friday random elevenish: “countown to mars” edition

18 Jan

Haven’t been all that active this week for a number of reasons. One, I’ve been feeling not great; it’s the time of year for weird sinus and whatever things, so I’ve been largely mainlining vitamin C and rest so I’m in better shape for the weekend, and it almost actually seems to be working. We’ll see.

Secondly, I’ve been working a special project all week at work that sticks me in the secure area of the organizational HQ building, where any sort of device that connects to the outside world is verboten (it’s nothing particularly sexy or interesting; I’m helping some folks massage some documentation so it’ll get through reviews more effectively). It’s been interesting, except for the part where I effectively have to be escorted to the bathroom, because there isn’t one behind the security airlock. Oh well.

The big event, of course, is this weekend, MarsCon, my home convention where I get to spend time with dear friends and chosen family, make music with all kinds of great people, and generally get to bask in love and acceptance for 48 hours or so. I cannot wait. In between the other things, I’ve been rehearsing my Humdingers bass parts, gathering gear, and generally looking forward to the good times to be had.

If you happen to be around, here’s where I know I’ll be:

  • Friday, 10pm – large auditorium: Blibbering Humdingers Show
  • Saturday, 10am – small auditorium: “Behind the Music” panel (all the musicians talk about songwriting and the creative process)
  • Saturday 2pm – small auditorium: Blibbering Humdingers Show
  • Saturday 10pm-ish: small auditorium: Open Filking (where I’ll be playing some of my stuff with other like-minded folks)
  • Sunday, 2pm – large auditorium : “Round Robin” jam session (all the performers play a bunch of tunes to close out the con)

Otherwise, I’ll be around, socializing and such, more often than not within the vicinity of where the music is. That’s the way I roll.

That’s really about that. If you can tell, I’m really in good time anticipation mode.

All that’s left to do really, is introduce the random playlist, which is here. Kinda prog this week, but still wades into the usual Donnas/Bowie/Zappa continuum where my pandora shuffles always end up. At least it’s my favorite Bowie song:

  1. “Sirius” – The Alan Parsons Project
  2. “Maneater” – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  3. “Have a Drink on Me” – AC/DC
  4. “Live Well” – Palace (UK)
  5. “Africa” – Toto
  6. “Solsbury Hill” – Peter Gabriel
  7. “Tonight’s Alright” – The Donnas
  8. “Life on Mars?” David Bowie
  9. “Battle Metal” – Turisas
  10. “Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing? (live) – Frank Zappa
  11. “Listen to the Music” – The Doobie Brothers
  12. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” – Jet
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