A particularly amusing clip of Jonathan Richman singing Let Her Go Into the Darkness. The funniest stuff is after about three and a half minutes.

e16.jpg I dunno, I guess I never got over my fascination with the robots from Lost in Space. That show is so cheesy and badly done, but when I was eight years old I thought it was the very best thing on TV. And the best part was the robot.

Combined with this is the fact that when I was eleven, I desperately wanted one of those circuit-board kits like this one. You’ll notice in the picture there’s a boy working with the board, and that is exactly the problem. My parents wouldn’t buy me one because I was a girl.

Ah, adulthood. So glorious. VICTORY IS MINE. For I have now discovered a new nerdy obsession: I want to build robots, all due to checking a certain book out of the library.rbfb.jpg This great book gives a step-by-step guide on how to build a robot from scratch, and even if your not a nerd, you’d still think that’s totally cool.

So, after almost four decades, I finally get to play around with circuit boards ‘n’ shit. Which is to say: I finally got my way.

One New Year’s Day, many years ago, a song came on the radio that changed the feeling of this day, and how I felt about music, forever. As I stood in my parent’s kitchen, with its ugly wallpaper and a view of the frozen backyard, I heard a guitar played in a way I had never heard it before, and a voice that called to me. It was, of course, U2’s New Year’s Day, the ultimate song of hope and despair.

To this day, I always play my old War LP, third track, as the first song of the New Year. Listening to it, and watching the video, I amazed how this song is still completely relevant all these years later.