All posts tagged: The Ting Tings

Margit’s Note: You Can’t Call Me Al

“That’s not my name. That’s not my name.” That punchy ditty by The Ting Tings is popping around our office. We, too, get irked when you don’t call us by our proper handle. (TueNight is pronounced TOO-night) This week, we’re all about the monikers we love and loathe — the name our mama gave us; the nickname that makes us cringe; the way we designate our kids or our company; and why the barista misspells us. Every. Single. Time. It’s a big issue — because, well, this is a big issue — all about how we dub ourselves, which ultimately shapes our identity. But as W.C. Fields once said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” We’re also having a Talk TueNight party TONIGHT that is a benefit for the children of Nepal. One hundred percent of our proceeds will go to Save Our Children, an organization that has been on the ground in Nepal since 1976. You can hear some of this week’s storytellers LIVE — as well as a special …

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The Kids Are Alright (And So Is Their Music)

L to R: The Avett Brothers, Sia, The Decemberists (Photos: Courtesy Americansongwriter.com, Stagedoor.fm, Cracked.com ) This piece is a response to Margit Detweiler’s essay about contemporary music, “The New Pop, Pop, Pop Music (And Why I Don’t Like It).” First, let me say that I don’t entirely disagree with Margit. I, too, am underwhelmed by a lot of what I hear on the radio, and my son went through a Psy phase that almost made me lose the will to live. But I’m more optimistic about the current state of music than she is, and even though my ears are old, I’m not ready to cover them just yet. Full disclosure: I was a Top 40’s kid in the 1970s and 80s. My only exposure to New Wave came from MTV, and the underground and alternative scene was completely alien to me and my suburban boom box. I owned a pair of Madonna-esque fingerless lace gloves, and I spent angst-filled hours listening to Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” on my tape deck. Oh, and my favorite …