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Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – Mo’ Meta Blues

Subtitle: The World According To Questlove
with Ben Greenman

This is another book that I received as a birthday gift, way back in July, and I am only now finishing it. Why? I was sipping from it, because reading too much of it may have led to overload of awesomeness (see below). Also, I was trying to finish that Rock Connections book (see recent review). Trust me, I would rather have been reading this one non-stop.

I started out writing about everything in this book that I thought was awesome. How Ahmir grew up obsessed with music (I totally identify), how sometimes he had records of which his parents disapproved (I identify), how he practiced hard and became a professional musician in one of the coolest bands on the planet (I… can’t identify with that. At least, not this week…).

Anyway, the entire time I was writing about how much I loved this book, I realized I was just repeating myself and using every adjective I know to try to tell you how brilliant this whole thing well and truly is. The man is clearly a walking encyclopedia of music, so deeply immersed and connected. I’ll bet going out for a coffee with him, and talking music, would yield connections and comparisons the average person couldn’t even begin to put together. He’s hip, he’s cool, he’s honest, he tells the stories with a loving care… and he’s the kind of guy I’d just wanna be around. Always. Hey Questlove, clear your couch. I’m moving in! Haha. I’m kidding! Mostly.

I could go on. But I’ll leave you with a pull-quote from the back cover of the book. Oooooo cop-out! Pull quotes are the worst! Paid blow-job exhortations to boost a friend’s ego! Why is Aaron leaving this here? Because this sums it up. And not just for the girls she’s talking to, this is for everyone:

Attention White Girls: Stop reading about vampires and read what Questlove has to say instead. MO’ META BLUES is a magical kaleidoscope about a high concept, low maintenance genius named Ahmir. Like him, it’s smart, funny, sweet, and in a thousand places at once. Read it or rot on your vine.  – Amy Poehler

Damn straight, Amy.

I loved everything about this book. Love love loved it. You should read it. NOW.

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today was an excellent day. I got to spend all day with the kids. [Also, today marked the two year anniversary of my being stay-at-home Dad]. We sort of took the house apart, over the course of the day’s utter madness. It’s still not back together as it should be… and do I care? Haha no. Much fun was had. Mission accomplished.

And then, at suppertime, my parents arrived! You’d think yeah well big deal, but they don’t live in town, in fact, not anywhere near town. You see, my lovely wife had coordinated all of this without my knowledge, and my folks drove an hour and a half to be here for supper. It was wonderful (understatement). We barbequed some excellent steaks, and Mom brought homemade chocolate pie (my traditional birthday choice).

I would have been done right there. I mean, that’s a fantastic surprise. I love having everyone together. Also, I do love a good home-cooked meal surrounded by said loved ones!

But then there were prezzies. Oh my.

First up, I got some much needed new t-shirts and shorts. That is not interesting to you. However, relevant to this blog, there was also my first-ever official Guided By Voices t-shirt (on the back it says “The bus will get you there yet.” Of course it does. For all of you who don’t know A Salty Salute, the excellent opening track from Alien Lanes, you should seek it out). Also, the new book from The Oatmeal (I’ve wanted this for a while), and Questlove’s book too. I love the Roots and I’m fascinated by this guy so I really can’t wait to read the book.


And then! Oh ho ho. And then.


Oh the beauties.

Led Zeppelin.


All three of the recent re-releases. Oh yes.

Interestingly, I’ve got LZ I and II as the single-disc vinyls, and LZ III as the double vinyl with companion audio. AWESOME!!


* Also, please admire the fine work we did on those kitchen island worktops. Those are sanded (by me) through several grits to a fine sheen, and then hand-oiled by my lovely wife. It was a lot of work, but worth it. Aren’t they lovely! And now back to my regularly scheduled Led Zeppelin blathering.

Now, I apparently hadn’t been paying attention. I’d thought these vinyls were either single disc only, or the Super Deluxe editions that are about $150. I honestly had no idea that they had released them all with companion audio on vinyl. I’d thought that was for CD only! Goes to show you that I haven’t been paying much attention.

For those of you who’ll recall from a little while ago, I went through a whole diemma about whether I should even get these. After all, I already own the crop circle box set (and the little black one to go with it) from the 90s. And I own all the albums on original CD. And I own several of the albums on original vinyl. Did I need them again? Today it was decided for me – yes I did!

My huge thanks to my family for making all of this happen, and for plotting behind my back and arranging to have us all together on this day. You guys rock!

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