Howzabout a meme to while away a Thursday afternoon? Here’s one I picked up from SamuraiFrog.
The set-up: Answer the questions using only song titles from ONE artist.
I’m sure my Loyal Readers are already rolling their eyes in their anticipation of which artist I’m going to pick for this exercise, so you know what? I’m going to confound your expectations and go with… Jimmy Buffett. Yes, that’s right, Mr. Margaritaville, about the most un-Rick Springfield-ish musician you could probably imagine, at least from within the pop-rock spectrum of the last 40 years. I realize I haven’t previously said much about my affection for Jimmy, but the fact is, I went through a pretty major Parrothead phase back in college. His imaginary landscape of seedy equatorial port cities populated by lovable scoundrels, misfits, and wanderers was immensely appealing to me at a certain point of my life, back when I was a restless and romantic young man who felt very out of place in his very buttoned-down surroundings. (Oh, who am I kidding? I still feel that way much of the time!) I own every album of his from 1973’s A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean up through Far Side of the World from 2002, which is when I finally got tired of being disappointed by him. (In my opinion, his work has been on a downhill slide since the early ’90s, when he evidently became more interested in running restaurants and selling t-shirts than writing good, honest songs. The last of his albums that I unreservedly liked was Fruitcakes in 1994, and my favorites actually date from the very early “Key West records” to the mid-80s or so.) He’s released three studio albums since then and I haven’t bothered to listen to a single one of them. But anyhow, let’s get down to answering those questions, shall we?
- Are you a man or a female?
“Son of a Son of a Sailor”
- Describe yourself.
“It’s Midnight and I’m Not Famous Yet”
- How are you feeling right now?
- Describe the city you’re living in.
“Stranded on a Sandbar”
- If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
“Far Side of the World”
- Your favorite form of transportation?
- Your best friend?
“We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About”
- Your favorite color?
- What’s the weather like?
“King of Somewhere Hot”
- Your favorite time of the day?
“Stars on the Water”
- If your life were a TV program, what would it be called?
“Tryin’ to Reason with Hurricane Season”
- What is your life like?
“Growing Older But Not Up”
- Your current relationship?
- What gives?
“The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful”
- You expect what from the future?
- The way you would like to go?
“On a Slow Boat to China”
- You wouldn’t mind?
- Your fear?
“What if the Hokey-Pokey Is All It Really Is About?”
- Your best advice right now?
“Treat Her Like a Lady”
- If you could change your name right now, it would be?
“Twelve Volt Man”
- Your motto?
“Why Don’t We Get Drunk (and Screw)?”Oh, come on, surely you knew I couldn’t get through an exercise like this without mentioning that song, right?