and all i can think about is the music

7:15am on Sunday morning.

Sharaun’s arrived safely in Florida last night, and I spent the day cleaning and recovering from the party.  People ended up coming over for football Saturday, despite most of them having just left the night/morning prior, and we grilled ribs in the rain (with a huge umbrella shielding the fire).  I steam-cleaned the carpet and did general pickup and tidying.  Place looks good for a guy left alone for a weekend, I must say.

Keaton’s in the kitchen eating her waffle and yogurt (one of her favorites – Sharaun had a stroke of brilliance substituting syrup for a yogurt “dip sauce” and it works great).  When she’s done I’ll get her down and jump in the shower to shave and get ready for church.  Don’t tell Sharaun, but I brought her into our bed last night to sleep with me; I mean, it just seemed like there was so much empty space there.  And plus, it’s just her and I this weekend – so I can do what I want.  (I was beaming proud inside of the ponytail I gave her the other day when people told me it was an exceptionally good “Daddy do.”)  Since I’m working remotely tomorrow with her, I think we’ll go on a picnic for lunch.

OK, what about Halloween?

Halloween went great this year.  And not just the props or the party, but the trick-or-treaters too.  We got quite a few more than in years past and all of them seemed to get a kick out of the setup.  A setup which, by the way, remained 100% functional all night – gremlin-free for the first time ever.  So, yeah, Halloween night was the single solitary rainy and windy day all month… but ain’t that always the case?  Just before dusk fell on the street I had two uprooted tombstones needing repair and one backwards-facing witch I had to tweak.  But, things totally came together in the end and the wind even died down enough for the fog chiller to do it’s business.

The party also went off swell, with a great turnout and honestly one of the best times we’ve had at a party we’re “in charge of.”  Several people mentioned that it was fun – so I’m happy.  And guys, one of the best moments of the whole night for me was when the second distinct person came up to me and praised my garage playlist.  One guy even said, paying his third or fourth compliment, “Where can I buy this playlist?!”  Well, he screamed that, actually – over the cacophony of Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World.”  Being that it was a somewhat hasty and totally eclectic mix, I was worried.  Look, I’ve now written something like three paragraphs about the dang iPod playlist… sheesh.

Oh, and just in case you’re that guy… here… it’s just over six hours of music and it’s way better than Sharaun’s:

Grandaddy – A.M. 180
Nine Inch Nails – All The Love In The World
Cut off Your Hands – As Happy as Can Be
Ben Folds – Bitches Ain’t Shit
2 Bad Mice – Bombscare (Original version)
The Breeders – Cannonball
Kanye West – Celebration
The Cure – Close To Me [Closet Remix]
Shout Out Louds – The Comeback
Phoenix – Consolation Prizes
The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer
Led Zeppelin – D’yer Mak’er
Of Montreal – Eluardian Instance
Cut Copy – Feel the Love
Animal Collective – Fireworks
Band of Horses – The First Song
The Streets – Fit But You Know It
Modest Mouse – Float On
Modest Mouse – Florida
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Forever Heavy
Jimi Hendrix – Foxey Lady
The Chemical Brothers – Fuck Up Beats
Wailers – Good Good Rudie
Kanye West – Good Morning
Clor – Good Stuff
Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times
Slade – Gudbuy T’Jane
The Helio Sequence – Harmonica Song
Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire
The Cloud Room – Hey Now Now
Explosions – Hip Drop
Black Kids – Hit The Heartbrakes
The Bravery – An Honest Mistake
Animals – The House Of The Rising Sun
T. Rex – I Love To Boogie
Of Montreal – Id Engager
Modest Mouse – Interstate
The Strokes – Is This It
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming
The Go! Team – junior kickstart
The Go! Team – ladyflash
The Chemical Brothers – Leave Home
The George Baker Selection – Little Green Bag
Iggy Pop – Lust For Life
The Hold Steady – Massive Nights
Chuck Berry – Maybellene
Ohgr – Minus
The Cribs – Mirror Kissers
Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop
The Strokes – The Modern Age
Malajube – Montreal -40°C
Soul Brothers – Mr Kiss a Bang Bang
Johnny Osbourne – Murderer
Menomena – Muscle N’ Flo
Cloud Cult – No One Said It Would Be Easy
Animal Collective – Peacebone
The Most Serene Republic – Phages
Built to Spill – The Plan
Alexander Henry – Please Be True
Prodigy – Poison
Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement (Interlude) (Produced By Just Blaze)
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
Prince – Purple Rain
Wolfmother – Pyramid
Nirvana – Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Refugee
The Strokes – Reptilia
The Beatles – Revolution
The Rolling Stones – Rocks Off
Jason Collett – Roll On Oblivion
Beastie Boys – Root Down (Free Zone Mix)
Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail
Weezer – Say it ain’t so
Of Montreal – A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump
Lily Allen – Smile
Beastie Boys – So What’cha Want
Wolf Parade – Soldier’s Grin
Ben Folds Five – Song for the Dumped
+/- – Steal the Blueprints
The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
Postal Service – Such Great Heights
Prince Buster – Ten Commandments of Man
Kanye West – Touch The Sky (Feat. Lupe Fiasco)
The Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Vampire Weekend – Walcott
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
Eagles of Death Metal – Wannabe in L.A
Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
Wreckless Eric – Whole Wide World
Cloud Cult – The Will Of A Volcano
Jackie Opel – You’re Too Bad
Wolf Parade – You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son
Spoon – You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
The Faint – Your Retro Career Melted
The Strokes – 12:51
Jay-Z + DJ Danger Mouse – 99 Problems

Goodnight.


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