Articles by BrigidKaelin

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Long Ryders Founder Sid Griffin at The Rud on Monday.

If you’re still looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s Day, try The Rudyard Kipling. Sid Griffin, a Louisville native who formed one of the first (some claim THE first) alt-country band back in the 1980s, now lives in London (England, not Kentucky). His current band, The Coal Porters, is in American to perform at the Folk Alliance in Memphis, but stopping through Louisville for a rare show. The sliding scale admission is $5-$10, depending on what you’re able to pay, so it’s a deal no matter your income bracket. I tried to catch the Coal Porters  at the…


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What do you do with sentimental clutter?

I remember when Garrett’s parents sold their house in the suburbs of Chicago and downsized to a condo. We were all living in Brooklyn at the time, and he had to go back to clean out his old bedroom. That meant throwing away a lot of stuff. I’ve never had to do that because my mom is a packrat. She bought her parents house in 1974 (and her parents bought it in 1950), and even let them keep most of THEIR stuff there. So that house is filled with old photographs and sentimental curiosities. Nothing valuable, just things that have…


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Louisville’s Library FINALLY has an App!

When’s the last time you went to the library? Sure, I know the shiny, unbroken spines beautifully displayed at Carmichael’s and Border’s are enticing, but the library is much more fun. Really, it’s just about my favorite place in Louisville. Thousands and thousands of books on ANYTHING you want … and all yours for the borrowing. I remember being taught how to use the card catalog in the mid-1980s, just as computers were beginning to integrate our homes and classrooms. I loved the huge pieces of furniture that held tiny index-card-sized drawers. But I remember being a library aide in…


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What Makes a “Classic?”

I’m not ashamed to admit that I really liked The Da Vinci Code. It was a page-turner, and I like history, art, puzzles, and Masons. But recently at a reputable bookstore, I saw a display of “Classics” that included Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, and The Da Vinci Code. My gut tells me that putting Dan Brown with Melville and Fitzgerald is ridiculous. But I also remember the first time I heard Nirvana on an Oldies-type station, I objected. Maybe my gut feeling is just telling me I’m getting old. What are the requirements of something becoming a classic? Wildly…


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On Seeing “Top Gun” for the First Time

I saw Top Gun last week. You may not be impressed, so let me tell you next that I had never seen it before. I remember when it was the hot movie. I was 8 years old, and my piano teacher had me play that terrible love song they used to play on MTV over and over again. Really, I mostly remember that the tune had five flats, which didn’t seem fair at the time, and it took me forever to pass (but I can still play it from memory). Maybe I’ve held a grudge against Top Gun — or…


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Whisk[e]y on a Stick and Other Musings

On Monday I blogged about “whiskey,” deliberating hard in my head about which spelling to use.  Both spellings are correct; it’s just a question of geography.  Refer to a March 2008 blog for a Public Service Announcement about whiskey vs. whisky and other know-it-all facts if you need details. To simplify, a pretty good rule of thumb is that Scotch Whisky has no “e” (as well as Bourbon distillers of Scottish heritage, e.g. Maker’s Mark Whisky), and drinks not of Scottish-descent use an “e.” And now a recommendation to those of you who have a whisk[e]y fixation — not the…


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Winter = Whiskey, Novels, and Naps.

I went to the coffee-shop because I wanted to write deliberately. Both my blog and my art have been neglected this season, as winter is only good for whiskey, novels, and naps.  This morning, however, I determined ten hours of sleep was enough and got up at 8:00.  Don’t hate me for sleeping so long … I was having a lovely dream that my neighbor was raising a tiny baby elephant that took naps in a sugar bowl. Who would want to wake up from playing with a kitten-sized elephant? But it’s time. My 1099s are postmarked, and though I’m…


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An introduction with a touch of irreverence.

My Philadelphia friend (Adam Brodsky, a hilarious Yankee singer-songwriter who has a Guinness World Record™ for touring 50 states in 50 days, and whose music will make you LOL, omg) shared this article with me, along with the clever comment “its nust a simple mistake, the two keys are right jext to oje ajother,” thus reminding me if people as far off as Philadelphia are stumbling across Rick Redding’s new and awesome website, that I am LONG overdue in posting an introductory blog.