Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Got Myself a New Song

Every once in a while, I discover a new song. And it becomes MY song. These songs are the type of songs that resonate on a level beneath your skin. They swirl around you like electricity and dive through you--you just feel them until they are a part of you--and you say to yourself, "Yeah! That's MY song!"

Here's the song that is currently MY song. I've been jamming out to in my car with the windows down, even at 6:30 a.m. while on the way to work:

Do any of you have a past or current YOU song?


  1. Number Three: Peter Gunn. Another jazz dealio. Makes me want to put on a suit, pop pills, drink martinis by the pool and plan an elaborate con.

    Number Two: Haitian Fight Song. Warning: May prove fatal to people unaccustomed to real jazz. Mingus was a mad f*#king genius, and this song proves it. Don't even start it if you don't have (a.) eight minutes to kill, and (b.) some serious wattage. Made to crank.

    Number One: Creeps For Cushing. Nowhere to be found on YouTube, but it's Jesse Dayton & his band performing as "Captain Clegg and The Night Creatures" for a Rob Zombie flick. Two minutes and thirty-six seconds of mysterious guitar bravado and a fine example of why Dayton is right to call his Telecaster "my Frankencaster". In the smokey purgatory between Surf and Go-Go, this song was made for making an entrance. Not that I do that sort of thing, but I ain't dead yet.

    There are others but I have to stop somewhere.

  2. Hey Arvin, you have some great taste in music! I just listened to all of them. I love jazz, too. It's one of the reasons I really enjoyed the anime Cowboy Bebop. You wouldn't think that a sci-fi bounty hunter series would work with jazz music in the soundtrack, but somehow that made it even better.

  3. Awwwwww, thanks, CJ. I'm glad you enjoyed those. I'm available for weddings, wakes and bachelor, bride, birthday, graduation & Tupperware parties.

    I'm ambivalent about sci-fi and don't know beans about anime, but my mind is always open, and, with a title like Cowboy Bepop (which could easily be my internet alter ego) - how could I resist. Duly noted.

    Though fond of most genres - from headsplitting acid punk to classical, folk, rock, country (excluding Nashville pop, which I despise), world, experimental and all points in between - jazz was definitely an acquired taste, and worth the effort. Moving to Denton County within earshot of KNTU bolstered my appreciation of the genre, although getting used to student DJs mangling the English language was a heavy price to pay. (This was before satellite radio and the internet decimated FM. Were I to hit the power ball lotto, I'd still buy an FM station in a heartbeat. Let's just say my "drive time" programs would not feature morons.)

    Denton Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday evening, and the One O'Clock band is arguably one of the finest big bands on this increasingly wretched planet. There are multiple stages and jazz is always on one of 'em, but it isn't really a festival true to its jazz descriptor. It is, however, free and a lot of fun, especially for those who stake out a spot with a folding chair and can summon the chill. Weather, as usual for this time of year, is iffy.

  4. Aww, man, I'm working Fri, Sat, and Sun, or else I'd be there! Live music is the best! I'm hoping one of these days I'll get a better schedule--maybe the writing will take off (gotta dream!) Yes, yes, check out Cowboy Bebop. Give it until the 5th or 6th episode before you give up on it. It starts out kind of fun and funky but then it gets pretty heavy. Great, great series. I'm not an anime nut, but I've watched a few, and Cowboy Bebop is at the top of my list!