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Saturday, April 26, 2008

you're the shit and i'm knee-deep in it

it's seemingly never easy to walk away, especially when you have nowhere else to go. surely there were irreconcilable differences, insurmountable challenges, unresolvable difficulties--there was, after all, a good reason why you started to walk away in the first place. so why is it that the good memories are the ones that always seem to come first to mind? why is that sentimentality seems to invade even the unpleasant memories? why is it that it's so fucking hard to walk away? you know that it's not the right place for you to be. you are aware of how your judgment is impaired by loneliness. and yet, you're still knee-deep in it. but walking away doesn't mean you'll never have somewhere else to go. be brave...walk away...someone is waiting for you.

frightened rabbit
: "backwards walk"
from the lp the midnight organ fight (fat cat records, 2008) emusic
i'm working on my backwards walk
walking with no shoes or socks
and the time rewinds to the end of may
i wish we never met then met today

i'm working on my faults and cracks
filling in the blanks and gaps
and when i write them out they don't make sense
i need you to pencil in the rest

i'm working on drawing a straight line
and i'll draw until i get one right
it's bold and dark girl, can't you see
i done drawn a line between you and me

i'm working on erasing you
just don't have the proper tools
i get hammered, forget that you exist
there's no way i'm forgetting this

i'm working hard on walking out
shoes keep sticking to the ground
my clothes won't let me close the door
these trousers seem to love your floor

i been working on my backwards walk
there's nowhere else for me to go
except back to you just one last time
say yes before i change my mind

say yes before i...
you're the shit and i'm knee-deep in it

Sunday, April 13, 2008

the hotel cafe tour : the music box at henry fonda, april 12, 2008

amidst the busy-ness of everything i have going on at the moment, i took time out to check out the hotel cafe tour last night. heading into the night i was most looking forward to seeing priscilla ahn, meiko, and ingrid michaelson, all three of whom i featured in my female singer/songwriters series. the night was filled with outstanding performances from upwards of 11 different artists, but the structure required to handle such a sheer volume of performers left a lot to be desired. each slot was only 10 to 15 minutes long, leaving time for only 2 or 3 songs, and although many of the performers had multiple slots or joined each other on stage, some of them did not. meiko was fantastic even though the nervous energy i saw in her in a small intimate cafe show in february was this time palpable even from the balcony at the fonda. ingrid michaelson was all over the stage and her stark rendition of radiohead's "creep" was one of the highlights of the night.

unfortunately, priscilla ahn was one of those who did not play much of a role beyond her initial three song set, a fact that was especially disappointing because, even among so much and such varied talent, she seemed to me far and away the most talented of anyone who performed. she commanded the audience with her voice--a glassy, soaring wonder of euphony in harmonics. (i don't even know if that description makes sense, perhaps meaning that her voice is beyond description with mere words). with a guitar over her shoulder, a harmonica around her neck, and a loop pedal at her feet, i just don't know how anyone could have not been impressed with her. she even switched out the harmonica for a kazoo (kazoo!) to play an unreleased song about boobs (not hers). the girl is amazing. given the brevity of her set, the chances of her playing the song i was waiting to hear were slim, and of course it didn't happen. but her new album, a good day, comes out june 10th, and her cover of a willie nelson song called "opportunity to cry" is one of my favorite songs and vocal performances so far this year.

priscilla ahn : "opportunity to cry"
from the forthcoming lp a good day (blue note records, june 10, 2008)

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