August

Hey folks, your friendly neighbourhood Aaron here.

So August has come and gone. The hiatus is still going strong. Gotta admit, it’s been nice to just chill and listen to tunes without wondering how to write it up, though occasionally I think up some fun stuff out of reflex. I haven’t written any of it down, though. I’ll worry about how to approach these pages whenever I decide to come back (and not before).

This month flew by. We had a week at the cottage, which was fantastic. The kids ran themselves ragged on the beach every day (as they should). We did stay in during the eclipse, because what’s the first thing a six-year-old will do when you say “don’t look at the sun?” Exactly. Still, we needed the time away, it was lovely. And now it’s September and the kids start school on Tuesday. Crazy.

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HUGE thanks to Manipulant for sending me a CD copy of the excellent Eclectro album.

Cheers! I wish you every success!

 

 

 

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Grail List Item Success!

Yup, I got me a copy of the 2CD Neil Young tribute called Borrowed Tunes.

Now all I need is the (even more rare) Borrowed Tunes II…

Check it out (below):

 

 

Disc 1: Out of the Blue: An Acoustic Tribute to Neil Young

Colin Linden, “Intro”
Hemingway Corner, “Tell Me Why”
Jann Arden, “Birds”
Crash Vegas, “Pocahontas”
Lawrence Gowan, “Heart of Gold”
Jim Witter and Cassandra Vasik, “Human Highway”
Jeff Healey, “Harvest”
Breits, “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing”
Lori Yates, “Helpless”
Waltons, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”
Amanda Marshall, “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”
Prescott-Brown, “Comes a Time”
Malcolm Burn, “Pardon My Heart”
Rose Chronicles, “Old Man”
Cowboy Junkies, “Tired Eyes”
Rheostatics and Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”
David Wilcox, “Transformer Man”
Stephen Fearing, “Thrasher”
Marc Jordan, “Borrowed Tune”

Disc 2: Into the Black: An Electric Tribute to Neil Young

Skydiggers, “Mr. Soul”
Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, “Like a Hurricane”
Our Lady Peace, “The Needle and the Damage Done”
Junkhouse, “F*!#in’ Up”
Blue Rodeo, “I’ve Been Waiting for You”
Big Sugar, “When You Dance I Can Really Love”
Colin Linden, “Tonight’s the Night”
Treble Charger, “Albuquerque”
54-40, “Cortez the Killer”
Chocolatey (Steven Page, Tyler Stewart, Steve Duffy), “Burned”
Philosopher Kings, “Coupe De Ville”
hHead, “Look Out for My Love”
Andy Curran, “Cinnamon Girl”
Wild T and the Spirit, “Down by the River”
Randy Bachman, “The Loner”
Mystery Machine, “Southern Man”
Art Bergmann and One Free Fall, “Prisoners of Rock ‘n Roll”

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One day, I found a CDr in a parking lot, well away from any cars (did someone throw it?). It was labelled “I Like To Fuck.” No one was around, so how could I not bring a disc like that home to investigate? Exactly.

And what’s on this CD? 13 songs, none of which I knew the song or the artist, when I played it back.

Thanks to Google Lyrics, I discovered that these were the tracks:

Lil Jon – Patron
Britney Spears – 3
Drake – Forever
Hot Rod – I Like To Fuck
Lil Mama – Shawty Get Loose
Cascada – Evacuate The Dancefloor
Obie Trice – Got Some Teeth
Obie Trice – The Set Up
Obie Trice – Shit Hits The Fan
Christina Milian – Dip It Low
Ciara – Click Flash
Fergie – Labels Or Love
Field Mob – So What (f. Ciara)

And what did I think of these songs? Folks out there like this stuff, and power to them, but this wasn’t really for me. I loved the title of the mix, though!

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I showed my son that simple four note intro to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters on the guitar a while back.

The song came on in the car the other day, and he said “Hey! I can play that song!”

 

 

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We were jamming a hits of Queen in the car* and the kids loved the lines “She’s a Killer Queen / Gunpowder, gelatine / Dynamite with a laser beam / Guaranteed to blow your mind / Anytime.”

They made up all kinds of ideas about what it could possibly mean to be dynamite with a laser beam. The laughter in the backseat was beautiful.

 

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See you again soon…

 

* For fans of Good Omens, you already know that every album left in the car will eventually become a greatest hits of Queen. Natch.

33 thoughts on “August

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Meh, just a break. A lot happened all at once and I walloped myself with a crazy ass-series on top of all the rest and I just said whoa, ok, that’s enough for now. No Chinese Democracy here (sorry, Offspring). And I’m cool enough with the Jesus fellow, though sometimes his followers ought to be the ones off in the wilderness.

      I’ll be back. Eventually. Probably. But at some point I’ll have a look at it, decide if/when I want to return and what that would look like/entail, and then go from there. Right now I am rather enjoying not thinking about it.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      August was good to us, for sure. It was crazy-busy, but also a lot of fun. Happy to find another Good Omens fan! Did you come to it as a Pratchett fan, a Gaiman fan, or just find it on its own?

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Yup, we’re getting into fall and winter, my two favourite seasons. Oh, I like the others, but I don’t like too hot, so the cooler air is fine by me.

          I think (?) I got to Good Omens from Gaiman as well, but since I’m also a Pratchett fan, I can’t really say for sure. Let’s just say BOTH!

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  1. stephen1001 says:

    Despite Killer Queen being among my favourite tunes – I was never quite sure of the words there, gelatine, who knew?!
    And lots of nice CanCon on that Neil Young tribute, neat idea having the acoustic/electric sides.
    Nice to read about the August family fun – Hope back to school goes well for the kids on Tuesday!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      The internet told me gelatine anways, and listening back it sure sounds like it!

      I think the whole point of these Young tributes is Can Con. Man, I REALLY wanna find Vol. II!

      The beach was amazing, as always. We look forward to it every year.

      Back to school will be interesting – they’ll be starting in a new building. There’s been a whole schmozzle here with school closures and moving populations from building to building and I’m sure it all makes sense to someone behind a desk in Toronto who doesn’t know or care about this town, but it sure has people around here pissed off.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Well, it’s always true that when they’re gonna mess with things, it’ll be healthcare and education they mess with – two things at the top of the list of things we need most. Sigh.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Thanks! It’s good to recognize favourite spots, and then visit them often. The beach, we’ve always said, cures all. It’s fun and athletic, but it’s also calming and meditative. Just gotta get the sand between your toes!

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I promised I’d get caught up! I still have miles to go, with everyone’s blogs. But yours aren’t too raunchy. I’ve done and seen enough in this life to not be shocked by too much. Hey, there’s a great idea for a post – where do you draw the line? What’s too rough/gross for you? You’re welcome! 😉

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  2. mikeladano says:

    Glad you had a good August and that beach is gorgeous. The water has been awesome this year. We are in Kitchener this weekend, too much stuff going on to get out of town, but we’ll get up in September for another round.

    I can’t remember who Obi Trice was but I remember people asking for him and me thinking he was a Jedi.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      August has been mostly good. And yeah, that beach is our beach. Been going there since before I was born. We’re not from that town, but we’re near as shooting locals after going there for over 40 years! I heard September and October are supposed to be beautiful so you may get in several more weekends at the cottage.

      I don’t know a whole lot about Obie Trice, except he was on the 8 Mile soundtrack. Maybe he was part of that whole Eminem circle. But I MUCH prefer your idea that he’s a Jedi. The name is perfect for it – well done!

      UPDATE:

      Of course I looked him up and I was right – he was on Shady Records…

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obie_Trice

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  3. deKE says:

    Ha…I Like To Rock….ha
    Sue also had a good laugh at that mix cd….
    Hiatus is for Champs should be the new slogan!?
    Hey man ask James where the Guns review is?
    Been waiting for it….
    Glad your enjoying the downtime …..better yet cool that the kids are digging Queen which brings back great memories for us when Lex and lauren did the highschool We Will Rock You play…
    So good!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Ha Deke, it wasn’t “I like to ROCK…” oh man. Probably some teen kid who thinks they’re being racy. Anyway they had a different taste in music than mine!

      I dunno if hiatus is for chumps or champs, I’m just going with my gut on this one, and so far my gut is enjoying the current state of affairs.

      As has been true for the last eleven years, James posts whenever he likes! I’m sure he’ll get to it eventually.

      The kids love Queen, so I feel somehow like a checkbox on the Good Parent list has been checked off! I love the sounds of that high school play. Glad the kids have taste!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I think I might need to define ‘hiatus.’ How long can a hiatus go before I need to call it something else? Because so far I’m not really feeling it to come back yet! But yeah, that tagline on the site is how I’m living these days…

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