Aerden (aerden) wrote,

New Music and Med. Stuff

Music: I ordered Sami Yusuf's Al-Muallim album, and it arrived today. Sami Yusuf is a British Muslim whose parents came from Azerbaijan.. I'm listening to the album now and enjoying it a lot. It's the Muslim version of Christian rock. Very nice! I plan to buy his second album, My Umma, next month.

It's interesting to listen to because he doesn't try to match English syllabic emphasis with the way the music flows--for example, "HE led-us-to the straight PATH," which would normally be "He LED us to the STRAIGHT path," or something like that. Essentially, he uses the Middle Eastern rhythms and simply puts English words with them, regardless of where thir vocal emphasis falls. Sometimes this scans well, and other times it clashes a bit to my ears, though the way he sings, he makes it work.

Medical: I went to my urologist's office today and discovered that he didn't need to perform a cystoscopy on me because the IVP was clear enough for him. I apparently have a large stone in the upper part of the left kidney and a smaller one in the lower part, apparently with smaller stones scattered about. Joy. What he wants to do at this point is see how well the infections can be controlled with antibiotics for three months before proceeding with discussions about removing the stones, since I'm not in pain from them as long as my infections are controlled.

Well, at least I don't have to worry about any possibly expensive procedures in the next month or so, though my insurance would cover most of the cost.

Art: For anyone in Houston who is familiar with Scurlock Tower--They've moved the awesome portrait of Ed and Minnie Scurlock! It used to hang in a corner of the basement, under good lighting that brought out the reds in the painting and away from other lights. Now it's on the crosswalk level, in crappy lighting, with glare from nearby light fixtures reflected in the glass, and it's all dim now. That sucks! It's such a lovely portrait, and now it looks terrible!

I want to rescue it, hang it the way it ought to be hung, to bring out its loveliness. Ed and Minnie look like normal, friendly people in this painting, not like 'society people who are sitting for a portrait.' Or at least they do when all the colors aren't dimmed. Grrr.

Supper: I smell spaghetti sauce. It is calling to me. Bye!


Bold: Have seen it.
Regular: Have not seen it.
Italics: Would like to see it.
Strikeout: Do not wish to see it.

2006: Crash (2004)
2005: Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2004: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
2003: Chicago (2002)
2002: Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
2001: Gladiator (2000)
2000: American Beauty (1999)
1999: Shakespeare in Love (1998)
1998: Titanic (1997)
1997: English Patient, The (1996)
1996: Braveheart (1995)
1995: Forrest Gump (1994)
1994: Schindler's List (1993)
1993: Unforgiven (1992)
1992: Silence of the Lambs, The (1991) (on TV)
1991: Dances with Wolves (1990)
1990: Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
1989: Rain Man (1988)
1988: Last Emperor, The (1987)
1987: Platoon (1986)
1986: Out of Africa (1985)
1985: Amadeus (1984)
1984: Terms of Endearment (1983)
1983: Gandhi (1982)
1982: Chariots of Fire (1981)
1981: Ordinary People (1980)
1980: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
1979: Deer Hunter, The (1978)
1978: Annie Hall (1977)
1977: Rocky (1976)
1976: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
1975: Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
1974: Sting, The (1973)
1973: Godfather, The (1972)
1972: French Connection, The (1971)
1971: Patton (1970)
1970: Midnight Cowboy (1969)
1969: Oliver! (1968)
1968: In the Heat of the Night (1967)
1967: Man for All Seasons, A (1966)
1966: Sound of Music, The (1965)
1965: My Fair Lady (1964)
1964: Tom Jones (1963)
1963: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
1962: West Side Story (1961)
1961: Apartment, The (1960)
1960: Ben-Hur (1959)
1959: Gigi (1958)
1958: Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
1957: Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)
1956: Marty (1955)
1955: On the Waterfront (1954)
1954: From Here to Eternity (1953)
1953: Greatest Show on Earth, The (1952)
1952: American in Paris, An (1951)
1951: All About Eve (1950)
1950: All the King's Men (1949)
1949: Hamlet (1948)
1948: Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
1947: Best Years of Our Lives, The (1946)
1946: Lost Weekend, The (1945)
1945: Going My Way (1944)
1944: Casablanca (1942)
1943: Mrs. Miniver (1942)
1942: How Green Was My Valley (1941)
1941: Rebecca (1940)
1940: Gone with the Wind (1939)
1939: You Can't Take It with You (1938)
1938: Life of Emile Zola, The (1937)
1937: Great Ziegfeld, The (1936)
1936: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
1935: It Happened One Night (1934)
1934: Cavalcade (1933)
1932: Grand Hotel (1932)
1931: Cimarron (1931)
1930: All's Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
1930: Broadway Melody, The (1929)
1929: Wings (1927)

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