This was an unnerving experience--maybe only for the same reason that people can read random horoscopes and feel they're about them specifically, but it was still unnerving.
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How are you feeling today?
Leonard Cohen--"The Guests"
One by one
The guests arrive,
The guests are coming through,
The broken hearted many,
The open hearted few.
And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows where the wine is flowing
Ah, Love, I need you, I need you...
Yeah, that's about right.Will you get far in life?
Robert Wyatt--"Free Will and Testament"
Given will free but within certain limitations
I cannot will myself to limitless mutation
I cannot know what I would be if I were not me
I can only guess me
Damn, this is making a lot of sense.How do your friends see you?
Half Japanese--"House of Voodoo"
Up on a hill
There is a house
Up on a hill
There is a house made out of stone
I live in House of Voodoo!
I live in a House of Stone!
I live in House of Voodoo!
Of course, the scary backing instrumentals make the song.Will you get married?
Hank Williams--"I Ain't Got Nothing But Time"
Just give me a ring
Some joy I will bring
'Cause I ain't got nothing but time
Well, I ain't got nothing but time
So baby if you want to shine,
If take time to look,
My number's in the book
And you can call me anytime.
This is getting frightening. What is your best friend's theme song?
The Fugue in G minor from Book 2 of The Well-Tempered Clavier
as played by Glenn Gould.
Very frightening, because Glenn Gould is Suzy Creemcheeze's favorite pianist. The WTC
isn't her fave, but the key of the fugue is significant--any of the Goldberg Variations
would have nailed it, all of which are in G major or G minor. What is the story of your life?
Carmen McRae--"You Know Who/I Mean You" (Theolonious Monk)
You Know Who
I Mean You
You did the dirt
I Mean You
One look and I got hurt.
Ouch. This thing can read my mind, knows I'm doing this quiz and is fucking with me big time.
(Note to self: do not buy the iPhone. It will probably call people for me when it decides I need to talk to them.)What was high school like?
From an anthology of early NY Punk I've listened to maybe once. Can't make out the lyrics. Maybe that's the point.How can you get ahead in life?
Johnny Cash--"The Beast in Me" (Nick Lowe)
The Beast in meWhat is the best thing about your friends?
Has had to learn to live with pain
And how to shelter from the rain
And in the twikling of an eye
Might have to be restrained
God help the best in me
"Knoxville, Summer of 1915," for soprano solo and orchestra, music by Samuel Barber, text by James Agee. Leontyne Price, soprano, doesn't list the orchestra or conductor and I can't remember who they are.
One of my favorite pieces of music. Absolutely, totally heartbreaking at its climax:
By some chance, here they are, all on this earth; and who shall ever tell the sorrow of being on this earth, lying, on quilts, on the grass, in a summer evening, among the sounds of the night?
What is in store for this weekend?
Hank Williams--"Fool About You"
I have a very bad feeling about this one.
To describe your grandparents?
"In the wood, right in a grove, there is a lake," from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
, music by Dmitri Shostakovich, libretto by Preis & Shostakovich. M. Rostropovich, conductor, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Philharmonic.
The scene leading up to the climax where the leading lady drowns herself and her husband's new lover. It makes sense to me.
Side note: this is the work that got Shostakovich in trouble with Stalin.
How is your life going?
Mazurka No 3, F# minor, Frederic Chopin (Martha Argerich, piano)
It makes sense.
What song will they play at your funeral?
Frank Zappa--"Filthy Habits"
Neat piece of music. Too bad I won't be able to hear it!
How does the world see you?
No clue. And I could never make out what Mark E. Smith is singing.
Will you have a happy life?
The Doors--"The Crystal Ship"
No idea what this one means.
What do your friends really think of you?
"Exercise #4" from The Yellow Shark
for chamber orchestra, Frank Zappa. Peter Rundel, Ensemble Modern.
Again, no idea.
Do people secretly lust after you?
"Folk Dance" (Act 2, Scene 3) from Romeo and Juliet
, Sergei Prokofiev (complete ballet, not the suite) Seiji Ozawa, BSO.
I'm not digging out the liner notes to see what's happening in this scene. I suspect it would indicate the answer is no.
How can I make myself happy?
Finale, Symphony No. 4 F minor, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Malcolm Sargent, BBC Symphony.
Another fave, but controlled rage rather than eloquent despair ("Knoxville, Summer of 1915") Seems to tie in with "The Beast in Me" above.
What should you do with your life?
The Replacements--"Dose of Thunder"
I can hardly make out the lyrics here. Again, maybe that's the point.
Will you ever have children?
Pink Floyd--"Outside the Wall"
I think that's a no. I hope it is, at least.