From Too Many Chefs -

February 27, 2005
Music in My Kitchen

I was recently tapped in this musical game by Pascale of C'est Moi Qui l'Ai Fait. My kitchen is a very musical place and the little iPod in the corner is usually the first thing I turn on when I enter the kitchen, whether to do dishes or cook dishes. I love my iPod. Gone are the days of stacks of CD covers cascading into the sink or onto the floor or getting covered with tomato sauce or unidentifiable flying food. Ever since the Critic bought himself a new iPod and handed me down his, I've been a happy singing cook. Since he generously also donated the little travel speakers I have my own little mini-stereo and not a CD or CD case in sight.

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?

2302, but some of them I inherited with the computer when my dear husband upgraded his iBook and gave me the this one.

What was the last CD you bought?

The Very Best of Jim Croce. His song "You don't mess around with Jim" is being used these days for a car ad on TV and it reminded me how much I like his songs.

What was the last song you listened to before receiving this message?

"Loves me like a rock" by Paul Simon, which I like to sing to my son. (Somewhat disturbingly, he seems to prefer "50 ways to leave your lover"!)

Name 5 songs that mean a lot to you and explain why

1) "God's Song" by Randy Newman. It's sad and funny and has a sweet kind of talking blues feel to it.

2) "You've got a friend" by Carol King. I've been listening to Carol King since I was about five and I'll never get tired of her. I love the fairy-tale quality of this song.

3) "A Couple of Kooks" by David Bowie. His playful song for his son was one of my favourites even before I had a son to sing it to. "Will you stay in our lover's story/ If you stay you won't be sorry/ 'cause we believe in you..." is a great thing to tell your child every day.

4) "Les Sabots d'Hélène" by Georges Brassens. Again, a tender sad song about finding beauty in unlikely places, a classic Brassens song.

5) "She Fucking Hates Me" by Puddle of Mud. We first heard this song driving around Tennessee after Barrett's wedding last year and the refrain was so unexpected I nearly split myself laughing. It seems so apt for a certain kind of relationship (that I've seen from the outside and the inside) that makes you wonder afterwards if there is any other explanation for why it went ballistic.

Which 3 people are you going to pass this stick to and why?

That's difficult as most of my favourite people seem to have already participated. However, Seattle Bon Vivant doesn't seem to have participated (and if I'm wrong, sorry!) and I love the blog and the descriptions of Seattle and of my beloved city from an outsider's point of view. Foodgoat and Ladygoat are always a good read and deserve an award for the touching frank posts we read after the last US election. And lastly, I'll nominate Meathenge simply because I'm curious to know what kind of music he listens to! (Meatloaf?!?)

So thanks for your indulgence on this silly Sunday post!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at February 27, 2005 9:50 AM | TrackBack

I KNEW Couple of Kooks was going to be on there, but Puddle of Mud surprised me.

Posted by barrett on February 27, 2005 at 4:53 PM

Yeah, well I had to throw something in there to show I've heard music that was made less than 20 years ago!

Posted by Meg in Paris on February 27, 2005 at 5:02 PM

Meg, don't know how I missed this post when it went up.

Not surprising that your son prefers 50 Ways, since Paul Simon wrote it to teach his son about rhyming. And being a cad. Got to teach them young.

Ok, I am so uncool for knowing that.

Posted by Frolic on March 9, 2005 at 3:08 PM

Frolic, that's very funny! I don't know why it didn't occur to me that the rhyming appealed to him - especially given the fact that most children's songs rely heavily on rhyming. Hope it doesn't turn him into a cad!

Posted by Meg in Paris on March 11, 2005 at 4:57 AM

""Loves me like a rock" by Paul Simon, which I like to sing to my son. (Somewhat disturbingly, he seems to prefer "50 ways to leave your lover"!)

That may have something to do with who Paul wrote the song for. He'd been playing rhyming games with, his now eldest son, Harper, when he'd be about 5 years old and that's where that song stemmed from....A children's rhyming game!


Posted by Cerridwen on February 11, 2006 at 2:42 PM