Good Reading : November 2006
NOVEMBER 2006 ı goodreading 7 me my shelf i james morrison James Morrison is one of Australia’s favourite performers, a talented musician genuinely adept at any instrument you can name but best known for his mastery of the trumpet. In Australia he’s a household jazz name, in America he’s been invited to work with some of the biggest names in the business (including Lalo Schiffrin’s orchestral tribute to jazz legend Bix Beiderbek, and a trumpet summit with Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval), and in Europe he’s almost regarded as a local on the festival and club circuit. In fact his international appearances and recordings outnumber those in Australia. In August this year his autobiography Blowing My Own Trumpet was published to general acclaim. Photograph by Simon Cardwell ● What are you reading now, and why? No God but God by Reza Aslan. It looked like an interesting book, it talks about the origins, evolution and future of Islam. With the events taking place around the globe I thought it would help my understanding to read some of the history. ● Who are your favourite authors? Michael Talbot, David Hawkins and Neale Donald Walsch. ● Which books have had the most influence on your lifestyle or philosophy? The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot Power Versus Force by David Hawkins Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch ● Which author would you most like to meet, and why? David Hawkins. I’d like to see what he’s like, his book talks about spiritual enlightenment in such a way that I feel he must be an extraordinary man. I think one would learn a lot just from meeting someone like that. ● Is there a well-known book you never finished or did not enjoy? I never finished Moby Dick. It’s not that I didn’t like it; I just got busy with other things and never went back to it. ● Which book/s did you love best as a child? Runaway Robot by Lester Del Rey. I loved science fiction and read all his books, and everything by Robert Heinlein too. ● What is your all-time favourite book? The Holographic Universe. It was the first book that ‘opened’ my mind to the possibility that reality might not be as I thought. It was a paradigm shift. ● Do you have a favourite fictional hero or heroine, and if so why? Dirk Pitt, from Clive Cussler’s novels. He leads the life of an adventurer in the way I imagine I would if I wasn’t so busy being a musician and father. ● Do you have a favourite film of a book, and if so why? Not really. I love the movies but I find when you’ve read a book, the movie is never as good. I think it’s because the scenes you conjure in your mind as you read could never be filmed. ● Where are most of the books in your home? In a huge bookshelf in the dining room. I also keep many books in my studio so I can just reach for one when I’m composing. ● Looking at the books on your shelves, is there any one category that dominates? It goes in waves according to what I was into at any given time. There are countless spy novels from earlier in life, then autobiographies from about ten years ago, and more recently the tendency is toward non-fiction that deals with anything from the metaphysical to quantum physics. ● How are the books on your shelves organised – or aren’t they? Kind of by genre but it’s a bit loose, sometimes they are just put back wherever there’s a space. This makes it interesting when you’re looking for something – you often find a book you’d forgotten about and end up reading that instead. ● Where is your favourite place to read? In bed, I do it every night before going to sleep. ● Do you have a favourite bookshop? I don’t really have a favourite in Australia, I tend to wander into shops wherever I’m travelling and just browse. Overseas my favourite is in Los Angeles – it’s called the Bohdi Tree.
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