Thursday, December 17, 2009

It was snowing first thing this morning

Only lasted a few minutes, but gave everything outside a lovely dusting - as if someone had gone made with icing sugar and the world's biggest sieve overnight. Feels like Christmas is nearly here, despite the fact there's no tree in the house [too busy to get one, let alone decorate it] and no decorations up [see previous excuses]. The year seems to have swept past in a blur of stuff.

In anticipation of the festive season, after hours viewing has been a re-watch of Aaron Sorkin's single season show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Some great eps, some okay eps, a few that just don't work. Sadly, the show never lived up to the promise of its pilot. Sorkin recently took the blame, putting the failure down to his writing - and htere's probably some truth in that.

Nevertheless, Studio 60 has a cracking trio of eps in the middle of its run, with the Christmas show a particular favourite. [Sorkin gives great Christmas, check out his festive season scripts for The West Wing or Sports Night if you don't believe me.] The Studio 60 effort featured a guest appearance by New Orleans jazz musicians displaced by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Even if you're no fan of Christmas, religion or carols, I still recommend having a listen to the version of O Holy Night that aired on the show - and drive safely if you're driving anywhere anytime soon. Coming soon: a look back at the goals I set myself in May 2007, and a look forward to the year ahead. Let hubris be unbound and allowed to run rampant. Onwards!

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