It’s been a long time since we’ve busted out the Friday iChing, in which we use songs from our iTunes playlist as Tarot cards to tell the future. Fortunately Steinn has kept the tradition alive, but it’s time we step up to the plate. Also, substantive blogging is hampered by my travel schedule at the moment — and wouldn’t you know, I fly all the way to southern California just to get rained on.
Since it has been a while, and we don’t know when it will happen again, we should take advantage of the situation to ask a question of great magnitude and import: Will the plucky #2-ranked Villanova Wildcats and their scrambling four-guard lineup be able to charge through March Madness to win the NCAA basketball tournament? We point and click and the randomizer whooshes… The key explains each of the cards.
- The Covering: Madeleine Peroux, This Is Heaven To Me
- The Crossing: Thelonious Monk, Epistrophy
- The Crown: Bob Marley, Keep On Moving
- The Root: Vladimir Horowitz, Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2
- The Past: Von Freeman, I Love You
- The Future: Leonard Cohen, Tower of Song
- The Questioner: Yohimbe Brothers, Psycopathia Mojosexualis
- The House: LL Cool J, Jingling Baby
- The Inside: Ute Lemper, But One Day
- The Outcome: Squeeze, I Want You
Well, sometimes the Oracle speaks pretty clearly, even if it doesn’t tell you what you want to hear. The Covering simply restates the obvious: it would be great to win the national title. The Crown, explaining the best that can be obtained, is “Keep On Moving,” which I take to imply that we can at least expect some advancement into later rounds. Vonski’s “I Love You” represents the past, an obvious allusion to Nova’s spectacular upset of Georgetown to win the 1985 national title in one of the most thrilling basketball games of all time. The Inside implies that we fans hope/expect to win it one day again — but the Outcome, “I Want You,” while again stating the obvious nevertheless seems to promise something other than complete fulfillment. So, either the iPod is just teasing us, or it’s going to be close-but-no-cigar for the valiant Wildcats this year.
That’s okay, so long as it’s not Duke, we can all be happy.