Friday, April 11, 2008

The "Will Spring Ever Get Here" Friday Random Ten

The weather sucked yesterday-- cold, rainy. This weekend it's supposed to be even worse-- snow. At least there's the promise of decent weather next week.

The semester is winding down, and I'm looking at summer school. The next chemistry class in the progression, which I'll need to take Organic Chemistry, is not being offered at the city college near my home, but is being offered at one farther away. On the other hand, Biochemistry is. I've got a decision to make. In the meantime, here's my Friday Random Ten.

1. Black Jesus- Everlast
2. One Chord Wonders- The Adverts
3. Political Science- Randy Newman
4. Amos Moses- Jerry Reed
5. Queen Elvis- Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians
6. Green, Green Grass of Home- Joan Baez
7. Rainy Night in Georgia- Brooke Benton
8. Let Me Roll It- Paul McCartney and Wings
9. The Scorpion Departs (and Never Returns)- Phil Ochs
10. You Are Everything- Marvin Gaye

1. This was one of the first songs I ever downloaded.
2. From the No Thanks! collection of '70's punk.
3. A ferociously funny Randy Newman song, from before he was doing Disney soundtracks.
4. Jerry Reed was a respected country artist before he started appearing in Smokey and the Bandit movies.
5. My late friend Mark turned me on to Robyn Hitchcock, bless his heart.
6. From David's Album, Joan Baez' country album. Jerry Reed was one of the session musicians who appeared on it.
7. I thought for years that this was a Ray Charles song!
8. This song is assumed to be an answer song to "How Do You Sleep?", John Lennon's vicious swipe at McCartney. Ever the gentleman, Paul is much gentler in his ribbing at Lennon.
9. A haunting song about the 1968 loss of the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine the U.S.S. Scorpion. In the great 1999 book Blind Man's Bluff, authors Sherry Sontag and Christopher Drew pointed to evidence that a flaw in one of the torpedoes may have doomed the Scorpion.
10. I love me some Marvin Gaye!


Beth said...

And I've been whining about three weekends of rain. Snow? Although it's dropping to the forties here next week ...

I just found out that Robyn Hitchcock is ordained for weddings. Leaves me wanting an engagement. Can you imagine those vows?

Cheer34 said... chemistry or biochemistry....what a decision...I think my biggest decision for the summer is lite beer or regular...glad to know someone is doing something constructive this summer..

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Isn't that odd, Randy Newman is so firmly ingrained as a Disneyman in my psyche that I can't even imagine him doing real songs.

Biochemistry was the bane of my existence in university, but I am sure you are much smarter than I.

Some Guy said...

In high school gym class we had a section on ballroom and line dancing and Amos Moses was one of the songs that we line danced to. I'd forgotten about it until I read your post.

Distributorcap said...

phil ochs --- a name not many people would know today

Dale said...

Let Me Roll It is such a great song, I didn't know what was behind it though. I always like Jerry Reed's easy sound too.

Bubs said...

Isn't Political Science the one with the line "let's drop the big one, and see what happens"? I love that! What is Joan Baez' version of "Green Green Grass" like? I've always found that she has a way of over-singing songs to my taste. It's almost like her voice is too pretty for some songs, like her version of "Banks of the Ohio"

Erek said...

"Scorpion" is a great song - Ochs said he wrote it with the idea that the submarine didn't sink, but rather, the crew refused to return.