Happy new year, everyone! Now let's look back at the train wreck that was 2005!
Because my two main passions are music and baseball, I have spent a little time (more than I would like to admit) trying to figure out how to put the 2005 Marlins experience into context with the help of song. This only bugs me because I have found it to be a difficult problem. Especially since being a fan of the Marlins this last year was such an up and down experience - it is hard to fit into a usual pop-song category!
I originally wanted to try and encapsulate just the 2005 season, and that would have been hard enough, but I found it impossible to ignore the fire-sale, etc., so that also complicated matters. Of course - many nasty and bitter songs came up there (we could go anywhere - "Sabotage" was probably my favorite, but plenty of Nine Inch Nails, Smiths, etc., would have worked)... but I didn't want to go there.
Unfortunately, people don't write songs about crappy middle relief as much as you would think.
I eventually settled on a few to represent how I feel about our year - some you may be familiar with and some not. I don't care - this is my game, damnit! I do need your help, however - after I list out my songs, please comment and add your thoughts (if you care). If you have any other suggestions or just wish to make fun of my musical taste - fire away. If there is enough interest/activity - maybe I'll put up a poll so we can vote on the favorite one. I think we'll need more than I have found, though.
First off - we have a "love"-type song that I have liberally transplated in my mind to baseball terms - Captain Beefheart's break-up song "I'm Glad." I wanted to get the good Captain in here and couldn't figure out how to make "Neon Meate dream of a Octafish" work in this context, so this is what you get. I'm kidding. Actually, this is a great song - very straightforward, musically - about a guy who breaks up and is at first devastated, but then remembers the great times they had together and is contented again. I guess that's the best we can hope for right now, eh?
Relavent quote -
Now I'm glad, glad about the good times that we've had
Next we have "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads. This one is actually pretty self-explanatory, even if you don't remember the song. Check it out - if you're too young to remember it, and I didn't just get it stuck in your head - because those of us who do remember it will be humming it for the next two days...
Last, but not least, we have an actual Marlins link (of sorts) - "Drinkin'" by Reel Big Fish. You may remember RBF as the originators of the "Everybody's doing the Fish" song - they have long been a guilty pleasure of mine. Their latest album is actually pretty weak (I think), but this song is kind of fun and I think the chorus expresses adequately how I, at least, feel about the 2005 Marlins -
Drinkin' all night long
Cuz if i go out drinkin'
Then i can stop thinkin'
Bout how the world done me wrong