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The Beautiful Ride

Posted in Book Posts, Movies, Music with tags on October 21, 2008 by Jamie

[Disclaimer: I actually hate the whole metro/bus ride home, which is when I wrote this post originally. However, because it was the last song on the playlist (a song that ended just as I walked into my house, for the second day in a row,) I decided to give it that title. Read on…]

I love the dollar store. And not not just because I’m Jewish. I went in there a couple of minutes ago, and walked out with a pencil, pen, lock, and four packs of gum all for five dollars. I’m usually not the cheap type, but this purchase made me feel more Jewish then ever.

On to other things. I’m on the metro again, and am thankful that my class ended early, even though it usually does and I yet again didn’t get a lift. Although it’s actually not too bad taking the metro today. I have a seat for once, it’s much less crowded compared to yesterday, and my notebook (well, hillroy) isn’t cramped against my oxymoronic upright lap. Oh and I’ve got a great playlist going again.

Except it’s not even by real musicians. It’s the complete collection of “Dewey Cox” songs from the movie Walk Hard, which I actually watched the other night. Both the songs and the movie are extremely underrated. Produced by Comedy god Judd Apatow (Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, etc, ) it chronicles the life of a man named Dewey Cox.

As a boy, Dewey accidentally cuts his brother in half in an unfortunate machete-fight accident, thrusting him into a life that parodies the biographical films of Walk The Line (Johnny Cash,) The Doors (Jim Morrison,) and Ray (Ray Charles,) among others. For example, after the trauma stemming form the machete accident, Dewey loses his sense of smell. (An obvious refrence to Charles’ blindness.)

The movies features a lot of great cameos, many with actors portraying famous musicians from that era (The Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and a few others,) but the real non-Dewey stars are the actresses that play his two wives. Kristen Wiig plays his loving but doubtful (“I do believe in you Dewey, I just know you’re going to fail”) first wife, while Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office,) plays extremely attractive backup singer and eventual wife Darlene Madison.

(Wow, I almost missed my stop, and now I’m stuck waiting outside in the cold wetness that is October Montreal. But at least it’s not snowing.)

Anyways, even though the Dewey Cox playlist is now playing for the second time, I’m gonna start writing about something else. (Wow I should have worn a sweater, it’s actually freezing out here, and it’s rianing too… at least the bus is here.) One second…

Current time: 6:12 pm. That’s about as far as I got with the notebook post. Once I got on the bus, not only did I get a seat, but a friend who I haven’t seen in awhile sat right by me. So I spent the bus ride talking to him, and continuing to listening to the Dewey Cox songs. As the bus pulled closer to my house, the song “Beautiful Ride” came on. It’s the last song he writes in the movie, chronicling his entire life, and talking about life in itself as he is getting closer to death. And for the second day in a row, it fades out exactly as I walk into my house. Extremely weird. So that’s it, here’s the playlist below as promised.

The Dewey part of the songs are actually song by the actor who plays them, John C. Reilly, and as such they’re credited to him officially. Angela Correa sings for Darlene Madison.

Songs I listened to (twice) while writing (all by Dewey Cox unless otherwise noted):

1) (Mama) You Got To Love Your Negro Man

2) Walk Hard

3) Let’s Duet – Dewey Cox ft. Angela Correa

4) Let Me Hold You (Little Man)

5) Guilty As Charged

6) Beautiful Ride

Download of the day: Let’s Duet

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Singing The STM Blues

Posted in Book Posts with tags , on October 20, 2008 by Jamie

I hate public transportation. Despise it. I’m usually a nice guy, and I don’t generally like using suhc a hateful language, but the STM deserves it.

And it’s not just the fact it takes so long to get home. The whole trip, the metro, the bus, and the walking, is an ordeal. And writing about it, while leaned awkwardly against a pole, my notebook bent slightly against my upright lap, (oxymoron?) is even worse.

But I do like writing. And when I switched my blog over to WordPress, I vowed to write more often, so here’s that effort. (Nice, I just got a seat.) In the original Blender, well not the original but the one on BlogSpot right before this, I had this thing called “Book Posts.” Like most of my blog gimmicks, it lasted only a few posts.

I had this hardcover book filled with blank pages I would keep in my bag. When the mood struck, like if i was bored in class, waiting for something/someone, or using the STM, I’d whip it out (That’s what she said,) and start writing. (Wow it’s a lot colder outside than on the metro.) When I’d get home, I’d type it up, and put the post time the time i started writing it.

Anyways, back to my hatred for public transportation. Sometimes if you have someone to accompany you on this death trip, it doesn’t turn out that bad. I’ve actually had some pretty decent conversations with friends or acquaintances while riding the bus/metro. But alone, it’s a bitch. (Damn, no empty seats on the bus.)

Luckily, I’m seldom alone. Barring a random bout of forgetfulness, I usually have my iPod on me. And thankfully, I have a few good playlists. From now on, when I write these “Notebook Posts,” I’ll post the songs I listened to while writing. Actually, I’m gonna do that for all my posts. This playlist I’m listening to right now is very good. I started it in the middle at a random song, and I’ve let it run its course. I am not at all regretting my decision.

One song who’s awesomeness I had forgotten until just a couple of minutes ago is “Sympathy For The Devil,” by The Rolling Stones. Even though it’s up there as one of my favourite songs of all time, I haven’t listened to it in a while. It came up on the playlist a few minutes ago, and the guitar solo is INSANE. It very well might be the best solo on any Stones song ever, and that’s saying something.

Wow my back’s starting to hurt. I hate not getting a seat. Usually, if I’m at home writing a blog post, in the comfort of my own room, with a decent chair supporting my back and the advantage of an ergonomic keyboard instead of an awkwardly bent notebook and a pen, I end my posts early.

It’s not that I run out of idea, more the fact there’s so many other things to distract me which I’d much rather do. When I’m metroing, busing,. and now even walking home, why not continue writing? I have nothing but my music (which I’m still listening to, as Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” begins to fade.

I can’t wait till I enter my house and I leave the horridness of the shlep home.

And here I am. Home sweet home.

Songs listened to while writing:

“Good Vibrations” – The Beach boys

“All These Things That I’ve Done” – The Killers

“Beautiful Boy” – John Lennon

“So Lonely” – The Police

“Sympathy For The Devil” – The Rolling Stones

“Johnny B. Goode” – Chuck Berry

“Jolene” – Dolly Parton

“Living On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi

“Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder