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big mess cabaret!!!

blown away by the Big Mess Cabaret tonight. left with an actor’s lipstick stain on my cheek and feeling oh so fine. come on snowstorm…you don’t stand a chance with this lipstick tainted mama.


wedding singer

It shouldn’t surprise people who know us that Brni and I had a somewhat unconventional wedding. After living together for about 5 or 6 years, we decided to get married. Rather than go to a JP or have a regular wedding, we had a “Double Shotgun Wedding and Hitchin’ Party” after some friends remarked that they’d have to train a shotgun on both of us to get us married.

So we had a theme party. It was a covered dish, byob affair, followed by hot-tubbing and a sleep-over.
And this is the guy we hired to be our wedding singer. Last time we saw him, he was touring with Ani DiFranco. He’s irreverent, inappropriate, and one of the sweetest guys I’ve met. When he got to the party he said he knew he was in the right place when he saw the “bride” (dat be me) was barefoot.

So…watch some videos. To get them to work, I had to click on the reload button (little turny-arrow thing on the lower left of the screens) and then click the play button. The streaming format seems to be a little flakey.

http://hamelltv.com/30-in-30/


Good Morning, Willie!

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook. This is the first thing I heard this morning and now need to share it with more people. I also may need to move to Texas someday…

Hesitation Blues by Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel.
enjoy!


brni away, watch the movie anyway

Just came across a little gem of a movie called “Honeydripper.” It’s slow, sometimes stilted, making me wish for more depth/plot, but omy, amazing music and more atmosphere than a balmy night on the bayou with a touch of mythic whimsy.
More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeydripper_(film)


chris smither

Last night, I went to the Chris Smither concert at the Sellersville Theatre with brni. Most of the songs were well known by the most polite and friendly audience I’ve ever been a part of. However, we were treated to some new songs that he said he “needed to learn” before he goes in the studio on Monday.
*heh*
If this was practice, well, I can’t begin to imagine how good he’ll be when he finally gets them down.

The man just gets better and better.


this is wonderful


ahhh, randy

Brni and I were driving home from walking Loki at the local walking/biking path when a music reviewer for NPR came on to talk about Randy Newman’s new CD, Harps and Angels. As background, my dears, Randy Newman is my all-time, most favorite singer/songwriter/composer ever on the planet and beyond. Yes, yes, yes.

The reviewer, sharing my appreciation for Mr. Newman’s genius, made mentioned of the one song he was less than pleased with which was “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country.” Now, he wasn’t disappointed with the lyrics or sentiment of the song, but rather the version redone for the album. Apparently, Randy put out a YouTube video of the song before the album came out. The reviewer pointed out that the version on the album was reworked in a country/western style, losing much of its cutting political edge.

After we got home, Brni turned around and went out to buy the CD. We listened. It’s wonderful. I then searched out the YouTube vid and yes, the reviewer was dead on. The album is great. The song better as first presented.

so, here it is…

you can leave your hat on.


on a much needed lighter note…

pinched this from morriganswitch. i heard the song the other day, but didn’t know who did it or anything–just liked the voice. anyway, nice song from a pretty painted lady…


fun with drums

last night i quietly banged on my drum while my son strummed his guitar and his friend played the organ. this was an entirely new experience–the spontaneous playing of music. i had no idea what i was doing, but it didn’t matter. it was a very fine thing.


ani & ed

ani was all she’s cracked up to be…and more.

ed hamell was great. i haven’t seen him since a little after our wedding (he was our wedding singer) and not at all since his accident. he looked good and seems to have fully recovered physically. it always surprises me that, this outrageous, loud, crazy man on stage is such a sweet person off stage. he has a soft handshake.

the keswick is a great, human-scaled venue. they have intermission. and a bar. as you walk in, your are wrist-wrapped as a drinker (green)or non-drinker (orange). almost like being in a hospital where your wrist label tells anyone who’s interested what your dietary restrictions are. tables with information and wares were set up in the lobby. i bought a peace-fisted ani t-shirt and a HOT sticker for my car. i visited the anti-war and nicaragua booths and left laden with printed information. ed signed brni’s newly purchased cd.

as you enter the auditorium, little old men and women unceremoniously take your ticket stub from your hand and then lead you to your seat. they do this for everyone. even if you try to slip around them. they are very spry.

there are people in the world who don’t understand the difference between their living room and a theater. they talk loudly through the entire performance with a running commentary on the lights, the chairs, this song or what they did yesterday and how they felt about it. brni had to ask one group to hold it down during ed’s performance. then when ani came on, another man behind me started up. he got so loud (and boring) that the woman next to me and i both turned and glared at the same time. his eyes got wide and he shut up. for about 10 minutes. he was young and stupid and has obviously never been taught the meaning of the words, “shut the fuck up.” i was about to impart this knowledge to him, but then thought better of it. ani was too good to put my energies in that direction.

i saw my girlfriend-in-law kate, laura from work and some people from the gryphon. it’s been a long time since i’ve been to a concert where i saw people i recognized. it was a good night out.


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