It was a GREAT song!
Lots of music. Dance. Theater. Philosophy. Performance art. Comedy.
I had heard a growing murmur about a new HBO special, “David Byrne’s American Utopia.” One of the DJ’s on my favorite 80’s “alternative music” station on SirusXM was talking about it. The New York Times mentioned it. I was more than a bit curious.
It. Is. Wonderful!!
Apparently (I’m going from memory of some of the comments and NYT article and I’m too lazy to look it up right at this second because it’s on and I’m watching again) it’s done by Spike Lee, filmed during live performances on Broadway. As was done with the filming of “Hamilton,” this isn’t just a concert film, it’s filmed inside the action, above it, behind it, from the audience…
It. Is. Spectacular.
Most highly recommended.
Especially this weekend, where we have the blue moon, Halloween, THE FREAKIN’ ELECTION, we turn back the clocks in the US…
It’s too much. Be kind to yourself. Take a couple hours. Watch.
You won’t regret it.
One of my major tasks for the day was spending several hours reviewing, coding, and then doing data entry for our payroll. It’s not rocket science, and it’s critical to get it right, but it’s pretty routine and a bit boring, which is a deadly combination. I find that having a good set of tunes helps.
I hit “Shuffle” on my “Favorites” list, and was well rewarded. I do love, love, love me some eclectic music mixes!
|Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra||Want It Back|
|Paul Simon||American Tune|
|Yes||Owner Of A Lonely Heart|
|Huey Lewis & The News||I Want A New Drug|
|Lee Ann Womack||I Hope You Dance|
|Brad Paisley||The World|
|Taylor Swift||Teardrops On My Guitar|
|Loggins & Messina||House At Pooh Corner|
|Stan Rogers||Barrett’s Privateers|
|Jimi Hendrix||All Along The Watchtower|
|Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra||Do It With A Rockstar|
|Travis Tritt||Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof|
|Brad Paisley||Sleeping On The Foldout|
|Big & Rich||8th Of November|
|Genesis||Anything She Does|
|Garth Brooks||The Cowboy Song|
|Toby Keith||A Little Too Late|
|George Strait||I Can Still Make Cheyenne|
|Toby Keith||I Love This Bar|
|U2||Bullet The Blue Sky|
|The Chicks||Let ‘Er Rip|
|Kenny Chesney||She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy|
|Gretchen Wilson||Redneck Woman|
|Depeche Mode||Master & Servant|
|They Might Be Giants||Istanbul (Not Constantinople)|
|Elton John||Indian Sunset|
|Rascal Flatts||Oklahoma-Texas Line|
|Rascal Flatts||Skin (Sarabeth) [Hidden Track]|
|Keith Urban||Sweet Thing|
|“Chicago” Soundtrack||Cell Block Tango|
|Rascal Flatts||Fast Cars & Freedom|
|Collin Raye||I Think About You|
|Billy Idol||Dancing With Myself|
|Garth Brooks||If Tomorrow Never Comes|
|Garth Brooks||Much To Young (To Feel This Damn Old)|
|Jackson Browne||Running On Empty|
|The Chicks||Some Days You Gotta Dance|
|Queen||Sombody To Love|
|Linkin Park||One Step Closer|
|The Pretenders||Back On The Chain Gang (Live)|
|Garth Brooks||Unanswered Prayers (Live)|
|Pat Benetar||Love Is A Battlefield|
|Martina McBride||My Baby Loves Me|
|Oingo Boingo||Dead Man’s Party|
|The Nails||88 Lines About 44 Women|
For an added bonus, who can ID the six songs of these forty-eight had me turning the headphones up to ELEVEN?
That’s the word of the day. It fits.
My phone started nagging me this evening because it can tell that I wasn’t on my way to downtown LA to see “Hamilton” at the Pantages.
It can tell that because it can read my email, but apparently it’s not smart enough to read the news and understand that “Hamilton” has been cancelled due to the 128,000 dead Americans and total lack of any sort of sane response by the excuse that passes for the US government right now.
But that’s not what I came here to talk about.
That’s a somewhat… “disturbing?” image that was on my screen when that nagging message showed up, wouldn’t you say?
Actually, it’s quite wonderful, in a disturbing sort of way. It’s what I was watching, while waiting at a great BBQ restaurant pickup lot, waiting for a birthday dinner. (The birthday, not mine, was a high point of the day, BTW.) I was watching it because one of the folks I follow religiously on FaceBook and Twitter recommended it:
On FaceBook, he said, “Trust me.” Yes, you should. This is truly fucking awesome. And bizarro.
Apparently I’m also a slow learner, in addition to being a monster.
FWIW, the headphones and iPhone are taking their revenge on me. Today I’m busy fielding a dozen different information requests from various folks, trying to keep up on data entry with deadlines coming at me like a freight train, listening to my “upbeat” and “favorites” playlist for the energy when all of a sudden I got multiple songs from the “I’m a single dad and no one is ever going to love me again” playlist. With no warning we went straight from “Crazy On You” by Heart to “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg to “Postmarked Birmingham” by Blackhawk to “You’re Gone” by Diamond Rio to “Anything But Mine” by Kenny Chesney and then right back into “Workin’ For A Living” by Huey Lewis & The News.
If that isn’t a sign that there’s a malevolent AI being carried around in my pocket, I don’t know what is.
Too tired to do much tonight – it’s been a long few years since January, and 2019 was no picnic leading into that. One foot in front of the other – some days that’s all you can do.
So I’m letting my playlist randomize itself. Songs that have hit home:
Huey Lewis & The News, “Working For A Living”
Wynonna Judd, “Girls With Guitars”
Garth Brooks, “Unanswered Prayers”
Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice”
Always gotta make sure to end with that one, just as a reminder that it’s not always easy, we’re not always going to wing, it’s exhausting – but we still need to get up tomorrow morning, put on pants (I know, right?), and try again.
There is much that ails us as a society. There are many diseases, both literal and figurative, that rot us from the core.
I ran across something that I see not as one of those diseases, but merely a symptom. I don’t know how to solve it.
Charity auction, among the items are concert tickets with meet & greets with the artists.
When the winning bid on the Jonas Brothers concert is almost ten times the winning bid on the Incubus concert, we might not deserve to survive.
After the Ives 3rd, during intermission, setting up for Dvorak’s 9th last week.
Yes, it is that beautiful.
And the acoustics are better.
The Disney Concert Hall is an amazing, beautiful building, designed by the genius Frank Gehey. It offers an almost endless variety of views of sweeping lines, both interior and exterior, and vast interior spaces.
These are the escalators that lead down into the parking garages, opening at top to the balconies leading to the upper level seats.