Friday, October 28, 2005


I am so in love .........
Whenever a musician or a band that I really love releases a new cd I get all stupid and I listen to their new cd and everything else they have ever released over and over again until my family goes nuts. I did this when Matt Good released White Light Rock and Roll Review, when the Weakerthans released Reconstruction Site, and now I've been listening to my newest loves, The Constantines, after the release of Tournament of Hearts.
I know, I'm a music slut.
This got me thinking about how music fanaticism is a lot like sexual love. There's the infatuation stage, where every thought is about your lover; when you're not with him, you're thinking about being with him. And when you are together, you are making a conscious effort to capture every sensation to bring out and mull over later. This intense passion can only last so long. An inferno which blazes that hot either quickly burns itself out into ash and goes cold or settles into a calmer but sustainable ember. And then, if you're lucky you stay together and find comfort and companionship in his, by now, familiar touch.
For the last few days I've been listening to the Cons non-stop, except for when I'm sleeping and the other night I only got 4 1/2 hours sleep, so that's a whole pisspot of Cons. I'm still crazy in love with them, but today I bought Franz Ferdinand's new cd You Could Have It So Much Better and have started listening to it as well. It's totally FF, all Britpop and dancy and oh so sassy.
Quite different from the Cons who, like a good lover, show such restraint while slowly building the tension through the driving beat, so that you end up screaming for release.
I think finally that I'm starting to move into the next phase of my relationship with the lovely Cons.
Thank Christ. The sexual tension was starting to kill me.

15 comments:

michelle said...

Wow, that's a beautiful analogy. I knew exactly what you meant, have felt the same myself, and would do you a grave disservice by trying to add to your thought.

You certainly do love your music! I'm into that - which is why I need to go check out your music lusts. If you're ever in Seattle or I'm in Calgary we are SO checking out some clubs. And your 14 yr. and my 13 yr. old can get all teenager-y or something, ha.

(sorry 'bout the delay in getting back to you, you're still loved!)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Michelle, I would love to go clubbing with you, Seattle or Calgary. We could get all fan-girly together.

michelle said...

Fan-girly, I'm so down with that! I'm totally with the down syndrome! ooh, bad taste.

Hey, I came back to say I was sorry for sounding so arrogant in that you're still loved. Der, of course you are. The sentiment I meant to express was that I missed you in my absence. You put the WHOA in wo-man!

Rock on you rockerlicious babe.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

haha michelle, you slay me!
I missed you in your absence as well, whoaman.

michelle said...

You are just so sweet. You make me (almost) wish I were gay so I could stalk you.

The Constantines are not an easy find in my rednecky neck of the woods. I need to move. I'm too brown for these parts anyway, heh.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

haha - too brown for Seattle! Funny, I've always thought I was too green for Calgary (well, in my mind anyway, where I'm a much better environmentalist than I am in reality)
This site has some free legal downloads of some old Constantines' songs. They're from the first cd, and the band has evolved a lot since then, but they can give you an idea anyhoo.
http://www.epitonic.com/artists/theconstantines.html

Grover said...

I'm married to my Zero 7 cd. It arrived in my lap two augusts ago for my birthday, and my relationship with it has pretty much mirrored what you described. Only yesterday did the thought cross my mind that maybe I'm getting sick of it.

Naaaahhh. It's the soundtrack to the life I dream of... musicianship at its finest. But now, like the phases you described, I put it in the player and slip into it like a comfortable worn-out old set of flannel pajamas. :-)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

" a comfortable worn-out old set of flannel pajamas" - that's a perfect description, Andy, because no matter how familiar they become, you never get tired of wearing them and would never dream of throwing them out.
I must now check out Zero 7 (techno?) as I'm always listening for new music...

Jas Bhambra said...

Zero 7 is good Barb, sure check it out.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Jas - will do.
Getting pumped about going to see Matty?

michelle said...

http://www.epitonic.com/artists/theconstantines.html

Now I'm going to find me some. Thank you so much for the link, when I Googled the band the site was gone like a fart in the wind (quote from The Shawshank Redemption, not my own words). I'm checking out your music likes on your Profile to see if I can't rip off your scene a little more!

(I don't know about you, but when people let me know they're going to read personality stuff I get freaked out!)

(no freak out factor intended)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

On the contrary, Michelle, I am humbled and flattered. Plus, I figure if you don't want anyone to know your personality stuff, you wouldn't post it. Me, I'm an open book - no mystery here.

Jas Bhambra said...

Sure am all pumped up for good ole matty!!
All thanx to you Barb (and Jerri for being out of town!! Ha ha ha!)

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