It all started at Christmas.
I may have mentioned that I bought sort of a family gift. Record Archive carries these grab bags; 10 CDs for five bucks or something along those lines. I thought it’d be a fun thing to do for Christmas, as a bunch, to listen to new music and to see what we liked, what we hated, and what we just had to have.
It was a suprisingly rich trove. Maybe two out of the whole bunch were coasters. Was some really good indie jazz in there.
Then there was Castanets.
When I was younger and chasing bands in North Carolina, The Ray Mason Band woulda been tired of me stealing their set lists.
Let me show you why, courtesy of Ray’s YouTube channel:
Mailbox Blue, my friends:
Not to mention the title track:
This album is so well-conceived and wonderful, with witty writing and a delivery that never fails to engage. I immediately grabbed this CD, and, sorry, but it ain’t ever going back.
So I tracked down ol’ Ray on the Internet and sent him a mash note.
I told him the whole story, the grab bag, how much I love his CD and, mainly, I wanted to let this local Massachusetts musician how far his music had reached and how.
And, lookie what was in my mailbox today.
Music is the best.
Meanwhile, this happened today.
It was a day perfect for calling in to work. Not an option. Not on launch day.
(Except that we didn’t do squat today, you know…due to the snow… #catch22)
She: How much [snow] do you think you got? Me: All of it.