Wings and things

We are on the road in the middle of the winter. We've been to two cities we have never been to before. We all enjoyed both Cleveland and Buffalo and until this morning we have yet to deal with any snow. I've been reading Exodus out loud to Joey while he drives and I was meaning to listen to one disc a day of a John Adams box set that I checked out from the library but I have yet to get into that habit, but today our drive is considerably longer than our previous two so I'll try a go at it today.

Sad to hear about Touch and Go.

Mr. Haru you are a nice cat.

What good is memory? Other than advancing in things such as science and literature what purpose does our memory serve. There is no one alive on earth that was here when so many important things happened so all we have is the written word and conjecture. Sometimes I wish I couldn't remember.

I've been able to ride my bike that past few days and it feels very, very good. It has been far too long.

When there is no one else around and we have no more tools of distraction, I've learned that you are faced with something that is unavoidable, and you must deal with what might be the mose annoying things in the world: yourself.

I watched part of the Grammys last night and it looks like the producers are bending to the whims of the "microwave" generation. Every musical performance was a "first-time-ever-on-the-same-stage" duet extravaganza, and every other awards presenter was a performer as well. Those that recieved awards hardly gave any type of acceptance speech and then it was on to the next premier collaboration. I guess commenting on how poorly it seemed all the performances were mixed would be moot because the sheer number of stage changes would be a logistical feat in and of itself so I think this year they just went for qauntity of quality to try and actually get people to watch an awards ceremony that I think people care less and less about. To me, the Grammys lost long ago the glimmer of meaning and accomplishment that they once held. The last few times I've watched it, it feels like an industry trying to pat itself on the back and know that it did a good job over the past year. The nail in the coffin and quite possibly one of the most ironic happenings at this years ceremony was Radiohead's performance. It was Radiohead's first time ever performing at the Grammy's and only after they self released their most recent album and basically turned their backs on the "old" music industry while simultaneously creating/embracing a new one. So here is a dead industry honoring a band that proved they could do it without their help, and singing a song with the first lyric: "You used to be all right, what happened?" It was good.

I watched the Fountain again and have concluded that it is possibly my favorite film of all time. It made me cry again, but at a different part. Everyone should see it.

Open your book and listen to music, now.

I just found out that The Books will be playing at this years MusicNow festival, an event that's quietly happened right here in our own back yard for the past three years. They are without a doubt one of my favorite bands and this year I will actually be in town and have tickets. Thank you. Kronos Quartet are also playing which is for sure a boon.

It's for the look, I don't light it.

Is there a music video that captures the essence of the 1990's better than this???

(sorry, my computer wont let me embed it.)


"A saint is not someone who is good, but someone who has seen the goodness of God"

-Thomas Merton

I'm sorry I haven't been updating as much. The network cark on my computer broke so I only have access to the internet at the library. Which is often closed later in the evenings when I am off work. If I had more than seven minutes left to be on here I would update more but a quote from the wonderful Mr. Merton will do for now.