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Wednesday, May 04, 2021


The only bright spot from my day of air travel last week was the actual flight, on Song. The in-seat entertainment monitors made the journey from New York to Tampa not only bearable, but quite enjoyable, to the point where I’m going to specifically book future travel plans with Song whenever possible.

I got the chance to sample Franz Ferdinand while airborne. I’d heard all the buzz over the band, but hadn’t gotten to hear any of their stuff. For once, it sounds like the hype is mostly justified. The band’s sound is best described as ABBA without the disco, if that makes sense…

I’ve since become addicted to one Franz track, “The Dark of the Matinee”:

You take your white finger
Slide the nail under the top and bottom buttons of my blazer
Relax the fraying wool, slacken ties
And I’m not to look at you in the shoe, but the eyes

So find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It’s better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it’s mine

I time every journey to bump into you, accidentally
I charm you and tell you of the boys I hate
All the girls I hate
All the words I hate
The clothes I hate
How I’ll never be anything I hate
You smile, mention something that you like
How you’d have a happy life if you did the things you like

So find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It’s better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it’s mine

So I’m on BBC2 now, telling Terry Wogan how I made it
What I made is unclear, but his deference is and his laughter is

My words and smile are so easy now
Yes, It’s easy now
Yes, It’s easy now

So find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It’s better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it’s mine

It’s damned catchy. We’ll see how many times I can play it through my iPod before becoming thoroughly sick of it.

- Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/04/2021 08:51:26 PM
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  1. SONG SUNG RED

    I guess quirky goes only so far on the balance sheet: Delta Airlines is shutting down its discount flyer Song branch after a quarterly loss of $58 million.
    I’ve never been loyal to any one airline — I don’t fly often enough to have …

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