Wednesday, April 23, 2014

S is for Smashing Pumpkins

Do you remember in elementary school when you would hit a tuning fork  and match it to a certain note. How when the notes were close but not exact it felt like a toothache in your brain but then when they were right......ahhhhhhhhh.   I refer to Smashing Pumpkins as a tuning fork for my soul. When I really upset, I can't do soothing. It's just too different, to far away from what I feel and it actually makes it worse.  (There's actually a book written about this in regards to parenting toddlers called "The Happiest Toddler on the Block" and while I don't agree with his views on evolution, his technique and theory has been indispensable with Beowulf - especially during the catastrophic twos).  Angry music is good. . for a while. There's nothing like a round or two of "I Hate Everyone" by Go, Set, Go to make you smile. . .a  little. But extended angry music just makes me. .. angry. Enter Smashing Pumpkins. They're angry and chaotic and Corgan has that nasally voice that I really dig. . and then, on the same album, they are unbelievably smooth.  It's a great way to meet me where I am and make me feel like everything is all right.  Energized but calm.  Yeah. It's a goodness. I still fall asleep to disc two of "Melancholy. . . " often and am beyond thrilled that they have a new album coming out. Beyond. Like. aokngoaingdsaoihn!!!!!!!  Annnnnnyhow, I am also a big Fleetwood Mac fan. My dad had custody of me as a child and he had a huge crush on Stevie Nicks and the women from Heart. And Laura Branigan. Go ahead, name any song, I can sing it.  I remember once driving down the road listening to Fleetwood Mac and singing at the top of my lungs.  My husband was looking at me, oddly.  "Yeah?" I asked, turning down the volume. "I've just never known such a huge Fleetwood Mac fan. . . our age." he said.  I tell you all of this because, to me, Smashing Pumpkins' cover of "Landslide" is about as close to perfection as we are apt to get.

Who is the tuning fork for you?

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