Genre Favorites Blogfest

Posted by mcm0704 on September 17, 2012 |
This is another blogfest from Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Thanks so much for putting this together, Alex. 

For this blogest, we are to list our favorite genre of Music, Movies, and books. Then share a guilty pleasure from any of the three categories.

My favorite music is Country. Not the newest Country Rock, but the old classics like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, and Patsy Cline.
Running a close second is folk and Americana. Among my favorite folk singers are Pete Seger, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Simon and Garfunkel. Their song, “The Sound of Silence” was written in 1964 by Paul Simon in the aftermath of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Note: I can sing every Peter Paul and Mary song on their greatest-hits album. Not as well as they do, but I’ve got heart.)
While on the subject of folk music, I’d like to introduce my readers to a terrific duo who also happen to be good friends of mine, Adler & Hearne. They live in my little corner of the world, when not touring, and they have some terrific songs. One of the songs Lynn wrote, “A Hundred Years From Now” has won several awards and has a terrific social message. (NOTE: I will be taking voice lessons from Lynn Adler. I’ll never sing like her, or Mary Travers, but my goal is not to be a professional.)
My favorite movies are dramas that not only tell a great story but make me stop and think about life and social issues: “The Shawshank Redemption” “The Green Mile” “Philadelphia” “Sophie’s Choice”.  I think I see a pattern here. I really like stories, whether they be movies, songs, or books that say something significant.
I also love the classic black and white films: “Casablanca”, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”, “The Maltese Falcon”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” “A Farewell to Arms”.  (Captain Alex will note there is not a sci-fi movie listed. Sorry guy.)
While I do enjoy books that delve into social issues, my favorite genre to read just for fun is mystery and thriller. I first started reading Agatha Christie and Erle Stanley Gardner, then moved on to John D. McDonald, and Ed McBain.  (for a long time I did not know that Ed McBain was a pen name for Evan Hunter.) It was the 87th Precinct series that first stirred my interest in police procedural mysteries and the primary reason that I write them. 
My guilty pleasure is related to police procedural mysteries with continuing ensemble casts, and that is my addiction to the Law & Order series. All of them. I can waste an afternoon watching reruns of the earliest seasons. They don’t stir my intellect and my consciousness the way some of my other favorites do, but it is always fun to see justice win out in the end. Well, almost always.

Visit Alex’s Blog to see his favorites and get a list of all the bloggers participating in the blog fest.

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