30 November 2010

December Eve Note

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30 November 2010: In the last fortnight I have been into Bangkok several times to visit with expat friends and have inspiring conversations. I also tried to catch some movies, e.g., “Red” and “Let Me In.” This last one is an English-language re-make of the original Swedish film “Let The Right One In” (2008), which I have on DVD. The re-make follows the original closely, and I think both are very good, telling a rather dark story of a young vampire and the bonding between two young 12-year-old outsiders.
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I also got to listen to the Soi Dogs Blues Band – at Nomad's pub – for the first time in many months. Nothing like the Blues to make me feel like a young man again, especially when they are playing songs from my teen years. Their third song of the night was “Little Red Rooster,” a Willie Dixon song I first heard covered by The Rolling Stones on one of their early albums in about 1964 or 65. The Soi Dogs have two excellent blues guitarists who often trade off leads and really wail. An expat guess singer sang “Hey, Joe!” very well, and a bluesman from Texas who was passing through played/sang on several numbers, giving us some very authentic blues. A great night.
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-Zenwind.
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