Say my name / Sun shines through the rain...
Sunday, November 7, 1999
Corrections, Changes, and Columbia House

In response to question 22 in yesterday's survey, I wrote:

Isn't "silly flamewar" a contradiction in terms?

Fons Taddic reminds me of the flamewar on a Deborah Gibson mailing list over whether Deb or Brittany Spears had the higher IQ.

I stand corrected.

For that matter, I keep forgetting to correct this:

Quite some time back, I mentioned in an aside that my long-neglected Rogue Market portfolio hadn't done very well. I was in error, having neglected to update the statistics, and having misread the stats I did see. In fact, the majority of my holdings skyrocketed.

Not that it matters. I've gone back to neglecting the portfolio.

I've found that I can sometimes pick up ABC, but only if my computer is off. Since I usually have my computer on as long as I'm home and awake, this effectively means that I can never pick up ABC. However, the reception was particularly good tonight, and I decided that for a new production of Annie I could make an exception.

(And then my younger sister called me about twenty minutes into it, so I hit "record" on the VCR, turned off the TV, and proceeded to talk to her for the next hour and a half, so I'm still watching it as I type this, later that night.)

Right at the beginning, in "Maybe," I think there was a very slight lyric change that makes a world of difference. So now I'm wondering whether there was, in fact, a change, and, if not, what the lyrics actually are.

Specifically, Annie is speculating about her parents. And, ever since I memorized the motion picture soundtrack years ago, I've been under the impression that she sings:

Betcha they're good
Why shouldn't they be?
Their one mistake
Was given up: me...

Well, in the new version, she clearly sings:

Betcha they're good
Why shouldn't they be?
Their one mistake
Was giving up me...

World of difference, no?

A couple of weeks ago, I allowed myself to submit to the lure of Columbia House's offer of 12 free CD's for the cost of shipping and handling, plus the committment to buy four more discs over the next couple of years. It had been far too long since I'd bought any CDs at all, and I finally snapped.

So, for whatever insight into my musical tastes this might provide, my twelve selections were:

  1. Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas

    Her best work. The first time I heard this was shortly after it was released, playing on the in-store speakers at the local Sam Goody. I ended up staying in the store for most of the album. The covers of older songs are better than those she composed. In particular, the "Joy to the World" medley rules.

  2. Paula Cole: This Fire

    I don't want to wait...

  3. South Park: Chef Aid

    I'll be honest; what I'd really wanted was the movie soundtrack, but this was the closest I could get. I don't know much about it otherwise, but, hey, it's South Park. Oughta be decent. Or, rather, indecent.

  4. Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

    I don't think I'll ever be able to listen to this album without thinking of Thursday nights at the college newspaper, and I wouldn't have it any other way. It was a staple in our CD player in semesters gone by, although I didn't find out just which disc it was until months after I first heard it. Great album for deadline work.

  5. Cherry Poppin' Daddies: Zoot Suit Riot

    Oh, yes. There's a Cherry Poppin' Daddies concert on LiveConcerts.Com that I've listened to simply dozens of times, ofteb while working on term papers. It'll be nice to get their songs on CD.

  6. Skid Row: Forty Seasons: The Best of Skid Row

    I want this greatest hits album for two songs, which happen to be the only two songs I've heard of theirs: "18 and Life" and "I Remember You." Both rule, especially the former. And I've felt the need for more metal in my collection; I hardly have any now.

  7. They Might Be Giants: Apollo 18

    My first exposure to this group came with Dr. Demento's 25th Anniversary Collection, which included "Particle Man." More recently, they performed on "This American Life," on the episode recorded live in New York City. It was this, and a later segment on the same program about their "Dial A Song" service that led me to check out their concert on LiveConcerts.Com, which I've now listened to almost as often as that Cherry Poppin' Daddies concert mentioned earlier.

  8. Ella Fitzgerald: Ella at Duke's Place

    Featuring "The Brown-Skinned Girl (in the Calico Gown)." As mentioned in yesterday's entry, I heard the song recently, and I want the album.

  9. Sophie B. Hawkins: Timbre

    Her third album, finally released after a long fight with Sony, which wanted the banjo part on "Lose Your Way" to be replaced with a guitar. Some fans bootlegged the song on the 'Net and bombarded the record company with protests until they finally gave in and released it as-is. I've been waiting to get my copy of the album ever since.

  10. Bon Jovi: Cross Road

    Another "greatest hits" album. I did mention that I wanted more metal in my CD collection, no? And that I consider these guys to be heavy metal in the first place may say something about my musical tastes. Late '80s pop is basically my music. Anyway, what I want here are "Bad Medicine" and "I'll Be There for You."

  11. The Bangles: Greatest Hits

    Two words: "Eternal Flame."

  12. Sheryl Crow: The Globe Sessions

    Well, I love her first two albums. I don't really know much about the third, but I assume it's up to the same standard.