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You’ll like this cuz it’s like that

I “liked” the Lowell George page on Facebook a little while ago.

I was then immediately bombarded with suggestions about other musical artists’ pages I might like to “like”… and, frankly, Facebook’s suggestion that I might appreciate the “The Band” page is rather annoying (almost as annoying as the music of The Band itself).

I adore Fiona Apple. However… in no universe and under no sun does that mean I’d also be enamored of Regina Spektor or Tori Amos. As a matter of fact, my top five favorite female vocalists have NOTHING in common — neither genre, style, quality, pitch, phrasing, nor vocal range.

I’ve been obsessing on Law & Order: Criminal Intent for well over a decade. But, unlike the folks out there who can’t seem to differentiate between well-penned procedurals with complex leads and formulaic drivel with cardboard characters, I do not have the slightest regard for Criminal Minds. Nor would I, even if it were the only thing on.

I won’t eat at a chain restaurant if given a choice… but don’t think that means I idolize Alice Waters or am impressed by trendy foodie establishments and their respective overpriced wine selections.

I rabidly support women’s reproductive rights and gurrrl power. It does not necessarily follow that I wish to ban guns or outlaw nuclear power. Or even that I’m offended by wolf whistles from construction workers.

Don’t box me in.

And while I’m at it, do not offer me poor man’s substitutes, figuring I won’t know the difference.

If I want butter, margarine just won’t do. And ground turkey will never ever cut the mustard (or the mayo, pickle, lettuce, and tomato).

The algorithms of retailers, lobbyists, and other commercial concerns (including Facebook) don’t work on me… and I find the expectation that they would highly insulting.

Don’t box me in.

I don’t vote straight ticket and my taste is my own.

And just because, in the limited imagination of many, A = B, it actually doesn’t… so please don’t ever assume you know what I like or would like/think/say/do about/in any situation or with regard to anything.

Unless you actually, ya know, KNOW.

And chances are, you don’t.

Get me or don’t

I totally get Fiona Apple.


Because she is misunderstood by many people, and I can relate to that.

Fiona has been accused many times of being sullen, unstable, overly sensitive, melodramatic, etc. She is none of those things. Yes, she is sensitive (due to her inherent nature, the cruel treatment she endured in grade school, and having been raped at age 11)…. but she is not TOO sensitive and her feelings are not unjustifiable. And on top of that, there’s nothing wrong with being a sensitive person.

If Fiona is anything, she’s HONEST. She is the most honest person perhaps ever to walk this earth.  She’s direct and doesn’t do small talk.  Basically, if she has nothing to say, she says nothing.  She doesn’t talk or write unless she has a reason. Honest, true to herself, no bullshit…. and that makes people very uncomfortable. But that’s on them, not her.

I have been accused many times of being angry, mean-spirited, overly sensitive, too outspoken, etc. I am none of those things. Yes, I am sensitive (due to my inherent nature and my upbringing)…. but I am not TOO sensitive and on the rare occasion that my feelings are unjustifiable, I own it. And on top of that, there’s nothing wrong with being outspoken.

If I am anything, I am particular. And I am direct. I have strong opinions and I like to make them known. I rant. I employ hyperbole at times as a vehicle for making my point. And I have a low irritation threshold. But I am very rarely angry and I certainly don’t hate anyone (other than maybe people who torture animals). I try to be honest and true to myself… and when I bullshit, I freely admit it. I deeply appreciate the people who understand and appreciate me because I think most don’t.  And because they don’t, they feel uncomfortable. But that’s on them, not me.

True talent

This is actually part of a four-song live set… but I’m just posting the one so you won’t think I’m a crazed fanatic or anything (even though I am).

But seriously? If you’re not into Fiona Apple, this video is still well worth watching/listening just for Chris Thile’s mandolin virtuosity.

Enjoy. 🙂

Can’t Get Enough Cory

Ok, so I’m still on a Cory Wells kick, sue me. In particular, I’m on a kick for Cory singing Try a Little Tenderness. For the uninitiated, Cory Wells is one third of the late 60s/early 70s rock group Three Dog Night, and far and away the best singer of the band. But then, I’m a sucker for his type of raspy bluesy baritone. And I mean, what’s not to love about a light-eyed, goofy-grinning Polish boy who can belt and howl and emote and growl with all the funk and soul in the world (if you closed your eyes, you’d swear you were listening to a black man…).

I’ve been finding many early live versions of Cory singing Try a Little Tenderness on YouTube, each one special in its own way. And I just can’t get enough. 🙂

And to end on a silly note: Here is Cory Wells singing lead on a couple songs with his (pre-ThreeDogNight) band “The Enemys” at the Whisky-a-Go-Go on an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies:

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