NBC newsman Tim Russert died in his Washington office this afternoon of a heart attack at the age of 58. Roxie's World expresses its condolences to the Russert family. In his memory, Moose has decided to go on a diet to try to lose the twenty pounds she has gained in two years of typing for America's most famous dog blog devoted to politics, pop culture, and basketball. She thinks Tim would want her to.
[Respectful pause to honor the man we almost never snarkily referred to as "Little Timmy," unlike some of our fellow/sister bloggers. You know who you are.]
We are working on a major post here at headquarters that will likely shake up the whole blogosphere and the dynamics of the presidential race, but we don't have time to finish it before the moms take off for the first live music event of the summer season, Robert Plant and Allison Krauss, touring their fabulous record, Raising Sand, which, the devoted among you will recall, was 2007's Album of the Year in Roxie's World. We'll let you know how the show goes. Meantime, get out your go-go boots and enjoy this vid of the Everly Brothers doing the original of our absolute favorite cut from Raising Sand, "Gone, Gone, Gone." Rock out, dudes. See you soon.
We sure missed you at Alison Kraus and Robert Plant. WHAT A SHOW! And you know, I thought I'd come home with a little crush on Alison Kraus but I in fact came home with a little crush on Robert Plant, or on them both (no, really on him -- he's just too cute). He has amazing stage presence and the band was as tight as any E Street we've seen. T Bone Burnett got his turn, Buddy Miller (has played with Emmy Lou, Shawn Colvin, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Griffin) was prominently featured, and Alison and Robert each did their stints and also sang together, of course. Alison's finest moment may have been her a cappella "Down to the River to Pray" and his best moment was "Black Dog," which they did fairly early in the concert. 'twas almost unrecognizable when they struck the first few notes, but then was a totally delightful deconstructed/reconstructed version. Took me back to days of much fun and experiment, Rox!
On a more somber note, very moving was T Bone Burnett's tribute to Tim Russert. That one is still hard to believe, I confess, Rox. Makes you remember just how fragile life is, how very, very fragile. And ole Plant himself was changed by that awful car accident in Greece. . . .
Life's just too precious not to appreciate every damned moment. Humans forget that sometimes, Rox. We need dogs to remind us.