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Arsip Harian: Februari 3, 2008

Reminisce the goold old days


*** And you coming back to me is against all odds
It’s the chance I’ve gotta take ***

Tapi lagu Phil Collins yang paling paling akhir ngetop di beberapa tangga lagu dunia bukan yang ini, tapi Another Day in Paradise. Setelah itu tak ada lagi number one hit-nya. Saya juga nonton konser Phil Collins di Ancol dahulu (hmmm, jadul!) dan menyesal karena tak ada element of surprise untuk audiens di Jakarta. Lebih bagus lihat rekaman konsernya via DVD (waktu itu mungkin masih VHS formatnya). Kalau mau beli DVD, saatnya adalah membeli Manhattan Transfer dan Matt Bianco yang juga mau ke Jakarta, sayangnya tiketnya… huhuy! Lebih baik uangnya beli stok kedelai ya?

Yang sudah kesampaian adalah menonton Michael Franks di Blue Note Jazz, Jakarta (kafe ini sudah almarhum lama) di akhir tahun 1996 atau 1997. I am terrible with numbers still. Situs http://www.michaelfranks.com baru naik lagi, bulan lalu tak bisa diakses. Michael Franks adalah PhD sastra Inggris yang tesisnya tentang lirik lagu. Banyak juga pelajaran sejarah dan mitologi saya dapatkan dari lirik lagunya. Terkadang lucu seperti Eggplant (yang artinya terong!). Atau sendu seperti How I Remember You. Paling utama adalah bagaimana ia membawa saya membayangkan tempat-tempat indah atau suasana hati yang gundah. Semuanya diracik dalam nota dan lirik yang…

*** If it’s true from the start
That the names of those we love
Are written in our hearts
And we’ll search ’til we find
In this jungle of Confusion
Something that reminds us
How we love each other
Then I think I’ve found the clue
Because I certain I remember you

… Like the sunlight that shines
Like the fragrance of the rose
No single word defines
We are tuned to the sound
That displays creation
That our lives revolve around
And searching for each other
From a million hearts we choose
You remember me and I remember you
***

 
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Ditulis oleh pada Februari 3, 2008 in arts, curhat, songs

 

Books with A Capital “S”


Accompanied by my husband, I met a colleague from Mimika last night. Dinner took place at somewhere nearby Gramedia Matraman. After dinner, we talked while browsing the bookstore. My friend will leave to Mimika tomorrow morning. “Money,” he says, “is not a big a deal for me.” Yet books are rare in farthest east area, Mimika. True, but good books are also hard to find. For his interests, I could recommend some. I let him dig more after I pointed some titles. I bought myself a couple of books, too.

***

Tonight I heard that Gramedia Bekasi discarded a book out of the shelf. It is written by Mardiono (?) about Soeharto’s past actions, terrible ones of course. A woman customer complained that the book was insulting, and the store manager there showed off her authority fast. This is a terrible action number two!

Books.

Not so many people are willing to re-learn fast, even some are not willing to learn at all. I got acquainted with many many friends outside Java whom I just met once. Once in awhile I send them books or any writings that would help their works. They need to learn, re-learn and keep up with the latest happenings outside their hometown.

Today I might despise the idea of Gramedia Bekasi’s action today, but I shall learn and re-learn that the store manager might be just a bit scared of political-hocus-pocus kind of complaints. Or she is just as ignorant as the woman who complained.

Books with Soul are the ones I remembered, and many many friends of mine shall remember, too. There are many many books with Soul that I cannot read even if I cross out all sleeping hours for reading.

 
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Ditulis oleh pada Februari 3, 2008 in books, buku

 

Forget Your Presentation, Here’s A Sticky Idea


Just watch, learn, remember, and practice ’em. Yes, I’ve always learned from the best:

 
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Ditulis oleh pada Februari 3, 2008 in business