Only the Encyclopedia Brittanica would use a term like "sui generis" to refer to the Grateful Dead, as appropriate as it might be.
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( Jan. 16th, 2006 04:49 pm)
[In my earlier post, I linked to a Blogger post I had made. Blogger is being obnoxious, so I am copying it here.]

Why I write. )
It's one life
And there's no return
And no deposit
One life
So it's time to open up your closet

"I Am What I Am," Jerry Herman, from La Cage Aux Folles

I'm writing a book. Really. It's silly... but I'm doing it anyway. I have not been talking about it to anyone, except for a few people, because I was afraid of what would happen if I failed to finish, or if it didn't get published.

Which is pretty likely -- the not publishing part, that is. It's a trivia book. I'm not sure what the market is for these things. But I am going to finish it. I am compelled to do so.

I started telling more people lately sort of by accident, because I work at the local Starbucks,, and people keep asking me what I'm doing sitting there surrounded by reference books. I may be embarrassed, but not so much that I'd lie to people.

I expect it to take me another year, conservatively, to finish. The difference between something like what I'm doing and a novel is that I actually have to research things. Which means hours online and in the library. And, as I said, in Starbucks: it's removed from house, and the one closest to my house does not have wireless, so I can work from reference works without being tempted to waste time websurfing. Because, compulsion or no, there are days when nothing in the world looks interesting.

So here goes. We'll see what we will see.
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( Jan. 13th, 2006 09:39 am)
It strikes me that several of the songs I am obsessed with lately have to do with creativity/self-expression/self-definition:

"La Vie Boheme" from Rent
"I Want to Be a Producer" from The Producers
"Move On" from Sunday in The Park With George
"Defying Gravity" from Wicked
"On Broadway"
"I Am What I Am" from La Cage Aux Folles
even, in some sense "Do You Hear The People Sing?"

And my mind keeps dwelling on specific *lines* within the songs (except for "I Am What I Am" -- the whole song keeps running through my head):

"I want be a producer, cause it's everything I'm not."

"The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation."

"Stop worrying if your vision is new, let others make that decision, they usually do, you keep moving on, Look at what you want, not at where you are, not at what you'll be"

"if you care to find me /Look to the western sky! /As someone told me lately: "Ev'ryone deserves the chance to fly!"

Well, time to stop with the navel-gazing, which is never attractive, and get something done.


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