favorite song is Into My Arms by Nick Cave. Second place goes to PJ Harvey's song The Mess We're In. Third is Annie Waits by Ben Folds.
(ask me next week and it might change)

11:11 PM EST  
Anonymous Joan said...

Sorry to hear you are feeling poorly. My three comfort songs are:

Dream a Little Dream of Me
At Last
Walk the Line

12:08 AM EST  
Anonymous Billy D said...

1. Make our garden grow, Candide
2. These are days, 10,000 maniacs
3. see see rider, peggy lee

Ok, those were my cool choices. I'd also have to say Don't stop the music by Rihanna and Material Girl might cheer you up:-) Feel better dear!

12:09 AM EST  
Anonymous PlaysbyScent said...

Oh gee, my most played are:
Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Cher.
Don't Fear the Reaper by BOC.
The Punk and the Godfather by The Who.
Bad Company by Bad Company.
Venus in Furs by Velvet Underground.
Fear of the Dark by Iron Maiden.

Sigh. I love morbid.

12:11 AM EST  
Anonymous GGS said...

Songs to make you feel better:

"Braided Hair" by Nenah Cherry/Speech. It's on Itunes, on a "world music" album called "1 Giant Leap". It's pop, hip-hop-inflected world music, with a little rap.

John Mayer w/ Herbie Hancock on Herbie's album "Possibilities": "Stitched Up"

From Marc Broussard'e bluesy, soulful rock album "Carenco": (you might have heard the terrific "Home" on the radio last year) check out "The Wanderer".

12:54 AM EST  
Blogger kamala said...

marina, i hope you feel better soon! i would recommend some music, but i listen to goth and darkwave - someone once told me my music made him want to slit his wrists cause it was so depressing, so my faves probably won't be good for a sick person!

tom, if you see this, i wanted to tell you that i tried noir epices after reading your post on it in january, and ... i couldn't smell it. so i put on a whole bunch more, but i still couldn't smell it. i got the very faintest whiff of orange right at the top, and pepper. oddly, the super-faint pepper stayed until i woke up the next day! it also made my lips start to go numb after close sniffing, which seems bizarre, but it's actually happened to me before (passage d'enfer, but at least i could smell that.)

so, i'm curious - has anyone had any weird anosmic experiences like that before? so far, i can't smell narciso rodriguez for her, noir epices and - horror of horrors - bois des iles! please let me know if this is common, or my nose is just insane.

12:54 AM EST  
Anonymous MarkDavid said...

Alright, Obviously I skimmed the last paragraph and just read "iPod" and "suggestions" and I'll never do that again, I promise no more skimming and I'll follow the rules. I'm sorry for the laundry list above.

I wouldn't be able to think of 3 songs anyway, though. Nothing is coming to mind, oddly enough. There is only 35,000 songs on my iPod - apparently I don't like any of them, I dunno...

2:50 AM EST  
Blogger Anita said...

Feel better, M, force fluids and give yourself plenty of time to rest (if possible). My three favorites this second:

Guero, by Beck
Hangman, by Led Zeppelin
Highspeed, by Coldplay

3:24 AM EST  
Anonymous Amy K said...

I have too many favorites to list, but here are a few in no particular order:

Bobby Darin - I'm Beginning to See the Light

Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine

The Beatles - I've Just Seen a Face

Jesca Hoop - Dreams in the Hollow

Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand the Rain

I hope you feel better soon!

3:46 AM EST  
Anonymous leopoldo said...

Sufjan Stevens 'Chicago' - obviously for you, given last weekend;
Belle and Sebastian 'Stars of Track and Field';
Nina Simone 'Sinner Man'

Be well - from an equally besnotted and feverish one.

4:29 AM EST  
Anonymous Silvia said...

Three songs to cheer up lovely Marina:
1. Flowers in the Window by Travis;
2. Park Life by Blur;
3. These are the days by 10,000 Maniacs (seconding Billy D.)
I am not an ipod person as like to hear noise when I am out and about, but blast these at home for supreme comfort.
Get better soon, was great to meet you last week.

7:40 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

Feel better please!!! I am terrible at narrowing down lists of songs. I like Elle's Richard Butler choice. For more comfort(off the top of my head): anything by Lucinda Williams, Leonard Cohen, or the (defunct) group Morphine.

7:47 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

PS--Can you tell I don't yet have an IPod and still listen to "albums"?:)

7:49 AM EST  
Anonymous Therese said...

You poor thing! Feel better soon. It is hard to feel whole without one's sense of smell.
Songs: Mick Jagger and David Bowie--Dancing in the Streets
Kinks--Lola; Patti Smith--Dancing Barefoot.
Astral Weeks--Van Morrisson
Avalon--Roxy Music
Blues and Roots--Charles Mingus
Anything with Maxim Vengerov, violinist

8:35 AM EST  
Anonymous Divalano said...

Feel better! I did my turn with The Bug this winter, took way too long to be able to smell properly, hope you kick it soon.
I can't even begin to tell you 3 songs, that's like picking 3 fave scents, but: As a child, Ball of Confusion by the Temptations was my favorite. I like most renditions of Mack the Knife & Ring of Fire. And I'd kill to find a phone that'd let me have "Whatever Lola Wants" as my ringtone.

8:49 AM EST  
Anonymous donanicola said...

Hope you feel better soon, Marina! You look very glam despite your illness - that IS you in the photo, right? Three songs? Three? OK the first three to pop into my head - Buddy Holly - Weezer, Heart of Glass - Blondie, Ducks - Lemonjelly. Oh and then there's Fly me to the Moon - preferably sung by Julie London. Ok that's 4.

9:37 AM EST  
Anonymous 2scents said...

Fun poll! 1. Rock and Roll--The Velvet Underground 2. Car--Built To Spill 3. Essence--Lucinda Williams It would be fun to do that every morning. Lots of liquids and feel better soon.

10:33 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ina, please feel better soon!
I mostly lurk in the shadows, but when music comes into the conversation, I have to come out!
For comfort, it must be:
1. Piano Concerto #2 by Serge Rachmaninoff
2. Emperor Piano Concerto By Beethoven.
3. "Jupiter" from "The Planets" by Gustav Holtz
4. And last but not least, "Bohemian Rhapsody" by my main man Freddie Mercury and QUEEN!!

Hope you feel better soon!!

11:20 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you feel better soon. i found something at general nutrition center that actually helped with my bad cold - cold md. there is something called umcka at whole foods, but it didn't work as well.

three songs?

happy together - the turtles
maggie mae - rod stewart
house of the rising sun - the animals

bonus tracks:

lady grinning soul - david bowie
sweet home alabama - lynyrd skynyrd
avalon - is it bryan ferry?
addicted to love - robert palmer
gimme shelter - rolling stones
brown sugar - rolling stones
the heathcliff thing that kate bush did - wuthering heights - oh, darling...

cheers, minette

12:03 PM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Get better M!

The new Robert Plant/Alison Krauss album is amazingly good, you must listen to it.

12:05 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marina, anything from the Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Cookbook Vols 1, 2 and 3 should make you feel more energetic - but maybe you should leave those for when you're recovering. For now, there's a new Diane Krall recording which is very restful - make Mr. Colombina get it for you. And I do hope you get better very soon.

markdavid, I respect your list!


12:21 PM EST  
Anonymous Teri said...

Here are three that always cheer me up:

"Easy to Slip" - Little Feat
"Tanqueray" - Johnnie Johnson
"Shattered" - Rolling Stones

Feel better soon!

12:23 PM EST  
Blogger Denise said...

I hope you feel better soon, Marina! I wouldn't be able to decide which are my three all time favorites, but I think that my favorite comfort music is Vienna Teng (listen on her myspace page, maybe on iTunes).

12:50 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! You made me revisit EBTG, whom I always loved.

1:05 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Dear Anonymous,
Oh I am so sorry to hear of what happened!!

1:06 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

What an amazing list! I am in awe.

1:06 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

PS.I had no idea anyone have heard of the talented Mr Will Young outside of the UK!

1:10 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Practical Magic soundtrack! Ooh, that sounds very appealing.

1:13 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! I adore Sarah McLachlan.

1:20 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

My head hurts when I laugh, so I want :-)
I hope you are feeling better now!

1:21 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you so much!

1:21 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! Cheering up is just what I need right now.

1:22 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

I love morbid too, so thank you for the recommendations!

1:23 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

I haven't heard anything by Nenah for like nice years. I have to catch up!

1:24 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

please do recommend something. My tastes run somewhat in the same direction, trust me, it can't be depressing enough for me :-)

1:25 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! I have an on/off relationship with Coldplay. We are in an on period now :-)

1:26 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Such great recommendations, thank you!

1:26 PM EST  
Anonymous sweetlife said...

Dearest Marina, I'm so sorry to hear that the cold continues. Ugh. My nominations for your ipod:

Let Johnny Cash tell you all about how you've got the strength to last through worse: anything off of the Folsom Prison Album.

Let the amazing Afro-Brazilian Virginia Rodriques soothe and expand your spirit: anything from Sol Negro

Refuse to be cheered up in achingly melodic style with anything from the amazing singer/songwriter Patty Griffin. Her last few albums especially: "Impossible Dream," and "Children Running Through." For just two songs I'd do "Making Pies" and "Mary" from earlier albums.

1:26 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

thank you so much for awesome recs and please get better ASAP!

1:33 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you, so lovely to "see" you here!
I haven't been the iPod person either, but the commute got to me :-) And now I am :-)

1:34 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you!
Cohen is my all and my everything :-)

1:35 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you!
Roxy Music- oooh yeah! :-)

1:35 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Lola by Sarah Vaughan? Did you hear the Gotan Project version?

1:41 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Um, of course, it is, ahem, me :-)
I love Heart of Glass!

1:42 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you!
We could do it every morning!

1:42 PM EST  
Anonymous Divalano said...

Gotan Project is great, I need to hear their Lola! And I bow to your musical prowess for knowing them ;)

1:45 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Anonymous ,
Queen rules!

1:51 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

I have Ina to thank for recommending me Airborne. I am sure that without it my cold would have been even worse.

1:52 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you, I will listen to it!!

1:53 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

I love Krall, thank you!!

1:54 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you, The Stones ALWAYS cheer me up :-)

1:55 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Vienna Teng is a new name for me, I will look for her, thank you!

1:55 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! And you know me so well: "Refuse to be cheered up" :-) I will look for Patty Griffin!

1:56 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

I have my colleagues to thank for introducing me to Gotan.

1:57 PM EST  
Blogger Jenavira13 said...

As of right now:

Grace by Jeff Buckley
Life on Mars by David Bowie (actually this should just be called my autobiograpy in song form in my teen years)
At Last by Etta James

2:09 PM EST  
Blogger Sali said...

Get well soon, dear Marina. Check out Vast if you haven't already. My favorite track is Touched. They're on tour and coming out with a new album soon, I think. My friend J. Dibbs (songwriter for Alliyah, Joe, Vanessa Williams) is also coming out with a new album soon if you like R&B.

2:23 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you, I love how you described The Life on Mars :-)

3:22 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! I will check out both Vast and J. Dibbs!

3:22 PM EST  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Oh, poor Marina, get well soon !
Let's see, hmmm,...I'm sending onto your iPod :
1. George Michael: They won't go when I go (from Listen without Prejudice)
2. Mercury & Bowie : Under Pressure (I saved one place with combining them, otherwise I should have named a song form each, separately...)
3. Frankey goes to Hollywood : Welcome to the Pleasuredome
4. Kate Bush : Wuthering Hights
5. Pink Floyd: Shine only crazy diamond

And so on, and so on - so I rather recommend a whole CD : Allison Goldfrapp's "Felt Mountain" !


4:41 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! George Michael has been a part of my life fro like ever :-)

4:45 PM EST  
Blogger kamala said...

marina, glad to hear you're ok with the dark side! :-)

here's a few, then:
"tarnished" - black tape for a blue girl
"hunter's kiss" - rasputina
"endless reverie" - azam ali
"ripple" - the church
anything by unto ashes; start with "spider song"


5:44 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Thank you! Will check out everything!

5:58 PM EST  
Anonymous Flora said...

Oh, please get well soon!

Here is my list - hard to pin down only 3:

1. "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. - probably my favorite song of ALL time. Problem is you can't understand why it is so great unless you have had a broken heart.

2. "New Year's Day" by U2 - after all these years, still the best song they ever did, IMHO.

3. "Michelangelo" by Emmylou Harris - impossible to describe why I love it, but maybe words are not needed. OK, ANYTHING by Emmy is good!

(Plus - Keep Emergen-C and Zicam on hand to stop nasty colds in their tracks. They work for me like nothing else ever has.)

6:21 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

I absolutely agree with you on Losing My Religion. Another great one for REM, and this one for days of Serious Wallowing, is Everybody Hurts.

6:24 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Marina,
I hope you feel better today.
When I am in a "blue mood" (sick!) I try to enjoy that...
Perry Como Fly Me to The Moon
Sting Fragile
Из далека долго течет река Волга
Charles Aznavour

Hugs! Genia

3:08 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

I miss you, please come to pasya sometimes!

3:10 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))
I miss you too. Very much.
But... to Pasya... I can`t... I feel bad there.
But I am always here in your sweet home. :-))

3:25 PM EST  
Blogger Colombina (Marina) said...

Nu prihodi syuda pochashe!!

3:29 PM EST  
Blogger Erin said...

Well, I'm very late here in wishing your a speedy recovery, but I couldn't resist the challenge. Like some others I'm having trouble with the three concept, so:

"I Want you to Hurt Like I Do" (or "Guilty" or "Rednecks") by Randy Newman (good for misanthropic moments)

"Wise Up" by Aimee Mann (ditto)

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" or anything by Stevie Wonder (good for dancing with the Swiffer)

"It's Your Thing" by the Isley Brothers (ditto)

Any of the 1960s work of Sam Cooke

6:34 PM EST  
Anonymous colombina said...

Thank you, Erin, and - great list!

6:42 PM EST  

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