Who says that you always have to be serious?
1. The AC/DC Laundry Dude
Three cheers for the improvisational creativity of a rocker who doesn’t have a drummer on-hand. What I mean is, high-concept White genius takes us to the moon, the planets, and one day to the stars. Our middle-brow élan is why some of us leap into a Norwegian fjord in a wing suit. And our fun-loving low-brow ingenuity delivers this:
2. Cher and the Two Young Fellas
Namely, Beavis and Butthead. PS: leave Warrant alone! But in the end, Butthead scores and that’s what matters.
BUTTHEAD: “So like, um, Cher, heh heh, I hear you’re like, you know, into young dudes?” [strokes her thigh]
CHER: “Yeah well, you feelin’ lucky, Butthead?”
Always be closing, gentlemen.
3. “Home Is Wherever I’m With You”
Hipsters, or hippies:
‒ Do you remember that day you fell outta my window?
‒ I sure do; you came jumping out after me.
‒ Well, you fell on the concrete, nearly broke your ass, and you were bleeding all over the place, and I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?
‒ Yes, I do.
‒ Well, there’s something I never told you about that night.
‒ What didn’t you tell me?
‒ Well, while you were sitting in the back seat smoking a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was falling deep, deeply in love with you, and I never told you ’til just now!
The most Edenic video you’ve ever watched:
4. Do You Want To Feel Happy?
Watch the next video. It’s one thousand Italian rockers playing the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly.”
I was hanging out with a couple of musician friends last night. The impassioned drummer (a fellow with stratospheric IQ) explained to us how Dave Grohl is a brilliant percussionist, as we chilled out over a bottle of Jack and watched two hours of the band’s videos.
“You know, Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true. But it’s a land of passion and creativity. So what we did here is just a huge, huge miracle.”
It’s times like these you learn to live again.
5. New England
Can a simple rhyme, in this case the children’s song “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” in a medley with “Coming Around Again,” hit one’s emotional cortex? Carly Simon’s live performance at Martha’s Vineyard does it for me.
“Scream a lullaby”
What a powerful line. In the 1986 original, the song was about the middle class ennui. The way it reads to us now, is “don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” But the nursery rhyme that starts at the 3:00 minute mark makes this a performance for the ages.
That part of the country… I went there with nothing, came back with something. My worst defeat and my biggest triumph. It’s better to reach and fall than to sit tight and never know what you can do, as your best three years come and go.
If you know New England, you can’t not enjoy that concert against its chilly north Atlantic evening.
OK, I got a little serious here at the end.