TUNE ME UP
I’m not a big buyer of stuff. Quite the contrary. I already have way more stuff than I really need. I have little interest in the things many women seem to enjoy buying and obsessing over. Many years I wear only four pairs of shoes (all-weather mocs, boots, sneakers, sandals). I have been known to wear my favorite clothes until all of the color has been washed out of them and the holes are too big to hide. At that point I sleep in them until they disintegrate entirely.
I used to buy a lot of books, but lately I favor the public library. Truth is, I usually read books only once, after which they occupy space in my house indefinitely. And we have so, so many books already. Including the kids’ rooms, we have eight large bookcases packed to overflowing with books. Books occupy an entire wall of our living room. And that’s not even counting all the books my husband has stashed in the basement, which is too scary for me to go look at.
Music, though, that’s another matter. Unlike books, I can enjoy a CD over and over and over again. I mostly listen to music while alone in my car. If the kids are with me I keep it down so they can talk to me. I don’t listen to music much in the house for the same reason I take my laptop to coffee shops to write. If I’m at home I feel obligated to be doing something else. I often have the blues channel playing in the late evening while I read, but I’m not really listening. I sometimes play discs on my computer at work, but again, it is only background music.
In my car I turn it up, sing along, tap the steering wheel to the beat. I feel the lightning guitar riffs in my gut, and cue the song back to hear it again. Louder.
Today’s new discs:
Check the first two for some hair-singeing electric blues. Both Montoya and Trout played guitar in the Bluesbreakers and that heritage can be heard in their styles. And they both move their fingers faster than ought to be humanly possible. Of course, deals with the devil are de rigueur in the blues, so…
B.B. plays duets with a whole pack of pals, including Bonnie Raitt, Tracy Chapman, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and Heavy D. Who the hell is Heavy D? I don’t know, but it works for me.
In other music news, my kiddos had the opportunity to record CD’s of themselves playing piano. I will post their tunes later if I can figure out how.
Ok, here’s Coco Montoya playing some devil music, followed by Little Bit’s rendition of Ode To Joy, and Tigger playing Night of the Tarantella. We at Transvestite Rabbit seek always to entertain.