Sunday, January 14, 2007
Ringo Starr 'Choose Love'
I must admit something… I have some stupid little ritual involving how the CD’s in my collection become my chosen “CD of the Day”. Obsessive compulsive or just plain nuts, it has become something of a daily lottery for my personal enjoyment.
My last CD choice was Shakira’s ‘Oral Fixation, Vol. 2’ (Pink Floyd’s ‘Works’ was a cassette tape in a different wing of the collection). When that album was issued, it was given a catalog number by that manufacturer. Nowadays, it is also part of the UPC code and if it ends in “-2“, it’s a CD. If it ends with a “-4”, it’s a 4-track cassette tape. And in rare instances these days, you may be able to pick up a “-1”… A vinyl Long Playing record album.
I take the last two digits from her album’s catalog number. In this case, it’s eighty-five. Then I count off that many in alphabetical order and it becomes the next selection chosen for my listening pleasure. In case I run into something ending in “00”, I count that as “100”.
Whether I’m in the mood for it or not, it becomes the musical choice du jour. I may deem it unworthy of remaining in my collection and discard it. Or I may find out how great the CD is and the exact reason as to why it’s in my collection. It has always done right by me and it keeps the music flowing instead of stagnating the water.
When I was getting close to where Shakira’s “85” was going to end, I was getting a great sense of hearing a band in my collection that I absolutely love… Starz. Instead, I got today’s choice… A CD that caused me to physically wince when I pulled it from my Peaches CD crate. An album that took a bit of a critical beating when released, but it’s not a bad album. ‘Choose Love’ is peppered with many musical styles that bring enjoyment when you choose to embrace the melody and kind of leave your brain behind. The messages are simple and easy to understand. Ringo breaks no new ground. In fact, he’s asking you to come out, dance on his legacy, kick up a little dust, and stamp it back down in “party down” fashion.
Today’s musical choice isn’t that bad at all… I’d give it a “B-” because the album is misunderstood. And since Ringo’s catalog number ends in an “02”, Starz’s ‘Violation’ CD is NEXT, BABY!!!!
Growing up, I never totally understood The Beatles. ‘Helter Skelter’ was the first song that caused me to notice them. It was loud and obnoxious, it wasn’t like ‘Yesterday’ or ‘Let It Be’ that was all over my transistor radio. It was different. It got my attention, but it didn’t cause me to become a “Beatles freak”. I couldn’t care less and if asked, I would always come out on the “don’t care for The Beatles” side of the fence. I have always thought they were over-rated and I still think that ‘Pet Sounds’ from The Beach Boys is better than ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
I wonder what Charles Manson thought of Ringo’s CD. Is he still getting any messages? Would he find some deeper meaning buried in the lyrics of “Free Drinks”? Has he talked over the harmonic qualities of “Some People” with his guardian shower buddies with badges?
I’m sensing a new bumper sticker here… “WWCT… What Would Charlie Think?”
Who knows… Maybe Charlie has moved on to Hall & Oates