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I love that a few of you out there have recently taken up the 30-day Incubus challenge. I did it back in December and found it marvelously therapeutic. Your posts (which I’m enjoying immensely) have prompted me to revisit my 30 days, and it’s been amusing to find that some of my choices have changed since then.

I love that a few of you out there have recently taken up the 30-day Incubus challenge. I did it back in December and found it marvelously therapeutic. Your posts (which I’m enjoying immensely) have prompted me to revisit my 30 days, and it’s been amusing to find that some of my choices have changed since then.

Jan 3

30 day Incubus challenge

Extra: Anything Incubus.

If I could have been given an iron-clad guarantee that my children would have turned out like this, I wouldn’t have forgotten to have children. I mean, in spite of all the noise, the bongs, and whatever other mischief the Incubabies were undoubtedly up to, what mother wouldn’t be proud as punch of these gorgeous little darlings? (And one of them even went to Harvard!) ♥

Jan 2
30 day Incubus challenge
Day 30: An Incubus song you can listen to over and over.
See Day 7.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 30: An Incubus song you can listen to over and over.

See Day 7.

Jan 1
30 day Incubus challenge
Day 29: Have you ever met anyone from Incubus?
I’m almost afraid to. I’d just want to pinch their cheeks (especially Mike’s) and call them cutie-pies like an irritating old aunt.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 29: Have you ever met anyone from Incubus?

I’m almost afraid to. I’d just want to pinch their cheeks (especially Mike’s) and call them cutie-pies like an irritating old aunt.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 28: Your least favorite Incubus song.

This is like asking someone which of their children they like the least. I do have to say, though, that I’m not entirely crazy about the acoustic version of A Certain Shade of Green. I’m all for re-mixes, but the lyrics have to fit the mood, and in this case I don’t think they do. To me, this is an angry song, so it needs to sound angry.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 27: Your least favorite Incubus album.

"Least favorite" is a little harsh. I love the latest album - it’s just the one I’ve been listening to the least, probably because it seems to reflect a certain contentment, which is lovely, but it’s so not where I am at the moment. Until I get my post-divorce act together, I’ll be requiring the louder, edgier, angrier fare. Still, I can’t count myself among the fans who have complained that INNW is a little too pop-oriented. If Incubus has gone pop, it’s sure as hell the best pop out there.

30 day Incubus challenge
Day 26: Your favorite Incubus quote.
I’m taking this to mean non-lyric quotes, like something a band member has said in an interview. Since I don’t really have a favorite, allow me instead to comment on something Brandon Boyd once said that is almost as troubling to me as it is charming:
"The girl I find who wants to talk about quantum theory in a bar is the one I want to marry."
Okay, here’s the thing: As a left-brain woman (former math major/perpetual geek) who used to be married to a right-brain man (bohemian musician), I see a problem here. A woman who wants to talk about quantum theory (in a bar or anywhere else) is probably pretty left-brain. Brandon Boyd is obviously as right-brain as they come. Maybe that’s precisely the attraction, but I’m not so sure anymore that such a pairing can work in the long term. Since he evidently shares my belief in brain lateralization (his writing has alluded to it on more than one occasion), I think our Mr. Boyd might be better off with his current girlfriend, who also strikes me as pretty right-brain (judging from her blog). She may very well be able to talk about quantum theory as easily as she can talk about peace, love, & granola (just as a left-brainer like me can talk about art and music all day), but the point is, it helps when you and the person you’re living with are rooted in the same cerebral hemisphere. Just sayin’.
(Photo source: UpheaveUnhinge)

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 26: Your favorite Incubus quote.

I’m taking this to mean non-lyric quotes, like something a band member has said in an interview. Since I don’t really have a favorite, allow me instead to comment on something Brandon Boyd once said that is almost as troubling to me as it is charming:

"The girl I find who wants to talk about quantum theory in a bar is the one I want to marry."

Okay, here’s the thing: As a left-brain woman (former math major/perpetual geek) who used to be married to a right-brain man (bohemian musician), I see a problem here. A woman who wants to talk about quantum theory (in a bar or anywhere else) is probably pretty left-brain. Brandon Boyd is obviously as right-brain as they come. Maybe that’s precisely the attraction, but I’m not so sure anymore that such a pairing can work in the long term. Since he evidently shares my belief in brain lateralization (his writing has alluded to it on more than one occasion), I think our Mr. Boyd might be better off with his current girlfriend, who also strikes me as pretty right-brain (judging from her blog). She may very well be able to talk about quantum theory as easily as she can talk about peace, love, & granola (just as a left-brainer like me can talk about art and music all day), but the point is, it helps when you and the person you’re living with are rooted in the same cerebral hemisphere. Just sayin’.

(Photo source: UpheaveUnhinge)

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 25: Who would you want Incubus to perform with?

Okay now, Incubus fans - work with me here.

On Day 23, I revealed my fantasy idea of a Brandon Boyd/Björk collaboration, but if we’re talking about a live performance, I think we need someone really hot and charismatic. Someone who could devour Brandon Boyd for breakfast and leave nothing left but that little rubber band he wears around his wrist, and then turn around and be all sensitive and vulnerable. Of course I considered Alison Mosshart, but then another name kept popping up and just wouldn’t stay down. She’s beautiful, she wails, and although she’s a pop star, she’s just off-center enough to make this work. Nope, it’s not Gwen Stefani (that’s been done already anyway, with debatable results, if you ask me). Yep, it’s P!nk, and if you watch this video and can’t imagine her singing a duet or two with Brandon from the latest Incubus album, or from Wild Trapeze, you’re just not trying.

30 day Incubus challenge
Day 24: Do you own any Incubus merchandise?
No official merch, but I’m a librarian, so of course I own both of Brandon Boyd’s books. Hope to have them autographed someday.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 24: Do you own any Incubus merchandise?

No official merch, but I’m a librarian, so of course I own both of Brandon Boyd’s books. Hope to have them autographed someday.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 23: A song you would like to hear Incubus cover.

I have this crazy fantasy where Brandon Boyd and Björk do a cover of Set the Fire to the Third Bar.

30 day Incubus challenge
Day 22: An Incubus song you would like to hear live.
Martini, and I’d want Brandon to be wearing that hat.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 22: An Incubus song you would like to hear live.

Martini, and I’d want Brandon to be wearing that hat.

30 day Incubus challenge
Day 21: Your favorite Incubus album cover.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 21: Your favorite Incubus album cover.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 20: Your favorite song that Incubus has covered.

Not sure this qualifies, because I think it’s Brandon Boyd without Incubus, but it’s Elvis Costello’s Alison. Back in the day, Linda Ronstadt did kind of a nice version too, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that Costello didn’t like it, and called it a “waste of vinyl.” I don’t know what he thinks of Brandon Boyd’s version, but in my mind, it’s one of those rare examples of a cover that is better than the original.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 19: Who would you like Incubus to tour with?

I was going to say 311, who I saw in concert last month, but then I saw My Morning Jacket and was totally blown away. It might not seem like a logical pairing, but these guys are almost as amazing on stage as Incubus. In fact, they do have one thing over Incubus: the good sense to come to south Florida in the winter when the weather is nice here. The members of Incubus, poor dears, were here in September when it couldn’t have been more humid and uncomfortable. (Brandon Boyd’s post-show tweet described it as “gross but really fun.” I think he was being polite.) Hey, Incubus - next time, try to get down here during the first week of December, will you? Instead of catching colds, you can catch Art Basel.

(Video: Awesome instrumental excerpt from My Morning Jacket concert in Boca Raton, Florida, December 10, 2011)