[lit-ideas] Re: Dishes

  • From: Andy <mimi.erva@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 20:50:00 -0800 (PST)

For cleaning the kitchen I'd probably reach for the old standbys with the long 
shelf life, like Bob Seger's Old Time Rock and Roll; Mony Mony is a great 
song.  Nothing with Deep Purple and never rap.  I was driving one day listening 
to whatever talk show I could find on the radio and happened to come across a 
discussion wherein it was said that insurance companies know exactly what music 
to focus on to sell products.  Apparently they've learned that the music that 
we are most emotionally attached to is what we listened to at the age of 
23.  Leave it to corporations to target their demographics so specifically.    
I finished up today watching the first six parts of The Forsythe Saga by John 
Galsworthy.  It's a really good soap opera of the English upper classes, cliff 
hangers and all, it's quite fun.  Basically, someone falls in love and kicks 
off family feuding. The characters have a bit of flesh on their cardboard 
skeletons and the bad guys (bag guy really, Soames Forsythe, although Darty is 
quite the bounder) was a tragic figure in some ways.  But aren't all bad guys, 
unless they're sociopaths, tragic? 

From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2012 12:37 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Dishes

So here's a question that's important to living: what do you consider good 
dishes music, which is to say good music for washing the dishes.  Ideally the 
removal of grease and so on is a task you do in company, aided by 
conversation.  Machines help, but there are some things machines can't do.  
Pots, for example.  Thus we have the existential situation, the lone person at 
the sink, elbow deep in grudge and drudge.  Music and detergent take the edge 
off.  But what music goes with?

The idea that there is such a thing as dishes music is rooted in the movie "The 
Big Chill."  In that, dishes people dance through drudgery, white folk getting 
into Motown like extras picking cotton on stage in a musical.

What for me goes with?  Laurie Anderson used to be a favorite, "Strange 
Angels."  And then, Ry Cooder, "Meeting by a River."  Now I reach for something 
in the history of hawaiian steel guitar or Oliver Mtukudzi, "Tuku Music."

What, no bagpipes?

How about you?

David Ritchie,
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