You’re beautiful more beautiful than me …
“Boom Boom Mancini,” Warren Zevon
“Exhuming McCarthy,” R.E.M.
“Remarks to Mr. McLuhan,” Mark Heard
“Remarks to Mr. McLuhan,” Ramona Silver
“Alanis Morisette,” Wesley Willis
“Jim Morrison’s Grave,” Steve Taylor
“Song for Nico,” Marianne Faithfull
“Stevie Nix,” The Hold Steady
“Pavlov’s Bell,” Aimee Mann
“Luther Played the Boogie,” Johnny Cash
“Piazza, New York Catcher,” Belle & Sebastian
A Boxer, a slugger, a scientist, a philosopher, five musicians, and a demagogue. (Do songs named for McLuhan and Morisette count toward my CanCon credit?)
Every time I search for an Aimee Mann song on YouTube I wind up also watching the “Wise Up” sequence from Magnolia. I expect at some point that will stop getting to me. Not yet though.
Belle and Sebastian are an indie band from Scotland, but even they appreciate that hitting over .300 while catching every day is a remarkable feat. Yet somehow this is something 42 percent of the baseball writers voting for the Hall of Fame seemed not to understand this year.