January 31, 2003
Bruce Springsteen at the Somerville Theater II
Elvis and Baden Württemberg
This morning I received an email from someone at the Berlin office of Scholz Friends, an advertising agency. She found a photo I took of an Elvis impersonator at The South by Southwest Interactive Festival March 2001 and wanted to use the photograph for a campaign they are working on for Baden Württemberg, a state in Germany. In particular, her email said it would be used for "220 Citylight Posters in Berlin for 7 days." Unfortunately I didn't keep the original, high resolution digital photograph so they won't be able to use my photo. I'm highly amused that Elvis is a component to their campaign for a state in Germany. It's really not a high quality photo so I'm surprised they even wanted to use it. Baden Württemberg has a great website. Here are a few tidbits that I discovered:
- Baden-Württemberg has more institutes of higher education than any other German State.
- Baden-Württemberg is the third largest of the 16 German Federal States.
- There are more women than men: 5.2 million male inhabitants are outnumbered by 5.4 million women.
But no sign of Elvis anywhere on theiir website.
January 29, 2003
State of the Union Review
Steve Yost set up a review of last night's State of the Union Address using his super cool Document Review web-based application. You can comment on each paragraph of the address. Check out the review.
Looking for an extra set of eyeballs
I'm looking for someone who can proofread my email newsletter every week or two the day before I send it out. I'll link to you on sooz.com and also in the newsletter. Last night I sent out the latest email to my favorite 640 people (AKA the number of people subscribed to the newsletter) and noticed that I put 2002 for the year. Ooops! So, if you're interested in conspiring, let me know!
January 28, 2003
Lady in Red and The State of the Union
First thing I noticed in the House of Representatives chamber tonight for the State of the Union Address: lots of women in red. The color blue was a close second. Did red have some sort of significance other than they wanted to stand out? Did I really want Chris DeBurgh's song running through my head tonight? (Regarding the second question: no, not really. But Michael did inform me we have an MP3 of that song. Yikes!)
I would be immensely grateful to anyone who could explain to the President that it's new-clee-urr, not new-kyew-lur.
January 26, 2003
Cary Pierce is the real thing
Last week someone posted a message to the Glen Phillips email discussion list looking for help at Cary Pierce's solo acoustic show at Club Passim. I had never heard of Cary's music before but figured it was as good excuse as any to see new music. So, for a few hours last night I ran the merchandise table for Cary and the opener, Nini Camps. It's truly amazing how much good music is out there that you might never hear. And yet there's so much crap that you are forced to be exposed to if you listen to commercial radio. (Hey, that's another fabulous reason to listen to stations at Live365 instead!) By a random set of circumstances I've now discovered a musician who will no doubt become one of my favorites. I've never been great at categorizing music; but I guess you could squeeze Cary into the categories of singer/songwriter/pop/rock. He's a superb songwriter with an excellent stage presence.
Cary's been around for a while and had a lot of success with his old band Jackopierce (1997-1998) who is now getting back together for some shows. They'll be at the Paradise at some point this year. Stay tuned!
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January 25, 2003
Soozradio has a new home
A couple weeks ago I stopped broadcasting Soozradio and moved most of the music to a new Internet radio station for Exploit Boston!. It features a mix of mostly rock and pop tunes from Boston bands past and present including Sparkola, Rose Polenzani, Annette Farrington, The Sheila Divine, Mistle Thrush, Ad Frank, Kingsize, Mishima, The So and So's, Loveless, Bleu, etc. I'm working on adding more songs; but for now it's up to about seven hours of music. If you have any recommendations or are in a Boston band with music to share, let me know. The station is broadcast through Live365. You can check it out at Exploit Boston! Radio.
If you're in the Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA) area tonight, come check out Cary Pierce's show at Club Passim. I'm going to be helping out and selling stuff at his merchandise table. The show starts at 7pm and also includes Nini Camps.
And to keep the music theme going, last night I had a dream that I was watching MTV and Meghan Toohey's new band The So and So's video was on. I have no idea where that dream came from; but that would certainly be fun to see. Then again, it would have to require that I actually even watch MTV! I'd link to the band's website but they don't seem to have one and Meghan's website seems to have been grabbed by someone else.
January 23, 2003
Bruce Springsteen at the Somerville Theater I
Last night while working at my computer and listening to the news in the background, I heard the words "Bruce Springsteen" and "Somerville Theater" used in the same sentence. Of course, that was later followed up by "$1,000 and $5,000 tickets." According to WBZ4 and The Boston Herald, Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patty Scialfa will perform at a benefit concert for Double Take Magazine on February 20th.
Probably worth mentioning is the fact that The Somerville Theater only holds 900 people. I'm sure it's going to be an excellent concert.
February 20th is Mark James' birthday and it is one month after my 30th birthday. Any kind, generous person who would like to give me a belated birthday gift is certainly welcome to do so! (A girl can dream if nothing else!)
January 22, 2003
I was inspired by Brad Choate's "Reboot" list to redesign/update his website. I've been wanting to make some updates to sooz.com (and learn a few things along the way) for a while so I borrowed a few things from Brad's list and added a few of my own. It's a work-in-progress.