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  1. I am appalled. But sadly , I am not at all surprised. I saw a report from ITV where several of the insurrectionists were interviewed briefly on camera and these people really do believe all this crap. I am confused and don’t understand how so many people have become brainwashed and really believe that the government is out to get them. Or something. I’m not sure exactly what it is they are so angry about. I hope this is a turning point. It feels like it is. But then again, I’ve thought that before and was wrong.
  2. My holiday music is the new Calexico album, Seasonal Shift. It has perked up my spirits tremendously. Overall, it’s a weird and lonely Christmas. I took advantage of a warm day last weekend to visit my best friend and exchange Christmas presents from 10 feet away from each other on her patio. (I am a teacher who stills sees students on the occasional days when our school is not closed due to Covid, so no one I care about is willing to get near me.). What do I want for Christmas? I want my life back. My tree is possibly slightly embarrassing, but as it is just me here and I need something manageable, this works for me. It has a woodland critters theme, although I’m not sure how many you can make out in the photo.
  3. I think I have just fully exhaled for the first time in four years. I finally feel like there is some hope for the future.
  4. I was a regular customer there for many years and contributed a small amount to the Kickstarter campaign to get the film made. I am truly not am obscure music snob, and I never felt intimidated there. I saw a great live set by Calexico there years ago. I miss that place a lot.
  5. I just heard this on the news and literally gasped out loud.
  6. I think this is a very low point for our country, and I unfortunately do not hold out much hope. I will vote, but that’s really all I have the time to do right now, as I am teaching in a high school using hybrid learning and the stress and increased workload is killing me a little more every day. I would resign tomorrow if I could afford (and count on the continued availability of) health care. I believe the new justice will be appointed, but I don’t think that will be the biggest problem. I sadly believe that Trump will be reelected. And that is the biggest problem.
  7. The Carpenters, early 1970’s, Garden State Arts Center (now PNC Arts Center) in Holmdel, NJ. Yes, it was my choice. I honestly don’t remember the year, but with Google as my guide, I’m guessing it was 1973. I was 12. I really did love the Carpenters then!
  8. brownie


    I am in a similar position, and I have almost 10 years on you. I am still not sure what I’m going to do, but going back and hoping I get only a mild case is not one of the options I am considering. Hang in there.
  9. Musicians have to make money. Not many people buy their recordings any more, and now they can’t play shows. It has to be really tough when there is no real end date to this in sight. I say if a company wants to pay them for music to use in an ad, go for it. We all have bills to pay.
  10. Great stream last night by Dean & Britta from their L.A. home. Nowhere near the same experience I was looking forward to live in Jersey City four weeks from now, but the best that can be done under the circumstances. They charged $10 and it was well worth it. I worry about how artists at this level are going to support themselves.
  11. Loved it. Very touching sentiment for the current times. I have no idea when I’ll see any friends again.
  12. Very sad news. I saw him once about 30 years ago. It was quite a trip!
  13. It’s not only concerts. My streak of “every single thing I do for entertainment” has come to an end. Concerts, movies, museums,.... Lincoln Center Out of Doors has been canceled. That’s usually in late July to mid August. The Metropolitan Museum of Art said yesterday they’re not opening till at least September. Can’t see myself getting on a subway to get around NYC at this point anyway. I’ve been playing a game of crossing out every concert marked on my wall calendar with a big black X as they get canceled. I don’t think any sort of cultural event will be coming back for a good long time. Not sure what I’m going to do with myself when school gets out for the summer.
  14. Robyn Hitchcock has another one tonight for $5. This was a lot of fun the last time, 9pm EDT, 30 minutes https://www.stageit.com/robyn_hitchcock_with_emma_swift/live_from_sweet_home_quarantine/76993?mc_cid=9cc8a0145a&mc_eid=6c22feaf7c
  15. Beautiful. Thank you for posting. I wonder which came first, the sweater or the paint job?
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