Tie do birds suddenly appear?

I’ve been on a lyrics kick lately, but I guess I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the subjects rolling. That’s the kind of service you should expect from 100 Days, 100 Ties. Oh, sure, we may be just another corporate behemoth, printing money and using third-world countries as our personal chessboard, but we employ an army of public relations professionals to make it seem like we care about service. And about you, oh loyal consumer.

Ohhhhhkay. That’s what happens when you fall asleep too early, wake up seemingly refreshed and sit down to post a blog (still hate that word).

We now return to our regularly scheduled program…

After even more blather about my lack of green ties, I fired up another one. My Tie du Jour is a multi-green from BCBG‘s Attitude collection. It definitely provoked a couple of different attitudes, as it garnered some comments from both ends of the spectrum. My friend Cynthia Early (a Girls With Ties alum), at a chamber event, said outright: “Well, that’s an ugly tie.” A couple of people defended it at the same meeting, but the damage to TdJ’s psyche was done. It was brought back to the sunshine later on, when a couple of folks complimented it. There, there…all better, greenie.

Wednesday evening was kind of a treat/blast-from-past. Went to see an amazing band called Expo ’76 at Simon’s down in Andersonville. Their drummer, John Carpender, is a good friend of Jenny’s, and three of his bandmates, including their lead singer Dag Juhlin, are in Poi Dog Pondering. Now, Poi Dog is the band that I have seen most in the world. From Mabel’s down in Champaign to Lounge Ax (RIP…respect) in Lincoln Park to Ravinia in Highland Park…I’ve probably seen them 10 or 12 times in various setups and getups and drinkups. They play a bunch of 70s and 80s covers, and yet, they throw in one of my favorite songs, “Can’t Hardly Wait” by the Replacements. Aaaanyway, last night was amazing because Poi Dog’s lead singer, Frank Orrall (can you get a more perfect name for a singer? well, maybe my former college roommate David Singer, of David Singer and the Sweet Science) guest-sang for a couple of songs. It had been at least a decade since I’d last seen him sing (that would be their mid-day kid’s show at Ravinia over a dozen years ago…Expo ’98, methinks?). He can still belt it out, believe me…I was about 4 feet from him. Very cool.

And, wouldn’t you know it…Expo ’76 keyboardist Kenn Goodman was sporting a tie again. I have actually taken a picture of him at prior shows, but the light was terrible. In this one the light is much better…but, sheesh. His face is a total blur. Sorry, Kenn, but I have a crapiPhone with a crapiCamera. Tie looks good, though…

Thanks for reading…Brooke

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One Response to “Tie do birds suddenly appear?”

  1. Ginger Moore Says:

    LOVE Poi Dog Pondering!…My Bro-in -law’s favorite band….saw them in Grant Park years ago and was blown away! Thanks for the info….If you have any more dates on Expo ’76…please let me know!…P.S. I like the “golden/green” stripes in the tie…they catch the light and shine 🙂
    G. Moore

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