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wonders never cease Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 2010 ruminations on time

clock October 13th has us spending our time thinking about time. In 1582, because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day didn't exist in Italy, Poland, Portugal or Spain. On this date in 1884, Greenwich, in London, was established as the Universal Time meridian of longitude. And on October 13th in 2010, the number of days until our colleague Tara's wedding is 2. (2!) The countdown clock for the closing of our Georgetown store is ticking by; the remaining weeks will soon be measured in days, then hours. Our home renovation drags on slowly, while our five-year-old seems to be aging at twice the speed of the calendar. We grow old... We grow old... We shall wear the bottoms of our trousers rolled... But for now, we put away our coffee spoons and dare to eat the last of summer's peaches.

Here are twelve songs about time, with a pair of Muppet show clips for dessert. We've paired them with some of our favorite lines from one of our favorite poems, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock., by T.S. Eliot. We hope you have a wonderful time:

1. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
Let us go then, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky. Like a patient etherised upon a table;

2. Time Is on My Side - The Rolling Stones
There will be time, there will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; There will be time to murder and create, and time for all the works and days of hands that lift and drop a question on your plate; Time for you and time for me, and time yet for a hundred indecisions, and for a hundred visions and revisions, before the taking of a toast and tea.

3. Time Has Come Today - Ramones
The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes, the yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes licked its tongue into the corners of the evening, lingered upon the pools that stand in drains, let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys, slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, and seeing that it was a soft October night, curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

4. Funny How Time Slips Away - Al Green and Lyle Lovett
Do I dare disturb the universe? In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

5. Afternoons and Coffeespoons - Crash Test Dummies
For I have known them all already, known them all: Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, I have measured out my life with coffee spoons; I know the voices dying with a dying fall beneath the music from a farther room. So how should I presume?

6. Time - Pink Floyd
And I have known the eyes already, known them all, the eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase, and when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin, when I am pinned and wriggling on the wall, then how should I begin to spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?

7. What's My Age Again? - Blink-182
I am no prophet—and here’s no great matter; I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker, and I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, and in short, I was afraid.

8. No Time - The Guess Who
And would it have been worth it, after all, after the cups, the marmalade, the tea, among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me, would it have been worth while, to have bitten off the matter with a smile, to have squeezed the universe into a ball to roll it toward some overwhelming question, to say: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead, come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all.”

9. Beverly Cleary's 115th Dream - Vandaveer
No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do to swell a progress, start a scene or two, advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool, deferential, glad to be of use, politic, cautious, and meticulous; Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; At times, indeed, almost ridiculous— Almost, at times, the Fool.

10. As Time Goes by - Harry Nilsson
I grow old … I grow old … I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

11. Too Much Time On My Hands - Styx
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each. I do not think that they will sing to me.

12. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? - Chicago
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea by sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown till human voices wake us, and we drown.

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