I then pasted this link into a group conversation that included Suvi, Val, and Suzie. Suzie wasn't quite an active participant because she was actively in labor. But she was still a part of the team and we dedicated the text to her, as our gift. This began in the early evening and stretched on intermittently for hours. Paul, espoused to Suvi, and James to Val, later joined the conversation. Being a part of group texts can be really annoying-- when the conversation is lame. But when it's NOT lame, it can be magical. I really love them. Instead of screen capping a million times I will just organize our #bandbooks by author. I've asterisked my favorites. Vote for yours. Enjoy, and feel free to add on. It's kind of addicting when you get your brain on it.
Before we begin, let's meet the players.
Jen: blogger, writer, inventor, inspirer. Spent much of her college career writing extemporaneous voluntary poetry or essays within mandatory essays or tests, and winning the occasional "bonus point for creative answer."
Sean: Painter, collage-r, thinker, certified genius. Can captivate any audience while simultaneously producing wondrous, tear-inducing creations out of legos.
Paul: Spreadsheet wizard, traveler, persuader. This baritone-voiced, smooth sauce of a giant can talk you into believing an-y-thing. Has the ability to see the whole picture, and organize it into appealing graphs and statistical depictions.
Val: Runner, actor, author, daydream believer. Has a courageous heart, a bottomless well of a brain, and an actual wall-mounted plaque for literally knowing all the words. Has magical powers of making those around her seem smarter than they actually are.
James: Wonderer, philosopher, paradigm-shifter, nerd. Kid-hearted and faced, laughs don't come cheap with this guy, because he has actually copyrighted every single one of his jokes, past present and future.
Suzie: Philanthropist, truth-seeker, listener, life-puncher. This beloved and clever combination of wacky wit, awkward charm and super-sparkle will humor you, champion you, and guaranteed endear you. You'll love so much about the things she chooses to be.
And without further ado...
Metallicall of the Wild
The Rolling Stone Soup
A Wind in the Doors
Frog and Toad the Wet Sprocket
They Might BFGiants
Linkin Jurassic Park
Fall Out of the House of Usher Boy (that one's a 2-fer)
Oliver Twisted Sister
Where the Red Hot Chili Pepper Fern Grows
Of Mice and Men at Work
A Town Like Alice in Chains
The Old Man and the TLC*
Guns 'n Roses, Germs and Steel
Lady Antebellum of the Lake*
A Brave New Kids on the Block World
The Wizard of Ozzie Osborne
World War Jay-Z
Anne of Green Day Gables
(Jane) Eyre Supply (possible winner. Everyone exploded in text cheers)
Crash Test Accounting for Dummies*
The New Jim Counting Crows
Lorde of the Flies*
Oh the Places You'll Go Team
The Jonas Brothers Karamzov
Pearl Jam of Great Price*
Gullivers Traveling Wilburys
David Archeleta Copperfield
Rage against the Time Machine
The Three Musketeers for Fears*
The Greatful Dead Gatsby
Uncle Tom Waits Cabin
The Bell Jars of Clay
All Quiet on the Kanye Western Front
Blues Traveler with Charley
The Little Artist Formerly Known As Prince *
The Secret Soundgarden*
Lord of the Promise Ring
A Neon Tree Grows in Brooklyn*
RhiAnna Karenina (collaborative effort with a friend)
Of Modest Mouse and Men
Guns 'n Rosencrants are Dead
Eat, Slayer, Love*
The Sun Also Rises Against the Machine
And Then There Were None Direction*
To Kill a Mocking Andrew Bird
The Band Heart is the Loneliest Hunter
Zen and the Art of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
The Things They Carrie Underwood
What We Talk About When We Talk About Heads
And there you go. It was magnificent.