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Living My Life

Deerhunter – Living My Life

It feels like I didn’t have a weekend, and I didn’t have today off either, so forgive another lame entry here. When I don’t even get home until 7:30 p.m., it’s so hard to gather the momentum needed to figure out what I want to say, or what song I feel like writing about. But I listened to this album in the car today when the traffic started getting to me and it seems like a good option just before going to sleep.

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Freazy

Wolf Alice – Freazy

I spent both weekend days driving and walking around and now I’m too tired to write. Again.

What a Time to Be Alive

Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive

In one 24 hour period we went from taking control of the House to having Jeff Sessions fired, an unconstitutional appointment of a lackey in his place to “oversee” (a.k.a. kill) the Mueller investigation, revoking the press credentials from one of the biggest news organizations with bonus doctored video to support their bogus reason for doing so, followed by the news of RBG falling and breaking three ribs.

I’m calling it a day.

Finest Worksong

R.E.M. – Finest Worksong

WANT NEED

I wanted to win both the House and the Senate, but we really needed to win the House, at least. And there were some great outcomes, lots of fresh faces, lots of women, really progressive candidates, and we sent some truly awful people packing.

But the work is only ramping up, with Sessions getting axed and Mueller’s investigation in jeopardy, egregious attacks on the press today, threatening Democrats if they come after him he’ll sic the Senate on them, there is no time to coast.

I just hope the Democrats who won last night understand that they were elected as a bulwark against Cheeto and to never let slide any of these authoritarian pushes. Adam Schiff will be great. Maxine Waters will be on fire. Just don’t play into the GOP trap. You may WANT to be non-partisan and work together on some things but what you NEED to do is take some names and kick some asses. Don’t be confused. By now everyone should know you can’t hold a Republican to their word because they have no integrity. So have your eyes wide open. They will never play by the rules or follow the decades-old Senate traditions. They are going to lie and cheat and steal your lunch money and push you into the lockers. Until you fight back. Time to rise, rearrange, and work.

People Have the Power

Patti Smith – People Have the Power

Not all the votes are in and some of the most inspiring candidates didn’t win. Gillum, Abrams, Beto. But they came so close in states where the odds were not in their favor and, in Georgia at least, blatant voter suppression in broad daylight.

However, over 100 women are headed to Congress. Two Muslim women, two Native American women. Colorado has an openly gay governor. Kansas kicked Kris Kobach to the curb and elected a Democratic woman. Too close to call in Wisconsin.

Don’t let the pundits get you down. Taking the House means Maxine Waters is the chair of the Financial Services Committee and will subpoena Trump’s tax returns. Adam Schiff will be the chair of the Intelligence Committee and that little weasel Nunes won’t be able to sabotage their work.

The fight continues, and watch out for all kinds of shenanigans during the lame duck session.

Now or Never Now

Metric – Now or Never Now

It doesn’t feel like it’s been two years since the world came crashing down. It feels like it’s just been one interminable nightmare. Constantly lurching from one disaster to another, never being able to relax, never having the opportunity to put it out of our minds.

The stakes are higher than ever. If we don’t take back the House, I don’t know how I will cope, and I want more than just the House. I want the Senate. I want Mitch McConnell to lose control and crawl back into his shell and decide he’d rather take his toys and go home, than stay on in a Senate where he can’t call the shots. Out of all the dastardly bastards in congress, he’s the one I despise the most. But I am also worried about the races on the state level. So much damage can be done if we don’t keep the governor’s seats we have and pick up several more. I do not have a good feeling about it.

This is the final hour. It’s now or never. For real.

 

Give the People What They Want

The O’Jays – Give the People What They Want

I am so nervous about Election Day. So, so nervous.

“It’s about time for things to get better

We want the truth, the truth, and no more lies

We want freedom, justice, and equality

I want it for you and I want it for me.”

Fingers crossed.

Oops. It’s been so long since I posted that the new editing window keeps throwing me for a loop and I think the post has published when I still have to click once more. Sorry this one was sitting as a draft for an extra day, but I swear I did it yesterday!

Blind

David Byrne – Blind

One of those September shows was David Byrne. I’d always regretted that I hadn’t seen Talking Heads before they broke up. Not that I really had the chance but it wasn’t physically impossible. I have felt this way since Stop Making Sense came out. I was in my senior year of high school and a friend and I went to see it at this tiny movie theater in our town up in Maine. Of course back then, I didn’t think I would never get the chance. We left our seats and danced in the aisle; I remember thinking, wow, imagine how great this would be in real life.

I also had thought about going to see David Byrne when he teamed up with St. Vincent for Love This Giant but I couldn’t really swing it. Earlier this year I heard about David Byrne’s tour for his latest album American Utopia. I checked out the schedule but the nearest venues for me were far away and not good timing so I didn’t get a ticket. As luck would have it, he announced a second string of dates with a show just a little farther than my usual haunts and it was even on a weekend! It was a seated venue I hadn’t been to before so I wanted to get a good seat. As soon as pay day rolled around, I managed to get a spot with only two people next to me and no one in front of me in the first tier (up three steps from the floor). It often pays to need only one ticket!

When I got there, the spot was even better than I had expected due to the weird way they configured the stairs and the railing. I had my own little private triangle of dancing space in front of my seat. 10/10, would buy again! But I was worried that people would be duds and not get up and dance and yell at me to sit down. No one was on their feet for the opening band, tUnEyArDs, and there were a lot of bald and gray-haired heads in the crowd. Thankfully those fears were put to rest as soon as the house lights went down and everyone in the packed auditorium was on their feet for the duration.

I don’t really think it’s possible to describe this show adequately. It was magical. David Byrne is a creative genius. It was equal parts theater performance, marching band routine, choreographed dance, light show, and concert. To say nothing of how talented, diverse, and international the band was. Everyone barefoot and in identical gray suits. Six percussionists wearing their instruments like a high school drum line. A keyboard player likewise outfitted. Two back-up singers/dancers, a guitar player, a bass player, and all wireless. Musicians came and went through a beaded backdrop that created three sides of a cube. So much to see and take in. I could have seen it every night for a week and still not have gotten it all.

There were a lot of Talking Heads songs but also plenty from the new album, and songs from his earlier collaborations and projects as well. I don’t think I will ever see anything like it ever again. It easily belongs in my top twenty concerts of all time, maybe even in the top ten. And that’s not just me, my sister and brother-in-law saw the show a few days later in New York and were similarly blown away. My mother’s neighbor saw it up in Maine and described it as “off-the-charts amazing.” In looking for a video to use with this post, I came across one from a woman in London who wrote in the description, “I think this is the best live show I’m ever going to see.” A sentiment echoed by NME.

I hope he had it filmed at some point because even though videos don’t really capture the energy of a live performance, it deserves to be professionally recorded. David Byrne is 66 years old and is not slowing down. I love that he is still as unconventional now as he was in the early days of Talking Heads. And it isn’t just for show, he walks the walk. He had Headcount.org along and urged everyone to vote, and they closed the night with a cover of Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout.”

The tour has moved on to Europe and then I think to New Zealand and Australia so I think you missed your chance if you didn’t get to go. I think it will be hard for him to top this but I’ll definitely keep my ears open for his next project.

The Great Curve

Angelique Kidjo – The Great Curve (Talking Heads cover)

Have you heard Angelique Kidjo’s version of the Talking Heads album, Remain in Light? If not, get on that right away. I heard about it this summer and for a couple of weeks, it was the only thing I listened to. It was the album I didn’t know I needed. As much as I love the original, hearing her version, and hearing an interview with her about it, brought another dimension to these songs I’ve had in my head for years.

Naturally, I went looking for tour dates and had every intention of trying to go down to New York to catch her show in late September in Central Park. Then September filled up with other shows and competing events at home and I couldn’t pull it off. This has been happening a lot this past year and I don’t really see an easy solution to the problem of needing to be in two places at once. Nor do I see things changing in our circumstances to free up some of my time or my required presence.

I just wanted to be in a big crowd of people who would all be grooving to these covers. The world would be a much better place if people would spend less time worrying about how stupid they think they look and just let the music lead the way.