.:Colter:. Random Posts http://www.pointedstick.net/colter the further adventures of the luckiest bastard you ever saw Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:41:48 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Perfect Songs – “Be Your Husband” by Jeff Buckley http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2011/04/21/1637/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2011/04/21/1637/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:41:48 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/?p=1637 [Originally published on 2011-04-22 01:40:44]

I had known about Jeff Buckley since 1997 when I met him at my college’s annual spring concert. The weather was unseasonably cold and Jeff had been prevailed upon by some friends of mine to come to Conway from Memphis where he was working on the followup to his now-classic album, Grace. I wish I could remember the occasion better, but at the time I was busy working as stage crew. I remember the guy had a unique voice, but that’s about it. A few months later I read that he had drowned.

It wasn’t until a few years later that I even picked up a copy of Grace, and then everything else. I won’t go on about the talent we lost in Jeff, or the incredible influence he’s had on just about every rock vocalist since about 1999. I’ll just say that while I very much enjoyed his work, it wasn’t until the two-disc Live At Sin-é legacy edition was released in 2003 that I realized just what we had in Jeff. His a cappella version of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband,” in which he naturally adjusts the possessive adjectives to “Be Your Husband,” sets the tone: you hear the patrons of the cafe chattering and clinking their glasses as Jeff sets up and starts stomping and clapping. By two minutes in, the place is dead quiet as Jeff calls forth the ghosts of Parchman Farm, conjuring spirits to be his backing vocalists. What he did, I was not previously aware humans could do.

His chops as a soul vocalist established, he opens disc two with a verbatim rendition of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Yeh Jo Halka Halka Saroor Hai” and immediately you’re hit with the realization that this is not merely some white boy who knows his Memphis R&B. This is a musical traveler with bigger ears than anyone his age has any right to have. In between songs, he reveals himself further to be a complete dork, talking about the radio, Nusrat, beverages, poking fun at CBGBs, and whatever else pops into his head. In doing so, he shows his allegiance to the ranks of The Uncool by admitting to a variety of enthusiasms, thus shearing him of any facade of Cool (because cool people, as everyone knows, are perpetually bored). He becomes no longer the packaged product of a record label, hair perfectly mussed and guitar slung low[1]. He’s just Jeff, the guy for whom Nusrat is Elvis, a guy with boundless potential whose artistic voice is still under construction. It’s one of the only times on a record that I’ve ever felt like I was getting to know a real person.

>> Download Be Your Husband (Live) or Live At Sin-é (Legacy Edition) at amazon.com.

As a small tribute to Jeff and to this song, I hastily assembled this video a few years ago using public domain footage from archive.org. I hadn’t looked at it in awhile; it’s got 44,000 views. Neato.

1.) 10 years passed between the EP version and the two-disc legacy edition, which makes me wonder if this sort of thing could only have been released posthumously, when Columbia Records had less of an investment in the persona of “Jeff Buckley.”

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David Foster Wallace http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2008/09/19/834/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2008/09/19/834/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:41:47 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/?p=834 [Originally published on 2008-09-19 22:36:16]

The writer David Foster Wallace died recently, and Philip Martin at the Democrat-Gazette posted on his blog this commencement speech Wallace once gave. It’s lengthy, but very much worth the read. I’ve actually edited it down considerably. The full text is available on Martin’s blog.

Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed. Think of the old cliché about quote the mind being an excellent servant but a terrible master.

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Attention Television Executives http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/01/23/546/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2007/01/23/546/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:41:46 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2007/01/23/546/ [Originally published on 2007-01-23 16:55:24]

Television as we know it will be dead soon. Everyone will have a DV-R at some point and we will skip commercials, rendering your revenue source nearly nil. What you must do to survive is this: digitize your entire catalog of old programming (if you’re smart enough to have saved the tapes) and offer your own YouTube-style service in which you can sell website ad space. You’re sitting on a goldmine of over 50 years of programming you thought you’d only air once or syndicate for reruns. But we want that content on-demand. Especially the nightly talk shows of which there are so many episodes that DVD just isn’t feasible: classic Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, early David Letterman in particular. You’ve got it and we want it. For example, I want to be able to go CBS’s website and search on “Mel Torme Buddy Rich” and find this choice gem from Merv Griffin’s show in 1978.

We want to be able to watch what we want, when we want. It’s your content; you control it. If you build it, we will come. So get to work. It’s your only chance to survive.

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Back in the Day with YouTube http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2006/03/27/417/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2006/03/27/417/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:41:45 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2006/03/27/417/ [Originally published on 2006-03-28 04:12:25]

Here are some more choice nostalgia selections from youtube.com:

Digital Underground – Doowutchyalike

De La Soul – Buddy

3rd Bass – Brooklyn Queens

Tribe Called Quest – Left My Wallet in El Segundo

Public Enemy – Night of the Living Baseheads

MC Hammer – Turn This Mother Out

Kool Moe Dee – I Go to Work

Man, anyone else remember when hip-hop was just fun? Does anybody remember laughter?

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Misty Watercolor Memories http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2005/07/01/258/ http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/2005/07/01/258/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:41:44 +0000 colter http://www.pointedstick.net/colter/journal/2005/07/01/258/ [Originally published on 2005-07-02 02:15:14]

New plog contains several pictures from a sunny Saturday last spring at Heather’s porch, as well as some pictures documenting Matt’s recent departure. The times they are a-changin’.

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