Day: May 10, 2008

What’s up with CMT today?

That’s Country Music Television for all y’all who aren’t familiar with the TV channel.

They just played the unplugged version of “Layla” by Eric Clapton. Now they’re playing “Mr. Jones” by Counting Crows and “Constant Craving” by k.d. lang. I don’t think that exactly qualifies as country music. It’s almost like the old days, back when they used to play Springsteen and Bruce Cockburn videos and other such things once in a while. I can hear the country element in something like “Glory Days”, but “Secret Garden”? Not so much.

Maybe they figure not a lot of people will be watching the station on a Saturday so they might as well dip into some videos that don’t get any action during the week, just because they can. A few times over the years they’ve played a few things by the Be Good Tanyas.

It’s a nice surprise to come across something like that on what’s normally a country music channel. It’s just a little odd at the same time.

As of right now I have been awake for more than twenty-six hours straight. Some would look at that as something of an achievement in the elbow-waxing field, but it really ain’t nothin’ compared to some of the other times. You know the ones — those times when we was makin’ intricate sculptures out of straw and yellow grass.

At some point today I realized I’d been playing “What a Fool Believes” the wrong way. It’s pretty subtle, but a few changes needed to be made. It’s funny what a difference a few slight alterations can make. Move your thumb down one note here and up one note there, and it sounds a hell of a lot better.

I also now have a melodica. It kind of looks like this:

the thing you blow into and play

But mine is blue, and the design is a little different. It’s pretty neat how the thing works. You blow into the little mouthpiece at the top and play the keys, and the sound that comes out is a little like a harmonium.

I’m thinking maybe this is what that partially rhythmless song I talked about a week or two ago needs. It’s worth a try. And so tomorrow, after crashing and shaking off the approaching vampiric state, tried it will be.

And look at that! Springsteen’s on CMT right now as I type this. Speak of the devil, devil appear. It’s gonna be a long walk home.