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    Writing songs. Playing songs that I write. Listening to songs that other people write. And, well, just being "Dad".

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  1. During the summer that I was 18, I was working with the Teamsters, mostly at McCormick Place. But occasionally I loaded and unloaded trucks at Ravinia Festival, too. This was the case when the Pat Metheny Group came to town that year. It was hot and muggy and I was exhausted and parched from hauling and loading gear (without any mechanical aid). But, during break time, I got a chance to meet the band. I had a chance to talk to Pat and Lyle. When I shook Lyle's hand, I remember his fingers wrapping around mine, almost cartoonishly long.Incredibly nice and appreciative of the work I was doing on
  2. A collection from a pre-revolution Iranian psychedelic artist. I was gifted a single of his from a record store owner and really dug it. Had to do a little research to find out who it was, as the only writing on the 7" was Farsi. But, thank you internet, I found out. And I also found out that this collection existed. Now I'm giving it a first full spin. https://open.spotify.com/album/03Ewp6nI2gEGIwPzIWDlj4
  3. Let me go a couple of weeks ago. Company set me up with a career coach, with whom I just had my first meeting (via phone). That should help. I've also had 2 interviews in those couple;e of weeks and 2 rejections. But at least I got the interviews. And that was before the job coach. I'm hopeful.
  4. I lost my job of 15.5 years and am back in the job pool for the first time in that long. I'm a lot older and, while I do have a lot more experience, I find myself a neophyte at this job hunting thing. Feel like I need to re-learn the whole process all over again thanks to the new digital tools that have emerged. Hadn't kept up on it at all because I had planned on retiring from my former company. So... Anybody looking for an experienced Copywriter?
  5. Finish this damn album: http://hoponpop.bandcamp.com/album/one-by-one
  6. Hot G Dog on Clark St. is owned and run by a couple of guys who used to work at the sadly departed Hot Doug's that you may have heard about. Sadly, I never went to Hot Doug's but I did go to Hot G last week and it was excellent. Had the crawfish sausage. http://hotgdog.com/specials.php
  7. Let's see if I can remember my top 20 at all. In no particular order: Fumaça Preta - Fumaça PretaCate Le Bon - CyrkKelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in PainRolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Hope DownsMbongwana Star - From KinshasaChicano Batman - Freedom is FreeThe Chills - Silver BulletsUltimate Painting - DuskLizzo - Cuz I Love YouFreeman - FreemanPasso Torto - Passo TortoD'Angelo - Black MessiahMy Bloody Valentine - MBVHomer - Best New MusicFun - Some NightsWeyes Blood - TitanicElza Soares - La Mujer al Fin do MundoShugo Tokumaru - In FocusBoogarins - As Plantas Que CuramRaphael Saadiq
  8. Here's a few (mostly) in order: Homer - Best New Music Pip Blom - Boat Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains Fumaça Preta - Pepas Cate Le Bon - Reward Ana Frango Elétrico - Little Electric Chicken Heart Lizzo - Cuz I Love You Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? Fruit Tones – Natural Selection Boogarins - Sombrou Dúvida Masaki Batoh - Nowhere The Sonic Dawn - Eclipse Kit Sebastian - Mantra Moderne Doug Tuttle - Dream Road The Darts – I Like You, But Not Like That Warp/The Weft - Dead Reckoning Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - And Now for the Whatcham
  9. Not just bands, but artists, in general: Cate Le BonFumaça PretaRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverSalad BoysPasso TortoKlaus Johann GrobeTinariwen
  10. Ramones - "Merry Christmas Baby (I Don't Want to Fight)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y5GtaTrPHM
  11. Or, this could be: https://hoponpop.bandcamp.com/track/this-aint-no-race
  12. Here's a Spotify playlist I made of a bunch of more-recent Brazilian music. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1gmPsGjMMBPmgTweLtF5eT?fbclid=IwAR3NIk0EiRMcYDvrmmyGBQKUvjoNGAopQ0pG1BohUYVYI2sznuWfZFWlEtM
  13. Although, this is still the best concert that I've ever seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYs2J_YHrik
  14. My first concert, having been in 1987, this would be a monstrous task to try to complete. To go back and fill in. Wish we had something like this back when I started. I just kept all my ticket stubs (for the larger, non-club shows), and that was my "archive."
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