October 28, 2007

Lyrics: More than Words (Part Four)

I've said many times before that I don't hear lyrics very often. Sometimes a phrase stands out. Sometimes I sing it in my head using the wrong words. Either way, it's hard to listen to Josh Ritter much without being struck by the creativity of the words. Here are two examples of Josh Ritter's work that stood out to me on my way home from breakfast this morning.

"Kathleen" - Josh Ritter from Hello Starling

All the other girls here are stars; you are the Northern Lights
They try to shine in through your curtain; you're too close and too bright
They try and they try but everything that they do
Is the ghost of a trace of a pale imitation of you
I'll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen

This party was made with the night air and the chance that a smile
Will wind its way from your face to one of the boys in your line
You act like you're hip to their tricks and you're strong
But a virgin Wurlitzer heart never once had a song
I'll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen

And I'll have you back by break of day
I'm going your way anyway
And if you'd like to come along
I'll be yours for a song

I know you are waiting and I know that it is not for me
But I'm here and I'm ready and I've saved you the passenger seat
I won't be your last dance just your last goodnight
Every heart is a package tangled up in knots someone else tied
I'll be the one to drive you back home Kathleen

So crawl up your trellis and quietly back into your room
And I'll coast down the length of your drive by the light of the moon
And the next time I see you—a new kind of hello
Both our hearts have a secret only both of us know
'bout the night that I drove you back home Kathleen

"Good Man" - Josh Ritter from The Animal Years

These chords are old but we shake hands
Cause I believe that they're the good guys
We can use all the help we can
So many minor chords outside
I fell in love with the sound
Oh I love to sing along with you
We got tunes we kicked around some
We got a bucket that the tunes go through

Babe, we both had dry spells, hard times; in bad lands
I'm a good man for ya, I'm a good man

Last night there was a horse in the road
I was twisting in the hairpin
My hands held on my mind let go
And back to you my heart went skipping
I found the inside of the road
Thought about the first time that I met you
All those glances that we stole
Sometimes, if you want them then you've got to

Babe, we both had dry spells, hard times; in bad lands
I'm a good man for ya, I'm a good man

They shot a Western south of here
They had him cornered in a canyon
And even his horse had disappeared
They said it got run down by a bad bad man
You're not a good shot but I'm worse
And there's so much where we ain't been yet
So swing up on this little horse
The only thing we'll hit is sunset

Babe, we both had dry spells, hard times; in bad lands
I'm a good man for ya, I'm a good man

"Rumors" - Josh Ritter from The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

Serenade me with rocks, love
No lullabies through the locks love
I locked myself in with the band
But the music's never loud enough

Decibels in the belfry
Hey what the hell if it helps me
I put a whip to the kick drum
But the music's never loud enough

So you're gonna have to show me
How that dance is done
The one where somebody leaves someone

My orchestra is gigantic
This thing could sink the Titanic
And the string section's screaming
Like horses in a barn burning up

He plays pianos with fistfuls
Of broken Belvedere crystal
But he can't seem to forget you
And the music's never loud enough

So you're gonna have to show me
How that dance is done
The one where somebody leaves someone

He's impaling the front row
Fighting fires with arrows
And he'll act like he forgot you
But the music's never loud enough

So you're gonna have to show me
How that dance is done
The one where somebody leaves someone

October 24, 2007

Anchorage Winter Car Care Tip #1

After parking your vehicle for the night, lift your windshield wipers up off of your windshield. This will avoid them getting stuck to your windshield or buried in the snow. Simple and effective way to keep your blades in good shape for when you need them most.

Addendum: This also applies to your arrival at work for the day. Often your defroster has melted snow and ice from your windshield by the time you reach work, but soon after you're settling in for a full day of work, the melt drips down to your wipers and freezes; not to mention any weather that might happen while you're inside.

October 23, 2007

Ducks, Red Sox, Josh Ritter, Viruses, ReckenRoll and Snow

What a great all inclusive title for a summary of my weekend in Seattle.
I got to see the Ducks beat the Huskies on Saturday. We got there early to do a little tailgating and it was just in time to catch the Ducks getting off the buses and heading into the locker room. It's a mind blowing experience to be reminded not only how big these guys really are, but also how young they are. The game was entertaining to both sides through 3 quarters, but then the Ducks pulled away utilizing their spread running game and no huddle offense to take the Huskies out of the game. It may not hold a candle to an SEC rivalry or Michigan-Ohio State, but the Oregon Washington rivalry is alive and well with pretty much everyone who was out tail gating Saturday. This weekend will be interesting for the Pac-10 as #4 Arizona State (who haven't faced much of a challenge yet) host a pretty pissed off #21 Cal and #5 Oregon hosts #12 USC. Combine those games with Game 3 of the World Series and it's pretty easy to avoid snowy roads. Speaking of the World Series...
I had resigned myself to letting the Red Sox blow the series against the Indians but continued passively to pay attention to the games. Going down 3-1 is a pretty big feat to overcome, but they did it and I got to watch most of game 7. The World Series will again have meaning to me. As a Red Sox fan and a Cardinal fan, the last few years have been good.
Josh Ritter's show at the Showbox in Seattle was amazing. I mentioned watching game 7, it was in a bar across the street from the Showbox. While eating or waiting for food, I saw Josh Ritter walk by. Then a few seconds later he walked up into our section of the bar. He turned around but didn't get out of earshot before I could get his attention and call him over to our table. He seems like such a nice guy and meeting him, as brief as it was, makes his music seem all the more genuine than it already does. He even mentioned having played in Anchorage at a pretty specific venue and that Alaska (along with Japan) are on his wish list for future shows. The show was special. It was his birthday and his mom even came up on stage at one point with cupcakes and a candled cupcake. Josh passed the cupcakes out to the crowd. I'm sure there's a certain extent to which he tells every audience that it's been an amazing, unforgettable night, but I certainly believe his Seattle show will be remembered by all involved.
I woke up Friday morning feeling fine other than a little bit of a headache, which is pretty normal when I am up late and sleep late, but by the time ReckenRoll and I sat down to brunch and food was in front of me, I had lost my appetite and felt pretty bad. I fell asleep shortly after being dropped off and slept the rest of the day. I felt pretty normal on Saturday with the exception of no appetite, but got exhausted Saturday night fairly early. Sunday was a little of the same, but when it came time for Josh Ritter I was feeling much better.
ReckenRoll was a gracious host. Giving me space while I dealt with feeling crappy and she even came home from shopping with Ginger Snaps and smart water. She's got a good summary over at her site. She definitely got the Josh Ritter bug...especially after meeting him before the show. Although she might exagerate my Freaks & Geeks references, I had just finished watching the complete series and during the commentaries which were recorded more recently, there were lots of tie ins to Superbad, Knocked Up, 40 year old Virgin, and even Anchorman (all Judd Apatow influenced films with Seth Rogen involved).
I woke up this morning to the report of snow on the roads. It snowed about an inch. It's bright and sunny now, so some of it has melted, but what doesn't melt is likely to be around for the duration.
Despite not doing much of what was on the loose agenda for the weekend and being under the weather it was the weekend of the year.

October 16, 2007

An Emerald Weekend

This weekend I'll be in Seattle having a ReckenRoll weekend. While Josh Ritter at the Showbox and the Oregon Ducks at Husky Stadium are on the docket, my real challenge is to be featured on ReckenRoll's "Things I learned this weekend" or weekend quotes series. Stay tuned to flickr and twitter...

You might be asking yourself, or be tempted to ask me "What happened with the Red Sox?" Don't make me be the one to have to explain that this is the misery we as Red Sox fans lived with for years, even losing to Cleveland in 1998 and 1995. I was upset being down 2-1 because in a 7 game series, being down 2-1 and being up 2-1 are virtually the same thing. I still haven't given up all hope of winning the series, but I stopped watching and listening to tonight's game after the 5th inning because it was making me physically ill. Though, I'm sure Jnard is pleased.

October 14, 2007

Gagne and Rogen

Why did the Red Sox put game 2 of the ALCS in the hands of Seth Rogen?

October 13, 2007

Name My Moose

Over the last few weeks, I've heard some strange noises coming from outside my bedroom window after I've gone to bed. I couldn't put my finger on what it was and figured it was the building settling or the ducts expanding and contracting with the cold air/hot air phenomenon. Nothing alarming enough for me to get up and check it out. I'm starting to form some pretty valid conclusions about what the noises could have been. I came home later than usual on Thursday night after a hockey game, got out of my truck and started to walk toward my front door when up from the ground springs a moose that had been bedding down in my front yard. All the signs are there that he/she has been out there quite often lately. In fact, he/she is out there right now. Despite it pouring down rain and being in the low to mid 30's, it's just laying low, literally in a spot where it's protected from the road by my truck, my neighbor's truck and a big bush. I've seen the moose out in the backyard, on the side of the house and where he/she lays now. Moose seem like docile creatures, and seem quite slow and tame too. Because of their sheer size, one must be very careful about being around moose. They get defensive of young, and are fairly unpredictable...and a little stubborn too. I don't mind having him/her out there, but when it comes time to come and go from my apartment, I need to get him/her to move far enough away that I can pass without being in range of attack. I figure if I have to get in a habit of shoeing him/her away having a name would make a difference. So, I'm asking you the readers to submit names via comments to name this moose of unknown gender. Androgynous names preferred, but be as creative as you want. I'll get a photo to post once it's been named.

October 7, 2007

October Baseball

In 2004 all three of the players highlighted as Sunday's top performers were members of the Red Sox. There's still some loyalty with Trot, but Damon and I are no longer friends.

October 1, 2007

Chuck is Lost?

I confirmed by rewinding with my Tivo, but at first I thought I was hearing things... While watching a segment of Chuck in between extra innings of the Rockies Padres game, I overheard Chuck's subconsious say "Ocean flight 815 was shot down." They're on different networks so it's a little strange for a LOST reference, isn't it? I'm not convinced Chuck is a good show, but Tivo is recording it every week for me just in case I decide to like it.