Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Wednesday Media Mix

Here's a meme from over at My Digital Ghost :

[Listen] See how many songs you can list that have U.S. states in the titles. Hint: think folk and older country/Americana. (I could think of 3 songs about Georgia right away!)

There's an album I've got by John Linnell (one half of They Might Be Giants) called State Songs which contains 15 songs all named after, and about, U.S. states. Skipping that, here goes:

California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
California Girls - The Beach Boys
Hotel California - The Eagles
What Did Delaware, Boys? - Perry Como
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
Sweet Georgia Brown
Theme from Hawaii 5-0
Indiana Wants Me - R Dean Taylor
Massachusetts - The Bee Gees
Mississippi - Pussycat
Mississippi Mud - The Muppets
Nebraska - definitely an album by Bruce Springsteen, not sure if it was a song
King of New York - from the movie "Newsies"
New York Groove - Ace Frehley
New York Mining Disaster - The Bee Gees
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
New York - Art Garfunkel
New York, New York - from the movie "On The Town"
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
New York, New York - Gerard Kenny
Oklahoma - from the musical of the same name
Memphis Tennessee - Chuck Berry
The Yellow Rose of Texas
The Eyes of Texas
Virginia Plain - Roxy Music

[Watch] Ever go through a phase in your life when you watched the same movie multiple times…maybe because it moved you in a certain way that was fitting to your life at the time?

I watched Broadcast News nine times at the cinema when it came out, and Little Shop of Horrors six. Not sure why; maybe some deep-rooted psychosis, maybe I had too much time on my hands, maybe I just liked them an awful lot and the cinema was fairly close by.

[Read] What’s something you read that didn’t meet your expectations, either in a positive or negative way?

Well, if you go in with high expectations, for any media, then there's always a possibility that the book/movie/whatever won't live up to the hype. Similarly, if you've been told something's awful, you prepare yourself for the worst and might well end up pleasantly surprised. Anyway, while there's quite a few examples of the former I can think of, just so I don't come across as too curmudgeonly, I'll go with something that exceeded my expectations. I was at school and they gave us, appropriately enough, Great Expectations to read, which seemed slow going at the start, and I didn't have great expectations (hilarious pun intended) for it, but as I got further into it, things started to improve and to my surprise I found myself getting caught up in it, and really liking it by the end (though I did find parts of the plot a bit contrived and coincidental; but it definitely exceeded my expectations at the time).


Dennis the Vizsla said...

And the winner is New York! (Even though the songs are probably all about the city and not the state ...)

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I forgot all about the California songs and the musical Oklahoma!

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Thanks for the comments.

Dennis - yeah, the songs are probably about the city, but New York's definitely the winner. Since the post, I've also thought of "The Only Living Boy In New York" by Simon & Garfunkel, "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl, and "New York City" by They Might Be Giants.

Kelly - to be honest, not being an American, I was looking at a list of the states and when I got to Oklahoma it was hard not to think of the musical.