so far, it has been a pure weekend. 3 days off. i watched some movies: Elf (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/), Citizen Kane (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467/), and i am about to put on Walk The Line (http://www.johnnycash.com/) . I tried to watch Standing In the Shadows of Motown (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0314725/), but it was faulty. this might be, i believe, Netflix's fatal flaw. i have had many a disc problem to report. but i can wait for a replacement. the movie contains an incredible 30sec clip of just the rhythm section playing, and they have a close-up on the tambourine player (also the pianist). he is the one that made the "motown feel" happen, in my opinion. i played some tambourine with the barbarians on tuesday night, and it gave me a new appreciation for the instrument. SITSOM also contains interview footage of Meshell Ndegeocello (http://www.okayplayer.com/meshell/), whom the BQP opened up for on Wednesday night (brook's last night in town!). it was a really amazing night, but the standout feature had to be her new drummer, Dana Hawkins (http://tinyurl.com/q5jj8). i believe the word for his technique is "ricockulous." speaking of drummers, before the show, the dj was playing a whole bunch of spankrock (http://www.spankrock.net/), and who should i see later? Alex Epton aka XXXChange. it was really good to see him, and i was so hooked on his music that i went out and bought the album the next day (http://tinyurl.com/n3rl3). needless to say, it was inspirational. particularly the track "sweet talk." so back to this weekend, and i had time enough to write a song! i messed around on ProTools (http://tinyurl.com/lgvds), and came up with a crappy little tune. it was a lot of fun. then, not completely satisfied with amount of drumming i did today, i strapped on the iPod and played along to the following tracks: "Check Up On It"-Beyonce feat. Slim Thug: yup. i confess i paid $.99 for the hook alone. "Memories Live"- Talib Kweli "The World is Yours"- Nas: Illmatic is one of the finest ever made... "Work It"-Missy Eliot: Timbaland is masterful on this track. one of my favorite parts of hip-hop is the "dropout." where most drummers would put a fill, the drums simply lay out. Track 14-Reflection Eternal- Talib Kweli: proof that there is a little tiny dj in everyone's iPod. Track 8- Alex Epton solo album- further evidence of the miniDJ. and, as if announcing this revelation, "Tiny Dancer"- Elton John: an abrupt departure from the previous set of songs, the miniDJ took me on a detour through soft rock. "February Stars"- Foo Fighters: not quite soft, but sensitive rock. Dave Grohl made one of my all-time favorite album with "The Colour and the Shape." "The Crunge"- Led Zeppelin: again, not exactly soft, but the pitchbending keyboard definitely takes the edge off. (note-to-self: odd meters are really tricky after playing hip hop songs for an hour). then softly culminating in..... "In The Dark"- Josh Ritter (http://www.joshritter.com/). i love this song. it is definitely not the most unique song on his new album (http://tinyurl.com/pccgc), but i love it just the same. whew. that was a marathon weBlog. cheers!

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