Saturday - June 7, 2014

BettySoo's new CD - When We're Gone

I went to the release party for BettySoo's new CD (When We're Gone) last night. It was a great success. I'm sitting down tonight to listen all the way through the CD for the first time. I started to "live-tweet" this but decided there just weren't enough characters. And, it'd just get lost in the vacuum that is Twitter. So, a new post here. A real post. I haven't done anything "real" here in a very long time.

Anyway, to the task at hand. Track-by-track...

  1. Listen - Starts off with some beautiful cello work by Brian Standefer. I've seen him play with BettySoo and Jenny Reynolds several times over the last few months; he's an awfully talented fella. Love the vocals. I like the haunting whispering going on. Who's singing background? BettySoo. Huh. She had Charlie Faye, Noelle Hampton, and Jaimee Harris doing this work at the show last night. And, they were great. Looking through the liner notes, I see she's doing the background vocals on pretty much the whole CD. Interesting. Love it. Powerful lyrics. Love the abrupt ending.
  2. 100 Different Ways of Being Alone - More lovely background vocals by BettySoo. Heartbreaking lyrics. More cello. I love the sound of a cello. The up-tempo rhythm and cheerul ooh-ooh-oohs belie what's really going on in this song. "Called everyone you know but nobody's home." The lyrics of this song will kill you.
  3. Last Night - Beautiful vocals. Pedal steel by Lloyd Maines? Gorgeous.
  4. Summertime - Sounds beautiful. I have no idea what's going on in the lyrics, though. "Crumpled on the floor a crimson mess"? That sounds very ominous. Is it the dress or the girl that's crumpled? No idea. The slow 60's beach guitar licks are cool.
  5. The Things She Left Town With - Wow. Another heartbreaker. I'm starting to wonder if I can make it through this CD in one sitting. Pretty, pretty guitar by Will Sexton is a perfect compliment to the downward-spiraling lyrics.
  6. Josephine - Is there a second "she" in his life or is "she" really him? More ambiguous and haunting lyrics. More lovely cello.
  7. Hold Tight - A crumbling relationship; the narrator needs to get far, far away. Rather than hold tight. It all sounds quite beautiful, though.
  8. Love is Real - This one's starting to try and bring us out of the chasm the previous few songs have thrown us down. Maybe. Can you hear the heart beat?
  9. When We're Gone - The title doesn't give me much hope. More beautiful vocals, though. And, in the end, I think it just might be a little bit hopeful. I love me some accordion. Very much.
  10. Nothing Heals a Broken Heart - No hope in the title of this one. Oh, no. At the first lyric, I remember hearing this one for the first time a few months ago at a house concert. It brought me to tears that afternoon. It's gonna do the same thing tonight. So much sadness. Such a beautiful song, though. More gorgeous cello.
  11. Wheels - Oh. Nice. Hopefulness. At last. Sort of. I think. Heh. "Wave yesterday goodbye."
  12. Lullaby - An actual, bonafide lullaby. More beautiful vocals. A given, of course, if BettySoo is the singer. Said vocals are accompanied by acoustic guitar and cello. And, some soft woodwinds rounding things out. Lovely.

All music and lyrics (every heartbreaking one of them) by BettySoo. And, of course, she did all the artwork and layout of the CD. She's a very talented young lady on so many fronts. Wow.

This really is an amazing CD. Go buy it. Listen to it. But, maybe not if you're down. And, maybe not all at once. And, certainly not with a bottle of wine (or a six back of beer) at hand. It's a gorgeous thing, though.

And, from BettySoo's home page, an intro to the CD that maybe I should've heeded before I plunged into this little project:

Marriages start, marriages crumble, daughters run away, innocence is lost, husbands punch their wives in the face, and those lost causes we've resigned to the wind get sober and start over. Children are born - but some don't make it past five.

During the five years since her last album of original material, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents more than a few times. Mostly, she toured. Every other minute, she was flying to visit best friends in rehab, driving for days with friends whose family lives were crumbling, visiting mental hospitals, going to houses and cleaning kitchens and bathrooms when friends had no will left to do it themselves.

Yeah. That tells you exactly where this CD is coming from. And, now that I'm done, I'm really glad I didn't live-tweet this. I could not have finished.

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Thursday - March 27, 2014

Campus Watch #69

From today's report:

2300 Guadalupe
Reckless Driving - Racing: Two vehicles were observed stopped at a red light. When the light turned green, both vehicles accelerated to a high rate of speed. One of the vehicles slowed when they reached approximately 40 MPH. The other continued to accelerate to a speed nearing 70 MPH. The non-UT driver of the "winning" vehicle admitted to have been trying to out accelerate the driver of the other vehicle. That subject took his victory lap in the back of a squad car. Occurred on 03/27/14 at 2:17 AM.

70 MPH on the Drag? What an idiot. Truly.

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Friday - February 21, 2014

Campus Watch #68

From today's report:

Norman Hackerman Building
Theft: A brown leather wallet containing $2,313 in cash, three forms of identification cards and a debit card was stolen after it was left in a 1st floor men's restroom stall. Loss value: $2,318.00. Occurred on 02/20/14 between 1:30 PM and 1:35 PM.

Huh. It's rather amazing to me that someone would carry that amount of cash around with them these days. Also interesting that he knew exactly how much cash he had. It's a very specific amount. I could not be that accurate with the cash in my pocket right this moment. It is a lot less, though.

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Tuesday - February 18, 2014

Campus Watch #67

From yesterday's report:

Main Building
Burglary: Multiple new Apple MacBooks were stolen from a secured 1st floor storage area. Loss value: $54,947.00. Occurred between 02/13/14 at 5:00 AM and 02/14/14 at 07:00 AM.

Wow.

(Apologies, once again, for the fact that the only time I'm inspired to post here anymore is to post this sort of thing. I really should work on changing that, eh?)

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Friday - June 28, 2013

Campus Watch #66

From today's report:

O'Henry Hall
Criminal Trespass Warning: UT Police responded to a report of a sleeping subject at O'Henry Hall. The subject was located and awoken from a deep sleep. The subject stated that he fell asleep while daydreaming of unicorns and butterflies. Officers issued the subject a Criminal Trespass Warning and escorted him off the property. Occurred on: 06-27-13, at 11:32 AM.

He was daydreaming of unicorns and butterflies. Of course he was.

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Wednesday - February 20, 2013

Campus Watch #65

From yesterday's report:

Disch-Falk Field
Possession of Alcohol by a Minor / Fictitious License: A UT Police Officer observed a UT student, standing in line, pick up his pant leg and conceal a metal flask in his boot. The student was very surprised when the officer stopped him as he was entering into the stadium. The student removed the flask from his boot and handed it to the officer. The flask contained.....alcohol. The student admitted his was under the legal age of 21. As he was handing the officer his ID card, the student attempted to conceal his counterfeit DL. The counterfeit DL was confiscated. The student was ejected from the stadium and referred to the Dean of Student's Office. Occurred on: 2-15-13, at 6:15 PM.

Tsk tsk tsk. I like the part where the student was surprised. Heh.

And, from today's report:

Jester West Dormitory
Assault / Robbery: A UT student approached another UT student and attempted to take a package away from him. The suspect then assaulted the victim and a fight ensued. Several witnesses notified the UT Police Department. Officers arrived and separated the students and learned the victim had just received a package and was attacked. The suspect informed the officers he was mad because he had not been able to take a test for class. As the investigation continued, the officers learned from a staff member the suspect had been involved several acts of Criminal Mischief. The suspect was taken into custody for Robbery and Assault and transported to Central Booking. Occurred on: 2-19-13, at 3:33 PM.

Is this a thing now? Missing tests and going a bit berserk? (See my update on Campus Watch #64 for additional context.)

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Monday - February 11, 2013

Campus Watch #64

This is just odd:

Jester West Dormitory
Theft: A UT student reported a naked male entered the 6th floor bathroom and wrapped the victim's towel around himself then attempted to leave the area. The victim yelled at the subject to return his towel, which he did. When the victim finished showering, he discovered his keys, shorts, and tee-shirt had been stolen. A second student discovered his clothes and key to his room had also been stolen. The unknown subject was described as: Hispanic male, 5'-06", short black hair, thin build, and clean shaven. No clothing description was available. Loss value: $16.00. Occurred on: 2-09-13, at 3:25 AM.

I'm guessing the naked male was kicked out of someone else's room and he needed to make a getaway?

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And, more oddness:

Robert A. Welch Hall (the "chemistry" building)
Criminal Mischief: An unknown subject entered a 1st floor classroom wanting to take a test with only 5 minutes left. When denied his request, the subject stated he could finish the test in the allotted time. Again he was denied and asked to leave. The subject left, but walked through a glass door. A staff member heard the sound breaking glass. Estimated repair: $500.00. Occurred on: 2-08-13, at 3:43 PM.

Just 5 minutes...that's all he needed!

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Wednesday - December 19, 2012

Grandma

Been thinking about my grandmother a lot today. If she were still around, today would've been her 96th birthday. I miss you, Grandma. So much. Hugs...

(Here's something I wrote when she died.)

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