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Steady as She Goes

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Dear Kay,
Sorry if I’m kind of yelling but my ears are still ringing from last night’s Raconteurs concert at City Hall.
What a night! What a fantastically loud night! Man, am I old. I haven’t been to a stand-up-steep-myself-in-cigarette-smoke-wallow-in-the-abject-sound concert since . . . I can’t even remember when. Rick James in 1980? Buddy Holly in 1958? That Mozart Rocks Vienna thing in 1784?
I think I’ve talked with you about Beck and my undying admiration of Beck. But I don’t think you’ve really gotten the Ann Shayne earful about Jack White. Let’s fire up the old YouTube and see what we can dig up . . .
Jack White is always up to something interesting. When he’s not looking a teeny bit like Michael Jackson, he is one of those protean guys who does things like make a two-person band with his ex-wife/drummer-Meg-who-he-sometimes-claimed-was-his-sister. The White Stripes. A lot of sound coming out of two humans.
There’s a ballet in London right now that draws on White Stripes songs.
Jack White appeared in Cold Mountain as a troubadour. Renee Zellweger dated him somewhere in there.
He produced Loretta Lynn’s comeback album Van Lear Rose which is just divine. Here’s their duet of “Portland, Oregon”:

He wrote a song for a Coca-Cola ad which ran in Australia:

He moved to Nashville this year from his hometown of Detroit because he said Detroit was too full of negativity. Maybe I’ll run into him at Bread & Co.
He thinks red, black, and white are the most powerful colors in the universe.
He named his new baby Scarlett.
His new band, the Raconteurs, is probably friendlier than the White Stripes, but every bit as loud.
He got indy director Jim Jarmusch to make the video for their first Raconteurs single, “Steady as She Goes”:

Crank your computer up to 11 to hear this, and that’s what last night was like, only without the cows.
I’m telling you all this because Jack White is inspiring my knitting an awful lot these days. And you thought there would be no knitting to be found in this post . . .
Love,
Ann

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43 Comments

  1. I must say, you do have excellent taste in music. Now I’m trying to imagine what you’re up to next! ;)

  2. Didja wear The Shoes?

  3. I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED Cold Mountain. Oh my. Jack White is freaking awesome. Another factoid about Jack White – he used to work as an upholsterer in Detroit and would write poetry on the inside of people’s furniture.
    The White Stripes are my favorite incarnation of his so far, but I love everything he’s done.

  4. arrrrgh! Know i have the song stuck in my head!!!!

  5. LOVE Beck. LOVE Jack White. We are peas in a pod ;)
    Lucky you with the show! I missed them when they were in Baltimore…

  6. I saw the title of this post come up in bloglines and it immediately put the song in my head… imagine my surprise when it was actually what you were talking about! hooray! :)
    glad you had a good time at the show!

  7. I’m really interested to know what you’re knitting now that Jack White inspired…

  8. Too cool for school.
    Love the Loretta Lynn. Way cool.
    And thanks for the link to the Raconteurs song – I like it.

  9. He sounds like an interesting guy. Loud, but interesting.

  10. one question: how old do your kids have to be when you can imagine going out to ‘wallow in the sound’ concerts once more?? ’cause that’s some fine, fine music, ann– a live show! good on ya!

  11. oh i LOVE the white stripes. fun fact number 1: the first dance at our wedding was to a white stripes song. fun fact number 2: co-raconteur brendan benson is also a detroiter. (yay michigan!) glad you enjoyed the show! xo – heather

  12. I like me some Jack White too… I like the White Stripes the best, but the Raconteurs are fun as well. Good on you for going to a live show… I keep chickening out!

  13. I love Jack White. In our family, when “problems trouble us”, we tell each other “be like the squirrel, girl”. :)

  14. Which shoes did you wear? I am so jealous of such a cool night out.

  15. I think I have seen Loretta wear that dress before. Is that dating myself? If you hang around long enough the dress comes back out of the closet.
    Can’t wait to see what type of knitting comes out of a Jack White inspiration? Hmmmm, bet it goes with those awesome shoes!

  16. I too am waiting breathlessly to view Jack White/Whitestripes/Raconteurs-inspired knitting. The mind boggles.

  17. “…have mercy on me, baby”! glad you got out to hear some live music and have your clothes all stunk up! :) me, i’m all about Robert Randolph and the Family Band (and Beck, and lots of others) – they are awesome live!

  18. “…have mercy on me, baby”! glad you got out to hear some live music and have your clothes all stunk up! :) me, i’m all about Robert Randolph and the Family Band (and Beck, and lots of others) – they are awesome live!

  19. Wow, so you are knitting something black, white and red?? I love those colours! Though the bars hated it, nothing was better for me than my first visit to BB Kings to listen to Jackopierce after the smoking ban, singing your lungs out, drinking and not smelling bad at the end of the night–I guess I’m old too!!!

  20. Now that is definitely my kind of night! I believe my last night like that was in 99…the Stones.

  21. oh dear I am going to delurk. Jack White, the White Stripes..my friends, husband, inlaws and I have seen Jack and Meg play so many times and every time we wondered how on earth did two people make such glorious noise. If I did not think Intarsia was such a pain in the arse, I would most certainly try to go for a WS inspired peppermint knit something or other. I also love the Raconteurs!
    you most certainly get it :) thanks!

  22. You crazy kid, you! Does this mean that your knitting is going to be like that old riddle about the newspaper – “black and white and re(a)d all over”?
    Pity there were no cows, but the sound levels would likely have disturbed their contemplative state. And non-contemplative cows just aren’t worth contemplating.

  23. I too feel that I have seen that Loretta Lynn dress before, probably in about 1969. She has the guts to stick with a signature look.
    Scarlett, white, black, stripes, cows? I cannot wait to see the knitted result.
    Note to casting director, MD movie: get Johnny Depp.

  24. ANother Jack White fan here! I’ve only heard one or two Raconteurs songs on the radio, but I’ve got their album on my wishlist. I’m glad you enjoyed the concert!

  25. Yes! Someone else who like The Ranconteurs and is of a “certain age.” I can get away with liking a wide variety of music due to having twin 15-year-olds, but this was one group that I latched onto first. Oh, and Beck? Totally with you on that one as well. The tour for the last album was amazing (except for the opening act . . . maybe it was Beck’s idea of a joke) from start to finish especially the inclusion of “Fronting on Deborah.” Happy Turkey Day!

  26. I’m torn now between “Jack White sells out to Coca-Cola?” and “Australia? Why don’t we get Jack White Coke ads here?” Must have been a great concert!

  27. How much do you love Loretta Lynn? Seriously–best sport ever. And somehow, she’s managed to combine being a lady with singing about slamming pitchers in a bar. And that is quite a feat.

  28. John Prine and Jack White living in the same town. What a place!

  29. I haven’t watched the video to the single yet, but the image that it shows looks very Dexy’s Midnight Runners-ish. Come on Eileen?
    I have to wait for the three year old to wake up before I play the video or she’ll wake up early. She loves YouTube.

  30. Oh, Ann. I was already asleep for half an hour when that show started–how cool is that? xo and happy thanksgiving, c.

  31. Thanks for the new music to add to my IPod! I already have Brendan Benson and a little bit of White Stripes on it but now will have to add Raconteurs!

  32. I’ve seen that Cold Mountain picture before, and I thought it was Johnny Depp!

  33. I really like this song . . . why did it not occur to me that it was HIS new band?! I think I’ve been sleeping under a rock

  34. I am soooooo jealous! First of all, Jack White is an incredibly talented individual! I love him! And live music? There is nothing like it! Wow! You rock!

  35. Oh, and you are not old. The more you do it, the more you like it, the more you get used to it, and the more you want to do it! And remember naps. Go for it! Also, it might be wise to invest in some earplugs.

  36. You. Are. So. Cool.
    Ok, I’m biased since I also LOVE Beck and love (lowercase l) Jack White/white stripes/raconteurs. (Throw Aimee Mann, P.J. Harvey & REM in there and I’ll really be impressed.)

  37. My first warshrags were definately Jack white inspired-black, white and red, of course. Speaking of Beck and Jack White together, did anyone notice the cameo Beck made in the Hardest Button to Button video? Suh-weet.

  38. Looking back at your website I noticed you found some UFO’s in the attic that were quilt sections made out of small circles gathered together and then tacked at the 4 compass points. It’s called a yo-yo quilt in case no one ever got back to you and was usually mounted on top of another piece of fabric. Someone from my embroiderer’s guild once found a piece of tiny ones and framed it with a nice contrasting fabric behind it to highlight the design – it was probably the size of a poster and was fantastic! Likewise you could also just mount a strip of this onto fabric and hang like a long banner of art in a spot that would hold that shape.
    Thanks for sharing your adventures! I’ve read your book and found it fascinating in it’s ability to liberate us from traditional knitting thinking!

  39. Looking back at your website I noticed you found some UFO’s in the attic that were quilt sections made out of small circles gathered together and then tacked at the 4 compass points. It’s called a yo-yo quilt in case no one ever got back to you and was usually mounted on top of another piece of fabric. Someone from my embroiderer’s guild once found a piece of tiny ones and framed it with a nice contrasting fabric behind it to highlight the design – it was probably the size of a poster and was fantastic! Likewise you could also just mount a strip of this onto fabric and hang like a long banner of art in a spot that would hold that shape.
    Thanks for sharing your adventures! I’ve read your book and found it fascinating in it’s ability to liberate us from traditional knitting thinking!

  40. I love the Raconteurs too, and now I have that song in my head. I saw them at the Austin City Limits festival in September and it was a great show.
    You know, Bobby Bare Jr. is in Nashville too and you might really like him and his band. If you get the chance to see them, don’t pass it up!! (Your friend Angela will back me on this one.)

  41. sorry I forgot to mention some Jack White facts
    in my last comment:
    Jim Jarmusch filmed Jack and Meg for a very funny and very cute talking segment in his movie ‘Coffee and Cigarettes’. He is a huge fan. He was also the interviewer when the White Stripes were on the cover of Interview a few years back.
    Last thing, Beck and Jack white sang together at the WS show in Los Angeles. I though I had died and gone to heaven. The song was ‘Cold Brains’, by Beck.
    Now as far as knitting is concerned I am on my
    millionth ballband :D

  42. Ok, the last video is the one that got my husband and me dancing.

  43. I too love Jack White! In fact, I knit him, from the “knit your own rockstar” pattern in Stitch and Bitch Nation. Highly recommended – the man was made for knitting.