Technical difficulties in Magical Blogging Land. There were massive thunderstorms here in Kalamazoo last night that were supposed to go north of us and instead popped right over us and felled hundreds of trees and power lines, which...
had no effect on us at all.
The storm did nothing. That was not the technical difficulty.
The technical difficulty was life. I slept in and then I frittered away some hours. I started working on an entry that is shaping up to be longer than I expected. Aren't they all, you are asking. Maybe. Even this one. Anyway, then I taught two classes, went to a house warming party, went to two stores, and helped with dishes and pool maintenance. And now...
Now, I need a quickie.
These are my first words on the subject of Ani DiFranco, who I have seen live at least ten times, but they will not be my last words because I have other Ani T-shirts, though this one is my favorite for obvious reasons.
Instead, with the exception of a few words, I am going to let Ani's words and music do the talking via some videos and get a quick post up and get back to work. And, yes, I am aware that the previous sentence contained three "ands." It's poetical. Rubbish.
This first video and the text of the poem that follows via a link to a safe site is something that I thought was SO INSPIRING that I started my Women's Studies Media & the Sexes classes with it for most of ten years. No introduction. No "Hello, my name is..." No attendance roll call. Just got the attention of the classes, called for quiet, and launched into this FANTASTIC poem. Check the video. And yes, I am MR. DRAMA.
FIND THE TEXT HERE: GRAND CANYON by Ani DiFranco
Here's two of my favorite Ani DiFranco songs, both from my favorite album: Revelling/Reckoning (2001).
I debated going with two songs from the same album. But I will revisit Ani DiFranco another time and share other songs.
Both the "Grand Canyon" and the "The Next Bold Move" videos come from Ani's appearance at the 2003 Philadelphia Folk Festival. Enjoy.
Ani Fuckin' DiFranco.
"but then what kind of scale
compares the weight of two beauties
the gravity of duties
or the ground speed of joy?" - "School Night"
Peace. Out. See you tomorrow.
- chris tower - 1307.20 - 17:10