What's more exciting than writing a NEW YEAR on a check? It's like taking a shower and feeling all the dirt just wash away and emerging a new person. Actually, it's nothing like that. Not even close, but it's a good feeling nonetheless. Accuracy isn't one of my strong points. It does mean that another tax year is over and a new one has begun. All you self-employed people, keep good notes and track of your receipts. For you, life is an eternal deduction.
U2--"New Year's Day": Every time I see the video with these gentlemen standing out in the snow I think how much I hate wintertime. I don't ski. I don't build snowmen. I don't like cold. The only thing I get to do is shovel snow. Which hurts my back. Which makes me tired and cranky. Moreso than usual. Can you imagine? Someone bring on the Doan's Pills! Do they still make them?
This Will Be Our Year": Well, this song doesn't actually address the "newness" of the year, but it does express an optimism for the upcoming 365 days. Whereas George Constanza on Seinfeld was content with the "Summer of George," Colin Blunstone and the Zombies were determined to get an entire year for their troubles. Best thing about this tune is that if you buy the album it comes from--that's the incorrectly spelled Odessey And Oracle--you get a whole bunch of other swell tunes to enjoy as well.
The Breeders--"New Year": I interviewed these folks once over the phone and it was one of the craziest experiences I've ever had with a band. They were drunk or high and throwing the phone to each other and the two sisters--Kim and Kelley Deal--were having fun trying to pretend they were each other, deliberately saying things that the other one didn't want said. They would wrestle the phone out of each other's hands. Finally they put the dude in the band on the phone and he just seemed so amused at the whole thing that I was kind of jealous. This was a band that couldn't survive for the long haul, but when they're together, it's quite the scene.
New Year": This band is sorta the anti-Breeders. Where the Breeders were all about excess and craziness and having a good time, Death Cab For Cutie are more about getting your homework done and going to bed at a reasonable hour. These are polite, responsible young men who you would feel comfortable purchasing home appliances from. You know they'd guarantee their product and wouldn't give you the runaround. Quality folks.
Rod McKuen--"New Year": From his album In Search Of Eros, which I now have to find. I'm a huge fan of Rod McKuen. Well, I'm a fan of the idea of Rod McKuen. I can't say I've enjoyed his records all that much. I like a few of his quieter things where he sounds like he's dying in the desert. But the upbeat stuff makes me think he's part of that Up With People! campaign where they encourage you to keep your lawn looking sharp and to subscribe to bad magazines where they condense books. Someone once described him to me as "Leonard Cohen without the talent." It's like they could be describing me!