Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Here We Are Now, Entertain Us

Tomorrow the oldest and I leave for a short road trip. We're going with a friend and his son to see a couple of ballgames in other cities, covering about 1500 miles in 36 hours. Thank God there are tax breaks for oil companies or I'd never be able to afford it.

One of the teams we're going to see is my boy's favorite, leaving aside our home team. Why? I don't have a clue. It's a team I sort of vaguely liked growing up, but I've never had strong feelings either way. The franchise has a great history and a nice stadium, but there's no particular reason he should be a fan. But he is and there we are and he's a good kid and he's earned it, so off we go.

Three days, two stadiums, and twenty hours in the car. That gives me plenty of time to plug in my iPod, turn up the volume, and sing along. I've been making playlists and here are my first ten. These are some lucky kids we're traveling with.

1. Waterloo - Abba (No cheesy cover versions here)

2. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - Fifth Dimension (Power to the people!)

3. Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell ("I need you more than want you" - sing it, baby)

4. Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway (Hi Dee Ho, Ho, Ho!)

5. This Guy's in Love With You - Herb Alpert (Wait until we crank this up on the main drag)

6. Rave On - Buddy Holly (Square is hip)

7. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head - B.J. Thomas and Burt Bacharach (See #5 above)

8. Radar Love - Golden Earring (Can we drive 110 mph when this is on? Yes we can)

9. My Maria - B.W. Stevenson (Now we're rockin')

10. Shannon - Henry Gross (I'm tearing up just thinking about it)

It should be a trip to remember, no matter how hard they try to repress it.


Elmo said...

My Pod be jamin, at this moment, Foreigner: Long, Long Way From Home...

I was inside, looking outside...the millions of faces, but still I'm alone...

Chuckles said...

Too bad your kids probably don't know how much Nirvana influenced their favorite bands today. Damn, I just realized that he killed himself THIRTEEN years ago. I am getting old.

fish said...

What?!?!! No Elvis "Are you Lonesome Tonight?"

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

A friend of mine once took me for a ride in her brand new red Porsche at 110 miles per hour with "Teen Spirit" blasting and the top down. Times like that, you think life can be pretty OK some times.

No Argent?

How about "Ben" by Michael Jackson?

Anonymous said...

I was with you, Snag, toe to musical toe until... SHANNON!

Also, you need at least one Brazil 66 tune in there.

Anonymous said...

I forgot-

You know why Henry Gross sang so high don't you? Because AG was crushing his yarbles. He's a yarble warbler.

Kathleen said...

'Raindrops' but not 'I Can See Clearly Now the Rain Has Gone'??

Righteous Bubba said...

I think of Waterloo as a right-wing anthem now.

How could I ever refuse?
I feel like I win when I lose.

Chuckles said...

Billy Pilgrim, still so much cooler than me. I have only ever exceeded 110 miles an hour in a Dodge Spirit.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Chuckles, it's no effort to go over 100 mph in a Porsche.

In a Spirit, it's a miracle.

I've now gone over 100 mph in a Porsche, a 68 Caddy, and a 71 Nova.

fish said...

I was on a Suzuki GT550

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

that would be terrifying, fish.

Mr. Middlebrow said...

For a properly balanced and finished neo-retro-ersatz K-Tel compilation, consider:

"Hooked on a Feeling" - Blue Suede ("Ah-ooga chaka, ooga, ooga, ooga chaka...")

"Do You Know the Way to San Jose" - Dionne Warwick

"The Night Chicago Died" - Paper Lace

"Magic" - Pilot ("...Never believe it's not soooo...")

Adorable Girlfriend said...

Middlebrow comes over here, but not AG's place.


AG can yarblize anything you kids want. Anything.

Just no Elvis 'Houndog'!