I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Edgar Allen Poe
The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.
- H. L. Mencken
Many people would sooner die than think; In fact, they do so
What I have been telling you, from alpha to omega, what is the one great thing the sigil taught me — that everything in life is miraculous. For the sigil taught me that it rests within the power of each of us to awaken at will from a dragging nightmare of life made up of unimportant tasks and tedious useless little habits, to see life as it really is, and to rejoice in its exquisite wonderfulness. If the sigil were proved to be the top of a tomato-can, it would not alter that big fact, nor my fixed faith. No Harrowby, the common names we call things by do not matter — except to show how very dull we are ...
-James Branch Cabell
November 10, 2015 - 11:56 a.m.
I did something unusual and interesting yesterday that should make my blog unusual and interesting right?
So of course Monday is therapy and I as I told you I had something to do in the City at 7 PM so I figured I'd stay in the City. But I didn't count on one important thing, I'm an idiot. Yes it is something that anyone would figure on, unless of course the person is an idiot. You all know it though because you are not idiots. So what went wrong? I forgot my phone charger. Ugh. My phone was not going to make it through the day so I headed home. I made good time so I had almost two hours at home before I had to go out again. I grabbed a peanut butter sandwich for dinner. I know, I know.
So what did I do last night? The dynamic Deni Bonet invited me up to the studio to watch her record a promotional music video. I got to sit in the control room with a few other of her friends. I've never done that before. I told you it was new and unusual. It was at Smash Studio near Penn Station. Judging by whose pictures are on the wall it's the big time. Not that it made it easier to find, I had an address but not a floor and the building had no directory. But it did have people waiting for the elevator that looked like they were going to the studio too. Plus it's an office building, who else has business at 7 PM? The women were not going to Deni's session. I expected one studio but it's actually a floor of studios. I had to ask where Deni was. I knew I was in the right spot when I spotted her husband Andy. We had a wait a bit to go in so I got friendly with the other people in the hall. Let's see who I remember, Cindy Thrall, she's also a singer, her friend Andy, easy to remember as it's the same as Deni's husband, Joe who I sat next to and got to know the best, Steve who I knew but whose name I always forget and Joe's friend whose name I forgot and is the one that actually knows Deni, and one woman whose name I never caught. Hey that's not bad.
We all sat on couches and watched the recording. She did a bunch of songs off the album that she's working on, They are great. Some are very high energy, others are slower but complex. There's a lot of there there. They are all instrumentals which is a change of pace. Deni is a great violinists and she's showing off that side of her backed by a band with chops to spare. One of the songs was a co-write with Richard Barone. It went in directions that I didn't expect out of a rock/pop icon. I'm not surprised he had the talent, he has oodles of it, but I didn't think he'd express it that way.
I got to see how they shoot a video with multiple cameras. Ironically the cameras made it harder for us to see. But we heard great. Sitting in the control room is a great way to hear music; it's half way between a live show and concert window. There is a literal window between you and the musicians which means that if you talk they can't hear you.
I was going to say, "Now I can't wait to hear the new album." But that's a lie. I couldn't wait to hear the new album since she told me months ago she was working on a new album. I just want to hear it even more.
After the show Deni joined us in the control room and we had well not a party but people standing around talking with a few drinking beer. Not me of course. The musicians came in and we talked to them. I spent most of my time talking to James the still photographer. He taught me some tricks you can use on Instagram. I didn't know you could do things to enhance the pictures, I thought it was all stupid filters that makes them worse. Hey Brianne we talked about you.
I of course stayed the longest because I’m me I walked out with Deni, Paul, her manager, and James who lives in her building. Andy had to head home earlier to walk the dog. Deni is on my list of friends I don't see enough of.
Getting home was a bit of an ordeal. It should be easy, the to Fulton and switch to the . And that is what I did but I had a long wait for the and a 23 minute wait for the . to make it worse late night both trains run local. So it took me 40 minutes to get there but over an hour and a half to get home. Oh and to make it worse the wasn’t running so all the people that usually took that took the , Even though I got to my stop after 1AM the train was packed solid. They clearly need to be running more trains. I was so lucky that a guy near me got up so I could sit for all but one stop
Tonight is John Platt's On Your Radar and you should join me, two bands I love are playing, Bumper Jacksons and the Heather Pierson Trio.
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