Monday, January 02, 2006

arrivederci, pasquale

So Pasquale the singing chef died last week, and I was so sad when I read that he was only 69. Way too young, and I can only hope that Herb - who was one of his biggest fans - gets to meet up with him someplace, to discuss Italian food. :)

Has anyone else been following The National Playlist? (check here for details) I'm not a regular listener as it's on during work hours - 11:30-noon - but I find the idea intriguing and I've been checking the standings fairly frequently to see what gets booted off. The mix of music is pretty cool, but I have to say I'm underwhelmed by the panelists that I've heard so far. Most of the time I like their chosen tunes, but I find that for the most part Jian seems to have some of the most pompous people in Canada as part of the show. Maybe it's just me? Or maybe they feel the need to come off all pompous and superior because they're pitching their song? Or maybe it's a "you had to be there sometimes this stuff doesn't work on radio" kind of thing. Like today for example, the whole "if you don't dance you're no friend of mine" comment from one of the panelists (I think it was Lisa Ladouceur, but today's show isn't archived so apologies abound should I be wrong) and while I kinda "get" that it was probably a sort of funny reference to the Men Without Hats "Safety Dance" but it seemed to fall flat and there was no laughing from the others and I wonder if some of these people take the Playlist too, too seriously, and if there is criticism about their pick they can't handle it, and get all flustered and just kind of say "oh yeah? well...." I don't know. But rock on Jian, I think the Playlist is cool. Cos right now it's got Johnny Cash and New Pornographers and well hey, I think that's pretty great. :)

1 comment:

David said...

And this week, it looks like Cockburn's "Lovers In A Dangerous Time" (which you appear to be a fan of?) will make the list. Or not. The "industry experts" that comprise the panel of this show can be abysmally ignorant, smug, self-serving, and out-of-touch. I should really stop listening to that show.

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