Last night I was laying in bed listening to my iPod. I discovered that concentrating on the music made my nausea abate. Music has been a constant source of comfort in my life, but last night when I was listening to my “best of the best” playlist I noticed that all of my most beloved comfort music has a direct coloration to a man. I have been blessed in my life to cross paths with some extraordinary men. Some of them are members of my family, some were crushes, some lovers, some dared to venture in to the hot, unholy mess that is a relationship with me. Each of them has left in turn a mark on my life, almost always for the better. Some girls collect t-shirts or sweaters from their exes, some keep books, I know one girl who seems to always end up with a pet. For me it is music, making the sound track of my life deep and rich and more eclectic. So thank you to those boys and those men, thank you for the mixed tapes and the “you gotta just hear this riff…”.
Thank you to my brother Deedee for The Beatles, Joni, Simon & Garfunkel, Les Mis, The Lemonheads and so many more.
Thank you my big brother Mike for AC/DC, Kiss and Metalica and more recently Cage the Elephant.
Thank you Paul D. for Jimi and Stevie, for Miles and Maceo. Thank you for Lucky Peterson and Eric Clapton, for Tom Petty and the Stones. Like all teenage love the list is endless but thank you most especially John Prine.
Thank you Andrew from Down Under for U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers, for Pop Will Eat Itself and Nirvana. Thank you as well for continuing to share new music with me, 20 years later you still never miss a beat.
Thank you Adam, king of “the table” for The Cure, The Clash, The Doors & The Pixies. Thank you for Be Good Tanyas and Smashing Pumpkins. Thanks for Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros, Sound Garden and Pearl Jam.
Thank you Kevin, who makes the ocean seem much smaller, for Francis Dunnery and It Bites. Those tunes changed my life. Thank you for Nancy Griffith and like it or not for Roy Orbison.
Thank you roommate Rob for Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, talk about a gateway drug! Thank you for Suzanne Vega and for making Randy Travis as cool as Motorhead.
And of course thank you to my amazing husband who hears music the same way he thinks, like a genius. Thank you baby for Primus and Rush. Thank you for Our Lady Peace and I Mother Earth (I know what patience that has taken). Thank you for Nine Inch Nails and Tool. Thank you for Mad Capsule Market and Johnny Cash’s American Recordings. Thank you for Holocene and “the banger channel”. Thanks for slow dancing in the kitchen to Sting, you are the best dance partner a girl could ever ask for.
PS I will never thank you for Austrian Death Machine, ever. 😉