Who has the photos from Meze?

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Wow, the D triple C and SpeakerPelosi.com really put on the dog for us bloggers. A great restaurant. VIP treatment (meaning, open bar for bloggers). Good music. Pretty decent swag. Most of all good company based around a core of people who are sharing a bonding experience, a kind of trial by fire. I tell you, if I do this again next time it will be much easier. The first time doing anything is always hard, but it’s important to do hard things, to be willing to try and fail and make mistakes in public. Elsewise, how will you grow.
Now, where are the photos? I loved the Atrios nametags most people were sporting. I met E.J. Dionne (wow!), and Eric Alterman (eh!). I met Trippi and Granny D, two heroes of mine.
Standing around outside the restaurant after 2 am trying to figure out where to go next, I noticed another dirty little secret about bloggers: Bloggers smoke! (Well, not all of them/us, of course – mainly the young ones who haven’t experienced creeping mortality yet.)
How come Matt Gross and Matt Stoller won the iPods? That’s it, I’m changing my name to Matt.
Did the DNC really fire Stoller from their blog for posting a pre-speech “where’s the beef?” entry at BOPnews? For reals? That’s crazy! Come on, DNC, do you get the living web or don’t you?
Saw jjg and Rebecca Blood. Waved my book around a lot (and let Micah Sifry take off with one of my two copies because he has by far shown the most enthusiasm about the book among many people who’ve been very kind and shown a lot of interest, and because he’s about to go on vacation and told me he thinks the book would make “perfect vacation reading”

Wish Y’all Were Here

Just about four years ago Lisa Belsky asked me to record this, and I managed a decent take with a looper and my electric uke (tuned with a low G string). Then just the other day a friend of a friend on ye olde book of faces asked for my arrangement and I went looking for this recording but couldn’t find it, till it popped up on its own today.

We’re just all lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, year after year

right up to the end…

Down to the Mountain (Please Set Me Free)

Seems like the chorus has a mind of its own and has settled out into something like:

Let me be
Set me free
Let me be me, oh please, please
Please, set me free

though we’ll see what happens once the Kincaid get their greasy mitts on it.

Down to the Mountain

The chorus have evolved a bit, and the arrangement is getting baked in. Will record a demo soon so here’s a snapshot of where this song is at now:

Giving Zoo Wolves Lessons in Music (again)

Still figuring out how many verses and the verse-chorus cadence here:

“A scientists’s dream…”

Giving Zoo Wolves Lessons in Music (dance mix demo)

For odd reasons. was tuned to about A 415 when I recorded this. This tune was inspired by a New York Times article from the 1910s:

Memory Lane (demo)

Once I feel a song is written I try to record a demo without getting too hung up on the instrumentation or even the full arrangement, to help communicate to other musicians primarily how the song goes.

This one has a lyric shared with me as part of a large set of song lyrics around 2010, or possibly earlier, by my old old friend, brother, and aspirational writing partner Peter K. Hirsch.

I could hear in my head how it should go but at the time did not have the chops to harmonize it, let alone figure out a way to play the bridge.

Now, I’m hoping to include it on my forthcoming album:

“Feeling the joy and the pain…”

) and a lot of people thumbed through it, scanning the quotes and admiring the fine quality of the paper and the universally loved cover art.
I’m still putting together the list of people who’ve requested review copies. If you’re one of them, be sure to email me and I’ll try to accommodate as many reasonable requests as I can.