Wednesday Sietes


What would be the worst song to be accidentally played at a kid’s birthday party?

Pretty much any song the amazing Tool

I am reminded by a brilliant comedy by to comedian Dimitri Martin, who said; its great to like kids…just don’t be to specific.  You cay ‘oh I love kids!’… You don’t say ‘I sure love 7 year olds’

What song actually means something completely different from what most people believe it to mean?

Well, the obvious answer is ‘Ever Breath you Take’.  That is not a long about eternal love, it ain’t.  it is a psycho stalker.  Let’s go deeper.  ‘All the Best’ by John Prine.  Extra points also to ‘Too Soon to Tell’ but Todd Snider.  It contains maybe the best lyric ever – I wish I should show you how you hurt me in a way that wouldn’t hurt you, too.

Let’s just stop and enjoy that for a second –

What’s a happy sounding song that is actually sad ?

Everything by 10,000 Maniacs.  Musically, the songs a beautiful and full of joyous melody.  The actual topics, though>  child abuse, suicide… really who whole gamut
What single song lyric never fails to fill you with emotion?

This performance of Footsteps, by Pearl Jam.  You can find many versions, even though it was never technically released commercially.  However, it is THIS version you must here.  Legend has it there is NO official studio version of this song.  Just his single take, done only once, as a band demo.  Put some headphones on, and you were warned!

What song will you always associate with a scene from a movie or tv?

Somebody’s Baby Tonight – Jackson Brown.  Its from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  I highly recommend you google it, but not at work.  I will tell you what, because I care.  I am going to link to the scene here.  DO NOT WATCH THIS AT WORK, you animal.  It’s not my favorite scene, though.  Nor is the Phoebe Cates pool scene.  I think m favorite scene is when the guy wants a refund on his shitty breakfast.  “Listen, Mr. If you don’t shut up, I am going to kick 100% of your ass”

 What’s a happy sounding song that is actually sad ?

About the Weather.  Beautiful, joyful music.  The lyrics, though… well it’s just terribly depressing.  It is important to note here that this band is from Buffalo, NY.

By the way, I have seen them a couple of times (once opening for the Dead, believe it or not).  I kinda expected her to be dour and preachy… about all the injustices of society.  You know… like how I just assume Sting is at a dinner party.  However, they were awesome and happy and fun.  Natalie actually got into a pie fight on stage during her set.  I was SO impressed.

What single song lyric never fails to fill you with emotion?

Born to Run.  My lord how I love that song.  i think it may be the best rock song ever written.  It is a masterpiece.  For most bands, there is an album, or a body of work to represent them.  Like, I am crazy for Pearl Jam… but I can’t point to a singular song.  Nor could I with Bob Dylan.  With Springsteen, though.. that song has it ALL.  I am not even much of a Springsteen guy.  Big fan of him as a person, but I don’t think I own a single album.

On that note, my mother in law got me the new Springsteen autobiography  It is really, really well written.  I can tell you there was no ghost writer here, and all auto=biographies are ‘ghost written’.  Know how that works?  A writer sits with the musician over months and plies him with questions and memories and anecdotes.   That is how pretty much every autobiography is done.  This one, though, is purely the voice of the Boss.

 Now, since I know you know this song (you fucking better know this song)… dig this alternate version.  Solo acoustic.  Powerful.  Man, I sure gush a LOT about Springsteen for a guy who has no albums.

*** was that 6 questions?   7?  I don’t know.  I feel bad, I am kinda a week late.



Friday Fives – holiday edition

1.  What is your favorite holiday food?

biscuits and gravy.  It’s a tradition we have, the wifey makes it on Christmas morning.  Allow me to ‘splain.  I had NEVER had biscuits and gravy growing up.   Not once.  Never heard of it, so I wasn’t missing it.

Then, my girlfriends (now wife, of course) mom made some when we were staying there.  It was miserably cold and snowy out, and odds are it was miserable and snowy inside, too. There was no heat, and the fire hadn’t been started yet.  Being from Phoenix, I didn’t have a lot of mountain stock in me… yet.

Anyhow, it was the best thing I had ever had.  Then, a few years later, the wifey and I were visiting Washington DC.  Our pal took us to Tim Horton’s and told us to make sure we ordered the biscuits and gravy.  Well, that sealed it.  That shit is my favorite food on earth.  However, because it is wicked unhealthy… I only have it about once or twice a year.

2. Do you have a favorite holiday movie or television show?

a Christmas Story.  It’s an absolute storytelling masterpiece.  I own two copies, and always watch the TBS marathon as well.  What about Christmas Vacation?  I think it is over-rated and phoned in.  I love the original, and the European one… but the Christmas one is a big stinking turd.

3. Do you have a favorite holiday song?

yes, River, by Joni Mitchell.  The next would be ‘happy christmas’ from John Lennon.  So simple, so beautiful.
4. What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Festivus- the every other annual Christmas eve party we host.   That is for the Colorado side of things.  On the Arizona side of things, we jam the whole big ass family (wives, hubbies… everything but kids) into a limo and go out to a real nice dinner together.  It is a pretty new tradition, but it is a tradition I treasure the most.

5.  Who would win in a fight, Snow White’s 7 dwarfs vs. Santa’s 9 Reindeer?

well, since the reindeer posses supernatural powers I am going with team Reindeer.  I mean, are you with me, here?  The reindeer have Santa, who is on god’s team.  God will super kick your ass if you f with him.  Go ahead, check the first testament.  Before Jesus showed up to give everyone a hug and a speech in the second new testament… god was out there fucking people’s shit up.  That is why I love the first testament god, he is a bad ass!

Friday Fives

What’s your favorite holiday album?

Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas.  Here, have a sample, you know this music.

Also need to make a special acknowledgement of Elvis’ Christmas Albums.  They are awesome!  They are completely phoned in.  Elvis doesn’t even bother articulating lyrics.  He just sings via guttural gesticulations.

What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?

River by Joni Mitchell

What song’s lyrics, title, or theme best expresses the not-so-positive aspects of your general mood at this time of year?

River by Joni Mitchell

What’s your favorite song about a non-December holiday?

Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie

What holiday song makes you want to cover your ears and flee?

Paul McCartney’s ‘Simply having a wonderful Christmas Time’.  The reason is because the are NO LYRICS.  There is no VERSE or CHORUS.  There is no intro, bridge, or outtro.  He just says that goddamn fucking sentence over and over and over again for four minutes until I stick pencils into my bleeding ears.  Then I have to go to the hospital, again.  That does not make for a simply wonderful Christmas.  Especially when, in the Urgent Care waiting room, they play that song.  What I then do is staple my eye lids down.  This usually causes me to finally black out, and all is well again.  Is that what you wanted, Paul?  Did David Caruso put you up to this?  I will have you all killed!