November 19th, 2006

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anecdote

Last night I went to a music show with some friends. In the row in front of us, from right to left, were seated a blond-haired woman, a guy who she seemed to be with, and a group of people we tentatively identified as polygamists (a guy and seven women).

During the opening act, the friend on my left tapped me on the shoulder and whispered to me, "Do you see the blond-haired woman in front of us? Doesn't she look like a bobble-head?"

I looked over and, because of the thinness of the woman's neck, the largeness and roundness of her hairstyle, and the particular way she was nodding her head in time to the music, she did indeed look like a life-sized bobble-head doll.

The effect of this knowledge was immediate. First of all, I couldn't look at her, because I would start laughing. Second of all, I became very conscious of my own head movements and tried to keep as still as possible.

After a few minutes, the friend on my right leaned over and whispered to me, "I think that woman on the end looks like a bobble-head doll."

The opening act played some more songs, and the polygamist seated in front of me started talking to one of his wives -- a fairly quiet conversation which didn't bother me, but it appeared to irritate the bobble-head woman. So after a few minutes she leaned over, tapped the polygamist's knee, and gave him a pointedly annoyed look. The polygamist and his wife, suitably chastened, stopped talking. A few minutes later, the wife looked over at the other woman, leaned over, and whispered something in her polygamist husband's ear. He glanced over and started to laugh; then he got himself under control, glanced over again, and started laughing again. Aha, I thought. Bobble-head.
Van Halen

New recordings! Also some old ones.

I bought some new microphones yesterday and wanted to try them out. Also, I continue to be obsessed by tomorrow's Songs of Social Consciousness show, which I will put some more information about at the end of this message under a cut.

I'll be doing three or four songs, so here are some old songs I'm thinking of doing, plus two new ones, plus two new songs which I should under no account play at this show, I think.

Old Songs:And here are the new songs (the first one is an original song):And, finally, here are the two ringers:As usual, these songs can be retrieved from my music web page and you can also get them via podcast.

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