GETTING MORE TALE #727: An Aaron Xmas
How many Aarons do you know? I know several, but only one that bombards me on a regular basis with mystery parcels!
We’ve written about Aaron many, many times in these pages. There is a whole series of videos called Mike and Aaron go to Toronto, where we spend our money on all things musical. Then there are the numerous albums and even holy grail items he’s found for me over the years. Aaron is a non-stop fountain of music!
The truth is, he sends me far more stuff than I send in return. Hopefully he’s not keeping track too hard. But now it is Christmas! I sent him a couple CDs last week (Max the Axe and Styx), and he has returned the favour with interest (as he usually does). Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?
Christmas came early indeed! Aaron and I have discussed Gowan before. Many today know Gowan as the lead singer of Styx, but before that he had a couple decades worth of a solo career under his belt. I told Aaron, “I want to start a Gowan collection, all of it.” Amazingly I didn’t find any last time we were in Toronto, but Aaron doesn’t quit.
Check this out: the two Gowan albums I wanted most! Strange Animal, and Lost Brotherhood. Woah! What names in the credits! Tony Levin on stick and bass, on both albums. Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Kenny Greer (Red Rider) on guitar for Lost Brotherhood. Talk about the best of the best of the best. And between the two albums, I get all the Gowan songs that I like (so far)! Those would be “Strange Animal”, “A Criminal Mind”, and “All the Lovers in the World”.
But that’s not all!
Clearly, Aaron remembered that I once had a crush on “Sporty Spice”, Melanie C. I even owned her first solo album Northern Star. I still think Mel C is the best Spice Girl; she even worked with Bryan Adams. She’s arguably the most talented and the one with the most integrity. My crush is long gone, but she’s still beautiful today; even more than 1996. Yeah, I still like Sporty! Knowing this, Aaron bought me the “Unofficial” Sporty Spice In My Pocket book. From this, I learned that Mel C once worked in a fish and chip shop. What a couple we could have been. I love fish!
You know, I wasn’t actually looking forward to Christmas, until now. It’s been a horribly downer year for us. Thank you again Aaron for the thoughtful gifts. I’m feeling the spirit now! Maybe I’ll go put some Christmas lights on. I’m a “Strange Animal”, that’s what I know, but Aaron seems to know what makes me tick.
Thanks buddy! Did you know that Sporty Spice was kicked out of a gym in Japan because they saw her tattoos and thought she was Yakuza? Ominus Spiritus!