We’re Still Here

We are, in fact, still alive and well. In my case I should probably add the word finally to that alive and well part, since not being well took like 5 days away from me.

Whatever’s going around right now…don’t get it. It’s far from the worst thing you’ll ever have, but it has this way of wasting your energy away to nothing yet tricking you into thinking you’re well again and ready to take on the world. That and being tired even after you’ve slept your life away all day gets really old really quickly. Lazing about and watching TV is fun, but not when it’s your only option.

Between that, a concert, some houseguests and Carin being a whole lot more unavailable than before, nothing went up for a week. Oh well, it happens. But I’m once again among the living so we should be back in business.

I’m thankful that I was well enough for the Steven Page show on Thursday. Considering how great it was, it would have been a shame to miss it. For me, missing out on Barenaked Ladies concerts has been a thing since before most people outside of Canada knew who they were, and I was starting to worry that the curse was going to extend to shows by anybody that had ever been associated with them. But I made it and it was awesome. If they had decided to play all night, I’d have been happy to sit there and watch.

I remember when he left the band a couple of years ago wondering how either side was going to carry on without the other. It seemed like they were to each other what bread is to sandwiches. But after giving his solo album a few listens since I got it last Christmas and then going to the show a few days ago, I can tell you for sure that Steven Page is doing just fine. The solo tunes feel right at home beside his BNL work, which isn’t something you can always say when somebody goes out on his own.

Speaking of his BNL work, it really struck me while I was there just how many of their best songs are his. I don’t always remember exactly who wrote what, but there’s never been any mistaking who sang it. Steven Page is a hard guy to replace because nobody else quite sounds like him. If anybody’s gone to a recent BNL show, how do they get around that and how weird is it hearing all of those songs sung by somebody else if they even play them? I imagine they have to play them since without them there’d be not much left, but how can it possibly be the same? Does it even need to be the same? Am I thinking this is more an issue than it is because Steven Page and his new band were able to be the Barenaked Ladies and the new band so seamlessly? Whatever the answer, go see him if you get the chance. You won’t regret it.

Now I’m off to continue trying to put life back to normal, which apparently involves deleting the 1100 and counting spam comments that have been hitting the site all weekend and into today. Only 2 of them made it through the filter which is impressive, but I’d love to know what’s causing the spike. I’ve been kinda off the grid for a while, so is this happening to anybody else?

And this…this is the part where the post ends abruptly.

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