Friday, July 20, 2007

It's All About the Segue

My humble little log cabin was transformed into a chamber of horror yesterday, with a little help from the Orkin man. Telltale signs of a fury intruder started showing up in a kitchen drawer and the occasional sqweak from the direction of the kitchen stirred Nelson T. Airedale (the "T" stands for "The") from a deep sleep for a close inspection of the space betweeen the fridge and the kitchen cabinets. When I finally reached the point of feeling tormented (rattling of a wrapper in the pantry or finding dog bisquits from Nelson's cookie jar stashed in dark places for winter sustenance), I knew it was time to call in the big guns. I guess I didn't give it too much thought ... assuming there might be some sort of deterent spray or powder that could be applied to baseboards or under the kitchen sink. Instead, upon my arrival home yesterday afternoon, I found an arsenal of "glue traps." At first glance, the adhesive-smeared plastic tiles seemed like a simple solution for ridding a home of unwanted rodents, but the reality of the ghastly scene is that unsuspecting little gray fur balls with pink feet and cartoon character faces become imobilzed in a permanent scampering position once their feet hit the soft glue. So there they are, still very much alive, but frozen in action until they - what? ... starve to death? So I spent the entire night dropping license-plate sized glue traps, with Mickey and Minney attached, into the pond for a somewhat humane end to their suffering. In my mind's eye I can picture myself in a well-deserved afterlife eternity ... feet firmly planted in a plastic tray with thick glue plastered deep on one side.

Okay ... so here it is ... here's that segue I've been building up to in the telling of this story ...

Speaking of one side ... The Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series continues tonight with ONESIDE and their "banjo-sweetened music that ranges from indie-flavored jangle pop to straight-out newgrass."

(Ah, I can almost hear the groans as I type the words)

In a time when banjos, fiddles and mandolins are often used for excessive jamming, Boston-based band ONESIDE puts them back in the framework of concise, well written songs. While ONESIDE offers up plenty of solos and tasty licks, the band's songs are also chock full of carefully crafted hooks. The leads are there to serve the song. This organic variety of music has been fondly dubbed "Electrified Yankee Roots/Rock" by lead singer/songwriter Ned deBary. "I see many bands with banjos, fiddles etc… playing strictly "old timey", bluegrass and traditional songs. I love those types of songs and love to play them, but I don't see us being limited to one style of music just because of our instrumentation. I think all these instruments fit very well in the context of a modern pop/rock song." Critics have likened ONESIDE's music to that of Wilco, The Shins, and early REM, but with a stronger basis in Americana. For more information about the band, visit

On Friday nights throughout the summer season, the lawn in the courtyard at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn is transformed into an outdoor concert venue featuring renowned local and regional entertainers. Admission to the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series is free and the grounds open at 5 p.m. Concerts are slated to begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Families are welcome and all attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the concerts will move undercover. A barbecue buffet is available, as well as dining in Jackson Gore’s Coleman Brook Tavern. Cheers!

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