some birds are funny when they talk








Stuck in my Head
"Kiss Me Harder" by Bertine Zetlitz
"Hot" by Avril
"Brain Problem Situation" by They Might Be Giants

Now Reading
Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro

Recently Finished
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Mad Tony and Me by Carl Hoffman
Sweet Soul Music by Peter Guaralnick
This Must Be The Place: Adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th Century by David Bowman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Movies Lately
4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days
Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour
2 Days in Paris
United 93
The Savages
The Bourne Ultimatum
Sweeney Todd
The Departed
What Would Jesus Buy?
Ghost World
I'm Not There
She's The Man
Lars and the Real Girl
Romance and Cigarettes
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Across the Universe

Shows Lately
Damo Suzuki/Stinking Lizaveta @ Mill Creek
Death and the Maiden @ Curio
Devon Sproule/Carsie Blanton/Devin Greenwood/John Francis @ Tin Angel
Assassins @ The Arden
Oakley Hall and the Teeth @ Johnny Brendas
Isabella and Flamingo/Winnebago and Map Me and Gatz and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven and Sonic Dances and Strawberry Farm and The Emperor Jones and No Dice and Hearts of Man and Principles of Uncertainty and Isabella and BATCH and Addicted to Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's 20th Century and Car and Sports Trilogy and Explanatorium and Wandering Alice and Must Don't Whip Um and Festival of Lies and A Room of Ones Own and Recitatif @ the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe
Martha Graham Cracker and Eliot Levin and Kilo etc. @ the Fringe Cabaret
Lullatone and Teletextile @ Boulder Coffee [Rochester]
TV Sound @ the M Room
Aretha Franklin @ East Dell, Fairmount Pk.
Romeo + Juliet in Clark Park
Daft Punk @ Red Rocks
Spoon @ Rockefeller Park
Ponytail at Pony Pants' House
Mirah/Benjy Ferree @ the 1UC
Tortoise @ World Cafe Live
Hall & Oates...ish
"Nuclear Dreams" - Mascher Dance Group, x2
The Four of Us @ 1812
Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines by Rainpan whatever
Mascher Dance Group/Nathaniel Bartlett
Cornelius @ TLA
Sloan @ World Cafe
In Fluxxxx
Slavic Soul Party!/Red Heart the Ticker @ I-House
the Fantasticks @ Mum
Peter Bjork + Jorn/Fujiya + Miyagi @ fkaTLA
John Vanderslice @ Johnny Brendas
The Books & Todd Reynolds @ 1UC
Into the Woods @ LPAC
The Fishbowl @ the Frear
Caroline, or, Change @ the Arden
Low & Loney, Dear. @ 1UC

Sunday, December 22

Actually, it's Annville. as in the Annville-Cleona High School Christmas Concert, at 7:30 last night (til 10:00 or later.) Should have been the Holiday Concert, since the senior high concert band played "Imani," a piece about the seventh day of kwanzaa, with "lots of color and percussion" though unfortunately not an "African log drum." That, along with two x-mas medleys (but not "Sleigh Ride", with the boys in dashing marching dress, red sashes and capes, and the girls with red bows on their butts), and then two hours plus (no less than 23 pieces) of choral Christmas music. Including cousin Alyssa, somewhere. I kept myself at least entertained by keeping track of the stars (like Amy Morgan, who played bari-sax, accompanied more of the choir pieces than anyone else, duly bowing after each, and choreographed the 'jazzy' moves for the chamber choir's rendition of "Rudolph.") The director was enthusiastic, but he seems to have forgetten to tell them to sing with their mouths open, as you could hardly hear the singing, even when the stage swelled to 200 people with audience members (I wanted to go up but Hannah wouldn't let me) for the "Hallelujah Chorus." We escaped to wander the hallways (fire-engine-red lockers and inscrutable construction-paper signs heralding "bum day," "penny wars," "gender day") but somehow didn't manage to miss any of the music.

To bring you up to speed: Wednesday was recording all day, from noon to 3am. Thursday we trained up to NY anyway, after some last minute packing/secret present making. Ben E-C and his gal Sofa accompanied us on the NJT to Penn. Then we walked through Times Square to meet Ben (G) at GCT. Thus began a whirlwind thirty-hour tour of the city, Hannah's first real exposure. dinner at Zen Palate, Strand-browsing, sleep and breakfast in Scarsdale, jazz at noon, rejected at the Met (no luggage allowed), so subway down to union square and walking around the Village; a sort-of depressing cartoonish exhibit at the New Museum, streets and streets. and pizza with jesse and josie.

i made the spur-of-the-moment decision (wasn't that the point) to travel back to swat and then meet hannah's folks for a few days. even though i didn't have any stuff with me besides address book and clean underwear in the jacket pocket. not even a toothbrush, but i reclaimed that in worth. put the armchair in my room, and grabbed another t-shirt. more trains - all of this travelling is parallel with the action in my book, which consists mostly of walking and walking all night and maybe resting a little in the day, meeting someone else and maybe having a battle. only about 70 pages left - i'll be free to see the movie in a few days.

it's nice to be here, the cozy little cottage full of warmth and warm things. family, frozen food. snl and reading and cookies. cordy (grandma) listens to an irishman and wonders if it's "babylon" or something with a d, maybe "dalrymple." "is that in ireland?" happy solstice yesterday, and i'll see you again soon.

by the rivers of babylon
where we sat down
and where we lay
when we remember zion