Every once in a while Danny will surprise me with an iTunes card.  For a while, iTunes wouldn’t recognize my debit card for some reason, and after a few frustrating emails the Apple people gave up on me.  “But I can’t buy any music on your website,” I protested.  “Sorry.”  “But don’t you want my business?” I asked.  “You’re too much trouble.”

Okay, they didn’t say that exactly.  But that was pretty much the gist of it.  I should have bought my music elsewhere in protest, but iTunes was familiar and convenient.  So I started buying gift cards.  Now suddenly my card works again, but Danny still brings me a gift card now and then.  Which is nice.  Danny is a nice guy.

When I load up a new gift card, I try to fight the heady rush of power and possibility inspired by that little “$15.00” at the top of my iTunes window.  I try to take my time and make wise choices, selections that will build the integrity of my music library.  I mean, I need at least five good songs for every embarrassing Kelly Clarkson song.  I need a good balance of songs to run to and songs to feel angsty to.  And lately I’ve been trying to build a sturdy foundation of some older classics, music that’s soothing and nostalgic.  Those tracks are like cable-knit sweaters in burnt orange or Thanksgiving dinners that feature can-shaped cranberry sauce.

This has given me an excuse to load up on my old school boyfriend, Neil Diamond.  Don’t judge.  “I Am I Said” is amazing, and you will not convince me otherwise.

Willie Nelson has also made an appearance, and I’ve been considering The Carpenters, but I haven’t committed to them yet.

A lot of this music reminds me of my mom.  In fact, I could put together an entire playlist (or perhaps many) of songs that remind me of Mom, not all of it falling into the orange-sweater-canned-cranberries category.  It would look like this:

  1. “Forever in Blue Jeans” by Neil Diamond
  2. “Can’t Go Back Now” by The Weepies
  3. “Copperline” by James Taylor
  4. “If I Had a Million Dollars” by Barenaked Ladies
  5. “Let It Be” by The Beatles
  6. “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds
  7. “Danny’s Song” by Kenny Loggins
  8. “Daydream Believer” by The Monkees
  9. “Everybody’s Talkin'” by Nilsson
  10. “The 59th Street Bridge Song” by Paul Simon
  11. “Song for You” by Alexi Murdoch
  12. “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
  13. “Question” by Rhett Miller

My mom didn’t know all of these songs.  She probably didn’t hear Alexi Murdoch or Rhett Miller or much of Jack Johnson.  These are just songs that I know, intuitively, that she would like.  Others pretty much belong to her, in my opinion.  She used to play “Copperline” on loop in the evenings, throughout the whole house, and I remember her singing “Danny’s Song” when she was getting ready to go out with my dad when evening.  I was in my pajamas with wet hair, and she let me have a dab of the solid perfume inside a floral locket she’d had since I could remember.

Locket perfume is a total luxury.


10 thoughts on “copperline

    • I do have Genius, and it is a little Spooky. Although sometimes I’m not sure I like the person the Genius obviously thinks I am. Am I really that folksy?

      It reminds me of a YA novel I just finished — Feed by M. T. Anderson. If you haven’t read it already, you might like it, with your interest in technology. I might post about it soon, but I’m still absorbing it.

  1. I remember how sick of “Copperline” I got. Now, it just makes me tear up. I saw JT in concert a few years ago and that song brought tears to my eyes.

    On the upside of music memories, I hit “Wide River” by Steve Miller Band yesterday on my commute home and thought of someone doing hand motions!

    • I would like to note for the record that I still remember all moves to said dance and perform it whenever the need arises.

  2. i love this so much. it is so awesome how music holds so many memories, or a song can make you think of someone who never even heard it. your mom inspires a pretty awesome playlist 🙂 for what it’s worth, my vicki playlist would include “going down to cowtown” but i think that is a positive thing.

    also, where can we get perfume lockets?? i had a cheesy plastic one as a child, and i would pay a hefty sum to get a real one these days. maybe we can find matching ones that say “BFF” on them! i am going to check etsy now…

    • I love Cowtown! And I’m thinking that I should put together an Amy playlist, for good measure. It would be very hip and a little emo and definitely include some Dashboard Confessional.

      I actually searched around for perfume lockets after I wrote this! There are a few out there. We may, in the future, need to become locket buddies.

  3. Itune cards are great but when funds are scarce and you have not squirreled a download or 2 away, may I suggest checking out the free download of the week – not always great music but definitely worth checking out. Have to agree with you, genius is creepy but puts a lot of interesting artists together, with a library that has a little bit of everything – shuffle can make for some harsh transitions.

    • Every once in a while my iTunes shuffles to a dramatic reading of Hiawatha I downloaded for class. Always a rocky transition. But really, I like hearing a mannered British man chant, “By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
      By the shining Big-Sea-Water…”

  4. “Everybody’s Talkin” is one of my most favorite songs. You should hear the Jimmy Buffett version. Reminds me of Key West.

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