Sunday, May 17, 2009
Jason Lytle's Yours Truly, The Commuter
Jason Lytle, former frontman for the great band Grandaddy, has his first solo record coming out on May 19. I've missed hearing new music from Jason after the band's 2006 breakup, but he comes back strong with Yours Truly, The Commuter. You can hear the entire album on NPR.
Yesterday's reading in Modesto was very nice, and it was good to share the stage with my friend, Modesto poet Gillian Wegener. It was nice to see some friends there, too---Stella B., Joe O., Monique (whom I hadn't seen in over ten years), Sharon (my friend's mother whom I hadn't seen in fifteen years), and even N.J. Barr, my senior year high school English teacher. I got to tell Barr, twenty years after graduating, how much she influenced me. It meant a lot to have such a warm audience there, so thank you all for coming. Thanks to Gillian and Cleo for their work in arranging the reading. The room and its acoustics made for a great environment. Viva Modesto!
A partial setlist of the new poems I read:
Spectral Questions of the Body
If We Are What We Eat
Gardening Secrets of the Dead