Morrissey, Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota. Oh, Morrissey, how we love you and how you frustrate us! After a series of canceled concerts a couple of years ago, I held out hope this July 13 show would actually happen. I admit my fandom has deflated in recent months, due to the canceled shows and also his latest album, “World Peace Is None of Your Business,” which I don’t particularly like. I was feeling a little lukewarm going into the show, but once Morrissey came on stage I remembered how much I adore him. There he is, I kept thinking, this man whose music I’ve listened to almost constantly for 22 years. I’m looking at him, singing those songs with him. “Enraptured” is a good way to explain how I feel at a show. Set list was OK (too many “World Peace” songs), but the man’s voice sounded strong.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” read-a-thon, Mankato Barnes & Noble. I was invited to read for 15 minutes from the Harper Lee classic to promote the release of “Go Set a Watchman.” It’s been years since I’ve read TKAM, and I forgot about Scout’s earnest, engaging, and entertaining voice. I also forgot how humorous the book is at times. I so enjoy reading out loud; it takes me back to my speech and drama days in high school. I read the end of Chapter 12 and beginning of Chapter 13, scenes where Jem and Scout walk from church with Calpernia and when Aunt Alexandra comes for an extended stay. TKAM should go onto my reading list. For “Go Set a Watchman,” I will wait for the reviews.
Tour de France. Another July finds me parked in front of the television in the mornings. I enjoy the strategy and athleticism displayed by the top cyclists in the world. These guys are tough, taking a beating every day, crashing and and sometimes getting back on their bikes. All in all entertaining, from the beauty of a peloton going through a roundabout to the sharp and witty commentary of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. We had an exciting first week, but now it looks like Team Sky has sealed the win for Chris Froome. The remainder of the Tour probably will be boring as a result, but I’ll still watch every day. I guess you never know what will happen!
What’s making you happy this week?