Drooling on the Pillow

Saturday, January 14, 2006

No Man Entirely Leaves 15 Behind 

I was fifteen and my father decided to take me and a pal to the drive-in to see a movie. Bye, Bye Birdie.

By the time Ann-Margret was done with the title song my friend and I felt we had completed our transition into manhood. We hadn't, obviously, but it was a transformitive experience. The old man got very nervous and we had to plead with him not to leave.

Of course that was nothing compared to the walk-off version at the end credits where she did that elbow squeezing thing and the maracas shaking thing.

I recorded it off of Turner the other night. Gracie likes that kind of thing and I had entirely forgotten the position the film held in my Priapic Hall of Fame. Of course, this is 2006 and Grace sees hotter stuff on Nick. She loved the show, but, I've gotta tell you, Ann-Margret still makes me sweat.

Monday, January 09, 2006


I'm a big fan of Leon Russell. In fact, he's been sheparding me through the last few weeks. Since I have very little to contribute to the conversation, I'm just going to post a short Leon Russell songbook.

First up, with a nod to my friend Gregor (please consider contributing to his Ukulele Fund), is The Queen of the Roller Derby.

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If The Shoe Fits manages to be witty while whining about celebrity.

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Carney is an odd and beautiful album and My Cricket is an odd tune from it.

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The next three songs are by Russell's good friend, Hank Wilson.

In The Pines.

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Love's Gonna Live Here.

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And Footprints In The Snow.

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I like Leon Russell because he's all over the place, but always, unmistakeably himself. He's back with the final cut, the funkadelic Strange Power of Love.

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That oughta hold you for awhile.
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