Music Notes

Sun Jul 13, 2008

I’ve been suffering under the delusion for days now that Jackson Browne’s album Lawyers in Love was in fact the soundtrack to the film Legal Eagles, which I think I thought was titled as above. I remember seeing Legal Eagles in the theater, though I don’t think any of us knew that it was a thinly veiled retelling of the goings-on surrounding the Mark Rothko estate or that an alternate ending with Darryl Hannah convicted of one murder shows even to this day on syndicated television stations across the land. (And speaking of which, I saw Roadhouse on AMC the other night. AMC, not TBS. It was an estranging moment.)

The song “The Argus” off Ween’s Quebec has led me to think that I’ve been misinterpreting them for a while. I’ve been wondering about their source. And, as a fairly serious Steely Dan listener, I don’t think that “Pandy Fackler” is supposed to be sung in a Donald Fagen imitation. I also don’t think it’s a good song.

When I cut the grass or weedeat, I’ve taken to wearing protective glasses. They fog up quickly in the Louisiana heat, as you might imagine, and as my shirt dampens, I’m left with no effective way to dry and clean them. I thus walk around grasscutting or weedeating half-blind and feel somehow redolent of the postindustrial condition.