Sep 042012

I had to spend 2 hours tonight sitting through a yearly league meeting for coaches in the youth soccer league in which I coach. As always, it was hell. As always, it was a 150-(mostly) man example of the fact that a good deal of kids don’t so much grow into adults rather than grow into oversized kids. One coach brought up the pettiest complaint of the night, saying that his club’s field does not have enough sideline room to allow the coaches to stay a minimum 6 feet from the playing field. He took the most pindick attitude I’ve witnessed in a good 35 years (“pindick” being a term I haven’t thought to utter in that same span), ending his whine by staring straight ahead, without blinking, and asking the league’s board of stressed-out volunteers, “So what are you gonna do?”

“Give you a wedgie,” I muttered from a few rows away, loud enough for my club’s fellow coaches to hear.

Yes, my newfound perspective on maturing is evident when I look in my own mirrors.

Thankfully I got home just in time to watch the one bit of the Democratic National Convention that I’d hoped to catch: Michelle Obama‘s speech. Without delving into my half-assed political views, I’ll simply say that Michelle blew me away. Has anyone ever spoke so freely about love from the podium of a party’s national convention? It was like Woodstock in there.

Musically, I got a charge out of hearing her walk out to Stevie Wonder‘s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” We’re a music blog. As we did for the Republicans, it’s important we keep a keen eye on the musical proceedings at the Democrats’ convention. What other musical moments did I miss? What’s coming in the next couple of days? I’m going to need your help, because there’s only so much of these pep rallies I can handle. Thanks.

Aug 312012

I paid very little attention to the 2012 GOP Convention. I plan on paying about as little attention to the Democrats’ upcoming pep rally as well. In the little bit I’ve watched, however, I have been attuned to the event’s musical references.

The first night I only watched my adopted homeboy, New Jersey’s Chris Christie. He made a reference to The Boss within his opening sentence or two. Mad props—and respect—to the new Big Man for citing Darkness on the Edge of Town rather than a popular choice like either of the Born… albums. Man of the People and would-be popular guy Christie sure as hell wasn’t going to cite some loner critical darling like Nebraska. Good opening move by the Republicans, if you ask me: +8 points.

Tonight I watched Clint Eastwood make threats against our President. I didn’t notice any music associated with his speech. The Clint of Play Misty for Me seemed long gone: -2 points.

Next I watched way too much of Mitt Romney‘s speech. Politics aside, that guy bores me. It’s as if John Kerry came back to life a Republican. During the 40 minutes of fluff and 4th-rate SNL jokes I heard Mitt made some reference to his iPod playlist being better than running mate Paul Ryan‘s. Something tells me a comparison of their playlists would not be a Clash of the Titans, nor even include a lame Clash song like “Should I Stay (or Should I Go).” The whole “playlist” thing gets on my nerves too: -7 points.

I did hear Michael Jackson‘s “Man in the Mirror” playing while Mitt took the stage. I kind of like that song when the chorus kicks in, the way I kind of like “Kokomo.” I felt good for Michael. In the afterlife he has achieved acceptance as a white person: +4 points.

A friend on Facebook said that Romney also played James Brown‘s “Living in America.” Supposedly Al Sharpton was pissed about that. I’ve always thought Sharpton was an opportunistic fraud, and I always thought “Living in America” was an opportunistic, fraudulant JB record, so much so that it’s not worth worrying over: 0 points.

What did I miss (musically)? Please rate the GOP Convention’s musical moments on a +/-10-point scale. We will hold the Democrats to the same degree of scrutiny.

Jan 272012

Inspired by the Hall’s search for a Rock and Roll Cabinet, I’m looking for politicians who are mentioned by name in the title or lyrics of a song.

What counts: actual elected officials, cabinet members, monarchs, dictators, etc.

What doesn’t count: album titles, such as Disraeli Gears; made up characters, such as the Mayor of Simpleton, the Lizard King, King Everything, etc; and those involved in politics but who don’t hold some official position, such as Lee Atwater (I’m not sure if there are any examples of this last instance but I thought I’d weed it out to be on the safe side).

An individual’s name may only be used once.

As always, please limit your posts to one answer at a time.

I’ll start off with “Even Richard Nixon has got soul” in Neil Young’s “Campaigner.”

Jan 242012

A recent comment by ladymisskirroyale from this past week’s Saturday Night Shut-In got me thinking about what our long-discussed, long-awaited, direly-needed President of Rock’s Cabinet might look like. Two positions may be filled from the outset. See what you think, and see if you can help us select the future appointees of our eventual President of Rock’s Cabinet.

  • Secretary of the Interior: Adrian Belew
  • Secretary of Defense: Skunk Baxter
  • Secretary of State:
  • Attorney General:
  • Secretary of Agriculture:
  • Secretary of Commerce:
  • Secretary of Labor:
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services:
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development:
  • Secretary of Transportation:
  • Secretary of Energy:
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs:
  • Secretary of Homeland Security:

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