When You Wake, Ring For Drake

While I’ve explored many different musical paths over the years, my childhood (based on what my parents were into) was generally all about bluegrass and showtunes.

While I haven’t really kept up with the former, I made a playlist covering some of my favorites from the latter a while back, and as a little weekend escape from reality, I thought I’d expand on it by sharing a few great numbers from musical film adaptations:

Marital Discord

My wife and I share a remarkable number of things in common (from a bone-deep love of Star Trek IV and Bon Jovi’s “Blood on Blood” to the fact that both of us would rather be hit by a car than ever type “LOL”).

That said, we also have some longstanding, frankly rather painful areas of disagreement. So, without further ado, here’s a brief list of things that Sarah is wrong about…

Spaceballs: She is not a fan. I know, I’m just as angry.

Jigsaw Puzzles: Though not yet in her eighties (and despite the existence of every other possible form of entertainment), she remains a fan.

Ranch Dressing: She’s disrespected America’s Dressing™ on the record before, but it cuts deep every time.

Loudon Wainwright III: Despite him clearly being a national treasure, she does not celebrate the man’s entire catalog.

The Temperature: I think we can all agree that it’s hotter than the devil’s taint in this car, am I right? Don’t dare look away though, cause she’s definitely gonna surreptitiously slide that heat on the instant you’re distracted.

Immediate Sweatpants: It’s been a long day riding the rails, and you can’t wait to slide right into the loving embrace of your favorite sweats. Get ready though, as the Dowager Countess will be raising a judgmental eyebrow.

New England Clam Chowder: I want it coursing through my veins, she wants it poured down the drain. #sad

Caddyshack: The Spaceballs hate was a punch to the first nut. The Caddyshack hate takes care of the other one.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Time Out of Mind’: Like a fine wine, it gets better with age. This is not an opinion shared across the marriage.

Black Licorice: Since we’re both from the Midwest, we obviously agree (like all civilized people) that Twizzlers are far superior to Red Vines, but then it all goes wrong when she Tokyo drifts into Disgustingtown by endorsing this ghastly flavor.

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25 Desert Island Albums

A set of some of my all-time favorite albums. Disclaimers: I’m sure I’m missing dozens, and to keep things interesting I’ve limited myself to just one choice per artist (and made some controversial choices). Without further ado:

Kid A by Radiohead

Graceland by Paul Simon

Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco

Abbey Road by The Beatles

Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones

Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

Nilsson Schmilsson by Harry Nilsson

Monster by R.E.M.

Southeastern by Jason Isbell

The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie

Nevermind by Nirvana

Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine

XO by Elliott Smith

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road by Lucinda Williams

August And Everything After by Counting Crows

Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins

Elephant by The White Stripes

Weezer (White Album) by Weezer

Achtung Baby by U2

The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian