April 11th, 2007

Van Halen

new recordings, for a wonder

Last night, I felt like making some recordings. So I did. Here are two of the results.

First up we have a relatively new original song, Photo Album. [introduction]

This is the song I wrote for the Songwriters In The Round event at AS220 a few months ago. It was written on the assigned theme, which was 'Childhood Photographs'. [I was really afraid that one or more of the other singer/songwriters would have written similar songs, but nobody did.]

Song #2 is a song by Paul Geremia called Stone Sober Blues. [intro] I've always liked this song, partly because (in my interpretation) the singer is supposed to be pretty seriously drunk. Anyway, I've recorded it here on piano. Ignore the obvious mistake at the end!
As always, all the recordings are available on my website and can also be retrieved from my podcast. Also, you can see previous posts of mine with the tag 'podcast'.

New Yorker caption contest update

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago I asked about the New Yorker caption contest with the picture of a caveman being pulled over by a police officer.

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I asked how many people thought that one of the finalists would have a loke about the wheel being a giant doughnut. Five out of the 16 people who responded said yes, four said no, seven said they hoped it wouldn't.

Well, the finalist captions were announced and they are:
"Yeah, yeah—and I invented the ticket." -- Scott Gerschwer, Redding, Conn.
"I'm going to let you off with a warning, since you have no prior history." -- Chas Kikel, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
"Mind if I look in the hole?" -- Jennifer McLellan, Kansas City, Mo.
For what it's worth, I think Chas from Ohio has both the best caption and the coolest name.

Anyway, I hope that at least seven of you out there are happy with the result.

While I'm at it, I might as well ask about a cartoon in the current issue:

What's the dinosaur doing here?

Its hands are all tied up! It isn't doing anything!
It's helping the woman wind a skein of yarn into a ball.
I don't get it.
Something else, which I will comment about.