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After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling [Sep. 29th, 2008|08:37 pm]
mimsy borogoves
Last night found me curled up with Favorites on a blanket under a tiny grove of fogged-in redwood trees, listening to Will Oldham sing with a guitar, kazoo (now mine!) and friend.

We showed up to the Library 'round 3, which lies across the road from the edge of the continent, in Big Sur. We settled on our blankets in front of the tiny stage and placed our beard bets (my bet: no beard, mustache only. Steve: 'I bet his beard will be made of bees!'). I bought a book called 'A Brief History of Infinity.' After I bit I saw him sneak in, in a train conductor hat and a beard of epic proportions.

Alela Diane played, she was lovely, she sang about tatted lace and the Civil War. Sort of like if Joanna Newsom was part of the Decemberists. Here is a song from her:

My Tired Feet

She made me want to move to Nevada City straightaway, to own a dog and a garden and walk the train tracks and swim in the river every day. Sometimes in the city I forget how much I crave the simple, the quiet.

And then, Will. For those that don't know, Will is one of my top three obsessions. The others being New Orleans and books. Curiously, Will Oldham is from the south and named his last album after an Emily Dickinson poem (which I was dying to ask him about, alas...) Coincidence? Either way, he Gets It.

So, the show. It's like he knew I was coming, because he:
-talked about R. Kelly at length
-defined bromance
-played a kazoo
-put on lipstick to play the girl singing part
-played a round of existential 'would you rather?'
-played my favorite song (which, with his extremely large canon, was surprising), and played it beautifully
-told us that his favorite moment in the history of playing music happened at the Library, singing with Dawn McCarthy under a full moon
-tossed me the kazoo, which is engraved in gold with:

Property of Bonnie Prince Billy.

I sort of think we are soul mates.


[User Picture]From: selsin
2008-09-30 05:34 am (UTC)
his music makes me want to stay awake forever just so i can continue listening.
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[User Picture]From: solipsismsaves
2008-10-07 04:27 am (UTC)
don't i know it!
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[User Picture]From: scallionsplease
2008-09-30 04:19 pm (UTC)
that sounds like a great evening. how does big sur look after this summer?
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[User Picture]From: solipsismsaves
2008-10-07 04:29 am (UTC)
it was a lovely evening. big sur and carmel valley are very dear to my heart, i spent my childhood summers there with lightning storms and puppies. my parents live in the valley now.

quite a few of the hills are absolutely barren and scorched by the fire. it came up literally about 10 feet behind the Library, it's quite surreal to see. making room for new growth, one hopes. scary, but much needed, apparently.
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[User Picture]From: uptightfish
2008-09-30 07:50 pm (UTC)
how dreamy. can you photograph the kazoo? i want to see the engraving. that's really wonderful. i'm glad he treated you so well.
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[User Picture]From: solipsismsaves
2008-10-07 04:32 am (UTC)
you have no idea how dreamy. i think you are one of only two people who understand why he is my soul mate.

i will photograph the kazoo once i get my camera back (from my cousin, who, randomly, will be on some big food network competition in march. i don't know if you chefs keep up with that sort of thing, but, well.)
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From: outunderstars
2008-10-01 04:16 am (UTC)
I second the request for a kazoo images.
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[User Picture]From: solipsismsaves
2008-10-07 04:32 am (UTC)
soonly! waiting for the return of my camera.
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[User Picture]From: andberlin
2008-10-01 08:54 am (UTC)
mmm perfect evening. wandering down brick lane while listening to alela made me miss the dry ascetic hum of home, and all the condemned rogues who sailed across the sea with her pirates to make it all possible.
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[User Picture]From: solipsismsaves
2008-10-07 04:33 am (UTC)
it really was.

dry ascetic hum of home

love it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-01-29 03:33 am (UTC)
just kind of stumbled on this blog. I don't know who you are.
Will definitely DOES get it...
I can't get him out of my head
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