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Climb Ev’ry Mountain

My mom has been teaching music at Joseph City Elementary for almost as long as she’s been a teacher there. Her music students have three performances a year, and the community loves them. Two and a half weeks ago, my mom had her last concert as a full-time teacher because she is retiring at the end of this school year. One of her dreams has always been that her own children would be like the Von Trapp family and sing together, so for her last concert, all of my siblings surprised her with a performance of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.” My mom loved it — and we didn’t even have to flee the Nazis afterward.

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P-I battle of the bands

I was a little disappointed with Force Majeure’s performance in the second annual P-I battle of the bands. We did OK, but there was no moment of shocked silence followed by delighted screams. I guess we probably qualify as one-hit wonders. I have to admit, I didn’t really think we could outdo our original performance of “Close to You.” Continue reading ‘P-I battle of the bands’


Meg and I went to see Glen Phillips in concert at the Triple Door. He’s always fun to watch. He said he didn’t have any “scintillating anecdotes to lead into the next song, making it all the more poignant,” but he seemed to have a lot to say anyway. Mainly really weird things like creating easily defensible post-apocalyptic villages in big-box stores like Fred Meyer and Costco and sending out raiding parties to ransack the Wal-Mart villages. Uh-huh. His opener was Jonathan Kingham, whom I hadn’t heard of but will definitely check out now. And I can’t wait for the album (tentatively called Fragments) Glen’s putting out with Sean and Sarah Watkins and a bunch of other folks. Hooray!

Stuck in Portland

My friend Todd and I went to Portland yesterday to see Cake in concert. We drove through heavy rain the whole way down, and we were a little concerned when water was lapping onto the road on the way down, but there was no way we were going to miss that show, so we kept driving.

It was still pouring rain when we got to Portland, so we hung out at Powell’s awhile before the show. Right before the concert, I looked at my cell phone and saw that I had a text message saying I-5 between Portland and Seattle had been closed because of flooding. Continue reading ‘Stuck in Portland’