Let’s keep the momentum of both the gym and the writing going! I’m really getting back into a musical groove–at the end of each year, I like to put together a mix CD of some of my favorite songs released in the year. I’ve got a title for this year’s collection (not ready for announcement yet), and I know of at least eight songs that will be going on the album, but I still have some listening and deciding to do. However, that will not be an excuse to not exercise and move the alphabetical journey forward. I’d like to get to ‘F’ before Christmas.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
3.28 miles on the elliptical machine at the gym
- Easy’s Getting Harder Every Day–Iris DeMent
- Eat Cannibals–Toto Coelo
- Eat for Two–10,000 Maniacs
- Eat for Two [live]–10,000 Maniacs
- Ebay–Weird Al Yankovic
- Ebony & Ivory [live]–Paul McCartney
- Ebony & Ivory–Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
- Echoes–Set Your Goals
- Echos Myron–Guided by Voices
- Eclipse–Pink Floyd
- The Ecstasy of Gold–Metallica
- Eddie–Rocky Horror Picture Show cast
- Edelweiss–Sound of Music cast
- Edelweiss [reprise]–Sound of Music cast
- Edelweiss Waltz–Sound of Music cast
- Eden–10,000 Maniacs
It’s ironic that I got three 10,000 Maniacs songs today because that band gave me my first taste of today’s leadoff artist, Iris DeMent. One of 10,000 Maniacs CD singles (I believe the one for “Few & Far Between”) had an unplugged cover of DeMent’s “Let The Mystery Be” by 10,000 Maniacs and David Byrne. Now at the time, the Talking Heads were my favorite band and the Maniacs were not that far behind, so I was already predisposed to like the song, and sure enough, it is a favorite to this day. The lyrics and the melding of Byrne and Merchant make it one of my favorite covers ever. Now, my love of the song did not spur me to go out and purchase any of Iris DeMent’s catalogue–my wife is the fan. But hearing her distinctive voice and gospel-tinged music has made me a fan as well, and right now, “Easy’s Getting Harder Every Day” seems like an appropriate theme song for my life.
After “Eat Cannibals”, a quintessential 80’s tune, I got to hear studio and live versions of 10,000 Maniacs song that also served as a sort-of theme for my life at one point. Both my wife and I are fans of the group, so when she was pregnant with our twins, I would play this song and sing along, only substituting “three” for “two” whenever the chorus came up–I know, I know; an early example of the quality humor you’ve grown (or groan) to expect from reading this column. The third 10,000 Maniacs song closed my list today, and it was the pseudo-title track from “Our Time in Eden”, which was a great album from them, one that unfortunately turned out to be the Merchant version of the band’s last.
I think everyone should just take a minute and reflect on how successful “Weird Al” Yankovic has been at his niche within the music industry and for how long. 30+ years of parodying the sound and style of so many pop artists, and what’s amazing is how good a job he does getting down the sound and style of each artist (for those that haven’t heard it, “Ebay” is a parody of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys). I am typing this while watching the 12.12.12 concert, and I honestly believe Al deserved a set on this night more than some of the artists that did play.
One artist that is going to play tonight (and close the show, I think) is Paul McCartney, and I got two versions of “Ebony & Ivory”, one from his 1989 concert tour. Now I love Paul McCartney–I saw him in concert twice in college–but I think he should not sing the song live with another white guy taking Wonder’s part. I think it just defeats the purpose of the song. Another participant tonight, Roger Walters, showed up with his Pink Floyd mates for “Eclipse”, although first I got to hear one of my son’s bands, Set Your Goals, and a little Guided by Voices as well.
After some live Metallica, I got a song my daughter loves (a Rocky Horror Picture Show number) and a trio of songs my mother loves (anything from her favorite film, The Sound of Music). Luckily, neither of these two songs would have ever made appropriate theme songs for any period of my life, as I never was a rebellious biker or living in a Nazi-occupied land.