Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Love on a Farmboy's Wages
Today I turned off the television. My children were not pleased. The poor dears had to read or color or clean their rooms. It is downright shameful the way I treat them. Shameful.
Our quiet living room was also confused. Where was the noise? The perpetual sound? It wanted, no it needed, music. How else is one to hang up loads and loads of laundry? But we're not talking just any music. We're talking vinyl. LPs. Records.
You see last week my husband found a steal of a deal at a garage sale ... a record player, with built in speakers! Now we have something on which to listen to our collection. For the past 15 years we've been hauling records from place to place to place. Yes. Records. And you know what? I love them. I love the pop and click that comes with vinyl. I love picking up the needle, sliding it over the record and gently releasing it onto the spinning surface. This action is much more satisfying than the simple push of a button. It reminds me of my brief days as a college DJ, setting a record in place and cueing up a song. And, perhaps, I am stuck in the eighties. Our collection includes David Bowie, The Psychedelic Furs, Elton John and The Sugar Cubes. Currently I'm listening to Crowded House and I just finished The Jazz Butcher.
The thing that cracks me up is my son, at twelve, also loves eighties music. He's downloaded the likes of The Clash, The Kinks, Jane's Addiction and Men at Work to his ipod.
There is a meme cavorting around Facebook that has you put your music selection on shuffle and then answer a series of questions. I thought it would be fun to do this with both my music collection and my son's collection. Strangely I found songs on my computer I didn't even know I had. Anyway - here goes ... my answers are in pink, my son's in blue.
1.) If someone says “are you okay” you say?
When I Come Around - Green Day
I Miss You - Blink 182
2.) How would you describe yourself?
Photograph - Weezer
All that I Want - the Weepies
3.) What do you like in a guy/girl?
Just Because - Jane’s Addiction
Sailor - Hem
4.) How do you feel today?
A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
New Soul - Yael Naim
5.) What is your life's purpose?
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
Rose and Hips - Keren Ann
6.) What's your motto?
I Miss You - Blink 182
Beethoven’s Bagatelle in A Minor - Alfred Brendel
7.) What do your friends think of you?
Bad - U2
The City and the Traveler - Hem
8.) What do your parents think of you?
With or Without You - U2
Heart of the Matter - Moon Mountain Ramblers
9.) What do you think about very often?
Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
Veterinary Rhythm and Blues - Jonathan Hoffman
10.) What is your biggest turn-on?
When the Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys
Wake Me Up - Norah Jones
11.) What do you think of your best friend?
Pigs in Zen - Jane’s Addiction
Drifting - Four Non Blondes
12.) What is your life story?
Close to Me - The Cure
Fly Me to the Moon - Jazzamor
13.) What do you want to be when you grow up?
Fluorescent Adolescent - Arctic Monkeys
All that I’m Good For - Hem
14.) What do you think when you see the person you like?
Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
Baba O’Riley - The Who
15.) What will you dance to at your wedding?
Down with the Sickness - Disturbed
Cha Cha Cha 57 - The Tao of Groove
16.) What will they play at your funeral?
Yellow - Cold Play
My Lady Blue - Eric Serra
17.) What is your hobby/interest??
Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
The Cruise of the Dolphin Tribe - Eric Serra
18.) What is your biggest fear??
I Stand Corrected - Vampire Weekend.
The Simple Story - Jane Birkin Feat and Feist
19.) What is your biggest secret?
Santa Bring my Baby Back to Me - Elvis Presley
On Your Porch - The Format
20.) What do you want right now?
Love on a Farmboy’s Wages - XTC
Lazyhead and Sleepybones - They Might Be Giants
21.) What is your obsession?
Sweetest Thing - U2
Funky Picante - Marc Antoine
22.) What will your child's first words be?
A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
Happiness Runs - Donovan
23.) What do you say when you look in the mirror?
I Fought the Law - The Clash
North (World) - Peter Kater
24.) What is your opinion of sex?
Unless it Kicks - Okkervil River
Crying Shame - Jack Johnson
25.) What will you post this as?
Apeman - The Kinks
Espuma Bossa (acoustic mix) - Panaphonic Feat