Genius number one for the day is my niece Maddie. Tonight, after eating dinner with my sister's family, Maddie (who isn't going to be three for another three months, mind you) dragged me into the basement to play the piano. After I played--and Maddie sang--"Doe, a deer, a female deer..." eight or nine times, I started riffing, eventually landing on an A chord, which I then slipped into an A-minor. After only a few moments, Maddie somehow latched onto that minor step down and began singing, in a melody that she had come up with (and which was completely in key): "Just a sad thing." I kept playing and she kept singing, "Just a sad thing... Just a sad thing..." But it wasn't long before that gave way to her next lyric: "Just a sad pig... Just a sad pig..." I couldn't believe what I was witnessing. My two-year-old niece was writing a fucking pop song. I started riffing with her, and pretty soon we had a nice little ditty on our hands! I'm going to keep at her and hopefully record some of the stuff. EncoprEsis always felt too thin as a one-man band. Maybe having a cute chick in the group will get me an actual record deal. Seriously, though, it was an unforgettable moment. She's amazing.
Genius number two for the day is my friend Dave Hodgson. I've known Dave since 1998, and I hope I know him until one of us dies (I'm still waiting for the day when we start our own band, The Delmarva Peninsula). Anyway, he's gotten this job that has him venturing to different parts of the continent (I still don't know what the job entails--not sure if he does either), and his most recent expedition has him across the line in Mexico. Here's his initial breakdown of the gig:
DAVE: So i'm in Mexico now--the office is pretty much in a desolate industrial park just over the border. It's a nice office, though, and the people are cool. My coworkers seemed to think it was rough, but i'm not seeing it. For some reason, the Romantics' "What I like About You" came on the intercom a while ago, the song played, then it went back to silence. And every so often, the receptionist pages someone in Spanish, and it sounds like the beginning of Jane's Addiction's "Stop." You know--"Juana's Addicion."
The best part is that the next morning he emailed me frantically saying that "What I Like About You" came on again at the same time! It turns out that they play that song at 10:30am every day as an invitation to exercise. Huh???
Anyway, here's more from Dave...
great things i saw today:
1) a mexican truck in front of me on the way to work with a bunch of blue plastic barrels on the back. one of them was stenciled with the letters "CUM."
2) standing in an office, i heard a mexican rock song on somebody's radio. listening more closely, i realized that it was a spanish-language cover of the smiths' "there is a light that never goes out."
3) a sign (and a printed one, at that) in my office that said "a great new way to do bussines."
I will leave you with Today's Painting Playlist:
Cat Power "The Greatest" (just the song, unfortunately, though i hope to hear the album asap--if anyone has a copy, i'll perform three paragraphs of electronic fellatio on you for it!)
Cat Power "You Are Free"
Built to Spill "Perfect From Now On"
Radiohead "The Bends"
Grandaddy "The Sophtware Slump"
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah"
Ghostface "The Pretty Toney Album"
Bubba Sparxxx "Deliverance"
David Bowie "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust"