Warming the Bench

At the behest of some high-ranking executives at SteverOnline I checked out Prince’s The Hits package – a collection of all the songs by The Artist deemed worthy of hit status. 36 songs jammed onto two CDs and I gotta say … a lot of filler here. There are about 5 solid classics on this album but they’re the ones I was already aware of. In fact, let me quickly go off on a tangent.

I remember when Batman came out in 1989 Prince was selected to compose all of the original songs for the soundtrack. Though I was 8 years old, and wouldn’t be into modern music (anything created after about 1975) until high school I knew who he was. I loved the stuff he created for the movie, but never really investigated the rest of his material until … really, until now. I thought his Super Bowl XLI performance was phenomenal and Stever gave him a glowing review so I felt it was worth my time. And it was … just … when he’s not too minimalist for me he’s too poppy. Verdict: I’ll keep about half the album and really listen to only those 5 or 6 songs I love.

In related news, I also got the 4-CD Reprice Collection set, collection all of the Frank Sinatra albums from the 60’s and 70’s. Includes some amazing stuff and I’d have to say that, although they sound a lot more alike, Frankie’s non-singles are a little bit better than Prince’s. Though, to be honest, Frank was just singing the stuff so all he had to worry about was nailing a perfect take (and holy shit does he do that more often than anyone else). Thanks to iTunes, I must rank all of the songs I listen to out of 5 to help me determine which to keep and which to toss. I’m making it a rule to listen to things thrice before making any decisions (yes, I did that with Prince) and this seems a daunting task for 81 tracks – but they’re all good enough I’m not too concerned.

Quick Recap
Sorry that this is a bit of a cleanup blog but it had to be done. I’ve finally gotten around to adding some photos from my trip to Dallas last year to the photoDB. Also, in case you want to read about this adventure as you live it in the photos, I’ve linked all the photos in the database to the ones in my stanus does Dallas feature – it’s actually one of my more finer writing moments so (re-)check it out!

Oh, and if you’re wondering: Jack Nicholson is also included in this blog’s photo as I’m playing as him in the one-player game of NBA 2k7. It gives you incredible control to alter a created player’s face and since 1) he has such a unique face 2) he’s cool and 3) he’s probably the world’s most well-known basketball fan I decided to give him the honor.

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for …
I must quickly get through week 4 of my 3-on-3 basketball conquest! I was too sick to attend the fourth night of my mens league, but I do have statistics on my coed league. To reiterate, the coed league is a lot less macho competitive (we don’t argue with the refs, and none of us think we’re Michael Jordan … ok maybe one of us thinks he’s Dirk Nowitzki) and a lot more fun. Perhaps not coincidentally, my coed team is in 3rd place in the standings (10-6) whereas my mens team is dead last (3-1,00,000).

This week we played some teams that, honestly, were probably the worst teams in our division. A quick look at the standings online proved this theory true. We dominated them the entire 44 minutes – though we somehow officially lost the first game (even though by my uh … review of the game footage we were tied at the end). Some good news on a personal note: I was Player of the Game for 3 of the 4 games! This can only spell trouble for my teammates next week!

Some final notes: I’m skipping the basketball stats tables unless people really want to know about them. And … to leave you all quite titillated: expect at least two huge pieces of news in the next month or so! L8r



  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 11:14 | #1

    you should add the ability to comment on photos

  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 11:19 | #2

    Half a dozen good songs by Prince? How about the cool fact that the first and last songs cronologically on that collection are great? (“Soft And Wet” and “Peach”) How about the fact that 90% of everything is Prince (instruments, writing, singing, production.) 🙁

  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 11:20 | #3

    Half a dozen classic songs. Like I said, I’m keeping about 18 but most are “Ehs” and “I like” rather than “I love” or “classic.” 😉

  • Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 11:20 | #4

    you have to amend the list, like i did. Add “trust” “party man” and (maybe) “batdance” from Batman. Also “diamonds and pearls” from the album right after the 2 hits. That’s at least 3 more (that’s a) CLAAAAASSIC tunes

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