For the Record… (That’s a Pun)

I may have jumped the gun slightly in announcing my intention to write a bunch of songs based on Kurt Vonnegut Jr’s works.  I still plan to do it…but I don’t think you should expect the record to happen in 2010.  I want to finish all of Vonnegut’s books before beginning recording…and I’ve got a way to go.  Apart from reading copious interviews, articles, and Wikipedia entries about the man himself (which will likely comprise at least one of the 10-12 tracks I could see this thing taking up), I’ve read a lot of his books, including his most highly regarded works…but there’s a LOT left (for which I’m actually kind of grateful, since I love reading it).

Here’s a list of Vonnegut’s works—and I’ll highlight the stuff I’ve read in—uhh—red.

  1. Player Piano
  2. The Sirens of Titan
  3. Mother Night
  4. Cat’s Cradle
  5. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
  6. Slaughterhouse Five
  7. Breakfast of Champions
  8. Slapstick
  9. Jailbird
  10. Deadeye Dick
  11. Galapagos
  12. Bluebeard
  13. Hocus Pocus
  14. Timequake
  15. Canary in a Cathouse
  16. Welcome to the Monkeyhouse
  17. Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons
  18. Palm Sunday
  19. Fates Worse than Death
  20. Bagombo Snuff Box
  21. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian
  22. A Man Without a Country
  23. Armageddon in Retrospect
  24. Look at the Birdie

…and he also wrote a play called “Happy Birthday, Wanda June.”  It’s largely regarded as terrible, and I doubt that I could find a copy if I tried…so I’ll skip that one.

In all, I’m about half-way there.  To be fair, a LOT of that progress has been made in the past three months…but still.  The record isn’t coming out this year.  Hope I didn’t get anybody’s hopes up…but it’s likely that my Dad is the only one interested in the project in the first place!  (More’s the pity for Dad…)


Restaurant Review:

  • White Barn in Florissant.  Review so far is negative-six out of a possible (positive) 1-5 stars.  To be fair, it was their first night…but I was sitting in my car for about 20 minutes and the line didn’t move AT ALL, so I left.  (I subsequently read on Facebook that the average time between placing your order and receiving your food was a famine-inducing 45 minutes!  And bear in mind, that’s PER CUSTOMER…so if you’re ten cars back, you’ll be there for HOURS.)  Take a lesson from Steak ‘n’ Shake (whose business was booming, likely as a result of the terrible service at White Barn)—throw a damn burger in a damn bag and let people go home.  Maybe in a couple of weeks they’ll have their act together…but if it stays like this, the ten customers they’re able to serve in an evening won’t keep the doors open.  I’ll try again in about a month, if they’re still there.  I hear they’re great when they actually manage to cook something.  But for now…boo!

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