Monday, August 27, 2007

One Step Closer To Knowing

On the one-year anniversary of the crash of Comair flight 5191 in Lexington, Kentucky, the community remembers. My family remembers also its dear friend and champion of so many who had so little.

And I remember these words, by Rob Brezny, as a reminder to never lose your exuberance for life...

"We are primordial miracles. Resplendent avatars. Deities in disguise. Rebel creators. We are wrathful insurrectionaries and exuberant lovers of life dedicated to navigating our way through this peculiar turning point in the evolution of our 14-billion-year-old master game. It is our sacred duty to keep our imaginations wild and hungry and free, and to make sure that all of our fellow messiahs, even those who volunteered to play the roles of ignorant deceivers, have the chance to keep their imaginations wild and hungry and free...

...We can enjoy the pleasures of healing mischief, friendly shocks, compassionate tricks, irreverent devotion, holy pranks, playful experiments, and crazy wisdom.

We can inspire each other to perpetrate healing mischief, friendly shocks, compassionate tricks, blasphemous reverence, holy pranks, and crazy wisdom..."

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Someday

Know how you hear about something once--and then you're always hearing about it?

This show The Flight of the Conchords was recommended to me only last Friday. Since then? No less than ten recommendations, articles, reviews, raves, insights, gossip, banter, quotes.

From what I can tell from this latest Universe-is-speaking-to-you instance, the comedy is committed and subtle. And about struggling musicians. Who are Kiwis (from New Zealand).

And hell, throw in cheesy Seventies technology and props (soft-focus lens and giant white cigarette microphones), and I'm ever-lovingly yours.

I can't break down and get cable. I just...can't.

Please iTunes. Show me some love. Show me some Bret and Jemaine.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

One Baby To Another Says, I'm Lucky To Have Met You

Today in F**k, That Was A Long Time Ago, Wasn't It? I Mean, I Can Remember 1991 Fairly Distinctly And Never Did I Think I'd Read A Who's-Who's Item In The Chicago Tribune About The Baby On The Cover Of Nevermind, Much Less Also Find His Photo On A German Gossip Website...

...Or That I Would Even Be Trawling Websites During the Workday When, Gee, In 1991, I Was Working At An Amiga 2000 In The Memorial Library Basement Computer Lab On A Paper About The Influence Of Madame De Pompadour, Mistress To French King Louis XV, On 18th-Century Fashion.

Hm, that kid hasn't changed much since the photo seventeen years ago (and he's a bit opportunistic about the experience now).

F**k, that was a long time ago...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Jump Back! What's That Sound?

Van Halen announced it is reforming (ha! pun!) for a new tour this fall, with original lead singer David Lee Roth back in the saddle. Or chaps. Assless, graffitti-painted chaps.

Anyway, the lineup is not quite that original, since bassist Michael Anthony--he of the Jack Daniels bass guitar--has gotten the heave-ho.

I don't care about the infighting. I don't care about the misogyny. I don't care about the undeniable and veritable tidal wave of bad perms that will come out of hiding during this tour.

I just care that the reunion prompted me to find this video and re-watch it (even though I saw it no less than 1,433,709 times during the summer of 1984), and realize I had forgotten all about those canvas, flat-topped painter's caps with the protective neck panels. Damn.