I own over 3300 albums. (I used to say "CDs," but that changed a couple of years ago when I started downloading MP3s.) I read a lot about music, even about music I don't really like. I think I've heard a complete Katy Perry song all the way through, like, once, and that was (by chance because I rarely listen to the radio) the very first time those afternoon DJs on Alice 105.9 played that "Kissed a Girl" song. (As I listened, I thought about how the Jill Sobule song about kissing girls in the 1990s is so much better.) But for some reason I seem to know everything about Katy Perry's video antics and Sesame Street controversy.
My mother-in-law was over the other day, and my iPod had randomly chosen to play the Christopher Cross album from 1980. I had recently bought this CD for my wife as a joke because at some point last fall, on Glee, Mr. Schue thought it would be neat if they sang "Sailing" and all the youngsters mocked him for his 80's soft rock sensibility. As Mr. Schue jammed out, I turned to my wife and said, "It's funnier because I've always liked that song." She laughed and said, "Me, too." So when I saw Christopher Cross at Second Spin for 99 cents, I couldn't pass it up. I gave it to my wife and she appreciated the joke, and it turns out that the album isn't half bad. The point here is, however, that my mother-in-law took an interest in the music. I'm pretty sure she cringes at most of the music playing at my house when she visits, but this time she seemed to like it and asked who was playing.
|Become more nerdy about Christopher Cross|
"That song was 'Ride Like the Wind' and sung with Michael McDonald who used to sing with the Doobie Brothers."
"You might remember the popular song 'Never Be the Same.'"
"'Sailing' is the best one, and he also sang the theme to the movie Arthur, which he got an Oscar for."
"And in 1981 he won the Best New Artist Grammy, which basically means that he didn't do anything decent after that."
I spent the next ten minutes explaining the Best New Artist Grammy curse, which is that so many Best New Artist winners turn out to be one hit wonders and never make a splash in the music industry again. (Here's hoping that Justin Bieber wins it next week. Fingers crossed.)
My mother-in-law was gracious and said the music was nice and that she liked the saxophone. She also agreed that the Grammy curse is similar to the Best Supporting Actress Oscar curse (which is a subject for another blog, perhaps).
|Depeche Mode. The baby years.|
|Elizabeth Fraser. Heaven on earth.|
|Inara George. Hear her now.|
My wife just walked in singing some Broadway showtune: "If ever I would leave you, it would not be in the summer" or something and I had no idea what she was referencing. She's such a nerd.
Watch Mr. Schue jam to "Sailing"