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Thursday, January 09, 2003

 

Stormy Tuesday


I haven't had time to put up the recording I promised a few blogs back. I have been a little busy. Perhaps this weekend I can share the story of what happened when I went out to join the open mic sunday night.

I talked to Josh two nights ago, during our band, /dev/NOISE's practice. Josh sounded great. We could only talk for ten minutes - In 10 minutes, we covered a lot. His mind, ravenous for input, was back online. He asked me for another copy of Strunk And White's "Elements of Style" - and he also completed a very difficult, many layered book by Marshall McLuhan called Understanding Media. (this book would benefit by being made into hypertext. I hope that happens one day)

He told me that when he finished he had only two words for me. "F**k you". I'd blown his mind. I'm glad. He planned to re-read the thing again yesterday. This blows my mind. It took me months to get through Understanding Media. I'd read a chapter, and I'd go off and buzz for week or two. I internalized that book years ago, I don't recall details of it, but I know it has influenced me. For the past four years, I've been writing a fiction book called the "Meme War", about some Orwellian concepts in language. That story is far from ready, but I think I'll try and get segments up on the web. I look forward to discussing UM with Josh when I see him on Sunday.
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Most people when they get out of rehab find it difficult to live for more than a day at a time. Josh told me he wanted to live long enough to make an album... and then he could die. With a little hesitation, which worried me a lot, he followed that up with: "After I finish it, I'll find another reason to live, I'll make another one, or something."
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Before I hung up, everyone in "/dev/NOISE" gave Josh a rousing chord of encouragement over the cell phone. Afterwards I sang lead with the band on Stormy Monday for Josh. We put our hearts into it. Here's the mp3 of Stormy Monday, that session. .

Later,


Michael
 
Sunday, January 05, 2003

 

Detox - Day 3


Josh did indeed make it to the alternate detox center. He wasn't allowed to make calls for the past 72 hours. I just got off the phone with him.

But before I get to that:

Perhaps some of you out there might learn from what the third day of detox feels and sounds like. This is the recording I made of our conversation. (this link doesn't work yet, I will upload the file later tonight - but feel free to enjoy some of the music that josh and his friends have made off of that link, for now)

I learned earlier today that there's an acoustic jam at the Poet & Patriot in Santa Cruz from 4 to 8. I'm going to go down there now, and get some of the pain that I feel in my heart, out - through my fingers, into some guitar strings, and out through the minds and souls of anyone willing to listen.

Later,

Michael
 
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