GETTING MORE TALE #700: How Are You Doing?
It’s been a week since we lost Mum…and we are doing OK. Jen’s been focused like an electron microscope on getting things done for the funeral. My job is scanning photos and preparing music…and catching up on laundry. Attempting to put a dent into the pile of clothes I call “Sock Mountain”. I’m assuming reality will hit us later.
For music, Mum would have liked if we used something by my sister Dr. Kathryn. I hope I can find something appropriate, perhaps from her Stealth CD. At least one track. For the reception after, I’m using Mike Slayen’s awesome acoustic guitar album DUDE. Don’t let the title fool you! If Mum was well enough, I know she would have been enjoying this album with us. Probably in the car on the way to the cottage. She would have loved it. Me, I would have loved just having Mum with us.
This has been a very hard year for us, and I know the power of music is such that you always associate certain tracks or albums with periods in your life. Music also has the power to raise the spirits, and it did that for me quite a few times this summer. On every shitty drive to Toronto on the 401, to every dismal hospital parking lot, my stereo was on. A lot of albums were repeat listens, and I worry: “Will I always associate the Bosstones or Blotto with this shitty summer?”
I might. And that might make the Bosstones or Blotto hard to listen to, down the road. I think we have to try and make more memories of those bands later on. Maybe when we finally do return to the cottage.
That aside, we sure did devour a lot of music on the road. Just last week, between Toronto and the work commute, I polished off Marillion’s The Singles ’82-’88 (12 discs), its followup Singles Box Vol 2 ’89 – ’95 (12 more discs), and a third “box set” of eight more singles. A whopping 1.5 gig of music. Basically all their singles and B-sides in one massive weeklong stretch. Meanwhile, back at the office, I had my Kiss flash drive. Basically, everything I own by Kiss in one place. I’ve been focused on the studio albums, and each one has been spun more than once. I realised this: I never seem to get tired of Kiss!
Whether it was Lick it Up, Hotter Than Hell, Dressed to Kill, Love Gun, Rock and Roll Over, Dynasty, Unmasked, Creatures…even Asylum got multiple plays in the last couple weeks. When a band has been your favourite for over 30 years and you can’t explain why, I guess you can just keep playing those albums in rotation. The later albums…admittedly less so. The emotional attachment isn’t quite there.
Get this! While I was bopping to Kiss Unmasked one afternoon, the guy in the office next to me put on “Summerland” by King’s X! How cool is that? When was the last time you heard King’s X in the office? The guy even knew the names of the members. Said a friend recently turned him onto King’s X, but all he had was the Best Of. Gotta start somewhere!
Thanks for checking in. We’ll be OK. I think we’ll manage to make it through this, but not without the support of friends and loved ones.