So, I heard that Janelle Monáe was not nominated for any Grammys this year.
My first reaction to that was “Woah. People still pay attention to the Grammys?” They’ve been screwing people out of awards since I was a kid. When Ani only ever gets nominated for album design, you know the system’s rigged.
But still, it’s kinda obvious that Ms. Monáe blows Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, or fucking Robin Thicke out of the water and her not being nominated is just stupid. So, here’s a track from this year’s album that I haven’t shared with you yet: “PrimeTime.”
We’re supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow tonight. I’m not excited about this.
Yeah, I know. I live in Vermont and it’s December. Just not in the mood.
Writing’s going well, though.
- Submitted a story last week. Fingers crossed on that one.
- Revised “Mind Over Murder” and the editor’s pleased. Apparently she’ll have news on the anthology in a couple weeks. Hopefully, it’ll be stuff I can share with you.
- Getting ready to submit another story that I’ve been rewriting. I have a spreadsheet of possible places to submit to. Alpha Reader thinks I should use the dartboard method. Seems as good as any right now.
- Speaking of Alpha Reader, he has all the scenes I’ve written for The Travelers since August (41,000 words worth). While he’s reading those, I’m going back and outlining the thing. Um, yes, after the fact. Better late than never? It’s already proving useful as I’m finding scenes that aren’t necessary and others that need fleshing out.
Oh, and I have a movie to recommend to you. The Rabbi’s Cat! This is a film adaptation of Joann Sfar’s graphic novels The Rabbi’s Cat and The Rabbi’s Cat 2. Really delightful. The artwork and animation are great. The story and the characters are super fun, it has a good message, and the star of the show has me wanting a talking cat in a bad way.
So, it’s Cyber Monday and that means gorilla and yeti costumes, doesn’t it? Around here it does, anyway.
The Pack A.D. just keeps getting better. Here’s their new single “Big Shot.”
Went to see Frank Turner at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton last night. Lots of fun, as usual! My only complaint is the same as when I went to see him at the Pearl Street Club in March. The sound mix royally sucked. What is it with IHEG shows? If a dive bar in Baltimore can get the sound mix right, you’d think the fancy-assed Calvin Theatre and Pearl Street could do as well.
Yeah, you’d be wrong.
Still, it was a super show; Frank gave his all (with two slipped discs in his back!). In honor of last night, here’s my favorite song from Frank’s latest album, “Plain Sailing Weather.” Hope you like it.
Okay, this morning? Well, looks like it’s going to be a classic rock day. Up until the Jeep went into the transmission shop for a brand new transmission last week (where it still is), I was playing nothing but Jethro Tull on the cd deck. Hadn’t listened to them in a while, so the revisit was nice. They’re one of the few classic rock bands I still like a lot.
Most of the others? Yeah, I’ve heard those songs a billion times. But Tull doesn’t get a lot of radio play around here (at least on the stations we listen to), so their songs remain somewhat unscathed. (although, really, I don’t need to hear “Aqualung” again for a very long time)
So, Tull. Trying to find the video I wanted to share with you was tough, because one of my requirements was that it would feature my favorite band member (who isn’t always Ian Anderson). That fellow would be their keyboard player from 1970 to 1980, John Evan. He’s one of the few rock keyboard players I love, because he can actually play. (Terry Adams from NRBQ is my other top fave) One of my favorite Tull pieces is a piano jam on Living in the Past called “By Kind Permission Of.” It’s ten minutes of Evan vamping on Beethoven and I adore it.
There’s no live video of that one, though, so I had to keep looking. Eventually, I came up with this one. Here’s the band performing “Locomotive Breath” somewhere in the early ’70s (Youtube doesn’t say). You get to see (and hear) all three of the frontmen (Anderson, Evan, and Barre) do their stuff.
And you get a two-fer. Just cuz. Here’s Tull without Evan performing “Song for Jeffrey” in the Rolling Stones‘ odd little flick Rock’n'Roll Circus. Someone in the comments described them as “hobbits on drugs.” Not a bad description for their early persona before Anderson discovered the joy of wearing really tight pants (and codpieces) on stage. He was always prancing around on one leg, though.
This week’s Monday Morning Music is going to be less serious (and horribly punny) than last week’s. Today I’m just aiming for fun.
Yoko Ono released a new album in September. It’s called Take Me To The Land of Hell and it’s pretty good. You can stream it for free at Ono’s website. One song I really like from the album has a fun video, and that’s what I want to share with you this morning. Here’s Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band with “Bad Dancer.”
Well, not really. I’m back at work. But I figured since I told everyone yesterday about my upcoming colonoscopy, it only seemed fair to give you an update on how things went.
They went fine. The doctor found two very small polyps that he removed. Everything else looked great. Especially hopeful: the site of the precancerous polyp that he tattooed last time to keep track of showed no sign of growing anything new.
While the prep for the colonoscopy is never fun (unless you enjoy drinking 96 oz of Gatorade while sitting on the toilet), the procedure itself is kind of cool. If you’re awake enough you can watch the video that the doctor’s camera shows and see what s/he sees and does. I only closed my eyes at one point when what looked like a giant alligator clip snipped off the larger polyp (5mm). That was kind of freaky. The assistant showed me the instrument afterward and it was amusingly tiny.
Once everything was done, I was taken back to the waiting area where I slept off the drugs, ate some graham crackers, and waited for Alpha Reader to pick me up. Spent the rest of the day lounging around surfing, working on the new story, and watching a bad Philippine vampire movie. Minor side effects: some bloating and gas. (No guarantees the film wasn’t responsible for that)
This morning, everything’s back to normal. The doctor will call with the polyp biopsy results but he didn’t seem concerned by them at all and my next colonoscopy won’t happen for five more years, instead of three.
So, now you know the rest of the story!
Moon Jelly Polyp, Strobilating Polyp and Ephyrae (Photo credit: jillmotts) My polyps didn’t look like these.
This feels awkward to write about, because it’s rather personal. But I think I should use my little soapbox I have here for good as much as I can.
Let’s start off with this. My grandfather died of colon cancer back in the 1940s. His was a slow, painful death. No fun at all and something I would like to avoid, if I possibly can.
Thus, by the time you read this, I’ll be in town getting my second colonoscopy in three years.
I’m lucky. I have decent health insurance that covers the procedure. And I’m glad I do. The first colonoscopy found a precancerous polyp that the doctor removed. Hopefully, he won’t find anything new this time, but if he does, he can snip that one out, too.
All that info to say that colon cancer is preventable. If you’re 50 or older, or have a history of colon cancer in your family, you ought to have a colonoscopy. It could save your life.
There. Now I’m going to step off my soapbox and leave you with a video for the day. Here’s CCR with “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.” Yeah. Couldn’t help myself.
So, it hit me in the face this morning that I haven’t posted any spooky videos this month. And today’s Hallowe’en! I only have today left to do something about that. So why don’t I?
Let’s start with a cute promo that Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi filmed back in the ’30s. This always makes me smile.
And then a delightfully creepy clip from their 1945 film The Body Snatcher.
To finish up, one my favorite songs for Hallowe’en. The sorely missed Warren Zevon with “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.”
Enjoy the holiday, folks!