Friday, May 15, 2009

A Brief Respite Friday Random Ten

I took nearly a week off of blogging inadvertently for various reasons-- work, school (two tests in three days) and dealing with the repercussions of my car getting wrecked a couple of weeks ago. Things are better now. I've got an insurance-company supplied loaner-- a PT Cruiser!-- and a settlement brewing. I've still got some pain in my left side-- the other car, an SUV, struck square on my door-- but it's subsiding. In the meantime, I'm planning out my three week break before summer school-- I'm going to take another crack at cleaning our crowded basement. Wish me luck.

1. Corrina, Corrina- Bob Dylan
2. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)- Randy Newman
3. It's a Shame- The Spinners
4. Being Watched- The Uptown Rulers
5. Gimme Dat Ding- The Pipkins
6. I'm Still Standing- Elton John
7. Humdrum- Peter Gabriel
8. You're All Invited To A Party- World Party
9. A Little Is Enough- Pete Townsend
10. Not Fade Away- Buddy Holly

1. An early folky Dylan song
2. Randy Newman doesn't like religion, I think.
3. An early hit for these guys.
4. Don't look for this terrific central Illinois ska group on Itunes-- my old friend Dan and I digitized the songs from their two ep's some years back. This one's from their first ep, "12", Twelve!"
5. Some likeable seventies silliness.
6. One of my favorite Elton John songs-- an early eighties song telling the world that he wasn't done yet.
7. From Peter Gabriel's first post-Genesis solo album.
8. Waterboys alumnus Karl Wallinger is, pretty much "World Party." His first album, "Private Revolution" was one of my favorites of the eighties. This one is from the early '90's, and is, to the best of my knowledge, the only song in existence to mention both my hometown Chicago and Hanoi, Vietnam.
9. From Empty Glass, which I like nearly as much as any Who album.
10. Buddy Holly's music still sounds fresh and exciting to me these days.


Distributorcap said...

plan a nice three weeks -- and take me! LOL i can sure use a vacation

hope you are feeling better

Erik Donald France said...

Car wrecks sure are scary. Mend soon, I hope, and salud!

(I rented a PT cruiser on the way to my eldest sister's third marriage. It was quite a trip. I'm still fond of the Neon, too.)

Churlita said...

I'm glad you get some time off.

I love Buddy Holly too. I think we'll always wonder what he could have done given more time.

Johnny Yen said...

I am feeling better, thanks! No vacation until August!

It was. My son and I talked about it all-- I had my eye on the road, but he was watching the guy roll the stop sign and accelerate into us. He'll be learning to drive over the next year-- hope he took a lesson from it. I know I did.

Holly had moved to New York with his latina bride-- that was frowned upon in 1950's Texas. He was living in Greenwich Village. Can you imagine what would have happened if he was part of the scene that spawned Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Jose Feliciano, Peter, Paul and Mary and many others? The mind boggles with possibilities we'll never know.