September 06, 2002

Call and Response

Tonight the Mysterious Neighbor With Good Musical Taste made a sudden reappearance.

I was sitting on the couch engrossed in a book, when the little part of my brain that can't completely filter out distractions picked up on a sound coming through my open window. Not one of the usual sounds -- police sirens, yowling stray cats or shouts from the playground a couple of doors down. It was music, a familiar opening guitar jangle, drums and cello, then the opening line: Listen, there's music in the air... -- aha, "See A Little Light" by Bob Mould. Last week it was "The Killing Moon" (Echo & the Bunnymen). And sometime before that I think it was Aztec Camera.

I still have no idea who the Mysterious Neighbor is, but it always makes me smile to hear one of his or her musical selections blasting out through one of the buildings across the way. You see, I'm used to being assaulted with the loud boom of Latin dance music, punctuated with whoops and hollers from the homeboyz hanging out in the cement courtyard bordering the back of my building. Before that, it was the sound of bad Country & Western or raucous audience laughter from the (now defunct) illegal nightclub in the adjacent building, whose window is about five feet from mine.

After Bob Mould, there was one more song (Primal Scream?), then silence. So I picked out a record from my collection, put it on the stereo, turned up the volume, and opened my window a bit more, all the better for Mysterious Neighbor to hear my musical selection: Husker Du.

Stay tuned for Chaper Two in the saga of the Dueling Stereos (aka "Who's Schoolin' Who?")...

Posted by nstop at September 06, 2002 09:54 PM


it's been said a million times, but it's still true:

Country and Western are two very different kinds of music.

Posted by: martin on September 10, 2002 09:39 AM

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