So I guess I’ve sort of settled on a theme for now, which is to do ten actually random songs, then ramble on about one or more of them. With that in mind:
1. White Wedding – Billy Idol
2. Me And Baby Brother – War
3. The Recruited Collier – Paisley Close
4. Dirty Life & Times – Warren Zevon
5. Timmy Clifford’s – Solas
6. Wild Mountain Thyme – Enter The Haggis
7. Wheels – CAKE
8. The Rose of Sharon – The Rogues
9. The Other Me – Joe Jackson
10. Big Rock Candy Mountain – Harry McClintock
One of the ways in which I know I’m getting old is that I don’t get invited to many weddings any more. This is because most of my peers, in particular school friends, are either already married or unlikely to ever get married at this point. In fact, last year Tiffany and I each separately attended what we figure will be the last weddings – well, the last first weddings, anyway – of our college friends. (As neither wedding was particularly kid-friendly, I went to one and she went to the other.) In addition, while we have a bunch of first cousins between us, all but a handful are currently hitched. So there may be a few more here and there, but the next wave won’t arrive till it’s time for our peers’ kids to get married. Now THAT will really make me feel old.
Here’s the list of US states to which I have traveled to attend at least wedding: Oregon, California, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, and Texas of course – I’ve been to weddings in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Galveston. In the year 1996, I attended nine weddings. It occurred to me last year that I was still in close contact with eight of those nine couples, and all of them were still together. I thought that was pretty cool.
I should note that technically, I didn’t travel to Nevada for a wedding. I was in Nevada for a different purpose (the old Comdex convention, if you remember that) when a wedding happened that I attended. No, not mine. Yes, there’s a story. I’ll tell it some other time.
Anyway. Paisley Close was a band that featured former Houston City Council candidate Amy Price on fiddle and vocals. “Big Rock Candy Mountain” is from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. And that’s all I’ve got for this week.