Everything returns again

It was about the end of 1997 when Dawn Eden and I stopped crossing paths: we’d both left CompuServe, where we’d swapped pop-music tidbits to great effect, and it would be six years before we’d run into each other again, by dint of this post dealing with the Left Banke.

She eventually found a greater vocation than Rock Historian, and gave up bloggery for a while, though she never actually closed down her site, and what do I see on there this week? This post dealing with the Left Banke.

I had mentioned last year that the reconstituted Banke was actually performing “Desiree” live, something they never did in the Sixties. By now you know what’s coming next:

Oh, yes, they played that Other Song too. (See the link.)

I haven’t actually seen her in person for several years now, but our paths continue to intersect. Maybe someone needs to put out a cover version of “Pretty Ballerina.”


  1. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 1:49 pm

    Ha, talk about 6 degree of separation: you’re separated from Todd Seavey by just 2: Dawn Eden is one of his exes and figures extensively on his blog. Just google their names together. One might say for a punk rocker and libertarian he is magnetized by fierce Catholicism.

  2. CGHill »

    7 January 2012 · 2:42 pm

    I am always amazed at the ties I seem to have. The other day, I got a Facebook friend suggestion of Al Jardine of the Beach Boys, on the basis of “1 Mutual Friend.” Which is true enough, but still a bit perplexing; I simply don’t think in those terms. I’m still befuddled by the fact that I’ve been mentioned in three actual (with bindings and everything) books.

  3. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 3:21 pm

    Time to write your own?
    “The ties of my life”.
    (Memoir of a widely-read blogger)

  4. Brett »

    7 January 2012 · 9:18 pm

    I believe John Mellencamp covered “Pretty Ballerina” on the B side of his “Rain on the Scarecrow” single in 1986.

  5. CGHill »

    7 January 2012 · 10:14 pm

    Which is correct, and it’s a non-LP B-side at that, so far as I know. (It’s not even a bonus track on the reissue of the Scarecrow album.)

  6. Brett »

    7 January 2012 · 10:17 pm

    I own it, and it’s sort of weird — part of Mellencamp’s 60s-music binge in the mid-80s but it doesn’t really fit him.

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