|This Mountain Of New-Fallen Snow
||[Jan. 17th, 2013|12:46 pm]
So I'm working away, and my 'pod is working its way through the S songs – short, shot, shotgun. "Shotgun Down The Avalanche" comes up – two versions, the album and an early live performance. (This is one of the reasons I'm going through the better than 10,000 songs on this thing in alphabetical order – not only does it enable me to find duplicates, if I have alternate versions of a song I can compare and contrast. It's interesting what I have in different performances – half a dozen each, for example, of "Kill Kelly" and "Halleluiah".) I was reminded why I like the imagery in the song.|
First is a phrase I immediately put into my Notebook file – The past is stronger than my will to forgive. But what I really like is the title line, Riding shotgun down the avalanche. Not only do you have no control in the chaotic descent, but you're not even in the driver's seat. Even the illusion of control, a wheel to spin and pedals to stomp, is denied you. You're just braced for the coming horrible end.
(The avalanche has begun. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.)
So – what language has resonated with you today?
2013-01-18 03:54 am (UTC)
I was explaining to my co-worker today about my relationships. My boyfriend and I are not monogamous and I have another guy on the side. I told her the other guy was kind of like a secondary (though I don't like the term and had been trying to think of something better for a while) and she said, "he's like a side dish". And I laughed and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. So that's my new term for my secondary relationship.
My friend who calls her grandbabies, "holler babies", because they are growing up in the holler and never go anywhere. Holler babies. I was a holler baby once.
A black student said he went to middle school out in the country in "stab-a-nigger-ville." Since he meant it to be funny I allowed myself to laugh.
Was that Shawn Colvin's song, Riding Shotgun Down the Avalanche?
Oh crap, I just reread the title. It must be. We love her.
Edited at 2013-01-19 01:08 am (UTC)
"Magnificent ruins" - the Boston Globe's film reviewer Ty Burr's description of the aged stars of Amour.