May 17, 2003

Stone cosmos

ringed planet mosaicWe went to the Museum of History and Industry on Thursday night to see (hear) singer/songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell. They each did a set and sang and played on a couple of each others' tunes. We knew Kaplansky going in, but Shindell was new to us. He writes odd, strangely touching songs that are mostly like short stories. He talked almost as much as he played, giving background on the songs. His guitar playing was fascinating, sounding and looking like he had a third hand somewhere out of sight picking out the melody. Kaplansky played mostly dark sad tunes, but that's sort of her field. It was a good show. Being there, though, we forgot all about the total lunar eclipse which was pretty close to totality at intermission when I took this picture of a mosaic in the lobby of the theatre at the museum. By the time we went out to the car after the second set, the moon, peeking through scudding clouds, looked just odd enough to remind me of the eclipse with a little divot out of one edge all that remained of the transit of our big shadow across its face.

Posted by jeffy at May 17, 2003 05:41 PM

Whoa, small world...

I was at MOHAI for Richard and Lucy too. I was the one coughing and sniffling in the back of the room, just starting on the road to recovery after a head cold. I've seen both of them several times before, Richard more than Lucy. He's one of my favorite singer-songwriters, a man of great depth and great wisdom.

Also, while knocking around your website, I came across the page about your friends' wedding in New Hampshire. I lived in Portsmouth until early 2001, so I'm very familiar with St. John's. I walked or biked past it regularly. Strange to see it mentioned by a guy from Issaquah.

Posted by: N in Seattle at May 19, 2003 10:24 PM
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