Back in Salt Lake City

10 September 2012

I am listening to Suede by Suede. A TRAX train goes by and the scenery at the Gateway remains the same. Another TRAX train goes by in the opposite direction of the first. I assume the original train realised there would be no passengers aboard and just gave up. I hear you train. Sometimes, you just give up before you get too far.

Yet, with its persistent failures and disappointments life sometimes presents one with pleasantries:

-In Little America, WY, while eating indigestion-causing sandwiches, GF and I spot a “true” cowboy. He walks in wearing a cowboy hat, denim shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots. He walks to the bar, sits down and says, “I’ll have a large Coke to go.” I nearly fainted with the sudden infusion of seemingly-unforced Americana.

-In Fort Collins, CO, GF and I wake one morning to find two children staring at us. Soon their mom, my friend Elizabeth, falls on the air mattress and hugs me.

-GF and I order a “dynamite lunch” at Suehiro in Fort Collins. The dynamite turns out to be a sushi casserole dish. Delightful. We eat the lunch with friends.

-I have lunch with a former professor who I now consider a colleague and friend. Yet, I am still in awe of her. Probably always will be.

-GF and I decided to leave Fort Collins early, book a Days Inn room in Rawlins, WY and eat food from Burger King while watching Monster In Law. The front desk clerk is called Yaya and all of her fingernails are painted a different color.

-On the drive back to Salt Lake City, GF accepts my musical selection of No Doubt’s Return of Saturn. I just love to bathe in my old musical bathwater. (Forced? Who cares?)

Headphones case

6 September 2011

Good after 10 PM (Eastern) loves and lovers and loyalists.

Music in headphones. Sometimes the only way to go. But not earbuds. (Like my canals need more pals.) Headphones. The kind that make you look like a real radio disc jockey.

Tonight’s obsession is The Hold Steady. I only own Separation Sunday and Heaven is Whenever, but the solid rock electric guitar is golden with the talk-sing vocals and lyrical storytelling.

When I feel the need to take the headphones experience up a notch I choose to put in post-Transmissions from The Satellite Heart Flaming Lips (especially The Embryonic).

With the need to send the songs directly to my brain, I ordered Scott Walker’s first four solo albums. My new music goal is to listen to his entire solo career in chronological order. I realize I need a method. So, I will listen to each album until is know every bit by heart. Until I hear the rhythms in my sleep. Only then will I move on.

Other albums worth listening to entirely via headphones:

  • The Antlers – Hospice
  • Any Arcade Fire album
  • Bjork – Homogenic
  • Any The Books album
  • Brian Eno – Another Green World
  • Cathy Foy – We Build it Tall
  • Centro-Matic – All The Falsest Hearts Can Try
  • DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…
  • Erykah Badu – Baduizm
  • The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, At War with The Mystics, The Embryonic
  • Joanna Newsome – Have One on Me (be sure to listen to this album in one sitting)
  • Morrissey – Viva Hate
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane over The Sea
  • Paul Simon – Graceland
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows and The King of Limbs
  • Say Hi To Your Mom – Impeccable Blahs
  • The Smiths – Meat is Murder
  • Songs:Ohia – Didn’t It Rain
  • Suede – S/T
  • Weezer – Pinkerton
Yes, I know this list seems close to alphabetical. That is because I ran through my list to double check.
Clearly this list is missing many albums, but these are some of my favorites to beam into my face.