Three days until the Bee! Finalizing the list while listening to a Spelling playlist.

(Source: Spotify)

I’ve been in total downer mode lately, and everything I’ve tried to write has basically been gloom and misery and despair, which I’d really rather keep to myself, so sorry that you didn’t get to hear my venting about the closing of the Providence Phoenix, how much Sam Smith annoys me, the great anxieties provoked by Providence’s upcoming mayoral election, seasonal allergies, gay media companies, my financial woes, my opinions re: pumpkin spice flavoring, etc.

On the bright side I’ve rediscovered the first Soeur Sourire album; let’s forget forget for a moment that she was an alcoholic homosexual who committed suicide because she couldn’t pay her taxes. It’s one of my favorite records, though, and one day I’d like to frame the watercolor sketches of convent life painted by Sister herself that came with original pressings of the record in 1963. Also, in honor of National Coming Out day here’s my favorite song about being gay; it’s unbearably depressing on certain days, hilarious on others.

Joining the LinkedIn network for magazine editors is possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.

Sample post that I just got in my email. Names and titles were deleted because you’ll see why:

Our Editor just passed in September. [Redacted] Magazine needs a new Editor. .

[Redacted] Editor in Chief of [Redacted] The Magazine for Today’s Female Executive, Director NAFE- Los Angeles*100k more New Subscribers!

Our Editor just passed in September. [Redacted] Magazine needs a new Editor. .
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Two week warning!

Two week warning!

Getting down to the wire… Only 2 kitty trunks left, 2 urinals and two Sixpack box sets…

Getting down to the wire… Only 2 kitty trunks left, 2 urinals and two Sixpack box sets…

Come visit us this weekend! We’ll be in the gay ghetto.

Come visit us this weekend! We’ll be in the gay ghetto.

A while back a friend of mine made reference to the genre of commercial indie music that sounds as if it was written for children. He pegged its emergence to the Postal Service a decade ago and was referring, if I remember right, to “Somebody That I Used To Know.” I liked the Postal Service way back when [a little less so now], and was fine with the Gotye song the first 675K times that I heard it [a little less so now], but WOW is there a lot of dreadful children’s music on the radio right now, especially if you click on over to the Hot AC stations. There’s Mary Lambert’s “Secrets,” which sounds like someone held a seance to conjure up the spirit of Meredith Brooks; there’s that “Girls Chase Boys Chase Girls” song that came out eight years too late for whatever iPod commercial it was intended for; and there’s also that one “Cool Kids” song that manages to convey maybe eight to ten percent of the angst that John Mayer felt when he wanted to run through the halls of his high school and scream at the top of his lungs.

Do better, everybody.

First enchiladas of the season!

First enchiladas of the season!

Songwriter Bob Crewe died yesterday at the age of 82. He wrote some really good ones, including “A Lover’s Concerto,” “Music To Watch Girls By,” “Lady Marmalade” [which I hadn’t realized], and “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” a hit for the Walker Brothers which I first heard in Truly Madly Deeply, a cutesy and rather insufferable movie [that I used to love!] wherein Juliet Stevenson and her dead husband Alan Rickman sing it to one another when first he returns from the afterlife.

This Week In Eighth Grade: My top 40 songs from this week in 1994

Position. Artist, Title (Last Week)

40. The Maverick Choir, Amazing Grace (34)*
39. U2, All I Want Is You (DEBUT)
38. REM, What’s The Frequency Kenneth (DEBUT)
37. Aaron Hall, I Miss You (31)
36. Crash Test Dummies, Afternoons and Coffeespoons (28)
35. Tracy Lawrence, Renegades Rebels and Rogues (30)
34. Garth Brooks, Hard Luck Woman (26)*
33. Toad The Wet Sprocket, Fall Down (23)
32. Joe Diffie, Third Rock From The Sun (40)
31. Counting Crows, Einstein on the Beach (32)

30. Wet Wet Wet, Love Is All Around (32)
29. Living Colour, Sunshine of Your Love (29)
28. Salt N Pepa, None of Your Business (37)
27. Seal, Prayer for the Dying (20)
26. Sarah McLachlan, Good Enough (33)
25. Green Day, Welcome To Paradise (35)
24. Milla, The Gentleman Who Fell (14)
23. Jon Secada, Whipped (27)
22. Frente!, Labour of Love (16)*
21. Martina McBride, Independence Day (4)

20. Vince Gill, What Do Cowgirls Do (26)
19. Edie Brickell, Good Times (24)
18. Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross, Endless Love (25)
17. Kathy Mattea, Nobody’s Gonna Rain On Our Parade (10)
16. Indigo Girls, Least Complicated (21)
15. Green Day, Basket Case (19)
14. Anita Baker, Body and Soul (15)
13. Aretha Franklin, Willing To Forgive (6)
12. Amy Grant, Lucky One (17)
11. Boyz II Men, I’ll Make Love To You (15)

10. Gerald Levert, I’ll Give Anything (13)
9. Harry Connick Jr., (I Could Only) Whisper Your Name (9)
8. Stone Temple Pilots, Big Empty (12)
7. Sheryl Crow, All I Wanna Do (8)
6. Elton John, The Circle of Life (11)
5. Melissa Etheridge, I’m The Only One (1)
4. Pam Tillis, When You Walk In The Room (5)
3. Gin Blossoms, Christine Sixteen (7)
2. Sophie B Hawkins, Right Beside You (3)
1. Celine Dion, Think Twice (2)

There are some lost classics in there (Milla Jovovich, Jon Secada), some really awful pop cultural moments (the theme song from Third Rock From The Sun!), and quite a few quiet storm moments.

In case you’re wondering, the 40th song was the Gin Blossoms cover of “Christine Sixteen”, from the same Kiss tribute album as Garth Brooks’ “Hard Luck Woman.” Speaking of which, sorry for the karaoke versions. Who knew Frente! was such a rare thing these days.

(Source: Spotify)