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April 14, 2005

Your Weird Moment of Synchronicity for the Day

I'm listening to "Every Day I Write the Book," by Elvis Costello, and came to the part in the final verse where Costello opines:

Even in a perfect word, where everyone was equal
I'd still own the film rights, and be working on the sequel

To which I thought: Hey! I do own the film rights! I am working on the sequel! Every day I do indeed write the book!

I'm living an Elvis Costello song. Better this one than, say, "Let 'Em Dangle."

Just thought I'd share.

Posted by john at April 14, 2005 11:54 PM

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Bill Peschel | April 15, 2005 08:16 AM

Or "Oliver's Army" although that could be a future OMW title.

Now I'll be hummin' that all day.

John C. | April 15, 2005 09:58 AM

What *I* want to know is if executioners really did shake hands with the executionee to calculate their weight. Didn't they have scales?

Evan | April 15, 2005 11:59 AM

Sometimes I almost feel just like a human being when I listen to Elvis Costello.

Ian Mathers | April 15, 2005 06:21 PM

Hey, at least it's not "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" or, as Evan hints, anything off of This Year's Model. Brr.

Night Dog | April 15, 2005 07:12 PM

Ah, "Punch the Clock".
The entire album -- classic.

wendell | April 16, 2005 12:32 AM

But who was the first jackass to rephrase "I used to be disgusted, now I try to be amused" as "I used to be disgusted, now I'm just amused"? And do I have to pay that jackass royalties to use it as my blog tagline?

Personally, I once lived the opening line of Randy Newman's "I Love L.A."...

"Rollin' down Imperial Highway

Big nasty redhead at my side

Santa Ana winds blowin' hot from the north

And we was born to ride

Roll down the window put down the top

Crank up the Beach Boys

Don't let the music stop..."

The big nasty redhead was my boss' secretary, driving me to the airport because of a family emergency, but it was Imperial Highway, it was a convertible and the Beach Boys were on the radio and for a little while I forgot about the family emergency and giggled uncontrolably...

John Edwards | April 16, 2005 10:44 AM

Costello is just awesome. I knew the Internet bubble era was completely out of control when this worthless little company hired him and Steve Nieve to play its launch party, and then my wife and I were two of the few people who actually tried to listen to the performance as everyone else went on chattering. Ridiculous. But we saw him more recently in a more hospitable venue, the Beacon Theater in New York. Great show.

All of this reminds me that I need to change out the Costello disc in my car's CD changer. I always keep one of his among the six, and it's been "All This Useless Beauty" for a few weeks. Has its moments, but not his very best work.

rayyy | April 17, 2005 10:02 PM

Chapter 1: So you mention Elvis Costello this morning and I think, "hmm.... good music in the 80's - can't believe I'd forgotten about him".

Chapter 2: Next thing I'm googling for used record stores and BAM! - there's one right in my backyard. Who would have guessed? Not me, I can tell you.

Chapter 3: Spent Sunday afternoon in new-found CD heaven and nabbed a couple of otherwise unobtainable disks for *pennies*! Life is good - Thanks John!

Still no Elvis though :( Chapter 4, perhaps, or maybe a sequel? :)

John C. | April 18, 2005 10:13 AM

The title track off of "All This Useless Beauty" is easily one of my favorite Elvis songs, just a great piece of songwriting.

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