Musical Musing as the Spring Weather Leaves

Random thoughts flickering through the brain while listening to my iPod during the work day:

...Why does Stevie Ray Vaughan always sound like his strings are covered with grease when he plays? Besides Hendrix, I can't think of anyone else who plays so loose, so wet, and manages to make every note sound fantastic...

...Sugar is great. Bob Mould's voice emerges from the wall of feedback like a sweet dose of syrupy goodness that never fails to make me think about spring and college. Every time I hear "Gift" or "Your Favorite Thing" from File Under: Easy Listening I give a silent shout-out to Mike Sleap for turning me on to the band...

...For the life of me I can't remember why I have the theme to The A-Team on this thing...

...The jiggling in my stomach after eating too much Italian for lunch with my wife does not leave me with a nice overall feeling. This may no may not be exacerbated by listening to "Trampled Under Foot" by Led Zeppelin. The song by Cannibal Corpse that plays next only makes it worse...

...Every song that plays is reminding me about how bad an idea it was to order stuffed rigatoni for lunch. Hot flashes and stomach rumblings come with accompanied by love songs by Julie Delpy, pop songs by the Beatles, and death metal courtesy of Decapitated. I think I need to take a break...

20 minutes and 2 Pepto-Bismal later...

...A lot of stuff on here I get from Indie Boy Wonder Sean - so much that it often takes months before getting around to listening to it all. So I just dump it in and when a song comes on like "Walk in the Park" by Oh No! Oh My! I decide whether or not to jump in and listen to the album. In this case I do, and I like...

...Out of 12,500 songs I have exactly 1 album by Slipknot. So why do they never fail to show up every time I play a random selection? I don't use the rating system on the iPod, but maybe I should start. I have 13 albums by Frank Zappa on here, and it's a frikkin' holiday when one of his songs comes on...

...Listening to Ride always makes me feel like it's a cloudy, rainy day and I should be at home with a cup of coffee reading a book. Except when the song "Twisterella" is on. That song makes me want to dance. It also always makes me thing of my friends Mike and Steve, who had this interesting exchange while playing me the song for the first time:

"Steve, why do I like this songs so much?"
"Easy. Parallel fourths."

Yes, we really did say things like that (even thought the exchange I learned later was ripped verbatim from Frank Zappa's autobiography. yes, we were also the type to quote from a Zappa autobiography)...

...It seems that most people have a love/hate relationship with Tom Waits. I happen to be firmly entrenched in the "love" camp. Tom Waits is the music of closing bars and fire escapes on late summer nights, with the neon playing off the iron and steel. He's the sound that accompanies the tired and the downtrodden, and he's also the sound of the sly carnie barker, luring you in to see the bearded lady. He's one of the few that can call themselves a poet before a musician and mean it. And finally, he's the sound love in all its many broken and pieced together forms, and I dare anyone not to listen to "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You" and not get choked up. I do every time...