I keep getting tagged for that 6 song meme, and keep putting it off. I think it's supposed to be 6 songs that you've been listening to a lot recently. I usually have a couple of dozen in rotation at any given time, so I have to narrow it down. I'm only going to narrow it down to 7 though, because I don't like the number 6. It looks like a slacker sitting on his ass. If you turn it on its side, it looks like somebody whose just done something stupid and has suffered brain injury, causing them to curl into a foetal position. Either way, I don't like 6. I'm going to choose 7 songs. 7, the tall, rakish number that wears a big hat (and sometimes is tipping the brim politely) and leans against the bar like George Raft. That's a good number.
Also, most of the stuff I listen to is old. This is partly because I almost never buy CDs anymore, which is in turn partly because I've come to dislike the record industry and don't want to give them any money. Also, I don't have that much money to spend, or very much room to keep the stuff I buy. I'm sure I could find a lot of interesting stuff to download, but I don't do that, even though I've got goatloads of space on the new hard drive. Dial-up, you know. I'm too impatient to download big files.
Here are seven songs I've been listening to:
1. Badi Assad - Una Valse e Dois Amores (If you're not familiar with Badi Assad, she's a Brazilian guitarist.)
2. Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five - West End Blues (The epitome of 1920s jazz.)
3. Chris Whitley - Poison Girl (Nostalgie de la bouie!)
4. Mirella Freni - O Mio Babbino Caro (from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.)
5.The Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble - The Songlines (This is the only thing I have by Hohner. It was part of a sampler disk I got from the DMP label when I first bought a CD player. I've always intended to get more of his stuff, but I've never gotten around to it.)
6. Ethel Smith - Tico Tico - (an exception to my rule of not buying more CDs was one of those $9.99 triple sets I came across at K-Mart a few weeks ago. It has about 70 reissues of very old records, including this performance by organist Ethel Smith of her biggest hit. My dad had a couple of Ethel Smith 78s in his collection when I was a kid, and Tico Tico was also one of the songs my aunt and my Cuban uncle used to sing, accompanying themselves on guitars. Nostlagie again, though sans bouie.
7. Jonathan and Darlene Edwards - The Carioca (I have this only on a cassette tape. How backward. I need to get something that will allow me to make a digital version of it. Jonathan and Darlene are actually the comic personae of big band arranger Paul Weston and his wife, singer Jo Stafford. If you've listened to the Dr. Demento Show very much, you've probably heard this. It also appears under the (closing?) credits of The Kentucky Fried Movie.)
Let's see... I'm also supposed to tag 6 (in my case 7, I guess) other LJ users to do the meme. Well, I can't be conventional when it comes to memes, so I'm going to tag people who don't even read my journal.
1. Our step mom, menatrott. Her LJ is bare! Sure, she has plenty of time to post to her real kids in her typepad weblog, but no time for us. Here's her chance to redeem herself. Stop ignoring your step kids, mom!
2. The Hideous penguinboy. The archetypal LJ serial adder has not updated in 37 weeks. Come back, Hideous!
3. So he won't feel left out, the recently active penguin_boy. I don't know if he even knows the other guy exists. I'm sure they aren't the same person, unless it's a case of Multiple Personality Disorder.
4. And while we're on similar names, I'm going to tag flyingblind, who hasn't updated in 68 weeks, and has no public entries. Dude! Get off your ass (you big 6) and post something, or delete your journal so it won't be around for people to mistake for mine!
5. Someone who used to read my journal, but hasn't been around for ages, cerealxadder, the Breakfassst Sssnake. I miss the snake. He appears to have shed his LJ skin, though, so I don't expect him to turn up.
6. There must be at least one representative of the fake celebrity journal contingent on this list, so I tag leejason, the fake Jason Lee.
7 In fact, while I'm at it, I tag the whole must_be_pop community. I've never seen a meme poster tag an entire community before, and if I'm to do something so bold, why not tag the 700-odd (some very odd indeed) members of LJ's largest fake celebrity journal community?
Phew! That should do it for a while. There's so much more I could have said about this stuff, but I've got stuff to do. Stuff, I tell you!