I had just a spot of time this morning to post on the whole art vs. commerce debate – a subject I imagine I’ll come back to time and again – and while I appeared to have enough time to get all ponderous on that subject, I didn’t have time to eke out a few housekeeping items:
* I’ve done a little updating on the blogroll. Mainly to add the folks around town that I’ve been reading regularly, but also to create a long-delayed section for some non-Chicago folks I’ve met at various music fests.
* I was busy on the TOC blog last week with reviews of Sharon Jones and Dan Wilson. The post on Wilson was rather painful to write. I don’t enjoy writing a bad review of an artist I really like, and while I really have more of a problem with his new album than his live show, when the live show is mostly made up of material off the new album, it’s tough to write anything but. I still seem him next time he rolls through town, but it’ll be with some hesitation.
* I’m not one to delve too much into the personal here, but I found myself quite happy and fulfilled over the long Thanksgiving weekend as it was filled with the things for which I’m most thankful: lots of good times with co-workers, family, my lady, and friends, along with generous dollops of movies, books and music (big ups to Rory Lake’s Karaoke Dreams at the American Legion FDR Post 923).
I can’t imagine my life without these people and things, in part because each always gives me a little lesson in who I am, and who I’m hoping to be.
And apparently that person does a kickass version of “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.”