I’ve known my lovely wife for what seems like forever (37 of our 43 years). Together 19 years, married 14… she’s put up with a lot from me, by now! I always joke it’s Stockholm Syndrome, at this point…
Most of what she endures is my rattling on about this band or that, this version of a song versus another, or where I was when I first heard something. Mostly, she listens in good humour, but when her eyes start to glass over, I know I’m maybe offering too many minute details… Oh, and she absolutely, categorically and completely refuses to play name that tune with me.
During our road trip to African Lion Safari and the butterfly conservatory last weekend, we had lots of time in the car. We discussed many things and a good time was had. Our daughter got to hear both her favourite Jake Bugg albums, and our son discovered that he really likes Crowded House. Right on.
Somehow, the Beatles came up in the course of our rambling, far-flung conversation. Probably because I’ve been seeing Sgt. Pepper reviews and Beatles talk in the blogs. It’s fairly well-known by now that I’m not the world’s biggest Beatles fan. I grew up on them, and burned out on them at a fairly young age. While I respect them and appreciate some (not all) of what they did, I don’t get all twitterpated about them being the world’s best whatever.
My lovely wife braced herself for my usual rant about them, but I wasn’t in the mood for that and, in fact, even mentioned a few of their songs that I like. As I listed a few off, she stopped me and said, “you know, we talk about the Beatles now and again, and whenever you mention songs that you like, they add up and I realize: you don’t like the Beatles, you like George Harrison!” It was true. I hadn’t even realized, but every song I was listing off was written by George.
Fair enough. And thanks to my lovely wife for this brilliant insight…
Happy Valentines Day To Me!
Here we go with another gratitude post!
We are fully aware it’s a Hallmark holiday, but my lovely wife and I are still sappy enough romantics to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And we usually exchange a small gift – it’s fun to look for something we know the other will like.
This year, my lovely wife really outdid herself. 3 CD sets, (5 CDs total)!
1) George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (2CD, 2014 RM version)
I’ve wanted this album for a loooong while, and I’ll be very curious to dig into this classic album.
2) Etta James – At Last: The Best Of Etta James
A no-brainer for me. I do love me some Etta James and this 16-track compilation of hits is gonna be bloody and beautiful.
3) R.E.M. – Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011 (2CD, hits set)
Another one I’ve wanted a long while. I love R.E.M. but do I love them enough to get the entire discography? Maybe listening to this 2CD set will make me want more than I already have here.. Hey Rich, Compilation Or Catalogue! 😉