February 27, 2005
And MORE music in the kitchen

Stuck as well. I got hit with the musical meme a while ago by Debbie at Words to Eat By. In fact it's been two weeks. Yow. I'm very Sorry, Debbie - I'm slow to respond, plus we were apartment hunting (successfully as it turns out). So as Meg has posted her stick, I am shamed into FINALLY posting my answers.

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?
19Gb, 6200 files, mostly in Ogg. I wish I'd gone FLAC so I could transcode, but there you are.

What was the last CD you bought?
Jack Johnson, On and On

What was the last song you listened to before receiving this message?
(Drawing) Rings Around the World - Super Furry Animals. If you like big fat postmodern Beach Boys - this is the song for you. I just got back from the gym and it's on my treadmill mix.

Name 5 songs that mean a lot to you and explain why
1.) My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone - This was the first song I put on a mix CD for my now wife when we first met. It became "our song" and was the first song played (but much too quickly) at our wedding. Sappy, sure, but I guess I'm allowed to love my wife.

2.) Dirty Old Town - The Pogues - I was and am a big Pogues fan. Way back when, I introduced my then girlfriend to the band. A few weeks later, we were listening to the album (you know, flat black thing, hole in the center, spins around at 33 1/3 rpm?) and she said, "You know, that song. I don't know if you realize, but he says bad things about the 'Dirty Old Town', but really he loves the place." Really. Duh. That's only COMPLETELY OBVIOUS! That's when I knew she thought I was an idiot. I only stuck around for three or four more years...

3.) Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen. Pretty much this explains politics in America.
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

It doesn't mean you don't stop fighting, but you should understand the opposition.

4.) Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer - Jack Johnson. OK, weird choice. But for most of the song it's the old familiar lyrics you're used to that we all grew up with. Rudolph's shunned, big snow comes, Santa asks for his help, Rudolph saves the day. When Johnson gets to the end, where all of the other reindeer love him and invite him to play in their reindeer games, he adds:
Well Rudolph he didn't go for that
he said "I see through your silly games"
How could you look me in the face
when only yesterday you called me names?"

I love that Rudolph stand up for himself after decades of just taking it from those snotty other reindeer.

Well all of the other reindeers man,
well they sure did feel ashamed,
"Rudolph you know we're sorry,
we're truly gonna try to change"

A positive change in the formerly persecutorial reindorks is effected by Rudolph's strength of character and refusal to be taken advantage of. How cool is that? Really?

5.) There Ain't Nobody Here but us Chickens - Louis Jordan. It's fun. I can't defend it but to say that sometimes you just plain have to enjoy a tune for it's own sake.

Which 3 people are you going to pass this stick to and why?
I'm only passing it to one because most of the people I would stick it to have been stuck. And Meg grabbed the few remaining. So, Todd in New Orleans of this very blog - who I know will give us very interesting answers - you're stuck.

Now off to the Ani DiFranco show at the Vic tonight...

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at February 27, 2005 4:06 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version

I didn't think of Leonard Cohen - good pick. And you'll have to play that version of Rudolf for me some day!

Posted by Meg in Paris on February 27, 2005 at 5:28 PM

I thought of about 300 other possibilities. These just felt right for right now, though.

Posted by barrett on February 28, 2005 at 12:00 AM

And as a postscript, Ani tore up the place on her set. Great audience for the show - at one point someone started yelling out song titles and another yelled over her "You play whatever you want, Ani!" and got big time applause from the crowd.

Plus being male at an Ani DiFranco show was like having a backstage pass. I got to jump line outside since they had such a backlog of women to be checked by security and so few men. This was despite a 3 to 1 ration of checkers in favor of the women.

Between opening act Andrew Bird, who was very good, and Ani, I took a bathroom break and again a long long line of women waited for the ladies room while the men just waltzed in and waltzed out. One guy in the bathroom proclaimed "Welcome to the brotherhood - the brotherhood of no lines!"

Posted by barrett on February 28, 2005 at 11:01 AM
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