Saturday, August 09, 2008


Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward put on a great show at the Barrymore last night, but this is the second show I've been to at this venue where a singer with a phenomenal voice was lost in the instrumentals because the sound man couldn't find the right balance. I'm sure the rest of the band's talented, but why even bother to give Zooey a microphone if you're not going to let us hear her?

The same thing happened when Suzanne Vega came to town. When she sang a capella or accompanied herself on acoustic guitar the show was magical, but when the rest of the band came out the sound man cranked up the volume until Suzanne's voice was so distant she might as well have been in Chicago.

And I'm not necessarily blaming the Barrymore. For all I know, the bands bring their own sound engineers. The Leo Kottke / Leon Redbone show was possibly the most enjoyable concert experience I've ever had, so I know it can be done. To the other guys: Louder is not better.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Book in the Window

at the corner of Baldwin and Willy Street.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Seen at the farmer's market ...

Monday, August 04, 2008

Seen At The Hardware Store

There truly is a product for everything, and this one was on sale at the local Ace Hardware store, right in front of the checkout counter where God and everybody could see it.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Sunday Morning On The Yahara

Boats on the river between Upper Mud Lake and Squaw Bay, as seen from Bridge Street in Monona.