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Chrissie Hynde

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Warner Theater, DC.  Four hour show with Juliette Lewis (yes, the actress), Cat Power, and the absolutely amazing Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders. 

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08/15/2009 at 1:55 am

Song Case Study: "Anyone Else But You"

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Three views of The Moldy Peaches‘ song Anyone Else But You: Lyrics, Lyric Word Cloud (created with Wordle), and the Michael Cera and Ellen Page cover from the movie, Juno.


You’re a part time lover and a full time friend
The monkey on you’re back is the latest trend
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

I kiss you on the brain in the shadow of a train
I kiss you all starry eyed, my body’s swinging from side to side
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Here is the church and here is the steeple
We sure are cute for two ugly people
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

The pebbles forgive me, the trees forgive me
So why can’t, you forgive me?
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

I will find my nitch in your car
With my mp3 DVD rumple-packed guitar
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu du

Up up down down left right left right B A start
Just because we use cheats doesn’t mean we’re not smart
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

You are always trying to keep it real
I’m in love with how you feel
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

We both have shiny happy fits of rage
You want more fans, I want more stage
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Don Quixote was a steel driving man
My name is Adam I’m your biggest fan
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Squinched up your face and did a dance
You shook a little turd out of the bottom of your pants
I don’t see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you

Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu du
But you

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08/02/2009 at 6:53 pm

Ice Cream Man

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I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I pass you by….

I love this Van Halen song.

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07/28/2009 at 8:44 pm

One Shot, Own It, Never Let It Go

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Look, if you had one shot or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

Eminem
Lose Yourself

This rivals the theme from Rocky for getting me pumped up.

The moment you own it you better never let it go, oh
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
Cuz opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo.

Awesome!

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06/23/2009 at 8:28 pm

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Happy New Year

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Yesterday was Summer Solstice, and as the stars have aligned this year, it was also Father’s Day. I like when the stars align…. it’s harmonic convergence that the calendar allows to happen too few times.

My son marked the occasion by giving me (of all things) a watch. A way to mark time. For me, I get a cheap Timex each year, so the gift marks my “New Year” of watch-wearing. It’s an innocent gift, and very practical, and to me, poignant. Giving your old man a watch seems like such a grown-up thing to do, as if time matters more now. For sixteen years, I’ve watched him grow, and the second hands on my watches now feel like they are ticking faster.

Ahh. Time and innocence. It’s remarkable how my son reminds me of me when I was younger. He’s discovering his passions while seeing the world as his oyster. What else can I do as his father but to help him to continue on that journey?

If I could have one Dad superpower, it would be the ability to align the stars for him now and as often as needed to feed his passions. That second hand will tick a finite number of times, the days will get shorter, and pretty soon it will be snowing outside. It’s his passions that will be timeless…and will help him achieve a little harmonic convergence. Yup. Aligning those stars would be my little innocent superpower dad gift of time to him.

Today I’ll drink a toast to innocence and I’ll drink a toast to time… another auld lang syne (with apologies to Dan Fogelberg).

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06/22/2009 at 9:57 pm

Good Seasoning

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Being well-seasoned is a good thing, isn’t it? I think so. Food, music, time of year, or years in a life…seasoning can spice things up, measure our decision-making, sweeten our palette, overcome bitterness, or help us appreciate the bittersweet..

We mark time by the four seasons, season our food, experience winning and losing seasons, choose a seasoned professional for the big project, and so on.  It’s in the seasoning and the seasons where we find the little things–the ingredients, the moments, the details– that are game changers, difference makers, enhancers.

So, today I thought about some of the ingredients in my life, and took a closer look at the details. I’ve been collecting music a long time…and have a lot of it.   I searched my music library using the search term “season”, and what I got was a seasoned mix of artists, genres, history, and lyrical messages:

  • Seasons in the Sun, by The Kingston Trio, and a 1974 version by Terry Jacks.
  • Season of the Witch, by Donovan (1960s).
  • Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season), by Pete Seeger (1962), later by the Byrds (1965).
  • Seasons Change, by Corrine Bailey Rae (2006)
  • Seasons of Whither, by Aerosmith (1974)
  • An album, Music for All Seasons, by the Moravian Trombone Choir of Downey, with songs for each season of the liturgical year
  • Seasons of Love, Soundtrack from Rent (1999)… see below.
  • Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons (1725).
  • The Four Seasons, all their top hits from the early 1960s through 1978 (“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” is an all-time favorite!)
  • Season Song, by Kaisercartel (2008) — this is a catchy tune, didn’t know I had this one, check it out on YouTube here >>

It was fun listening to some of these songs…a few that are very familiar to me and others that I listened to a bit more closely so I could better hear the message in the lyrics and the notes.  I could measure the songs’ significance in my life by how they connect me to a time or place, or people, and also by the breadth of music that is represented in this short playlist.  The collection clued me in to my own seasoning!

Day-to-day, do we measure seasons not only by volume, time, wins/losses, and temperature, but also by what the cast from Rent sings about?  It’s all good.

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06/18/2009 at 6:05 pm