Monday, June 13, 2005

Guten Morgan!

Wow! This morning I put the iPod on shuffle (which I rarely do, now that I have a sufficient collection of music and a computer at home) for the ride into work this morning and it was as if there was some tiny, mind-reading gremlin inside of it and it read my thoughts and made charts and graphs and Excel models to determine exactly which song would be right for the moment. But you have to be careful if you are a mind reading gremlin because your first instinct is to play the obvious tunes. For instance, when it decided that a Richard Buckner song was due, did it play something off Dents and Shells, one of the most brilliant albums ever recorded? No, no, no. That would be too easy. It played "Lovin Her Was Easier," the Kris Kristofferson cover. I also got Dinosaur Jr's cover of "Show Me the Way," which gives you your fix for early 90's grunge and Frampton at the same time. Pure genius. Don't think it stopped there. Oh no. This one was gold: Appleseed Cast followed up by Whiskeytown?! Simply stunning. It's like those trail-mix packages that, at first are sweet and crunchy but then, as if by some confectioner's mad-plot to satiate hungry hikers, has a kick of saltiness at the same time! The only thing that would make it better would be a pristine view of the Appalachians and a rucksack. What's that? Is that Hella? It is! It's better than the mountains. It's better than the Brandenburg Gate at sunrise. It's glorious. Good morning, Monday.


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