1. Political influences
This meme about political influences came from Some Random Thoughts, moved on to The Poor Mouth (as well as Mike Ion and the Kommissar), and got some good follow-ups, including Harry Barnes (here). I got it (slightly dishonestly) from the Poor Mouth (my list here) and tagged Courtney, Andrew, Noga, The New Centrist and ModernityBlog. Noga’s interpretation of the task was focused on influential readings, and she posted excellent extracts. ModernityBlog’s list was more personal. The New Centrist combined both approaches. And now Andrew has finally weighed in. All great lists. Still waiting for Courtney, but that was a long shot. It seems the meme’s lifespan is not destined to be great. Of my taggees, I think only Noga passed it on, to Boycotted British Academic, Bold-Headed Geek [sic?], Anti Racist and Freemania. I believe that, of these, only the Geek responded, with another impressive list, and will get added to my blogroll.
Not suprisingly, George Orwell features heavily amongst the influences.
2. Ten songs
This meme went from Suzanne219 (S) and then went to Richard (C), where I got it. The idea is 10 songs beginning with a letter, and you ask for a letter by commenting on the blog. I did R. Others getting it off Richard were Someday I Will Treat You Good (M) and Stumbling and Mumbling (F). That last one is probably the best of all the lists, in my opinion. And, crushingly, not one blogger has asked me for a letter to keep the meme alive.
Then Darren ruled my list was out of order because I had things beginning with “The” etc – only because he managed to come up with a cool list without resort to articles. So, no “To Ramona”, but “Ring Them Bells” instead. No “The River” by Springsteen, which won approval from 2somewhere. (Digression: nice acoustic cover mp3 by Josh Ritter at Anyone’s Guess.) I’m replacing this with Alabama 3’s “REHAB”, one of my favourite songs, which also has a lot of emotional resonance for me.
And no "The Revolution Will Not be Televised". What to replace it with? Resorting to my My Music folder, which I didn’t want to do, I find lots of candidates: Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Rabbit Foot Blues”;“Rainy Night in Georgia” (originally the underrated Tony Joe White, many covers including Ray Charles, plus a cool reggae version “Rainy Night in Portland” by Watty Burnett and soft rock “Rainy Night in Paris” by Chris de Burgh, who I have an embarrassing soft spot, and “Rainy Night in Soho” by Nick Cave); Blondie’s “Rapture” (the only Blondie song I really like); Hank Williams’ “Ramblin’ Man”; Merle Haggard “Rambling Fever”; “Ranking Full Stop” by The Beat (B-side to “Tears of a Clown”); Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” (no relation to A3 song); Cassandra Wilson’s Miles Davis tribute “Run the Voodoo Down”; Irma Thomas “Ruler of My Heart”; Jarvis Cocker’s “Ruling the Wordl”; Nu Yorican Soul “Runaway”; and Roy Ayers “Running Away”. Hmm. How to decide? I think I’ll just leave it at 9 songs.
NB: Some of these links are to posts of mp3 files.