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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

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Josh Ritter playing the Henry Fonda Music Box

Dear ——–,

Gretchen invited us to see singer-songerwriter Josh Ritter at the Henry Fonda Music Box on Wednesday and now I know what all the fuss is about. He opened with “Change of Time,” which I now can’t stop listening to. He sings with an honest voice somewhere between Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, with songs that sound lush and a little vintage. Before the show, I had heard half an interview with him on NPR where he said he really loved Flannery O’Connor. I figured that was a good sign. It’s been a while since I’ve walked fairly blind into a show and really loved what I heard. (I walked in blind to a lot of bands at South by Southwest and didn’t encounter very many I liked at all.) So I’m really glad Gretchen suggested this. The opener turned out to be interesting, too: the Carolina Chocolate Drops are a black string band with one member who plays the bones and dances almost as if he had glow sticks in his hand. I associate banjo and bluegrass with white Appalachia, so I guess I learned something new.

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Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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