I know I have posted this pic before, but it seems so appropriate that I feel it's worth sharing again.
It frightens me how much the current financial 'crisis' seems to mirror my own emotional state.No,that's not exactly true. I don't understand the financial crisis any better than I understand my own emotional state, which is to say: not very much.
All I know is that I'm having quite a bit of very strong feelings, good and bad, lately and it's a bit difficult to sort out. A few years ago, my kneejerk reaction to any uncomfortable feelings would be to get drunk for a month or two until everything got better, which never really worked out...anyway, that option is off the table. I still put honey in my oatmeal and I still put music in my heart so I don't think I'm having a 'crisis', just a mild and cyclical recession.
The country , on the other hand, I think is fucked.
Luckily for me, I have a weekly radio show where I can use music as a sort of two-hour stream -of-consciousness plea for help.
THE NEW BREAKFAST SNOB, 10/04/2008
Pete Seeger-Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
Push on! Anyone who knows this song ( old folks, mostly) knows what I'm talkin' about.
Black Sabbath w/ M.L.King & D.D.Eisenhower-War Pigs
Last night I downloaded audio of two speeches: Martin Luther King's "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam" and Dwight Eisenhowers1960 farewell, ak.a. the "Military- Industrial Complex Speech" .
I culled a couple of choice snippets from each one and strategically inserted these soundbites into Black Sabbath's classic "War Pigs". Then I played the resulting mix on the radio.
I'm a pretty lucky guy when I think about it. Not many people get to do that.
Velvet Underground- Train Round the Bend
I mean, right?
Warren Zevon- Roll With the Punches
It's sorta out of my control at this point.
James Brown- I'm A Greedy Man
The Frames- Giving It All Away
Led Zeppelin -Over the Hills and Far Away
Does this song have a happy ending? Does anything?
Savoy Brown- Take it Easy
What's the hurry? The world won't end tonight, so tell me what's the worry?
Neil Young -Revolution Blues
Neil Angry Young Man from 1974, he's a barrel of laughs with his carbine on.
Run DMC- Take The Money and Run
Run DMC rappin' the old Steve Miller robbery tune. I'm not even trying to be subtle by this point.
Carrie Rodgriguez- The Big Mistake
Which one? There are so many.
Yes- Long Distance Runaround
Directly before this song I read a public service ad from the Va. Dept. of Transportation giving info on how to obtain maps and travel info. Just what I needed-more irony.
Angelfish- The End
Wow. This song is kinda sad.
Cursive- Am I Not Yours?
Wow. This song is kinda angry and sad.
Eleni Mandell- He Thinks He's In Love
Wow. This song is kinda neurotic and sad.
Garbage- Cup of Coffee
Wow. This song is sorta psychotic and sad.
Joan as Policewoman- Eternal Flame
Now I get it.
Osibisa- Music for Gong Gong
Time for upbeat horns and syncopated percussion, no angst at all. It's like the crackers at a wine tasting.
Patti Smith- Free Money
I do love Patti.
Bruce Cockburn- Waiting for a Miracle
So is it:
A) Good things come to he who waits?
B) He who hesitates is lost?
Hope to hear from ya soon! Unless it's already too late.
XTC- Miniature Sun
I'm not the same now.
Nina Hagen- Russian Reggae
What the heck is a "Soviet Union"?
Emily Autumn- Dead is the New Alive
"Obsession with death becomes your life"...well, gosh. At least it's got interesting guitars.
Suicidal Tendencies- Depression and Anguish
Dude. I mean, really. Don't you have any happy songs?
Lou Reed- What's Good
Dude.That's not what I meant.
Ben Harper- Steal My Kisses
Well, it's easy to dance to.
Blue Oyster Cult- Career of Evil
Actually, that was a pretty therapeutic show. I feel better, anyway. I hope you enjoyed it.