September 21, 2005
"Mr. Ellis is the sort of author who can give irony a bad name."
What was it like to sing, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the seventh inning of Game 7 of the 2003 playoffs? Talk about rough crowd! -- Dave Judson, Evanston
singing that night was heart-wrenching, because I wanted the cubs to win so bad!!! they grab you around the end of the sixth to go up there, so when I got to the top, the organist called me in and explained to me that since Fox was broadcasting the game, they had disconnected the speaker that was in the booth (to hear the music being played), and nobody could figure out how to hook it back up ... then I was led into the booth behind the Fox team, and waited for an eternity while the cubs continued to melt down ... finally, the inning ended, and I went to sing, and couldn't hear the organ at all!!! it sounded like the music was across waveland avenue ... it was like singing at a funeral ... a moment I will never forget, nor honestly care to remember ...
AVC: How did you decide it'd be okay to play Hüsker Dü songs with a full band?
BM: As I get older and I have limited time, and there'll be limited interest as the years go by, I can say with absolute certainty there will not be a Hüsker Dü reunion. Given the amount of bullshit that I've had to tolerate from the other guys as far as what a taskmaster, what a world leader I was—everybody's able to buy a house and have a comfortable life, so I can't wait to hear about the shitty parts. [Laughs.] Yeah, so they're my songs, and I'm going to take ownership of performing them however I damn well please this tour. I'm really excited about the Sugar stuff more than anything else, you know, Copper Blue and so on. It's such a cool record, they're such fun songs to play live, I think that's gonna really be a blast... There are a lot of great songs in that stretch of my songbook, so that's the focal point.
Have you been following seafaring Frank on the Chromewaves world tour? My favorite music blog is currently my favorite travel blog.
There was an experiment done with chimpanzees a few years ago. When a small group of chimps was given a small quantity of bananas on a daily basis they shared them among themselves, equally and happily. When that same group was given a surplus of bananas, the dominant chimps stole, hoarded and defended the entire supply, resorting to violence if necessary.
It just struck me this morning, maybe especially, amid the horrifying stories in the news right now how ridiculous this idea of music piracy is. The idea that ultra-rich media companies and even ultra-rich "rockstars" can't bear to have their own fans (people who genuinely derive pleasure from listening to their music) make copies of their CDs, for fear of lost revenue.
I fall more in love with this woman every day.
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