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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Random notes from the last couple of weeks:

The radio edit of Sheryl Crow’s “A Change Will Do You Good” omits the following bracketed phrases:

“God’s little gift [is on the rag]”

[“Jack-off jimmy”]

I mentioned this to my beloved spouse after hearing the bowdlerized song on the radio, and she said, “Yeah, and they follow it with a Viagra commercial.”

It’s a classic rock station and so they don’t -- yet.

It will really be a sign when the classic rock stations start playing Viagra ads. I give it ten years, tops -- maybe five.

* * *

I don’t sleep enough and now
here it is again the middle
of the night, the middle
of life’s journey, or so
I would like to think.

* * *

I should be doing something else, but I plop a CD into the computer and can’t get up. It’s “Zaka” by Jennifer Higdon, performed by Eighth Blackbird. Skittery sumptuous music. I want to hear it to the end -- 4 minutes to go. Bob is coming over to work on a new song -- we have a show in a week and a half, and I’m going to be gone for 4 days -- and I should clean more of the house before he comes, not that he would necessarily mind the messiness, but still. The music -- the phone rang -- it’s Bob -- he’s coming in 40 minutes. The kid fell asleep on the way home and I carried him into the living room, where he still sleeps, on the couch, and the rug needs vacuuming, and the music ends with a skittery bang, as much of a bang as a small-ish flute-led ensemble can muster -- nah, they could probably bang bangy-er, but it is a nice piece. Now it’s another piece, by Gordon Fitzell, whose name I hadn’t known, and it beguiles too, but I really should do some things.

* * * √ √ √ √ √ * * *

Excited about Friday night’s show after Tuesday’s band practice. We have 11 songs in the queue.

Jen will sing lead on three.
Robert will sing lead on 2 and a half.
I will sing lead on 2 and a half.
Bob will sing lead on 2.
Jillian will sing lead on 1.

Here’s the info again:

When: Friday, July 25, 2008, 8:00pm.
With whom: With our friends Jillian and Jim Graham (who sat in with us last time we played there).
Jillian & Jim will play at 8:00; we’ll play at 9:00.
Where: Coffee to a Tea, in West Seattle
Address: 4541 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 937-1495
Personnel (this time):
Robert Hinrix -- vocal, bass, mandolin
Bob Barraza -- vocals, drums, ukulele, flute
Jennifer Anspach -- vocals
me -- vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass
Jillian (vocals and guitar) and Jim (bass) will join us on a few songs.
Mac won't be able to join us this time.

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