Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Fine Music and Evil Wal Mart

Last night's show was really really fun. I love playing with Adam and Johnny, they are SO good and I need to work to keep up with them, I don't know most of thier songs either so it is quite a challange to learn then on the fly. We had some wonderful Jams, too, with Adam and I trading lead breaks between guitar and fiddle. One of the best was when I asked them " What the heck happened to the lilting irish songs from the old country, we are MEANT to be playing Irish " and they said, go for it, play something lilting.

So I started Dueling Banjos, of course, knowing Adam would follow, then into Old Joe Clark. Lilting will never be the same.

Malloy's shows are never dull. One doesn't have to work as hard either, they, and the audience , seem to be just as content to banter, and tell jokes, as they do to play or listen to music.

( and I thought the studio got bad!!!! Blushed a few times I did !)

Adam, Johnny told me , had News, and so I was rather excited going in, thinking it Surely Must have something to do with one of his new novels ( Singer of Souls or Pay the Piper ) but it turns out he won a Poker Tournament. Oh. Great. Says I. How nice for you. Then he told me he won $20,000 in it. OH! SAYS! HOW VERY NICE FOR YOU!!!!

We played Lorraine a' malena cd during the set breaks and the response was wonderful! People seemed to really enjoy it, and many said they were coming to the Liffey on Friday to pick up a copy, I'll have them there.

So here is my rant for today...I went to Wal mart ( yes, I know, I don't like them either, they are evil, but I needed a LOT of cd mailers, go figure, and Wal Mart is it for them in this town ) and I thought I would go back to their Halloween Town section to get a few goodies for the week to come, only to find it was GONE. A few things left in carts on clearence, and the entire section had been transformed into CHRISTMAS WORLD!


I asked one employee if it didn't feel a little surreal to be dismantleing the Halloween section two weeks before Halloween in order to put up Christmas things , months before Xmas, and indeed not even winter yet and she said, That's Retail.

What's retail? What do they think, a customer ( ME! ) is going to walk in the week before Halloween for some Spooky Gear and finding it gone are going to say to themselves " oh, look, good, Xmas things, may as well get that tree up early"


It looks like next week is going to be some fine fun. Apparently I am getting some new clothes, and will be playing dress up every day. I must admit I have never been called a " sexy fiddleing Rainbow Brite " before. I like that. We will keep you posted with pics and blogs.( -I- want to water the courtyard in high heels and a corset! THAT picture will be on the site for CERTAIN )

She scares me.

I love that feeling.

Love and Spooky, Lorraine


At 7:21 PM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

For the record, I would pay to see a photo of Lorraine watering the courtyard in high heels & a corset. But I would pay more to see Lorraine doing her "lilting" version of "Dueling Banjos" in the courtyard in high heels & a corset, while watering. :)

Also, broke now, but ordering the cd as soon as I get back from my trip of doom - in the meantime, I've plugged it on afn-g (the thingie newsgroup) for you, because from what I've heard it is truly a marvelous thing that needs to be owned.

At 7:29 PM , Blogger Starshadow said...

I asked one employee if it didn't feel a little surreal to be dismantleing the Halloween section two weeks before Halloween in order to put up Christmas things

Dear Ms. Lorraine,

I come from a country where the Christmas carols come on the radio in September...I kid you not. We do have the longest Christmas season in the world, I think. It comes from our Spanish heritage, but at least when I was a child, the Christmas season "began" around the second week of November then went on till Epiphany in January.

Now, thanks to commercialism, the carols come out first week in September, Halloween things first week in October, All Saints/All Souls things mid-October, Christmas fixings third week in October.

The Christmas sales begin right after All Souls Day, the speciality foods appear around first week of December. The mind reels, but generally in a good way.

Glad to hear that the CD is getting such a warm reception. More power to you and Ms. Malena!

At 7:51 PM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

Man, it sounds like you gals will be having sooo much fun! I'm totally jealous, next week for me is midterms...actually the next 2 weeks, since they got staggered. 40% of my grade in one class is based on an exam with 2 questions...just 2!

(This isn't really me whining; I love school and actually wish I could never leave.) ;)

At 8:39 PM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Many Thanks, for posting to the Thingies, Mistress Mousey. Sadly tho, I can't lilt without Adam. Malena and I don't lilt. We, ah, well.....Something Spooky no doubt.

I just wish that the spirit of Xmas was there, I think it's getting lost. If it was months of love and kidness and giving, cool, but you're right, it's the commercialism that is taking over.

Appleblossom, what are the two questions, we'll help you.....hee-hee

At 9:22 PM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

Well, if you really want to know, one has got 4 parts, and I must identify and state the significance of Charlemagne, the Merovingian Dynasty, Benedict of Nursia, relic, the Desert Fathers, Pope Gregory VII, the Dictatus papae, and homage, except only 4 will be on the real test. That's the easy one. Then there's an essay about either the developement of medieval socio-political institutions, the origins and nature of the crusading movement, or the changing nature of christian kingship between 1000 and 1250 CE. That's the hard one. :) Actually, we're really lucky; we've got a Canadian teacher and he realizes that we aren't used to this kind of testing, so he gave us a study guide. He said the only difference is back home he wouldn't have. So, yay study guides!

At 9:30 PM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

For all you busy people....Don't worry! You can always celebrate Halloween online with us. I just bought a bunch of party favors, etc to bring to dark Delicacies. Remember, we are having an online party on Halloween. So check in with us and we will make your halloween a sexy spooky one! (It IS the holiday I do best, you know)

At 6:22 AM , Blogger K said...

I saw my first Christmas decorations today - big overblown wreath things twining up the columns outside a city-centre restaurant.

But everywhere else is still all Hallowe'eny. I saw Hallowe'en cards on sale a few days ago - never seen those before.

I'm thinking of going to something called "The Dead Ball"... but I'm not sure if my boyfriend will be up for it. Also, it's held in Edinburgh Dungeons, which is... umm... a sort of historical touristy torture exhibit, and it might be a bit yucky. I'm not too big on the severed appendages, even waxwork ones.

On the other hand, I don't know of anyone that's having a costume party, and I want an excuse to dress up!

At 7:23 AM , Blogger Malena Medium Cool said...

Edinburgh Dungeons? How lucky are you? What a great backdrop for photos. You simply must send us photos! L and I want to visit over there someday soon.

At 8:27 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

I don't know K, the Dead Ball has a cool name , tho I hav eto agree with you on the severed limb thing, still it could be fun. We'll want picutres you know. Of everyone.

Appleblossom, I love that stuff, tho I would not like to be tested on it, history is my fav reading. ( uh, except for certain most excellent authors )

At 9:34 AM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

Yeah, I'm a history and religious studies double major, and I have the 2 BEST classes in the world right now: Medieval European history, and Food in World History. Soo much fun, we eat something new and yummy pretty much everyday in Food class. And yeah, your boss is my favorite living author. It's that I can trust him, you know? I can pick up anything he's written and know I'll like it. That's rare.

At 11:02 AM , Blogger mistress mousey said...

history is my fav reading. ( uh, except for certain most excellent authors )

Nice save! :P

And as a future European history major (focus on Medieval/Renaissance eras), gotta chime in on my love of the subject as well.

At 11:07 AM , Blogger Fabulous Lorraine said...

Mistress Mousey, what is this Trip of Doom???? We need to know....

At 1:59 AM , Blogger K said...

Appleblossom - that sounds fascinating! I'm trying madly to catch up on not having done history at university, as I'm now training to be an archivist (and I want to specialise in Renaissance documents, maybe 15th or 16th century. I'm currently learning to read different kinds of Secretary Hand and loving it).

Looks like there are lots of Renaissance women around here...

At 7:39 AM , Blogger Appleblossombeck said...

K-I love that class, the teacher is one of the very best I've ever had. I go to--it's definitely not a bad school, but it's not Harvard, you know? So we were really lucky to get him (he just started this year). He tells the good stories, like about the craziest pope, and the worst pope. So much fun!

At 4:20 AM , Blogger Antonio Hicks said...

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