I saw They Might Be Giants for the first time last night and was struck by the vague resemblance between you (circa your performance in Petaluma) and John Linnell last night.
I also had occasion to recall the time I visited OSH and discovered an army of Vanilla clones in their outdoor section this weekend.
Two days ago, I made a CD for a coworker who had said "...is that a band? I've never heard of them." too many times to me. "Fission or Fusion", "The Robot Cat", and "The Audobon Society" went on that album.
All this activity -- and I was unaware until my computer reminded me that it's that time of year. I take this to mean that -- in some way or another -- you're still a giant part of my life.
There's still people out there who are only just discovering your work and learning the joy you spread so liberally on little cassettes, on big internets, and in small town theaters.
I can't think of a better way that I could've said happy birthday, Mr. President.
In about half a month, it'll have been five years since Logan Whitehurst passed away.
I'm reminded almost daily by LJ spam about how my cat Freeway died. The bottom falls out of my heart a bit each day, but it's mostly replaced by the anger of having to click through and delete the comments.
When boogeyman reminded me of the anniversary of Logan's birth, I cried for the first time in a long time. Logan had plenty to say in his music, but five years ago someone mentioned a particular bit in Goodbye, My 4-Track:
"You know, things don't always go the way you want them to. And whether or not you like it, that's the way it is. There's no avoiding it. If you believe in all that destiny crap, well, I'll tell ya: you can't change it. Even if you feel like there's no hope in the entire bloody world, there's always that one little thing which you should always remember. What that is -- well, I forget -- but the point is this: It doesn't matter whether or not things go right all the time because it's not all your fault anyway. So cheer up and stop feeling so bad for yourself, you big babyhead!"