song – thirteen (big star)
July 31, 2007
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this is a little cover i glued together of “thirteen,” which is my second favorite big star song (my first favorite big star song is “take care” but not their version, the version that yo la tengo plays). my favorite part of the song to sing is the ooh ooh ooh.
one time i was at a party and this was just after i had learned to play this song and we were all around a bonfire and this guy i knew was playing this song on acoustic guitar. and this guy was and is a much better musician than i am, a million times better, but he was strumming the song instead of picking it. and it just made me angry because it was wrong. listen, covers don’t have to be slavish, but it’s just wrong to strum this song. it should be against the law.
but of course if he had passed me the guitar, there’s no way i would have played it then because i was such a wuss. i am a person who lives inside their head a lot of the time and i used to (and occasionally still do) have these fantasies that i would be tested, that in the middle of some humdrum day a teacher or a girl i was in love with or just a random person on the street would pull out a guitar and say, “play, now” as if it’s a life and death matter and in the fantasy the light of the world would dim down to a spot on me and cars and bugs and people would be silent and wind cut and rain cut and the climate would be temperate if a bit warm and basically if you want a visual reference, something like the album cover of “time fades away” by neil young but in real life and in the fantasy, i would tear it apart, i would own the moment and this would prove to the world that i was worthy of love and success and attention. but you know what, in real life that doesn’t happen, people don’t walk up to you while you’re waiting for the bus and ask you very seriously to play a cover of “i found a reason,” so here’s this right here.
i also watched the movie almost famous like twenty times between high school and freshman year, which is really disturbing in retrospect. i am trying to have a more respectable fantasy life nowadays, promise.