• Music

    Random Thoughts on Leonard Cohen

    Thought Organization Status – Ramble

    After hearing a song from him on the show Your Honor I looked him up recently, and discovered that he had a great many albums (some live and compilations, but still) in his late period that I managed to miss during my bluegrass period. That led me to this article on his love lives, which I found quite interesting. I found the line “He had many adulthoods” quite gripping, though not quite accurate.

    Upon reflection on his personal life and career in the back of my head while doing a lot of rote cut and paste work I had the thought, “Leonard Cohen was a machine who converted people into art” (not meant as a compliment)

    The album cover is one of my favorite photographs

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  • Music

    Sonny Houston has died

    He died last year actually, he was 67  – I just heard about it yesterday.  Amazingly his memorial service is online – and led to today’s quote of the day

    When you’re slinging mud you’re losing ground


    You can play it that way if you don’t mind it sounding that way.

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  • Music

    I finally see Steve Earle

    After about 20 years of missing him for one reason or another.  I saw him last night at the City Winery – which is a very, very impressive venue

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  • Atlanta,  Music,  Tom Waits

    Tom Waits

    Last night I saw Tom Waits playing the Fox Theater. The show was wonderful; he did about half the songs I was hoping he would do. The only fly in the ointment was the massive array of hoops that TicketMaster made everyone jump though; only two tickets per household, original credit card required to enter, ticket checks every 20 feet, etc. It was a bit like the old Soviet Union. Security was much tighter at the show than at my visit to the capital last year actually.

    And an addendum – I was talking to a long time Waits fan after the show and she said that the security concerns probably were Waits’ idea; apparently he’s willing to go a long way in his vendetta against scalpers.

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