Saturday, April 21, 2007

Blog Tag: The Musical

Okay, this is one of those blog tag thingies that the kids are always going on about. The way it works is, you list seven songs that you are into right now, no matter WHAT they might be, along with a brief description or snide comment. And then, when you're done, you tag seven other people to find out what they're listening to. If you do, then something good will happen to you. If you don't, then an adorable little kitten will inexplicably die.

My good friend Kimmy, who is originally from Georgia and is the only person I've ever met who actually eats grits on a regular basis, tagged me in her blog Deep Thoughts with Kimmy. And now, I shall return the favor by inflicting you with unwanted personal information and then saddling you with the task of doing the same. From the top! A one! A two!

1. Was It Something I Said? - Amy Crenshaw and the Crosstown Boys
Every once in a while, I get in a rockabilly mood and this is one of my favorites. Amy's got a brilliant voice (someone once said she sounds like the love child of Patsy Cline and Jerry Lee Lewis), and guitarist Alan Wooley (originally from Killbilly) tears up the instrumental ride in the middle.

2. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
I was a huge Floyd fan in college, partly because I really liked the music and partly because I thought it made me dark and interesting. I'd forgotten just how much I love this song (especially David Gilmour's guitar solo on the outro) until I stumbled across it on 92.5 the other day. I've since dusted off my CDs for The Wall and added them to my musical rotation.

3. Sin Wagon - Dixie Chicks
I'll admit I didn't start listening to the Dixie Chicks until Natalie Maines blasted Dubya in her London concert and all their whiny hillbilly fans started buying their CDs so they could burn them, which ironically drove their sales up even higher. I'm not an unabashed fan of all their work, but I really do dig this song. And we Texans who despise Bush really need to stick together...

4. Haunted/When the Minutes Drag - Love and Rockets
I am not now, nor have I ever been, goth. My soul is neither dark nor wonderous, and I never really cared for Peter Murphy or his Bauhaus oeuvre. But for some reason, I really dig Love and Rockets. I'm a huge fan of this song, but I find it really difficult to sing along with it without eventually launching into the Schoolhouse Rock Unpack Your Adjectives song...

5. Rhapsody in Blue - George Gershwin
This has always been one of my favorites (a holdover from my band geek days, no doubt), but I can't listen to it during my daily commute because my drive time is so short these days. Not that I'm complaining... Anyway, it's a cool song with a cool history: Gershwin just happened to stumble across a publicity piece in the newspaper announcing an upcoming concert, featuring a brand new composition from him. He didn't have a composition ready, so he threw this one together in less than a month. The other instruments were scored, but Gerswhin improvised most of the piano part on the night of the concert, nodding to let the conductor know when it was time to come in. Gershwin was a bad ass.

6. Diamond Light Boogie - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
These guys are probably best known for their swing music (Zoot Suit Riot), but they're actually pretty eclectic, playing swing, ska, punk, rock, and even a little twangy country. This song, like so many others of theirs, pretty much defies classification. Let the 21st century roll!

7. Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Stephanie and I smooched to this song in front of the Bellagio Fountains in Vegas, so now it is officially our song. This is the first relationship I've ever been in where we've had "a song," so I'm pretty excited that we ended up with one so cool. Instead of, say, The Nights the Lights Went Out in Georgia.

Okay, that's my seven. Now whom shall I tag? How about...

SJ (yeah, Kimmy already tagged her, but I knew her first so I'm going to tag her too)
Mr. Schprock

Okay, kids. Get to sharing!


Kimmy753 said...

Hugs to you Christopher St. John!!!!

Farrago said...

Okay. You hit me at an inopportune time, but I'm back. And I've responded to your stupid little meme. ;)