Glad I have a couple of minutes late tonight. We just watched the Vice Presidential debates. I'm pleased that the first few reactions I saw seemed to be on Biden's side. Sarah Palin is an ugly addiction; the media can't get enough of her. First there was the Coulter-esque convention speech, then the trainwreck of Paris Hilton proportions on the interview shows...and now this Adderall-dripping robotic lunacy of a debate with Joe Biden being way too polite for my tastes. I really wanted the courtroom scene from To Kill A Mockingbird with Mayella Ewell glaring through her overgrown bangs at Atticus: "a chiffarobe?" But I realize that would have been preaching to the choir. Plus folks would have thought Biden was being condescending.
In more pleasant news, I got my hands on a copy of Pete Seeger's At 89, and I'm playing some of it tomorrow. Pete's a longtime hero of mine. He let me play onstage with him when I was 17, at an appearance he made at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. I had written an awful song about ecology called "Garbage" and I sang it. He handed me his big 12-string guitar to play and backed me up on banjo. It's still a major high point of my life. Only college graduations and my wedding to Ken rank higher for me.
Don't know if I can play the mortality songs (sunny as any Seeger tunes, and just heart-rending) without totally melting into a puddle and being unable to work the mixing board, but I promise you'll hear a bunch of the record. What's the most remarkable about it, I think, is that it's just a Pete Seeger album. I remember buying a copy of Dangerous Songs back in the 60's. The mix of serious and light was the same. Seeger's voice is a bit shaky, but his guitar and banjo work are everything you'd expect them to be and more.
Did I mention that the album was released on my birthday, the 30th of September? It was. Call me selfish, but I like that. I got some nice presents this year, but this unexpected one might have been the best.
Don't know what the drink tomorrow will be, but I'm considering the Astoria, a martini-strength concoction with an interesting history. Tune in!!