I listen to Radio Margaritaville almost exclusively in my car. One of the things I like about it – aside from the abundance of Jimmy Buffett music I get to hear every day – is that I hear new bands frequently. Some are clearly better than others. One song I found myself singing along with is Soundtrack of the Summer by The Massacoustics. Imagine my delight when I heard they were playing at the Hog’s Breath.
This band is actually a team of two brothers, Andy and Matt Thompson who are from Boston, hence the name (that, and Thompson Twins was already taken). They put on a good show, always to a larger-than-normal crowd. After seeing their show last year, I bought their CD for Florida Keys Guy for Chanukah (For the correct spelling, click here). After listening through the CD a few times, it was evident that (a) these are some talented dudes and (b) they have some built up resentment, particularly noticeable in the overly-sarcastic-but-still-quite-catchy, Livin’ The Dream. With lyrics like “you always wind up playing someone else’s favorite song…nobody wants to hear complaining…just shut up and sing, man” you know where they are coming from. I love a good dose of sarcasm, peppered with a bit of angst, so naturally, I love the song.
A few years ago, while taking a ski lesson (read: being gently coaxed down the mountain by a woman I was paying an exorbitant amount of money for…) I was completely terrified. I’m a native Floridian, have already had ACL reconstruction, and this is a big, snow covered mountain. Jen, awesome as she is, suggested I sing. Just pick a song and sing it, and that, in theory, would take my mind off of the fact that I was 9,000 feet above sea level and there were people whooshing by me in all directions. Yeah, right.
Fast forward a few years… I still ski with Jen, I still need some coaxing – but now it is coaxing down the steeper blues, not the bunny slope, and I still sing (badly). I have decided that Livin’ the Dream is the perfect ski song – it fits with my sarcastic nature, proves that I only ski to appease Florida Keys Guy, and I can change the lyrics to suit my needs… Just shut up and ski, man. I’m already looking forward to my playlist for next year.