Wednesday, October 04, 2006
"Weird Al's" New Album
I normally maintain a very strict policy about never viewing internet advertisements, but I have to say I made my first exception in over a year when I saw Weird Al Yankovic's New Album in an add banner. It's called "Straight outta Lynwood," and I can't seem to find it in any record stores here in Japan. Family and friends now know what to buy me for Christmas. Only found a couple of the videos on Youtube.
I remember listening to him back when I was a kid, buying the album with my allowance at the nearest record store. I would put it on my father's stereo, and annoy him with the hilarious paradies of whatever pop music drivel came out the previous year. When my parent's tolerance was sufficiently exhausted, I would sit in my room on my old queen size waterbed, with the songs blairing in my ears through enormous headphones. After 5 or 6 weeks, I would be sick of it and never listen to it again exept when like minded friends came to visit.
Then I remember in college, driving around with Paul Brodar in his Blazer or Honda listening to Weird Al and Dr Demento tapes, usually on our way to go rock climbing or skip rocks on Lake Mary at some ludicrous hour.
It really is sad and pathetic when your life is reduced to excitement over the release of the latest "Weird Al" collection. To be honest, my life isn't so sad. I've got a great circle of friends, both in the States and here in Japan. I realize that I'm loved and accepted by good people and by God. I'm finally letting go of all my old self esteem problems that have plagued me for so long, and for the first time ever, I'm starting to live my life without thinking what other people think or say about me I'm not worried anymore about who I'm seen with or where I'm seen. I'm not going to let others try and put me down for my tastes in music or clothes or little idiosyncrasies. I'm not giving any details, but I've recently seen firsthand how insecure people put others down, and it is truly a pathetic sight. For the first time ever, I don't have a problem with being white & nerdy!