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Your Time is Gonna Come

Things seems to have quite literally been falling apart this week and everything kind of came to a head last night. So to distract myself a bit before bed, I did that music meme which has been running like raw sewage through the internet tubes. I was tagged in Facebook (by Rilla, I believe), but I shall post it here. It was good for a chuckle.

The idea is this: set your Ipod/mp3 player/iTunes/Windows Media Player/what have you on “shuffle” and then answer each question with the various songs that come up as you skip through.  You cannot cheat: the first song goes with the first question; the second, with the second; and so on.  The last song is to be the title of the post.

I shall copy Rilla and comment in italics below the answers, except that I do not have her wit. In fact, I will only comment selectively.

But first, a song that came to me just now.  It will be familiar to those of you of my generation who grew up in evangelical Christian homes.  Enjoy the song and the meme.

The song:

Music-ma-meme, music-ma-meme,
Like no other viral that you’ve ever seen
Whatever you want to meme about
Put your Ipod on shuffle and see what songs come out!

The meme (there are some good ones in there. #17 is both troubling and hilarious as a random answer):

1.What do your friends say about you?
Mr. Soul – Neil Young
I doubt that very much.

2.How would your coworkers describe you?
Girl from the North Country – Bob Dylan
Possibly. I *am* a secretary, after all.

3.How would you describe yourself?
Picture of Jesus – Ben Harper & The Bling Boys of Alabama
*snort* I have a messiah complex.

4.What do you like in a romantic partner?
The Dark Canuck – The Tragically Hip
I guess I chose wrong; I’ve got a light Scandinavian.

5.How do you feel today?
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

6.What is your life’s purpose?
Vertigo – U2
I never quite know where I’m going. So it’s true.

7.What is your motto?
The Valley – k.d. lang
“Every step I take is guided by the love of the light on the land and the blackbird’s cry” or “uncertain and surely hurting”

8. What do you think about the most?
Happiness Is – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Probably more accurate: Happiness Will Be When…

9. What are you going to do on your next vacation?
Like a Soldier – Johnny Cash
I’m going to do like a soldier? How do they do?

10.What do you think of your first love/date?
Kid A – Radiohead
That she had a head on a stick?

11. What is your life story?
String Quartet in G K.387: Allegro – The Chilingirian Quartet
It’s complicated.

12. What did you do yesterday?
Rose of my Heart – Johnny Cash
Laughed and cried? Dunno.

13. What do you think of when you see the person you like/love?
That Was Your Mother – Paul Simon
…*uncomfortable shuffling*…

14. What describes your wedding?
Bright Sky – Bruce Cockburn
True in so many ways.

15. What will they play at your funeral?
Isn’t It Hard to Grow Old – Dale Nikkel

16. What is your obsession?
Satellite – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Either space exploration or complicated acoustic guitar riffs

17. What is your biggest fear?
Red Brother Red Sister – Bruce Cockburn
…ehrm…not true.

18. What is your biggest secret?
If Not For You – Bob Dylan
The secret is this: if it wasn’t for Dixie, I couldn’t find the door, among several other things.

19. What is your biggest turn-on?
Over My Head – Martin Sexton
No comment

20. How do you describe your friends?
I Will (No Man’s Land) – Radiohead
Sitting ducks

21. What would you do with a million dollars?
Sleigh Ride – Barenaked Ladies
Or maybe buy John Merrick’s remains (oooo, all them crazy elephant bones!)

22. What is your opinion of sex?
Fallen from the Sky – Glen Hansard
Sex is…heavenly.

23. What is your biggest regret?
Be Here to Love Me – Norah Jones
I do not regret this. You lie, Ipod.

24. What would you rather be doing right now?
Memories are Made of This – Johnny Cash
*wink wink* *nudge nudge* say no more

25. What is your biggest turn off?
Dear Justice Letter – Fugazi
I am turned off by political fanaticism. So says my Ipod.

26. How do you start your morning?
When It Doesn’t Come Easy – Patty Griffin
IT’S A FACT: Mornings are not easy.

27. What Describes your birth?
Emergency – The Tragically Hip
Not quite

28. What is a typical weekend for you?
Wake Up Time – Tom Petty
“You were sure not to have your spirits dampened/ But you’re just a poor boy alone in this world.” This weekend, anyway.

29. What do you do at work?
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) – Simon & Garfunkel
“Condor” is my code word for #2.

30. How would your significant other describe you?
Know Where You Go/Tell Me Your Dreams – Blue Rodeo
That I’m stalker?

31. How would your parents describe you?
What The Lord Has Done In Me – Robin Mark
Ha! There’s that messiah complex again!

32. What do you think about in the bathroom?
Rouler Sa Bosse – Bruce Cockburn
“roll her bump” … ?

33. What would be a good theme song to play whenever you walk into a room?
I Know What I Know – Paul Simon
It’s a pretty groovy song.

34. How do you like to end your day before bed?
Keep the Car Running – Arcade Fire
…by…um…listening to this song. It’s a good’un

35. What will you post this list as?
Your Time Is Gonna Come – Led Zeppelin

I have 2100 songs on my Ipod, by about 75 artists, and yet Paul Simon and The Hip show up twice and Johnny Cash thrice? Boo, Shuffle Algorithm, boo!

The 2008 Meme

(Stolen from Maryanne)

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?

Preached a sermon (preached several, in fact).  Also, toboganned in -47 degrees celsius (including windchill).

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No and no.  I didn’t really make resolutions, but I did give myself a reading list for the year.   2 books out of 20 are struck out.  I’m easily side-tracked.  I read much less this year than I had hoped.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Possibly.  You tell me.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Dixie’s granny died.

5. What countries did you visit?

Not a one.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?

More self-discipline.  (And by “more” I mean “any”, because currently I’m at about “none”.)

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Birthdays and anniversaries, mostly.  April 24 I preached my first sermon.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Preaching a sermon and loving it.  Getting a second job at the church and feeling like it fit.  (Sorry.  I didn’t expect these answers to get so repetitive.)

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not coming up with better answers for this meme.  Except that I’m writing this in 2009 (let’s hope this is my biggest failure).  I’m sure I failed countless times as a father last year.  That’s pretty big.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Several colds, couple of cuts.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

An iPod Touch.  Or any number of books.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My wife’s.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

My wife’s.  (I’m kidding)

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage.  Diapers (for the kids).

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

As a general rule, I don’t get “really, really, really excited” about anything.  The closest thing to “really, really, really excited” was discovering The Arcade Fire.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?

Something from Funeral.  Or “Keep the Car Running”.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

a) Happier, probably; b) neither thinner nor fatter; c) neither, but possibly a hair poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Reading.  Exercise.  Sleep.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Spending time on the computer. (In fact, I should be in bed right now)

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

Spent it with the in-laws.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?

No.  Stayed in love, though.

22. How many one-night stands?

My night stand is there every night.  Had the same one for 8 years.  They have disposable ones now?

23. What was your favorite TV program?

The Office

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No.  My hate level was stable from 2007 though 2008.

25. What was the best book you read? 

Hard to say.  Either Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright, The Real Jesus by Luke Timothy Johnson, or Yearning by M. Craig Barnes.  The Real Jesus was the most absorbing book I read.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Unquestionably it was The Arcade Fire.  (But emusic.com has forced me to get out of my musical rut and listen to some different things.)

27. What did you want and get?


28. What did you want and not get?

Harsher punishment for parole violators–no–world peace.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

No Country for Old Men

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Went on a date with my wife.  I was 31 then.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Probably nothing.  Unless a patron was in the cards and I wasn’t aware of it.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

“Hmmm…this item of clothing is on top in the drawer/first in the closet.  I think I’ll wear that.”

33. What kept you sane?

Dixie.  The Office.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Don Rickles.  I don’t know.  I don’t pay much attention.  The Arcade Fire as a group, I guess.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The stupid left/right divide.

36. Who did you miss?

My family.  (That was Maryanne’s answer.  I copied and pasted her whole post and left this one ’cause I couldn’t think of anything.  Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?  I’m just not a “misser”.)

37. Who was the best new person you met?

Did I meet new people this year?  Wait…I did:  Gavin.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.

Waiting can be good.  “In the fullness of time” things come my way.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“My horn can pierce the sky!”