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Happy Birthday, Bret
Sep. 17 2005
My, oh my how could another year have slipped by?
I've got a little goodie for you here, Bret. I found it for you. It will do in a pinch.
I'm sorry I couldn't be there this year. Janet's been having contractions, baby number two could decide to arrive at anytime.
But the party sounds like a scream. I look forward to seeing the documentary.
Best wishes to you, and have a great birthday.
Ray LaMontagne, Griffin House, Mary Gauthier, Ben Weaver, Joseph Arthur, and Bret Phillips
Aug. 30 2005
Bill Flanagan is senior vice president of VH1 and a contributor to my favorite, non-football Sunday morning program, Sunday Morning on CBS. This past Sunday he opened my ears and wallet to some fantastic singer-songwriters, Ray LaMontagne, Griffin House, Mary Gauthier, Ben Weaver, and Joseph Arthur.
In my experience, Mr. Flanagan has consistently presented new music, and new ways of describing music, like a real, honest fan - like the kid from Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous grew up. He has such a pure, flawless love of music that he is able to capture emotion, mood, the essence of the song and translates it to prose equal to the poetry and power of the music. Literally, nothing is lost in his translation. I both admire and envy his ability.
Today was devoted to Ray LaMontagne. (I've linked to his bio, because it's an inspiring read.) I listened to his song, Trouble, two or three dozen times. Suddenly the pile of script edits I had stacked in front of me became managable and the disagreement my wife and I might have had last night seems a distant, faded memory.
So, yeah, the headline is a cheap Technorati plug for my favorite singer-songwriter, but the way I see it is, it's just one more way to grab Mr. Flanagan's notice, and perhaps get Bret on his next list of singer-songwriters to be discovered.
Mr. Flanangan, thanks for stopping by. Perhaps we'll get to talk music sometime.
Bret Phillips Live Portland, Oregon Friday, August 26 McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon
Aug. 26 2005
Sitting on Hawthorn? Want a night off from the Oregon Trail Museum?
Well then, come on down to the show this Friday, August 26 at McMenamin's White Eagle Saloon.
Git on down to the show!
Friday, August 26
McMenamins White Eagle Saloon
with Bella Fays and Jasmine Ash
Bret would like to give you the following warnin':
"With this flask in my boot,
I'll make sure it's a hoot,
and have you to confession by mornin'."
C'mon, it's the White Eagle Saloon. I've got to throw in a "rawhide" and "spittoon'd" maybe even a "y'all" for good measure. You know, for the good of the show.
Bret also sent along another new demo from his next studio album. I dig it. I'll admit, I didn't dig it the first listen, but by the third - that little phucker just has a way with stringing words together that always surprise me. Dagnabit. I left it on my desktop at work, so I can't upload it here. But if you want to listen to it through the better-than-I-ever-expected streaming player on Podacst Music Network it's worth the click.
Sarsaparilla, download, podcast, thanks.