Sunday, April 18, 2010

Don't mind me, I'm just dropping off the Anti-Christ

In addition to the usual music, I also have an eclectic taste for some other kinds of music. I don’t like country music yet I have some Patsy Cline, some Johnny Cash, a Willie Nelson song and some early Eagles. All very countryish…

Another thing I like a bit of is electronic music. I got hooked on a Tomita album growing up called “Pictures at an Exhibition” and I dabbled in some Kraftwerk and some Michael Oldfield.

Of course Michael Oldfield created Tubular Bells. What makes that song famous is its use in the movie The Exorcist. To this day, the initial 90 seconds of this song are familiar with about everyone and associated as something creepy and scary.

The song is actually a lot longer and I enjoy the entire song. I played it for my son recently and he was astounded that there was more to the song; particularly some good loud electric guitar in it. The back side of the album is even cooler. They take a repeating melody and build in instruments that are called out to the listener before they add them to the melody. Each one sounds very distinct and yet blends into the rest of them and at the very end they add tubular bells and man….those bells wail compared to the rest of the instruments. Very fun piece of electronic music…

So where am I going with this? Well, Tubular Bells is on my ipod and the other day I was taking my son to a church event where he was meeting some friends. On the way there, I had the ipod cranked up through the stereo on shuffle mode(yes, I have one of those radio controlled aftermarket ipod players set up in the car…I’m that awesome). This means that one second a Christmas song might come up and the next second I might get a screaming Led Zeppelin song followed by a Peter, Paul and Mary folk song. I never knew.

Well, Sweet Home Alabama came up while driving over there and hey, you gotta turn that up! It even says to “Turn it up” in the song! So I turned it up. Of course, wouldn’t you know that as I pull into the church parking lot and up to the hundreds of church-going zealots to drop off my son, the song switches to Tubular Bells. Now everyone is looking at me like I’m dropping off the Anti-Christ right into their church. Great! As they say…timing is everything…

30 comments:

Megan said...

Church? Really?

Mrsupole said...

Well it could have been the Jaws music which to me is a lot scarier than the Exorcist music. I still will not go into the ocean without looking for "The Fin", oh okay, I still will not go into the ocean. Looking at it from a distance is fine for me, especially on the deck of a cruise ship.

And as long as your son was not embarrassed, then who cares what others think. Sounds like you and your son have a lot of fun together. That is cool.

God bless.

Roy said...

Awesome! You just can't plan great moments like that!

Tom said...

i think we had Ozzie Osborne on the radio pulling up into church one day...not good.

strange song...it does go on a bit longer than i'd realized!

Brian o vretanos said...

So if a pack of cards is "The Devil's Picture Book", is an mp3 player on shuffle mode "The Devil's Choir"?

CatLadyLarew said...

The Anti-Christ showing up at church would make the trip worthwhile! Way to go, VE! (I'm sure your son was impressed, too!)

The Incredible Woody said...

Way to make an entrance!!

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I'm sure they were all thinking, "Oh, it's just Ed!"

sharonheg said...

Aw hell, I would've done it on PURPOSE! LOL!

lime said...

bwahahaha, your ipod sounds as diverse as mine and i think i would have had to linger in the church parking lot and cranked up tubular bells even louder. that's just too funny.

Baino said...

See .. that's why I don't pull up at Churches!

nursemyra said...

I used to own a copy of Tubular Bells. And many many years ago I saw The Exorcist. But I can't recall the music being used in the film. Maybe the churchgoers can't recall it either and thought you were "one of them"

Elizabeth said...

My husband has that CD and I hated it when he would play Tubular Bells. It took me about a year, but I don't get goosebumps anymore when he plays it.

ReformingGeek said...

I guess you could have a minivan with a DVD player and have it showing The Exorcist while driving into the parking lot.

Oops.

aladdinsane12 said...

aha, that's awesome! the "halloween" theme would have probably been a good one, too. or some satanic death metal :)

Janna said...

I'm 40 years old and I've never seen The Exorcist.
And I've never owned an iPod.

But wait!

All is not lost; I DO know who Michael Oldfield is. I used to own one of his cassette tapes in college. It was the one with Flying Start on it.

And if you're talking about the "Pictures At An Exhibition" written by Mussorgsky, I know that one too!

Hopefully this makes me slightly less pathetic.
Maybe.

Jen said...

Next week you should play Hell's Bells.

Subby said...

You'd love my playlists...just sayin'...and yeah, the full version of Tubular Bells is on there...muwahahahaaaa!

Roy Scribner said...

It seems like every time I pull into a Church parking lot, Rob Zombie is mysteriously shuffled to the front of the deck.

VE said...

Megan – First again? Really? (no…it was a friend’s church…sheesh…)

Mrsupole – I’ve swum in deep water many miles off the coastline before. It is a little creepy…

Roy – True…but you can tell the story later…

Tom – Yeah, I don’t think Ozzie is very high on the Roman Catholic hierarchy…

Brian – I’m sure the pope thinks so…

Catladylarew – Well, I gave ‘em all something to talk about…

Incredible woody – I doubt I’ll get invited back for Easter…

Perpetual chocoholic – There might have been a few saying that…

Sharonheg – You mean I should have rented a devil’s costume too?

Lime – It’s also embarrassing when the guys are in the car and some cheesy 70s song comes up…

Baino – Just drop them off on the freeway and let them walk from there, eh?

Nursemyra – What exactly were you doing to not being able to recall all of this?

Reforminggeek – Now that would have been a bonus!

Aladdinsane12 – I don’t think they can distinguish satanic death metal from any other kind of metal…

Janna – Wait…we’ll send you an ipod with the Exorcist playing on it…

Jen – True…then they’d starting picking up a theme…

Subby – Excellent…

tony said...

God Moves (+Taps His\Her Feet) In Mysterious Ways..........

JenJen said...

You are crackin me up VE.


TURN IT UP!

OKAY!

Sarah said...

So was your son mortified or did he think it was funny?

If he was embarrassed tell him it pales in comparison to having your father pick you up from a 7th grade dance by coming INTO the dance in a wife beater, sweats and bedroom slippers while yelling out your pet name across the gym in front of hundreds of kids to find you. :)

VE said...

Tony – Apparently he/she’s picking on me a lot…

Jenjen – It’s a requirement!

Sarah – Now that’s embarrassment…I try and not embarrass the kids; they do such a good job of it themselves, they don’t need my help…

secret agent woman said...

I still cringe a little when I remember my son at 4 standing in the playground belting out "Burn Down the Trailer Park."

VE said...

secret agent woman - But that's a community service...

Jaime said...

next week, you should blast highway to hell

VE said...

jaime - Good one...I can make it a weekly series...

The Silver Fox said...

"The Exorcist" came out when I was in high school, and I bought the Mike Oldfield LP for the full version of "TB." Excellent album! I was also into electronic stuff by Walter (later Wendy) Carlos, thanks to "A Clockwork Orange."

VE said...

silver fox - I was too...all excellent...