Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: Riding the Train with NO Wifi

Friday, September 6, 2013

Riding the Train with NO Wifi

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My Train Trip Across the Country

No wifi train riding = limited music listening

I only had 97 songs saved on my phone (but 4000 pics / videos), I'm unclear how or why these songs made the cut. See what I listened to on my cross country train trip with no wifi and super limited data.

P!nk - So What 
This is a great break up song, "So what, I'm still a rock star..." She talks about no longer paying her husband's rent, she says she doesn't want him tonight, etc. Is that truly the case? I think not. 

Let us go into the inner workings of a P!nk song, you're here, you're reading my stupid blog, so you may as well play along. I think SHE does want him, P!nk was the one who proposed to HIM and he's the one who cheated on HER. They got back together, now they have a child, so I think P!nk was blowing smoke. She may have said "so what", but he showed her "what's what." 

Punkrocker - Teddybears featuring Iggy Pop
I don't know why, but my dumb phone always skips over this good song and navigates straight to some stupid song that I'd never normally listen to. This song popped up but one time in my 80+ hours of train riding. I like the sexy girl body / bear head combo on the cover art - do people still call it "cover art"? 

Patti Smith - Redondo Beach
Do you know why I listen to Patti Smith? Because she rules, that's why. Have you ever seen Patti Smith live? If not, you should. Do you know what I said the first time I saw Patti Smith live 10+ years ago? I said, "I would travel to Kabul to see Patti Smith play live." I sometimes site "traveling Kabul" as the ultimate sacrifice, for example, "I'd rather go straight to Kabul" (in place of hell). 

If I had an ounce of Patti Smith's cool factor, I'd be satisfied. (I'd probably also have messed up teeth from too much heroin in the 80s & really weird stories about my times with Robert Mapplethorp). 

Primal Scream - Damaged 
I believe you get what you give... I do, I truly do (I'm not entirely sure I'm quoting the lyrics correctly). I love Primal Scream and back in the 90s I argued with some dude who called them a Rolling Stones rip off band. He must've been mental.

I listen to Primal Scream when I'm feeling nostalgic, thinking about my misspent youth, or when pining over unrequited love. Oh how deliciously self indulgent I can be in my own (would-be) sorrow. In fact, I may listen to this song now.

Smashing Pumpkins - Mayonaise
Any Chicago woman who grew up hanging out at The Metro as a teen has at least one Smashing Pumpkins song in her rotation. I never pretend to have good taste in music, that's why I'm OK with saying Mayonaise is one of my favorite Smashing Pumpkins songs - and not something off Gish.  

I saw the Pumpkins the first time the summer of my junior year (in High School) & Siamese Dream came out years later when I was in college. This was an important album at that time, and quite honestly, I'm not sure how one of the most significant bands of that era simply fell off the face of the planet. Well, that's not entirely true, I do know, the tall bald one in the band tends to be an arrogant ass.

So you ask, what's is my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song? Hard to say, but possibly Rhinoceros (Gish) or if I feel like raising the dead, Behold! The Nightmare (Adore). 

See more posts from my Amtrak trip across the country by searching the label / tag LeylaExpress

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