Monday, June 29, 2009

"Walk(man) on By" (apologies to Burt Bucharach & Hal David)

BBC News Magazine has this story about a 13 year-old boy they invited to swap his iPod for--brace yourselves--a Walkman!

I wonder if occured to the young reporter that in 30 years some other young reporter will have the same feelings he did about the Walkman compared to today's technology as that future young reporter will have when he compares whatever's around in 2039 to what we have now?

In other words, specifically those of GK Chesterton: "My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday." - New York Times Magazine, 2/11/23

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Best First Line of A Song

Here's a simple survey. What is the best first line of a song you've heard? You were listening to the radio or playing a new CD and the first line of a song just reached out and grabbed you. Some examples:

"What a beautiful piece of heartache this has all turned out to be."
from "Latter Days", Over The Rhine, Good Dog Bad Dog.

"After the rain in the streets light flows like blood"
from "After the Rain", Bruce Cockburn, Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws

"The screen door slams, Mary's dress waves"
from "Thunder Road", Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

So what's your favorite first line of a song? It has to be a first line, not a whole verse or chorus or a line that's not the first line--that's for another time!

Line, Artist, Album.