Fleetwood Mac is my favorite band. I always wanted to hear them in concert. Tuesday night I got to!
MY DAD loves to repeat the following father/daughter interaction (I think I was a senior in high school):
Me: Dad. I discovered this new band. They’re amazing.
Me: Yeah. They’ve been around for a while. They’re called Fleetwood Mac and they have this incredible album called Rumours.
Dad: (hysterically laughing for at least five minutes) So it is a new band? (More hysterical laughter)
Me: Yes. I said it was new to me. Not new. Have you ever heard of them.
Dad: (More hysterical laughter) Yes. The album is downstairs.
When MY DAD retells this conversation he continues to insert the hysterical laughter just from the memory of this conversation.
Anyway, last night I got to see Fleetwood Mac in concert and it was AMAZING.
This was the set list:
Second Hand News
Dreams (see how clever the title of this blog post is?)
Sad Angel (new)
Not that Funny
Neve Going Back Again
Never Going Back Again (slow)
Without You (new)
Eyes of the World
Gold Dust Woman
I’m So Afraid
Stand Back (Stevie Nicks solo album song)
Go Your Own Way
(Encore 1) Big Worlds Turning (including amazing Mick Fleetwood drum solo)
(Encore 2) Silver Spring
I told you I was a serious fan. (I’d never written down a set list from a concert while the concern was happening and now I know I never have to do so thanks to google).
They played for two and a half hours without break. Lindsey Buckingham is a phenomenal guitar player. If you’ve never seen him live, find a YouTube video or something. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were amazing on drums and bass, respectively though I didn’t expect anything less. Stevie Nicks was good, not great. It seemed like she was having trouble hearing and sometimes lyrics were a bit off from the rest of the group. The band’s energy was awesome. I’m still singing their songs days later.
Dreams do come true.
Today is Yom HaShoah, the day that the world remembers the Holocaust.
Below is one of the most powerful images I have ever seen because it describes in a single image what was taken away by the destructive powers of hate, fear, bigotry and ignorance.
And finally, as I remember today, I share this poem.
Written in Pencil in the Sealed Boxcar
Here in this [sealed] shipment (transport)
I [am] Eve
With Abel my son
If you see my older son
Cain the son of Adam
Tell him that I
From Burnnshaw, Stanley, T. Carmi, Susan Glassman, Ariel Hirschfeld, and Ezra Spicehandler, editors. The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself: A new and updated edition. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003. P. 221.
I am very excited to share a new resource for those of you readers who teach, parent, babysit, or ever encounter young people who could/should/would learn Hebrew. My colleague Rabbi Michael Sommer (aka Abba Sababa) has written an awesome book and Eric Winter has done amazing illustrations for an e-book now available on the iTunes store called Alef is for Alien. You can download this book (for the iBook app only at present) here.
The book is awesome. On every page you can hear the pronunciation of a Hebrew letter and there are VERY unique words that begin with each letter that also can be heard. (Hey is for Holographic Alien Signal, for example). At the end there is a beautiful image of all of the letters that could be used for recognition and review.
The illustrations in this book are amazing. I’m not a huge reader of children’s literature (though when I read aloud to a child I always include voices), but these are top-notch.
If my stellar review wasn’t enough of a reason for you to spend $4.99 to purchase this book, maybe the reason behind this collaboration will be, Superman Sam.
I am glad that I have this book on my iPad for the next time a young person is around and they want to read an age-appropriate book or I need to assist a young person (or ADULT) in a review of the letters of the Hebrew alef-bet and vowel sounds!
Download this book. You will be glad that you did!