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         Chalkhills Digest, Volume 13, Number 45

                Saturday, 1 December 2007


                defeating musical burnout
                    Music Suggestions
                     Re: Talent Show
              Londoners - come see my play!
    Re: Lifelong Love Affair With Music Ends At Age 35
           Help Me If You Can I'm Feeling Down
                I'm Not Making This Up...


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Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 19:16:40 -0800
From: "Jemiah Jefferson" <>
Subject: defeating musical burnout
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I certainly don't listen to music quite as much as I used to - but
when I think about it, it's really only just barely a tick less.
However, I often listen to music that's less challenging and
adrenaline-surging as what used to be my bread-and-butter when I was
younger; a big part of it is that as I listen to music at home, I am
so frequently working with text - reading it and writing it - and I
can no longer process two streams of verbal information at the same
time, so I listen to a lot of music that is deliberately instrumental
in nature.

Still, that leaves me with a very rich survey of different kinds of
music, and different artists - a ton of classical radio, quite a bit
of big band music, lots of non-vocal electronic music from high energy
dance music to the chillest of ambient. And lots of music that has
vocals, but not being sung in English - French hip-hop (yes, sorry,
90% of Chalksters, I actually do like that horrible rap stuff, as well
as that horrible brainless and soulless music all done with
synthesizers, computers, and turntables). And lots of jazz of all
kinds, especially the newer approaches by bands like the Cinematic
Orchestra. Anyone who can listen to "Ode to the Big Sea" and find it
brainless... well, I don't know what they do with their brains, but
mine is activated along the whole spectrum. I won't try to explain
further, but seeing them live made me cry buckets of grateful tears
that they exist.

But most important for my lack of burnout is the fact that due to the
fact that I have a limited income, and limited time to spend listening
to all the great music that's out there, I have chosen to wait to get
into certain bands and artists until I had the time to really devote
to them. It may evince an eyeroll of "You're not really that swift,
are you?", but I have only just discovered the music of Jeff Buckley,
and his music is of the type where if I had nothing else to listen to,
I'd be perfectly content. Only a few artists have ever been that way
for me - XTC is another one of them.

I also like to put XTC away for years at a time, and then come back
and listen to them again, with all the things I've learned from
listening to other artists now able to help guide me. I listen to and
appreciate XTC completely differently now than I did in 1989 when I
first started listening, because I hadn't heard almost any of their
influences. Now I've heard about 80% of them - of Andy's, anyway. And
there's still more to seek out, listen to, and return to the source.

Love from Jemiah, who only posts when she's indignant about something,
or goofy in love with something new. i.e., in this case, Jeff Buckley.


Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 20:51:14 -0800
Subject: Music Suggestions
Message-ID: <>

Some stuff I've been digging on recently

The Go! Team - Doing It Right
Noisettes - Scratch Your Name
The Bird And The Bee -  (Latest EP, great stuff)
Autamata - Jellyman
The Poor Richards - Too Much Fun



Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 21:49:37 -0800
From: "Benjamin Lukoff" <>
Subject: Re: Talent Show
Message-ID: <>

> From: Ben Gott <>
> I heard "Talent Show" by The Replacements on the radio today.
> Remember when you could hear a song on the radio and it would make you
> happy?  Those were the days.

Wow, listening to new music *was* different when I was 14, wasn't it? *Don't
Tell a Soul--*what a great album. Might be their poppiest and least favorite
of "true" Replacements fans, but I don't care. "Talent Show," "Back to
Back," "We'll Inherit the Earth," "I'll Be You"....great stuff. I still have
my "I'll Be You" 45!


Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:08:28 -0000
From: "Belinda" <>
Subject: Londoners - come see my play!
Message-ID: <003d01c83014$4aef8730$c001a8c0@belinda402a39e>

Hi all!
XTC content near the end but please read through this - Londoners

A new play "A Good Sub Story" by Sam South (me)  Directed by Victor Sobchak
Act Provocateur Theatre Company, Lion & Unicorn Pub Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford
Street, Kentish Town. LONDON NW5 2ED.

Box Office booking 020 7485 9897    Or email

Tuesday to Saturdays at 7.30pm     Sundays 6.00pm     Not Mondays.
#10 / #8 concessions         Ends Sunday 9th December.

Company website (with some photos!)
Facebook page
Streetmap page

XTC Content?  I wrote the play and chose most of the music and got Senses
Working Overtime (when you see the links to the flier you'll see why....)
Hope to see some of you there.    Belinda x


Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 02:30:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Steve <>
Subject: Re: Lifelong Love Affair With Music Ends At Age 35
Message-ID: <>

>For Simon:

Simon, do you have enough advice?


Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 13:31:58 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Help Me If You Can I'm Feeling Down
Message-ID: <>


(I'm taking a break from lurking.)

Guess what I'm also feeling the same, there's very little new to
obsess about. I had a bit of luck in that I've retrospectively
discovered The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson (with a great big helping
hand from this email list), so I've had loads of music to get into. So
it's around 40 years old, but what the hell...

Lately I can heartilly recommend the following (even though one of
them had been lauded by NME and doesn't fit all of your criteria):

Arcade Fire Neon Bible

At last an album that will make you think, dance, sing, jump around
and then think some more. It is fantastic, possibly the most
lyrically astute record I've ever heard.

Terry Hall and Mushtaq Hour Of Two Lights

Yeah ok, white pop star (ha ha) decides to add some World music to his
day? Well, no, far from it. This album ditches most elements of pop or
rock in favour of the music of those Hall and Mushtaq collaborate
with. It's an album made with the war on terror going on in he
background and features musicians caught up in it or displaced from
their homes by it. Needs several plays, but is 100% keeper.



Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2007 09:05:21 -0500
From: Benjamin Gott <>
Subject: I'm Not Making This Up...
Message-ID: <>

Hello, everyone,

I just wanted to share a story with all of you that I thought you'd

As most of you know, I'm a sixth-grade English teacher here in
Connecticut.  I work with an incredibly gifted and talented group of
young people, and we're reading a number of novels, poems, and short
stories that high school and college students would find challenging.
One of these stories is by Amy Tan, author of "The Joy Luck Club."
The story, called "Rules of the Game," is about a young Chinese-
American girl who, at the urging of her family and because of her love
of the game, becomes a chess champion.

Early on in the story, Tan writes about the girl's mother, who wants
her to become famous in any way possible.  My students suggested that
this was because all parents want their children's lives to be better
than their own.  In the midst of this discussion, a girl named Olivia
raised her hand:

"Mr. Gott," she said, "this kind of reminds me of 'Making Plans for
Nigel.'  Do you know that song?"

Before I could collect myself and reply, another girl, Emma, said, "We
used to have a cat named Nigel, and we'd sing that song to it all the

"Yes, Olivia," I said.  "It is kind of like the song.  Parents just
want their children to have brighter futures than they had, don't they?"

Sometimes, XTC connections happen in the strangest places, don't you



Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 07:26:51 EST
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Thanks very much to Steve, David, and Simon for your responses, and help,
getting me a copy of Dave Gregory's Remoulds.


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