I haven't felt much like posting here. A lot of it is because I have been glued, wide-eyed, to the news for the past few days. Another bit is my lack of interest or desire to blog. I feel a bit of a slump at the moment. It could be the Novermber doldrums. It could be my weird familial situation (8 months since I've seen Ban, sitting talking to Colin most days like a weird cat lady hermit). It could be the world is a bit of a mess at the moment, and blogging feels absolutely irrelevant.
I don't have much to say about the attacks on Paris (apart from thank you to everyone who checked in with me, worried- that was very sweet) but that this world was and is and will continue to be a mess, and unfortunately it doesn't look like that will ever change. It's fatalistic, perhaps, but as long as humans are humans, well, we so dearly love to kill each other, don't we?
On a more positive note, I recently had the supreme joy to see Joanna Newsom live in the Salle Gaveau, touring after the release of her new album, Divers. If you don't have it, get it. Her voice has matured so wonderfully, and her music (now there are drums!) is deep and rich and epic in scope and tale, and FUCKING HELL I had no idea what a consummate musician she really was until I saw her, a slight thing, DOMINATE an enormous harp poly-rhythmically while singing 100+lines of undulating, weird time-signatured lyrics, and then nimbly hopping over to the piano or electric keyboard to do the same on those. With just three other people (one her brother, Pete) on stage, she recreated her music simply and beautifully, and I am not ashamed to say I was super emotional and welled up several times- especially when she ended the show with Time, As a Symptom- one of my favourites from the new release. Also her dress was so fucking cute. As she is. Charming, warm, emanating kindness- she spoke a little French to the audience and when we all stood up and clapped and wouldn't stop, she said demurely, "Vous etes trop gentil.". A single voice from the balcony called back "Vous etes trop PARFAIT!"
She is. Absolutely.