Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Music Is My _______
We've covered that music and food are two of my passions. I will never be paid to do either and that just keeps the love pure. Two things that have been around since the dawn of time and are meant to be shared among friends. Makes all the sense in the world to me. That said, this week music has been popping up in some pretty strange places, in some fairly odd ways. I know it's long but stick with it. Voici:
Music is my Big Yellow Taxi.
I talk to cabbies. I am that girl who gets out of a cab and has traded life stories with whoever is driving (you're so not surprised). On the way to the blog meet-up in February? Got into a great conversation about the role of immigration in this year's election and what actual change would look like. This type of thing is the norm mostly because I've been pretty lucky. Plus I never shy away from a great story and find that cab drivers are much the same.
So when my car was out of commission on Thursday, I happily hopped in a cab on the way to work... having just barely missed the bus. The cab driver is asking me about my job etc. "I do PR in the beauty industry etc etc," says TKTC. He says he could figure that because I'm looking all fashionable and put together. I don't care if that was an easy shot at a clearly frazzled woman...I was running late and I will take the damn compliment.
Anyhow, we're chatting away and he says he was just in LA. I say, I have a good friend who lives in LA part-time, he's a musician. Cabbie says Really? Cause my daughter is a famous DJ and that's who I was visiting. His daughter? DJ Colette. Now I'm no house music specialist but I know that name. And he says her boyfriend is an actor turned musician but I'm playing it too cool to ask about him. He's really proud of her. She's in Chicago for a set at Smart Bar once a month. I of course look her up as soon as I'm back at the office and not only is she in fact very well-known, but her boyfriend? Rookie of the Year. Yes, I know Thomas Ian Nicholas has been in things since then (little things like American Pie 1-3) but I fell in love at Rookie of the Year. He's making music now if you're interested. I kicked it with his almost father-in-law on my way to work last week.
Music is my Babysitting Client.
I have three families I still sit for from time to time even though I've taken a big step back in the last year to pursue...a life. But the money is great, the kids are bright and the parents are genuinely interesting people. Plus, girlfriend can't be going out ALL the time. Anticipating a fairly wild weekend coming up, I took it easy over Easter.
Saturday night I was more than happy to head to Old Town to hang out with the kiddies, read a billion awesome magazines and scope out their latest music picks (so.much.cooler.than.me). Then this morning I got a call from Momma L about a friend's benefit tonight she'd almost forgotten. Poppa S is out of town, could I watch the kids for a bit? Of course!
Per usual, kids were great (so cute). We read some books, we made some farm animal noises, may have done a little dancing and voila- everyone asleep by 8:30 and I'm catching up with Caro. Momma L comes home and we're talking as I gather my things and I blithely ask where Poppa S is. "He's in Nashville for Kenny Chesney's 40th birthday party."
Huh? Poppa S introduced my to LCD Soundsystem, Neko Case, Joseph Arthur etc... Apparently they've been working together through Corona and just having a blast so S flew on down and was kicking it at Tin Roof with KC. Hilarious.
What else is funny about that? I don't oft think about Kenny Chesney. I have one song by him and it's a cover, Please Come to Boston. If you've not heard it, it's about a guy that's a bit of a gypsy who keeps trying to get his hometown girl to come meet him on the road and she's all "No way, guy. Come home- there's nowhere like this and no one quite like me out there." You may already see where I would connect with this a bit and why it might have been in my head when I mentioned it a couple weeks ago!
But WAIT... it gets better.
Music is my Brother & My Dear.
Brother has frequently been referenced on this site for his music scoping prowess so that one would stand alone and make some sense. My Dear (also know on TKTC as Jaimeson) is fairly invlolved in the music industry for work. They were together tonight. My two favorite guys were together tonight. Where were they together? Boston.
Sometimes, Universe, I have just really got to hand it to you. I didn't even see "Connect Four!" coming.
As for this weekend..
1) Long scheduled dinner in Greektown with P tomorrow night
2) My darling Em on Friday night!
3) Traveling with Jaimeson on Saturday for my first time properly in the state of Wisconsin (and to Madison, no less). Roadtrip!
4) Apparently marching in the Greek Independence Day Parade on Sunday (TKTC Note: I am not actually Greek, but I may be by Monday)
5) Hotel Cafe Tour with bloggers and buddies alike at the Park West on Sunday evening. Hopefully we'll have better luck than Sass:)
Thank God I have this blog to help me pay attention to the million little details. I'm just beginning to connect the dots...Universe, I am on to you.