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

Thursday, April 29

so many lasts these days… that last playlist that i posted a little while ago was my last wsrn show ever - if you know me well, you'll have recognized that most of those are pretty significant songs for me, a lot of them specifically in connection with wrsn.

today was our last power yoga class, which is no great shakes but, also, my last lesson with tony, which i didn't even really consciously think about until it was over and then i kind of started crying on a dime and was upset for a little while. but before that, i wrote my last music 48 paper and handed it in late for the last time. i didn't really write about my piece at all, instead about the history of my relationship with bach and his significance for me. actually, i was going to post it here, but it didn't come out well enough even for that; well, i hope it will make for an interesting little chat with mr. bach-scholar marrissen, my theories about bach's piano works vis-a-vis the rest of his repertoire. i think i have a very skewed and biased perception of his music.

we/i had the assassins picnic today (if you want to call it that - i was totally past thinking about the game, although there was some discussion of it towards the end.) the level of disorganization was not up to my usual standards as a host, but it was really lovely just to spend some moments with these folks, friends and dancers old and new - kat, victoria, lillie, sophie & emmy, dan, khadijah and the others, and laura for helping (last rushed pre-party run to genuardis? naah.) group problem-solving with the grill fire. made me supernostalgic for camping (ooh summer's coming!). my hands still smell like charcoal.

oh, and you know, i did this amusing thing in new york yesterday: [quoting from e-mail] the film+media studies program "premiere", where i got drunk and ate funny-named passed hors d'oeuvres [the godfather I and II were the first two trays with biscotti things on them - inexplicably, the third one was "henry VIII"] in the room on 44th and broadway where they shoot good morning america [with huge polarized windows so we could watch all the times-square passersby, but not they us!], with patty white, kaori kitao, maurice eldridge, tiffanys lennon and gong, mara fortes, damon mcmahon, lynne desilva-johnson, laura's parents (mom '77), jonathan franzen, and peter biskind, among others. very strange.

at least, the part where i felt myself turning into a swat alum on the spot (!). lynne (who graduated my freshman year) said "of course i remember you - i remember everyone in the music community." everyone's doing something, or nothing, so that's heartening. am i okay with being an alumnus soon? i guess so. it's funny, the things that faze me - i'm fine with leaving here, and i'm pretty excited about doing some other things, but i just get upset about all the things that i won't be doing again. today was the first time i cried about it though, and i didn't even actually cry, so. there are still some firsts - for instance, i was in LPAC 201 for this first time today. now that is a sweet room. it might even beat 44th and bway. (but it can't touch the rooms in the museum/house [um, castle] i was in on monday with the gothics - check it out, this is the guy's living room.) so yeah.

speaking of alumni, guess who i ran into on campus last thursday? if you were alyssa, you'd be able to guess. she's lost some weight, especially in her face, and i'm not sure it suits her. well. she's in radioland now. some day i'll take her out to lunch and ask her how she got to be a rock star.

better sleep so i can get up and go go go again until it's over.

i write music for soundtracks now