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
2003-01-11 - 11:29 a.m.
Last night I went to The Living Room to see Noam Weinstein and Heather Eatman. I've seen Noam a couple of times before, once at the Bottom Line Fast Folk Tribute and once on his own. I was disappointed the time I saw him by myself but wanted to give him another chance. I'm glad I did. Last time either he or I was having an off night. He's great. His voice reminds me of Ben Folds a similarity that became clearer when he switched to the piano. His voice is always sounds a bit strained, but it works. He's a clever songwriter with thoughtful lyrics whether he's being funny or serious. If you go to his site you can check out some mp3s. I really think that Carey would like him and asked him if he ever got to Chicago. He said he hadn't performed there yet but that his grandmother lived there, and he very well might in the future. He's going to email me if he does. He's also a nice guy who introduced himself to me before the show just because I was sitting up front. He scored extra points with me by being accompanied by his band featuring a DOBRO™ resonator guitar and a melodica on some of the songs.
I haven't seen Heather Eatman in years. I discovered her around the same time I discovered Ruth Gerson. In addition to being a great musician she has a cool day job, she lays out the front page of the Daily News. Which qualifies as a night job as I'm guessing she runs over there after her gigs. She's a hard singer/songwriter for me to describe. Perhaps a bit like Ani and a bit like Jill Sobule and Amy Rigby. You'll just have to check her out yourself. There isn't any good reason that I haven't seen her in so long, it just seems that I always have trouble making her shows. I'll have to make more of an effort to see her again. As she was about to start her set a garbage truck pulled up and started making lots of noise. She said, "We're waiting for the garbage truck." I thought that would be a good album name.
Last night I picked up a copy of Acoustic Live in New York City a folk music newsletter. In addition to the best article I've read on Christine Lavin it has comprehensive listings of shows in the tri-state area. You can read it all online; check it out. It reminded me of something that I want to eventually do; make an online guide of things to do in the area. It would not be comprehensive, it would all be things that I personally recommend, a Horvendile's eye view. I'm going to have to learn a lot more HTML before I set it up. I want to do a good job. I'm going to give a preview of what it would be like now. At least the music picks. Here is the list of shows on horizon that I personally recommend. If it is in bold then I intend on going to the show myself.
11 – Chris Smither/Jeffrey Foucault @ Towne Crier Café
1 – Cheryl Wheeler @ Emelin Theater
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Memories: Not that Horrid Song - May 29, 2018
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