Liz Erk (lizerk) wrote,
Liz Erk

"Who are they... where are they... And how do they know all this..."

True to my word, I gave Jem a listen. Actually, it was more or less by accident. Last night I went to Twist with lmfcco and her friend evilpoetess69. While we were dancing away, a song came on that I didn't recognize, but I immediately liked it.

"Who are they
And where are they
And how do they
know all this
And I'm sorry so sorry
I'm sorry it's like this"

When it ended I marched up to the DJ booth and asked who it was.

"Oh, that's Jem. It's called 'They.'"

I filed that info. away and continued jumping all over the place until we finally left at 1:30 a.m. (It was a fun time out, despite the club being relatively empty)

On the way home I had a rather interesting encounter. I was stopped at a light on Boylston, windows down, singing along with whatever song I had on, when I noticed a BMV SUV also stopped to my right. The car was maybe a few feet ahead of me and all 4 guys inside were looking at me and smiling.

I grinned back and gave a little wave and was about to face forward again when the driver of the BMW backed up. Once even with me, he opened his window all the way. I turned my stereo down.

"Hi," he called out. "I just have to tell you, you look so cute sitting in there. Such a pretty smile."

"Well, thank you," I said. "That's very sweet of you to say that."

"Sure," he smiled. Then he said, "Are you going home?"

"Yeah," I answered. "I'm tired."

"That's too bad," he said, disappointed. "The night's still young."

"Ha!" I laughed. "Yeah, well I'm not. I'm exhausted." I noticed the light turned green. "Have a good night!"

"You too," he said. And we proceeded down the road.

We ended up sitting pretty evenly in traffic for the next 10 minutes. The driver called out to me again, "Hey there."

I turned my music down. "Yes?"

"Can I get your number?"

I thought about it a second. Eh, why not? "Sure." I told him my cell and he simultaneously programmed it into his phone. Then he called me.

We had a nice conversation for the next 15 minutes and ended it with him saying he'll call this week to ask me about dinner. Ha! Who needs the bars when you can just drive down Boylston St. at closing time?

Anyway, back to Jem. This morning I downloaded "They," as well as some of her other tracks. Meh. Truthfully, with the exception of "They," most of her stuff sounds like Everybody Else. She's a blend of Dido, Sophie B. Hawkins, Trina Hamlin, Shawn Colvin and other Girls With Guitars. I didn't dislike Jem's music, but I wasn't exactly blown away either. I suppose she'll probably grow on me over time.

At any rate, Jem's not all that bad. If you've felt like your life had a small void since Paula Cole disappeared, then Jem's the girl for you. I give Jem "3 Cowboys Up" a la Miss Cole.


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