Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School
I was away from the offices today being, I don’t know, melancholic. I guess that’s the word to use. Maybe it’s not, but it is the word I’ll use right now.
Lot’s happening today and not all of it good. Perhaps that was the cause of things. Perhaps it is the odd joy of everyone finally creating and finally working together. Perhaps it is the term “art” being thrown around in the offices, finally, after years of telling everyone they are an artist. Perhaps it is all of these joyous and wonderful things paired with the knowledge that I am only tangentially involved. I spent all this time and effort pushing for everyone to become creators and I rarely am involved in the process.
Oh, well, that has nothing to do with the title of this post. “Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School” is the name of an album by Warren Zevon. It’s an odd title but Warren is or rather was an odd guy and a genius to boot. You really should check out his stuff. I saw him play only once in person at a club in Fort Worth called Caravan of Dreams. It was a great small venue and I saw many stellar shows there. When Warren played the crowd was equally split between people like me and people who were hired mercenaries. He drew an eclectic crowd. I was digging into the lyrics of this song and then read the album was dedicated to Warren’s friend Kenneth Millar. Kenneth Millar is better known by his pen name Ross MacDonald. If you have never read Ross MacDonald you have missed out. The Chill is a good place to start as is The Drowning Pool or the Far Side of the Dollar. All are excellent. The thing that struck me was the notion that Warren Zevon was friends with Ross MacDonald. It makes sense that Warren would be a fan of Ross. Just listen to his lyrics. Then after the initial surprise wears off, it makes perfect sense that if they met they’d be friends. How could they not?
What is odder is that Rob Zombie is good friends with Malcolm McDowell.
You never know who knows who or who you’ll know or who you know now will be someone everyone knows later and who knows it could be you.
Some Ross MacDonald Quotes for you.
“She was trouble looking for somebody to happen to.”
― Ross Macdonald, The Wycherly Woman
“Some men spend their lives looking for ways to punish themselves for having been born.”
― Ross Macdonald, The Chill
“Never sleep with anyone whose troubles are worse than your own.”
― Ross Macdonald, Black Money
“I have a secret passion for mercy. But justice is what keeps happening to people.”
― The Goodbye Look
And a photo apropos of nothing.