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Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava
Updated: 21 min 25 sec ago
Vivi’s brain is always going at full speed, and on Wednesday night it impelled her to use some ribbon to tie a loop around our bouncy ball, making it into a kind of wearable drum, and then use two wooden spoons as drumsticks.
After marching around for a few minutes, singing crazy and funny made-up songs, she grabbed a sheet of paper and a pencil and wrote out a song:
She then marched around some more, playing this composition. Creative, funny, and loud – pretty much Vivi in a nutshell.
My streak of good music finds continued on Thursday at the elementary school choir concert, in which Julia sang. The whole performance was good, but the highlight was the last song: Stevie Wonder’s amazing “Heaven Help Us.” A ’70s protest song sung by innocent fourth and fifth graders?
Tuesday, my favorite rock star, Kurt Vile, released an EP of tracks from the sessions that produced his incredible last album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze. All of the new EP – “”it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)”- is great, but the choicest tune is “Feel My Pain.” So good.
Tuesday’s musical discovery isn’t as local or “unknown” as Monday’s, but by golly it’s a good song, as much of the western world knows:
At long last, the Counterfactuals, one of the many excellent bands working in Northfield right now, are almost ready to release their first album, Minimally Decent People. The album won’t be released till December 10, but a guy can stream the whole thing right now at Bandcamp. I know many of the songs from the band’s shows here in town, but the new tunes are great, too, and my favorite cut is one of the songs I hadn’t heard before, “If you go then you go it alone.”
Today was a pleasant, quiet day, marked by a short outing with the girls to watch the end of the inaugural Minnesota State Gravel Championships and an amazing sunset.
My trip to a conference at Wesleyan University in Connecticut went well overall. First and foremost, the conference was great. Second, my air travel went smoothly, with no major delays or other trouble. Third, I had a good time hanging out with new and old friends at the conference.
But I also made a pretty bad choice as to the hotel where I would stay. I picked the cheaper option, when I should have done more research to figure out which of the two had the better location.
So – three tips to find a better hotel next time:
First, heck the distance from the hotel to the conference site, and choose the hotel with the shorter distance! The cheaper hotel this time was miles from the conference site, and though the hotel furnished a shuttle, walking the half-mile to campus each morning and evening would have been great.
Second, use Google Maps to figure out where nearby stores and such are located, but also use StreetView to see if I can walk to any of them.
Before this trip, I could see that my chosen hotel was less than half a mile from a mall with a grocery store and several restaurants, but I didn’t see that that half mile could not be covered on foot, thanks to a ridiculously narrow overpass.
Third, ask at the front desk about the view from my room. This time, I got this, which isn’t much of a view at all: