Friday, December 21

Love Machine

Tonight my family and I went to Islands for my niece's birthday. Her pick. At one point, while was sitting next to my bro, I made a list of CDs I need to borrow from him. I was recently horrified to find that I had no Led Zepplin or Who on my iPod. I need to correct that ASAP.

I may have mentioned this before, but one of the great disasters of my life arrived when my bro and I were no longer living under the same roof and had to split up a pretty spectacular record collection. CDs came out when I was in high school (maybe collage?) so we still had mostly vinyl. At the time, I was obsessed with Springsteen, REM, U2 and The Replacements (solid choices that I stand by to this day). Meanwhile, my bro was WAY into LA punk. Years later I went to a LA punk retrospective and pretty much saw my brother's old bedroom hanging on the walls of that gallery. I called to tell him about it a learned he had sold most of his punk records to help finance his spiffy new CD collection. That's probably the great disaster in his life.

I'm still recovering from the break up of our combined record collection. There are tons of CDs I don't have because I figure my bro has them. There are also lots of things I think I have on CD but actually have on vinyl somewhere around here which isn't terribly helpful nowadays. (BTW, I've kept most of my vinyl because it was such a big part of my life. The good, the bad and the ugly... it's all there in that record collection.) Bro is an admitted snob when it comes to music. He likes new stuff but he is especially likes discovering classic jems. For instance, tonight he told me he had finally acquired some incredibly rare Neil Young album that his neighbor got from some Russian website. Apparently Mr. Young hates that album so much that he's refused to re-release it for decades. Anyway, that's the sort of stuff he's into. He's introduced me to some good stuff. For instance, I'd have never considered The Flying Burrito Brothers but he insisted that I listen to them and he was right, I like them.

In the end I sent bro an email requesting some Who (somebody has my Who's Next CD and I need it back, pronto!), Zepplin (appalling inability to "get the Led out" made me demand some), Black Sabbath (I need Ironman!) and Bowie (how is it possible that I don't have Ziggy Stardust?!). We're getting old and can't be trusted to remember such lists thus the email. It may have been the first time I was pleased to have a Blackberry handy.

Later, when I got home, I saw Shandon's fun post. I tend to enjoy posts that involve the shuffle feature on my iPod, so here goes:

If someone says, "Is this OK?" you say:
C'est la Moindre des Choses - Edith Piaf

What would best describe your personality?
Butterfly - Corrine Bailey Rae

What do you like in a guy/girl?
Living in the City - Stevie Wonder

How do you feel today?
Moody's Mood for Love - Amy Winehouse

What is your life's purpose?
Have You Met Miss Jones? - Art Tatum

What is your motto?
Me and My Guitar - Freddie King

What do your friends think of you?
Me & Mr. Jones - Amy Winehouse

What do you think of your parents?
Levon - Elton John

What do you think about very often?
Takin' It To the Streets - The Doobie Brothers

What do you think of your best friend?
Reelin' In the Years - Steely Dan

What do you think of the person you like?
American Pie - Don McLean
What is your life story?
Round and Round - Bob Schneider

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Magic - Colbie Caillat
What do you think when you see the person you like?
Cabaret - Liza Minnelli

What do your parents think of you?
Untitled 1 - Keane

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Carrion - Fiona Apple

What will they play at your funeral?
Gentle Wind with Rain - Darwin Chambers

What is your hobby/interest?
Summer Nights - Olivia Newton John & John Travolta from Grease

What is your biggest secret?
Track 09 - ?

What do you think of your friends?
What I did for Love - Priscilla Lopez from A Chorus Line

What should you post this as?
Love Machine - Smokey Robinson

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