I happened upon an NFL pre-season game on which Joe Theismann was doing commentary. I know that Theismann was quite the irritant for several friends during his years as part of ESPN’s Sunday night broadcasts.
I was mostly indifferent.
Sure, he’s a bit of a pompous blowhole, but spending three hours listening to his proclamations, once a week, actually held a certain charm to me.
However, one friend was so apoplectic over Theismann’s broadcasting style that he once declared a desire to set him afire.
I found that to be a bit drastic.
Meanwhile, yesterday, I stole down to the parking lot for some quiet and a cigarette. I was thinking of some poll I’d read which questioned people as to what superhero power they’d most want to possess.
(I think invisibility and super strength were most cited)
I looked up to the fifth floor of our building and I thought how the superhero power I most wanted to possess was the ability to start fires telekinetically.
Apparently there is a tiny fire bug living inside me.
And, apparently, the stress of my job has done what Joe Theismann could not do and driven me to thoughts of pyromania.
Graham Parker – Get Started, Start A Fire
from The Mona Lisa’s Sister
I know that Graham Parker is fairly well-regarded and I own a handful of his albums, but I’ve just never found his stuff to be all that memorable.
That said, I love Get Started, Start a Fire. Maybe that explains why, to Paloma’s bemusement, I’ve inadvertantly bought three copies of The Mona Lisa’s Sister on vinyl over the past year.
Shawn Colvin – Sunny Came Home
from A Few Small Repairs
I pretty much ignored A Few Small Repairs when it briefly made Shawn Colvin a superstar. It wasn’t intentional.
Later, when I actually listened to Sunny Came Home, I was blown away.
It’s safe to say that neither Joe Theismann or my office building would still be standing had Sunny been around.
Rolling Stones – Play With Fire
from Out of Our Heads
I freely admit that The Stones have been phoning it in for so long now that it has affected my view of them. And that makes it all the more astounding when something pre-Goats Head Soup pops up on the iPod.
Play With Fire is menacing which is something that The Stones once did as well as any band ever has.
The Thorns – I Set The World On Fire
from The Thorns
Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, and Shawn Mullins – The Thorns had some alternative credentials individually when they got together for one lone album in 2003. The first song I heard from it was I Can’t Remember and the obvious comparison was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
If I recall, the album didn’t cause as much of a stir as I thought it might (or, more likely, had hoped it would). Too bad as it’s well worthwhile.