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What makes a good blog? I think thematic consistency, a little exhibitionism, and honest writing. I can promise you the last one.

Most of my posts seem to be about music or politics. Some of them are funny. But all of them would love to hear a comment from you.

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I was born at a relatively young age. Growing up consumed the better part of my childhood. As a young man I chased a lot of girls. But they kept getting away. Then I got older and even slower, so I got married. I've lived in New York City almost since before I moved here. I summer in Manhattan, which is like New York City, but with more humidity.

Here's me, without baby, thinking big thoughts. (Actually, what I'm thinking is, "Hey, these aren't Pringles!") I think I look better with baby.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
My friend Minty passed this baton to me. Her blog looks great, by the way; I think she must know what she's doing. I still don't know what a meme is, although I have just linked to the definition that she links to. I gather I answer these questions and then pass it along. So then, I will.

1. Total amount of music files on your comoputer? A lot. I keep my 40-gig iPod backed up on my hard drive (and also on an external hard drive). So I have about 32 gigs just from that. Then another 24 gigs of wav files, compressed or unpacked, of live shows and unreleased demos that I downloaded and have yet to burn to CD. Then another, say, 6 gigs of stuff that I DID burn to CD but still have in Fuerio (my burning software) in case I want to burn another copy for me or someone else. So all total that looks like 70 gigs.

The last CD you bought was... Well, I don't buy 'em one at a time. I usually wait until I have 4 or 5 I want and go get them all at once (usually online), unless something comes out this week that I just have to have. So the most recent batch included: The Chris Stamey Experience, A Question of Temperature; Calexico, Feast of Wine; Ollabelle, self-titled (2004 release; this one I really like. I saw them open up for Ryan Adams; Adams played guitar with them their whole set.); North Mississippi All Stars, Hill Country Revue; and, Chris Isaak Christmas. The last, I didn't get until well after Christmas, so I won't actually play it until November. I'm listening to the Stamey right now; I'm a sucker for him, but not so much for Yo La Tengo, who back him here. Couple nice songs so far, a couple are noise-infected in that Yo La Tengo way.

3. What was the last song you listened to before reading this message? Didn't play any music today before reading the message. Last song last night before hitting the hay-- "D.M.S.R." by Prince, off the notorious bootleg Small Club, a pristine soundboard of a 1988 show and one of the best boots ever. If I stayed awake a little longer I could have said Prince's cover of "Just My Imagination," the next track, on which his guitar work is just sick. But then, as I think of it, I also could have lied.

Hey-- turns out Stamey covers "The Summer Sun" on this CD-- from his own catalog, a very early dB's track, I think it was a single but not on an album. Cool.

4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you. Hmmm... as I use an iPod a lot, I am finding that I have more comfort with some songs than others-- you really have to like a song sometimes to want it inside your head, the effect of using headphones. So here's 5 that seem to wear well on me in the iPod:

--"Locked Away," Keith Richards. Love the guitar work on the outro. We know him as a rhythm player; perhaps that is why his solos are so delightfully understated, there and not there.

--"Aja," Steely Dan. Comfort food for the ears.

--"A Long December," Counting Crows. I remember my brother's kids (now 8 and almost 12) liked this. That is probably a lot of why I like it; I am definitely reminded of them when I hear it. Its got that line, "If you think you might come to California...I think you should," and they live in California. Generally I find Durnitz to be a preening twit, but he says this song contains his best line: "All at once you look across a crowded room / To see the way that light attaches to a girl." Yeah, like I said, pretentious.

--"Be My Baby," Ronettes. Sang it to my wife in our wedding.

--"Autumn Leaves," Cannonball Adderly. Off Something Else, which has Miles Davis on it. Lovely piece.

5. What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?

Lane, because he's a music library as well as a musician.

Jill, same reason.

My brother, who probably won't play.


Posted by: --josh-- @ 4:07 PM  

At 2/17/2005 11:50 AM, Blogger minty said...   

Awww, I love that you sang that Ronettes song to your bride. In falsetto, with all the harmony parts too? Whoa, oh, oh, oh.

Autumn Leaves--that's a nice choice too. Well played, Josh.

At 2/18/2005 4:33 AM, Blogger --josh-- said...   

Yo, P-Mint--

The interesting thing about "Be My Baby" is that the part you insttantly think of-- "Be my, be my baby"-- is actually backing vocals. The lead singer sings "Oh won't you please," and then the backing vocalists sing "be my, be my baby." Then the lead goes, "Be my little baby," "Say you'll love me," and "Be my baby now." So I sang the lead parts (as I played acoustic guitar.) The attendees actually sang the backing vox, swaying and clapping. It was one of the best moments of my life. I actually wanted to use the song as my vows, because the words are vows-- "I'll make you happy baby, just wait and see, for every little kiss you give me, I'll give you three." But my wife nixed that, because then what would she do for hers-- fire eating? My friend Ira, aficianado and detail-oriented, told me after that the best part was that before I started, I used the guitar as a percussion instrument to beat out the snare opening to the song. Which he knew that I knew, I just HAD to do. Just cuz.

Wouuldn't it be cool if Jill sobule decides to play?

At 2/19/2005 7:31 PM, Blogger minty said...   

Knowing that the guests helped you sing your vows is cooler still.

Does it bother you (or your wife) that that song is now heard way too often as a commercial jingle for an erectile dysfunction drug?

At 2/19/2005 9:05 PM, Blogger --josh-- said...   

We actually hadn't seen that commercial here. So I guess my answer is, "it will NOW."

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