Archive for March, 2007

I’m 30 Years Old, Dammit!

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

When I first got a TiVo, for a long time it thought I was an 11 year old. Well, that’s not entirely true. There were a couple months where it thought I was a 6 year old girl. I swear, you ask a machine to record 3-2-1 Contact and The Adventures of Pete and Pete and it jumps to all sorts of crazy conclusions.

Recently I was looking through some old stuff and I found the poster I made for my first show. It was drawn in crayon. Despite how it looks, I wasn’t 11 when I made it. (Nor was I a 6 year old girl.) I was 23.


Excuse me, I need to take this.

Friday, March 9th, 2007

I love playing live shows. I’ve been to hear a lot of musicians play and it seems like most of them manage to make it through shows with minimal fuss. I’ll chalk a lot of that up to musicianship and professionalism. Those are two things I manage to make do without, but it seems to work out okay.

Case in point: at Uncommon Ground last week, I was careful to set my phone on vibrate so it wouldn’t ring during the show. Let’s just say I learned that the hard way. What I forgot, however, is that cell phones can interfere with audio equipment, and when that audio equipment involves high-powered amplifiers, it can be quite pronounced.

Take a listen for yourself:

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I don’t want to point any fingers at who might have so unfortunately interrupted my brilliant performance (ahem, Shama) but… THANK YOU! That song was going terribly. It’s a song my brothers and I wrote for my grandparents’ 55th anniversary and it makes no sense to those outside of our family and it was originally a song about puppies and I don’t remember the chords or the lyrics so well. If anything, the loud, obnoxious buzzing only made it better!

By the way, I mentioned in an earlier post, that cell phone interference sounds like the opening to the Bel Biv Devoe song “Poison.” Now you can listen and decide for yourself.

Are you seriously going to wear that?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

10_13_06_chicago_2016.jpgThe US Olympic Committee is in town today to evaluate Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, so everyone tuck in your shirts. Try not to look like such a slob for once in your life.

I know there are some of you out there who don’t like the idea of millions of people from all over the world descending on Chicago for a two week party, but don’t ruin this for the rest of us, okay?

I’m no world traveler, but I can’t imagine it gets any better than Chicago in the summer. The world needs to see that this is the greatest city in the country. Hell, if it gets all those east coasters and west coasters to shut up about their stupid coasts for, like, 10 seconds, it will be worth it. Mostly I’m excited because the Olympics are a great excuse to take on some big, crazy, weird construction projects. I’m telling you, we’re gonna end up with a 30 story glow-in-the-dark sculpture of a cow that gives people rides into space before you know it. Make no small plans!

My favorite part about the pitch is that Michael Jordan has said he will be available to help “when he’s most needed.” It will come down to the final vote and Chicago will just throw Jordan into the conference room and be like, “kaBLOW! Michael Jordan! Chicago!”

It’s in the bag.

You Don’t Know Jack is Back

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

The company I work for, Jellyvision, has released a web-based version for You Don’t Know Jack. There’s going to be a new episode every week, so that’s fun, right? Let me answer for you: yes. Yes it is fun.