Monday, March 24, 2008

Song of the Week 3/21/07

The Killers -"When You Were Young"

Why a Killers track that's 18 months old? Well, I spent all of last week (which was my freaking vacation) glued in front of my TV set, ill with a wicked case of acid reflux that was most likely caused by all the coughing I did when I had the flu in January and February. (Guess what? The reflux is 1000 times worse than the flu. ) And during my 14 hours a day video marathon, I stumbled across an old Later With Jools Holland episode on Fuse where they played it:

The song burrowed its way into my brain and came out in full force as I took the bus home from the doctor's office. She gave me a prescription for pills to battle the reflux, as well as a bottle of tiny little tablets to bring down my blood pressure, which had spiked with all the stress my body was under. I started humming "When We Were Young," realizing that the song's title had finally come true for me on a Friday afternoon in March of 2008. She described the blood pressure pill as "a water pill"...which is exactly what my grandmother called it when she took the same drug. Yay, I'm following in the footsteps of the rest of my family!!!

I suppose it's the second sign that acting like a kid should be a thing of the past I've gotten in the past month. The closure of Magnetic Field a week from tonight hasn't totally hit me. I believe mostly because I wasn't able to fully enjoy our last Live Band Karaoke because of the beginning of my acid reflux fun. Five hours of drinking water in a bar is just not fun. No sir.

At least this clip from that last night is fun. Our beloved regular Abigail tears it up on the song we learned especially for her, Free's "All Right Now." And oh man oh man, check out the guest stick playing by our former drummer Troy.

I think that this was our most documented gig ever--and I'll remember every moment of it because I was sober. How odd.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Song of the Week 3/14/08

Words escape me trying to describe our last Live Band Karaoke at Magnetic Field. All I can say is thank you to the hundreds of people who showed up and rocked out for 4 and 1/2 hours. A hat tip to our guitarist Paul Crane for suggesting this R.E.M. gem as our last tune.

And here's a pic from our first song of the night, Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days." I always loved that tie.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Song of the Week 3/6/08

Dusty Springfield - "Son of a Preacher Man"

At our next-to-last Live Band Karaoke at Magnetic Field, my friend Noreen finally showed up to see what I'd been emailing about for the past two and a half years. (Nothing like a bar closing to bring people out.) From the moment we learned this song two months ago, I knew that Reeny (a professional singer, unlike us amateurs) would kill it. And she did--big time. Made me wish I had a video camera. I could watch great singers do great songs on that stage forever. But nothing lasts forever.

If you're in the NYC area and reading this, come out this Friday. It will be a night for the ages.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Song of the Week 2/29/08

The Beatles - "Day Tripper"

I've witnessed some cool things happen on stage while being the MC extraodinaire for Bunnie England and the New Originals--but perhaps nothing will ever be cooler than playing at the Saturday Night Live afterparty and having Wilco guitarist-keyboardist Pat Sansone join the guys on stage to do "Day Tripper."

As I said to one perosn I know, now I can die a slightly less bitter man.

Here's Pat in action on keys with Wilco on SNL: