Month: September 2007

Weird But Cool

Weird But Cool

So yesterday as most of you know marked the sixth year anniversary of 9-11. It was a difficult day for a lot of people in New York and I was moved by the events and tributes that were happening all over the city.

I was part of a Global Peace Day event yesterday and it was bit strange but ended up being cool. Vinnie Sperrazza, Jacob Sacks and I were to perform for about 15 – 20 minutes of free music at a place called the Hop Devil Grill. I didn’t know the venue or what the rest of the night would entail. When the three of us got there we got real quiet and started looking at each other rather suspiciously. The bar/restaurant was packed and extremely loud (like most bars in the east village). I couldn’t imagine how voice, melodica and percussion were going to cut through all the talking and bustle in and out of the bar. Also, the music before us was rock and singer/songwriter sets. I was wondering, “who is going to listen to us?” Well, turns out that there was a small group hanging out near the upper level where the music was happening and they were really into it. I think they found it really interesting not to hear the normal bar music thing. The three of us really took it out and had a lot of fun.

Even though it didn’t seem like everybody was feeling global peace, I was glad to be a part of something that I believe in promoting. Also, I personally witnessed what happened on 9/11/01 and I will never forget it. I know that horrible things happen in this world and I only hope that we can be better human beings and try to make things better.

Peace.

More Books

More Books

So I just finished a couple of books that I think are worth mentioning. “Mindless Eating” by Brian Wansink is a fascinating book about how we are not aware of what we do when it comes to eating. I have to admit that he has some serious evidence for that. Here’s a well-known example: The size of your dinner plate can have a real influence on how much you think you’ve eaten. But a lot of what he says is less well-known, and some things you might find shocking. Anyway, my doctor says that I need to lose 10lbs. I’m a little stunned and embarrassed by the thought but this book gives a bunch of smart and safe ways to lose weight. It’s not really a weight loss book but more about becoming an informed eater. It’s cool. Check it out.

Chris says that I’m a sucker for a good story. He recommended a mystery book since those kinds of books are really plot driven. So I read P.D. James’ “An Unsuitable Job For A Woman.” The writing was good but I found the story to be too predictable. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen way too many “made for T.V. movies” from stories like this. I knew very early on who the killer was and that made it a little anti-climatic for me. Still, good writing, so at least I wasn’t annoyed by that. I don’t know if mystery books are for me.

After P.D. James I finished reading “The Dogs Of Babel” by Carolyn Parkhurst. I must confess that I bought the book for it’s cover and the fact that the dog was a main character in the book. I wasn’t blown away by it but it was an interesting enough read. Whether it stays in the permanent library is up for debate.

I am currently reading P.G. Wodehouse’s “Mating Season”. I just love the characters Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. Wodehouse is like a T.V. sitcom in book form. The stories and tone of his writing are absolutely hilarious. There is never a dull moment when Bertie is involved. I never thought that I would get into Wodehouse but when I picked up my first book (which was “The Code Of The Woosters”), Wodehouse got me on the first page. I was giggling my way to the end. I know that there will be comical chaos throughout and that there will always be a wonderful ending. It’s a jolly good read.

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