the beautiful & the afternoon:
  “Work… house… sleep… beer…” We’re not living in the land of the free and the home of the brave, not most of us, not most of the time.  We live in the cluttered-up rooms of the bored and the stuck.  We close the door on a working day and face our houses, our lovers, our lives made blurry by comfort and tedium.  We stand on broken tiles and barely notice the floor needs fixing.  We talk without thinking, make love without feeling, and   take the side with the wall. Everything sparkling—music, parties,   love, sex, all the ambitions of the young heart—everything sparkling   is easily ground to sand.  We live with regrets and occasionaly, burden strangers with our stories of what might have been. When freedom and bravery come, they come in an instant. They fly by night and drop their gifts like Saint Nicholas on those wakeful or intoxicated enough to catch them.  The smalltime musician on his way home from another small town gig.  Kang Hai Li rising from the obscurity of the Mexican barricades.  A couple playing out the ancient, mundane hand of marriage and parenthood.  These are people made free, made brave, by failure.  They are real people, not the idealized characters that inhabit so many of our songs and stories. Out of the muck of the real world, out of the jaws of habit and circumstance, they emerge with dignity and even joy. There are moments of triumph in these songs that are more honest than any anthem.  Above all, they are an exaltation of the ordinary.  They are the poems hidden in the ordinary talk of old friends and longtime lovers.  They are rays of light that penetrate the dim chaos of ordinary houses and ordinary lives and illuminate their simple beauty.  “So it goes and so it is/ Not everyone’s life is like show biz/ He is building a new bed/ Tonight they will sleep on the floor.” -Anais Mitchell  From Philly, PA  
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CD RELEASE CONCERT SLIDE SHOW/CONNOR BYRNE/JANUARY 2007
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  ROBERT SARAZIN BLAKE: SOUNDS, SITES & STORIES

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