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Musings From the Road

 Well, I've made it to the con hotel in Richmond -- 590 miles or so.  Glad I left last night and split up the drive.  It would have been a bear to do in one day.  Of course I'll be doing the return trip all on Sunday, so.....

Car time is great time for thinking, even if it's thinking about nothing.  Did a lot of station surfing on the radio, listened to a lot of old music I hadn't heard in years (Simon and Garfunkle!  Loggins and Messina!  Yikes!).

Heard the song "Mrs. Robinson" and got to thinking about great lines in rock 'n roll lyrics.
"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you;
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
Joltin' Joe has left and gone away."

The evocation of nostalgia, the brilliance of using DiMaggio's name, which, as it turns out, is so utterly musical.  This would be in my top ten.  So would this line from Steely Dan's "Reelin' In the Years":

"You've been telling me you're a genius since you were seventeen;
In all the time I've known you I still don't know what you mean..."

What others?  Nominations?


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Apr. 25th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
"She'll tell you stories that just never sound true,
she'll bring you secrets that were never meant for you." -- Dan Fogleberg, "As the Raven Flies"

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." - The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again."

"Then you had to bring up reincarnation, over a couple of beers the other night. And now I'm serving time for mistakes made by another in another lifetime." - Indigo Girls, "Galileo"
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Great. Always loved that Fogelberg song. And I actually thought today of "Won't Get Fooled Again" but I like so much of the song I couldn't decide on one line.
Apr. 25th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
From what is probably my favorite song ever, "For You" (the Manfred Mann recording):

Oh, barroom eyes shine vacancy
To see her you gotta look hard.

I've known people like this, from my long-ago, hard partying youth. We all have those times we were a little crazy, a little irresponsible, to varying degrees. Most of us outgrow it. They're the ones who never can let go of the childishness, even long after they've become too old for it to be considered charming or eccentric.

And on a happier note, this bit from Howie Day's "Collide", the song that never fails to make me cry, because it's how I feel about my husband:

Even the best fall down sometimes.
Even the wrong words seem to rhyme.
Out of the doubt that fills my mind,
I somehow find you and I collide.

Oh dear, now I need a tissue. :D

Edited at 2008-04-25 09:06 pm (UTC)
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing, Misty. Nancy and I have a Jackson Browne song that has a line in it that's ours.

"And when you've found another soul who sees into your own/ Take good care of each other...."

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Apr. 26th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tiffany! And I will wave on my way home.
Apr. 26th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Car time is a great time for thinking....
Apr. 29th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
It is. Driving home from WFC last fall, I wrote an entire short story (pretty much) in my head. Sold it earlier this year.
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