March 14th, 2006

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Every day for the past week or so I've had this thing where I come home and sit in the office with my acoustic guitar next to me and I set iTunes on shuffle and I surf around for a little while and then I might pick up my guitar and strum along and ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, some song will come on and blow my fucking mind. Over the last couple days it's been:

American Analog Set - "Fool Around" and/or "Continuous Hit Music" from Promise of Love
Belle & Sebastian - "Sukie in the Graveyard" from The Life Pursuit
Lilys - "Black Carpet Magic" and/or "Scott Free" from Everything Wrong is Imaginary
Mia Doi Todd - a remix of "My Room is White" which I ganked off of Stereogum [link may or may not be working]
Genesis - "The Carpet Crawlers" which I have in 3 different forms, not including my acoustic cover version with David

Anyway, tonight it's Sigur Ros' "Gong". I'm feeling so close to getting something out on the guitar but I'm not quite there yet.

Tomorrow is an unwanted day off in order to deal with Con Ed; they sent me a bill a month ago saying that they made some adjustments to my bill to the tune of twelve hundred dollars, dating back to December. They were not able to explain how I could have possibly used that much gas/electricity in such a short amount of time without setting my apartment on fire, but they did offer me a convenient payment plan. Needless to say, homey don't play that. So I have to wait around here between the hours of 8 and 3 to get this straightened out. Hopefully the dude will show up before 10 and then I can put my headphones on for the remainder of the day.
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3 goddamned things today:

1. Con Edison showed up; the short version is that it turns out that we do actually owe $1600, and even though that's totally fucking insane, there's nothing we can do about it. The only thing we can do, as it turns out, is to make sure the goddamned boiler works next winter before we touch the thermostat.

2. After the Con Ed guy left I watched the last half of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Aside from putting me in a pseudo-bummed-out mood, there was a tiny bit of incidental music near the end that I thought was interesting and I ran to get my acoustic guitar and began to strum it out. Within 5 minutes I had a really cool verse structure and all sorts of arrangement ideas began pouring into my head - the ideas were coming so quickly, in fact, that I started to get suspicious. I recorded a 40-second demo and then searched my iTunes library to confirm my hunch, and goddammit, my hunch was right. The brilliant song I was writing this afternoon is actually Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's "In This Home On Ice."

3. I'm a huge Terry Gilliam fan, but I'd stayed away from The Brothers Grimm. It's on pay-per-view, though, and there was nothing on TV tonight, so we bit the bullet and turned it on. And, goddammit, it sucks.