I need to post something happy today as well.
James was a fountain of pop culture trivia. It truly was amazing. You could name a line from a movie or lyrics from a song and he knew exactly what you were talking about. We used to joke it was his "gift."
This gift came in handy since I have a habit of getting a line or two from a song stuck in my head and not being able to figure out what song it is. I would often tell him "I have a song stuck in my head. I know it's by so and so but I can't think of what it is," or "I have a song stuck in my head and part of it goes like ....." I couldn't just sing it for him because I really can't carry a tune and in some instances that just made it worse. The other instance was I knew the song, but not the artist. Those were the easy ones. There was only one song he couldn't figure out, and that was "Bring Me to Life," by Evanescence, a song it turns out he was actually not familiar with. At least not when I was trying to figure it out. Once I figured it out, he became quite familiar with it.
The best was when I would tell him that I had a song stuck in my head and I didn't know the title or artist. I was always amazed that he knew exactly what I was talking about, which I do think is a testament as to how in tune he was to my crazy little head. My favorite though had him stumped for about a half an hour. All I could remember was it had the line "who's your daddy?," was from the 60's or 70's and was played at the end of an episode of "Friends." I couldn't even remember the tune for this one and wanted to download it. He was actually exasperated that I expected him to just tell me what it was based on that information. However, he was also not one to back down from a challenge and threw out a few songs. They weren't it and he gave up and we went back to doing our own thing.
A while later, he asked me incredulously if I was talking about "Time of the Season" by the Zombies. As a matter of fact, yes I was. I knew he'd figure it out. Of course a couple of days later, he wished he hadn't and finally asked if I wouldn't play it again for at least a week. A request with which I happily complied since I now knew the song and could play it whenever I wanted, which is what I am doing right now.