AN EVENING WITH LOU BARLOW

To say we are excited to host Lou Barlow at our home in Nashville would be an understatement. We are stoked! :)

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My most formidable years were spent listening to Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. "Bakesale" and "You're Living All Over Me" were often on repeat.

I first met Lou when I was working at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco close to 20 years ago. I was giddy and a bit full of myself so I filmed him throughout the night and made friends. He was super cool and we all had a great evening. I mentioned I had been searching for Bakesale (back then, you didn't just type it into Amazon, you actually went to record stores and looked for vinyl you loved) and he ended up sending me that along with several other Sebadoh records. It was a really cool gesture and solidified his radness in my eyes.

Recently I pulled out all my old footage. Waterworks.

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No telling what all is on those tapes but it prompted me to look up my old favorite who happened to be touring. I sent him a message and the rest is history. He'll be playing at our place coming up and we can't wait to host an intimate evening with one of the very best. If you're in Nashville (or not), grab a ticket and join us! Requests will be taken, stories will be told. We can't wait!

OH! and a lucky few can have dinner with Lou AND Murph before the show!⚡⚡⚡

Oscars 2018

Lots of goodness at the Oscars last night. I don't think a year has gone by where I haven't cried with every acceptance speech. Something about it gets me EVERY time. Likely because we'll be there one day ;) I was surprised by Best Picture and Best Director. No offense Guillermo but I didn't expect he would win both. I definitely liked the film. Had it been in the company of previous Oscar nominated films, it might have been my favorite but this year, not so much.

Call Me By Your Name had the biggest impact on me, by far. The acting. The directing. The story. The love. Beautiful film.

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The connection between these two was truly palpable and expertly directed. You felt it along with them. Sometimes in an awkward, sensual way and sometimes in a this is the best thing of life kind of way.

So many moments where I wanted to pull out a pen and paper and write down bits of dialog or references that rang true.  THE PARENTS. I loved their family and the dad's acknowledgment of the relationship and powerful speech that followed.

 “Look,” he interrupted. “You had a beautiful friendship. Maybe more than a friendship. And I envy you. In my place, most parents would hope the whole thing goes away, or pray that their sons land on their feet soon enough. But I am not such a parent. In your place, if there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we’d want to be forgotten is no better. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of 30 and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!”

“Look,” he interrupted. “You had a beautiful friendship. Maybe more than a friendship. And I envy you. In my place, most parents would hope the whole thing goes away, or pray that their sons land on their feet soon enough. But I am not such a parent. In your place, if there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it. Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we’d want to be forgotten is no better. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of 30 and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!”

AND.. the end scene..... wow.

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Watch this film and look out for the sequel. It's happening. Bravo James Ivory and Luca Guadagnino!

❤️Michelle