02.11.2010

…and I’m having fun.  February means Valentine’s Day, and the Erotic Poetry Reading at the Cantab lounge.  That means the Slam Master and her DJ sidekick dress up in sexy clothes, interact with the poets more than usual and generally have an awesome time.  The erotic poetry was sometimes even erotic – but also hilarious (oh, Christopher Kain, you are a puma!) and awkward and just a great time all around.

I wanted to make a mix for the night, but with the snowmageddon that never happened, the crowd was definitely off (for the Boston Poetry Slam, that means there were chairs for everyone).  This mix is tentatively titled “Romance?” and I’ll have it to hand out next week at the reading.  Consider it my apology for leaving you for a week (I won’t be there February 24th) as I head off to ski in Colorado.

Stay tuned, and as always, thanks for listening!

02.03.2010

The slam poetry community lost one of its own last week.  Gabrielle Bouliane was a flame-haired, loving, laughing friend to so many, and a damned fine poet.

I wanted to link to one of the last pieces she performed live, in Austin.  If it doesn’t make you think about what you’re doing with your life, you have no heart.

You will be missed, G. So much love is going out to you. Thank you for making my life better for having been even just a part of it.

09.19.2009

In my entire life, there has been a constant. For me, this constant is music.

No matter what good or bad things might befall me, I always have music. In the last week, things have changed for me in a substantial way, and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same. For the first time, though, this loss has left me feeling like in the end, I am coming out of it better off rather than worse. Usually this is the point where I’m broken up and hating myself, and I realize now that there’s no need for that. The fault lies elsewhere, and I need to accept that. I’m trying to hold on to the good things, to be who I was meant to be, and to know that there is good waiting for me out there somewhere. It just wasn’t where I was looking, that’s all.

The music related element – I’ve got a new mix in the making. I’ve finally started diving back into my records, recording them and thinking toward a new mix, and wanting to make it something happy and house-y and jazzy and perfect for someone who lost a job, or a love, or what feels like part of their life. No matter what it feels like you might have lost, you always have something to hold on to. For me, it’s music, and I’m holding on to it for all I’m worth.

Stay tuned for the results.

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