What a week.
A friend had an extra ticket to the Tori Amos concert at the Orpheum theater for this past Thursday. Of course I had to go. I’ve seen Tori in concert twice before: once at Red Rocks in Colorado and once at “PPAC” in Providence. Both were excellent concerts. I had never been to the Orpheum, but it was easy enough to find: right off the green line on Park.
The theater itself is from the mid 1800s, so it looks pretty neat from the inside – from the outside I couldn’t see much the way we went in: down this alley – but the paint is starting to chip and fall off, the seats are worn and torn, and it looks like it could use some TLC. The seats were up in the third balcony, but we still had a great view. It helped that no one sat in front of us: so our view was unobstructed and I didn’t have to worry about my knees pressing up against the seats ahead of us. They were some tight rows, and some small chairs.
Tori put on a great show, appearing as two of her “alternative personas” for the show, starting with Pip in a blue dress with black vinyl leggings and then switching to Tori with a shiny gold pantsuit number. Tori plays the piano like a woman possessed. It was amazing to see her playing her regular piano with one hand and the keyboard with the other hand singing with her amazing voice.
The set list:
01 cruel 7:39
02 bliss 4:01
03 fat slut 0:43
04 smokey joe 7:20
05 teenage hustling 4:10
06 waitress 7:53
07 professional widow 6:11
08 big wheel 4:24
09 crucify 7:47
10 concertina 5:17
11 cornflake girl 7:24
12 putting the damage on 6:03
13 take to the sky 7:28
14 improv-miss massachusetts 6:13
15 jackie’s strength 5:53
16 etienne 5:32
17 virginia 4:52
18 hotel 6:22
19 code red 7:27
20 precious things 7:44
21 digital ghost 5:09
22 bouncing off clouds 6:11
And amazingly enough, you can buy MP3 or FLAC recordings of each concert from this tour at Tori Amos Bootlegs. All official and legal like. The link for the bootleg site came from her official site, and the set list came from the bootleg site. The sound from the bootlegs (so far) is great. The download came with art to print out for a CD and pictures of Tori as Pip from the show.
One of the best songs of the evening was her improv “Miss Massachusetts” where she asks “If you had to choose between me and the Donald, who would you choose Miss Massachusetts?”. The song had me laughing out loud. One of the other great performances was Digital Ghost, it felt like the music was enveloping me.
And when someone in the audience during “Jackie’s Strength” line “But virgins always get backstage” said I’m going back stage, Tori stopped for a second and said “You are not a fucking virgin.” Oh, great stuff!
I rode in to work the other day and it was 33 deg F out. A bit chilly. I had my liner in my coat on and my baklava along with my gloves and long wool socks. Then it rained for most of the week, so I was only able to ride to work two days this week as opposed to many other weeks were I’ve ridden in pretty much every day.
The days of riding in a tee-shirt are over for this season it seems. But there are still good riding days left. Like today I went out with no liner in my coat and my gloves on. It was about 60 something out, and partially sunny. It had rained all last night, so going through some wooded areas, I could smell the dampness of the woodland along with the wood stoves going in places. The trees surrounded me with a blanket of colors: red, yellow, green, orange. It was a bit brisk, but not bad at all. Just comfortable, I didn’t get cold at all.
I was just nervous at the wet areas of the road that remained from the storm last night. ‘Specially where there were still leaves and pine needles in the puddles. Super slick. I avoided those areas. Other then that, it was a great day for riding. I only saw a couple other bikers out there. Though one on a speed bike was wearing shorts! Shorts! I couldn’t believe it. It wasn’t that nice out.
I still need to respond to Dave Sim’s Blog & Mail’s from a couple weeks back wherein he answered my letters. And then in a more recent B&M (Oct 17), Dave said:
Ideally, I would need someone like Margaret to move in after I was dead and just make sure that everything was documented. I say “someone like Margaret” because she has the instinct of an archivist. Most other people I could picture would probably start documenting everything and end up reading comic books most of the day. Or talking on the phone all day just to show off that they’re the one in the driver’s seat, especially if they were pulling a salary on my life insurance. “Hey, let’s go do a three-hour lunch. The Archive will keep.” Unless I miss my guess, if Margaret started reading anything it would only be to figure out where it belongs and as soon as she figured out where it belonged and put it there, she’d be on to the next thing.
That was pretty much how I was with the notebooks. I scanned them in, and looked through them to see what issues they represented. If I saw something interesting I would quickly read it, and was thinking of how it would fit into a wiki (this was before the Wiki btw) or on my site, or better yet, on the searchable database (once it is all set up and stuff is inputted). And some of my reactions were will Dave really want this “published” via the online searchable database once it goes live?
But the reason I got through the notebooks so quickly is I just basically scanned. Those large thick notebooks for Mothers & Daughters, ‘specially the one around the time of Reads, had tonnes of notes in them, pages and pages of handwritten notes, dialogue, etc. But I didn’t read it all – I figure there’ll be time for the full reading later on. I just wanted to get them all scanned.
Though I love organizing stuff. You wouldn’t think it looking at my apartment, but for example, I love the ISO system at work. The giving of numbers to all documents (and the organizing them by form, instruction, procedure, etc) and giving parts their own numbers, in such a methodical way, it satisfies my inner Virgo, the military anal retentive part of me.
So when the Cerebus Archive project came along, I got into the system of how to set up the different document numbers, how to catalog it all. And I take Dave’s above words as a compliment to that inner organizational quality I have (the same quality that makes me love Excel spreadsheets and make one up for the Cerebus Checklist items).
Dave continues on to say:
I suspect that if I did designate Margaret as the future custodian of the house, that would be the day that she fell in love and bought a house with someone or moved to Puerto Rico or something.
Dave’s use of the pronoun “someone” made me laugh. My girlfriend. It ain’t too hard to say. But that is trival. What I take has a higher compliment is that Dave even thought of designating me as the future custodian of the Off White House. Amazing.
If Dave asked if I could right now pack my bags, move into the Off White house and start archiving, I would love to, but I have bills to pay – if those bills could be eliminated, then I would do it in a heart beat. Get me a working visa, I’m moving to Canada.
I still think the idea of a Cerebus Legacy Group is what is needed to keep Cerebus and the archive going when Dave has passed on. Though the optimal situation would be for a larger organization, like an university, which has the resources, to house the Cerebus Archive, and the Cerebus Legacy Group would exist to ensure that the holding organization of the archive doesn’t do anything impudent like selling it the highest bidder or producing a trashy movie based on the material.
(Though to be honest, I thought what would I do if I moved in to the Off White house? My first thought was to be like a archaeologist: document the house and contents itself. Take pictures of all the rooms and their contents, document what is in each room (by document / item number) and either scan in all the documents and/or take pictures of the items. I would also work on the archive proper, setting aside the majority of the hours in the day for that, the main “mission” so to speak.