Friday, April 13, 2007

Red Rover, Red Rover

I've been asked, actually tagged, by my friend and colleague David A. Zimmerman to share two tidbits of information about myself with the wide world: a) what does my home office look like? and b) what music am I into now?

So, let's start with part *a*. Here are a few photos of my office space. Since I work at home, this is where I spend ohhh, probably about 10 hours of every day (work and home messing around combined). Sick, isn't it? No wonder I have to go to the chiropractor. A person shouldn't be this sedentary.



Pic #1 = my desk













Pic #2 = Jeff's desk












Pic #3 = the wall that connects us











So that's that. Frankly, I'm scared to imagine what these photos reveal about me and my work habits. I guess those are best left unsaid. Yes, there are two imacs on my desk. No, I don't work for NASA.

Okay, on to the second part: Music I've been dabbling in.

1) On the only cool radio station in the entire Metro Detroit area (Ann Arbor's 107.1 should you come to visit) Jeff and I have heard this Mexican duo called Rodrigo y Gabriella (I think that's how you spell it). They offer some amazing acoustic guitar work with a latino flare. Somehow they manage to do a version of Stairway to Heaven in a rockin spanish guitar style that actually works quite well.

2) Lately I've also been enjoying the scratchy falsetto-ey voice of Ray LaMontagne on his album Trouble. Don't worry, it's not really that troublesome, and the song Trouble is quite nice.

3) When I was in college I got to hear this great band, Harrod and Funck, several times live. Since then the Funck part has dropped out of the music scene, but Jason Harrod continues to record catchy, thought-provoking albums. His album Bright As You offers some gems like My Mad Girlfriend ("My mad girlfriend is comin over tonight. I like the way she makes me feel. you know I wanna find out if her mad love's real. Did I tell you that I want to make it better? Did I tell you that I'm stickin around? I wanna meet her when she lets her guard down."). And on grey, snowy April days I like to listen to When I Fly Away, reminding me that I won't be spending the rest of eternity in this pergatorial pre-spring drabness.

4) I've been a fan of Neil Finn for a long time, but for some reason lately I've been craving a little Crowded House. A guilty pleasure one might say. They have that distinct sound of bygone years, yet somehow it has a kernel of currency.

5) As an aside which I'm sure Dave will enjoy as a fellow Sujan Stevens fan, one of my friends here is best friends with Sufjan Steven's sister, and actually used to hang out with him. So I'm trying to fanagle myself into a meeting with him sometime, but since he spends most of his time galavanting around Europe with his groupees and his sister lives in China, it seems unlikely. It's so difficult being this close, and yet still this far. . .

Well, that's it for that I guess. Let's see, Red Rover, Red Rover, let Jen, Pam and Stacey come over. . .

Ta ta for now.

7 comments:

David A. Zimmerman said...

OMIGOSH. I'm so glad I tagged you. I was jonesing for Crowded House myself today. Have you heard the Finn Brothers' "Gentle Hum"? Beautiful. And you're two degrees removed from Sufjan?!?

Becky said...

I haven't heard Gentle Hum--itunes, here I come!

Yes, two degrees from Sufjan. It's torture, pure torture.

J said...

I wish you would have let me clean my desk up a bit. I think Dave should check out Derek Webb's album "Mockingbird".

Becky said...

Well Dave, I guess crowded minds think alike.

Hardy haw haw haw.

Stacey said...

Hey, I actually got the same tags as Dave so I've got the music bit on my blog. You can check that out (and appreciate the nod to Baby Boy - I think that's what y'all were calling him :) As for the desk thing, I'm afraid I don't have a home office. Just a great new couch and a re-painted desk. But we'll see what I can do for pictures anyway. Could be fun. Thanks for the tag!

staceyhoff said...

Hi,I followed you over from Single in the suburbs. Cute blog. I wish I had such a cool home offcie!!! Anywho, I posted on your Feb.22 posting. But you might never see it so I thought I'd let you know up here LOL

Stacey said...

Hey, mission accomplished. Pictures of the home office are up at SiS (hey, I like that little accronym :)