honey and wax: an anniversary
"Instead of dirt and
poison we have rather chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus
furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness
- The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift
Inspired by the anniversary
message of Frank DeFord on his 1000th broadcast on NPR,
I have decided to reflect on what continues to keep my scented candle
burning here at "a hidden life."
what I'm still doing
- it's the truth, MMMBop still
enchants me . . . every time, every version
- an evolving craft--songwriting
camps and instrument swapping
- music education via discussions
with knowledgeable musicians comparing current Hanson projects with
past and present artists (Ann, rock on)
- that strapping, honest Zac
sings lead on "Wish That I Was There"--and you believe every
- knowing there are 1440 minutes
in a day
- Isaac's unrelenting gawkiness
that reminds you of you
- the false stop in "If
- the one with the longest
hair is the least likely to be mistaken for a girl
- 77th Street
- chiming in on all the extra
Taylor ad libs--you know the ones I mean
- Oklahoma--Hanson's love
of their hometown helped you love your hometown too!
- loyalty--some people just
listened to "I Will Come to You," "Ever Lonely"
and "Sometimes" while others adopted them as a creed
- family--if your relationships
with siblings or, barring that, good friends, haven't changed since
1997 . . what are you still doing here?
- celebrity: down home style--Hanson
shows you what members of your own family might look like if thrust
into the media spotlight ::prolonged smirk::
- ironic titles: "Dying
to be Alive," "Strong Enough to Break" and "Weird"
(think about it ;-D)
- life parallels: the illusion
that you will discover yourself in the latest lyrics (Oh be honest,
like I'm alone in this!)
- songs like "Man from
Milwaukee," "Everybody Knows the Claus" and "Sure
About It" end up as tracks on albums, while others get the ax!
. . . and that tours are named after the capital of Mars
- refined taste in food, clothing,
books, movies and music (They finally broke you of your obsession for
the Adidas stripe, no? You drew the line with brand name pop t-shirts?
that don't travel the country like portable Gaps . . . genuine love
of performing live music
- Gracious me, web savvy:
there is a clever retort to mp3 swapping (Could it be hanson.net?
- a community of bright
and beautiful writers
from afar is not necessarily a curse, but a cultish lifestyle choice
- waking up to compose, edit
and/or perfect your webpage
This is a work in progress--thanks
for the audience! Love you guys!
for a hidden life
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