Who’s the musical one in this relationship?
As many of you know, Jen plays the piano. Some of you know that she can play it really well and in fact, teaches piano lessons one day a week at the house. Jen can sit down and play a one of Mozart’s sonatas. It’s beautiful — even though she rarely does it much now.
But ask Jen who is performing a song on the radio, and you might as well have asked her what Element 78 is on the periodic table! (It’s platinum by the way.)
I, on the other hand, can’t play any instrument to save my life. Jen tried to teach me to play piano when we were dating in college. Bad move. I couldn’t understand why there weren’t three simple steps to learning Piano Man. I think the “lesson” lasted about 20 minutes. One of the keys to any successful relationship is figuring out what the two of you can’t do together!
As you know, I have posted a playlist to this site. I listen to it a lot when I am on the computer in the office and at home. Jen loves the songs on the playlist. But she is constantly asking me who is singing which songs. It cracks me up every time she does it because she’s the musical one. My only remotely musical abilities are setting the presets on the radio and downloading music from iTunes. And apparently the ability to recall which artist is playing which song.
There are 2 particular songs on the playlist that Jen likes, and she always asks me who is playing when they come on. Sometimes, these songs will come on, and Jen will get all excited and say, “Don’t tell me. This is . . . oh I can’t remember.” And I will remind her who the artists are. The 2 songs that give Jen the hardest time are Gary Jules‘ version of Mad World which was featured in the movie Donnie Darko. The song is actually a Tears for Fears song, but I like the slower tempo of the Jules version. The other song is Ben Kweller‘s Thirteen off his self-titled CD. Both songs open with just a piano playing, but Kweller’s voice is a little bit higher than Jules’.
So this morning, I am browsing the internet at the bar in our kitchen, reading about how great the Florida Gators are going to be again this fall on the gridiron. I am listening to the playlist while I browse. And the Gary Jules song comes up. Jen, who was in the study, jumps up and comes into the room.
“OK, that’s the Tears for Fears song, but it’s not them singing. It was in that movie.“
So far so good.
“It’s Jules Kweller!“
I about fell out of the chair!