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Music Library

Our music collection just keeps growing!

Here is my original Bowie collection, on tape!
This includes:

  • Pin Ups
  • Absolute Beginners Soundtrack
  • Diamond Dogs
  • Love You Til Tuesday
  • The Collection 1
  • The Collection 2
  • Aladdin Sane
  • Scary Monsters
  • Space Oddity
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  • Diamond Dogs (RYKO re-release)
  • Hunky Dory
  • Labyrinth Soundtrack
  • Low
  • Never Let Me Down
  • Tonight
  • ChangesTwoBowie
  • Tin Machine
  • Lodger
  • In Bertolt Brecht’s “Baal”

I bought most of these in high school. Of course, I have upgraded my technology over the years. As of last weekend, I owned this on CD:

  • 1966
  • Black Tie White Noise
  • Earthling
  • Hunky Dory
  • Let’s Dance
  • Lodger
  • Low
  • The Man Who Sold The World
  • Never Let Me Down
  • Outside
  • Reality
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  • Scary Monsters
  • Sound + Vision I
  • Sound + Vision II
  • Sound + Vision III

Now, thanks to Cristin’s awesomeness, I own eight more Bowie CDs!!

  • Aladdin Sane
  • Diamond Dogs
  • Pin Ups
  • Young Americans
  • “Heroes”
  • Labyrinth
  • Space Oddity
  • Heathen

So, I think my collection is about perfect! Oh, I ordered Tonight and it should arrive next week. I can’t think of what else I’d need to add.

Here’s what it looks like all put together. Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. 🙂

  • 1966
  • Aladdin Sane
  • Black Tie White Noise
  • Diamond Dogs
  • Earthling
  • “Heroes”
  • Heathen
  • Hunky Dory
  • Labyrinth
  • Let’s Dance
  • Lodger
  • Low
  • Never Let Me Down
  • Outside
  • Pin Ups
  • Reality
  • The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  • Scary Monsters
  • Space Oddity
  • Sound + Vision I
  • Sound + Vision II
  • Sound + Vision III
  • The Man Who Sold The World
  • Young Americans

Another “small world” story.
I knew Dan Villanueva in college. He was in a band called Dorian Gray. I fell in love with their Morrissey-influenced music, and had a little crush on Dan, who was the cute lead singer. They even played a gig at my Grandmother’s house one summer!
I found Dan on-line this winter, and wrote him this letter. I never got a response, but it’s such a sentimental story, I share it with you now.


Hi Dan-Dan!

A funny thing happened to me the other day. I was listening to The Postal Service “Give Up” and for some reason, I had a flashback memory of Dorian Gray. Something about the music I was listening to jiggled a memory that was 13 years old, and make me want to pop in my Dorian Gray tape to live in the past. I got to work a few minutes later and opened my email. I found this funny little message that slipped past the spam filter. When I saw that, I thought it must be a sign. Then I found your site and wow, you’re still working with Keith on Astropop3! I am so proud of you! I listened to some of the clips and it sounds like you’ve been true to your influences. And your own label, how cool is that? When I found your website, I looked through my boxes in the attic and found a stack of your letters. I have scanned a few pictures I found. I thought you’d get a kick out of them. [Here’s a clipping from the newspaper and a photo of DG playing on Granma’s back porch.] I also found a photo of my college dorm room. You can see the Dorian Gray poster hanging proudly in my room. I wonder where that poster went? I hope you are doing well. You look good, more grown-up than the skinny kid I knew. 🙂 I, too, have grown up! You can check me at out at my silly little blog: jeniq.blogspot.com. It’s pretty random stuff. I’ll attach a recent picture, too. It’s nice to find you are alive and well. I hope you’re happy.

Jeni

New Stereo

We hit Father and Son Antiques today and scored a vintage phonograph plus speakers. I’m so excited! This is just what I wanted for our front reading room.
Dave and Vince had to run to RadioShack to get the wiring to hook it up, and they got it up and running in no time. (The turntable has an onboard receiver and amplifier, so no other equipment necessary.)
It’s a KLH Model Twenty

The speakers are gorgeous – the photo doesn’t do them justice. The fabric has a gold thread woven through it and the grilles are so nicely made, too.

This concert sounds amazing. Jealous doesn’t even begin to describe it.

My current addiction: Cygnet Committee by David Bowie, off of the 1972 RCA release, Space Oddity. (It says on the cover of my tape, “Previously released as ‘Man of Words, Man of Music’.”) I’ve probably listened to it two dozen times in as many days.
Here’s how one reviewer on Amazon described it:

“Cygnet Committee” is the grand gem of this album. Nine and a half minutes long, and great for every second of it. It weaves a talk good enough for a novel and the end brings to mind every great plea of human history, from Patrick Henry to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sushi dinner – very yummy!!
Amy had a little gift of Neil Diamond goodies for me – I love Neil Diamond!
Amy also sweetly let me filch her music collection.
Another fabulous shot of Amy!

Fave Song

I love this song. I love how it starts so low, and builds to a crescendo, and then ends slow again. And I love watching him sing it in this clip from the Old Gray Whistle Test. Though I have to question the screen freeze for this clip, who’s idea was that?

Right about 1:59 he starts to look straight into the camera. You can see his snaggleteeth well, and he’s mesmerizing — I like to watch his lips move as they negotiate his pointy canines.
Perhaps I should get a life, but I know Cristin will love it, too!

Five Years (David Bowie)

Pushing thru the market square, so many mothers sighing
News had just come over, we had five years left to cry in
News guy wept and told us, earth was really dying
Cried so much his face was wet, then I knew he was not lying
I heard telephones, opera house, favourite melodies
I saw boys, toys electric irons and T.V.’s
My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare
I had to cram so many things to store everything in there
And all the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
I never thought I’d need so many people

A girl my age went off her head, hit some tiny children
If the black hadn’t a-pulled her off, I think she would have killed them
A soldier with a broken arm, fixed his stare to the wheels of a Cadillac
A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer threw up at the sight of that

I think I saw you in an ice-cream parlour, drinking milk shakes cold and long
Smiling and waving and looking so fine, don’t think
you knew you were in this song
And it was cold and it rained so I felt like an actor
And I thought of Ma and I wanted to get back there
Your face, your race, the way that you talk
I kiss you, you’re beautiful, I want you to walk

We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that’s all we’ve got
We’ve got five years, what a surprise
Five years, stuck on my eyes
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that’s all we’ve got
We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
Five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that’s all we’ve got
We’ve got five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
Five years, that’s all we’ve got
Five years
Five years
Five years
Five years

iLove it!

I got a free iPod Shuffle from a vendor at work. W00t!
It’s on the teeny ones with a built-in clip. It’s adorably tiny.

I’m still trying to figure out how to use this damn, non-intuitive iTunes software, but I’m delighted. I’ve never had an MP3 player before.

UPDATE: I’m a little disappointed to discover that I can’t import my *.flac files into iTunes. That means I need to convert my flac files to either MP3 or ALAC format, which means duplicate files of all the music I want to put onto my iPod, which is kinda silly, but disk space is cheap, I guess.
Still, I loved being able to listen to my book while waiting in the doctor’s office yesterday!

I got really excited today when I learned about the High Line Festival at the DavidBowie.com website. I mean, I was ready to book tickets to New York and put a note in my calendar to buy tickets for the show when they go on sale.
But then I looked at the artist list and he’s not actually playing. I’m sure he’d be around, but, nah, I don’t think I’d really run into him, or if I did, it would be one of those 30 seconds of panic.

So, no, not for me. But I love how young he looks on the home page – it’s the first picture in the montage so if you missed it, try refreshing the page. He does not look like this now!

I think this is a more current picture:

Hey, let’s face it, he’s 60.

The other thing that makes me laugh is his bio. Isn’t this just the funniest summation of his career?

“Between the late 60s and the mid-70s, he experimented with multi-media, also recording the albums The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Station to Station and Young Americans.”

As if recording his albums were an afterthought. Heh.
Oh well, I guess I’ll just keep dreaming about couldabeens.

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