Saturday, February 28, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

One of My Studnets Thinks I'm a Ninja

I have this student who is a really super quirky kind of funny [if you've heard the Mr. Mop story...same girl].


Yesterday, she came right up to me and said, "Ms. Grandpoo, are you a ninja?" Without thinking, I very seriously replied, "I might have the heart of a ninja, but I don't have the skills." Quirky students and their quirky questions don't phase me...We're on the exact same wave length.


Today...she whispered, "I know you're a ninja." I just put my finger to my lips, winked, and said, "Shhhhh." She said, "Your secret is safe," and whispered, "Shhhh ninja" the rest of the day when nobody was looking.


Sometimes I wonder if I'm rubbing off on them or they're rubbing off on me.


xo,
The Secret Ninja

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

If I Were

Saturday, January 03, 2009

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

It Ain't Me, Babe

I basically hate shopping. I felt I needed to go this weekend, because I needed some things for the last day of school before Christmas break. I usually manage to buy myself some junk to reward me for going shopping [because I hate it...in case I forgot to mention that.]

At McKay's, I got myself a gaggle of records. ["Gaggle" meaning a group or cluster...in case you didn't know ;).] Some of them include, Joan Baez, John Denver, The Allman Brothers, Heart, Neil Diamond, and...wait for it...DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. There were other great ones, but I can't remember and I left them in the car. Now I'm going to have to remove my television from atop my LP player so that I can dust off all of my records. I think I'll make that a task for after Christmas.

Oh, I also bought myself a blue gnome that acts as a magic eight ball. You pretty much can't beat that. Suck on that Gina [who stole my magic eight ball last weekend at the party during the five dollar gift exchange game].

Lastly, I felt like a complete retard when I ran into this Joan Baez cover of "It Ain't Me, Babe," because I had always assumed it was an original Cash song. I definitely didn't know it was Bob Dylan. I have SO much to learn.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Knoxville

I just wanted to post some of the videos I've taken around my town: Knoxville. You can also watch them on my profile at DailyMotion. Also, did you know there was a knoxtube? It doesn't seem like there are a lot of contributors yet, but I made a profile there, too.

This video is my favorite video. I call it The Happy Dancer. The other night, I met the girl who got up there to dance with him and told her about the video, but I don't really know how to find her on MySpace or remember her name...so, if you know her or the happy dancer send them a link. [Oh, and I also can't tell you who this is singing, so if anyone knows...enlighten me.]



This video is equally awesome. I'm pretty sure I'm going to accrue a collection of drunk guys dancing. This was at Machelle Malone at Patrick Sullivan's. Michelle rocks btw, and you should totally check her out. I'm astonished that Knoxville doesn't support her like it should.



And then there's this guy, who I don't think is drunk...just crazy. He was also "breakdancing" at pride, so I think he pretty much lives on the square. Here he's doing a dramatic interpretation of one of Hudson K's songs. You should also check out Hudson K...They're local, awesome, and on my friends list.



This is a video of the end of an Einstein Simplified show. They're Knoxville's best [and only] improv troup, and their shows are every Tuesday night upstairs at Patrick Sullivan's. If you'd like to go sometime, give me a holla. We don't go regularly, but I'm very willing to escort you to your first improv experience.



Here's another Einstein Simplified, but this time with a guest appearance from our friend Jo Dunkle, who moved to Chicago to study with Second City. We're kinda proud of her and kinda think she's awesome.



My friend Hallie took these two videos of Blue Mother Tupelo at Barley's. Blue Mother Tupelo rocks my world, and if you know me at all you've heard me gush over them for at least a year and a half. Not only do they rock out a joint, they are sweet as hell and spreaders of sunshine. They're very real and very talented.



With Ricky's dad:



Here's Michelle Malone and two of Garrison Starr...both at Patrick Sullivan's and both awesome, awesome, awesome!







Here's Marc Broussard at Sundown on Market Square:



And last but far from least...Here's my friend Samuel playing fiddle with his new band Smokin' Grass. I'm SO proud of him!



Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Share Your Music With Me

So...two peeps of interest launched new cds yesterday: Martha and Alanis. Obviously, I'm way out of the loop, because I had no idea that Alanis was releasing a new cd, but I'm way happy that it's the result of a breakup because I really missed the scorned but vulnerable, transparent, and soulful Morrisette of old.

Anyway, because of Martha's release and the bulletin her MySpace manager posted, I learned about ilike.com. I was using Last.fm, but this place is even better because it lets you play full songs continuously, artists seem to be more interactive, it tells you the release dates of new cds and whether or not they're on tour, and like other places, gives you great recommendations.

I invite you to join and share what you're listening to with me. My profile is @ http://www.ilike.com/user/grandpooofaweso I just started yesterday, so there isn't a lot of info about what I've been listening to, but you should join because it's super cool. I have no friends yet and I'd like some that I really know. I want to stalk your music taste, so add me bitches.

Oh, and also, I love you.