Sunday, May 06, 2012

Music soothes the savage breast or makes the heart beat faster, faster. Take me home tonight....

And, no, I don't listen to that Eddie Money tune by choice, it just gets a lot of airplay on some local radio stations.

I was discussing something else entirely in an e-mail, yesterday, but the ADD thing...

Spring is here, the grass is riz, I wonder where the flowers is. I'm trying, today, to turn my "master bedroom" (a sheetrocked but not taped, sanded or painted 320 sq.ft. space) into a workshop so's I can get some friggin' work done on the rest of the house. Of course my ADD kicked in about 20 minutes into the process and I spent an hour going through cassette tapes with great music op them, most of which I've never heard before as it's on albums I never listened to back in the day. Mary Chapin Carpenter is on the box, to be followed by Pat Metheny; Ray Charles; It's A Beautiful Day's "Choice Quality Stuff/Anytime (the one with the R.Crumb cover art); "Half-Nelson", a bunch of duets by the "Redheaded stranger" hisself and various friends; the soundtrack to "Peter's Friends"--great soundtrack--which features Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, fresh from their "Bertie Wooster" roles on BBC; the soundtrack from "Rainman", for one tune, "Beyond the Blue Horizon", a la, Lou Christie--of course, "Iko, Iko" and some other great tunes are on there and "Rhythm, Counrty & Blues" with duets like "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", featuring Vince Gill and Gladys Knight--"How Time Slips Away" with Al Green and Lyle Lovett and "Patches" done by George Jones and B.B. King.

See what I mean about the ADD thing.
I buy a lot of cassette tapes and CD's at the local thrift stores for anything from .25 to $3.00--I just found out that I have three copies of Mary Chapin Carpenter's "Come on, come on"--and have picked up some great stuff, everything from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Warren Zevon. Almost all of the media is in good shape and there are lots of songs I've never heard of on the ta[es and CD's.
There are some unintended consequences of building one's library via "The Salvation Army".  One of them is that I've picked up several different cassettes by groups like the Rolling Stones and, later, discovered that they had pretty much the same 4-6 hits and another 6-8 throwaways.  After listening to the "Re-Mastered" Stones collection (three or four cassettes) I realized two things. The first was that Jagger and company made a LOT of music; the second was that a LOT of it was BAD. Oh, well, it's nice to know that even St. Mick can fuck up!
I avoid "Original soundtracks", as they were not, imo, interesting in  the case of about 100% of those that I've listened to. Soundtracks with other people's music? THAT, is a whole difurnt thang. I've got stuff from the "Commitments" (and another compilation of the same tunes done by the original artists), "Peter's Friends", "Naked in New York", "The Big Lebowski" and some others that kill. One tape I had and which I lost is the soundtrack from "The King Of Comedy"--there is a lot of great music on that one.

One of these days I'll get all of this music converted to digital files on my Ion Tape to PC deck, for now, just gwine enjoy them.  


Kevin Wood said...

One can never have too much Mary Chapin Carpenter. Or Ray Charles. Or Warren Zevon.
Damn, you taste in music is very much like mine I suspect.

democommie said...

Hi, Kevin:

Thanks for stopping by.

Well, I like 10cc, Horselips, Iggy Pop, The Call, Zappa, Andrew Bird and quite a few others as well. I'm sure that in 20 or 30 years I'll be likin' a lot of the music that's popular with the youngsters now. Well, maybe not.

Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Democommie,
I came across your site from Dog Gone's blog.

I have to say that I have not heard many speak of Iggy Pop and Zappa in a while....well except "The Brain Police" blog by Microdot.

I am saving your link to my favorite for future reference.

democommie said...

Engineer of Knowledge:

Sorry for the delay in posting your comment to the thread. I've been busy and, frankly, I don't get a lot of activity on this blog. I block out the assholes, unless they bring something valid--something that rarely happens--and the people who agree with me don't need to comment, so most of them don't.

Drop by any time.

Engineer of Knowledge said...

Hello Democommie,
Not a problem and I hope to visit often and read your postings.

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