Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Rambling On

“You wait for a gem in an endless sea of blah.”
Lawrence Grossman, Canadian politician

I am going to continue on about my feelings. Blah and pensive would be accurate to describe my mood. This is just stream of consciousness babble. I am flipping through a book that just arrived “The Ways We Touch” by Miller Williams. I bet you’re saying he’s the father of Lucinda Williams and a University professor of English and foreign languages at the University of Arkansas, and you’d be right.

I am listening to the Barenaked Ladies CD titled “Disc One 1991-2001” and I am reading the liner notes from Steve Earle’s “Washington Square Serenade” CD. I guess somewhere I must be a romantic because I think it’s great that Earle is so crazy about his wife Allison Moorer (sister of Shelby Lynn), whose CD “Mockingbird” sounds pretty good. Once my mood swings toward energetic I look forward to playing the New Barbarians CD “Buried Alive, Live in Maryland.” You know who the New Barbarians are/were Ron Wood, Keith Richards, Stanley Clarke, Ian McLagan, Bobby Keys and Ziggaboo Modeliste.

I am about to head toward the living room to place the sound reducing headphones on, plug into my iPod, and read “LA Outlaw” by T. Jefferson Parker while wife watches “Dancing with the Stars” in the family room. I suspect I will listen to Moorer’s CD once I place her songs into the iPod.

I listen to NPR for the top stories and then turn it off to listen to music. In my car CD player are: in slot one the Grateful Dead; slot two is Ray Davies CDs, “Working Man’s Café;” slot 3 is a compilation of Ray Davies songs I put together. Slot 4 is the new one from Holly Cole titled “Holly Cole.” Did you know she is related to Tom Waits? A cousin of some sort. Slot 5 is Shelby Lynn's new one. I don't remember what is in the 6th spot and if you find yourself losing sleep over that fact, leave a message and I will get back to you.

My apologies for not really making all the blog stops at many of my favorite sites, but I am either too busy or too tired there is no in between.

If you haven't seen the Tracy Ullman "State of the Union," which takes a satirical look at daily life in the United States on Showtime, I'd recommend skipping it. It's to close to home and I found it depressing that we are so screwed up.

A cryptic public shout out to a friend who is on his way to being recognized as the talent he surely is. Maybe Toner Mishap will get an early preview, eventually.


b2's wife said...

May I recommend one of my favorite bands- Bowling for Soup

Jaret claims in the liner notes of "A Hangover You Don't Deserve" that it is "the happiest collection of songs ever put on the same CD," but The Great Burrito Extortion Case is just as good.

The music is great, the lyrics are funny and they are a sure cure for the blahs.

The Misanthrope said...

Hi b2's wife, the CD "A Hangover You Don't Deserve" is now enroute to me based on your recommendation and the fact it said enhanced, explict lyrics.

Jack said...

I rather enjoyed this post, you kind of meandered like I do. ;)

Brian said...

Miller was also on my thesis committee when I did my MFA at Arkansas, and the reason I went there in the first place. Hell of a nice guy.

The Misanthrope said...

Hey Jack, thank you. I'd be less than honest if I didn't admit to being somewhat influenced by some of your posts.

Hi Brian, that is so cool. I have two of his books: new to my collection is "The Ways We Touch," which I love. and "Making a Poem,"which explains his art to writing poetry. I think I will feature his poem that makes me want to get a dog. Thank goodness wife does not read the blog.

Jack said...

My posts aren't anything special, just the ramblings of a demented mind. ;)