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Hi, The point (if there is a point) of this blog is to post liner notes and playlists of mix CDs originating from moi and hopefully fanning out into a chain of mix CDs. If you get a CD from me, make me and a friend one, and email me some liner notes and I'll post them. Then your friend should make you and someone else a mix CD etc etc. Maybe it will work PS If you want to be on my knit list, let me know what you want and I'll see what I can do!

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Books and Values

My son and I went to the Ann Patchett/Allan Gurganus discussion about what you can and can't teach young writers. I was so proud of my son that he was attentive and engaged by the discussion. He's so frigging awesome.

Ann Patchett talked about her friendship with Lucy Grealy, who suffered with a facial deformity, which really struck some chords with me. For one, I was ashamed of my countrymen when she described an incident in Aberdeen (where I went to school) where Lucy was taunted about her deformity. Ann's sensitivity and insight was very moving to me, and the subsequent discussion about ethics really interesting.

One of the hard things about being a mother is seeing my son, who is kind and sensitive and creative and very perceptive of other people's needs, grow up in a world where these attributes, are, for the most part, not valued. I was very glad for him to go to a public event where two people who exhibit those characteristics are celebrated and heard.

It does make me mad that we use all kinds of shortcuts for evaluating people; for kids, it's grades and athletic prowess; for women, looks; for men, money and career success. And we focus far too much on fixing those things so that we fall into the 'acceptable' category, and things like integrity, kindness and intellectual curiosity sometimes fall by the wayside. Raising a child who values these more ephemeral attributes, but who also 'passes' in regular middle-class society is a continual challenge.

Anyway, onto something lighter; here are Mykull's excellent liner notes to his excellent mix. As always, his taste is impeccable; I love that Mykull is firmly in touch with his inner Euroslut. Morrissey looks fabulous these days – maybe his break with celibacy with some Italian bloke suits him. I do have to take issue with the 'token Scottish band' – what about the Delgados and Belle and Sebastian, hmmm?? And I used to think Beck was sexy, in his Midnite Vulture days, but not anymore since I found out he's a clam.

Scientology is a passion killer in the same league as male ponytails or dungarees.

Mykull's CD

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TrackArtistComments
Sexual ChocolateHot ChipBest. Lyrics. Ever. "Give me some of your darkest, creamiest chocolate. Tastes like chocolate never tasted before. I need to try some of your richest chocolate. I can't take this chocolate yearning baby no more.".
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep CheepLushThis song, by the original band, was on the soundtrack to Breakfast on Pluto. The movie where Minty and I turned to each other during every song and said, "I really love this song." Here Lush makes the bizarre pop song dreamy and creamy. Btw, what twisted fuck writes a song about a baby bird whose momma and poppa have disappeared?
I Will See You in Far Off PlacesMorrisseyMORRISEY, I MUST HAVE YOUR BABY CHIRREN!!!!
Calleth You, Cometh IlThe Ark I loveth them.
Stacked CrookedThe New PornographersSome day I am going to create a mix CD of indie workout songs. Neko Case's soaring voice on this tune will make you run twice as fast and lift twice as much.
The Power Is On!The Go! TeamAnd this song will make you run ten times as fast and lift ten times as much.
Take Another Little Piece of My HeartDusty SpringfieldI totally would have had sex with Dusty. Too bad she was a big ol' lesbo.
Tits on the RadioScissor SistersI've never thought about it before, but it is so true: there are no tits on the radio!
Song for SunshineBelle & SebastianPretty pretty pretty pretty pretty. (Notice the iambic pentameter rhythm.)
I Wanna Be AdoredThe Stone RosesI don't know why, but this song means more to me than anything. If I had to choose between the existence of this song and my dad, I would choose this song. (But I suppose that's not fair—I would choose a deaf albino toad over my dad.)
All You Need Is HateDelgadosThank God I finally have plenty of something I need.
WormsBeth OrtonCutest lyrics ever: "Worms don't dance / they haven't got the chance." (Well, her worm might not dance, but mine totally does.)
Destroy Everything You TouchLadytronTheir new album sucks monkey butt but this hit single is classic.
1969Boards of CanadaToken Scottish Band
KokoGoldfrappI find it fascinating when a dance diva sings like an opera diva.
In the Waiting LineZero 7 (Koop Remix)I was going to put Sia's "Breathe Me" on this mix but then I knew it'd make Pinky and Minty cry, so I decided to use a song from Sia's earlier band, a song beautifully remixed by the luscious Koop.
Ghettochip Malfunction (Hell Yes)BeckTo anyone out there, including many of my female friends, who think Beck is sexy: Ick. But is his music sexy? Hell yes!
Bonus Mystery Song for Minty!!!!! Mystery Artist!!!!!Remix by Depeche Mode & Fatboy Slim!!!!!

11 Comments:

At 9:24 PM, Anonymous Jerry said...

While y'all were in Page Auditorium, I was in Griffith Theatre listening to Peter Guralnick talk about Sam Cooke. But I saw the huge queue you must have been in; there weren't quite as many people where I was.

Tell your son that kind, sensitive and creative boys can grow up to be complete strangers who leave comments on blogs... comments just like this one!

 
At 6:04 AM, Blogger Marianne said...

What a comforting vision of my son's future...

And Jerry, even though I could not pick you out of a lineup (and I hope I never have to), I don't think of you as a complete stranger.

How was Peter Guralnick? My son was doing a concert in Duke Chapel on Sunday and the line for Pat Conroy was INSANE.

 
At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Jerry said...

Oh, wait. Maybe that was the Pat Conroy line I saw.

Mr. Guralnick was fine. While he was signing my books, we talked about barbecue. Awesome.

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger minty said...

Myküll's new mix CD is AWESOME!! Thank you for my Bonus Mystery Track, which rocks my socks off.

Isn't it funny how both of our recent CDs have more Scottishness on them than we thought they did? Just more evidence that if it's not Scottish, it's CRAP!

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger mykull said...

i love me some scottish music. overcast skies be damned--i'm moving to scotland this friday. anyone want to join me?

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

Yes, Michael, I will come with you and we can scour Edinburgh for a nice Scottish boy for you.

Maybe you always had a hankering for the Scottish music, but you needed a Scot to repeatedly and obnoxiously point it out to you.

 
At 6:04 AM, Blogger Marianne said...

Mykull, now that I've heard your CD a few times I LOVE it!

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger mykull said...

let's move to scotland and get married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Marianne said...

Yes! And you can make me mix CDs and get me good books and feed me bonbons

 
At 6:11 AM, Anonymous Jenny said...

I want some bonbons. I am sad about my name.

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Juan Ignacio said...

hey please help. I'm looking for the lyric of that song "i need to try some of your richest chocolate...".
i downloaded a version played by hot chip but y can't find anywhere the fucking lyric. I think that i have a wrong name of that song...

 

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