Okay, so it has been awhile since this post, eh?
And so what if it was supposed to be 10 years, crickets, and Wednesday? I refused to be tied to such conventions.
Oh, and I've already lied to you. I've listened to this quite a bit in the last 15 years (Ring was realeased in 1993). But sometimes my ipod bucks it off (my ipod is like an unbroken stallion, plus has very strong, but poor, personal tastes, apparently), and sometimes I forget to listen to it for a year or more. But then I rediscover it (like I did yesterday, because Jake fixed up my ipod as a little Mother's Day gift). And I think, WOWIE. I love this album.
Now, I honestly don't know if ya'all will know the Connells. I know they were popular mostly in the Southeast. But I think they became one of those Mormon Kid favorites, you know what I'm sayin'? I have noticed this a little with Death Cab for Cutie, maybe, too? Am I wrong? You know how this happens? Like when Utah was all into ska, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones end up playing The Palace (on 9th East, next to Stan's)? I mean, The Palace is where I had my awesome 90's step class EVERY DAY (is my blog, don't interrupt me), and most of the time the stage held the likes of Klaus, the sexy Austrian aerobics instructor in the tiny purple shorts, who followed me from Tuscon to Provo. Or did I follow him? Hmmm.
What was I talking about?
Ah, yes. When I heard 74-75 on the radio for the first time, I almost wrecked my car. I didn't go home. I went straight to the nearest Wherehouse and peppered the clerk with questions until we figured out the song's identity (Note to under-15 set reading my blog (i.e. my own children): going places and asking people questions in person is like ancient, almost paleolithic version of googling). And I came home with this album. And I've loved it ever since.
Soon after, a boy named Joe from Tallahassee moved into our apartment building in Provo, and he came over and played us songs on the guitar. (Note to single men reading my blog (all zero of you): chicks dig this.) And one of those songs was Fun n' Games, from the album before Ring. And then he asked out my roommate/cousin Melanie. And I encouraged the relationship, because of his fabulous taste in music. (At the time, choice of music and footwear seemed the best rulers with which to measure potential for lasting relationships. For instance: don't even give a socks-and-Birkenstocks man your phone number. On the other hand, a boy in the right sort of Doc Martens could very possibly father your children.) And thus, Joe and Melly got married, and had 4 kids. (You can see how the Connells and I made all this happen, right?)
And Joe taught me the song on my guitar, and I wrote my own song that incorporated Fun n' Games and a historically innacurate story of the signing of the Magna Carta, entitled Runnymeade. (I have that on tape somewhere. If someone can tell me how to get that on my blog, you are in for a geeky treat!)
Anyhow, since I could only find two songs from Ring to share with you on the music player over yonder, I added Fun n' Games, from the album of the same name, and Maybe, from Weird Food and Devastation.
Oh yeah. An there was only one lizard in cuz Melly's yard. But he was a real doozy. A little lizard/toad half-breed. Cool, eh?
Leave a comment to win the "Prada" purse next Wednesday!
Tell me about:
Other 90's music that is super good, to which we might be forgetting to listen.
Mormon Music Microcosm (have just coined this phrase)
Klaus. (Or other attractive foreign crushes from your past.)
Creepy natural worldly things in your yard and/or home.
(I am especially interested in poisonous things and reptiles.)
P.S. If you own any Connells music, can name that lizard, or know Klaus, please leave two comments. You totally deserve an extra shot at the purse.