Feb. 19th, 2009

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Grocery shopping yesterday, I strolled up to the checkout and started putting my few purchases on the conveyor. The clerk looked at the T-shirt I was wearing (Peter Gabriel tour shirt from 2003) and, apparently puzzled, inquired, "Who's Peter Gabriel?"

I swear, I felt my spine bend a few inches and another few white hairs appear in my goatee. Am I really that old?

I tried telling him -- former frontman for Genesis before going solo; had hits with "Shock the Monkey", "Sledgehammer", "Red Rain", "Solsbury Hill"; wrote music for "The Last Temptation of Christ"; hell, he even had an original song appear recently on the soundtrack for "WALL-E". He just looked more puzzled. "So, like, is he based here in Austin?" I just shook my head. "No, he's British. Based in the U.K.," I said. "Ohhhhhhhhh," he said, obviously still wondering why I should have this guy on a T-shirt. I wandered off, shaking my head some more. And checked my reflection in the mirror when I got home to make sure I hadn't spontaneously aged another ten years.

So, for those few who might NOT know who Peter Gabriel is, I'm sharing one of my favorite albums today. This is from Gabriel's "Secret World Live" tour back in 1994. It is still one of the best live performances I have ever seen (the DVD is magnificent) and the energy and passion he puts into all of his music shines through. A truly exceptional performance, with an AMAZING setlist:

Come Talk To Me
Steam
Across The River
Slow Marimbas
Shaking the Tree
Red Rain
Blood of Eden
Kiss That Frog
Washing of the Water
Solsbury Hill [[this rendition of an old favorite still gives me goosebumps]]
Digging in the Dirt
Sledgehammer
Secret World [[see above re: goosebumps]]
Don't Give Up
In Your Eyes [[goosebumps, Part III]]

Not only that, but Gabriel gathered some incredible musicians around him for this performance: longtime collaborators David Rhodes on guitar and Tony Levin on bass, Jean-Claude Naimro on keyboards, Shankar on violin, Manu Katche on drums, Paula Cole on vocals. The final tune even features Papa Wemba and his band contributing.

It's a hell of a show. Check it out. File is 115 MB in size, .ZIP file containing the songs in .M4A iTunes format; also playable with Winamp or Windows Media Player. This particular one isn't hosted on my webspace because it's a bit too large for my quota but the Filefactory download should work fine; just click on "Download with FileFactory Basic".

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[[The Oracle would like to know if you've played any cool games lately.]]
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] mydeepbluesea, this meme.

You're on my watchlist. I want to know you! I want to know 33 things about you. Short and sweet is fine, but give as much detail as you like; you're on my list, so I want to know you better!

1. Can you cook?
2. What was your dream growing up?
3. What talent do you wish you had?
4. Favorite place?
5. Favorite vegetable?
6. What was the last book you read?
7. What zodiac sign are you ?
8. Any Tattoos and/or Piercings?
9. Worst Habit?
10. Do we know each other outside of lj?
11. What is your favorite sport?
12. Negative or Optimistic attitude?
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14. Best thing to ever happen to you?
15. Tell me one weird fact about you:
16. Do you have any pets?
17. Do you know how to do the macarena?
18. What time is it where you are now?
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22. What color eyes do you have?
23. Ever been arrested?
24. Bottle or Draft?
25. If you won $10,000 dollars today, what would you do with it?
26. What kind of bubble gum do you prefer to chew?
27. What 's your favorite bar to hang at?
28. Do you believe in ghosts?
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30. Do you swear a lot?
31. Biggest pet peeve?
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you? Repost it only if you feel like it.

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[[The Oracle would like to know if you like penguins.]]

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