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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Why Music Doesn't work and other raving

This may be a part one of two. There's a lot going on. For the last few days I've been listening to music while writing. Actually, it's more like listening to music while trying to write. It's not working very well. Usually, I can listen to anything going on around me and concentrate. Lately, both the guys in my home have been into video games. Normally, I don't mind them either. I actually get into the story lines sometimes. We actually bought our roommate the last Legacy of Kain and had him play it so I could have some closure with the story. It wasn't much closure, but there was some.

Lately though, both have been playing Ratchett and Clank: Going Commando. I enjoy the series well enough, but after the tenth time of either one of them trying for the same skill point, I'm ready to hurt someone. And my usual distraction, the CBC news online has been down. I never did hear their coverage of Bastille Day. Not that it's mattered since Peter Mansbridge went on vacation. That is one sexy anchorman.... but I digress.

I can't listen to any recent music. I'm an old fogey that way. My interest in music tends to end somewhere in the 80s before techno. So I listen to the stuff I grew up dancing to. Unfortunately, it also makes me think of what I was doing at the time I was dancing to the stuff. Then, I'm totally out of whatever I'm writing. And if it isn't memories, the lyrics are distracting me. I probably never paid much attention to them when I was dancing, but now I can't get away from them. For example:


"Smell like I sound, I'm lost and I'm found..."What the hairy heck does that mean? It's been bugging the crap out of me which has distracted me from getting my pages in. Oh, here's a good contest clue. Tell me what song that's from and I'll send you a print version of 'The Price of surrender.' Tell me what it means and you have my gratitude.

It's almost one am. I have to be up and dressed and professional looking by 7 am for the auditions. They aren't due to start until 9:30, but my assistant will arrive too early and someone's agent or manager will be desperately calling by 8am. I should be asleep, but I'll just worry about some detail or other and toss and turn. Besides, my cops are doing some itneresting things right now. I should get it all down while it's vivid in my mind.

The Bangles are playing now. I didn't dance to that music as much as I drove listening to it. I can focus a little bit better. I should get back to work.

I'll cover the auditions tomorrow.

6 comments:

Maureen said...

I have no idea what it means but I believe it's from Hungry Like a Wolf.

terri said...

Yep it is Duran Duran Hungry Like A Wolf and I bet they did not even know what it meant.

Amy S. said...

Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran

Cathie said...

Back On The Chain Gang by The Pretenders from 1983?
I can't even hear but looking this up I think this is it?
But I do remember music from the 70's from feeling them but not much with lyrics.
Cathie

Andi said...

Duran Duran Definatly!! Think about it, ever had a really good (bad) night on the beer? woken up the next morning and just know you look and smell REALLY bad, then rolling over to the heap of a lover from the night before and all your mouth manages is the most good awful croke? And you just can't remember any thing for a moment except your quite sure you do know the person next to you, don't you? Then it all comes back yes that definatly is your boyfriend and your moment of horror thinking you picked up the REALLY good looking bloke who was winking at you at the party last night,passes and reality bites!! LOL!!

Andi said...

Duran Duran Definatly!! Think about it, ever had a really good (bad) night on the beer? woken up the next morning and just know you look and smell REALLY bad, then rolling over to the heap of a lover from the night before and all your mouth manages is the most good awful croke? And you just can't remember any thing for a moment except your quite sure you do know the person next to you, don't you? Then it all comes back yes that definatly is your boyfriend and your moment of horror thinking you picked up the REALLY good looking bloke who was winking at you at the party last night,passes and reality bites!! LOL!!