Line(s) of the Day #ThePeopleVOJSimpson

The People v oj simpson

Evidence doesn’t win the day. Jurors go with the narrative that makes sense. We’re here to tell the story. Our job is to tell that story better than the other side tells theirs.

Johnnie Cochran (Courtney T. Vance) in the multi-award winning The People v OJ Simpson (2016). The 10 part miniseries covers the hugely controversial and highly divisive trial of high profile former American Football player O J Simpson, accused of a double murder.

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Line(s) of the Day #HoldMeNow

Thompson Twins - Hold Me Now

I have a picture, pinned to my wall
An image of you and of me and we’re laughing and loving it all
But look at our life now, it’s tattered and torn
We fuss and we fight and delight in the tears that we cry until dawn.

The opening lines of the 80s classic Hold Me Now by English pop group The Thompson Twins from their fourth studio album Into the Gap (1984).

Line(s) of the Day #BigShot #30for30

big-shot ESPN 30 for 30

He was a real capitalist. He just needed capital.

Michael Rudman, Skybox patron 1995 – 2005, as quoted in Big Shot, an episode of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series. The 79 minute film tells of the major problem businessman John Spano had when buying the Islanders, an ice hockey team from Long Island, New York. You can find out more detail on the impact it had on Spano himself, the team and the community on a review by Digital Shortbread here.

Line(s) of the Day #GossipGirl

Chuck and Dan Gossip Girl

Dan Humphrey: I really thought the days of everyone turning their backs on me were over.
Chuck Bass: Well at least this time it’s because they hate you and not because they don’t know you exist.

Penn Badgely and Ed Westwick in Gossip Girl (2007 – 2012), an entertaining teen drama that focuses on the lives of a group of rich teenagers on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. You can find out more about Chuck’s womanising here, and a quote that defines his twisted relationship with Blair Waldorf here.

Line(s) of the Day #Talk

Kodaline TalkI can remember the good old days
When you and me used to hide away
Where the stars were shining or the sun was blinding our eyes.
Yeah you filled up my glass
With promises that could never last
But I still find pieces of you in the back of my mind.

The opening lyrics of unreleased track Talk by Irish band Kodaline, from their debut album In a Perfect World (2013).  My thanks to the ever awesome Tosha for making me aware of the song and the band. You’ll find her original poetry and singing on her blog here.

Line(s) of the Day #TheTrial

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Someone must have been spreading lies about Josef K, for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one morning.

The opening lines of the novella The Trial by Czech-born German language writer Franz Kafka. Published posthumously in 1925, (but believed to be written around 1914 / 1915), it tells of an innocent man’s struggles to clear against a charge he is never made aware of.  I’ve long been a fan of his work and quoted my favourite of his short stories here,

Line(s) of the Day #Kashmir

Physical Graffiti led zeppelin

Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face
And stars fill my dream
I’m a traveller of both time and space
To be where I have been

The opening lyrics of Kashmir from English rock icons Led Zeppelin from their sixth studio album Physical Graffiti (1975).  Features one of the all-time escalating builds ups, the song is considered by the band to be their most definitive. You can find the 8 minute and 30 second song here, along with another seven of my favourite lengthy music pieces.

Line(s) of the Day #InTheAirTonight

In the Air Tonight cover

Well I remember, I remember, don’t worry, how could I ever forget
It’s the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence up, oh no you don’t fool me
Well the hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows
It’s no stranger to you and me.

Taken from the song In the Air Tonight by the English musician Phil Collins, from his debut solo album Face Value (1981). The brooding song, accompanied by an atmospheric video and featuring a fantastic drum solo, is still considered the former Genesis star’s definitive song.

Line(s) of the Day #FreaksandGeeks

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All my new friends think I’m some goody two shoes and all my old friends think i’m throwing my life away.  What the hell am I supposed to do?

Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) in the short-lived but highly acclaimed high school comedy drama series Freaks and Geeks (1999 – 2000). Relating to the show’s main character, the quote sums up the stuggles she faces trying to fit in, a regular theme.  You can find out more detail about the episode the line is taken from, and more context of the show overall, here.