Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Night Musical Interlude April 5th, 2013 Edition (plus brief update)


"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (with original video) by Tears for Fears  ("Songs from the Big Chair" release, 1985)

This song (which I love) also has a special meaning to me.

I remember hearing it in the car with my dad and grandma (in the backseat) on a drive from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park on winding roads through a vibrant evergreen forest on a sunny and wonderful Pacific Northwest summer day in early July 1985 (as part of our cruise to Alaska trip). We had gone there from New Jersey ahead of the actual cruise out of Vancouver, British Columbia.

It's amazing to me how young those two -- Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith -- were in that video. I believe they were both 24 or 25.

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"Steppin' Out" (with original video) by Joe Jackson ("Night and Day" release, 1982)

I love this video with its upbeat yet simultaneously mournful beat, the poetic lyrics, and the story it tells (complete with all those early 1980s images of New York City at night).

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This is a very quick Friday Night Musical Interlude (with a brief update) because I am meeting LP and Gary for dinner tonight (ostensibly for LP's birthday that was on April 2nd) at Tuscana West by Franklin Square.

Furthermore, the big geothermal energy production technical paper is now due* in draft form COB Monday, which means I need to work on it all day Sunday and Monday. While I made good progress on it this week, it mostly involved ramping up on my knowledge of the topic, having meetings and collaborating with co-workers, and creating a very partial outline.

*The original deadline was pushed back.

As a result, while I intend to post a full entry tomorrow, by Sunday I have to switch gears* and get entirely into this topic. However, if I don't have the entry posted by tomorrow night, then it will have to wait until at least Monday night or Tuesday. As for the second New Jersey trip entry -- the one that includes actual pictures from Aunt Babe's 100th birthday party -- that is just going to have to wait until next weekend.


"You Make My Dreams" by Hall and Oates (Voices release, 1980)

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As for tomorrow, I'm supposed to go to the National Arboretum with Andrea & Co. Of note, the Yoshino "Japanese" cherry blossoms have been delayed in their flowering owing to the rather chilly weather of the past month, but they are about to bloom (followed about 10 days later by my favorites, the double-flowering Kwanzan) even as spring warmth arrives. We could still use more rain. But I'll write more about this tomorrow.

As for tonight, in addition to going to Tuscana West, I will probably go to No. 9 and/or Nellie's.

OK, that's all for now.

--Regulus

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