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
-Bertrand Russell

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

April 26, 2014 - 7:03 p.m.

Bob and Town and Robin and Alex

Welcome to a sleep deprived edition of Wise Madness. I had to get up at 5:45 this morning so of course I stayed out late last night. Sleep is always a priority but not the highest priority. Last night I saw Bobtown for the first time in ages. Not just that it was on the same bill as " target ="new">Alex Mallett who I have also not seen in ages, and Robin Aigner who I haven't seen in years. Years are longer than ages. Funny thing if you looked at networking and wanted to know who best connects with these three artists I'm pretty sure it would be me. I know each of them better than any two knew each other.

After school I went down to Katherine and we went to Jalopy together. I got to see Bella, Katherine's dog too. Yes I like seeing my dog friends and mention them in my blog. Want to make something of it?

Even though I've done merch there many times I have never been to Jalopy so much before it opened before. It was my first time in the daytime. It was my first time meeting Lynette one of the owners. I have seen the pews not set up before but I don't remember when. I guess I was there before set up once. But not for as much time.

This was a late arriving crowd. Ten minutes before Robin went on there was just a couple of people and me. Then everyone came in at once and the place was packed. I of course knew lots of people there, all musicians or friends of musicians. I'll just mention the ones I talked to the most, Karen, Honor, Sara, Dan, and Noah. I can't give details but I'm going to be in a documentary that Noah is shooting. He got footage for me, of Bobtown, and yes, me singing along to Alex. He promised me that was without audio. He also assured me it wouldn't be a porn film. I'm disappointed about that.

I knew I liked Robin a lot. I had forgotten how much she rocks. She is so much the kind of musician I often write about, someone unique. Nobody else would or could write her songs. They first two had a big klezmer influence. I dont' think I've heard that material before. Some had people, including me, laughing out loud. Some were tragic. That's the way to create a set.

Is there anything left for me to say about how much I love Bobtown? I got to hear three new songs. That was exciting. They are working on a new album. I was watching with Karen (Hudson not Dahlstrom) for part of the set and we hit one of the great things about it. Katherine introduced "Mama's Got A Backbeat" as being repetitive. But it isn't. yes the structure and lyrics are repetitive but the arrangement is fluid. There are many ways of achieving movement in a song. It has that virtue I often praise, it goes from A to B.

Can you tell from the pictures they are also tons of fun. It's sort of hard to be my friend if you aren't silly You have to at least tolerate silly. And I should have pictures to illustrate that but I don't. But I did need a paragraph to break up the pics.






Now I can compare Alex to Robin but all they have in common is that they aren't common. I hear so much music that sounds alike. I treasure it when songwriters find their own voice. He too can make you laugh and make you feel the emptiness of Kansas. He was joined by his girlfriend Sammi on one song and he used to voice to great effect. Her wordless harmonies on the song about Kansas evoked the barren prairie landscape to me. I always cringe when performers have their significant others join them. They aren't exactly unbiased judges. But Sammi who is not a professional singer, can really sing.

After the show I hung out even though I knew it meant getting no sleep. It helped that Alan could give me a ride to the and I had great timing. I waited only a short time for that then only seconds to make the connection to the . Sill I got less than four hours of sleep last night.

This morning I timed things perfectly. Google did a great job with the train schedules. It said I had to leave at 6:05. I left at 6:03 and waited two minutes for the train. That hooked up nicely with the MetroNorth train to take me to WfUV. I had my usual great time at the station joined by Peter and Colleen. The rest of the volunteers were students. Liz Noonan made a special guest appearance on Kathleen's show, taking a break from her usual gig as a teacher. She used to be one of the hosts of Ceol na n'Gael as a student, then she worked at the station for years after she graduated.

We got a call from Brian. he had to miss this drive but it was nice to speak to him. Remember to not let him know I said something nice about him.

I thought I'd have too much time to kill before my train came but as I was about to leave the phone rang. It should not even have been on. They don't fundraise during "One on One" the sports call-in show. But we don't turn down money so I took it. And that almost made me miss my train. I made it to the platform with less than a minute to spare. Oh one tip. If there is a train coming don't stand blocking the only door leading to the steps down to the platform. In fact don't do that when there isn't a train coming.

I came home to find we had no water. They were supposed to fix the plumbing every day this week and didn't. So they got around to it the only day I've been around. It was supposed finished three hours ago. It isn't.

OK I have to go shopping, make dinner, grade, and get to sleep so I better go now.

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Wise Madness is Now In Session - May 28, 2018
The NFL and the First Amendment - May 27, 2018
On The Road Again - May 26, 2018
Oliver the Three-Eyed Crow - May 25, 2018

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