Well, I’m to the R’s in my listening extravaganza. Currently on Pearl Jam’s Rearviewmirror. Great tune. I think their 2nd album is definitely better than the debut. I think I’m the only one in the world who feels that way. Oh well, their loss.
This morning after I got to work I had an interesting run of tunes:
Rainbow Connection (Muppets) > Rainbow in the Dark (Dio) > Rainbow’s Gold (Iron Maiden)
I don’t usually try to guess what ‘s going to come next, so it’s always a surprise (except for some like when Larks’ Tongues in Aspic came on, it was obvious I’d hear the 4 parts in a row). The Dio coming on after the Muppets was startling. And awesome.
In thinking about this crazy thing I’m doing, though, I am excited that I’ll finish it. I know that the S’s and W’s will be bears, but hell, I’m nearly there. As of right now I have (checks) 2270 songs which according to iTunes will take 6.8 days. Hell, I went through the Q’s last night while cleaning the house and getting ready for dinner. In listening to all of these tunes the past weeks, I’ve come to realize that there’s just so much great music out there and so much stuff I like. As much as I slag on music I *don’t* like, there’s so much that I *do* like it just…I dunno, makes me happy or something. And if I had all the music I want to buy on my iPod…I’d have to buy another one.
Don and I were talking the other day, and it was reiterated last night at dinner (Don and Lizzi came over…we had an excellent time) that for me, the “iPod on shuffle” is one of the coolest things EVER. And possibly the greatest invention of my lifetime, at least in my limited world. There’s no way I could have fathomed that idea back when it was only vinyl and cassettes. I love that my entire music collection fits onto a thing that’s the size of a deck of cards…and I can pick any song to hear in a few seconds…AND I can shuffle my entire collection if I want. Sweet. I mean, imagine going back to the mid 60′s and explaining about this. I just think this technology is cool as hell.
On the music front, we’ve posted some ads for percussionists so hopefully that’ll happen. A few entries down I lamented the loss of Shades of Winter. Well, it turns out that they indeed are playing their final scheduled gig at the Carrboro Music Fest in a few weeks. And, coolness, I’m playing bass with them. Their cellist, Elana, will be out on vacation so I offered my services for them for the gig. Since they wanted to honor their commitment and play the gig, they accepted my services. I’ve been practicing the songs for a week or so now and Tuesday night was our first full practice. It was just me, Don and Jenn as Susie’s pretty busy and it’s more important for me to be hooked up with Don and Jenn. Plus Susie’s gonna be at the practice in 2 weeks anyway. We ran through the songs twice and I thought on the 2nd run-through that everything was clicking. It was very weird being there, though. I felt literally like a wall between them. I’m not worried about how we’ll sound at the gig, but I do hope they can salvage their friendship. I think they can.
I have to say, I’m really excited to play bass for a whole gig. It’s been a few years for that. AND I get to play a bunch of good songs. Win!
Awright, it’s time to close since I feel the need to jam to this Afro Cuban All-Stars track. I *love* this album!