I can remember hearing David Bowie on the radio the summer I turned ten and thinking he sounded really cool—like, literally, cool, as if he were made of ice. I loved the “And if you say run…” bridge on “Let’s Dance” (“And tremble like a…………… FLOWER!”) and the manic cry of “I’ll give you a man who wants to rule the world” on “China Girl” (though at the time I thought the line was “I’ll give you man o’wars to rule the world”).
Even then, I identified with the opening line of “Modern Love”: “I don’t want to go out, I just want to stay in and get things done.” And the idea of standing in the rain and never saying bye-bye? Ten-year-old me was like, “Yeah, man. That’s life.”
And that was before I found out about Ziggy Stardust.
Just doing some Christmas shopping when I stumbled upon a shop called The Land of Nod, which sells children’s furniture.
It’s an odd name for a children’s furniture store, considering that Nod is where Cain was exiled after killing Abel in the Book of Genesis.
Makes one wonder what the store’s slogan is and whether it mentions fratricide.
(The only reason I knew this bit of information, by the way, is that it was a question in a deck of Bible trivia cards that my high school religion teacher used for the purpose of running out the clock when I was freshman, way back in 1987. Curiously, it’s the only fact I remember from that class.)
A few weeks ago, a colleague of mine asked me to write a profile on the Sound Recording Technology program at Montgomery County Community College. Here’s a link to the article I wrote: http://www.mc3.edu/about-us/news/87-about-us/news/9345-student-finds-his-passion-in-mccc-s-sound-recording-music-technology-program