Friday, October 25, 2013

Daily Cute 10-25-13

Allie told me a funny story. Clementine and her were out in the garage yesterday, organizing our overflow. Clementine was mainly helping by taking stuff from the garage into the kitchen, for her fairies to use, or by sitting on the treadmill, thumbing through food magazines and commenting on how yummy all the food looked. Suddenly she heard a noise, "What dat noise??" Allie hadn't noticed and asked her to describe it. "It sound like Papa's toothbrush." I think it was probably the ice machine.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Daily Cute 10-24-13 - Bargain Shopper

The other night Clementine and I were playing on the bed. She had previously dug into Allie's coupon folder and stuffed her little fairy purse full of coupons. She brought the purse on the bed and started pouring it out, saying, "Here's a coupon for you. Here's a coupon for you." I asked her what the coupon was for, she looked on the wrong side and saw a cropped photo of a drink and said, "a straw." She started tossing more and more coupons, "here's an interes'ing coupon for you." She picked up and considered each coupon in turn, judged them as "inters'ing" (incidentally, this was the first time I had heard her use the word interesting) and handed them off to me. I asked her what we do with coupons and she said, "Take 'em to the store and buy food!"

Clementine also spent time picking up coupons and telling me they were for "scientific research" a reference to the "rain" fairy movie she likes to watch, in which a little girl keeps papers and drawing for studying nature. Cleme had so much fun playing with the coupons that we almost had to tear her away to go to bed.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Daily Cute 10-07-13

Allie told me a good story last week. I think this happened last Tuesday or so. Allie and Clementine were coming home from an outing and Cleme busted out a new word, "I have a parents." You have parents? Who are your parents? "I have a parents. His name is Papa!"

Music 10-07-13

Ever since my days as a lonely teenager, before the internet made it all so much easier, I've loved to research and hunt out music, comics, movies, books. I would learn about new artists by reading every article and review I could find and following every incidental fact and reference like they were a my own private treasure map. One of the pleasures of this sort of search is coming across the various connections and coincidences that can create common ground between different bands (or movies or whatever else). For instance, when I was living in Spain without much to do except listen to music, do homework, shoot the shit with my roommates, and listen to music, I found a used copy of the out of print and obscure Billy Nichols album Would You Believe.

I had never heard of it, but a sticker on the front assured me it was a lost Pet Sounds (which was and is my favorite album, natch) plus it also had a green and yellow cover. I bought and loved the thing and later found out the backing band on the album was Small Faces, another band I had recently gotten into.

I've been obsessing over the various online garage sales my favorite record label, Sundazed has been having. On a hunch, I purchased the album Western Union, by a band I had never heard of the "Five Americans. The album was produced by an old rockabilly guy Dale Hawkins.

I f*cking love that song "Western Union." I play it all the time and when it comes on try and get Clementine to dance with me. The whole album is superb, full of originals plus a few choice covers. It's fairly bubblegum, but has a garage rock edge, interesting arrangements, and rad vocals. One of the band members played organ, which you don't hear enough in '60s pop outside of the Doors.

Simultaneously, while my order was getting shipped to me, I raided the dollar CD section of one of my favorite local stores. I bought Chronicle 1  by Creedence Clearwater Revival, featuring their early hit "Suzie Q" written by the same Dale Hawkins. Both albums also featured excellent covers of "I Put a Spell on You" by Screaming Jay Hawkins (no relation to Dale), one of my all time favorite songs.

I was once interviewed about our comic book store (it was never published) and asked my top favorite songs. Limiting myself to one song from each artists, I came up with 1. Surf's Up by the Beach Boys, 2. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright by Bob Dylan, 3. Transmission by Joy Division and 4. I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay.

The Sundazed garage sale is still going on. I just ordered two more Five Americans albums, plus Solomon Burke, Davie Allan & the Arrows, and the Gestures. It's amazing and thrilling how rich our musical culture is. I am not one of those curmudgeons that think modern music stinks, but we certainly do have a wealth of great rock and pop music from the '50s on, much of which it's impossible to top.