I like Christina Aguilera. Thatâ€™s one guilty admission, from me to you. Christina Aguilera is all right in my book. I liked her in her â€œCome On Over Babyâ€ daysâ€”I even have that CD, though I bought it for a dollar at a used CD store in Edinboro, Pa. I thought her â€œBeautifulâ€ song was unusually affirming for a ladysinger of her ilk. And I like the decade-bending of her latest work. Except.
Except she had a full compliment of horns on SNL this week and did not use them. All they did was provide that percussive â€œBop. Doo-dot. Bow.â€ on â€œAinâ€™t No Other Man.â€ As I watched it I couldnâ€™t help but feel sorry for them, you know, I could hear them thinking, for this I spent 14 hours a day in a practice room through my late teens and early 20s? Christ. Youâ€™ve got a full compliment of horns and youâ€™re trying to create echoes of the big band era. Write them a chart or something. Let them wail.
The appearance did nearly redeem itself with her duet with Tony Bennett. But not quite. I would have been happier to see him perform with Jane Monheit, or to have seen the time allotted to those HORNS in the first act.
Jessicacita and I watched The Station Agentâ€¦a weird but worth-watching film. It has a midget in it. I donâ€™t really think thereâ€™s much more that needs to be said.
Here at my office, weâ€™re getting ready to move. Weâ€™ll move on Fry-day, even. And there are people coming in to the office apparently considering moving in to this space, so periodically, people will pass my office at that sort of â€œjust browsingâ€ lumbering paceâ€”and sort of look in. It makes me want to jump on my chair and start acting like a chimp.
If I get through the week without throwing my own poop at somebody, someone owes me a cookie.
I think my Mama will like the new theme I just found and altered today. It appropriates from a design of yore that she was fond of because mamas like to see pictures of their kids when theyâ€™re kids, and she was just telling me that she thought the one Iâ€™d just gotten were a little too â€œgeneric.â€ I like it. Iâ€™m still detailing. But I like it.