Dana Whitaker: I’ve named this Thanksgiving. I’m calling it “The Thanksgiving of Mom’s Disapproval.” Included on the 2-record set are the hit songs “Why Aren’t You Married?” And “Sports Is No Place for an Educated Woman” and “Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell You How to Cook a Turkey?”
— Sports Night 1×8, “Thespis”
The Maternal Unit would never say those things, but this is one of Trav’s and my favorite episodes of Sports Night and we’re hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner today, so it seemed appropriate.
No one ever told me how to cook a turkey, after all. And this year I just informed Trav he was in charge of the turkey-cooking and to get on that. But mostly mostly I’m just really happy, and thankful, that we’re spending the holiday together, with people we love, with each other, with the terrible kittens, and that all of you out there are reading this. I’m thankful for you guys, too.
And the turkey emoji. The turkey emoji is great, you guys.
This quote from a 2011 American Songwriter interview with Mason (I was doing research for a piece) made me grin:
I’ve heard that couples would come up to you after your shows sometimes to tell you what your music means to them.
Yeah, it’s just something we noticed over the years. Often times, when I go out and talk to people, it’s often couples. And it’s really cool to hear so many different stories about people using my music in their weddings. A lot of times people will admit that they will hear my music when they start dating and that will be the soundtrack for when they’re dating. And people, when they get married, it’s been a soundtrack for their relationship. It’s always an awesome thing to hear. I just feel so fortunate because that’s such a high honor.
Sometimes you would think the soundtrack would be someone like Sam Cooke or somebody like that. So when it’s somebody who writes songs that are lyrically complex, it’s cool to think of people having their relationship set to that.
Because, well, Travis and I could certainly tell Mason an awful lot about that. Although also probably about Sam Cooke.
Whenever anyone does something of worth, including myself, it just makes me happy to be alive. — Patti Smith
Feeling really grateful for a particular handful of people in my life today. If we’ve talked about making art or doing things that scare you in the last few days, consider yourself even more loved than usual this afternoon.
We talked about the fact …
We talked about the fact that
it wasn’t the danger,
it wasn’t the skill,
it wasn’t the applause
that made the act what it was.
It was principally the grace;
the bringing into being,
for a moment,
the beautiful thing,
the entrechat on horseback.
of course, has something to do
with it. It is pleasant
to know you can do anything
so difficult. It is good when you
have mastered it, and you are
really in competition with yourself.
“When we make a mistake in
the ring we are very angry. The
audience doesn’t know, but we
But it is a pleasure
to do anything
and do it