Special Guest: Matticus and The Little Prince’s Playlist

Sheena is a … Well, she may or may not be a punk rocker, but she is awesome and you can find me today guest blogging over in her piece of the blogosphere. I wax philosophical about the power of music and parenting. Either that, or, it is a bunch of a silly. Regardless, you should click over and check it out!

Excuse me, Q and A

Q: What have you grown to expect and love about Fridays?
A: The Matticus Kingdom Q and A silliness, of course!

You know why we are here, and you know what’s come before, so let’s jump right in:

Q: What do you say to someone who answers a question after you’ve already figured out the answer?
A: “Gee, you know that information… really would’ve been more useful to me *yesterday.*”
– Robbie (Adam Sandler) – The Wedding Singer

Q: What do you say after getting the sixth different invitation to a wedding in one year?
A: “Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries.”
– Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) – Wayne’s World

Q: What do you say to someone who won’t stop talking about the story they want to write, the one they’ve had in their head since high school, the next great novel of our times?
A: “That might take years though, perhaps a pamphlet or brochure.”
– Frankie Wilde (Paul Kaye) – It’s All Gone Pete Tong

Q: What do you say when you are trying to pull of an impossible feat?
A: “Remember: no obstacles… only challenges.”
– Ernie (Steve Van Wormer) – Groove

Q: What do you say the next time you go to shake someone’s hand and they decline the offer?
A: “Mad respect for not giving respect. I feel you.”
– Raji (Vince Vaughn) – Be Cool

Q: What do you say when someone says they are feeling low on energy?
A:”Energy, energy? Energy is, is, it’s nothing more than a lot of new age hokum masquerading as spirituality”
– Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) – 24 Hour Party People

Q: What do you say the next time you are in a restaurant and the family at the table next to you are being obnoxiously loud?
A: “Your women. I want to buy your women. The little girl, your daughters… sell them to me. Sell me your children!”
– Jake (John Belushi) – Blues Brothers

Q: What do you say the next time someone is trying to convince you that someone with zero redeeming value isn’t all that bad after all?
A: “Oh, he’s the good drug dealer.”
– Marcus (Taye Diggs) – Go

Q: What do you say when you are trying to get psyched up for something you don’t really want to be doing?
A: “Be excited, be, be excited.”
– Tappy Tibbons (Christopher McDonald) – Requiem for a Dream

Q: What do you say the next time someone calls you sweet, or innocent, or naive, or … well, anything you don’t want to be called really?
A: “Sweet? Where do you get off? Where do you get sweet? I am dark and mysterious, and *pissed off*! And I could be very dangerous to all of you! You should know that about me… I am *the enemy*!”
– William Miller (Patrick Fugit) – Almost Famous

Q: What do you say the next time you see someone get up and leave from a situation without all of their belongings?
A: “You forgot your thingy.”
– Eddie (James Wills) – Empire Records

Oh my goodness!  Wasn’t that fun!?

Well, I thought it was, but that’s what they pay me for around here.  So, which was your favorite?  Mine was the It’s All Gone Pete Tong one…

Oh, and you probably shouldn’t use any of this in the real world.  I mean, I have, but I’m the jester so I can get away with it.


Another week, and another Q and A with a theme here at the kingdom.  Did you pick up the underlying trend from these?  It’s all about the music.  Well, sort of.  For the most part.  Either music plays a prominent role in these movies, or the music from the movies is memorable.  Oh, and lest we forget, here there be monsters.  Don’t try these at home kids.  Though these do seem to be relatively harmless compared to other weeks.  Still, it is always a good idea to proceed with caution.

Q and A parody

After posting three weeks ago about movie quotes,  and reading through other submissions across the blogosphere, it dawned on me that I could do a series of posts on the dialogue I’ve stolen borrowered procured from cinema (covered),  literature (covered literary quotes two weeks ago), and music (covered lyric quotes last week).

That was supposed to be the end of it, but then likeitiz asked for “More, more, more!”


So, I humbly submit the fourth installment in this series.

Over the years I’ve incorporated an abundance of song lyrics into my day to day lingo.  The following is a useful guide parody I’ve put together of situations you may find yourself in and the some (in)appropriate and/or completely silly responses.  You probably shouldn’t ever use these.*

Q: What do you say when you are reminiscing about that time you spilled some apple juice in the hall?
A: “Remember the time that I spilled the cup of apple juice in the hall.”
– Blink 182 – Adam’s Song

Q: What do you say when you think your baby might be breech?
A: “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
– Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!

Q: What do you say to a friend who you think is being taken advantage of?
A: “Is someone getting the best, the best, the best of you?”
– Foo Fighters – Best of You

Q: What do you say when you see someone swinging a string of pearls on a corner?
A: “She swings the string of pearls on the corner.”
– Soul Asylum – String of Pearls

Q: What do you say when you’ve run out of gas and the gas station is out of gas too?
A: “Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.”
– Don McClean – American Pie

Q: What do you sing when you are out and about, three sheets to the wind, with some friends?
A: “Cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singin’ drunken lullabies.”
– Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies

Q: What do you ask when you want to know if a friend has a minute or two to let you vent?
A: “Do you have some time to listen to me whine?”
– Green Day – Basket Case

Q: What do you say when you have had a few too many drinks and are trying to pick up someone at a bar?
A: “Hey little girl is your daddy home, did he go and leave you all alone, I got a bad desire.”
– Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire

Q: What do you say when your pet bird is hungry?
A: “Polly wants a cracker.”
– Nirvana – Polly

Q: What do you say when you are moving to Jackson?
A: “I’m going to Jackson, and that’s a fact.  Yeah, we’re going to Jackson, ain’t never comin’ back.”
– Johnny Cash and June Carter – Jackson

Q: What do you say when you are talking about you friend Jenny who never lived up to her potential?
A: “Jenny had a chance, well she really did.”
– Offspring – The Kids Aren’t Alright

Q: What do you say as the instructor of a negotiator/crisis counseling class on the first day when you are trying to open with a joke?
A: “Might as well jump.”
– Van Halen – Jump

Q: What do you say about someone who has spent so much time in their garage working on their car that they’ve lost their mind?
A: “In the shuffling madness of the locomotive breath.”
– Jethro Tull – Locomotive Breath

This, along with the first three installments, are by no means complete lists, but they should be enough to get you through most of life’s experiences.  Well, I’ve found them useful anyway.

That’s not true at all – I’m pretty sure I’ve never used any of the above lyrics in any of the above referenced situations.  I may have used them in other situations though.  That, however, would be a story for a different day.


*The Matticus Kingdom published this list for entertainment purposes only.  We do not dispense with advice we think people should ever heed and cannot be held responsible for any resulting slaps across the face or other unpleasantness that may result from following these guidelines.  Proceed at your own risk.  Insert additional typical “hold harmless” verbiage here.

Daily Prompt: Life Tape

The suggestion from today’s Daily Prompt is to create a mix tape that reflects your life, including something that corresponds with your outlook for the future.

Wow.  I really struggled with this one.  I love music, and I’ve made countless mix tapes over the years, but to come up with the songs that match up with the life I’ve lived?  That seems mostly impossible.  I had almost made up my mind to skip today’s prompt as an impossible task.

However, then I read the great post by A. Good One and realized that I didn’t need to try and encompass my whole life.  It isn’t perfect, but neither is life; the below list is the mix tape I’d put together for the important moments of my life (and future) (well, those I could think of at the moment, anyway):

The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel – Whenever we were in the car growing up, there was music on.  This song is probably my favorite from those first tapes (yes, tapes) that were in regular rotation on the longer trips.  It represents my introduction to my father’s music and the first few years of my life.

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen – This is the song that introduced me to rock.  It got me to tap my feet to the music.  It represents the beginning of my long love affair with everything that is rock and roll.  It’s growing up and venturing into the outside world.

Zombie Jamboree – Kingston Trio – This was the first song I remember specifically requesting.  I thought it was hilarious.  It represents my transition into finding music that fit my own tastes and learning to start thinking for myself.

Basket Case – Green Day – This song represents junior high.  That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

The River – Bruce Springsteen – A return to Bruce, only this time a song I learned to love on my own.  This song represents high school, the “what could have been’s” of high school romances and beginning to actually listen to the words in the songs I would blast from my stereo; beginning to understand that things are not always as they seem.

American Pie – Don McLean – You could say I found this song late because I didn’t start listening to it until high school, but better late than never, right?  This song represents when I really started appreciating music and, more importantly for me, the stories behind the music, the lyrics, the words.

Name of the Game – Crystal Method – This song represents breaking away from what I had grown up on and branching out during college, finding raves, and transferring my passion for music into becoming a DJ.  Oh, and some partying, of course.

Mad World – Gary Jules and Michael Andrews – This song represents the classroom and research aspect, the structured aspects, of my college experience.  Just as Basket Case did for Junior High, this song pretty much sums it all up quite nicely on its own.

Love The Way You Lie – Eminem – This song represents my college relationship.  It could have been written for us.  Which transitions nicely into:

I Miss You – Blink 182 – This song came out right after breaking up with my college romance.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  It fit how I felt perfectly.

Go – Blink 182 – This song represents the hecticness of life post college, when I was scrambling to figure out what I actually wanted out of life and who I really was.  Learning how to survive on my own.  Learning how to be a part of society.  Learning how to be okay with just being myself.  The song isn’t necessarily about any of those topics, but it’s frenetic pace while still sounding melodic and bringing back to my roots (rock and roll) all tie nicely to the whole experience.

Seven Cities – Solar Stone – Get ready for a bit of sappyness.  This song is just beautiful, pure and simple.  It represents discovering the things I need in my life to be happy and then finding my eventual wife.

Portuguese Love Theme – Craig Armstrong – We played this song at our wedding.  It fits.  It fits us.  It fit that period of my (our) life, and every day since.

The Sound of Silence – Shaw Blades – This song represents the future (and the past).  It’s another sign of returning to my roots, with a new twist, and will probably be on rotation in my car for the child we are expecting early next year.