Musings —02.11.2015 08:16 AM—
I don’t know what’s worse: accomplishing nothing that is notable in your life – or accomplishing something when you are young, and never again repeating it.
Such were my reflections, yesterday, when I got word through my agent that a big U.S. TV series wants to buy the rights to two songs Pierre and I wrote: I Am A Confused Teenager and Invasion of the Tribbles. Songs we wrote when we were sixteen years old.
The latter you may be familiar with: British superstars Palma Violets play Tribbles at the end of every show (like here at Glasto), and released a special edition E.P. on which they covered it. The Summer before last, I joined them onstage in L.A. to play it.
Confused Teenager isn’t as well-known, but – as I saw to my surprise, when I went looking on the Internet this morning for a link to share with you – it has been played on just one link nearly 26,000 times. 26,000 times! When we were sixteen years old, we could have never imagined such a thing happening.
Anyway, it was nice that someone wants to possibly use the songs on their TV show. It isn’t the first time such a thing has happened – one SFH song (by Royal Niblet) is on the soundtrack for this movie, and another SFH song (by me) is on the soundtrack for this one.
What’s weird – what’s bittersweet – is that these songs I helped write, when we were kids growing up in Calgary, have become more noteworthy than anything I have done since. Like I say, I don’t know what’s worse: doing nothing, or doing something once and never getting a chance to do it again.
In that regard, I think I’m going put some stuff aside and reach out to Bob, finally. All this melancholy musical remembrance has me thinking life is, indeed, too short.