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Friday Five - Music, Music, Music
Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003, 1:45 a.m.

Question: Does white lipstick ever really work?

What I Learned: Hide the good CDs.

1. What was the first band you saw in concert?

Alright, are you sitting down? The Monkees. As in, "Hey, hey, weíre the Monkees" Those Monkees. Yeah, thatís right. I saved my lunch money to get the cash to go to that concert and gave up a month of ice-cream sandwiches in the process - a favorite lunchtime treat at the time. It was pretty exciting, let me tell you, sitting up in the nosebleed section with a couple of equally wide-eyed girlfriends and a long-suffering mom (not mine, I might note as she was too clever to be trapped into it - her fear of driving which she bravely overcame for small junkets like hitting the grocery store had finally came in handy).

I wish I could find the concert program, as it would probably be worth a fortune now. I do remember it had glossy Yardley cosmetic ads with models sporting ultra-pale frosted lipstick called slicker lipsticks, fishnet stocking, minis, and very hip go-go boots. These chicks looked so cool that you knew youíd never catch up. Sadly, my understanding is that Yardley ran into some business troubles and sold off their brand name to Wella and most of their old physical plant/business park is gone now. Gone too, or so I thought, was the fabulous perfume that was the Yardley hallmark in my book - Oh! De London. Interestingly, I just stumbled upon something very nostalgic - itís backÖ kind of right here and I think Iím going to have to place my order for old timeís sake.

2. Who is your favorite artist/band now?

I keep forgetting because every time I buy a CD that is actually popular I never see it again as it goes into the great teenage music churn that moves between car (not mine), room (not mine) and CD carrying case (not mine). Man, itís so hard to be cool anymore. I canít even play the right music because it has gone missing.

So right now itís west coast jazz and major mellow tracks for me. Check out my playlist if you want to know what Iíve just spent my hard-earned cash on or canít get our of my musical system. One CD that I have virtually played into the ground is West Coast Jazz.

3. What's your favorite song?

Songs are like Lays Potato Chips. One - not likely. However, here are my favorites by mood.

  • To be uplifted - Amazing Grace.
  • To feel peaceful - Silent Night & Ave Maria.
  • To kick some butt - Aretha Franklinís Respect and Chain of Fools.
  • To be happy - Aerosmith - Walk This Way and Dude Looks Like a Lady.
  • To be moody - any Tori Amos or Juliana Hatfield song will do.
  • Sadly romantic: Linda Ronstadt singing Nelson Riddle. Whereís my martini?
  • And of course get a beer and put on Patsy Cline singing - I Fall To Pieces.

Tomorrow, this could all change.

4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be?

I play piano but I wish I could play guitar too. The harp would also be cool but letís get real - where I am going to put a damn harp?

5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why?

Pat Benatar - she can sing up a storm and I am sorry we havenít heard from her lately. Her music formed a backdrop for a whole decade of my life. Thanks, Pat!

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