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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

Tuesday, January 6

epiphany is a good name for a day. not that i had one. i spent the bulk of today (when i was awake) reading through my blog entries from 2003 (i wrote more than i had remembered, though substantially less than the previous year - only 203 pages of 12pt times, vs. 464 in 2002, including headers and whatnot), in order to help me complete a year-end meme survey, published elsewhere. most of the other major document of my year, my saved e-correspondence with a-r, was inadvertently disappeared, or else even more of my answers might have focused on her. the context of the internet, lj, and now probably also pulled me this way, but really she was a pretty defining element of my year; what brought a lot of that back was how hard it still was to read some of her answers.

it's crazy late now (past 3:30) and i just wanted to let you know i've come home, where i'll be for a while now. i have some major goals for the next week and a half, which can serve as resolutions-of-sorts for the time being:

1. write some songs. it's time to get this band thing off the ground for serious. i've been playing my lovely new guitar a lot, and have revisited a lot of my old unfinished pieces, some of which could be well reworked. what i really need is to come up with some lyrics.

2. practice like whut! i've got a piano recital coming up very soon after i return to school (which will likely be my last for a while.) i played a bit today and was pretty satisfied with how little my brahms and schœnberg have slipped in this month or so that i haven't touched them. not sure where to go next

3. drive. you might have thought you'd never see the day, but i have honest to goodness scheduled a driving test for next friday. went out for a spin with warren z. today. just need to do some more of that and readjust to the subie and i should be in good shape.

4. read. cuz this is the last chance i'll get to do much of it until, oh, may, and then i can do as much as i want, right? i'm plowing through snow crash now (left sons & lovers back in the woods), with the barnum museum on the side burner. the everlasting story of nory, lost in the funhouse, possession, empire falls and a book about magellan are all in the queue, along with the gothic cathedrals book i bought today (to read before school starts.)

5. watch movies. i came up with a list of around thirty from 2003 that i want to catch up on. netflix should help with some of those; i'll also try to make it to the theatre a few more times (we saw 21 grams last night - pretty impressive; i guess i enjoyed it more than my parents did. could mr. penn be up for a double best-actor nomination?) (i also watched the man who knew too little last night, which was maybe even more enjoyable. funnier than i expected.)

6. compile a best-of-2003 mix cd. once i get my burner issues sorted out. of course i've been working this out in my head for at least a week now. jes' let me know if you want a copy. there'll also be a best albums list up here shortly.

should be more than enough to keep me busy, even if the rest of my friends skip town before i do. now i really shall hit the hay.

and we could travel just by folding the map