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Angels Of Light - "Forever Yours"

It's the brightest day of your entire life. Stopping at a roadside antique shop, you park in the yard among rusted tools and bed frames, broken down vehicles and bath tubs. There's a slow moving man with a tape measure on his tool belt. He watches you, but says nothing. Inside the store - a creaky wooden house - there is row upon row of stuff: wooden chairs, porcelain plates and lampshades, old board games hermetically sealed in plastic bags, a collection of pornographic plastic figurines, an ancient guitar with the neck bent so far back it would be useless even for slide, a plastic banjolin, warped beyond repair, but miraculously in perfect relative tune. Near the door are the two brothers who run the store - one rustic, with stubble and overalls, the other, like Willy Loman, in a cheap suit and a perfect side part. You don't buy anything. You pass the stoic worker on the way out, his eyes fixed unabashedly on yours. You drive away, and trying to get your mind off the oppressive heat, you turn on the radio. If this song isn't playing, go back, park, and repeat until you get it right. [Buy]


Dan Goldman - "The Kids' Song"

There is something scary about Dan Goldman's rendition of Dr. Seuss's "The Kids' Song." That's good, because fear and wonderment are close friends (with a common interest in questioning and a common distaste for answers), and any friend of wonderment is a friend of any kid. [Info]

Posted by Jordan at August 9, 2005 2:45 AM

It's beautiful today. Insightful and poetic. Very interesting post. Well done.

Posted by Joel Taylor at August 9, 2005 9:24 AM

Yes - that is how every Angels of Light song makes me feel. Thank you!

Posted by lanky14 at August 9, 2005 9:56 AM

thank you, thank you, thank you for that Angels of Light song.

Posted by mar at August 9, 2005 10:23 AM

Good punchline at the end of the Angels of Light bit. The song needs to be more like Slayer's Angel of Death, though. You should try just switching the song and seeing if anyone notices.

Posted by Ash Karreau at August 9, 2005 11:52 AM

You had me completely prepared for that Angels of Light track. Even though I'm in my room in Amsterdam and it's raining outside, for a moment I WAS in that shop and in the heat :)

Posted by Dennis at August 9, 2005 5:38 PM

WAHOOOO Seuss' "5000 Fingers of Dr. T"!!
A wonderful live-animated musical about a boy and an evil piano teacher.
It's classic.

Posted by Robin at August 9, 2005 10:05 PM

Team - Thanks.

Ash - Done.

On an unrelated note...

I'm in Paris for the week. Any Paris readers (or anyone else, for that matter) have any suggestions for things I need to do while I'm here.

I've been up for thirty hours and am desperately trying to hold on for two more. Jet lag is a powerful foe.

Posted by Jordan at August 10, 2005 2:11 PM

You're in PARIS!? Come visit for god's sake. :)

Either way, drop me a line some time. Please.

I went to a great french resto in Paris, but don't remember what it was. *sigh* I guess you won't be able to find another one.

Posted by Sean at August 10, 2005 2:13 PM

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