Friday, February 25, 2005

Shouts out

Confidential to whoever found my wallet yesterday and gave it to the police: my limitless thanks. You didn't have to go out of your way to help me, yet you did. Your random act of kindness is an inspiration, and it saved me no small amount of trouble.

Confidential to whoever took the $19 that was in my wallet: enjoy your pizza.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

More music more music more music

Here's the press release for my show tomorrow:

Medical Benefit Show for Travis Koopman
Fri. Feb. 25 @ the Crystal Corner Bar, 1302 Williamson St., Madison, WI 9:45 PM

On Fri. Feb. 25 a benefit will be held for Travis Koopman at the Crystal Corner Bar 1302 Williamson St. in Madison, WI (9:45 PM). Travis, a vocalist and guitar player with the local blues group the Cash Box Kings, was hospitalized for about a week around Thanksgiving and eventually diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (an inflammatory intestinal disease).

Travis is feeling better and getting back on his feet, but as an uninsured musician living in today's healthcare climate, he's been stuck with some mighty large medical bills and outrageously high prescription drug costs. As a result, a number of musicians are coming together to put on a benefit show to help out Travis' cause. Billy Flynn, the Cash Box Kings, Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' Smith, Todd Cambio, Kenneth Burns (formerly of the Junkers) are just a few of the musicians already slotted for the event.

So come on down to the Crystal and enjoy an entire evening of excellent blues and roots music and help out a great cause. All proceeds from the show will go to help Travis pay off his hospital bills.
Good word

"'If I ever turned down a free feed, they'd toss me out of the Author's Guild.'"

--Robert A. Heinlein
Musique douce

Ereck just whistled a mash-up of Michelle Branch/Santana's "The Game of Love" and Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You."

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Good word

"I'm exasperated about my offspring, my offspring's exasperated about me."

--Fats Waller

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Now that's good TV

The web cartoon "Queer Duck" has always cracked me up. It stars Jim J. Bullock as, well, a queer duck. It started life on Icebox, a dot-com flameout (no pun intended), but now it's on Showtime's web site.

One of the show's best elements is a time killer for modem users, a multiple-choice gaydar quiz that comes up as you download an episode. The format is simple: identify which celebrity is a queer duck.

This question made me laugh and laugh and laugh.
One from the vault

I have absolutely no recollection of writing this analysis of the film Caddyshack, but I noticed some web surfer out there recently hit upon it when they googled the phrase "drunk bishop caddyshack Fred."

So I re-read it. It's actually kind of interesting. It needs an edit.

My birthday present from Dad just came in the mail, and I must say: this is the finest gift any greying Gen-Xer could ask for.

Come hear me sing my stuff tonight at zee Casbah! It's a Songwriters in the Round event put on by the Madison Songwriters Group, and here's the PR:

Who: Madison Songwriters Group Presents: Songwriters in the Round, featuring Erin O'Brien, Kenneth Burns and host Marianne Flemming
When: Tuesday, Feb 22nd, 7pm
Where: Casbah, 119 E. Main St., Madison, WI
What: $5 cover

Newcomer Erin O'Brien performs story-driven roots-folk music. Since her 2002 stage-debut, Erin has accumulated an impressive set of credits, including earning the title "2004 Performing Songwriter of the Year" by taking the Grand-Prize in the Madison Songwriters Group�s 2004 Song-Showdown.

Award-winning singer and songwriter Kenneth Burns grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, where country music got in his blood, and his alt-honkytonk band the Junkers enjoyed popular and critical success in and around Madison, Wisconsin. His songs are contemporary, often humorous takes on traditional country-music themes like faithlessness and addiction. He now performs with the World's Greatest Lovers, a country band that sometimes plays Donna Summer songs.

Host Marianne Flemming has been a performing songwriter for the past twenty years. She has performed on street corners to concert halls from Miami, Florida to Mallorca, Spain. Marianne has three CD's of original music and numerous musical awards to her credit
Good word

"Doesn't matter what they say in the papers 'cause it's always been the same old scene."

--Billy Joel

Monday, February 21, 2005


From the library I recently checked out Johnny Carson: His Favorite Moments from The Tonight Show - '70s & '80s, The Master of Laughs (whew--how's that for a title?), and I gotta tell ya: say what you will about the man, but a monkey on top of Johnny Carson's head is fucking funny.
Adieu Hunter

Some light googling turned up this archive of recent columns Hunter S. Thompson wrote for I didn't know he wrote a column for! I've only delved in a little, but this one from Feb. 15, about a phone call he made to Bill Murray at 3:30 one morning, had me chuckling.

I'm sad he's gone! Soon I'll blog about the time I saw him speak in 1989 at Metro (then Cabaret Metro) in Chicago. It was quite a time, an author event like none other I've seen. But I've been up, crazed half the night working, and I need to rest.
Requiesat in pace

Sandra Dee and Hunter S. Thompson is the weirdest pairing since Jim Henson and Sammy Davis, Jr.
No sense of place: petty gripe du jour

Regardless of where you live, someone who's not from there has probably asked you an irksome question predicated on a trite assumption, even a false assumption, about the place. For example, I live in Wisconsin, and when people find this out they sometimes ask, "Do you like cheese?" As a matter of fact, I love cheese. But is this important? And more than once someone has learned I am from Nashville and asked, "Have you been to Graceland?" That's sort of like asking someone from Dallas if they've been to the Alamo.

And yes, I have been to the Alamo. I lived in Chicago, didn't I?