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May 16, 2007

The Sopranos, (spoiler alert for episode #83!!!) And lots of other things

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SPOILER ALERT!!!! Don't read the first paragraph of this blog entry if you didn't see last Sunday's episode # 83 "Heidi and Kennedy." Un;ess you don't give a rat's ass about The Sopranos. I'm only gonna tell you this once Rain!
Is that good Sean? I always listen to Sean
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This is a picture of me saying goodbye to Christopher Moltisanti.
I am obsessed with The Sopranos. I can't believe Christopher is dead. Well, I can believe it but I am still surprised. This season has been stunning. A work of art I tell you. I don't know who else out there is watching this show but last week when Tony and Christopher were in the car right before the accident and they were listening to Comfortably Numb (the remake with Van Morrison from The Departed soundtrack) I was on the edge of the couch. Freaking out. Every episode this season has been fascinating to watch. I don't think any of the characters have any redeeming qualities at all yet I somehow care about them. I don't know what I'm going to do when the last 3 episodes are over.

I head to Arizona this week. I hope you can make it out to the shows. We just added a house concert in Flagstaff. That means I miss The Sopranos that Sunday eve but I'll tape it.

Come to the yoga and songwriting retreat. Texas. You know; the big state. There's still room and you don't need to write songs. I'll be playing at night and singing my poor little heart out. As far as the yoga goes, it's for beginners. It'll be good for you.

In june you can come to NYC and be in the studio audience for the taping of The Hugh Thompson Show. It's free and fun. I am the band leader and we make up really strange and fun songs. Go to On With The Shows for all of the info I just mentioned.

Have you heard the new old Elliott Smith Cd? They had some unreleased songs they found after his death. It's really good. I just listened to it today. It's called New Moon and there is a great recording of The Big Star classic Thirteen.

Have you seen Year Of The Dog? Molly Shannon is in fine form and it is worth every cent you plunk down for a nice 2 hour respite in the dark and cool confines of the movie theater. Especially if you are an animal lover. It's dark and twisted and sad and funny.

I'm still sad that Kurt Vonnegut is gone. He really got me through some tough times. Made me laugh and cry and most importantly, THINK. In "Slaughterhouse-Five" he wrote about death from the point of view of the people from the (fictional???) planet of Trafamadore. Maybe it really does exist! I'll leave you with this quote:
" The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is very silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever."
See ya real soon,
Steven P

Posted by steve at May 16, 2007 2:11 AM

Comments

I'm gonna tell you this and I'm only gonna tell you once........
I agree wit choo about Christupha.

Posted by: rain at May 16, 2007 5:09 AM

you should add "spoiler alert" at the top of the page, just in case anyone tivo'd it. if you miss dese guys after these next tree weeks, I'd recommend taking a little trip to nutley, new jersey. it's a great respite from the intelligensia with which you are normally surrounded (read: me). have the f*#$n' meatballs.

Posted by: sean at May 16, 2007 7:27 AM

yer right.
spoiler alert.
i'll get right on it.
i should also explain chinese checkers more carefully.
i'm changing the title of this blog
thanks sean

Posted by: steverino at May 16, 2007 7:48 AM

hahaha...

jerk.

Posted by: sean at May 16, 2007 8:05 AM

I can't believe Christupha is gone! It's crazy. What do you think is gonna happen?

My favorite line thus far from the season of sopranos:

After tony looses the horse race - "By a cunt hair, tone" - Christopher RIP


p.s. I love the new Elliott Smith record.

Posted by: carence at May 16, 2007 8:08 AM

You don't gotta tell me twice Steve.


Sean is bossy bosserson today.

Posted by: rain at May 16, 2007 8:12 AM

i like it when paulie says to T, "if you were his fahder den I was his dutch uncle"
how bout the pressure during comfortably numb?

Posted by: steverino at May 16, 2007 8:24 AM

spoiler alert? anyone who hasn't caught up by tuesday ought to slap themselves!

my eyes popped out with crissy's when that scene went down. that's some COLD blood that tony's got running through his veins.

with less family to protect - i'm waiting for carmella to turn.


Posted by: ash at May 16, 2007 8:41 AM

I don't understand the fuss, Gus. Have you ever seen The Tenors?

Posted by: Dana at May 16, 2007 9:28 AM

Comfortably Numb, Christopher messing with his stereo, and Tony's eyes ever watchful was eerie before the crash indeed. I can't wait to see how this ends.

Posted by: Shay at May 16, 2007 9:54 AM

Did anybody catch Chris/Michael on Letterman last night? Funny shite.

Posted by: lisa at May 16, 2007 10:59 AM

yes! i saw him on letterman.
that was way cool.
i can't separate the fact that he is only an actor.
i think it's real

Posted by: steverino at May 16, 2007 12:42 PM

Hey Steve,
That new Elliott album is amazing and I agree that “Thirteen” is one of the best tracks on there, but the alt. Version of “Miss Misery” and “All Cleaned Out” were also on the top of my list. There’s a site called www.elliottsmithbsides.com that had these and many other unreleased songs from the Basement and Jackpot Demos. However when this new album came out they were forced to take the studio recordings down, but I got in just in time to download all of the songs (it’s okay because I bought New Moon) So if you’re looking for one of his songs just hit me up. [email protected]
P.S. The cover of Cat Stevens “Trouble” is one of my favorites.

Posted by: Shaeffer at May 16, 2007 1:16 PM

much better, thank you. and chinese checkers was much better in d.c. than it was at dana's house.

just sayin'.

oh, and I love that vonnegut quote. not as much as turnaround norman. but it's good.

Posted by: sean at May 16, 2007 2:53 PM

oh, and a recommendation I got long ago when talking about robbins was douglas adams' "dirk gently's holistic detective agency." you'll like it, I do believe.

Posted by: sean at May 16, 2007 2:56 PM

I'm right there with you on the Soprano's, Steve. I've not missed an episode in all 6 1/2 seasons. Kind of at a loss of what I will do Sunday nights after they're gone. Probably watch all the episodes over on OnDemand. 3 more to go. Who will go next? I'm thinking the end will be a blood bath to end all blood baths. Will Tony survive until the end? Will Phil get his? I can't stand that guy! We shall see.

See you in June.
V~

Posted by: TheMistressV at May 18, 2007 1:23 PM

forget the sopranos, you look awesome in this shot! ROCK!

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