Monday, February 14, 2011

Computers, breakup songs, and live music.

Today is exciting for many reasons, but most of all because the Computer Vs. Jeopardy! Champs episodes begin tonight. Of course, I'm going to miss today's show because I'll be heading down to the Rudyard Kipling in an effort to not spend the evening in front of an electronic device and rather in front of live people playing live music.

That's not a judgment; it's more of a reminder to myself that I should go out more. Staying at home with a book or Jeopardy has become far too common this past year, and it's made me forget just how inspiring and important it is to hear live music. Sad, I know, but it's been a really rough winter.

Still, I'm pretty excited about seeing the computer versus Ken Jennings.

Hope to see you at the Rudyard Kipling tonight. I'm playing accordion on a couple of songs with The Coal Porters, but mostly just hanging out for once.

Also, I'll be on State of Affairs on www.WFPL.org today from 1:00-2:00ET. You can stream it live. It's a talk show, and today's topic is: Best Breakup Songs. What's your favorite?

3 comments:

  1. Oh I saw that computer on Nova Science Now! You should check out the segment:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/how-does-the-brain-work.html

    I think the world's best breakup songs are:

    Tori Amos, Tear in your Hand and Bjork Five Years and Amy Winehouse Tears Dry on Their Own.

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  2. Good question! Mine are as follows...

    David Ford "I don't care what you call me"
    Ben Folds Five "The Last Polka"
    Red House Painters "Mistress" (but only if she's useless and you're a pompous asshole)
    Cee-Lo Green "F**k you" (if the opposite is true)

    but FTW it's "Don't think twice, it's alright" by Bob Dylan.

    Tho' "It's all over now, baby blue" works too. if it's played to your ex and her new bf, who is clearly a relatively sub-par writer and was only there just to have her rub it in your face AND you just happen to have a documentary crew with you AND the new bf requested it (granted, only a very small handful of us will be given this opportunity).

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  3. Butch ... perfect. My top choice on the radio show was "Don't Think Twice."

    Ooooh, Joy ... Tear in Your Hand ... i wish I'd thought of that one. So good. Thanks for the PBS link ... clicking on it NOW!

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