In October I started a new series about my consumption. It’s going to take awhile for me to find a format and a title for this series but I know already it’s going to be a good thing (and something I continue in 2019.)
I don’t really care for the title “creative consumption” that I used last time. I thought about how Austin Kleon calls this eye candy and ear candy in his newsletter but “candy” implies it’s the good/sweet stuff and that’s not quite what I’m doing. I just want to share a list—some good, some not so great.
I’ve always been a big fan of lists. I remember being bored as a kid and if I had pencil and paper, I‘d write the alphabet down the page and then make a list. Usually I listed one animal for each letter but sometimes I’d change the topic. I’d list names I liked. I came up with all kinds of lists to busy myself.
I’ve discovered over the last few years that lists are pretty powerful (and I don’t mean a ‘to do’ list.) For example when I started keeping a list of books I read, I read more books. And I learned what kind of books I really like to read. Knowing that has helped me find more books I like and in turn read even more books. That all started with just keeping a book list.
So this is the list of what I’m watching and what I’m listening to. I bet it leads to watching more and listening more and hopefully leads to learning more.
Recently I watched:
The Spy Who Dumped Me - not quite as good as I expected but still LOL funny in parts
Life of the Party - also not quite as good as I expected but I do love Melissa McCarthy
The Meg - not my choice but amusing
Jurassic World - also not my choice but watched it
Love Simon - really enjoyed this, hoping Eli picks more teen movies
Julie and Julia - loved Meryl Streep as Julia Child… fantastic performance!
Bohemian Rhapsody - “Good thoughts, good words and good deeds.” LOVED!
Ralph Breaks the Internet - eh, I did like the princesses which is new for me
Crimes of Grindewald - didn’t get to watch all of this as it was too scary for Clara
A Million Little Things - my new favorite show, better than this season’s This is Us
Dear White People - interesting; it was my go-to series to watch while doing something else
The Kominsky Effect - probably my second favorite show recently
Trevor Noah’s comedy specials - we watched these as an example of a monologue or performance for Eli. He really like them and I like that most of the material is pretty tame and appropriate for older kids. (one part in one of the shows, we had to skip.)
Ellen DeGeneres Relatable - I was so excited about this. I watched Ellen’s old stand up years ago and loved her (even had one on VHS!) I liked that this was also appropriate for kids but overall was disappointed that it wasn’t as funny.
I’ve been listening to:
Classical Christmas (iTunes playlist)
I listen to a lot of classical while I work. This would be one of those preferences that I probably wouldn’t share because it’s unpopular or not cool. But we like what we like and that’s what this list is about.
These I listen to in the car or with the kids:
Alice Merton: Why So Serious
The Record Company: Life to Fix
The Revivalists: All My Friends
Imagine Dragons: Origins album
The Score: The Fear
The challenge for me is to have a new list every couple of months since I tend to listen to the same things over and over. To help with that I think I’ll delete my downloaded playlist and start fresh time.
Related: As a visual person I’ve always been into movie posters and album covers and so this post Cold Discovery: What is lost when we “watch Netflix” rather than shows and “listen to Spotify” rather than songs? was especially interesting.
“Covers aren’t essential for discovering content on platforms. Their images merely decorate the interfaces of menus, icons, and search bars that enable navigation; their original purpose has been overtaken by the algorithmic logic that platforms use to organize and deliver content.”