On Politics and Fans

During the time leading up to the Second Stolen Electlon of the 21st Century (I mean the one stolen in Ohio not the one stolen in Florida) I started forwarding some emails on occasion to my gig mailing list. Looking back, I can see how some could consider this an inappropriate use of this list, but I felt that speaking out against a fascist leaning regime embroiling us in a pointless war based on lies, which controls the majority of the airwaves, warranted it. (Pause for air.)

Most people responded positively. A few asked me to refrain from sending political email. A couple, however, became downright vitriolic. One man informed me he was going to burn all my CDs that he owned.

Disturbingly, this is one more example of the ugly fascistic thug mentality that Rove, Rumsfeld, and overgrown fratboy/puppet- president Bush have been advancing. I acknowledge that, technically speaking, the Nazis did not burn CD’s, only books. (For those of us too young to remember, CDs did not yet exist back then.) The idea, however, that by expressing a political opinion I had done something to warrant this sort of sick vitriolic response is disturbing.

More on this later.

Today

Today we rehearsed for the Stone gig on Tuesday. It was nice to play all this music we hadn’t touched since we learned it and recorded it back in March. Some of it is quite challenging, but muscle memory is an amazing thing. I’d better go practice now…!

Thanks

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the debut performance of the Nabokov Project. It was great to see so many old and new friends show their support. Thanks also to Tom Hamilton, Thomas Buckner and Lotus for having us.

For those of you who enjoyed the second set with Fragments, featuring Scott Hill, Eric km Clark and myself, we’ll be at the Stone this Tuesday.