I swear this isn’t turning into the Lily Allen blog, but her new video bears mention. The song is called “It’s Not Fair” and if you hear it before you see the video, you wouldn’t think there’s anything terribly “country” about it. It’s more or less a dance track, a song you hear and then mentally picture the bass thump-thump-thumping in an urban nightclub somewhere. After seeing the video, though, you may feel differently. Of course, there is nothing remotely country about Lily Allen. But that’s why I like the video so much, I guess. I mean, Porter Wagoner? Nice curveball – and she’s still a terrible dancer, too. But the songs – she’s got an arsenal. Shouldn’t take you long to realize what the song is about, either, if you really listen. And the band in the video – guaranteed to crack you up.

Other stuff:

  • The 60 Minutes piece this past weekened about this Conficker virus seems to have ruffled a lot of consumer feathers. Whenever I hear about big, nasty computer viruses I, perhaps naively, just shrug my shoulders. Because it seems like nothing ever becomes of them. Now, I should add that I do carry the Norton Anti-Virus software on my computer and I keep it updated fastideously. I also make sure I have any Windows updates. I did almost lose my entire hard drive once, music included, so I pay attention to this stuff. But all the hoop-dee-do about these huge viruses never seems to get me overly worried. Today’s Boston Globe article makes me feel a little better.
  • This morning after dropping off the boys at day care, the Scorpions song “Still Loving You” came into my head. No idea why. I’d love to understand better how the brain works with stuff like this. You know? Like, how the hell does a song from 7th grade (1984, BTW)  make its way into my head one morning when I’m on the verge of 38? Anyway, I was never a big fan of The Scorpions. My friend and I used to make fun of their accents when we saw them on MTV. Their music – sophomoric at best. But there was something about “Still Loving You.” I mean, if a Scorpions song pops into your head, shouldn’t it be “Rock You Like A Hurricane” or “No One Like You?” That’s probably what comes into everyone else’s head. But no, I get Still Loving You. The ballad.
  • I’ve been trying cereal with dried fruit in it lately. Call it a phase. It’s those cereals where, when you pour the milk in, suddenly the fruit comes to life and looks like fresh fruit. Weird. But I’m liking it. It can’t be bad for me, ay? This week I tried the Trader Joe’s Blueberry & Pomegranates with oat flakes. Really quite good. I try to keep a close eye on cereals I eat because a lot of them are loaded with sugar. I try to keep my cereals to under 10g of sugar per serving. It limits your choices significantly, but there’s still a good amount to choose from out there.
  • I’m thinking when the NHL playoffs are over it might be time to really move on getting rid of cable tv.Leave it to the Bruins to make me keep spending more money. Hopefully I’ll be spending it through June.