In honor of our friends' new son, who I shall refer to as "Klinger," I present a random eleven:
1. "Follow Your Bliss"-The B-52s. Sage advice, even for those less than two days old. Unfortunately the Weather Channel used this for background music for its local updates one summer when I was in Iowa and I can't help but see radar images of huge thunderstorms whenever I hear it.
2. "Departure"-REM. Certainly it would be better if this song were called "arrival" (which is what it's about, so go figure), but you'll be departing a hospital for home soon, so there you go.
3. "Bargain"-The Who. It wouldn't be a shame if this were the first song you ever heard (though I'm guessing in reality it's going to be something by The Replacements, ZZ Top or Elvis-TCBY). And as Mr. Townsend says: "In life, one and one don't make two. One and one make one."
4. "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee"-The Cranberries. Well, almost. For the next few years I'm sure your folks will wake up and smell something...
5. "So Alive"-Love and Rockets. I am not altering the playlist, I swear. This is random. Besides, whenever I hear this song I think about dropping someone on their face the night before they had a job interview.
6. "More Than This"-Roxy Music. Hmm, if this is taken as a question then you've got a good fifteen years or so before this makes any sense. I don't have"Teen Angst" by Cracker on my 'pod, but if I did, it would make a heck of a segue. Go for a Bryan Ferry hairstyle someday. The ladies love it.
7. "Out of My Head"-Fastball. Forget the title and let's focus on the group name here. You're destined to be encaptivated by a certain baseball team (though not for a second do I believe it will be forced upon you) and take it from me, go for it. Don't pay attention to anything anyone says about it. Deep, deep down, they are all just jealous. Follow your destiny. Just look for the ivy.
8. "Inside Out"-Phil Collins. Hmm, I'm thinking of an event that occurred at a house on Hale a long time ago that could fit in here, but we'll just move past that. As it turns out, I don't have a song in my collection called "Don't Be So Tight." I certainly wish that I did.
9. "Arc of a Diver"-Steve Winwood. He seems to come up in every one of these. I am patiently listening to the lyrics trying to find something that fits here, but so far no good.
10. "When You Dream"-The Barenaked Ladies. I've got 560 songs on my 'pod, and this is the one that fits best, since it's a song about a guy watching his newborn son sleep. A little less than a 2% chance that it would come up. This might bold well for future trips to Vegas. I'm just saying. Plus you've already won the Parent Lottery.
11. "Into the Mystic"-Van Morrison. And we end perfectly. I couldn't come up with a better list for when my own son comes along in December. Maybe we'll call him "Hawkeye."