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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Auditory Memory

Last Wednesday I missed a benefit where these guys played. They're my favorite musicians--John Munson, Matt Wilson and Dan Wilson. I missed it because I am here, and it was in Minneapolis, and it was the middle of the week. When I was in the exuberance of my youth, and they were young things too, they played in a band called Trip Shakespeare. Auditory memory is incredibly powerful. Hearing any one of their voices brings me back to being younger. And I like it. I think of them as peers who went their way while I went mine. And I didn't pay much attention, because I was busy living my life. When newspaper articles came out about the Dixie Chicks CD, DW's name was there as a song co-writer, and I went back and scraped together all the CDs I'd missed. JM and DW did OK in Semisonic (which I'd never heard of, although I do remember hearing Closing Time and thinking someone has stolen their sound). And this backtracking pulled in Mike Doughty, who has become a favorite as well and is produced by DW. So, in the end, I wish I had taken off work. I wish I had been there. And I wish I would have heard those old Trip Shakespeare tunes they played, and melted back into the freer younger woman I was.

I've been thinking lately if I could pull together elements of different people, what I would like. So far, I'd take Angelina Jolie's looks and Mike Doughty's incredible talent for pulling disparate words together and writing kick-ass lyrics.

9 Comments:

Blogger amusing said...

In the 1970s, I lived in Hawaii and listened to Cecilio & Kapono. More than 30 years later I had a craving and got their CD. I knew every song on it. The words, the music, the harmonies. I was back on the beach.

In college, I listened to Pousette Dart. A guy who had a crush on me used to play Yaicha (sp?) and put my name in attempting to get me to swoon. Decades later I got that cd and I was back on the green, in the sunshine, heading up to Dartmouth for the weekend to see our guy friends.

Auditory memory...indeed.

12:02 AM  
Blogger bobealia said...

Yesterday I listened to a "songs you can sing to" radio station in the car and sang every word to every song at the top of my lungs. It was wonderful. My husband didn't sing, so I said, "Why aren't you singing?" (He normally would.) "I don't know the words" he said. I continued to belt them out.
Too bad you couldn't go. Woulda been great to sing at the top of your lungs.

9:22 AM  
Blogger meno said...

In the grocery store last week, some young thing had a Supertramp song as her cell phone ring.

Took me right back to Freshman year of college. Music is so evocative.

8:39 PM  
Blogger bruce said...

There is certainly somthing to be said about kick-ass lyrics, and who wouldn't complain about having Angelina's looks, of course, I'm partial to looking like a cross between Brad Pitt with the lyrical powers of Sting and David Grey. Oh, and I can fly like Superman!

Did I read your profile right, you're in Mad-city? I grew up not far from there!

Thanks for your insights on my newest works...

9:14 PM  
Blogger Popeye said...

Right now, I've been spinnin' The Weepies, David Wilcox, Fidelio (opera), Andrew Bird and, as always, Ani DiFranco. . .

7:43 AM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

Anything I listened to in college...when that comes on the radio, I sing like a fool, with chair-dancing and everything.

Mike Doughty's "Looking at the World (from the Bottom of a Well) was playing at Ruby Tuesday's last night when we were having dinner out. I mouthed the entire song lyrics while the hubby and kids read the menu. Have you ever read Mike's book of poetry/prose, "Slanky"? It rawks!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

Angelina Jolie? Huh. She never really did it for me---although she does have a great figure.

That music sounds interesting---it's nice to have something like that to consider "special" to you.

1:33 PM  
Blogger butwearesmall said...

Hello Lucia! Thanks for dropping my site. It's so exciting to start again. Fresh new page.

Anyway, I'm loving your site and will deffinately be back. Bo always knows the greatest people out there.

You know what always brings me back? L7 and Lush. I love them. I always will. I don't have any of their songs now though. How sad is that? I need to learn how to download!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Amusing: How wonderful to have auditory memory that brings you back to the beach!

Bobealia: Oh, yeah, it woulda been great to sing at the top o' my lungs. Glad you had the opp to do that!

Meno: Who'd a thunk young things even knew about Supertramp?

Bruce: Really? Flying like Superman? Yep, I'm in Mad City.

Popeye: Oh, yeah, Ani. I think she's coming to Mad City soon.

Mona: Slanky's on my Amazon order that I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for. "I feel like I am looking at the world from the bottom of a well." (I sang that, just to make me happy.)

Susan: Could be Angelina. Could be Julia. I'd be happy either way.

Small: Learn to download that music. Today!

8:14 PM  

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