Friday, November 27, 2009


Today is not only Friday, it is Black Friday - the semi-official start of the Christmas shopping season, the day on which massive retail sales will fill corporate ledgers with black ink. At least, so hope the retailers.

[I say semi-official mainly because the Christmas season seems to begin earlier every year. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade used to serve as a sort of starting gun to the festivities (it’s almost more of an Advance Christmas Day Parade), but now that seems to have been pushed back to Hallowe’en.]

We’re sitting here at Chez Elisson, comfortably bloated after yesterday’s festivities. The fridge is packed with leftovers, the counter stacked with pies. And it’s time once again to see what sort of Random Choonage my Little White Choon-Box will disgorge.

Let’s check out what’s playing today, shall we?
  1. Jungle Boogie - Kool & the Gang

  2. Act III: When I Woke Up - John Adams, Nixon in China

  3. Sirba Matey Matey - The Klezmatics

  4. In Dust We Trust - Chemical Brothers

  5. Tones for Joan’s Bones - Chick Corea

  6. Sports & Wine - Ben Folds Five

  7. Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street? - Bruce Springsteen

    Hey, bus driver, keep the change
    Bless your children, give them names,
    Don’t trust men who walk with canes
    Drink this and you’ll grow wings on your feet
    Broadway Mary, Joan Fontaine
    Advertiser on a downtown train
    Christmas crier bustin’ cane, he’s in love again.

    Where dock worker’s dreams mix with Panther’s schemes to someday own the rodeo
    Tainted women in Vistavision perform for out-of-state kids at the late show.

    Wizard imps and sweat sock pimps
    Interstellar mongrel nymphs
    Rex said that lady left him limp -
    Love’s like that (sure it is).
    Queen of diamonds, ace of spades
    Newly discovered lovers of the Everglades
    They take out a full page ad in the trades
    To announce their arrival
    And Mary Lou she found out how to cope
    She rides to heaven on a gyroscope
    The Daily News asks her for the dope
    She says “Man, the dope’s that there’s still hope.”

    Señorita, Spanish rose
    Wipes her eyes and blows her nose
    Uptown in Harlem she throws a rose
    To some lucky young matador.

  8. I’m Willin’ - SeaTrain

  9. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number - Steely Dan

  10. Get Your Hands Off My Woman - Ben Folds

It’s Friday. What are you listening to?

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