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Saturday, August 06, 2005

catskill collection

Memo to Self

1400 hrs, Friday

Having pretended that I *have* burnt The Catskill Collection for U-know-who, I had better now *do* it, or I know what'll happen:

I'll roll up to the Bagel this evening **without** the wretched disk and be totally busted and be sent packing in embarrassed tears.

Post-script: Well, I *did* burn the album and placed it in a fool-proof prominent spot by the door where even I couldn't miss it as I left for BagBeans. So what happens? I'm so on time and in control, I efficiently pile everything I need on the dining table larry dewey

What's the one thing I walk out without? Correct - the CD. Like *when* do I ever go to play guitar carrying a CD? Quite. So I just brushed it aside as not belonging to the rest of the stuff and off I drove.

First person I see as I pull up outside Bagels? Yep, Tu-Sais-Qui. I have no alternative but to drive home and retrieve the thrice accursèd recording.

An emptyish evening with few musicians and a skeleton audience which seemed to translate into skeleton repertoires as none of us could really think of what to play.

My own exhumations included

  • Iris Dement's Mojave song
  • Cliff Richard's 'Traveling Light'
  • Beatles' 'All My Loving'
  • Rick Nelson's 'Traveling Man' (hmm, two songs with 'traveling' in the title - Freudian).
  • Kingston Trio's 'MTA'
  • Karmic humiliation note, sub-section "Filibuster"

    As if I hadn't made sufficient fool of myself, the question of the derivation of "filibuster" came up, to which I confidently spouted that it owed its name to a long-winded politician (Phil E. Buster, perchance?).

    I couldn't have been more wrong and *that* would have been a good time to make my tearful exit ....

    For the rest of you:

    "Filibuster is the term used for an extended debate in the Senate which has the effect of preventing a vote.

    Senate rules contain no motion to force a vote. A vote occurs only once debate ends.

    The term comes from the early 19th century Spanish and Portuguese pirates, "filibusteros", who held ships hostage for ransom.

    So now you know ...

    Comments:
    I was at the jam earlier, all by myself, and finally decided that somebody had changed the plans without telling me , so I left, talked to others on the phone, and decided to come back. Thank goodness, because I wouldn't have heard "Hotter than Mojave" otherwise. Not to mention the CD, comments about which I'll send you under separate cover (as they used to say in business jargon).

    I would have bet on Philip E. Buster myself. Stranger things have happened...
     
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