Every once in a while, I’ll make a CD for my lovely wife to listen to on her commute to work, an hour each way. She often listens to books on CD (signed out from the library), or morning talk shows on the CBC, but she enjoys when I make a music CD too. I am de facto DJ around here. She likes most of what I share, so she happily just lets me have control. Ah wedded bliss.
Of course, being me, it’s never just a normal CD. I’ll talk on them, between songs, tell stories and share music trivia I know she must surely care about as much as I do. And many times, I have only ever marked it Mystery CD, with the day’s date, so that she has to listen to find out what I’ve done. Those mystery CDs can be an album, and then it’s a game of Name That Band. Or they’re a mix, and it’s Name The Theme. She has a whole case of these CDs in the car, over the years.
See how much I love her? She’s a lucky lady.
Yesterday, I made her a CD for the car and put it with her purse for this morning’s drive. All I wrote on the front was Commonwealth. Savvy KMA Readers will already know it was the (completely superb) new Sloan CD.
Later in the day, we were texting, and I asked what she thought about the CD. She said she really liked it. Who was it? She couldn’t guess.
Understand, a lot of Sloan gets played in this house. She surely knows these guys, even as a passive listener over the years, better than some of their fans do. I was quite surprised she couldn’t figure it out.
When she got home tonight, I asked her how she hadn’t know it was Sloan. She said it certainly sounded Beatles, and then a bit later there were those songs that were “jangly and metal sounding like you [I] like.” She then said she didn’t think I’d give her Sloan, I’d choose “something more obscure instead.”
So, she’d convinced herself it wasn’t Sloan but then was at a loss as to whom it could be. She was laughing at herself, because if she’d just read the front of the CD, she’d have known for sure it was them.
Apparently, they’re not as recognizable to her as I’d thought. I’ll have to work on that. I also don’t know if this is a comment on the Commonwealth album itself, or if she hasn’t actually been paying attention all these years. Or maybe she’s just exhausted and not really up for a guessing game today. My vote would be for the latter, as (to me) that album is completely recognizeable as them, and I would doubt she hasn’t been paying attention. She’s a very attentive person.
So, tomorrow, she’s going to rock it again, but this time with the knowledge for sure that it’s Sloan. I’ll get her review of it tomorrow!