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A Few Quick Notes

Posted in Alexi Murdoch, Michael Jackson, R.E.M. on June 29, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

Just a few quick notes to wrap up the weekend and start the new week off right.

***Last week, my mother-in-law gave us her old record player and a decent collection of old vinyl. I hooked the record player up to my wife’s stereo system on Saturday and spent a good part of the weekend listening to old Beatles and Springsteen albums the way they were originally released. The sound was warm, and fuzzy, and real… a sound I haven’t heard in a long time.

I grew up in the 80’s with cassette tapes and CD’s, but I did have a record player when I was a kid. Of course… the only records I owned as a child consisted of The Pink Panther singing punk songs, Cookie Monster singing disco tunes, and The Smurfs just being generally smurfarific. I can’t tell you how great it was on Saturday to spin R.E.M.’s Document on an actual turntable. I can’t wait to fill out my R.E.M. vinyl collection.

R.E.M.: Welcome to the Occupation (Buy Album)

***Sunday afternoon, my wife and I went to see a matinee showing of Away We Go with John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. We both enjoyed the film immensely and found it to be quite funny with a great deal of heart. I don’t want to give anything away about the movie, but I will say it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I recommend it if you can find it at a theatre near you.

The reason I’m writing about it here is the stellar soundtrack featuring singer/songwriter Alexi Murdoch. Songs from Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and The Velvet Underground were used in various scenes in the movie (and appear on the soundtrack), but the most pivotal moments were accented by original tunes from Murdoch. His hushed vocals and gentle melodies really added to the film.

Alexi Murdoch: All My Days (Buy Album)

***Finally, I feel obliged to add my contribution to the ongoing Michael Jackson tributes that have consumed the blog world since Thursday afternoon.

The first “real” album that I ever owned (outside of The Smurfs) was Michael Jackson’s Thriller. I won a cassette copy at the faculty Christmas party at the high school where my parents worked. I still remember getting excited when I saw the tape as one of the possible prizes for the faculty raffle, and being absolutely thrilled when my parents allowed me to pick the prize for them when their number was called.

The choice was easy, and I wore that tape out. I loved every second, and learned every word of every song on it. I was five years old.

My favorite song was “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” I’ve probably listened to it fifteen times this weekend.

Michael Jackson: Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Buy Album)