this weekend's essay: cover me!
i haven't really written on music lately. this mostly has to do with laziness; for some reason, i have to think a bit harder when i write about music. anyway, shuggie otis and steely dan have been my own personal soundtrack lately (can't get inspiration information or aja out of my stereo for some reason), and those are two acts that simply require me to sing along. that, along with my current contemplations about a novel i'd like to try to write--though i'm convinced i('d) suck at writing fiction--about a cover band started me thinking: 'if i was lead singer of a cover band, what songs would i sing?' i've come up with the following list:
(in no particular order)
- wishing well, terence
- baby i'm a star, prince
- a 'ladies first medley' which includes snippets from queen latifah's 'had it up to here', mc lyte's 'cha cha cha', lauryn hill's 'lost ones', bahamadia's 'cheap chicks', and jean grae's 'hater's anthem'
- criminal, fiona apple
- silent treatment, the roots
- hold my hand, van hunt
- a feminist version of the ying yang twins' 'the whisper song' featuring big.black.saf
- rapture, blondie
- do it again, steely dan
- she lives in my lap, out kast
- sweet thang, shuggie otis
have a great weekend.
language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. language alone is meditation. ~toni morrison