Quick review of the bonus tracks from the deluxe version of Memory Almost Full will follow soon. But first, release day details:
I woke up Tuesday morning and iTunes notified me via email that my Memory Almost Full pre-order was ready for download. So I downloaded it and immediately listened to the bonus tracks.
Then I got a call from a colleague about an emergency meeting at the south end of the county and could I attend. I said sure, burned a copy of the album and put it into my car.
My first stop was the closest Starbucks for some coffee. (You may remember from some previous posts that all Starbucks were having a worldwide listening event on release day.) Paul posters were up everywhere, but no Paul music was being played. I may have to report this branch. I think it may be run by fascists.
Luckily for me, my colleague suggested that we meet at a Starbucks near the client’s office before the actual meeting and then drive over to the client together. Fine by me! I high-tailed it to the second Starbucks all the while listening to the album as I drove.
This second Starbucks was on board with the global listening event. I sat with my Legoland travel mug, sipped my Joe and enjoyed “Only Mama Knows.”
Later in the day, I took my wife, Miranda Kopfschmertzen out to dinner (she was craving falafel). When dinner was done, I suggested an after dinner coffee at the Starbucks next door to the restaurant.
This third Starbucks was really into the global listening event. The baristas were wearing tea-shades, Paul’s new album was playing and they offered 10% off the order amount if you sang any Paul song. “Mr. Bellamy” happened to be playing at the time. The clerk/barista handed me a fake, blow-up microphone and I set into the song…
“Easy does it…”
“Oooooooooh, don’t frighten him!”
“Here we go!”
Saved me 35 cents, Paul did. I’l have to send him a nice little note of thanks.