Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Peeling the Onion

A long time ago when I was stealing music off of Napster without a conscience I put together a CD of very personal songs. They were songs that I grew up with. Songs that I secretly liked for whatever reason but wouldn’t dare tell anyone. I need to keep my Guy card in good standing with the Guy club you know. I needed female companionship not female laughter humiliation.

Then a funny thing happened. I left it in the CD player at our cabin once when a number of friends were over and somehow they had managed to get past the security lasers, the two inch solid lock, the encrypted logon prompt and actually play the damn CD.

They really liked it!

Since then I’ve found that I’ve given that formula of songs over to a whole lot of people. I’m still not comfortable with sharing to just anyone, but it no longer astounds me that somebody else would enjoy something I made exclusively for myself.

It’s hard to break through the multiple layers of masks one wears to reveal much about them. Some of the toughest looking people might actually have habits or preferences that society would brand them as sissies for. People would laugh at them…if they didn’t fear having their teeth deposited up their ass that is. That’s a proposition requiring many masks in order to avoid.

The only way you can peel the onion of any person is to not cry out with laughter in the process. For if you do, not only is the trust broken but you might become the next meal with those onion layers that were already peeled!

47 comments:

Anne said...

People will surprise you if you let them.

Quirkyloon said...

Ogres are like onions. They have layers.

Cake has layers and much better smelling than onions!

Are you telling us the father of your gnomes is an ogre?

hee hee?

Jean Knee said...

I don't know what you are talking about. no I do not own a precious moments figurine

lime said...

i have always been amazed by the things people have shared with me that they won't share with others. people have so many facets they won't shine the light on.

why look, i even admitted to owning a mcnichol album:P

Chris Wood said...

So many people have a tender, surprising, sensitive side, like finding a violent criminal who weeps quietly in Disney films. And I agree that taking the piss out of such people is hardly advisable.

Now I find myself wondering what the songs were!

The Incredible Woody said...

My husband is a big guy and one that wouldn't mind depositing your teeth up your ass but just act like you are going to poke him in the eye or touch his bellybutton and he is reduced to a quivering mass of goo!!

And I'm with Chris - I'll be wondering all day long what was on the CD!!

Jacki said...

Wow....very introspective for you!

Many people would be surprised to know the "real" me. Even though I am a Christian, I am not the typical right-wing fanatic. I curse, I drink, I like gay people. And I have a naughty side that only Peter will ever see.

On the other hand, many people would be surprised to find out I think it is fun to solve Calculus problems and Fourier Transforms, and that I actually understand the mathematics behind digital signal processing in telecommunications systems.

Perhaps I should let the real me show....

Elizabeth said...

That's neat that your friends enjoyed your music. They probably liked learning a little more about you.
I hate onions, but I agree with Quirkyloon cake layers are much better!

Gnomeself Be True said...

Sounds like you're working up to tell us that you're gay.
Have you told your wife yet?

Kurt said...

VE, you're an attractive man, and I'm sure you will have your choice of men once you do come out. Best of luck

Alan Smithee said...

You laugh to keep from crying.

Bonnie the Boss said...

I like to think that most people are multi-layered. I still get quite a suprise on occasion. I like the "security lasers,2in solid lock, encrypted logon prompt"
I need a couple of those to keep my kids out of things! Where can one obtain said item?

ReformingGeek said...

Wow, VE! Perspective Cat is proud and he's eating the onion....stupid animal!

MJ said...

The exact reason I have no girlfriends: I like video games. But for some reason, guys like me a lot for that...

Gladys said...

I could have sworn I commented but is seems to have disappeared.

So You have the Ethel Merman Disco Album too?

(V.E. I think your doing a great job tapping into the personal)

Jaime said...

very curious about the songs on that cd. and i like the inclusion of something personal.

but i REALLY like that you got rid of the picture of the hand soap - that was just way too creepy

Kanrei said...

A deep VE post? Is the world coming to an end or did I just miss the joke? Great thoughts man!

leelee said...

Very insightful post VE...I knew there was more to you than just being the "funny guy" ;-)

lol w/ kurt (he cracks me up)

HUGS!!

leelee said...

oh and I'd keep Phelps on my survivor team..he always brings the good stuff!

HUGS!

Megan said...

You know what else is good? Parfaits...

I want the playlist!!!!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I don't know how this will sound, but birthing a baby destroyed any and every mask I wore because when you give birth, the room is filled with people and you aren't wearing a damn thing. And that's as far as I'll go with that. Ha! Maybe you should run around outside naked for a while. I hear its a very liberating experience.... before you know it you'll be proud to tell everyone you love Neil Diamond.

Roy Scribner said...

Killing me Softly went over okay, huh VE?

Beth said...

That's a tease - not one song from your special CD!
I'm very careful as to who is allowed to "peel my layers" (and I'm not talking layers of clothing). One snicker and the peeling is over.

Kris said...

I'm keen to know what was on that CD...

Kevin John said...

..and then you knew who your true friends were.

Nessa said...

So are you saying it's not ok to point and laugh? 'Cause I like to point and laugh. Is it ok to use my elbow and giggle? How about nod and smirk?

Janna said...

I like such a freaky variety of music that it's bound to annoy just about anyone.

I like classical music, oldies from the 50's & 60's, New Age, 80's music, Celtic folk music, Gregorian chant, and some heavy metal too.

Notice how I refused to call 80's music "oldies."
That would just make me feel waaaay too old.

VE said...

Anne - Most people don't let them

quirkyloon - I'm suspecting it was an ogre that raised my gnomes. Nothing else explains their overall stubborness and demeanor.

jean knee - Bahahahaha...oops...so much for the unpeeling...

lime - Bwahahaha. McNichols...see how bad I am. I'd never get through a single layer. Sounds like you are very trustworthy though

chris - Ha! That violent criminal/Disney example is a bit disturbing...

incredible woody - How did I know I'd get requests for what was on the CD...nice try

jacki - Thanks. Part of the experimentation today. Notice I didn't even call attention to that change...I just posted it. I think I knew a lot of that about you from reading your blog all this time. Well perhaps not the stuff Peter knows...he wouldn't sell me the DVD! ;)

elizabeth - I know cake...but it's so much more fattening. Nobody is gonna steal the onion and eat it all!

gnomeself be true - Ask Suz if I'm gay! ;)

kurt - Ha! You never miss a chance do you. You crack me up. I have a number of gay friends but no, I'm not inclined myself.

alan - Only when I don't get my way!

bonnie - True. But I don't know about my whole lazer/lock thingy; it didn't seem to do the job. Those crafty people...

reforminggeek - Thanks. I gave it a shot. Experimentation. And I'm sure the cat will want to sit on your lap and breath on you once he has eaten the onion. That's what cats do.

mj - You are like a video guys wet dream for that attribute. Unless you beat them that is...

gladys - Thanks. I LOVE Ethel. Ok, not really. But nice try...

jaime - Come on, you want the hand soap poster. I'll open my store up just for you...

kan - Yeah, I know. Something new for me. No...there wasn't a big hidden joke; just some experimentation. You'll see some sprinklings of that and we'll see if people like that or not. Thanks!

leelee - Yes, funny is my biggest layer, isn't it?

megan - You want the playlist. You NEED the playlist. But, alas, you cannot have the playlist. "Keep the mystique...always the mystique". Now...tell what movie THAT is from and you will have peeled your own VE layer (ps - I think I quoted it slightly off so I doubt google will help you)

arizona - Yeah, birthing pretty much does that I would imagine. You could take it further though. Birthing - The Reality TV Show...

roy - Nice try there buddy. But it's ok for you to like that song. It was a hit you know...

beth - What about a Butterfinger? Snickers are so filling...

kris - Songs... ;)

kevin - True; very true. It's the process to discover that which calls for risk and trust

nessa - You can point and click but you can't point and laugh. Sort of like the old "you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose"

janna - I like New Age Oldies ;)

Serena said...

Excellent words to live by. People are so multi-faceted that you just never know what's beneath the surface 'til they allow you to peel a layer or two.

The Self-Deprechaun said...

This is profound and sincere. What's going on and are you cutting onions while writing this? It's causing tears.

VE said...

serena - I'd like to be multi-platinum. Well...I'd like the royalty checks from it that is

self-deprechaun - I cut some cheese...

Uncivil said...

Are you tryin' to tell us that you listen to Abba, or Boy George maybe?
Do you really want to hurt me?
Do you really want to peel my onion?

VE said...

uncivil - I peeled your layers and found....a DEMOCRAT! ha ha ha ha

Mrsupole said...

I have kept on reading and agree, I would like to know what the songs are. Well not the names but just what era the songs are from.

VE said...

mrsupole - That's fairly generic. I had something from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00 decades. Well...you asked.

Sarah said...

I'm thinking that you at least owe us a singer/brand name of ONE of the songs on the CD. Come on!

I didn't dare bring my favorite teddy bear from childhood with me to college because if anyone so much as eye rolled in its direction I probably would have karate chopped them in the throat :)

VE said...

sarah - Karate chops in the throat are not inviting. Ok, you give me the name of the bear and I'll give you ONE song...

Chris Eldin said...

I liked the songs you had blogged about a while ago--are those on your CD?
Perhaps your blog needs a theme song....
:-)

VE said...

chris - Not one of those were on my CD. A theme song? Hmmmm

Sarah said...

My bear's name is Buddy. Now cough up a song!! :)

VE said...

sarah - Awwwwwwwwwwwww. BUDDY! ha ha. And where is Buddy now? Is he still a buddy? ;)

Ok, you earned it. One of the songs was "Theme from a Summers Place" by Percy Faith. It's entirely instrumental. It takes me to a place that I never experience but sterotype with this song: The early sixties innocent clean cut fun picnic by a beach in California. I have no idea why.

Sarah said...

Yup Buddy the bear. Poor Buddy is still at my mother's house where she dresses him up in creepy doll clothes. Come to think of it, I must rescue him!!!
I will have to check out that song.
I wonder what it might take to get more of this infamous playlist?! :-)

VE said...

sarah - Poor Buddy...he needs a rescue. No civilized bear should be dressed up in people clothes. Well, except Smokey the Bear...cause he's cool you know.

teeni said...

Interesting to think of layers and masks. I think for some online personas, it is just merely that you only see a certain facet of their personality and not the whole thing. I think some people can't help that as it is not easy to truly see yourself either. Interesting post though. I wholeheartedly agree that you can't get to know someone if you are going to mock their differences from you or ridicule them. I think that would not be conducive to a person sharing more of themselves.

VE said...

teeni - Online personalities are the ultimate masks! Or are they?

Carla said...

Wow, you're getting into some kind of deep stuff.

VE said...

carla - It was an experiment. I'm gonna inject some of these every now and then. There a little more difficult to make funny. It's less over-the-top humor and more subtle interjection.