I haven’t been feeling bloggy lately, but I’ve been reading the hell out of Amanda Palmer’s blogs. She’s become my musical polestar: an independent artist who really has a strong sense of what to do and how to do it; a yogi; a wacky girl who likes dressing up in costumes; a mistress of social media. And she plays the ukulele.
To be honest, I don’t care that much about ukuleles, especially since they became the hipster instrument of choice a while back. But Miss Palmer has today released a record of Radiohead cover songs, and I do love me some Radiohead. I also love long record titles. Long ago I made tshirts for a record title that I was subsequently persuaded (begged, threatened, cajoled) not to use. I still love it. It is: Miss Alexandra Scott Sips A Bellini On The Mysterious Ice Planet of Quaoar. (I had to make a few google searches to remember how to spell Quaoar, and I’m a good speller…so perhaps it’s better that I didn’t try to get others to spell this title).
Anyway, the long title of the record released today by Amanda Palmer is: Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele. I’m listening to it now, and it’s ultra-groovy. She’s also selling some fantastic merch – tshirts and handpainted ukuleles (you know what? ‘ukulele’ is JUST as hard to spell as ‘Quaoar’). You can find it at amandapalmer.net.
And just know that I wouldn’t have pulled myself out of my blog-slump for anyone less inspiring than Amanda Fucking Palmer. Here’s hoping she can inspire me, and everyone, to blog more, and better, to write more songs, to wear more tutus and fairy wings and silver glitter. Here’s hoping her day goes really, really well.
all my love,
PS If you’re a twitter-head, you can find her at @amandapalmer, or via the hashtag #UKULELEhead, and probably through some other twitter ways and means that I know nothing about. But still…go see.