Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Used Book Store Finds

It was my friends birthday yesterday.  We decided to hang out for the day and we ended up taking a trip up to Flint, MI.  One of the stops along the way was at a used book and CD shop.  Actually - they had everything, used books, comics, cassette tapes, CDs, Vinyl records and much more.

I spend a good part of the time searching through some of the old vinyl records and managed to grab the following;

Grabbing the three albums cost me $7, which I thought was a pretty great deal.

I moved on to the comic book section, which brought back some good memories, but I didn't drop any cash - which is a good thing, since I don't collect them anymore it would have just been a waste.

After that I noticed a very cool poem called "I AM MUSIC" - it was typed out on tattered paper and was taped to the end of one of the bookcases.

I stumbled across it with a Google Search, but it didn't seem easy to find.

I am Music, most ancient of the arts. I am more than ancient; I am eternal. Even before life began upon this earth, i was here - in the winds and the waves. When the first trees and flowers and grasses appeared, i was among them. And when humanity came, i at once became the most delicate, most subtle and most powerful medium for the expression of emotions.

In all ages i have inspired people with hope, kindled their love, given a voice to their joys, cheered them on to valorous deeds, and soothed them in times of despair. I have played a great part in the drama of life, whose end and purpose is the complete perfection of human nature. Through my influence, humanity has been uplifted, sweetened and refined. With the aid of humanity, i have become a Fine Art. I have a myriad of voices and instruments.

I am in the hearts of all and on their tongues, in all lands among all peoples, the ignorant and unlettered know me, not less than the rich and the learned. For i speak to All, in a language that all can feel. Even the deaf hear me, if they but listen to the voices of their own souls. I am the food of love. I have taught people gentleness and peace; and i have led them onward to heroic deeds. I am comfort for the lonely, and i harmonize the discord of crowds. I am a necessary luxury to all. I am MUSIC.


I really liked this piece - it just hit home with me.

Now I started to notice the books, and found the following books;

A Century of Lyrics, 1550-1650

I had read most of the Dan Brown books and I thought I had read Deception Point, but after reading the description on the back - it didn't seem familiar.  It was such a low cost item, somewhere around $0.50, I figured I'd grab it.

The link above to the "A Century Of Lyrics" was a much cooler find for me!  This hardcover book is from 1938 by D.C. Whimster and it is the lyrics from 100 songs written between the years of 1550 and 1650.  I can't wait to dive into this book and analyze the lyrics of that time period as well as learn more about the authors of those songs.  That was a whopping $2.95 - which again - I'll call a steal!

All in all it was a great day... I also ended up grabbing the first and second seasons of Laguna Beach on DVD.  What can I say - I'm a sucker for those shows, and the ladies are hot!

Let me know if you've found any great bargains lately...

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