Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Do The Ostrich

Lou Reed,
You were always good.

The Primitives "Merry Go Round"

 The Primitives "Sneaky Pete"

The Primitives "The Ostrich"

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

True Blue

First favorite...saw him play last night...met smitten.
(by the way, that's his parents in the photo...amazing)

and another favorite...

Ugly Rainbow

The past four weeks has convinced me that only the idea of having a temporary work visa in Quebec exists. They have guidelines and phone numbers and websites and forms about visas, but facts are fleeting and farcical. Empoi Quebec sent me to Immigrations who sent me to Service Canada who told me to call Immigrations who hung up the phone on me because they didn't have any representatives available. And even in the case that you do get a representative on the other end of the line, they don't know answers either; they're just as in the dark as we are. As much as Quebec Francophones like to think they're their own country, they actually do have to follow Canada's rules. And Canada says you must offer temporary work visas. So, on paper, you do have the right to earn one of those fine looking visas in Quebec. (Maple leaves, viridian fading to peach, overstamped with a red cutout "Canada.") But getting one is like trying to find the end of the rainbow. Except it's an ugly rainbow. And the pot of gold isn't even that big because there are no jobs here and if you're anglo, they won't hire you anyway. Anyone have suggestions on where to find under the table work that doesn't require fluency in French? I'm just all confused...ugly rainbows don't even exist.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Couple a Coconuts must check out Santo and Johnny...

The Chips

(sorry bout the green....)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


That is, Miss's Ann Peebles. She can be your a proverbial umbrella when the rain comes pouring down.

"(You Keep Me) Hanging On"

Monday, November 9, 2009

One's Just a Tease When You Know There's More In Store

this one's luckily a healthy addiction...

My friend Zach and I have been listening to the Rolling Stones album Out of Our Heads a lot lately-a lifesaver after moving to Montreal-(synonym: YOU ARE UNWELCOME UNLESS FRENCH). Anyway, Out of Our Heads is my favorite Stones album right now. I love this time in the band's history...avec Brian Jones, and avant feeling inclined to hold them responsible for their sleeze and cheese. (Not that I'm not a fan of later Stones, because I am). But 60's Stones is more musically pure in a's badass, it's seeds come straight from their (and my) American roots music heroes, and it sticks around with you...out in the cold rain, down underneath in the subway, all through your work won't even be mad when it keeps you dancing away from sleep at night.

Download it Here:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cover Songs That are Awesome are Awesome

These songs make me happy...we're all just one big musical community. If you're feeling lazy or lonely or lethargic, play the last one really loud and put yourself in Mick's shoes.

(embedded links for the last two were unavailable...just click on the links...they're totally worth it)

 "That's How Strong My Love Is" by the Rolling Stones (in Brian Jones Days)
(originally sung by OV Wright, written by Roosevelt Jamison-his manager. I first heard this sung by Otis Redding-another great version)

"Woman Left Lonely" by Cat Power
(Also sung by Janis Joplin, written by Dan Penn)

"Baby, Let Me Follow You Down"by Bob Dylan
("first heard this from Rick Von Schmidt")

"I'm Alright"
("a Bo Diddley number")

sometimes good people do bad things

watch for kicks...

Saturday, October 31, 2009


have become so private
take longer showers for more alone time
and stay quiet, very quiet

like to listen to the sky for hours......
one little person
endless mystery

somehow those clouds and colors
those twinkly stars
that full moon
become your closest friends
                                      for distance
                                         and we know each other holds secrets safe


Friday, October 16, 2009

Speaking Solar,

Cosmic Dancer









1    Meteor Crater/Barringer Crater in Arizona  *found at*
2    Clearwater Lake Craters (east and west) in Quebec  check out the ring of islands!  
      *found at*
3    Manicouagan Crater in Quebec  *found at*
4    Meteor Crater/Barringer Crater again  *found at*
5    Aorounga Crater in Chad  *found at*
6    Aorounga Crater again  *found at* never know what's coming... 

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ole Ladies at Mayflower Place

assisted living...

lipstick-earrings-necklaces, cains-walkers-wheelchars, veal chicken or haddock with green beans chowder and salad,
 spucker, help each other to open sugar packets and wrapped butters

"Carmella brings Carmella her coffee every morning at 9 o'clock to make sure she gets up."

Pass Whistle n Pick

...makes me proud to be american...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

cold crescent

cresent moon, crescent moon, you have turned chillier, you shine brighter, you’re letting time by like a broken yo-yo, you’ve upset the leaves and sent them whirling, i don’t even want your apples, moon. i want you to go away and give me the sun again.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I Can't Wait!

found at

Monday, October 5, 2009

What a Crowd...

This song resurfaced this past weekend. I was with some close friends, including my sisters. It was one of those songs that dad played a lot...on those nights when the family sat down to chowder and biscuits...(maine)'s dated but it will never get old. It's good to watch it with friends. Otherwise you might start crying and feel like a real cheesball and ruin the song for yourself.

Velveteen Deer

found at

One of My Favorites

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Aftermorning at Work

feeling tired and parched
isn't so bad after you've been to the front of the stage
looking up into the lights.

That single shadow made moonshapes
and curls sent them darting like shooting stars,
too many to see each and every one
and you let it all mix together,
you felt your insides groan as they awakened
to the sound of a creature

they created a creature
and you witnessed it
and you laid in bed at night
and remembered the flashing fingers
and pairs of knees bending together
as their chests sucked it in and blew it back out into the crowd

all you need now is water and coffee

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Therein Lies...

Can someone enlighten me...all this talk about vaccines...have we forgotten about the pigs?

found at

Three Strikes and You're Out

Once upon a time....

I squashed what could have been my prince charming
while running in the woods
on a damp day

I felt him
like a ball of jelly
give way under my big clunky shoe

I skidded to a stop
and turned to face my victim
all sideways and tilted, unmoving on the trail

I picked up a stick
poke him and see if he moves
but his eyes melted my heart and made me hate myself

I left him alone
it's the only thing to do now
then check back later to see how he's fared

Turns out that Mr. Toad
was more resiliant than one would expect
he pulled himself together and moved off the trail

I'm much more careful now, where I stomp around
I try to see the moss and bugs and trees and toads
and where my footprints go

...might not be so lucky next time


Lucky man, that Oscar Peterson

Yeah, Sister!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Playing God


ARTS / ART & DESIGN   | September 29, 2009
A Brain on Fire, Spreading to Phones
Two designers in Austin, Tex., have created a video game for the iPhone based on the art and music of the eccentric Texas singer and songwriter, Daniel Johnston.

Contrary to first appearances, I didn't mean for my blog to be all about Daniel Johnston. BUT. This article just came out today and I read it just now...the day after yesterday...the day after starting my blog. So I feel obligated to comment.

I bet the game is pretty cool...but...isn't there something obviously wrong with making someone else's life into a game? Especially when that "someone else" is Daniel Johnston: true genius, many people's proclaimed hero (including the makers of the video game), and someone who has been hospitalized due to his severe mental and emotional instability. I'm half expecting that they simulated the plane accident Daniel caused when he was convinced he needed to kill himself and his father because satan had entered their bodies. Crashing a plane on an ipod is one thing....crashing a plane in real life is another. It's not ironic that Daniel's character Jeramiah looks like Daniel in his drawings, but it becomes ironic when in the article, it says, "Jeremiah, [is] a boyish character who is turned into a frog in the new video game 'Hi, How Are You.'" DANIEL JOHNSTON DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE TURNED INTO A FROG! Please remember...when you play this game, you're playing with Daniel Johnston's life.

Monday, September 28, 2009

I love...

...Daniel Johnston