Radiation Day 22 – Timely tunes and the Coen brothers

Beam room music rundown:

  1. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen – It was very difficult to keep from attempting to bang my head a la “Wayne’s World” when the rockin’ part comes on.
  2. “Rocket Man,” Elton John – Seems topical given the new biopic. I enjoyed it (the song, that is – I haven’t seen the biopic).
  3. “Rag Doll,” Aerosmith – A Boston band, through and through, so it also seemed appropriate. I was never an Aerosmith fan, yet somehow I know all the lyrics to this song.

With big R in Rome, my big sister is in town, having all manner of new life experiences including learning what it’s like to parent a six year-old and driving (regularly) in Boston. Unpacking those experiences together has been refreshing and helps me see my daily life through different and inquisitive eyes. We’ve just generally been hanging out a lot, and that’s been really fun. I had the crazy idea that we would binge the Coen brothers’ canon in the evenings, but after watching “Blood Simple,” I decided some of their stuff is just too dark/bleak/nihilistic for me right now. I started thinking maybe I only really like their funny films, but “No Country for Old Men” is just so damned good.

3 Responses

  1. Those songs are bangers! What are they trying to do to you? I imagine a music video where you slow mo bust through the face mask at the Bohemian Rhapsody peak, box jump up onto the table, redirect the beam with the palm of one hand, like “nah,” while the other hand tears your shirt open. The beam bounces into the techs’ control room, where it melts down the chairs they’re sitting in, they hop up and air guitar/drum behind you while harmonizing the crescendo. This brings an unprecedented energy to the waiting room, which takes on the electric air of the famous Queen Rock Montreal documentary, and your work for the day is done.

    Also, I did not know Aerosmith was from Boston. The words to that song (which I also know by heart whyyyyyy) are all kinds of wrong.

    Thanks for your patience showing me the ways of Boston traffic and six year olds. It *has* been fun hanging out, actually a real treat to just share time and thoughts with you. I love you.

  2. I wouldn’t have been able to control myself when Steven Tyler of Aerosmith starts scattin’ in _Doll_. Scribbledy bibbledy bop!

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