For some unknown (but lovely) reason we’ve had an influx of traffic from Australia, and I just wanted to say hi and say thank you for stopping by!
We’ve always had a few fans in Australia and have sold a few CDs and shipped them there, etc, but we haven’t played any shows there yet and only a couple of radio stations there have played my music (without any radio promotion, which was really nice), so thank you and please keep spreading the word!
When I was learning to play guitar (probably like most other beginning guitar players), I listened to the guitar solo in this song (and other versions of it) about twelve thousand times, Cream ‘White Room’:
Hobbs will be playing with us at the Pink Pig Bar in Olympia this Saturday (Mar 30), and then also on Friday April 5th at our birthday party rock-and-roll show at the Jewelbox Theater in downtown Seattle.
We now have the first ever, limited-edition, hand-made, Saint John and the Revelations t-shirts! It was fun to learn how to make them, and a bit of work, but now we will have some shirts for you at all of our upcoming shows (http://www.sjatr.com/shows):
We only made a handful of these shirts, and we’ll continue to make new versions with new designs and colours etc.
We have a new super fun show to announce, May 8 at Nectar in the Fremont neighbourhood of Seattle. With the Paula Boggs Band and Jeremy Serwer. More details soon, but put it in your calendar lickety-splitly and get your tickets for $5 from this link (or $8 at the door):
I’m just not in the mood to blog today. I’d like to have a nice live concert video from YouTube to share with you, or some cool science story, or anything interesting like that, but I just can’t summon the motivation to do any of that stuff. Today, I sorted and uploaded some photos from fans, I invited some folks to some upcoming shows, I came up with some song ideas, I planned and schemed, I replied to fan emails (http://www.sjatr.com/contact), I “followed” people on Twitter (http://twitter.com/saintjohn), I texted friends, I started designing a new poster, I talked to some folks about helping me book shows, I ate a PB&J, I’m making a cup of tea right now and typing this message to you, and I don’t imagine anything interesting will happen for the rest of the evening, but now that I’ve said that I can hear the Universe stifling a laugh…
Check back tomorrow, we’ll see what’s up for real instead of this laundry list of blah.
One of the greatest 20th Century authors has died, Chinua Achebe. Achebe told stories that brought readers into colonial Africa, with very compelling characters and situations that showed how complex the relationships were for both the European invaders and especially Nigerians in different parts of society.
I also loved his writing style, there was always a cadence and way that Achebe could finish a character’s thought or sentence that revealed how absurd or tragic or beautiful something was. And with very seemingly small situations he could show the reader how the world can become a huge mess. If you haven’t read any of his books yet, I recommend you find a way to remedy that.