Recently, we at Cultural Transmogrifier received word that CT co-founder Paul Gleason would be leaving the website for personal reasons. Paul is a dear friend and a major influence of many of us here at CT. While it goes without saying that he will be missed, I wanted to take this chance to send him off with the most cost-effective parting gift imaginable: a mix tape. I’ll try to let the songs do the talking. Be well, Paul. We love you.
Without further adieu, I present, “You’re Moving on, but I Think it’s Going to be OK.”
Bob Dylan – “Boots of Spanish Leather”
This has always been one of my favorite Dylan songs, and in my opinion, one of his saddest. It’s a very bittersweet farewell song, but I love it.
The Beach Boys – “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”
This song is Paul Gleason through and through . . .
Beach Boys – “Surf’s Up”
. . . and selfishly, I thought I’d throw this one in there as well.
Bruce Springsteen – “Wrecking Ball”
I’m not going to lie, I thought Bruce was well on his decline for a few years now. But when this record came out, I became a true believer. Bruce is back, baby, and he’s pissed. Whatever shit this world keeps spewing at you, just do whatever Bruce would do: turn your cheek and do something badass.
Radiohead – “Let Down”
My favorite Radiohead song, and like the Dylan selection, one of their saddest (which is saying a lot!). I love the line, “One day, I am gonna grow wings / A chemical reaction / Hysterical and useless.” Such promise immediately shot down. It’s the preceding line, however, that warranted the song’s inclusion on this list. “Don’t get sentimental / It always ends up drivel.” Which leads me to my final song . . .
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Tuesday’s Gone”
Ok, so I feel this song can be played over the final scene of any film. It’s such a perfect “wrap it up” song. I also had a picture in my head of you (Paul) walking out of CT headquarters (let’s just pretend we actually have a headquarters) with this song playing in the background. You stopped and turned around to take one last look at the building before heading down life’s next path, the CT staff all the while watching you from an office window. You can see it now, can’t you?