Wednesday, September 19, 2007

seeing stars

Happy 25th birthday today to the emoticon! Do you know who said "there is no emoticon for what I am feeling" ....? Hint: he's on The Simpsons.

:-) @(*-*)@ //o-o\\ >^..^<

I want to keep up my blog but I don't know what to post about anymore, so I'll just ramble. I work v. close to Roy Thompson Hall so I was in the thick of TIFF for awhile, but I didn't see any stars out and about. I went to a screening of The Stone Angel and some of the actors were in attendance, including the fabulous Ellen Burstyn!

But I saw other Stars *three* times that week! They played a welcome week show at UofT, then V-Fest, then I creeped out of work for a few hours to see them at MTV (Canada) Live. That was a good week for my seeing-bands statistics (22 in 5 days!).

The UofT show was so great, everyone was singing along and the band seemed to be having a nice time. It took me a few listens to get into the new album, but then I didn't like SYoF right away either and it turned out to be my favourite for a long time. The new album is a bit rock-ier. There's a non-Stars-like, but awesome lead guitar solo at the end of Window Bird. And I love the falsetto in The Ghost of Genova Heights! And the drumming! My Favourite Book is super-sweet and cheery. This new album doesn't have as much of the strings and the horns that SYoF does.

The CD is around at shows, and the tracks are on iTunes. The physical album is officially in stores on Sep 25. They're touring with the new album so watch for them (3 Toronto shows in November at the Phoenix).

And just for the sake of it, I took a picture of this sweet little doggie waiting for someone at Shopper's. Cutie!


vania said...

Good for you for making the MTV show for Stars - and i love that you 'snuck' out of work for that - i did that once when i worked overnights at a factory!

mjm knitting said...

yay! stars!
love the shot of torque and the doggie.

Carla said...

I just had something that needed to be done by 10:30 that night so I went back to work after and got it done. Long day, and maybe I was a little Starsed out. Say it ain't so.

Yeah I like the old UofT buildings in the back of that picture of Torqil.

Anonymous said...

What a cute dog! When we get together I'll have to tell you about the little white dog me and another couple "rescued" from the mean streets of West Seattle!

There's a movie of The Stone Angel?????? I must see that!!! Is the main character Hagar Shipley? Not sure if I have the name right.

I love Margaret Lawrence novels!!