Friday iTunes iChing: Marriage in Iowa
Oracle! There is great news from Des Moines – same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa! Where “legal” means “a district court said so” – there’s certainly a state Supreme Court challenge, and perhaps some legislative bullshit posturing, to go. O Oracle, will this decision stick?
- The Covering: “The Howl” – Wolfstone, Pick of the Litter: The Best of Wolfstone 1991-1996
- The Crossing: “Star Of The County Down” – Acoustic Mayhem, Acoustic Mayhem
- The Crown: “Liigua” – Värttinä, Ilmatar
- The Root: “Souvenirs-Ok-Jazz” – Kékélé, Congo Life
- The Past: “Archibald McDonald Of Keppoch” – Tony Elman, Swinging On A Gate
- The Future: “Just Between You And Me” – The Chordettes, Greatest Hits
- The Questioner: “Rosc Catha Na Mumhain/Arkansas Traveler/The Wild Irishman w/Jerry Douglas” – The Chieftains, Further Down The Old Plank Road
- The House: “Travelling By Steam” – Fairport Convention, Jewel In The Crown
- The Inside: “Min Drøm” – Smølferne, Smølfehits Vol. 1
- The Outcome: “Brain Damage” – Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon
(As always, the key)
Fuck. Fuck! There’s no way to get favorable reading from this – 50s-style tight harmonies, intimate secrets, and the closet are coming into play, the House is waxing eloquent about the glories of an outmoded, Victorian mode of travel, and we’ve got a lunatic in the Halls of Congress. I guess it was just a dream.
Can I salvage some snark? “Star of the County Down” is a song about the (presumably but not explicitly male) narrator’s instant lust for a beautiful lass, and his subsequent plans to woo and marry her, all of which are described with no reference to the lass’s actual desires. I wouldn’t ordinarily have attributed opposition to same-sex marriage quite so directly to conservative men’s desire to control women and install lesbians by their fireplaces, but hey, if iTunes says it, it must be true.