yesterday i was on the phone chatting with my friend The Reporter when we got into a nasty debate music geekdom.
it started beause he asked me who the all-time best canadian musician was.
“neil young,” i said with every ounce of duh-ness i could muster.
“you’re right,” he said.
“i’m not that stupid,” i said.
“i suppose a case could be made for robbie robertson,” he said.
“uh, i guess so,” i said. “but i have no idea who robbie robertson is.”
“you know, the band?” he said.
“the huh?” i said.
“ok,” he said taking a deep breath. “i just want you to know that you have totally signed up for this lecture.”
he then launched into a 15 minute lecture about The Band. allegedly they were a bunch of guys who played with Bob Dylan and lived in a pink house called Big Pink somewhere in new york. there was much more that i listened to with rapt attention. seriously. because i just love when boys geekout about whatever it is they’re passionate about (specifically movies, books and music) (sorry JackAss geeking out about role-playing games doesn’t count).
so then after he finished and i failed the quiz that followed the lecture, i said “you’re such a musicgeek.”
“you are too,” he said.
“i am not!”
“how many CDs do you have?” he asked.
“about 400 or so,” i said. “but i have 5003 MP3s on Roland.”
“yeah, you’re a musicgeek.”
“how do you figure?” i asked.
“the average person has 30 to 40 CDs.”
“yes and those CDs will include Steve Millers Greatest Hits, the Eagles Greatest Hits and Bob Marley’s Legend.”
“i have legend,” i said as this would possibly hel him understand my non-musicgeekdom.
“so do i,” he said. “but i have about five other ones.”
“ok,” i said. “i do have natural mystic too.”
“HA!” he shouted.
“but that hardly makes me a music geek.”
“you love paul westerberg and the replacements,” he said.
“that alone makes you a music geek AND you have boots from the current tour.”
“so?” i asked.
“i am not,” i insisted. “i don’t know anything about the history of rock and am generally clueless about everything that happened before 1982.”
“perhaps,” he said. “but you have way more in commone with music geeks than you do with the average person.”
“i do not!”
then he went on to tell me about how he made this nerdy CD containing something like 22 different versions of tangled up and blue. and, because i am a supernerd, i had to tell him about my playlist featuring 18 different versions of “Can’t Hardly Wait.”
“only music geeks do that stuff,” he said.
“hrmph!” i said.