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RIP Me: Songs My Wife And Other Loved Ones Should Listen To After I Die, Part 1 of X

I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, discount viagra mind “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, for sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.
Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, discount viagra mind “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, for sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.
Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis buy cialis “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, viagra sales medical what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven
, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, discount viagra mind “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, for sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.
Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis buy cialis “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, viagra sales medical what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven
, The Watson Twins.


Oy.  I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun, viagra buy sildenafil an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection, generic cialis viagra and a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, pilule “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but in the meanwhile, check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, originally from the 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s a joy to watch musicians who clearly love performing.


And really, you gotta love the mandolin, right??

Great cover.  Here’s another,

Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.  The harmonica is a cool and unexpected counterpoint to the Twins’ ethereal vocal harmonies.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, discount viagra mind “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, for sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.
Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis buy cialis “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, viagra sales medical what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven
, The Watson Twins.


Oy.  I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun, viagra buy sildenafil an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection, generic cialis viagra and a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, pilule “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but in the meanwhile, check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, originally from the 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s a joy to watch musicians who clearly love performing.


And really, you gotta love the mandolin, right??

Great cover.  Here’s another,

Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.  The harmonica is a cool and unexpected counterpoint to the Twins’ ethereal vocal harmonies.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis sale prescription “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, cialis sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, cialis I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, originally from the 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, discount viagra mind “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, for sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.
Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis buy cialis “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, viagra sales medical what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven
, The Watson Twins.


Oy.  I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun, viagra buy sildenafil an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection, generic cialis viagra and a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, pilule “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but in the meanwhile, check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, originally from the 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s a joy to watch musicians who clearly love performing.


And really, you gotta love the mandolin, right??

Great cover.  Here’s another,

Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.  The harmonica is a cool and unexpected counterpoint to the Twins’ ethereal vocal harmonies.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis sale prescription “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, cialis sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, cialis I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, originally from the 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.



I was recently on a panel of music experts to discuss the proliferation of music blogs and their use of copyrighted materials, best viagra ask and at one point a douchebag record label lawyer-for-hire, without any sense of irony, proceeded to lecture the panel about the integrity of music and its creators…like Britney Spears. While I perfectly acknowledge Britney’s right to breathe, I have serious objections to the inclusion of Britney Spears in any sentence containing the words, “integrity”, “music”, and “creator”. The douchebag then asked the panel, “How many of you have a music blog?” Every hand but mine proudly went up. Ohhh woe is me – what kind of a music expert am I?!? I’m obviously nothing but a pretender. When asked why I had such a gaping hole in my life, I simply said,

“Hmmm…I love music and I like to write, so why the hell not?!?”

Now, of course, this was an entirely imaginary, albeit elaborate conversation in the skewed corners of my mind that, perhaps in retrospect, borders a little too closely on delusion. Nonetheless, I do love many forms of music and generally don’t find writing to be a completely debilitating activity, so indeed, why the hell not?!? What harm could it possibly do? At worst, I’ll just join the growing ranks of blogs that started with much fanfare (frequent posts and a smattering of obligatory comments from family/friends/other much more popular bloggers returning the favor mostly out of pity) only to die a slow, painful death (infrequent posts and self-submitted comments pretending to be fans). As Cracker once put it, the world needs another music blog like I need a hole in my head – or, uhm, something like that. But music matters, and I want to share the music that I love; sometimes I wish I could even force people to love it – is that so wrong???

I should mention that I am a recovering music snob; I don’t and can’t conceal it entirely, but I do promise to keep it to a minimum because in the end nobody likes snobs. I really don’t want to be a snob – really. I’m working on it. I’ll get better. So I appreciate, in advance, your understanding and patience.

Britney Spears is an affront to music.
Oops, I did it a-gain.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, discount viagra mind “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, for sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.
Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis buy cialis “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, viagra sales medical what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, from their 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven
, The Watson Twins.


Oy.  I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun, viagra buy sildenafil an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection, generic cialis viagra and a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, pilule “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but in the meanwhile, check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, originally from the 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s a joy to watch musicians who clearly love performing.


And really, you gotta love the mandolin, right??

Great cover.  Here’s another,

Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.  The harmonica is a cool and unexpected counterpoint to the Twins’ ethereal vocal harmonies.


I have a stack of new records and CDs begging to be spun. I have an unimaginable number of hours ahead of me before I can begin to even think about tagging my digital collection. I also have a long list of mixes to make for Amanda who’s growing impatient. Oh what was it she said to me recently…oh yeah, cialis sale prescription “Where the hell are my mixes?!? Don’t hit that pedestrian! And seriously, cialis sale what’s up with Jung’s Collective Unconscious and why does he think he can get away with conflating the biological subconscious with the psychic unconscious – who does he think he is??”

Ok, cialis I may have embellished a little. I think she actually said, “Honey, how’s it going on the mixes?”. Whatever, same diff.

So…anyway, I’ve been on an 80s kick for the past few months. It’s actually rather embarrassing to discover how little I actually knew about bands from the 80s. Thank goodness it’s never too late to discover and rediscover great music. I’m still immersed in it and don’t want to write about it yet, but I do want you to check out this video of Damion Suomi and David Fountain covering The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven”, originally from the 1987 album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. It’s infectious to watch musicians who clearly enjoy performing.


You gotta love the mandolin.

I love that cover, but I also LOVE the Watson Twin’s version too.

Just Like Heaven, The Watson Twins.



I was recently on a panel of music experts to discuss the proliferation of music blogs and their use of copyrighted materials, best viagra ask and at one point a douchebag record label lawyer-for-hire, without any sense of irony, proceeded to lecture the panel about the integrity of music and its creators…like Britney Spears. While I perfectly acknowledge Britney’s right to breathe, I have serious objections to the inclusion of Britney Spears in any sentence containing the words, “integrity”, “music”, and “creator”. The douchebag then asked the panel, “How many of you have a music blog?” Every hand but mine proudly went up. Ohhh woe is me – what kind of a music expert am I?!? I’m obviously nothing but a pretender. When asked why I had such a gaping hole in my life, I simply said,

“Hmmm…I love music and I like to write, so why the hell not?!?”

Now, of course, this was an entirely imaginary, albeit elaborate conversation in the skewed corners of my mind that, perhaps in retrospect, borders a little too closely on delusion. Nonetheless, I do love many forms of music and generally don’t find writing to be a completely debilitating activity, so indeed, why the hell not?!? What harm could it possibly do? At worst, I’ll just join the growing ranks of blogs that started with much fanfare (frequent posts and a smattering of obligatory comments from family/friends/other much more popular bloggers returning the favor mostly out of pity) only to die a slow, painful death (infrequent posts and self-submitted comments pretending to be fans). As Cracker once put it, the world needs another music blog like I need a hole in my head – or, uhm, something like that. But music matters, and I want to share the music that I love; sometimes I wish I could even force people to love it – is that so wrong???

I should mention that I am a recovering music snob; I don’t and can’t conceal it entirely, but I do promise to keep it to a minimum because in the end nobody likes snobs. I really don’t want to be a snob – really. I’m working on it. I’ll get better. So I appreciate, in advance, your understanding and patience.

Britney Spears is an affront to music.
Oops, I did it a-gain.


[Photo can be found here]

Do I want my loved ones to listen to happy, cialis sales and joyful songs to fight off deep sadness?? Hell, no! I want them to listen to somber, soul-achingly depressing songs. But…they’re all beautifully somber, soul-achingly depressing songs. To that end, I made a mix for Amanda (and others) to be played about a month after my death, which I hope is many years in the future – of course, I probably just cursed myself to an early death. Lyrically, they’re not all about death, but each one of them evokes just that right something. They should be played late at night, lights off, sitting in front of a window with a view of the skyline or on a porch under a star-filled sky, drink in hand, contemplative mind, grateful heart.

I don’t know about you, but I find it immensely comforting to listen to melancholic songs so it’s no surprise that many of these songs have been featured on multiple mixes over the past 20 years. They’re an indelible part of me that will live on.

So in the coming months and years I’ll highlight a random selection from this ever-growing mix.

Don’t Look Back, John Lee Hooker with Van Morrison (from The Best of Friends – Buy Here). It’s John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison – what more could I possibly say? There’s something wondrous about Hooker’s world-weary baritone voice as it hovers above the melody carved out by soulful electric guitar riffs and delicate Hammond B-3 lines. And then Van Morrison drops by and kicks up the soulful factor by a few notches in a way that only Van Morrison can (one of these days, I’ll have to take on the daunting task of finally writing down what Van Morrison’s music has meant in my life.)

Seriously, listen to the song in the proper setting (as described earlier) – you’ll thank me for it.

Posted in Mixes.