Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Five Stages of Hall & Oates Grief

While the sports world buzzes about Manny in LA and Junior in Chicago, the M's still suck and the Sonics are still dead. Author, poet and former Sonic fan (we're all formers now) Sherman Alexie wrote a funny and touching summary of the Sonics trial called "Sixty-One Things I Learned During the Sonics Trial: A Sonics Love Story." It's not only full of Alexie's irreverant humor, but also his love... love for the game and a team that did little to reciprocate in the final years.

There's a lot of highlights, but for the purposes of this blog, we'll just jump to #15:
In writing, thinking, and talking about the Sonics' possible relocation to Oklahoma City, I shuffle like an iPod through the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and Hall & Oates.
Naturally, the blue-eyed Philly soul of Hall & Oates lends itself to the aforementioned 5 stages of grief::

Playlist: 5 Stages of Hall & Oates Grief
1. Denial - "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" - Private Eyes (1981)
2. Anger - "Gotta Lotta Nerve" - Voices (1980)
3. Bargaining - "I Don't Wanna Lose You" - Along the Red Edge (1978)
4. Depression - "(You Know) It Doesn't Matter Anymore" - Daryl Hall & John Oates (1975)
5. Acceptance - "She's Gone" - Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)

Note how as you advance through the stages, you actually go back in time. You know, while we're at it, for Alexie introducing homoeroticism and cucumber sandwiches into the court proceedings, how about a bonus track: "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid," from the unfortunately titled/recorded Big Bam Boom (1984).

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