An occasional local drinking buddy
and noted cynical bastard tipped me off to a chain of used CD shops, Beat Goes On
Stopped into a couple of them this morning and walked about with about a dozen. Clerk asks Sheena, "Are these all for you?". Yes. "Oh", he says. She looks up puzzled at the question. "Kind of an odd mixture of music".
Ah... the odd mixtures. Isn't really that what life is all about?
As Sheena plays them through one by one this afternoon, the video highlight moments of her life come flooding in...
The Essential Earth Wind & Fire ($12.99). "Fantasy" and "September". Evoke the dusty back roads of Healdsburg Wine country in Northern California. Convertible top down. Hair all fucked up and not caring. Stopping in at Ridge Estates looking out the window over the vine covered valley and wishing. And wishing again. And trying not to cry knowing her flight home was later that night.
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema ($8.99). Kick ass shows at the Phoenix, Sheena's least favourite live music venue in Toronto, entranced by the harmonies and remembering those early days of excitement being in the Big Smoke and feeling like a grownup.
The Very Best of Kajagoogoo ($10.99). Sneaking in to Broadways at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg underage overdressed beyond all possible imagination and pretending not to be 17 year old high school girls cruising for rich old guys, dancing to "Turn Your Back on Me" with The Beast.
The Cardigans Gran Turismo ($8.99). Couldn't resist after re-falling in love with Favourite Game last week.
Sarah McLaughlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy ($3.99). Having Possession running through my head the first time the chains got snapped on.
Super Colossal Smash Hits of the 90s, Best of the Mavericks. ($11.99) On a first date that happened to occur in Austin Texas due to scheduling conflicts and getting lost in the crowd at the ACL Music Fest and remembering the sheer relief and finally seeing him run toward me, assured that I was just lost and he didn't in fact leave me in alone in a strange city.
There's a few more... but haven't put them on yet...