Monday, December 12, 2005

Eric Day's Book, Gerson Leiber's art, and Big Jack Earl's Music (all this plus Xmas MP3s!)

Kismet! We mention Eric Day's book, The Fifth Crystal, as a pick for Christmas and the shows up in the News Herald. Read about his book here.

Being a dirty hippy, I'm all about recycling and reusing. Through in some craft skills and you have the Crawford County Conservation District's classes in "the district's new Saegertown nature center to learn the ins and outs of what the teaching team calls a greener wrapping, putting natural, recycled and reusable items to work for the holiday season."

The Titusville Herald has an article about "Gerson Leiber, who graduated from Titusville High School in 1939, went on to find fame as a cubist painter, residing in New York City."

It's a really nice piece about how the artist continues to stay in touch with his old alma mater and that his work will be on special display tomorrow evening from 7-9. But, then it gets strange. No where else can I find anything that says that Leiber was born in Titusville - everywhere else credits him with being born in Brooklyn. I don't doubt the Herald's article, but I do wonder why the discrepancy. I have my toughts - Brooklyn's "cooler" than Titusville, everyone knows where Brooklyn is, as oppossed to Titsuvlle, but maybe the bigger question is, why doesn't our area tout this connection more? Why hasn't Leiber been asked to come back to speak, or why isn't there any historical documentation in the town? If he had played pro football, would residents stand for a similar dearth of association? By the way, that first Leiber on the left is only $400 and would look great in my office ;)

But I digress, and this is the holiday season after all.
Venango Christmas Pick for the day? Roots, americana, alt-country, half-assed bluegrass band Big Jack Earl's epynomous CD - (like you didn't see that coming!) Visit their website here, or stream and then buy the album here.
"Big Jack Earl is a singer/songwriter conglomerate from Pennsylvania, making music that ranges from slow country waltzes to raucous stomps and reels. They utilize guitar, banjo, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, etc. to produce the tunes that frame intelligent lyrics, mixed with metaphors, puns, and personification . . .
Big Jack Earl's music is good for drinking, dancing, or just listening, whatever mood strikes your fancy."
I have an essay on my BJE fandom that I'm putting the final touches to, but in the meantime, their website has plenty of good reading.
Did I mention the CD's on sale right now for $13?

Finally, a Christmas tune for the hipsters:
Deerhoof - Xmas Tree
One for the yinzers:
Father Christmas - The Kinks
And one for the oldsters:
Handel's Messiah
Choose your stereotype.

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