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« Letters From Home | Main | Talk About Fairy Tales »

Like Riding a Bicycle

Here at Cricket, they're run out of office space, so they've put the contract developers in a pit. Well, a conference room, really. We're very lucky in that it has a phone. One phone, kind of like in Brazil. Although we're being paid by the hour, the focus now is on bug fixes - and there are many bugs - so it's a bit like piecework. When the roof started to buckle last week, it was almost DTC's own Triangle Shirt Waist Fire.

Anyway, privacy's unheard-of, and concentration's at a premium, so I've borrowed the gold-plated Backbone Radio noise-cancelling headphones and have started listening to Yahoo! Music. The Big Band station mostly, for now. A lot of the songs are new to me, but most aren't, and it's surprising how many of the lyrics I still remember.

I tried listening to the Vocal Standards, thinking "Great American Song Book," but I needed the coffee just to stay awake. For some reason, in about 1947, the music world forgot about the backbeat, and everything turned into "How Much Is That Doggie In the Window?" and Perry Como and the Four This and the Four Those. It's enough to make you wonder if Sinatra really lost his voice or if he was just holding out for better material.

I'm tellin' ya, I'm 90 years old, just remarkably well-preserved.

UPDATE: So naturally, they play Jo Stafford's version of "I'll Be Seeing You," my one and only Song of the Week. Which I guess makes it the Song of the Blog.


I highly recommend the My Station setup in Yahoo. After about 3 years of using it I know that I'll always hear what I like, and it's even allowed me to find some other artists (like Madeline Peyroux) that I probably wouldn't have heard otherwise.

The best spot I ever got stuck in was also the worst. It was an east facing attrium so as the fall came and the days shorter it was almost inmposible to work in there for a 1/2 hour or so being blinded by the sun. But ost of the day it was nice and I didn't feel like I was stuck in a cube cave.

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