I guess I’m addicted to writing in my blog because whenever I go longer than five days without posting, I start to feel vaguely uncomfortable and anxious. What kind of hubris is that? I’ve been taking a break from blogging because my sister is in town with her family. My seven-year-old nephew Sam keeps asking me why I say “Oy!” all the time. Does he really have to ask? It’s scary how alike Sue and I have become, both in terms of our endearing “fun” qualities and our dysfunctional oy-spewing anxieties. The above photo of my sister and mother was taken over 40 years ago but it seems like yesterday. This was the year that my mother’s bouffant started rising like a cinnamon roll in a hot oven and my sister wouldn’t go anywhere without her faux fur muff. Who knew this innocent little lass would grow up to marry the biker hellion on the right and give birth to these leather-clad rebels.
They’re in town because my brother-in-law Jeff is finishing up Wilco’s upcoming CD called “Sky Blue Sky” that will be released on Nonesuch Records on May 15, the very day that Nazi occupiers in the Netherlands banned all Jewish music in 1941. My nephew Spencer is reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the moment and while Jeff isn’t Jewish, I’m sure the authorities would have hurled his records onto the bonfires because of his Jewish wife and sons and his decidedly anti-Fascist lyrics. This new CD is Wilco’s first studio effort since “A Ghost Is Born” was released in 2004 and it’s going to be a great one. Stay tuned for more connections between Wilco and the Third Reich. Hey, it’s not just me. During their last trip to L.A. a year ago this week, Sammy told Jeff that he had the perfect name for the next Wilco CD. “What is it, Sam,” Jeff asked. “The Nazi Website,” Sam bizarrely replied. Oy.