I have this friend Mark. A friend I made about 5 years ago at work. A work friend, if you will. And like most people you actually like at work, a person you'd hang out with even if you weren't coerced to have your cube next door, they up and leave for another company. Leaving yourself to ....yourself. Alone. With no one to vent to about the crazies that run about the hallways here. No one to say to you, "no, it's not them, it's you, ya big cry baby." But he will listen to your tirades anyway. Because he was just kidding.... um, probably.
These kind of work friends are pretty rare. The kind of rare that, when once on a office field trip as everyone gathered at the hotel's piano bar, thought your idea to request The Carpenters' "Close to You" was a brilliant selection. At least he understood why it was funny.
Anyway, this guy Mark - he had the good sense not to evaporate on me. As an added bonus, he hooks me up with music pretty hard. This guys LOVES music. Has this encyclopedia-type knowledge. One could say he's the human Musical Google. Because he no longer works with me, now he has to mail me the CDs. And you know how excited you are when you're at home and you get something in the mail that isn't a bill or junk? Well, lemme tell ya, it's triple-fold when it happens at work. My perception of my Music/Band acumen is that I think I am pretty solid at knowing "music stuff". I mean, being a former band geek has helped and I think my taste in music runs a pretty sizable spectrum. And back in the day, I'm pretty sure I was the only girl in my high school who had a subscription to Rolling Stone. Still, when we hang out, I pray to God he doesn't start bringing it because I feel like I'll panic and be reduced to a quivering, "yeah, um, you know The Joshua Tree was really good. That Bono guy...heavy," and he'll bust me for the fraud I probably am.
He also reads Star Magazine and similar rags. This is fabulous because when I start an off-the-cuff conversation about Britney and Kevin's marital problems, he knows that the Britney and Kevin in question aren't 2 friends of mine from Massachusetts (this has happened to me in the past because I HATE having to break it down first, only to talk shit about these people). Take today - we talked about the un-engagement of Talan and Kimberly Stewart. No set up. Just pure, unadulterated smack talk.
Anyway, so far the music he has hooked me up with:
Great Big Sea, Fountains of Wayne, David Lindley, Violent Femmes, Pete Yorn, Elizabethtown Soundtrack, and Old 97s.
To date, all I have given him is:
Yeah, Edge: Mark.
Here are a few samplings of his reviews:
"Great Big Sea - "rant and roar" is the best of the band but this is comical since they have had no hits. But then again Britney Spears sold 14 million copies of first album. What do we know?>
David Lindley - "Very Greasy" - All killer, no filler but songs #1, 2 and last must be sampled before you use it as a beer coaster.
Violent Femmes - 1983 album. Big influence on Guster but I have yet to hear Guster use "F" bomb on an album dozens of times.
Fountains of Wayne - "Welcome..."; - Very good even if the lead singer looks like the dorky movie actor in "Road Trip" or "The new guy".
Could not figure out (yet) how to do the Ben Harper mixed album so you will need to cool your jets. This technology stuff is still new to me."
Still, another (for Old 97s):
Because his handwriting is so atrocious, my best guess that one read:
"Cameron said it was okay if I burned this for you. Now don't big Mike start thinking I'm making mixed tapes for you. I will put the big hurt on him if I have to. Love track #2 and Patty Griffin song. I am a chick. -PJ the DJ"
Unfortunately, I have no pictures of my friend Mark so I sat with a local sketch artist and here's what we came up with:
Thanks, Mark - for investing in my music Continuing Ed. the way you have and more importantly, not falling off the radar.
P.S. Brit and Kev say "hi".
P.P.S. "Hugh Jass". Heh. I just got that.