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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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Emily over at Strangechord passes along another one of those "meme" dealies, and again it's a good one about music. She writes:

Musical Magic 8 Ball: Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question. NO CHEATING.
Now that's too tantalizing to pass up. Here we go:

1. How does the world see me?
"The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati" by Rose & the Arrangement. I kid you not.

2. Will I have a happy life?
"Somewhere in America There's a Street Named After My Dad" by Was (Not Was). A lament about being unfairly deprived. Not good. I'm 0-for-2.

3. What do my friends really think of me?
"Just Across the Street" by the Del Rios. O.k., that's nice enough.

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
Aaron Copland, "Old American Songs: At the River." Hmm, maybe somebody at church:

Yes, we'll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

5. How can I make myself happy?
"In the Midnight Hour" by Jackie Wilson. Well, I do get going later than most.

6. What should I do with my life?
"Fearless Heart" by Steve Earle. A tall order, but I love it.

7. Will I ever have children?
"For a Dancer" by Jackson Browne. Sweet.

8. What is some good advice for me?
"The Greatest Love on Earth" by Chicago. Got it.

9. How will I be remembered?
"Move on Up" by Curtis Mayfield. Keep on pushin', baby.

10. What do I think my current theme song is?
"(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go" by Curtis Mayfield.

11. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Putnam County" by Tom Waits.

the radio spittin' out Charlie Rich
sure can sing that sonofabitch
and you weave home, weavin' home
leaving the little joint winking in the
dark warm narcotic American night
beneath a pin cushion sky and it's
home to toast and honey, start up the Ford,
your lunch money's there on the draining board,
toilet's runnin' shake the handle,
telephone's ringin' it's Mrs Randal
where the hell are my goddam sandals

12. What song will play at my funeral?
"Too Busy Thinkin' 'Bout My Baby" by Jimmy Ruffin. That would be a good one. Note to self: Amend will to provide that all music will be up-tempo Motown.

13. What type of men/women do you like?
"Cool, Clear Water" by Bonnie Raitt. Remind me again, what are the water signs?

Great game.

Comments (9)

FWIW, here's mine:

1. How does the world see me?
"Fat," by Joe Henry

2. Will I have a happy life?
"Under Your Charms," by Josh Rouse

3. What do my friends really think of me?
"Glass Onion," the Beatles

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
"A Shot in the Arm," Wilco

5. How can I make myself happy?
"Point Blank," Springsteen

6. What should I do with my life?
"Walt Whitman's Neice," Billy Bragg and Wilco

7. Will I ever have children?
"All Lifestyles," Beastie Boys

8. What is some good advice for me?
"Stay Loose," Belle and Sebastian

9. How will I be remembered?
"Unchained Melody," Peter Sellers

10. What do I think my current theme song is?
"Ghost World," Aimee Mann

11. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
"Race Car Ya-Yas," by Cake

12. What song will play at my funeral?
"Wish You Were Here," Pink Floyd

13. What type of men/women do you like?
"Rollerskate Skinny," the Old 97s


Here's my run. Its worth noting that I really don't have that heady of a music collection, but for some reason the Mingus and the classical kept coming up.

1. How does the world see me?
Girl of my dreams by Charles Mingus. Hmm, I wouldn't have thought so, but whatever works for the world.

2. Will I have a happy life?
Symphony #6 "Tragic" by Mahler. Great.

3. What do my friends really think of me?
I'll Keep it With Mine by Dylan. "I'm loving you not really for what you are but for what you're not."

4. Do people secretly lust after me?
Miss Judy's Farm by the Faces. I'd have to say that�s pretty much a "no." It is odd that this is a song written by Rod Stewart about working on a farm in Alabama, where I'm from.

5. How can I make myself happy?
Unity by Operation Ivy. Me and everyone else, I guess.

6. What should I do with my life?
Boogie Stop Shuffle by Mingus. Sounds good to me.

7. Will I ever have children?
The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello and the Imposters. I�d say that's a yes, specifically a boy, and what a boy it will be:

"In a certain light he looked like Elvis
In a certain way he feels like Jesus
Everyone dreams of him just as they can
But he's only the humble Delivery Man"

8. What is some good advice for me?
Look Back and Laugh by Minor Threat.

9. How will I be remembered?
Fable of Faubus by Mingus. I should certainly hope not. The "Faubus" in the title refers to "Orval E. Faubus... governor of Arkansas who, in 1957, sent out the National Guard to prevent a few black children from entering Little Rock's Central High School."

10. What do I think my current theme song is?
Natural Mystic by Bob Marley. Man, why couldn't this have been the song for #9.

11. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Scherzino from Cavatina by Christopher Parkening. I think that this was the "Deer Hunter" theme.

12. What song will play at my funeral?
Suzanne by Harlan Allen-Mike Lilly Band. Well, I can imagine bluegrass, but I wouldn't have picked this song necessarily, unless, you know, I ever meet anyone named Suzanne, or maybe my name becomes Suzanne. It is a pretty song though.

13. What type of women do you like?
"Chapter 3, Track 13 - Assassination Vacation" by Sarah Vowell. Okay, this doesn't count because its a book on tape, but cute bookish types is definitely apropos.

Weird Beard by Fu Manchu. Pretty much speaks for itself.

If that's the "Suzanne" written by Leonard Cohen, it would be a profound funeral song. "He said, 'All men will be sailors, then, until the sea can free them' / But He Himself was broken long before the sky could open / Forsaken, almost human, He sang beneath your wisdom like a stone."

Unfortunately I think this is a more mundane "Suzanne," basically the singer's just pining for an old girlfriend named Suzanne.

First line: "sang a song on a friday night, drank a little beer, wishin suzanne was here..."

It would definitely be a tear-jerker at any Suzanne's funeral, though.

We won't bore you with the entire results [you know where to find them if you're really interested]. But there was this shocker:

7. Will I ever have children?
"One" by Marvin Hamlisch [from "A Chorus Line" soundtrack].

Oy, vey!

This was fun to do. Here are my highlights:

2. Will I have a happy life? "Sway" by Michael Buble
6. What should I do with my life? "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" by the Beatles. So, it's off to the circus for me!
8. What is some good advice for me? "Take It Easy" by the Eagles
12. What song will play at my funeral? "Do You Hear What I Hear?", a Christmas carol. My preference would be "We're Off to See the Wizard."

mine's up! The only really good one, i mean interesting one, i mean... damn thats funny one, was the last one.

Cancer (July), Scorpio (Nov.), and Pisces (March) are water signs, each of a different quality of water.

Cancer is water cardinal, meaning initiating and changing, the first, the active. So: running water, streams and rivers.

Scorpio is water fixed, meaning still, or self-set, confined, constant. So lakes, ponds, ice, also fetid and putrid water, and in a salt water sense is sometimes interpreted as the ocean.

Pisces is water mutable, meaning changeable, variable, from extreme to extreme oscillation. So, most often is ocean, seas, but in a trilogy of running waters (Cancer) going to ocean water body (Scorpio) evaporating as clouds and precipitation (Pisces) to feed mountain trickles back to running water, there is a cycle around the circle.

The earth signs are the water signs' supplements. Earth, air, and fire signs, (three each), have a similar cardinal-fixed-mutable 'circle story,' each begetting the next.

Cancer 'says' "I feel"
Scorpio says "I want"
Pisces says "I need"
Shows distinctions of emotions within the generalization 'feelings.'


My own two cent construct, for those of the playing card persuasion:
Aries -- Queen Spades
Taurus -- King Diamonds
Gemini -- Jack Clubs
Cancer -- Queen Hearts
Leo -- King Spades
Virgo -- Jack Diamonds

Libra -- Queen Clubs
Scorpio -- King Hearts
Sagittarius -- Jack Spades
Capricorn -- Queen Diamonds
Aquarius -- King Clubs
Pisces -- Jack Hearts

The cards 'speak' to some. Like what's his name, Jackson Brown ? "Don't you draw the Queen of Diamonds boys, she'll beat you if she's able, the Queen of Hearts is always your best friend ..."

Mine are a total hoot, you can find them here.

You know you're in trouble when Pink Floyd's "Young Lust" pops up as an answer to one of those questions...


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