In which John discusses the strange story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who gave the worst performance in the history of Carnegie Hall in 1944, and who is famous (and beloved) for being an absolutely fearless, and awful, singer. This video is a kind of response to Hank’s brilliant video about creation and fear; also discussed is the importance of finding the places where your talents meet the world’s needs and my limited physical flexibility.
The bit I sing at the end is from “Love, Love, Love” by—you’ll never guess—The Mountain Goats.
Dug up a fifth of Hood River gin
That stuff tastes like medicine
But I'll take it
On the couch in the living room all day long
Music on the television playing our song
And I'm in the mood
The mood for you
Turn the volume up real high
All of that money look at it fly
And you smoking like a chimney
Shadows crawled across the living room's length
I held onto you with a desperate strength
With everything with everything in me
And I handed you a drink of the lovely little thing
On which our survival depends
People say friends don't destroy one another
What do they know about friends?
Thunderclouds forming cream white moon
Everything's going to be okay soon
Maybe the next day
Carried you up the stairs that night
All of this could be yours if the price is right
I heard cars headed down to oblivion
Up on the expressway
Your drunken kisses as light as the air
Maybe everything that falls down eventually rises
Our house sinking into disrepair
Ah but look at this showroom filled with fabulous prizes.
So there’s a Tallahassee cover album with Laura Stevenson, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Bomb the Music Industry!. But the only physical medium it’s being released on is cassette for 20 bucks. I don’t think I want to spend 20 bucks on a cassette…
True $20 is a lot for a cassette tape, but there are only 200 of them and every bit of the sale (after Bandcamp and Paypal take their cut) is being donated to Farm Sanctuary. The cassette is intended for people who are both really excited about the project and want to support Farm Sanctuary.
If we were trying to make a profit on this thing, we’d feel like we were cheating people selling it for that much, but selling a special edition version of the record to benefit Farm Sanctuary… Yeah, we can get behind that.