I watched Billy Bragg & Wilco - Man in the Sand (The Making of Mermaid Avenue) last night while making a MILLION cookies. (Really, the cookie count is only a smallish exaggeration.) It was an interesting film but Wilco being included in the title is a wee bit misleading since only a tiny bit of Wilco footage is included. I love the album Mermaid Avenue (I was referred this album by a random guy sitting next to me in the balcony of a Wilco concert in Dublin. He and his friend were really nice and moved a seat so my mum & I could sit together. Dude, wherever you are, that was really nice of you - the seat AND the album.)
I think, for me, the most enlightening part was learning more about Woody Guthrie. Did you know he wrote the lyrics but borrowed a gospel melody for This Land is Your Land? (Yes, I am that woefully ignorant about American history). One of the additional verses of the ever-popular-choice-for-elementary-school-children (and a song I hated) originally written in 1940, was also eye-opening:
There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
That side was made for you and me.
How did I not know this song was so cool?

Anyway.......next knitting project may be this.. The Retro Redux Shrug from Lace Style. It looks interesting enough that I may even overcome my fear of Shrugs. I already have a lovely yarn possibility in robins's egg blue sitting, just sitting, leftover from something else. Any thoughts?


Blogger Iris said...

just to say thank you for your comment on my blog!

Also, I like the shrug - might knit something like that myself, since normal summer knits are pretty much out for me, due to the growing belly!

5/15/2008 2:34 AM  

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