Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's not Bertrand Russell, but what do you want?

my very own lime tree

I work the nightshift. Four nights a week, every week, since May of this year. I'm part Travis Bickle, part Bodhisattva. I see the worst and quite often the best this city has to offer about 350 times a night. And I listen to a lot of classic rock.
Things I've learned from listening to classic rock in a room full of constantly changing people:
  • Everybody loves CCR. It's totally foolproof.
  • Joni Mitchell, not so much, surprisingly.
  • If you're desperate to hear the words "Turn it up, man!", lay a little Back in Black on a brother.
  • AC/DC, reportedly, has a better song than "Who Made Who".
  • That song might be "You Shook Me All Night Long".
  • Sometimes Jonathan Richman does sound like Neil Diamond.
  • "Coney Island Baby" from the album of the same name just might be Lou Reed's best song ever.
  • When AC/DC gets overplayed, reach for the Nazareth (but avoid the ballads).
  • People like the Band almost as unanimously as they like CCR.
  • If you turn off Led Zeppelin's "Ramble On" and turn on Jay-Z's new album, you will get your ass beat.
  • Even the toughest thug (of a certain age) will soften a little for the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love".

mp3: "Sunset to Dawn" by the Sadies

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