I went far away last night and back again in the wee hours of the morning via shuttle and trains and subway and taxis and feet in the rain to hear S.J. Tucker (Skinny White Chick) sing at a lovely little house concert hosted by my friends Merav and Jon. This falls under the heading of "crazy, not smart" on a weeknight, but I rarely get to see Sooj and hear her sing, and I didn't feel like waiting 'til next January at Arisia to do so.
(picture: Sooj sings "Alligator in the House" -- click to enlarge)
She sang a bunch of my favorites, including "Goddess," "Alligator in the House," "Taglio," "Pixie Can't Sleep," "Shipful of Monsters," and "Ravens in the Library," but there were some nifty new songs as well. Sooj seems to have a line directly into my head, so I wasn't surprised that one in particular, "Cheshire Kitten," had lyrics that really spoke to me:
out the other side
you can't go home in the middle of the
magic carpet ride
you gotta greet the sun before his
lovely daughter moon
you can't forsake the journey for the
safety of your room
That last sentence in particular is a good reminder that in general I need to have the courage to be crazy, and that I more often regret passing up opportunities out of fear than I do exploring them, even when things work out poorly.
Since "Cheshire Kitten" isn't available for download yet (cruel Sooj!) here's an old favorite to enjoy:
But keep checking Sooj's webpage -- she said "Cheshire Kitten" will be available soon, and there are already eight songs from her in-development Catherynne Valente tie-in album, Quartered: Songs of Palimpsest, to be had via name-your-price download.
And remember to be crazy.
If I leave my grin behind, remind me
we're all mad here
and it's ok.