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Thursday, July 17, 2008

from I'm A Wheel to I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

Day 754, Session 131:
Sunday July 13th - Wandering around the kitchen making spaghetti dinner.
First song: I'm A Wheel by Wilco
Last full song: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me by The Jayhawks
Progress: 2125-2132 of 6062
Total Songs Heard: 1653

4 straight Wilco songs to start the day. Of course 3 of them were I'm A Wheel so it wasn't that surprising.

What is surprising and disappointing is news that Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page was arrested for possession of cocaine. Say what now? One of the guys from BNL and cocaine?!? That is disappointing but, strangely, I wish I was more disappointed by this news. I guess I'm too old and jaded now to be surprised by much of anything among the artists I admire. (Even one whose most recent release was a kid's cd.) The band has taken a wait and see approach to this news and I guess I'll do the same.

(Sorry for that unexpected foray into actual news, I was in the middle of typing this up when The Wife found the story of the arrest.)

I'm Going To Go Back There Someday - The Muppets (specifically Gonzo)

Towards the end of The Muppet Movie, before the big showdown, the gang stops in the desert and sleeps out under the stars. I know I've written about it before, but the sense of home is still elusive. When I here Gonzo sing I also hope to go back there someday. I'm just not entirely sure where there is. I don't think Gonzo exactly knows either which is probably why this particular song connects so well.

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers

I'd like to think if I had a twin brother, this is what we would sing at karaoke. Use of Scottish accents would be entirely dependent on how much we had to drink. BTW, if you're like me and wonder what this means:

And if I haver yeah I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you.
"Haver" means "to talk nonsense" at least it does if you believe everything you read on Yahoo answers.

I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - The Jayhawks

If only the romancing was actually so easy.

1) Find the one you want.
2) Make them love you.
2a) Have them recognize that you're never going to fulfill their idealized view of what they were looking for.
3) Stay together for a million years.

This song is catchy enough to make me think it could work.

Friday, July 11, 2008

from I'll Never Fall... to I'm A Rover (Live)

Day 748, Session 130:
Monday July 7th - Enjoying the living room AC before a walleye dinner.
First song: I'll Never Fall In Love Again by Elvis Costello
Last full song: I'm A Rover (Live) by Great Big Sea
Progress: 2090-2098 of 5984
Total Songs Heard: 1645

And we're back...

New computer is up and running with as many scavenged parts as I could manage. (That's right, I went right back in and started tinkering with the new machine. The lesson here? I am probably a moron.)

What is it about June? Last June a combination of work turmoil and basement flooding sucked my will to live. This June iTunes and my broken computer conspired to make what should have been a simple operation into something akin to removing to "bread basket" piece from the game of Operation. (I was awful at that game btw, I have a terribly unsteady hand under pressure.)

So where were we?

I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Elvis Costello

Actual line from the song:

What do you get when you kiss a girl? You get enough germs to catch pneumonia.
Here's an idea... if you're with a girl who seems to have a heavy upper respiratory infection, perhaps you shouldn't be using so much tongue. Just because you were trading tonsils a little too deeply with a lunger, don't assume you should completely give up on love. It can't really be that hard. I had mono my senior year of high school and managed to not transfer it on to my girlfriend.

I'll See You In My Dreams - Giant

I think I've mentioned this before, but I'm fascinated by the whole process of dreaming. When I was a kid I had the idea that you could only see specific people in your dreams if they were actually dreaming about you as well. So your dreams would be a big psychic chat room where you could hold a conversation with someone you know while falling from a very tall building or while trying to figure out why they hadn't told you about the test you were about to take that you had completely forgotten about.

Obviously once I started dreaming about supermodels this theory was shot to hell.

I'm A Rover - Great Big Sea

The Great Big Sea tune I'm A Rover reminds me of the time just before the wife and I started dating. We were in the habit of stopping by the others house after our respective nights out to check in and say hi. (Seriously, we would just chat a bit and then go home.) If someone was still out, we would leave a note on the pillow letting the other know we stopped by. (Yes, we were very cute.) This worked out fine until one night I stopped by very drunk tired. I wrote the note and then thought I would rest my eyes for just a second...

Four hours later I woke up still alone in her room. I blearily stumbled out of the house and made the 250 foot walk back to my place, without seeing The Wife or waking her roommates. My first thought was, "Phew, I got a way with it!" My second thought, "Shit, she didn't come home last night!"

Turns out, neither was the case. The Wife had come home and found me passed out sleeping peacefully in her bed. She left me there and went downstairs and slept on her sofa. Lucky for me she wasn't mad.

Happy Slurpee day everybody.