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Mental Download 4/22/11

I had grand plans to blog over spring break, but now it is Friday, and I’ve only published one post. I thought I would do a little stream-of-consciousness ramblings.

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ALA, AASL, and YALSA members: voting for this election ends tonight! Be a responsible member and vote, please! As you vote, the ballot has links to profiles and statements for each candidate so you can make thoughtful decisions. Want more school librarians or teen librarians to have a strong voice in ALA? There are many running and your vote could help put them in a place of advocacy!

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As someone who enjoys live tweeting a conference, this cracks me up!

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I’m ready for Gwyneth to leave Glee now. Go back to GOOP.

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Happy Earth Day! My new compost tumbler should arrive today. I admit that I will be a lazy composter and that the best way to get started is to just get a bin that I can close up and spin. No digging or stirring required. I’m excited! (And 30 minutes later, it is here!)

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My husband’s grandmother passed away yesterday. She was 93. She was an amazing person. She bought her house as a single woman back then women didn’t do that sort of thing. She had 4 children, and outlived her husband by over a decade. Not only was she blessed with grandchildren, but she was also blessed with great-grandchildren, and has been able to watch them grow. (Her oldest great-grandchild is now an amazing elementary school teacher.) She will be missed.

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ALA Annual is two months away! So exciting, especially since I cannot attend BEA like many other bloggers. (Testing season at school = all hands on deck.) I’m starting to consider what I can and want to see in New Orleans while I am there. Cemetery tours are on my radar.

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Awesome read about homosexuality and the church.

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Have you watched the new Beastie Boys short film? It’s pretty funny. I live-Tweeted my reactions while I watched it. NPR did a short piece on it, and I love the end quote from MCA. It is a humorous video with lots of cameos. I have to admit, seeing MCA with grey hair AND a gray beard makes me feel like I’m on the speed train to old age.

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I spent part of yesterday catching up on HBO’s Mildred Pierce. There’s a lot of naked Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce. Also, Mildred’s daughter Veda is possibly the worst daughter ever.

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David Gray at Merriweather Post

Sunday night, I was fortunate to have front row seats for the David Gray/Ray Lamontagne tour.  It was an excellent evening!

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David Gray in Baltimore

Last Wednesday, my husband and I drove up to Baltimore.  We went for 2 days to take a mini vacation, but the motivation for the trip in the first place was David Gray’s stop in Baltimore for his current tour.  I’ve written of my love for Mr. Gray before, and I was so excited to get to see him again so soon.

David Gray did not disappoint.  He came on stage around 9 pm and left around 11.  The show was the best concert I have ever seen in my life.  There were times I was so in to the music, I found myself literally sitting on the edge of my seat.  Tears rolled down my face a few times – not from sadness but from being so overwhelmed by the music.  The Baltimore Sun gave the show a good review, too, so I know it was not just me.

Some of my favorite memories:

  • On two different songs, Mr. Gray started over.  I really appreciate someone who is committed to giving the audience the best performance of each song and doesn’t mind a do-over.
  • He was very chatty with the audience, which is something he does not usually do.  At the end of the concert, he told the audience how great we were and said that while he says that at every show, he really meant it this time.  I felt like his chattiness was a tell-tale sign of his connection to the audience and how into the night he was.
  • Even without Annie Lennox, I still am not a big fan of “Full Steam.”  But Draw the Line as an album has really grown on me since I last wrote about it in October.
  • “Nemesis” was the highlight of the night for me.  It had to have been a 15 minute number – a lot longer than the original recording on the album.  He and the band jam a bit and he’s added lyrics.  I could have sat there for hours just listening to him sing the one song.
  • After “Nemesis” he did a solo acoustic set of two old songs, “Hold On” and “Falling Down the Mountainside,” both of which were fantastic and ones I’ve never heard him do live before.
  • After one of his sadder song – I believe it was “Falling Down the Mountainside” – he apologized a bit for the string of depressing songs and explained that he hadn’t plotted it out that way, that he picks the solo acoustic numbers out of the air on stage, which is pretty awesome.  He also talked about how there’s a lot of bad out there and we’re all going to get it in the end or something like that.

Afterwards, we walked around to the stage door in hopes of catching him for an autograph.  The guys working the door said David would come out after he’d gotten cleaned up, so we were first in line.  He eventually came out to a crowd of about 30 who waited.  He had a huge wine glass of chardonnay in hand, which I just loved, being a wine fan myself.  He was dressed well in a handsome coat.  (Side note – he and his band always look so sharp on stage in suits – very handsome and classy.)  I was able to have him autograph my copy of Draw the Line for me and my husband snapped a picture of me with Mr. Gray.  It’s a little blurry but I am beyond thrilled to have captured the moment.  David Gray was so warm to his fans at the door, so genuinely appreciative of us.  He has a very kind face up close, chatted a bit and shook our hands.  I love his music so much, and it was heartening to see there is a great guy behind it.

(First photo of myself that I am daring to post on my blog!)

The Baltimore Sun did an interview with Mr. Gray before the concert, and I also liked this one done with NJ.com.

I was poking around the internet to see if I could find anything about the live version of “Nemesis” done at other concerts and stumbled on this blog post about the potential meaning behind the lyrics, which I found interesting.

While You Tube videos captured on cell phones never do a live show justice, here are a few links to some great songs (thanks to those who shot the videos!):

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David Gray tonight!

We’re headed to PA to see David Gray tonight.  He’s been my favorite singer since White Ladder.  I think this is the 5th time I’m seeing him.  I saw him first at Radio City in NYC for the White Ladder tour.  I know I saw him at least once when he released A New Day At Midnight, and then I saw him twice on the Life in Slow Motion tour – once at the 9:30 Club (probably my favorite since it was so intimate) and once at DAR Constitution Hall.

I have to admit that as I’ve gotten older, I find myself listening to less music.  NPR is on the radio most of the time, whether at home or in the car.  David Gray is the one singer I never tire of and can just listen to over and over.  He got me through a lot of late nights during grad school.  I walked down the aisle to marry my husband as his “January Rain” played.  I’ve even instructed my husband that he must play a couple of his songs at my memorial service when I die.

His newest album, Draw the Line, has been out for a month now.  Mr. Gray has said this album is different from the rest – he is working with several new people, and he stepped out of his personal life to find inspiration for the songs.  It is evident in the music, and while it’s a well put together album, I will say it’s not destined to be a favorite of mine.  I love “Jackdaw” and I also really like “Kathleen.”  I don’t like “Full Steam” but I think part of that is due to Annie Lenox – her voice has always driven me crazy.  She isn’t touring with him, so I am interested in seeing if he does the song and what it sounds like without him.

I would love to hear him sing “World to Me” and I’d REALLY love to see him reach back beyond White Ladder and do some stuff from his 3 earlier albums.  “Gathering Dust” and ‘Forever is Tomorrow is Today” might be my favorites and I’ve never heard him sing either live.  I’d also particularly love to hear him sing “Coming Down,” “Late Night Radio,” “Shine,” “Wisdom,” “Bird Without Wings,” and “As I’m Leaving.”

Regardless of what he plays, I’m sure I’ll love it.  He has the ability to make me like songs when I hear them live even if I didn’t like them on a cd.  Something always moves me to tears each concert (usually “Freedom”) and something always gets me dancing (usually “Please Forgive Me”) so I am super excited! It’s been far too long since I had a David Gray fix!

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