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Tea

We have seven kinds of tea in the cupboard. Is this a lot or not?
I just added two, Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cider, because they seemed so appropriate. So last week we only had 5. Currently I am enjoying a Tazo Organic Chai.

Brendan Benson has a song called Tea, track one on his first record.
“I’m drinking tea. If it’s good enough for me. It’s good enough for you. We could have tea for two. How do you do?”

I saw Benson at First Ave this week. At one point I realized I had reverted back to air guitar and jumping in the air. The album cover and album itself (one of my faves ever) sum up the show and my enthusiasm for it.

That was me on a Tuesday night at 11:30p during “You’re Quiet”. “Tiny Spark” was another highlight along with so many from his older records.

I’ve seen Brendan Benson in the Viper Room (Johnny Depp’s infamous club). I’ve even seen him at Nick Hornby readings. But most people only know him from The Raconteurs with Jack White.

The First Avenue was so sparsely attended I felt bad for BB. Why is he still so unknown? At least Adam, Andy, Steve, Pam and I had a great time.

Check out the albums One Mississippi and Lapalco. Maybe you’ll join us next time.

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Free = A Whole Lot Better

They say music is next to cleanliness. Actually no one says that, but if I did, it would also make it next to Godliness.

Great new free music is just one of the things that fuels me. I remember once commenting that perhaps I needed to cut back on the amount I have and seek out. Lately, been thinking I write too much about music and should try some other topics. But I was reminded by a friend a while back that it’s part of what feeds my soul. I need it to maintain vitality, which sounds like my Dad’s old hairspray VO5. Yeah, I said Dad. If you don’t refresh your arts, your creative juices, whatever it is that keeps you fired-up, you’ll stagnate. I just needed more of it to be free back then. Well, now that’s not a problem.

Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs, but really you should know his better early solo stuff. Yeah, I said better. His first two solo albums, One Mississippi and Lapalco are stellar.) is giving away his awesome new single, A Whole Lot Better. Get it on Amazon now. At 1:56 to the end of this song is as good anything I have heard in months. Listen, love, repeat.

Whatever it is that turns your crank, get it now. Enjoy. Go and be creative.
Nice cover art

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