June 12th, 2011

green road

Two Questions: Music and Chicago

Question 1: Who are the brilliant songwriters of this age?

I'm looking for poet/musicians like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Lennon/Macartney, or the Indigo Girls. (Yes, I know many of them are still active. I want more! More!) Melody plus meaning -- and a good hard-driving rock beat doesn't hurt, either. (The older I get, the more I appreciate Bob Dylan. My God, the hidden musical complexity!)

Feel free to suggest people I should have heard of, since I've missed about 30 years, give or take a few, of popular music. Once in a while I'll encounter a gem like Richard Shindell or Evanescence and add to my music library, but generally I wander along in cheerful ignorance, listening to gospel or Bach or Thomas Tallis or something from 1971. You can safely assume I've never heard *anything*, including top hits and cult songs. I will not be insulted.

Question 2: Chicago.

I'll probably just spend all my time hanging around at the hotel with my relatives, but what should I see if I get a chance to be a tourist?

Also, we're having pizza Friday night at Lou Martini's or Manolo's -- something like that. Is it good? How does it compare, ingredient by ingredient, with the Chicago-style pizza I've grown to adore at Zachary's?

Also, how humid is it likely to be? What are my chances of seeing a good thunderstorm?

How far is Wood Dale from O'Hare?

Bonus question: What's the snarkiest thing I can do or say to the TSA without getting arrested?

This question is purely academic; I'm not going to harass anybody at work, even the TSA.
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