May 2007

May 25, 2007



The Mucky Duck is cool. Celeste came to my show. She loves The Barn cd. She drank apple juice and danced around. Here we are after the show. You should have been there. It totally rocked.

The Sopranos is almost over. What's going to happen? Any thoughts?

I am playing in Austin tonight and I hope you can make it out to the show.

The Padres are playing really good baseball but can't get a leg up on The Dodgers. My Dad is happy for his Dodgers and I think he hates my Pads.

I went jet skiing in Athens, Tejas. The people in Athens are way cool. You should come to the show next time. Look at the sign they painted for my show.
I never wanted to leave. I washed my clothes and ate good bbq and mexican food. Then I tried to wake surf and I felt really old. I have a really lucky life.
see ya,

Posted by steve at 10:03 AM | Comments (10)
May 18, 2007

an email i got about last night's show in phoenix


Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted
on Friday, May 18, 2007 at 08:13:10

customerid: 13381

name: Robert K

message: Steve,

Thanks for another great show last night in Phoenix. Jeebus, you scared the shit out of us when it looked like you were going to smash your guitar on our table.

It looked like the show was being recorded - if it was, are you going to sell it so that I can relive your kissing my friends head over and over in glorious digital stereo?


Dear Robert,
thanks for your kind email. i am happy to say that my guitar is o.k. i hope i didn't scare you too bad. yes, someone recorded the show. i don't ever pay attention to such stuff. perhaps you can track them down and get a copy. it was the best show i ever played. i'll never play a better one so i am quitting.
p.s. maybe i'll come out of retirement for tucson and flagstaff. maybe.

Posted by steve at 11:22 AM | Comments (8)
May 16, 2007

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


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

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 2:11 AM | Comments (17)
May 14, 2007

Uncle Louie


Last Saturday I drove up to Pasaden California to see my Uncle Louie play piano at The Stoney Point Restaurant. He plays there every Saturday and has a host of singers show up for songs galore. They do all kinds of broadway show tunes and even the bartender does a rousinfg rendition of Caberet. This is a picture of Louie just getting started and believe you me that tip jar gets packed. He is amazing and knows every song ever written from Beethoven to Irving Berlin to Zappa. I think he's a yeen yus. I mean genius.

The reason for that evening's party was my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. 50 freaking years! That must mean I'm at least 8. Their true wedding was May 25th but we got an early start. here is a pic of their wedding day.
So if you get a chance, go ssee Uncle Louie play piano on Saturdays and tell him his nephew Steven says hi.
And get an early start on wishing my folks a happy anniversary.

Posted by steve at 9:38 AM | Comments (13)
May 10, 2007

pieces of ewe


Its kind of funny how life is. You could be walking down the street in Brooklyn and all of a sudden you see a kid pulling an electric switch. It looks almost real but it obviously isn't. Then you start to thinking about the best meal you ever had. Mine was in some weird suburb of Paris at a Morrocan restaurant that would only serve couscous on Saturdays from 10 am to about 6 pm. I have never tasted anything so good. I think everyone in the place was smoking except for me. I felt like I should have a cig in just to be in fashion. But when I tried, my weak little asthmatic lungs started sputtering and coughing and spazzing out. I was with Herb Cohen and our cab ride to the place must have cost about 100 bucks. This was in 1997 or so. I thinkI still have the card from the heavenly little joint. Let me go see if I can find it in my old wallet. Ahhhh, here it is! Now I'll scan it. Check it out:
Now as I said, the guy I was with knew of this place. Herb Cohen is the guy who started Bizarre Records with Frank Zappa. He Managed Frank, Lenny Bruce and Tom Waits at different times. He also signed The Rugburns. Herb knows where the best places to eat in any city are anywhere on any day. You could say to him how you were about to go to Libya and he would say,"Ohhh, I know this great little spot that only serves osso bucco on Wednesdays and they have belly dancers."
He wasn't kidding around either. He was always right about such things.
As I look on the back of this card from the restaurant there is some scribbling. I'm not sure what it means but I'll scan it too. Here ya go:
number.jpg I think some random guy was telling me to go somewhere really pretty. I also remember a guy talking to me over a glass of wine. He was friends with Herb. His name was Benwah. I don't know how to spell it but that's how it sounded to me. He kept flicking open a switchblade stabbing these little portuguese sausages and eating them while he told me how much he liked coming the USA each year to rent a Cadillac and drive across Texas in search of great BBQ. He seemed like a French mobster and his eyes were vacant and sparkly all at the same time. Like a fireworks show in the midwest at a state fair.
Anyways, I was just thinking about this stuff because of the painting on a wall in Brooklyn.

Posted by steve at 6:49 PM | Comments (7)
May 8, 2007

happy may to everyone


The month of May brings good tidings to all of you out there in the world. Peace is on the way being delivered shortly in the form of a beautiful puffy white cloud slowly drifting in from outer space. People are dancing in parks all over the universe. Animals from different planets are aligning themselves with flowing rivers of love and bells and whistles are jangling in the distance. Tacos are free on street corners being handed out by men and women in long flowing robes to passersby from all ports. Folks of all races are melting their guns and taking up knitting. Dogs with wings are flying across the sky paw in paw with cats on magic carpets. Chocolate is good for you. Eat lots of it. I am eating it this morning and look at me. I'm happy and confused at the same time. Life is passing me by and I feel like I'm at a ticker tape parade watching the confetti swirl and dance in the wind like a perfect chorus line of floating worms. I see dudes in cowboy hats smiling at flowers growing out of cracks in the sidewalk while I eat more chocolate. Earthlings are swinging across the skies on a trapeze while vendors sell cotton candy to various warm hearted politicians doing good deeds for the planet. Horses are trotting down freeways speaking 7 languages to foreign cabbies and talikng about last night's beisbol game. Old ladies are giggling like school girls in the back of a church while looking at naked pictures in the new Dunkin Donuts employee calendar. Old men are whittling wooden stick figures and eating strawberry waffles while listening to Bob Dylan talk about The Bible and the bottle from a radio connected to a satellite beaming down upon us. The world is changing before our very eyes and all we are all connected to each other in some way whether it be telepathically or physically. Love still reigns supreme and can melt even the coldest of hearts. You better believe it baby. Hold on to your hope with the grip of the strongest person in the world. Don't let it go. Don't ever let go.

Posted by steve at 10:13 AM | Comments (17)

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