Things I Said on May 12

2016: Upcoming metal album (June 8, according to Metal Storm website): Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum – Prajecyrujučy Sinhuliarnaje Wypramieńwańnie Daktryny Absaliutnaha J Usiopahłynaĺnaha Zła Skroź Šaścihrannuju Pryzmu Sîn-Ahhī-Erība Na Hipierpawierchniu Zadyjakaĺnaha Kaŭčęha Zasna. Any good??

Encyclopaedia Metallum Metal Archives info:

“Country of origin: Belarus; Location: Minsk; Genre: Technical Death Metal; Lyrical themes: Sumerian/Babylonian Mysticism, Occultism, Annihilation, Death; Current label: Amputated Vein Records; Years active: 2009-present…The band has come to be known for their unusually long name, which consists of 51 letters. However, for reasonable purposes, it is usually referred to as ‘Eximperitus’.”

2016: On September 1, 1956, both Florian Zabach and Helmut Zacharius entered the Hot 100 with versions of “When The White Lilacs Bloom Again” — amazing coincidence, given their alphabetically adjacent surnames. Neither ever charted again. I hope there were some good conspiracy theories.

Actually, now that I think about it, I bet there’s a really mundane explanation: Maybe people went into record stores to buy whichever the “real” hit was (I’m guessing Zacharius, since he wound up charting higher with it, #12 to Zabach’s #50), got confused because the names were kind of similar and right next to each other, and took home the wrong blooming lilacs by mistake.

Obviously competing versions were way more common back then. It’s just the coincidence of those two “Z” names in the same week that made me do a double-take. But now I think the similarity might’ve been a factor. Wonder if there were other instances like that.

2020: Walked for about 30 minutes home in a hard rain this morning, wearing no raincoat or galoshes and using only the New York Times front section as an umbrella, starting from a street I’d never trod on before and doing my best to figure out the route by intuition.

I’ve been taking longer and longer before-breakfast walks lately to begin with — somewhere around an hour and a half usually — and I’m trying to expand their geography, committing a wider and wider map to my memory banks. Have also been taking detours onto neighborhood-adjacent greenbelt trails. Took a family hike on Mothers Day and saw at least three yellow-crowned night herons on Bauerle Creek.

And what’s weird is that I often have dreams about navigating home on unfamiliar courses full of daunting obstacles; they’ve recurred in my REM state for as long as I can remember. But can’t remember the last time anything like this (with the rain, I mean) has happened in real life — It’s been decades, I’m sure. So here’s my record of it, for posterity.



  1. via facebook (re blooming white lilacs):

    Steve Pick
    Or much more likely, the people ordering the record for stores got confused, and some stores had one, while others had the other, leaving the public to buy whichever one they could fine. And, in 1956, people weren’t yet more enamored with the performer than with the song. It probably didn’t make enough difference to most people which one they got.

    J.D. Considine
    If you look through “Pop Memories,” the prequel to the various editions of Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles books, you’ll find that quite a few songs charted in multiple renditions. I’m guessing that it’s a carryover from the days when it was the song (in sheet music) people wanted, and that the importance or dominance of a specific performance is very much a rock-era thing.
    Also, according to Wikipedia, “When the White Lilacs Bloom Again” was the theme from a German film of the same title. And neither of the Zed brothers originated it; the original hit (in Germany) was by Franz Doelle, way back in 1928.
    As for the single, from what I can tell, it’s a bit of a Der Kommissar situation. Zacharias, a big star in Germany, had the film hit, and Zabach (a Yank) did the US cover recording.

    Adam Sobolak
    I can’t help wondering if those guys ultimately came together as Kraftwerk, or was it Milli Vanilli…


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