(She Was A) Hotel Detective
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The Mystery of the Hotel Detectives
Navigating the long and winding corridors of an upscale hotel, a determined woman moves with purpose toward a dimly lit back room. Inside, multiple screens showcase glimpses from closed-circuit cameras, while a reel-to-reel tape machine plays overheard conversations of guests through a static fuzz. Some guests have overstayed their welcome, and others have cheated the system. Enter the Hotel Detective.
The hotel Detective’s role
In all sincerity, as a young kid hearing this song the first time, I believed that a hotel detective must have been a very legitimate hotel occupation. A professional whose sole job is to be aware of any free-loading guests stowing away in rooms that pay for fewer guests. Look, I’d never paid for or stayed in a hotel by myself yet. It seemed possible.
This newsletter’s funky, the dumbwaiter’s a monkey.
Grooving with the Hotel Detective: A Musical Revelation
These days, I’ve gained a broader view of the world and have come to appreciate Hotel Detective as a funky typical Flansburghian song that I’ve come to love from this band. The crunchy guitar and bassy sax make Hotel Detective an absolute banger but it’s Flansy’s voice infliction and high-pitched laughs that make this one a no-skip song for me.
A Detective’s verse
She says she likes my face
She says she owns the place
Forget about it
'Cause she's a
Strumming the strings or memory
This song also has the distinct honor of being another one that teenage me learned on the guitar. More than that, it’s a riff that I practiced so often as a warm-up that I catch myself humming it all of the time. It’s more than an earworm, it’s part of my DNA. This song makes me happy. I absolutely love it and nothing cheers me up on long tiresome drives than belting this song out with my best effort.
A child’s imagination: jobs that never were
What’s a job you believed existed as a kid only later to find there’s no such thing?
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