Shot Of Rhythm

[ Saturday, May 22, 2004 ]


Saturday morning's alright for blogging

This is what happens when there's nothing else to do. I'm up at 9 o'clock in the morning, typing a blog entry that has basically no other purpose than to simply exist. Strange things happening every day...

Anyway, my ennui is that pleasant sort that nobody - least of all me - really has a right to complain about (after all, wasn't it the Talking Heads who said that "Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens?"). I must have a serious problem if I can't appreciate the low-intensity freedom that is afforded me by my current, pre-grad school lifestyle. For example, today's itinerary includes reading, playing guitar, listening to records and maybe watching a baseball game on TV later. That's hardly cause for moaning and groaning, but I am still up at 9 o'clock in the morning, writing a blog entry that has basically no other purpose than to simply exist.

Tomorrow, I head back to Madison, where summer's projects begin themselves. Today, though, I'm content to watch the wheels, just like John Lennon did.

On the box right now: Alison Moorer, THE DUEL. I never liked her earnest alt-country records, but this one is more of a Gillian Welch meets Crazy Horse thing, and it's hitting all the right spots right now.


Dove With Claws [7:01 AM]

[ Tuesday, May 18, 2004 ]


Assignment America

Go buy this book. Now, there are four of five reasons why I'm not unbiased about this book's quality, but I'm not ashamed to say that I still think it's completely terrific (and, thus far, Tim has reviews in Entertaiment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Raleigh News and Observer, Publisher's Weekly and Elle Magazine to back me up). Help make him a bestseller.

Last night's Billy Joe Shaver show was fantastic top-to-bottom. Kenneth's opening set was tip-top as well. A great night.

On the box right now: Grateful Dead, WORKINGMAN'S DEAD. I've always loved this record, but for some reason it's been just about the best thing in the world for me the past couple days.


Dove With Claws [11:21 AM]

[ Monday, May 17, 2004 ]


Honky tonk heroes

Tonight, I'm off to Madison to see the legendary Billy Joe Shaver (with opening act, the also legendary Kenneth Burns). This is a show I'm looking forward to immensely, as it marks an ever-so-rare chance to see one of the truly great American songwriters live; from everything I've heard, his shows are raucous affairs, and they should be. With songs ranging from the rowdy outlaw blues of "Black Rose" and "Ain't No God In Mexico" to the deep gospel of "Live Forever" or "If I Give My Soul," and a voice as American as barbecue, Billy Joe Shaver is a cultural treasure.

(Jeez, after all this ballyhoo I've been dishing out, I hope it doesn't suck.)

On the box right now: Patti Smith, TRAMPIN'. As usual with Patti, it took about three listens for this one to really sink in, but I'm liking it more and more and more every time.


Dove With Claws [7:45 AM]