Playing all day today, on loop.
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My sister makes everything more charming. Like Chicago in March.
It’s a rare visit when she comes on her own and I’m home alone and we have only to entertain each other. And we only did things we like.
Art Institute, to look at ladies, artichokes —
South Side Irish parties —
Liar’s Club —
Unseen: Thrifting. Neo-Futurist theater. Fingernail painting. Taco making. Various lounging. Lady movie watching. Wine sipping.
So long, Mama Africa, who made this Xhosa wedding song famous, and rocked long leopard print and glorious South African dresses and jewelry.
And Miriam Makeba sometimes was the lady voice with Paul Simon on his Graceland song, Under African Skies.
Today I am listening to music online nonstop because the small-minded banter on the job is more than I can stand. And due to Makeba’s sad passing this morning, the options are plentiful.
A friend is about to take his annual vacation with his four siblings to South Africa. Let’s hope he reports back well of the massive mourning for Makeba, who stood up hard against Apartheid.
I include this clip, too, since I think I have a chunk of the fabric that made her dress.
Dolly finally set her dates for Chicago. Poor thing had suffered back troubles and postponed her tour. Thursday (05/08) isn’t as good as Friday (02/29) though May fashion possibilities totally trump Feb. fashion, especially in the Chi. My concert top’s in progress:
Next step: Stitch grosgrain ribbon along cut edges and turn under as a facing.
The news is bad. I guess it gives me more time to make a top though.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Country-singer Dolly Parton has postponed an upcoming US tour due to a back injury — and she reckons her legendary bust size might have something to do with it.
Parton, 62, said in a statement on her website Monday that doctors had advised her to take six to eight weeks off to recover, forcing her to shelve the start of a tour due to get underway on February 28.
The tour was due to coincide with the release of Parton’s new album “Backwoods Barbie” later this month.
“I know I have been breaking my neck and bending over backwards trying to get my new Backwoods Barbie CD and world tour together, but I didn’t mean to hurt myself doing it,” Parton said in the statement.
“But hey, you try wagging these puppies around a while and see if you don’t have back problems,” she quipped.
“Seriously though, the doctors said I will be good as new in a few weeks, and I can’t wait to get back out there. See you soon, Dolly.”
Writing about facts all the time for money made me hesitate to write for free in my spare time about my inner workings. Then 2002 called and told me to go home already; I was beginning to stink.
Writing all the time for money using my real name and accurate facts and news judgment and deadly serious (Important) topics seemed so different from spouting off about the other things I love: public records, lady turtles, growing stuff, making stuff, cooking pots of stuff, eschewing squareness and blatant consumerism, yard sales, Chicago, the Iladelph, foiled corruption, shaking it and leopard printed anything. And by different, I mean not at all the same, maybe in an OK way.
Now I get an outlet for The Fluff I’d die before writing about professionally but which occupies a lot of my brain. There’s time and space for Fluff, of course. There’s just also Important News that can be boring to sit through, but which makes for job that America needs and I kind of like. It’s that Making News Relevant, that Sitting in Court All Morning to Tell You How Many Years the Crook Got, that Digging Through Mountains of Forms and Numbers that I like a lot. It’s translating those languages for you, the taxpayer, that gets me out of bed every morning.
Enough of that already and onto the Cotton I Grew Last Summer, the little cotton plant my Mister gave me as kudos for landing a new job.