Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

24 Feb 2003, 23:14 p.m.

Music, Please!

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Snatches of songs lend superficial symbolism to my internal monologue.

  • Leonard's new almost-finished opus, The Whiskey Rebellion Activity Zone, or WRAZ. WRAZ would be an East Coast station specializing in obscure and grandiose threats -- "Dub-raz, where we raze you to the ground -- with whalin' tunes!"
  • "The Tower" by Vienna Teng. Michael bought Waking Hour and I found myself aggravated to hear other instruments in those songs! Her voice and piano were enough for me when I heard her live. But I've adjusted.

    Curiously enough, the song's called "Tower," but you shouldn't buy it there.

  • "Pretty Pathetic" by the Smokin' Popes. Too perfect. Either I'm the narrator or I'm his ex.
  • Weird Al, "Everything You Know Is Wrong". Josh Brockman quoted this in an email to me six years ago, and only now have I heard it. I should have listened to it before, and not just because it's unusually good.

    Leonard points out that this is the Weird Al song that most resembles a They Might Be Giants number. Today's TMBG fans all listened to Weird Al when they were 12. Also, lots of my acquaintances say, "Oh, yeah, my brother was really into Weird Al." Evidently I am that brother.