Thursday, July 26, 2012

Top of the Heap!



Monday's riddle was a play on words, and words are the hot topic of discussion these days. Lizzy reviewed the clever story, Frindle by Andrew Clements, which takes the idea of a pen to a whole new level, and Friday, we are thrilled to host Karen Pokras Toz, where we will learn a little more about how Nate Rocks the World. Words are amazing, mostly because their meanings can so easily influence our thoughts and feelings. The human ability to communicate through words is a complex web of stories and perceptions. Today, we want to take a moment to appreciate those words that have been magically weaved together in order to create a wonderful sense of scene.

This week's top of the heap: Awesome phrases/ sentences :)

Fairday: My dad is a huge Pink Floyd fan. One thing I can really appreciate about this classic rock and roll group is the amazing lyrics that accompany the haunting music. This is my favorite lyric taken from the album The Final Cut.



"Through the fish-eyed lens of tear-stained eyes, I can barely define the shape of this moment in time." (Pink Floyd)





I know this sounds somewhat depressing, but the words are beautiful. Through the fish-eyed lens of tear-stained eyes is a brilliant blend of imagery, and the idea of not being able to define the shape of a moment in time is something that we have all felt on a certain level. It's like when you are trapped in your own thoughts and the present moment sort of liquifies in your head. It also brings to point one of my very favorite words, which I will now use to describe this tune; melancholy : ) ~ F 


Lizzy: Figuring out my favorite line from a song, poem, or book was not easy.  For me it is something that changes depending on the day and my mood. There are songs I will play over and over again for days, and passages that I've read, which I am in awe of. After struggling with this, I kept coming back to a sentence that gives me the chills every time I read it. I have read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone over twenty times, but still when I get to the last lines of Chapter  10 - I get goose bumps. 


“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”


Ron, Harry, and Hermione have such a fantastic friendship and everything changed in this chapter. I think it sums up everyone’s feelings exactly.  So heartwarming!  ~L

16 comments:

  1. Awesome post! Of course I am partial to Harry Potter and Pink Floyd. :)

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    1. E.J. Wesley- Thanks! I am partial to both of them, too. :) ~F

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  2. Fairday, your dad has truly excellent taste in music.
    Lizzy, I have lots of Harry Potter quotes I like, including the one you picked.

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    1. Alex- My dad does like some great music! I am lucky to get to listen to a lot of amazing bands and singers. You are right- there are so many awesome HP quotes. :) ~F and L

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  3. My roommate in college and I used to call them the Flippy Floyds. They had some amazing lyrics. A lot of song writers do. We can definitely learn from them.

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    1. M. Pax- I love that name- the Flippy Floyds. It is very fitting! When you listen to the lyrics they are wild and fascinating. Songs are amazing to listen to and I love seeing what images the writer is creating in our minds. ~F

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  4. I loved that quote from Harry Potter and remember it well. My brother's I know like Pink Floyd not saying that I don't but there music is like a story so it's a perfect quote for the theme.

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    1. Adriana- Yeah HP! Pink Floyd's music is like a story. Well put! Thanks for stopping by and sharing. :) ~F

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  5. I think certain songs from the sixties still haunt me. Especially Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Al Stewarts lyrics.

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    1. The Desert Rocks- Music from the 60s is fun and I can see how it can haunt you. :) ~F

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  6. This post made me immediately think of another post that I recently read over at Book Riot in which Elizabeth Bastos writes of the last line in The Great Gatsby, "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

    Thank you for writing this thought-provoking post :)
    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog

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    1. Angela- As soon as you mentioned the last line of The Great Gatsby it came back to me. Wow! There are so many amazing lines out there to make us think. Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for stopping by. :) ~ Stephanie

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  7. I’ve fallen head over heals in love with Dave Carroll. I think he writes some of the BEST songs! This is one lyric that gets to me every time I hear it;

    When your world stands tough and weighin’ you down
    And you’ve had enough of this merry-go-round
    End your resistance to walls you won’t move And runnin’ through old déjà vu’s
    When there’s no way out there’s still a way through

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    1. Barbara- Those lyrics are beautiful. I especially love the last line. Lots of hope in that sentence. :) ~F

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  8. Both quotes are great! I think JK Rowling had so many great lines in the HP series.

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    1. Donna- JK Rowling has a ton of fabulous lines. I just adore her writing. :) ~F

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