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
January 18, 2015 - 12:06 p.m.
Last evening was a good mental health day, well at least most of the evening. I made myself soup for dinner. It's not so much that the soup is so good it's that I get a feeling o accomplishment making it. You can hardly call it soup. there's more solid in it than liquid. And it is yummy and very spicy.
I had a really tough decision about what to do last night. I had three choices, the Kennedys at Rockwood Music Hall, at Kay's, and Pesky J. Nixon at a new venue in Brooklyn. I knew about the Kennedys first and I told them I'd merch for them first so that's where I went. Though not after telling Kay I'd be there as I neglected to put the Kennedys on my calendar. I really needed to split in three last night.
This was a special Kennedys show. It was all new songs. I had only heard about half of them. It was part of the run-up to their triple album release. Nowadays most bands might come out with one album every two years. Pete and Maura are releasing three albums in March, They are each doing a solo album plus duo album. I am going to think of it as one album. It's like Emerson Lake & Palmer's Works: Volume II. That was a double album with one side by each of them solo and one side as the trio. Yes I am comparing the Kennedys with Emerson Lake & Palmer.
Pete's album is a song cycle about New York. This is an old project I've written about before that he revived and revamped. Maura's are co writes with an old friend of hers, an author. Some are his poems she set to music and others based on short stories. This stretched her songwriting muscles as she was forced to write in a different style. What they really are is art songs that with a pop veneer. I can't summarize the duo album as succinctly. I'll just say that there's a song not by but about Dave Carter on it.
I got there a way later than I planned because there was a delay on the . I got there three minutes before the show was theoretically starting. I like to be early when I do merch. But it worked out fine.
I was joined at my table by Kevin. I haven't seen him in while so that's was nice. And the music was magical. The three albums are totally distinct, they have different sounds and different feels. They are exploding with ideas and are letting them all out at once. It's as good if not better than anything they've done before. They are at the peak of their form. Can you tell that I'm excited. I love that musicians that I've known for 20 years can still make me feel this way.
After the show we went upstairs where I sold the CDs. I spent a lot more time just talking to Pete, Maura, and Kevin. We must have hung out for close to an hour. I needed that.
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