Tuesday, November 4, 2008

And They Called It Astrovan

It started as a trickle of a few emails on Saturday night and has since turned into a raging...trickle of a few more emails, all from people with Astrovans in their lives.

Car Talk, a syndicated radio show where brothers Tom and Ray advise people with automotive problems, is a lot more entertaining than it sounds. These funny guys shout at each other in colorful Boston accents and are so passionate about cars that a question about an oil change can send them into a frenzy.

Every week they play a few car-related songs and this week they chose Astrovan, from our new album. I am thrilled.

One of the clunkiest, most boring utilitarian minivans ever made, Astrovan inspires some pretty intense feelings. Against my will I developed a close relationship with the one I had for a brief time - a time cut short when the thing was stolen from my parking space in Cleveland. That inspired the song and perhaps it can now become an anthem for Astrovan sufferers.

Maybe there's an annual rally we could play at? It's probably held somewhere in Wisconsin, in the dead of winter.


Janet said...

Hello Amy,

I'm a lurking reader, but I've never commented before. I'm an American expat in the UK who listens to various NPR podcasts every week, one of them being "Car Talk".

So imagine my amazement when, during my commute, "Astrovan" came up as incidental music during the most-recent episode! I was thrilled for you two to get the airplay, and I have to say that it provided a big surprise for me during a rather ordinary bus ride!

The new album is terrific!

Janet Lawrence
Oxfordshire, UK

amy said...

thanks Janet - I love the idea of you listening to Car Talk on your commute in England. Imagine what the brothers would have to say about white van behavior, etc!