One of the best feelings in the world…

is when…

…you’re sitting at your computer writing, and all of a sudden, you start getting emails and texts from your friends in Los Angeles telling you that Anne Litt is playing your band on KCRW as part of her “best of 2009” show…

I’ll never forget the first time I heard my band on KCRW… a teenage dream come true… that thrill, wow, may be a small one to others, but it’ll always be one of the best feelings in the world to me… :-)

Thanks, ya’ll, for the kind words!

7 thoughts on “One of the best feelings in the world…

  1. Dr. J, does this mean you have made it to the big time??? Will there be another tour in the future??? My Tracie is marrying a mighty talented multi-tasker. Hope you are feeling better and ya’ll are enjoying the weekend.


  2. thanks, everyone, for the well wishes! it was just the coolest feeling, to get all the messages yesterday that Anne Litt included us in the best of 2009…

    @Rev B and Tracie B I guess 2009 was the end of the music career for a while… :-( I’m so glad that Tracie B got to see us have a sold out show in NYC in February… that meant so much to me… I don’t think I’ll ever play music like that again and I’m glad that she got to see that… :-)

    @TWG and IWG the ya’ll vs. y’all question has become contentious at times! There’s no doubt in my mind that the “more correct” inflection is “y’all” since nearly everyone agrees that the expression is a contraction of “you all”. I also believe it is the more correct inflection because it is the more common: orthography and the “correctness” of language are determined by usage and frequency. There are more occurrences of “y’all” than there are of “ya’ll” and so “y’all” wins as the “most correct.”

    Having said that, a little research reveals that the earliest inflection is “yall”, written without the inverted comma denoting the elision (btw, an entire chapter of my doctoral thesis is devoted to the history of the inverted comma and its early usage to denote elision in the transcription of poetry in incunabula in 15th-century Venice tipography — no shit!). It appears in transcriptions of early 20th-century African-American (read “black”) parlance. So, technically, the most correct form is “yall”.

    Having said that, “ya’ll” is an accepted form and I’m not sure why it evokes so much ire among observers. I, for one, will continue to use “ya’ll” because I like the way it mirrors the dialectal pronunciation of the vowel cluster, where the greater aperture of the “a” seems to take precedence in the enunciation of the contraction and elision.

    Language is by its very nature a balance between idiolect (a language spoke by one person) and dialect (a regionally inflected and mutually comprehensible corruption of a standardized linguistic code).

    In other words, “ya’ll” feels just right to me and I know that everyone understands it. So, as they say, if it ain’t broke? ;-)

    Clearly, I’ve spent some time thinking about this.

  3. and because of the time yall have spent on it, our 2010 2nd Annual American Squirrel Wine Award nominations are a cluster, languishing in the dumpster of unfinished resolutions.

  4. sgt sass–instead of yall have, can we contract it to make “y’all’ve?”

    or maybe y’all’ll (y’all will)

    what about y’all’d’ve? (y’all would have)


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