Friday, November 30, 2007

End of November Friday Random Ten

Can it really be December tomorrow?

When Adam was little, someone, one of his grandparents, I think, told him that time would go faster and faster as he got older. He didn't understand it then, but as he's gotten older, he has started seeing it. I can't believe we're looking at Christmas-- Kim's family's annual party, gifts, a visit to my parents-- and the end of the year.

The good thing, I guess is that the new year coming is an election year and a chance to turn out this pack of bastards.

1. Been Down So Long- The Doors
2. X Offender- Blondie
3. Sweet Hitchhiker- Creedence Clearwater Revival
4. Animal Boy- The Ramones
5. 48 Hours- The Clash
6. Never Said- Liz Phair
7. No Matter What- Badfinger
8. Purple Rain- Prince
9. Hanky Panky- Tommy James and the Shondells
10. Corrina, Corrina- Bob Dylan


Notes:
1. From the great LA Woman album.
2. A lesser-known Blondie song, but a great one. From the fabulous No Thanks! collection of '70's punk.
3. "Creedence? I love Creedence!"
4. Ramonesmania should be in everyone's cd collection.
5. From the British version of the Clash's first album.
6. My favorite Liz Phair song.
7. Badfinger was the first group that the Beatles signed to Apple Records.
8. Kim grew up in Chaska, Prince's hometown, and used to see him in the grocery store.
9. I'm embarassed to say that I'm old enough to have heard this on the radio when it was a hit. That was 1967, I think.
10. A lovely little Dylan song, from when he was a folkie. I'm eager to see I'm Not There, the weird little Dylan biopic.

7 comments:

Natalie said...

I'm Not There should be very interesting. Time certainyl does move faster as you get older. Is it because each year is a smaller fraction of your life or because we are so engrossed in the daily must do tasks that we don't have time to relax?

Monica said...

I love that your random 10s tend to include deep cuts and also hits. i fully intend to see i'm not there.

Bubs said...

Wonderful tunes. That Badfinger song had some wonderful handclaps in it as I recall. And that Dylan movie does sound like a weird hoot, doesn't it?

Distributorcap said...

tommy james and the shondells --- on my --- i also used to hear them on the AM RADIO!

the other hit was Mony Mony

man i am old

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love that Blondie song!

So true about the acceleration of time. Why, I believe I am still eating brandy fruitcake from last year!

Tenacious S said...

It takes me half the year to put away last year's things and then the other half preparing again. I find time to be both cruel and the best gift ever. All I want this year is a little more time.

Johnny Yen said...

Natalie-
I think that's a big part of it-- at 46, a year is only 1/46th of my life. When Adam was 5, a year was 1/5 of his life, and now it's 1/13th.

When I was still a teacher, I had trouble with some units, remembering if I'd taught that unit already, or if I was remembering the previous year's group.

Monica-
Thanks! I have a lot of albums on my ipod, so sometimes non-hits come up, which is nice.

Bubs-
Yes, it did, didn't it, during the chorus! Thanks for the reminder.

I loved Badfinger-- Pete Ham's slide guitar was great. One of their hits, "Come and Get It," was penned by Paul McCartney.

Funny thing-- I got your message from Vegas as I was typing this.

Distributorcap-
Tommy James had a handful of hits, with and without the Shondells. "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and "Dragging the Line" were a couple of others.

Barbara-
Don't you know that you're not supposed to actually eat fruitcakes? You're supposed to save them to give to someone else next year!

I love that one, but my favorite Blondie song is "Rip Her To Shreds."

TenS-
Doesn't it drive you nuts when people complain about being bored or having nothing to do? I never have enough time, and it's only getting worse as I get older. I want more time with my loved ones, more time to read, more time to do schoolwork, more time to take walks, more time to go bicycling, more time to see live music, more time to go enjoy art and museums-- the list is endless. It also drives me nuts when I read about people who retire and complain that they are bored. My list of things to do when I retire, if that ever happens, is lengthy.