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Thursday was Fete de la Musique in Paris. From rock bands and marching bands to choirs and DJs, music makers set up around the city. We went for a stroll around the Canal Saint Martin with our friends McLain, David, and Dayze. Here’s a little Instagram documentation of our night. Can you spot Rama dancing?

My friend Erica is one of the most amazing people I know. One of the many reasons why I consider her so awesome is that she’s part of a little project known as the Kate Bush Dance Troupe. Anyone who concocts a choreographed routine to classics like “Wuthering Heights” and “Hounds of Love” is o.k. in my book. Ladies, when is the next audition? My leotard is ready to come out of the closet!

See more pics and watch videos of the Kate Bush Dance Troupe in action on Erica’s blog, Tag Sale Cosmology.

John Lennon was shot outside his Manhattan apartment 29 years ago today. His Christmas ballad “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”, which was written as a Vietnam War protest song in 1971, is still as relevant as ever. It’s also tops the list of my favorite Yuletide tunes. Watch the video (song comes at the end).

A few months ago, I attended by first rock show in Berlin. My friend Peggy‘s band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart were rolling through town and I just had to be there. I hadn’t seen Peggy in two years, and when we ran into each other near the crowded entrance of NBI Club, we were both so excited that we could have just stood their hugging each other and screaming all night. But instead, we went to the supermarkt to get Peggy a German beer that she swiftly chugged before going on stage.

The sold out show was fantastic! And guess what! Tomorrow, they’re playing San Francisco! Woohoo! Check the schedule to see if they’re playing a show near you, and to get an idea of how awesome they are, watch this performance from the Berlin show of “Higher Than the Stars.”

Last week we lost a legend. The inimitible guitar virtuoso Les Paul passed away at the age of 94. Up until last spring he was playing every Monday night at New York’s Iridium jazz club, and I always said that one day I would go. I guess I missed my chance. Well, now that we’re reunited with our record player, Rama and I can listen to one of our favorite albums as often as we’d like, Les and Mary, recorded on Capitol Records in 1955. Les Paul invented guitars, developed new ways of recording, and was one of the most masterful musicians there was, but for me, the best part of his career was the part he spent with his wife, singer Mary Ford. I recently read that the two frequently recorded in their home, and Les hooked a microphone up above the kitchen sink so Mary could do dishes while she laid down her tracks. Now that’s multitasking.

Thank you Les Paul for your amazing music! Watch Les and Mary perform “How High the Moon” on a 1950s TV show.

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