So anyway, I've been doing some puttering around in the writing field and working on several reviews, including John Prine's "Fair and Square" (incredible, amazing, fantastic) and Rosanne Cash's newest offering, "Black Cadillac." It's a set of songs she wrote in the wake of the death of three of her parents (in addition to Johnny and stepmom June, her real mother, Johnny's first wife Vivian, died in 2005), so they're a little dark, but very emotionally purging. It's basically a book of poems set to music, and I've come to the conclusion in the last year or so that Rosanne Cash has one of the most underappreciated voices in country music. Then there's Jack Ingram's rowdy "Live Wherever You Are," which may have my newest favorite country song, "Happy Happy Country Country," yet another one of real country's pokes at the mainstream, and lastly there's Archer Avenue, which is actually an alt rock group, but because their disc was produced by Pete Anderson, I got asked to review it, so I am. The band is doing their own PR, so they've been sending me emails. Nice guys. They're "country" I suppose in the same way the Refreshments were, which is to say not at all, but just as much as Chesney or McGraw.
I missed out on a workout this week (I'm trying to do three days a week) because I've been so tired. Last night was the first good night's sleep I've had in a week (thank you, good kitty who didn't walk on me all night). BUT the good news is I've dropped six pounds in two weeks, so all my pants fit again. Now to keep it up and lose the rest of it. Yay for me.
There is a crock pot full of black-eyed peas and salt pork ready to head to work today, but I don't know if there will be any leftover to bring home.
I did NOT go to see Rodney Crowell on Tuesday (sad me) because of the tiredness. Today is the last day of work for a week, I'm jetting off to Vegas with Mom again on Monday (happy me).
I was listening to affairs of our state yesterday on NPR and came to the realization that for all the commotion it causes, things work better when the Executive is a democrat and the Legislative is Republican. Things are going pretty well in Arizona right now because the two keep each other on a check-and-balance (the way things are supposed to be), just like it was in the country back in the 90's when we had Bubba in the Oval Office and the Republican zoo for a legislature. He kept them from going wild and they held him to the flames (way too much, IMO, of course, but that's the way things have been for a while now, I suppose). Now, most of the Arizona Leg is going on and on about how "obstructionist" Gov. Janet is; while she's saying the same about them, but there's a budget surplus going into 2006, the right laws are being vetoed and the right ones passed, and on the whole... gee, whiz, maybe balance is a GOOD thing?!?
Anyway, that's pretty much it for me this week. I think I was going to say something else, but I've forgotten it. So much for being organized. I have to cart my beans to the truck.