Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Power of Love

The following should be read as James Lipton.

Don't need money...

Don't need fame...

Don't need NO credit card to ride this train.

It's strong and it's sudden. And it's cruel sometimes.

But... it might just save your life.

THAT'S THE POWER... of love.

Oh Huey Lewis you fucking genius. That really is the power of love. And possibly the best song of all time.

Lately, I've been obsessed with love. I like thinking about it, hearing about it, talking about it... it's so lovely. And I'm not even IN love. I just enjoy the idea of love and, well, the power of it.

On the train back to NY from a wedding in DC (at which two people in love professed it in front of everyone. granted, I missed the ceremony because of traffic but I imagine it went a little something like most ceremonies do.) while listening to my NPR podcast, which gives you a little taste of a few stories on NPR that day, I heard a story about The Weepies.

The Weepies (who says they got their name from the name for old movies that would guarantee you a good cry when seen) is a folk band consisting of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. I'll take this directly from the website because they do it better than I could. And I'm tired of typing.

Girl walks into a bar...

Her name is Deb Talan. She’s an up and coming singer/songwriter who has garnered tremendous word-of-mouth support and critical praise for her debut CD, Something Burning. Boston’s legendary music venue Club Passim has become her performing-home, but tonight she’s there to check out a new songwriter she’s been obsessing over, a musician from New York City named Steve Tannen. She’s been listening to his debut CD, Big Señorita, non-stop for about a month.

Guy walks into a bar...

His name is Steve Tannen. He’s at Club Passim in Boston to play a show supporting his debut release, Big Señorita. He’s been playing rock and roll in NYC dive bars for a couple of years, but since the release of his solo CD he’s garnered tremendous word-of-mouth support and critical praise. He’s nervous because Boston is a new town for him, but he’s even more nervous once he looks out at the crowded room and instantly recognizes the pretty young woman down front as singer/songwriter Deb Talan. In a word, he’s intimidated; he’s been obsessing over her debut CD, Something Burning, non-stop for about a month.

Deb Talan and Steve Tannen began writing together the first night they met and soon formed THE WEEPIES. “We were fans of each other. When we met, there was an electric connection that made us both nervous. After the show, when everyone went home, we stayed up all night playing songs for each other, drinking a bottle of wine and trading an acoustic guitar back and forth in a tiny apartment,” says Talan. "That night has lasted four years so far," adds Tannen.

So that's pretty much the sweetest story ever. Even if they did make it up for publicity, which I like to think they didn't, it's really really sweet. Like they were meant to be together. Like that theory... I can't remember who has the theory about everyone starting as a whole circle and then the circle is split in half and the two parts strewn into the universe until, hopefully, they meet again. Now that's great. And yet, it can drive you a little mad thinking that's the case when you've thought "this is him/her!" a few times and it turned out not to be true.


So I've ultimately decided that there is no circle split in half. That it's all about loving yourself and finding wonderful things in yourself. And then, if by chance you meet someone who shares similar interests, sparks you, makes you laugh and, most importantly, lets you be you, maybe they will share your life.

I can't help but think people are setting themselves up for disaster with marriage. And yet I too want to walk down that isle and make some babies. Hopefully with a few minutes between these two events.

Wait.. I started off talking about Power of Love. Let's get back to that.

No. I don't want to make fun of love right now. Sorry.

The Weepies are greatness.

Have a great day all you lovers. And please enjoy these pictures of me at a wedding for love.



I just wanted you all to see how long my nails are getting. Also I think I look cute in this picture.

First picture of the night. That's how drunk I got fast.


Matt Stinton said...

I am not sure what I love more, the Huey Lewis or the last picture. I did download some Huey a couple of weeks ago BUT I did make that face at Ashley Ward's B-Day party. I am torn!!

Anonymous said...

Deb Talan and Steve Tannen are an amazing pair. I've been a fan for years. I don't know if they are married, or are planning to get married. As a songwriter myself, I'm not sure how they manage to not be more competitive. Impressive.


Glennis said...

Adam, let us listen to your music so someone (me) can fall in love with you just like The Weepies!