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69. Focal point of a distant gaze

I admit to having strong negative opinions about certain musicians and types of music. For instance, I won’t listen to rap nor hip hop music. And I don’t like country music. That’s why I’ve never had a taste for Jimmy Buffett* and until last night I didn’t know what he looked or sounded like. Except for Margaritaville, I couldn’t have told you one song he sang. And – get this – if a Jimmy Buffett song happened to play on my lastfm or pandora radio song streams, I’d immediately ban it. Just because it was Jimmy Buffett.

But last night changed things for me a little. I watched the movie Hoot with my daughter. We’d listened to the book on tape at Christmas time, during our drive to Elgin and thought we’d enjoy the movie.

The movie was ok. It followed the book, which was ok.

There is a scene in the movie where two teenage boys are hanging out in Florida, walking on the beach and running through fields. The song that plays during this scene sounded, to Clare and me, like Tom Chapin. We were sure it was Tom Chapin. This morning I looked it up. We were wrong. It was Jimmy Buffett singing Floridays – but the version on the soundtrack is much faster, more upbeat than what I could find on YouTube.

Not only do I now know what Jimmy Buffett sounds like, but since he played the cool middle school science teacher in the movie, I know exactly what he looks like. And I’ll quit banning Buffett’s music – and maybe listen to some voluntarily. Hmm, think there is a rap or hip hop artist I should listen to?

*I assumed he played country music

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer and songwriter, best known for his “island escapism” lifestyle and music including hits such as “Margaritaville” (# 234 on the list of ‘Songs of the Century’), and “Come Monday”. He has a rabid, but genial, fan-base known as “Parrotheads.” They call the youngest members “Parakeets.” more…

[via FoxyTunes / Jimmy Buffett]

46. Spring Cleaning

Have you ever thrown everything out of a closet while looking for something? I have. Today I was looking for a cd I knew I had and cleared out our CD cabinet. The coffee table is now piled high with CDs.

I’d been planing on straightening it out anyway. So here is my chance. I’m also ripping all the CD’s I care about and putting them on an ultra portable hard drive – so they are readily accessible to whatever computer I may be using.

I’ve even found some CD’s we will probably donate. The kids don’t like Aaron Carter anymore, and Dean never liked the Sugar Cubes CD I gave him. I’m also planning on storing most of my Dan Bern bootlegs elsewhere. There is not enough space for all of them.

There were also some CDs I’d forgotten we had. For instance – the soundtrack to Room With a View.

I liked the movie okay- although I only saw it once – but I’ve not listened to the soundtrack in 15 years. I bought it for one specific reason – to listen to while I gave birth. However the music did nothing for me at the time – just made me cranky. I think a character on Thirtysomething used it as her labor music, so I, being also a thirty-something woman who was about to go through labor, thought it would help me. Nope – Kate Bush helped me more.

I just listened to some of the soundtrack. I still am not all that impressed – and I’m not even giving birth.

17. Oh What a beautiful Girl who can’t say no

I took speech in 8th grade. Not the kind you take when you need help with your expressive and receptive language, but the kind where you have to embarrass yourself in front of a bunch of other 8th graders.

We did a lot of performances and not really any speeches. Maybe that’s because our speech teacher was an actor of sorts. He liked to name drop and tell us who he’d most recently had lunch with. The only one I remember, or recognized was Sissy from Family Affair. That impressed me. In reality the class should have been called Drama.

Anyway. One of our assignments was to lip-sync song from a musical. I think the teacher said we could not use the Wizard of Oz, or I know I would have used a song from that musical. I remember going home and agonizing over it. The logical song would have been my favorite from Mary PoppinsThe Perfect Nanny. I knew it by heart (and still do). However for some reason I promised a friend in class I’d let her use my album for that song.

Having eliminated the only two soundtrack albums I owned I was in a quandary until a friend of my mom came to the rescue and loaned me Oklahoma. I’d never seen the musical, but knew one song on this soundtrack – Oh What a Beautiful Morning. Sure, why not?

I played the song over and over again, reading the words from the record sleeve. I could silently belt it out as good as Gordon MacRae did in the movie. My mom helped me with my costume – a pair of her old straight-leg blue jeans, a plaid shirt and a bandanna around my neck. She even helped me fashion a lasso out of some rope we had left over from our laundry line.

I was excited, and knew I was going to do well. I sat in my regular seat and talked to Cindy who sat in front of me as the rest of the students seated themselves. When Bob S. sat down next to me I turned to him to ask what song he was performing. I didn’t need to ask. He was wearing a cowboy shirt, a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, a red bandanna and chaps. Chaps? Where did he get chaps?

“You can’t sing Oh What a Beautiful Morning!” I cried, “I’m singing that.” I don’t remember his reaction. I was already in tears. I do recall he tried to comfort me and offer me the use of his chaps.

The teacher was ok with having two Oh What a Beautiful Mornings, even though he’d earlier said we couldn’t lip-sync the same song as someone else. I think it was my hysterics. I was adamant, however. I’d do something else. Since we were not going to get through all performances that day, I had until we met again two days later to prepare for my new song.

I turned to Oklahoma again – The Surrey with the Fringe on Top? No – How could I sing about something when I had no idea what it was? Oklahoma? No. People Will Say We’re in Love? No I Can’t say No? Sure, why not.

I listened and practiced and practiced and learned the lyrics. Mom found me an old dress and a women’s old straw hat. I was ready.

I barely remember my time on stage except for realizing in the middle of the song that it was kind of odd that I, a shy, never been kissed, wallflower kind of a girl, was singing about not being able to say no to men.

12. Jonathan Livingston Seagull

I don’t remember when I first read Jonathan Livingston Seagull, I think my mom gave it to me for Christmas one year – or maybe my friend Cindy introduced me to it. Perhaps both.

I must have liked the message in the story – although I’m not sure now what it was. These days I try not to get caught up in the philosophy du jour, but back then I was young and impressionable, I suppose.

Of course I saw the movie when it came out and had to own the soundtrack. I don’t remember if I was a Neil Diamond fan before this movie or not. I was a Neil Diamond fan for a while though – although thinking back, the only album of his I owned was JLS.

Listening to the music now, I can see why I liked it. It’s easy to listen to. I can also see why I didn’t bother digitizing it. The chanting is a little annoying.

It got me interested in seagulls – a bird rare on the US prairie back in the early 1970’s. And that might have been one catalyst that brought me to being a birder.

I mistakenly identified the dove of peace necklace given to me by Mr. Topolewski as a thank you for playing along with his birthday present scheme. I thought it was a seagull, and called it Jonathan when I wore it.

Gulls now don’t very often make me think of Jonathan. Unless they look like they are really enjoying their aerodynamic feats.

6. There’s No Place Like Home

Each year, first around Christmastime then maybe at Eastertime, I eagerly awaited the annual broadcast of The Wizard of Oz. Even before we had a color TV I loved this movie. I hid my eyes when the Wicked Witch of the West first appeared in the forest, cried when Dorothy had to say goodbye to her new friends, and laughed through my tears when she was safely home again. My dad used to make fun of my crying each year because, as he pointed out, I’d seen it enough times to know the ending.

When I was in elementary school most of the “walkers” went home for lunch. We had an hour to walk home, eat lunch and walk back. My dad sometimes came home for lunch too, and on one of those lunchtimes, my dad brought me a large, flat, square paper bag. Inside was the soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz. The album cover opened like a book, and inside were scenes from the movie. I may have misremembered the time of day Dad brought this gift, but I won’t ever misremember my feeling of joy and excitement. Now I could experience the Wizard of Oz every day of the year if I wanted to.

Each lunchtime after I got the record, I’d finish eating my toasted cheese sandwich and bowl of tomato soup and run into the living room to put the record on the turntable. I always began with the first side of the album and by the time that was over, it was time to head back to school, so I learned the songs and words to the first half of the Wizard of Oz by heart. Often the sun would shine though the large multi-paned window on the south side of the house and those days I pretended the sunshine on the golden carpet was the yellow brick road and I’d skip around the path until I was worn out.

To this day I remember all the words (that were on the album) up to the poppy field scene. I annoy friends and family by quoting from the movie and reciting the words when we watch it (which is rarely these days).

It was a pure act of love that my father brought this gift to me. He was not a fan of the movie and didn’t necessarily like the music, but he knew how much I did and knew how much it would mean to me. We didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up, and luxuries like this were somewhat rare, especially for a middle-of-the-year for-no-particular-reason kind of gift.

Deleted Jitterbug Scene – see link for explanation. Another user has made a series of videos of Wizard of Oz synchronized with Dark Side of the Moon)


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