This Is It: New Week, New Giveaway

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Welcome to Monday! (said with fake cheery voice and game show host smile)   Congrats to the winners of I’m So Sure: Salle, Ash, and Shauna. Ladies, email me (jen at jennybjones.com) your mailing addys. (And if you’d put I’m So Sure Giveaway in the subject that would be a huge help.)  Since we had such a big turnout for the drawing, I picked three instead of one. One of the perks of being blog boss.  The question last week was a hot one! And the fun thing is, the answers were so entertaining to read. THIS is why I don’t do algebraic questions of the week. The only reason.

Okay, let’s give away some more copies of I’m So Sure. How about two copies for next week (unless the masses come out again…which I love) of the book for answering this question: what is your favorite CD? You have until Friday at ten minutes past midnight to leave your comment.

My favorite CD would be the soundtrack from Wicked. I love it, adore it, and have worn that thing out. I’m in a “I can’t listen to that one more time” phase, but recently Glee covered Wicked‘s “Defying Gravity” and it was awesome in a brand new way. What else do I listen to a lot…well, right now I’m listening to Carrie Underwood’s new one. It’s growing on me. Her voice is fabulous, but the music selections need a boost. Also listening to Miranda Lambert’s latest. That is one country girl who could kick some butt. One of her songs is called, “Time to Get a Gun.” Her last CD also included a song about waiting for a dude so she could greet him on her front porch. With a shot gun. Pattern here? Anger issues? I don’t know, but I like it.  Chris Tomlin’s CDs are obviously in my top ten.

How are those of you in NanoWriMo doing? I’m stinking, thanks for asking.  But this week is a new week, so look out. I feel a total slam dunk coming on. (Okay, no. I don’t. But I just wanted to talk tough like Miranda Lambert.)

I forgot to mention that a week ago I saw This is It, the sorta-documentary of Michael Jackson’s tour that was not to be. I am not exaggerating when I say it was so worth it. I loved it. It’s not edge of your seat riveting, but it’s good. It’s interesting. Basically you get to see what the concert would’ve looked/sounded like. And I’ve never seen anything like it–this was a HUGE deal. I can’t imagine how they would recoup their expenses. Because when you see the movie you’re looking at millions and millions of dollars in this thing–singers, dancers, Broadway sets for each song, mini-movies with high tech computer generated imagery for each song. It was unreal. A few things struck me as I watched the movie:

1. I finally know for sure Michael does NOT say, “You can’t eat the baby” on the song “Gotta Be Starting Something.” Kind of a relief.

2. The man cannot NOT move. He never quits dancing. Fearlessly. There is something really cool about that.

3. If he weighed 100 lbs, it would be because he was holding another person. How could anyone look at him and think he wasn’t in a health crisis?

4. I can still listen to some of his songs and think, “Um…I still have no idea what that means.”

5. Sparkles make everything better

6. Nobody looks good in orange pants.

7. Never trust a man in shoulder pads.

8. So many unreached dreams with this project–the dancers, the backup singers, costume designers. This was their big break. And now…nothing. I was glad the movie really brought that to life. This tour was more than just Michael Jackson’s career.  Everyone was hinging their hopes on it for their own personal reasons.

9. Everyone kissed his butt. Yet they were genuine when it came to their feelings about the tour. Every performer was ON FIRE for these shows.

10. I was blown away by his graciousness. Michael Jackson had some serious manners.

11. He says “God bless you.” Often.

12. I’ve seen the guy interviewed. I always feel a bit icky when I do because it’s just so awkward. But in this documentary–in his element, you see a different personality. Still a VERY unique fellow, but confident on stage and everything associated with it. And since the whole flick takes place in rehearsals, all you see is a comfortable Michael Jackson.

13. Despite all his personal troubles and controversies, dude was a genius. He had an ear for every single instrument and basically acted as the musical director. Taught the dancers. Taught the musicians. I knew he was good. But I didn’t know he was THAT good.

14. I loved when he told his girl guitar player, ‘This is your time to shine. . .and we’re going to be right there with you.”

15. If you love music, or if you love dancing–you gotta see this. Prior to the movie, I thought the tour was a weak stab at a comeback. But it wasn’t weak–it was a full arsenal attack to gain a foothold in a world that had rejected him, possibly misunderstood him, and underestimated his ability to still be the king of pop.

As someone who is very character driven when I write, I was quite hooked by this documentary. Because if nothing else, Michael Jackson was definitely a multi(x100) layered character.  And besides, who doesn’t love a movie you can sing to?

Okay, gotta go. I have to run with a friend (more like painfully trot), clean my kitchen (more like spray some Fantastik around and call it good), and write some pages for NaNoWriMo. (More like write a sentence, check my word count, check Facebook. Write another sentence, check my word count, check Twitter. Write another sentence. And celebrate with two hours of free time.)

See you Wednesday and don’t forget the giveaway!

JEN

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42 Comments so far

  1. Joy Andrea November 8th, 2009 4:00 pm

    Hmmm… mine would have to be the soundtrack from Phantom of the Opera!!! Oh, I love the soprano parts! ; )

  2. Katie P. November 8th, 2009 4:01 pm

    Well, I love the soundtracks from Narnia and Lord of the Rings!!! And Mulan, and Emma, and P and P…. I love soundtracks!

  3. Jennifer November 8th, 2009 4:47 pm

    Out of the Grey See Inside-bought back ups just in case! (I lose it, it scratches, random wild animal steals it out of the cd player, whatever)

    Note: I have been to 2 Walmarts, Barnes & Noble, and Borders and NOBODY had I’m so sure. GRRRR. So, made B&N order them (you’re welcome to the masses), and Borders go sort through their shipment in ‘the dock’, to find theirs. Supposed to pick up my copy tonite, yea!

  4. Alli November 8th, 2009 4:52 pm

    Any WOW hits CD’s because it gives me a bunch of different artists and different styles without buying 30 CD’s, or the sound track to Pride and Prejudice. The music is so beautiful!

  5. Kristin November 8th, 2009 5:39 pm

    Right now, my favorite CD is probably Relient K’s “Forget and Not Slow Down.” I listen to it every day on the way to school and back (it’s a 35 minute drive). It seems like it has become permanently engraved in my mind.

    Generally, I love the “Pride and Prejudice” soundtrack and the “Singin’ in the Rain” soundtrack. P&P is so beautiful, with all the piano and soaring (or deep and heartbreaking) notes. “Singin’ in the Rain” is my favorite old movie and musical, and I love the goofiness of the songs. And the CD has like 30 tracks (sure, some of them are short, but the Broadway Melody is 13 minutes long)! It has outtakes, extra versions, and all sorts of fun stuff. Plus, I have a crush on Gene Kelly.

    ~Kristin

  6. Jenny B. Jones November 8th, 2009 8:33 pm

    Joy, I will never forget watching Phantom in NYC with a big group of my drama students and that chandelier flying out over our heads. Magic.

    Katie, Alli, Kristin, I LOVE the soundtrack to Pride and Prejudice. I rarely listen to music when I write, but when I do it’s usually P and P.

    Jennifer, so sorry. I have no idea what the hold up is.

    Kristin, I just watched Holiday Inn this weekend. Which has nothing to do with Gene Kelly. . .but I guess it has to do with Gene Kelly’s friends?

  7. Liana November 8th, 2009 9:21 pm

    my fave CD is waking up by bethany dillon..her last song is my all time favourite (you are on our side) and it brought a lot of healing to my life when i thought i was never good enough.. oh and i love the soundtrack to pride and prejudice to!

  8. rebornbutterfly November 9th, 2009 12:25 am

    I love Ingrid Michaelson’s newest album. I’ve been listening to it a lot!
    Bethany Dillon is always my go to singer, though, I LOVE her newest cd Stop & Listen. So good!

  9. Cassidy November 9th, 2009 12:52 am

    Please enter me! Because I want that book like superly bad. LoL. Okay, I would have to say the CD I listen to the most would be a Rascal Flatts CD. I also have a full CD on my ipod of Taylor Swift. So if that counts, then it’s like a tie I guess. I really don’t listen to much CDs. Like, I just listen to my ipod and the radio. LoL.
    I joined NaNoWriMo, but I haven’t written anything. Great huh?
    I hope you have funn cleaning your house = )

  10. Lauren November 9th, 2009 7:10 am

    I REALLY like Taylor Swift’s Fearless and Keith Urban’s Defying Gravity. I’m a country girl! For pop, I like David Archuleta’s self titled album and Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway. For religious music, I LOVE Francesca Battistelli’s My Paper Heart (Don’t you love her last name?) and Superchick’s Beauty From Pain.

  11. Catrina November 9th, 2009 10:31 am

    My favorite CD would have to be Tenth Avenue North’s CD Over and Underneath!

  12. Colene November 9th, 2009 10:32 am

    im with Jennifer. went to all the same places around town and couldnt find Im So Sure either. i think, of all places, your own state would be on this band wagon. im very disappointed in Arkansas right now…if i could scold someone i would have done it friday.

    cant wait to get my hands on it though!
    happy monday!
    (i dont listen to CD’s…the shame… i know.)

  13. Siri November 9th, 2009 10:37 am

    ooooo…favorite CD…that’s a hard one…
    I would probably have to say as of right now, my favorite is Flyleaf’s new album, Memento Mori…its AWESOME!!!
    I’ve been listening to it on their myspace music page.

  14. hannah November 9th, 2009 11:58 am

    I love Bethany Dillon too, but one of my favorite c.d.’s is probably Colbie Caillat. Well, any c.d. of her’s really. :) She has soothing music and a really good voice.

  15. Amy N November 9th, 2009 12:38 pm

    My favorite CD at the moment (it changes often) has got to be Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson’s duet album called Break Up. I only found out about it last week and it’s already got 10 plays on my iTunes!

    Other favorites recently have been: Hideaway by The Weepies, Far by Regina Spektor, The Fray’s self-titled CD, and the Elizabethtown soundtrack.

    Wicked is a pretty great CD though too! Have you actually seen the musical?

  16. Paris A. November 9th, 2009 2:08 pm

    My fav cd at the moment is um i forget what’s it’s called but it’s a bunch of old songs by Louis Armstrong. <3 it!

  17. Madison November 9th, 2009 2:09 pm

    I don’t have a favorite, but I love BarlowGirl :)

  18. Ashley November 9th, 2009 3:22 pm

    My favorite CD is Taylor Swift Fearless.

  19. Audra November 9th, 2009 4:02 pm

    My favorite cd… I have so many! I love Hello by After Edmund, any Kutless album (they’re all so amazing!), and the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack. I’ve literally listened to that one since I was a baby, and it’s an all time favorite!

    I’m also glad to see another Miranda Lambert fan… I like a lot of her stuff.

  20. Micheila November 9th, 2009 5:10 pm

    My favorite CD is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. It’s just a lot different from normal CDs and it’s really funky. I also like Move Along by The All-American Rejects.

  21. Leah Naegeli November 9th, 2009 6:04 pm

    My two current favorites are The Lost Get Found by Britt Nicole (every one of her songs is perfect!) and The Outsiders by Needtobreathe. They are so good, and I love listening to them :)

  22. Marta Araujo November 9th, 2009 7:55 pm

    My Favorite CD is Albertine by Brooke Fraser. This CD isn’t new but I love it so much! C.S. Lewis Song is the best song.

  23. karen k November 9th, 2009 9:21 pm

    I love to listen to ‘the phantom of the opera,’ especially when traveling down the highway.

  24. Megan November 9th, 2009 9:26 pm

    I would have to say my favorite cd is the Back in Black cd by AC/DC. I love it. But it is tied with a bunch of others.

  25. Carrie November 9th, 2009 9:40 pm

    Hi Jennyy,
    My two favorite CDs right now are Love Songs by the Carpenters. Karen Carpenter has such a great voice and the songs are so 70′s! Also Kutlless’ new worship Album – It is Well, especially the song – That’s What Faith Can Do.

    Thanks for the info on the Michael Jackson documentary. Sounds interesting! : )

    Carrie
    carrie (at) turansky (dot) com

  26. Katie Jones November 10th, 2009 1:01 am

    my fave cd would have to be rock what you got by superchick- it may be that bc i just got it, but im still lovin it! its somethinhg im buying for my christmas gifts for friends!!! please enter me in the drawing! thanks!

  27. tammy November 10th, 2009 10:48 am

    Hi jenny!!! I just finished reading Im So Sure!!! it was awesome!!!!!! I read it all in one day :) I just couldnt put it down! And now your making us wait until May for the next one? You are a cruel women…ha ha just kidding :) Anyways please dont enter me for the contest, butttt i wanted to tell you the cd I have beem listening to is A Fine Frenzy, her new one, its amazing and i love it! anyways have a great weel :)

  28. Caitlin November 10th, 2009 1:42 pm

    My favorite CD (at this moment…) is “Love and War” by BarlowGirl. I listen to it everyday at some point!! I LOVE their harmonies!!!

  29. hannah November 10th, 2009 4:35 pm

    I would love to say my favorite cd isn’t the hannah montana soundtrack, but that would be lying.

  30. Anna November 10th, 2009 5:10 pm

    Defying Gravity is one of my favorite songs =)

    my favorite album would have to be Taylor Swift’s Fearless Platinum. I love how she writes her own songs and how she writes from her own experiences that makes her very easy to relate to. She also manages to make each song catchy and fun. I dont think there is a song on that cd that i don’t like!

  31. Jill November 10th, 2009 6:01 pm

    I love the soundtrack from Twilight. I felt cheesy when I bought it but I really really like it. It has some great groups that I didn’t know before. Also I won a playlist for the book Prophecy of the Sisters and it reminds me a lot of the Twilight cd. Same type of groups.

    Beyond that I’m a child of the 80′s so I listen to a lot of mix cd’s based on the mood. Some are more upbeat and others more for when I’m feeling mellow.

  32. Jill November 10th, 2009 6:01 pm

    I love the soundtrack from Twilight. I felt cheesy when I bought it but I really really like it. It has some great groups that I didn’t know before. Also I won a playlist for the book Prophecy of the Sisters and it reminds me a lot of the Twilight cd. Same type of groups.

    Beyond that I’m a child of the 80′s so I listen to a lot of mix cd’s based on the mood. Some are more upbeat and others more for when I’m feeling mellow.

  33. Missa November 10th, 2009 7:38 pm

    I have got to say my favorite CD is either Family Force 5 Buisness up front/Party in the back or Viva la Vida by Coldplay. Just because there both insanly good and the music on Viva la Vida is really amazing and instrumental and I cant get enough of it!

  34. Lindsay November 10th, 2009 7:41 pm

    My 33 miles CD would probably be one of my favorites. They have such good lyrics. I find that I like 1 or 2 songs from a CD and listen to them so many times that I wear it out and it starts skipping. That’s when I find another CD and repeat the process.

  35. Kristin November 11th, 2009 9:17 am

    I just watched “Holiday Inn” for the first time a few days ago. =) I had never seen it before, but it was a special 2 disc edition with the movie soundtrack included, and I’m such a sucker for such things, so I bought it. It is an awesome movie, though, and I’m glad I did. I feel like I’m having deja vu (sp?), because I just blogged about this last night…”Holiday Inn,” Gene Kelly, and how Fred Astaire always looked like an old man, LOL. Anyway, did you like the movie?
    ~Kristin

  36. Hannah November 11th, 2009 2:58 pm

    My favorite CDs shuffle faster than an iPod playlist, but right now my definite favorite is Jars of Clay “Good Monsters.” I unearthed it in one of my CD stacks, and have been listening to it almost everyday since. I love all their songs: the words are so poetic and make you think, and the music is beautiful.

  37. Danielle November 11th, 2009 4:17 pm

    My Favorite CD would have to be Group 1 Crew’s “Ordinary Dreamers.” I bought it when I went to the Revolve Tour last year. (I went this year and bought So Not Happening which was soooo good, by the way. I want to be a writer, like you, incorperating teen fiction with godly messages and stuff.) Anyways, I have listened to this CD 100 times over and know every word to every song. When I want something uplifting to tell me how God is in everything I do, I listen to “I See You”. If I just want an upbeat song to shake my hips to, I go for “Gimme That Funk.” I put it on my iPod and have the whole CD on repeat. It’s the first CD that I have bought where I just didn’t pick a couple songs that I liked, but I listen to the whole album.

  38. Hannah Lane November 11th, 2009 5:43 pm

    Right now, my hips are always swaying to Dave Barnes’ CD “You Me and the World”. I’ve had the album for awhile, but I misplaced it for a few solid months and now that I’ve found it (the CD was in my Radiohead case!), I am loving him all over again! I actually bought it first because he is quite a stud on the cover, but I LOVE his sweet, deep voice. Especially the southern-gospel inspired “Carry Me Through”, which I always listen to in my car, on the interstate, music blaring. :)

  39. kendra November 13th, 2009 1:08 am

    oooh my favorite CD rite now is “Awake” by Skillet!!!! I got to see them in concert too & they rocked!!!

  40. Melissa November 13th, 2009 7:42 am

    My favorite CD is a mix that I made for the car.

    It has a ton of old stuff by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong….I love that genre of music!

    The one song I turn up LOUD? “At Last”…my girl Ella still has it! :)

  41. Jenny B Jones November 15th, 2009 2:14 pm

    Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions! I wrote a ton of them down.
    And Melissa, “At Last” has to be one of my all time favorite songs. Love it.

  42. Esther March 30th, 2012 9:28 am

    Hello Jenny,
    I read I’m So Sure and I loved it. It was such a great read. I have so many favorites, but I love Needtobreathe ( The Reckoning). But the CD I love even more is One Direction-Up All Night. I live them, they are so good.

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