Friday, March 28, 2008


in the last three interviews i've done, i'm come off like a complete jackass. it's great when I get asked a question about the perks of being in a band, and I mention everything. I mention that it's great to travel, and I also mention that you get free beer sometimes, and of course they only write that I said "free beer". I like that, out of answer that goes on for probably 2 minutes, they pick the line that makes me sound like a complete idiot. I'm cringing right now as I think about it. I don't care if people don't recognize my full potential (whatever that may be), but I can't stand when I'm displayed as a one dimensional, slow witted, high school boy with a small vocabulary who is so quick to compare his band to a band like Wilco...and I am positive that an outside objective listener would never even see the slightest similarity. If I could explain myself, I could easily clear up any misunderstanding..but no, in a long winded answer to a question asking what I wish to bring to Mae's songs, they keep it as short as possible, which does not do me, or more importantly the band,any service. I can only imagine the internal panic that arises when public officials, or more prominent figures in pop culture are either misquoted, taken out of context, or manipulated in the press. I'm sure not many people will even read the little blurb that they wrote about Mae. I'm sure this is all of little consequence, but seeing as it is the last thing I saw in my e-mail, it is fresh on my mind. I'm very ineloquent when put on the spot, and my diction is laughable.
Oh, also, I lost my I-pod in Philadelphia, so I bought a new one, only to the I-Pod I thought I had lost in my backpack. I'm having a great couple weeks so far. I started reading a book called "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok, my dad has read a few of his books and he always likes them, so I thought I'd give it a try. It's good. It's about two Jewish boys in WWII era brooklyn. I've never read much about Jewish culture or the religion. Anyway, it's good so far. I'll keep reading, and then keep reading some more. I'm learning a lot of great Yiddish words, or what I think are Yiddish words. Either way, whatever.


Blogger Jecca said...

I thought you sounded eloquent in the fearless radio interview. It's nice to have a kind of 'current' update on how you're all doing during this strenuous tour and I'm glad you'll be taking time off afterwards to re-coop.

2:53 PM

Blogger Melanie said...

It's hard for me to imagine you sounding ineloquent. :) I know what you mean, though. "Sound bytes" There's rather an art to dealing with the media. I was taught that you pic one or two things you want to get across and include them in almost every response. But that was more from the perspective of an issues-oriented group rather than a band. I suppose it could work for band interviews, to a point.

Don't feel too bad... most people relate to liking "free" anything, although, I don't imagine they'd be overly fond of free beatings or something. (Evidence that I am sleep deprived. My sense of humor gets rather bizarre.) LOL

As for the i-pod, did it turn up in your backpack and now you have 2? Or did you lose it out of your backpack? If I had to pick between scenarios, I'd prefer the first one. LOL I don't have an i-pod, but I do have a Zune.

I have read a few books I liked that gave a glimpse into Jewish culture. There is a book called "Girl Meets God A Memoir" by Lauren F. Winner I read this last year, and I really enjoyed it. I think you'd like her actually.


1:16 AM

Anonymous k said...

i know that if i pursue a career in media/journalism that i would be easily irritated mostly because:
- the boss would tell me to cut down more than half the information and leave out the 'boring' bits and only include the bits that capture a reader's attention, and usually those bits are unnecessary, but then again it makes the celebrity look human.

i dont think im making much sense am i?

but anyways im reading a WWII era book as well called slaughterhouse 5 by kurt vonnegut. so far im liking it.

7:03 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the book the chosen. I felt the characters were really relatable even though they're nothing like me...if that makes any sense. However, I am now paranoid when wearing glasses anyhwere near anyone playing sports. whatev.

12:33 PM

Anonymous Hannah said...

i know it very different from the book, but the movie is very informative as well.

3:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are smart, and well spoken. don't let some hack from some lame publication bother you or get you down. i'm a little curious about this yiddish. you know, i'm related to someone who speaks yiddish. its a dying language. fyi....

5:42 PM


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