Friday, November 30, 2007


Blogs are infamous for lists and I'll frequently post listening lists, sometimes even random plays from my MP3 player. This is a mildly amusing twist on the random playlist. I found it at The Concert, who borrowed it from Little Ms. Bossy. It actually doesn't amount to much in several cases (see 1, 5, 8, 13, 17). But some random answers are quite fun. ENJOY!

1. Put your iTunes/ music player on Shuffle
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.

1. If someone says ‘Is this OK?’ you say?

National Time (The High Water Marks)

2. What would best describe your personality?

We Only Come Out At Night (The Smashing Pumpkins)

3. What do you like in a woman?

Shadowboxer (Fiona Apple)

4. How do you feel today?

Don't Miss You At All (Norah Jones)

5. What is your life’s purpose?

Kammermusik No. 4 (Paul Hindemith)

6. What is your motto?

Trouble (Ray LaMontagne)

7. What do your friends think of you?

Sing (The Dresden Dolls)

8. What do you think of your parents?

Mojo Pin (Jeff Buckley)

9. What do you think about very often?

Baobabs (Regina Spektor)

10. What does 2+2=

In Your Own Sweet Way (Dave Brubeck)

11. What do you think of your best friend?

Tonight, Tonight (The Smashing Pumpkins)

12. What do you think of the person you like?

Hypnotize (The White Stripes)

13. What is your life story?

45/8 (The Pat Metheny Group)

14. What do you want to be when you grow up?

You Can't Always Get What You Want (The Rolling Stones)

15. What do you think when you see the person you like?

Flying (The Beatles)

16. What do your parents think of you?

All The Things You Are (Thelonious Monk)

17. What will you dance to at your wedding?

Coin-Operated Boy (The Dresden Dolls)
Note: "Cheek to Cheek" was our wedding dance!

18. What will they play at your funeral?

Chain 2 (Lutoslawski)

19. What is your hobby/interest?

God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)

20. What is your biggest secret?

Regrets (Dane Cook)

21. What do you think of your friends?

Someone Saved My Life Tonight (Elton John)

22. What should you post this as?

Move (Miles Davis)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley in Concert

Last night Katie and I went to see Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley at The Space in Portland (ME). It was a wonderful, intimate concert - great to see them up close in a space that only fits a few hundred people at most. Why don't we have a venue like that in Portsmouth?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Katie's New Glasses

I love Katie's new eyewear. Here are some photos I took of her and her new specs the day after Thanksgiving in Boston.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Home Alone

In a very rare occurance I find myself home alone for 34 hours straight. Katie headed to NYC this morning with Anna and will not return until late tomorrow and the boys are visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Arlington, MA. Katie is in the city to see Ani DiFranco in concert, and since I'm playing in the band for the PHS production of Grease this weekend, she was very kind arranging to have the kids visit Lori and Ted. So my day involved:

  • Driving my parents to the airport (they've gone to Florida for Thanksgiving)

  • Doing a little bit of uninterrupted web surfing

  • Walking downtown to the Music Hall to see a group of PMAC kids perform at the annual Clavinova Festival (see photo below)

  • Having a leisurely late afternoon meal at The Friendly Toast where I relaxed reading Alex Ross' new book (I'm so full I'm regretting that one a bit now)

  • Heading from there to Cafe Kilim to enjoy a decaf coffee and continue reading my book

  • And now I find myself at PMAC catching up on some work (and taking a little break to write a blog entry)

  • Next up: a 7 p.m. show of Grease at PHS - and I might stop in at Ginna's on the way (she's having a little get-together)

  • Later tonight I'm going to try to stop by Bourbons where Rattlesnake Shake is playing a benefit concert for PMAC

Will I be able to sleep in tomorrow with no one in the house? I certainly hope so.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Current Reading

Really enjoying this one so far. Ross is a music critic for The New Yorker magazine. Check it out. Also, check out his blog:, one of the most popular music blogs on the internet. He generously offers music samples that relate to specific chapters in the book at the blog site. Very cool.