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Monday, February 27, 2006 |
( 2/27/2006 09:49:00 PM ) Bill S.
"IS THERE LIFE AFTER BREAKFAST?" – Today was one of those work days for which the word "shitty" seems woefully inadequate, a day when you come home from the job muttering and repeating to yourself, "Why in God's name am I still working for these people?" To say I was driving home surly and embittered would be to put a positive reframe on my state of mind at the time. And then Carolyn, the woman with whom I regularly car pool to work, pulled out a CD-Rom that her hubby had burned with me in mind: it was a copy of Ray Davies' new solo release, his first recording of new material in years, Other People's Lives.
Just the sound of that great gawky voice comin' through on the speakers, wrapping itself around a whole new round of pop-rock compositions, was enough to pull me out of my funk. I played the disc the rest of the way home, and, to be honest, I couldn't tell you if it was any good or not, but it sure made me feel pretty damn fine. Some pop talents make you so glad to see or hear 'em again - that the first reaction they spark is plain and simple joy just coz they're still around. That's the way this long-standing Kinks fan felt today. Gimme a couple of weeks, and maybe I'll be able to review it for real, but for now I'm just grateful for the way it turned around my ultra-crappy day. That sort of experience is review-proof. . .