I seemed to have stalled out on the index of my book collection (although I do intend to get back to it), but I thought I'd try something similar with my Ipod. Pick a letter, go through the songs, see which ones I want to keep, which ones I want to let go, which ones make me wonder what the hell was I thinking?
All right, random letter generator says "P".
Here we go:
"The Painter" by I'm From Barcelona. Not to sound like what music critic Steve Almond calls a "drooling fanatic" but I freaking love I'm From Barcelona. I don't even know how to describe their sound. It's like a rock and roll glee club, in that there's about 50 members in the band and the music always makes you feel good. I realize that that description does not do justice to their unique, fun music. Wow, we're on out first song and I already realize Elvis Costello was right "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."
"Pantry" by Lyle Lovett. This was one of Amazon's free weekly downloads. Not one of Lovett's best, but interesting, where a guy leaving town is concerned that his girl might have something cooking while he's gone:
Don’t cheat on me with cornbread,
Don’t cheat on me with beans
And don’t cheat on me with bacon, cooked up with collard greens
Don’t cheat on me with biscuits with jelly sweet and blue
Keep it in that place where
you know you will be true
Keep it in your pantry
"Paper Planes" by I'm From Barcelona. Okay, I'm a drooling fanatic, as I like this song even better than "The Painter." (And no, I'm From Barcelona doesn't just do songs that start with P) (And they're not from Barcelona or anywhere in Spain, the band name is a nod to the classic Britcom "Fawlty Towers". They're actually from Jönköping, Sweden.)
"Paradise" by The Blue Ridge Rangers (John Fogerty) This is a remake of a John Prine song, and I would advise anyone thinking about remaking a John Prine song to reconsider since you're never going to come close to sounding as good as the original. The lone exception to this rule? John Fogerty.
"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" by Meat Loaf. A novel (with baseball commentary from Hall-of-Famer Phil Rizzuto) as we follow a couple from first passionate gropings to ultimate disillusionment.
"Paradise City" by Guns and Roses. You've all heard this one. I have nothing to say about this song, but I am wondering if I'm the last guy in the world to realize that "Axl Rose" is an anagram of "oral sex."
"Party on the Everglades" by Jim's Big Ego. I ordered Jim's Big Ego's CD "They're Everywhere" only because immortal comic book artist Carmine Infantino did the cover artwork (Jim (he of the ego) is Carmine's nephew) and there was a song about the silver-age Flash Barry Allen on it. Turned out to be a nice surprise as this is a great CD.
"Party Pit" by The Hold Steady. Here's what I like about the Hold Steady -- Great, intelligent lyrics, and lead singer Craig Finn does not look, act, move or sing like a rock star (more like a CPA.) The only thing I don't like? their melodies are nowhere near as good as their lyrics.
"The Pass" by Rush.Yeah, I know even some Rush fans don't remember this one, but it's probably my favorite of theirs. (And I'm a big Rush fan, even though I think Ayn Rand was a selfish moron.)
This song helped me get through a difficult break-up in 1990, and I will always be grateful to Geddy and the guys.
Okay, that's all for now. I hear a Guiness calling my name. I'll be back soon. No, really.