just to be clear and open, music is a soulful, historied, irrational thing for me. i’m not exactly a “purist” about any of it, whatever that means. i try to give the people what they want…or, at least let them enjoy whatever freakishly horrible mass-media taste they feel the need to express as long as they aren’t around me. as a captive be-vehicled listener, i have no criteria for the range of tunes i cruise to, other than i need to like them. in the end most of my rather large collection is rockin’, bluesy, sentimental, moody, sexy and/or staring-out-the-window-at-the-american-landscape dreamy…all subject to opinion, of course.
so i dj’ed in the car this weekend, as the solo passenger, with a driver whose musical tastes are as varied as mine and whose ears can tolerate “my music” way better than i can tolerate music outside my pretentious, picky little world. i actually brought cds, not an ipod. well, i did have an ipod, but got lost handling liner notes the way i love to do. (anachronism – lovely word.)
i may take the role a little too seriously, but i have so much freakin’ fun doing it when i’m allowed. i was a college radio dj and music manager in northeast mississippi (WMUW 88.5) back when we still played vinyl records along with only a single row of cds in a tiny crate. (it were new-fangled technolology, and played on faincy cd players that barely worked…cd players that were later stolen by my freshman advisor who then disappeared forever into a fog of radio slacker breath and intrigue.) i went through LOTS o’ music phases (and would like to know, at what point does a succession of “phases” become a credible definition of taste?). one thing i learned is that “punk rock” means myriad things to myriad people…me? i can’t include Green Day or the Offspring (excuse me a second…vomit…back of throat…(guhlp)…shiver) and can’t exclude patsy cline or death metal.
and with this post, i establish my official and final definition of punk rock: n. pure fucking rebellion.
and in honor of all punk rockers and rebellions before me: i give you my blues-heavy, mountain roadtrip musical showcase, Thanksgiving 2011:
- The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
- Come Dancing- The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986 (give that a listen using your “today” ears…timeless and oh so relevant)
- Mark Knopfler – Sailing to Philadelphia (one of the best solo projects i’ve ever heard from the classic rock world)
- Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly
- Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Trouble is (remember he was 21 when he released this record and as young as 17 as he wrote it)
- Girls – Broken Dreams Club
- Patsy Cline – Love Songs
- KISS – Destroyer…scored on saturday for 5 bucks at a Super Walmart in a Luray, VA! (that’s LOU–Raey for those of you unfamiliar with southern english. the “ray” is actually pronounced as two syllables in a grammar part i can only identify as lying somewhere between a hiatus and a diphthong.)
- Dinosaur Jr – Without a Sound (who i will see on the Weezer Cruise in january…plus all kinds of j. mascis solo glory…teeHEEEE. so excited)
- Roger Miller – King of the Road
- Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
eclectic. also a lovely word. comments please? all jabs, jeers, cheers and how’bouts accepted.
I had a potpourri mix like that Including Patsy Cline (Crazy), Anthran (Caught in a Mosh), Diana Ross (Upside Down), and Johnny Cash (Walk the Line). Have you been to the Luray caves?
i went on this latest trip actually. we had planned to skydive the blue ridge but the dropzone was closed for the holiday weekend. so the caverns were a fun substitute. i want to go back to the garden maze when it’s snowy and close to dusk or dark. i want my Shining moment. the movie, not the book (nor a glorious stage entrance). that topiary would really mess me up. Johnny Cash always works…i have the willie & johnny storytellers record. love it. thank you for the like & comment. and i think we’d be alright stuck in a car together 🙂 .
you were right near me! I get the idea we’d mesh musically.
musically meshing may be the most fun two people can have, though some would argue. hit me up if you wander near the metro area 🙂