When
· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · January
· · · · 12 (1 entry)

Rain and Silence and Reggaetón · If it lasts through Sun­day, Van­cou­ver (and Seat­tle just down the road) will break a 1953 record for con­tin­u­ous rainy days. Re­cent­ly there’s not much rat­tling around in­side ask­ing to be writ­ten and I part­ly blame all those clouds and, weird­ly, the fact that it’s been weeks since I saw any­thing that I want­ed to take a pic­ture of. I have this great big queue of in­ter­est­ing Web stuff to write about, but you know, if I don’t some­one else will and if they don’t it prob­a­bly didn’t need writ­ing. The Web’s like that. But to­day I was driv­ing up 101 head­ing for SFO and didn’t like what KFOG was play­ing and hit Seek and lis­tened to half an hour of La Kalle which plays Reggaetón, and the DJs veer back and forth be­tween Span­ish and English three times in the av­er­age hy­per­en­thu­si­as­tic sen­tence. The music’s com­pli­cat­ed­ly try­ing to be Latino-sentimental and hip-hop-tough and reggae-happy all at on­ce, which leaves gaps it oc­ca­sion­al­ly falls in­to, but more of it is good than bad, and a cou­ple of times it had me hoppin’ back and forth on my butt in the driver’s seat. When I stopped to gas up the rental the song they were play­ing was too good to turn off so I cranked that suck­er and en­ter­tained the whole gas sta­tion while I did my bit for the Sau­di econ­o­my. A young dude in a good blue suit and hair­cut gassing his rental raised an eye­brow at the grey-bearded gringo hon­key gettin’ down. As if I cared.
 
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