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Archive for February 9th, 2008

Here’s a Song for Saturday from Wisconsin native, Justin Vernon who formed Bon Iver. The song, Skinny Love, is from his new album “For Emma, Forever Ago,” available on Feb. 19.  The group starts its tour next week, so watch for them at small venues near you.  The guy’s lyrical ability is pretty amazing.

Lyrics

Come on skinny love just last the year
Pour a little salt we were never here
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Staring at the sink of blood and crushed veneer

I tell my love to wreck it all
To cut out all the ropes and let me fall
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Right in this moment this order’s tall

And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be kind
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be fine
In the morning I’ll be with you
But it will be a different kind
And I’ll be holding all the tickets
And you’ll be owning all the fines

Come on skinny love what happened here
Suckle on the hope in lite brazziere
My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my
Sullen load is full; so slow on the split

And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be better
And I told you to be kind
In the morning I’ll be with you
But it will be a different kind
When you’ll be holding all the tickets
And you’ll be owning all the fines

Who will love you?
Who will fight?
Who will fall far behind?

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Night Out in St. Paul

Even though I’m a resident of the Twin Cities, there’s a lot I don’t know about either Minneapolis or St. Paul.  It’s my duty to get to know the area better. After all, I live here and from time to time, people ask me about details that I have no clue about.

Tonight I explored St. Paul a little bit.

St. PaulMy first stop was Nina’s Coffee Cafe.  Nina’s sits on a corner in the Catherdral Hill historic area of St. Paul. The St. Paul Cathedral is within eyesight of Nina’s front door, which overlooks the intersection of Selby and Western. Inside Nina’s rests dozens of small tables along with some overstuffed chairs and sofas. At 5 p.m. on a Friday, the place was buzzing with people – students, transients, locals, and professionals ending their day with a latte. I liked Nina’s atmosphere with the sky high ceilings and huge windows facing the street. It’s a great place to people watch.

Just below Nina’s sits Common Sense Books, a bookstore owned by Garrison Keillor. I’m not Keillor’s biggest fan, but if you live in Minnesota, you have to at least try to appreciate his Prairie Home Companion show.  His bookstore, however, is a thing of beauty. It’s located in the basement of a historic, refurbished building (a beautiful location) and the shelves upon shelves of books would make any bibliophile drool.

My last stop of the evening was at the Happy Gnome bar and restaurant.  This privately owned establishment not only has 100s of beers and wines on the menu, they also have a great food menu. I ordered the salmon cake followed by sea scallops and was thoroughly impressed with the food. Enough so, that I’d go back. Soon. Of course the Gnomes are a little freaky, scattered around the restaurant watching patrons eat and drink…smiling as if they know something.

St. Paul, Minnesota – specifically this historic district in old St. Paul – is a great place to spend a Friday evening. Who knew?!!

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