Friday, August 13, 2010

Makeovers

The Museum of Natural History, a few blocks away from my New York abode, has undergone a serious makeover. Like many old art institutions around the world (the Louvre in Paris and the Covent Garden opera house in London come to mind), the building has a new appendage, in the form of a metal and steel structure. That is where visitors now enter and discover the solar system floating around, as they go up a spiraling, upwards walkway flooded with sunlight.
My ancient Mini iPod has also been revamped, with products from DCI. With those fun earphones, no more need for diamond studs from Tiffany's... As for that tiny cube, it's actually a speaker that allows me to listen to some music and NPR podcasts in my little room.
On my playlist: NPR's Fresh Air, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Bookworm, and music by Björk, Debussy, Bach. What are you listening to?

17 comments:

donna baker said...

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Laura Nyro, Keith Jarrett, Sting, James Taylor, Norah Jones...

Laura in Paris said...

Your description of the museum makes me want to visit.

Mary-Laure said...

DONNA - Oh I love some of those, especially Laura Nyro and Keith Jarrett!

Giulia said...

Bach, Chris Smither, Rolling Stones, Steve Winwood, Debussy, old
Anita Baker. I went on a "Summer Beach iTunes binge) & downloaded a bunch of Dusty Springfield, the 3 Beach Boys songs I can still listen to, Petula Clark, Laura Nyro, Derek & the Dominoes, Cream, Dionne Warwick, & several others that escape a non-caffeinated brain. Stephen Fry podcasts (& NPR, of course...but I mainly listen during the day). And if all else fails, my Mad Men are on that little thing...when the power was out, let me tell you, I didn't care if it was such a small screen.

xo

Taocito said...

Cute speaker!!!
These days I mainly listen to the prayers from the nearby mosques and to Petimoo serenading the birds. My owner is more into the whole Bollywood sound (check out Chamma Chamma from the movie China Gate)

Mary-Laure said...

GIULIA - ah Debussy, my mum and I worship him......
I'm not familiar with Stephen Fry's podcasts but I'll check it out, as you always recommend the best things ever.

TAOCITO - ah, I can imagine you shaking your fluffy booty to those great Bollywood tunes!

Kwana said...

I've been listening to books lately. I need a new one now. I've got to get to the Museum of Natural History. I have not been since last summer. I didn't know you were in NY now. Great! Must see you sometime.

Gabbi said...

Your little diamond stud earphones are adorable Mary-Laure! You have me craving a little Debussy now by just the mention of the name...

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I've been liking old Mazzy Star lately. I have been playing Fade Into You far too often. I'm playing it right now.

Mary-Laure said...

GABBI - of course someone as exquisitely refined as you would like Debussy!

DENISE - ah Mazzy Star.... Haven't heard them in a long, long time but now I itch to listen to them!

Diane said...

I'm listening to The Moth. "Real people telling real stories.... without notes".
Truth is stranger than fiction!

Take a listen to one or two you will love it! I know you will.

:-)

http://themoth.prx.org/

Taocito said...

Well the classic Indian Mudra move is nicknamed the woof-woof, so how could i not shake my fluffy booty?

Mary-Laure said...

DIANE - sounds very intriguing.... I must check it out!

TAOCITO - just woof-woof away then! Chori chori.........

Vintage Simple said...

Mostly music - Norah Jones is on heavy rotation here at the house. The Avett Brothers, Chuck Brodsky, Willie Nelson...Neil Young.

And... I think I may have missed something, but... are you now living in NYC, or are you just visiting?

xoxo,
-maria

Mary-Laure said...

VINTAGE SIMPLE - I'm spending a month in NYC for work - I am still an LA resident, and am just subletting my place there until the end of August. But I'm just THRILLED to be in NYC for a few weeks!

Spangler Cummings said...

I am so jealous of your opportunity to be in NYC. The world visits you there! Enjoy...

Mary-Laure said...

SPANGLER - hopefully with my blog you can feel like a virtual New Yorker...