friday random ten: “small favors” edition

17 Jun

It’s Friday morning, and it’s looking like a slow day to wind out the week. I’ll take it.

The week itself has been, well, a week. I woke up ill one day this week, so cashed in one of my roughly three years’ work of unused sick leave (you have to do that now and then). I’m mostly better now. It’s been oppressively humid the last couple of days, and a series of wicked storms rolled through the region last night, which made the temperatures a lot more pleasant this morning, but seems to have caused chaos, damage, and power outages (and in one case, related to the latter, ice cream for breakfast) among my many friends on the north west side of the metro area. For once, my side of city was spared, although there seem to be a few limbs down here and there.

Today is also the last day of school. I would assume the kids are happy, though I didn’t see much of them yesterday. One is done with finals (and thus doesn’t have to go in today) and went to bed early last night, and the others just kinda do what they do. Monday’s going to be the rough one for me, leaving when everyone else stays (though I have plans for them, oh yes, I have plans…**maniacal laugh**), but at least I don’t have to lever the early one out of bed.

I also got some cool music producer stuff done this week, taking some of the vocal tracks I recorded last weekend with my friend Jenny and turning them into something approaching listenable (she likes it anyway – I’m not convinced, and still need to get some fiddle on it). I’ll share some stuff one of these days; I’m not sure it’s ready for public consumption just yet. The band/project/musical collective/whatever the hell you want to call these people I’m making noise with locally lately supposedly has a gig in town in a couple of weeks (a 30 minute set opening for a friend’s improv troupe), though schedules are conspiring to make it tough to rehearse with these people, or nail down two more uptempo crowd-pleasing cover tunes to fill out our alotted time. I know *I* can wing it (because I’m cool like that), but a lot of these folks aren’t as experienced with this sort of thing, so I’m a little nervous about all of it coming together.

But it’s actually a good kind of nervous. Again, I’ll take it. Small favors.

Not sure what’s going on this weekend; we might be gaming with friends; I gotta confirm that. I also suspect that the overtly sneaky stuff going on the last couple of days that I’m not supposed to see indicates that there might be plans made for me on Sunday. We’ll see.

Anyway…some tunes that Pandora spit out. This week’s mix is…eclectic

  1. “Battle Metal” – Turisas
  2. “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” – Vampire Weekend
  3. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House
  4. “Maps” – Yeah Yeah Yeah
  5. “Say it Ain’t So” – Weezer
  6. “Iron” – Ensiferium
  7. “From Nowhere (Baardsen Remix)” – Dan Croll
  8. “Come Together” – The Beatles
  9. “Ophelia” – The Lumineers
  10. “Theresa’s Soundworld” – Sonic Youth
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