I’m not sure why, sometimes, I get somewhat fascinated with self-portraits. But I do. You have to believe that I am not some narcissistic freak who can’t stop looking at myself. I am not. I promise you that. Anyone who knows me even remotely well enough knows that I am not vain nor Am I narcissistic. The people who really know me, in fact, probably wish I had a little more confidence and self-esteem. All that said, this picture fascinates me and I don’t know why. It looks staged, and to certain degree it is, I guess – I mean, I brought the camera, set it up, and set up the self-timer. But my mind races from so many topics, minute to minute, second to second, every day, so capturing one expression like this, I don’t know. It freezes a moment in my mind…..Ah, whatever. Taken in New York City last week……

One my favorite live bands in the whole wide world hit Boston this weekend. The Bottle Rockets played here at a place called Harper’s Ferry, a place normally reserved for jam bands and blues cover bands. I had some skepticism about a band this good playing there, seeing as though the show wasn’t too well publicized and that their new album is a bit of a departure for them. These were issues that got worked out, oh, about two minutes into the show. As usual, they blew the roof off the joint, playing some of their songs from the past that I didn’t think I’d ever hear again. A great night for music……here’s one picture of lead singer Brian Henneman with his new showpiece, a purple-glittered guitar. I’ll post a full slide show later this week:

Finally, I saw the movie Mystic River this weekend – certainly one of the best movies I’ve seen this year, other than the last 5 to 10 minutes, which were completely unnessecary and just plain putrid. There was no need to end it like that. I really would like to get into why I thought the last few minutes were so bad, but I’m sure a few of you haven’t seen it yet, so I’ll refrain. I’ll just say this: don’t let it get in the way of seeing the film – it’s really a good one, with a tremendous performance from Sean Penn and an almost equally strong showing from Kevin Bacon. Bacon’s character was less emotional in the film, but no less powerful than Penn’s roller coaster ride of a character. One more thing – if they could give supporting actor Oscars to multiple people, the Savage brothers win hands down.

Song now playing: Bread – “Guitar Man”