Friday, February 27, 2009

The Return of Friday Random Name That Tune

Old game, New Digs

This is one of my first mornings at my sister's. The sky is partly cloudy and temperatures are supposed to be in the 80's. There's a pool. 'Nuff said yo.

An interesting thing happened during the move. I decided to have my antique upright piano make the move to where Mom was going. There are piano players in the other house, I mainly keep a piano handy for when piano players come to visit. The move totally hosed the tune though. It sounded like shit. We, being out in the boondocks, don't have a resident piano tuner. The closest professional is in San Diego and doesn't like to come out until he has a full two days scheduled. I remembered that somewhere, in a box that probably hasn't been untaped from two moves ago that I had a full set of piano tuning tools. Hammers, forks, mutes, and an quartz chromatic VU tuner. Tuning a piano is not all that different from tuning a harp and I tune harps every day. Moving boxes from one garage to another I spied the handle of a tuning hammer poking up from one of them.

They were all there, the piano was tuned up in short order. On a whim, I called a friend who is an interior decorator who readies winter condos and such for uber riche. She said that there were many pianos which would be grateful for a tune up. She didn't even blink when I quoted $80 for a tune job. So, there's one little cash flow problem solved easily.

So, here I am, everybody else in the house is off at work/school. It's going to be clear and warm, there's a pool. The iPod goes into the dock, the speakers are pointed out at the patio. Life, for the moment, is good.

The answers will be posted at "Harp and Sword."

1. JerryN gets "Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello
Don't start that talking
I could talk all night
My mind goes sleepwalking
While I'm putting the world to right
Call careers information
Have you got yourself an occupation?

2. D. Potter begins a merciless scoring spree with "Someday, Someway" Marshall Crenshaw

I can't stand to see you sad
I can't bear to hear you cry
If you can't tell me what you need
All I can do is wonder why

Laocoon and her two sons
Pressured storm, tried to move
No other more, emotion bound
Martyred, misconstrued

I'm writing bout the
Book I read
I have to sing about the
Book I read
I'm embarassed to admit it hit the soft spot in my heart
When I found out you wrote the
Book I read so

5. D. Potter point for "3 Little Fishies" by the immortal Andrews Sisters.

(boop boop diddum daddum waddum CHOO!)

Down in a meadow in a little bitty pool
Swam three little fishies and a mama fishie too
Swim, said the mama fishie, swim if you can
And they swam, and they swam all over the dam

6. D. Potter also identifies the wonderful "Desafinado" (off key) by Antonio Carlos Jobim (who defined sixties "cool" his singing was like Steve McQueen's acting)

Se voce disser que eu desafino amor, Saiba que isso em mim provoca imensa dor
Se voce insiste em classificar, Meu comportamento de antimusical
Eu, mesmo mentindo devo argumentar, Que isto é bossa nova, Que isto é muito naturalO que voce nao sabe, nem sequer pressente, É que os desafinados também tem um coraçao

7. JerryN also got "Helpless" by Neil Young, half point to D. Potter for hearing k.d. laing's definative version though.

There is a town, in North Ontario
With dreams, comfort memory to spare
And in my mind I still need a place to go
All my changes were there.

8. James Jr. gets "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by the Buckinghams

My baby she may not a-look
Like one of those bunnies out of a Playboy Club
But she got somethin' much greater than gold
Crazy 'bout that girl 'cause she got so much soul

I feel too bad, I'm feeling sick and sore
So bad I feel, I mean I'm feeling sick and sore
My man don't love me no more

10. D. Potter also sees "Don't Bring Me Down" by the Animals

When you complain and criticize
I feel I'm nothing in your eyes
It makes me feel like giving up
Because my best just ain't good enough

There ya go. Have at it. I'm by the pool with an iced tea. Life ain't all that bad today. Ya'll are doing great. I have some punk stuff on the iPod moonglum, it just doesn't pop up much. I love the Stooges, and just about any band with the word "Dead" in their name.