REM: These are the things

REM: These are the things.

When Michael sings.
When Peter plays.
When Mike emotes.
When Nightswimming comes on.
When the last chorus of Fall On Me hits.
Fall On Me.
“Buy the sky and sell the sky…”
When you’re feeling great.
Man On The Moon.
When you’re feeling shit.
Find The River.
When Michael is filled with righteous anger.
Orange Crush.
“Bushwhacked…” The first time.
“If the storm doesn’t kill me the Government will…” The second time.
A three legged dog is still a dog.
Bill Berry.
Everybody Hurts. Everybody.
The drummer wrote their biggest hit.
Buck. Mills.Berry. Stipe.
Michael’s brick tattoo.
Finest Worksong.
When Radio Free Europe confirms Murmur’s greatness.
Not a bad record ‘til their third decade in.
When Michael climbs on Mike’s piano.
“Butterfly decal rearviewmirror dogging your scene…”
What’s the frequency, Kenneth?
“Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy..”
So. Central Rain.
When Michael sings “Hey…” in Let Me In.
The organ in Let Me In.
Let Me In.
“I need a chance, a second chance, a third chance…”
Strange Currencies.
“I don’t know why you’re mean to me…”
“I don’t know what you mean to me…”
When you first heard Imitation Of Life.
I’ll Take The Rain.
The chorus of Leaving New York.
The harmony of Leaving New York.
“Leaving was never my proud…”
LeavingNew York.
“I’m gonna’ DJ at the end of the world…”
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It.
“It’s time I had some time alone…”
“I count your eyelashes secretly –
And with every one whisper I love you…”
At My Most Beautiful.
The greatest band America has ever given the world.
The last band we will know the names of every member.
Bill. Peter. Mike. Michael.

Alan O’Hare,Liverpool, September 2011.


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