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What Are You Listening To?
"The last place you think you'd meet a boyfriend is at Creamfields..."
by Carrie Dennis
What are you listening to, Chuck?
I'm listening to In Rainbows, by Radiohead. Or, I was, but I just made a Genius list based on Barenaked Ladies.
You got to Radiohead from Barenaked Ladies?
No, I was listening to Radiohead and "15 Step" ended, and I was like, "Well, I don't use my Genius playlist enough," so I hit "What a Good Boy" by Barenaked Ladies. So it went from "What a Good Boy" to "Don't Ask Me Why" by Billy Joel, then "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon, "Goodnight Elizabeth" by the Counting Crows. I think as I walked into work this morning I was listening to "River" by Joni Mitchell.
That's a pretty emotive song. What kind of mood did that get you in for work?
Well, I'm depressed when I go to work anyway.
Where do you work?
Balthazar. I'm a waiter at Balthazar, and I came in at 6:30 in the morning. I was listening to Radiohead because "15 Step" pumps me up, but then I don't know what made me go to all this emo.
Are you thinking about anyone special when you listen to these songs?
Yeah, I'm thinking about my girlfriend a little. She lives in London, so, maybe "What a Good Boy" went out to her.
Do you have any special songs that you like to listen to that remind you of her?
I like to listen to "Melancholy Hill" by Gorillaz, off Plastic Beach. There's a line, "You're my medicine when you're close to me," that reminds me of her because she's not physically close to me that often.
Do you miss her a lot then?
Oh yeah. I just saw her this weekend, though.
What did you do?
We just walked around the city a lot. Went up to the High Line.
Do you guys have any special songs together?
She would probably get mad at me right now if she heard me telling you I can't remember, because I'm sure there probably is one.
Anything special you guys listened to this weekend at any particular moment?
There wasn't that much music going on. We went to a Memorial Day Parade in Connecticut, but that was all marching band music.
That's not very romantic.
No, it's not romantic at all! John Philip Sousa — you don't get down to that.