Saturday, March 15, 2008

Why Did They Have to Go and Do A Thing Like That?

When I was 10, Grand Funk Railroad had a song out called "Locomotion". I loved that song and thought I was hot stuff when my friends and I would do the dance that went along with it. In fact, I remember that for some reason, we got to "perform" that dance in front of the class. I brought my 45, put it on the classroom record player and rocked out with a few others, while the rest of the class looked on.

I thought it was a new song; I didn't know that it was actually a remake of a song that had been out in the 50's or 60's and I was completely unimpressed when I heard the original. We tend to think that our music is/was the best and that most of the newer stuff just ain't so great. At least, that's what I think. Just 14 years ago, I pretty much knew all the popular musicians and the newer music. In fact, I was pretty good at music trivia. These days, I wouldn't recognize most famous people (including actors) if they slapped me in the face! 14 years really isn't such a long period of time to be losing all that knowledge!

Anyway, I work part time in a department store that plays satellite music. It's ok, but I rarely hear music I really like and often hear music I don't like. But the thing that gets me is some of the songs that are remade. I mean, there are just some songs in this life that should never, NEVER be remade. Either because they were bad in the first place and don't need to be resurrected or because they were/are perfect just the way they are.

I know this isn't a new song, but one example I can think of is Bye Bye Miss American Pie. That is a song that was fine the way it was and didn't need Madonna adding any new twists to it. There's some new version of Janis Ian's song At 17 that I think is awful and doesn't at all convey the emotion that Janis did in the original. There are others too, but I can't remember them now. There are artists whose songs should never be remade because they are perfect: Stevie Wonder, Barry White, The Beatles... If there is ever a remake of "Dream On" I will not be happy.

I don't know why I thought this would be a good blog post, maybe I just feel like going on a petty little rant. I also know that it reveals my age and makes me seem like an old lady. But I guess I have to live with that, don't I?

Ok, so it's official (our money has been sent in and received) that my friends and I are doing the craft fair in April. I'm really excited, but I don't have many things to sell. One would think that I would be thrilled to have a legitimate excuse to craft my head off, but I'm actually feeling a little hopeless about it. I have a lot to do, plus I have my real life to take care of and the two don't exactly work well together most of the time.

Sure, I'd much rather make pictures or draw or put cards together, but my daughter is sort of demanding about having her poopy diapers changed. My son has to have some sort of food every couple of hours and wants to tell me stories every 10 minutes and my husband expects to have clean underwear for work (the nerve!) and dinner at night. The cat wants to be fed and petted and let out. My bosses expect me to come to work when I'm scheduled, the bills need to be paid, the dishes need to be done, I need to pay attention to my Etsy chat room friends :) and on and on! So this is what it's like to be a grown up! Ohhhhh.

I just need to come up with a plan and execute it, so that I'll have enough stuff to take with me to the fair. Maybe that should be my commitment for this blog: make a plan and be accountable for it. Now, that's a novel idea!

Ok, gotta go. I'm trying to get my craft stuff organized so that I can spend my time crafting rather than looking around for supplies.

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