Here’s another hypothetical mix CD, this one called “Jeff Bridges… I Don’t Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!” The title’s taken from one of my favorite Tom Goes To The Mayor episodes (though, really, they’re all pretty dang great), and the main idea of this mix is to expose people to bands or songs they might not know otherwise. None of the songs were chosen for ironic value; I tend to find all these songs very listenable, and hope others do as well. The songs worked themselves out into “sides” like an LP, although, length-wise, each “side” here would probably be about 2 sides of a real record, but since this is hypothetical, no one will mind.
One of the things I’ve always been interested in is pop music. Well, that should be obvious, don’t you think? I mean, really — it’s probably less an interest than an obsession. But that’s all right, too. However, one of the other things I’ve been interested in is the use of language and social constructs, like how society views gender and all that kind of happy stuff. The cultural aspects of that kind of thing. And, well, since I’m an American Pop Music Consumer, when I’m talking or thinking about “culture”, I’m typically thinking of what Fancy-Pants Guys The World Over term “low” culture. Which us non-Fancy-Pants Guys The World Over call “pop culture” or “awesome stuff like movies or records and, like, stuff”.