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Band of the Day #979

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I am nearly too tired to form coherent sentences, but here is more of Beggar and the Coal, posing in front of several photographers for a group shot after their show. They performed on campus at 11 o’clock this morning, singing from a stage nestled between two dorm buildings, and so a hundred or so people probably woke up to their music. A good way to start a long weekend, I think.

Just look how happy they all are! Look at Rob – you can really tell how much he appreciates the band.

I am a space shuttle crash-landing in dark soil… good night.

don’t wake me I plan on sleeping

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May 29, 2011 at 2:33 am

Sigh of the Day #978

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I don’t know if I have a weak form of synesthesia or if my friends just have supernatural musical abilities, but when I sit around while they play their songs it seems very much as though they’re filling the air with color. I can’t literally see it with my eyes, but I feel it, like pastel swirls hidden behind the atmosphere. It’s a remarkable feeling to walk up the stairs and find them practicing, the song growing stronger with each step, and to enter the room and see them all smiling there as the song shakes the house.

The kitchen seems like a good place to make music, and I’d like to get videos of them performing in other places – in the forest, maybe, and definitely in a stairwell, or downtown. . .

I wonder what these folks are going to think of this song in twenty years. It’ll be a good thing to look back on.

his portrait ever flowing

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May 28, 2011 at 2:42 am

Jam of the Day #954

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On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I have a short break between lab and biochemistry, and I used to have to burn away the time in the library on my own, too burnt out from lab work to get any homework done. I rather like how things seem to be shaping up, though – Beggar and the Coal are having practice sessions in that gap, and I get to sink into their wonderful music while they jam. Today they decided to play in the stairwell of one of the Porter dorms, and the music reverberated up and down the bones of the building, bleeding out into the halls so students could here them. It made them sound so vast, and even without the aid of warm sunlight the music could dissolve fully into the air.

I can’t play, but I’m always happy to listen. It would be nice to get some recordings before the end of the year, because I don’t want to forget these songs.

the souls of your shoes are all worn down

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May 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

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Coal of the Day #902

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Rob’s new band project, Beggar and the Coal, had its first show today. Seeing friends on stage is a rather different feeling than seeing them play music at home; you feel a bit nervous for them, and want the crowd to know that they’re as good as I know them to be. They played well, and Brittany and Jeremy provided the proper banter to make the audience love them.

We (at our house) were thinking the band should have a jam party here, where the musicians can freely weave their music in that incomprehensibly natural fashion they carry out so well. I don’t have the prowess to jam with them, but perhaps I could provide blackberry or strawberry jam, and in that way contribute to the jam session.

My recordings of the show weren’t of especially high quality, but Rob had some folks with cameras and equipment capture the performance, so you’ll probably see them here eventually.

katamari do your best

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March 13, 2011 at 3:27 am