Friday, May 11, 2007
I got the music in me. Whoo!
Hey, did you have a great day? I had a GREAT day. Here's what happened to me: So I was digging around in the attic looking for my dad's golf clubs, when I found my old Casiotone MT-100! Back in the 80s, that keyboard was the real poop! (Pardon my French.) I was in a new wave band back then… and I'll pause while you laugh. My friend Trudy (she's a bank teller) loves laughing at the fact I was in a new wave band, but we were actually pretty good! Our band was called "Rad Town Awesome" and we played in all the hot spots around town. I had a funny haircut—as was the fashion of the time—a blue sharkskin suit, checkered Van sneakers, and a skinny tie that looked like a piano keyboard. And asymmetrical sunglasses! However, they eventually kicked me out because I wouldn't shave off my beard—which was definitely not the fashion of the time.
So no big deal, right? Just join another band. However, as it turns out, its tough to get into already established bands—even when you're a musician of my high caliber. I even took my Casiotone and a mixtape of my jams down to L.A. to audition for a few bands… and got pooh-poohed by every one! For example, there was one band I thought I'd be a shoe-in for: Jesus and the Mary Chain. I mean… c'mon, right? I'm Jesus right here! They said the name was a metaphor. A metaphor for what? I'M JESUS! I'M RIGHT HERE!
And the same thing happened when I auditioned for Animotion, A-Ha, and Kajagoogoo. Weirdly enough, Kajagoogoo was super mean. They were all like, "EWW! Like, it's… Jesus!" As if I had cooties or something. "How is anybody supposed to take Jesus seriously?" That hurt my feelings. And I was like, "Well, I didn't think credibility was a big deal for a band named after baby talk." Anyway, I came back home and eventually just dropped the music thing. No big deal, I just got interested in other stuff.
But today, when I found my Casiotone? Baby, I rocked OUT with my cross out! (And NO, I didn't play Christian music. I hate that stuff.) Here's what I played:
1) 99 Luftballoons — Nena
2) I Ran — A Flock of Seagulls
3) Bette Davis Eyes — Kim Carnes
4) Karma Chameleon — Culture Club
5) What I Like About You – The Romantics
6) Pump Up the Jam — Technotronic
7) Der Kommissar — Falco
8) Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant
9) Hungry Like the Wolf — Duran Duran
10) The Safety Dance — Men Without Hats
Karen (that's my lamb) went nuts when I played "Super Freak" by Rick James. She started cavorting and gamboling, and when I started dancing like Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club? Karen and I blew the roof off that mother! (Pardon my French… wait. Is that French?)
Anyway, what a fun day. I should play my Casiotone more often. Maybe I'll try to get into another band. I hear INXS is looking for a singer.