Hey, kids, welcome to Phile's 501st. How are you? I don't know about where you live but In Central Florida last night we had the storm from hell. It was all nice and clear for once when all of a sudden wham! I expected to look out the window and see Thor. I was thinking, damn it, the Mayans were wrong, the world is ending tonight. President Obama spent one night at his home in Chicago for the first time in over a year. It was nice... he even went down to the basement and dusted off some old campaign promises. That’s right, Obama spent the night at his home in Chicago. Of course it got awkward when he left and his housekeeper was like, “So, see you after the election?” Hugh Hefner is back together with his fiancée, Crystal Harris, one year after she called off their wedding. It’s like they say: “If you love something, let it go, and if it comes back to you, it probably ran out of money and remembered you were a billionaire.” This is weird news, seven monkeys were stolen from a zoo in Poland. You know, so they could begin shooting season 6 of "Jersey Shore." Mitt Romney has been giving his volunteers a free sweatshirt for making phone calls on his behalf. The sweatshirts are just like Romney, 100 percent reversible. A new survey found that Mitt Romney is ahead of Obama among those who make $36,000-$90,000. Or as Romney put it, "And they said I can't connect with the poor." It’s being reported that Mitt Romney’s personal Hotmail account has been hacked. Yeah, Hotmail. Even Ron Paul was like, “Get with it, you old geezer!” Romney's campaign is in the news for misspelling several words on his promotional items. Today, Romney issued a press release that said, "I'll get to the bottom of this, or my name isn't Malt Ramrod." New York is considering a law that would keep people out of jail if they were caught with small amounts of marijuana... which explains why stoners are like, "It's a cop. Hide most of the weed." The weather in the northeast has been unseasonably cold this week. Yeah, people here are still waiting for the heat to show up... you know, just like basketball fans in Miami. Former GOP candidate Rick Santorum said he’s planning to make a big announcement tomorrow. It’ll probably be something really huge like, “Hello shoppers, we’ve got a 2-for-1 sale on Tide in aisle five!” The Dow gained almost 300 points to have its best day of the year. Yeah, 300 points... which explains why today, the Heat tried to trade LeBron for the Dow. The founder of USA Today recently referred to Donald Trump as a “clown.” Even clowns were like, “Are you kidding? That guy’s hair is ridiculous.” So, kids, as I mentioned yesterday, it was recently announced that in the next James Bond movie, Skyfall, the legendary spy will not be drinking his trademark martinis... instead he’ll be sipping Heinekens. That's not the only product placement that's gonna be in the film.
Today Apple is gonna reveal a brand new products they are releasing. But the Phile has the scoop already and I will announce it here. This is what Apple is coming out with.
Hmmm.. and extra hand could be handy. If you know what I mean. So, did you kids see the new Snow White film, Snow White and the Huntsman? I thought it was gonna be an action movie when I saw it, but judging by this screen shot it looks like the action was done off screen.
Talking about movies, it's time for...
Time to eat a few words. Not all of them, but a few. Specifically, I hereby take back everything I've been saying to anyone who was ever within earshot of me while I complained loudly about the posters, billboards, bus ads and trailers for this, the latest Madagascar film. Of course, it's the franchise's fault I felt that way in the first place, shoveling out two earlier movies that were fine technical achievements built on generic, self-esteem-based plotlines and characters that could only be described as The One That's A Lion (Ben Stiller), The One That's A Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith), The One That's A Giraffe (David Schwimmer), The Zebra That's Chris Rock and All The Monkeys and Penguins. Watch them, finish them, forget them, wish there'd been more penguins and monkeys. Believing in yourself is fine, but does every single talking animal in every single movie need to learn that lesson in front of a paying public? And now we come to the moment when the Madagascarites, at long last tired of all that freedom on the African plains, yearn to be re-imprisoned in their former Manhattan zoo cages. Don't ask why they'd prefer that life, they just do. And it doesn't really matter anyway, because along the road to captivity they meet up with a crew of similarly domesticated animals, a traveling circus that's seen better days, and they stow away under false pretenses. Together, the enlarged menagerie re-brand themselves as a laws-of-physics-defying Cirque du Soleil-style act, performing impossible acrobatic feats while trying to stay one step ahead of a cruel and cruelly funny French animal control official (Frances McDormand, who even stops to sings an Edith Piaf number when she's not flying through the skies on her scooter). It's still largely about Not Much, the main characters still have a lot of catching up to do if they want to leave the kind of indelible impression of say, Woody or Buzz Lightyear, and you always want more mischief from the penguins and monkeys, but the final product feels like it got a giant energy transfusion. It's fast-paced, visually inventive, occasionally moving and, best of all, really funny on a level both kids and adults will appreciate, probably thanks to the arrival of co-screenwriter Noah Baumbach (The Fantastic Mr. Fox). There's a special kind of moviewatching pleasure that comes from expecting the worst kind of boredom and finding yourself shocked by how much fun you're having. At one point, a penguin yells to the airplane-flying monkeys, "Deploy shenanigans!" and you realize that the entire film feels like it's happily obeying that command. But really, please, can somebody tell me why they want to go back to animal jail? From 1 to 10, I give it a 9, and I might by it on Blu-ray.
Alright, well, it seems Mitt Romney is outraised Obama for the campaign. I don't know how, or by how much so I thought I would an old friend to the Phile to explain. So, please welcome back to the Phile, the Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Brad Woodhouse.
Me: Brad, welcome back to the Phile. So, what happened?
Brad: Last week we learned Mitt Romney and the Republican Party outraised us in May, bringing in $76 million to our $60 million.
Me: That's not too bad, right?
Brad: Jason, that deficit is even worse once you include the millions of dollars a few wealthy special interests and billionaires are pouring into super PACs and outside groups.
Me: Okay, so what now, sir?
Brad: Support Democrats today and help build our grassroots organization.
Me: Brad, how can one billionaire influence the election?
Brad: Here's a perfect case study: Sheldon Adelson. This casino owner's spending is a textbook example of the Republican battle plan. Here are just a few of his "investments" this year: Singlehandedly keeping Newt Gingrich's presidential bid alive for months by pouring $20 million of his family's money into a pro-Newt super PAC. Donating $5 million to Speaker John Boehner's super PAC, aimed at protecting the GOP majority in the House, and targeting vulnerable Democrats. And just this week, after meeting with Romney last month, pledging $1 million to a Romney- affiliated super PAC.
Me: They say one person can change the world, but I'm pretty sure this isn't what they meant.
Brad: As Democrats, we aren't counting on wealthy patrons to buy this election. We rely on millions of Americans stepping up to grow this organization and provide the resources to open field offices, organize on the ground, and push back against Adelson, the Koch brothers, and all the rest of these billionaires trying to use their money to control our future. We're counting on people like you and that means we need everyone to step up if we're going to win. Let's show what we can do.
Me: Brad, thanks again, and good luck.
Brad: Thank you, Jason.
Well, the most anticipated, at least in my eyes, comic came out last Wednesday. I am talking about "Before Watchmen". I read it and loved it, but I thought I would invite another friend who hasn't been here in awhile to give his review. He has a Facebook group called Comics Will Make You Stronger, and you can visit him at the Coliseum of Comics store in Orlando. Please welcome back to the Phile, my good friend Jim Mello.
This Review May Make You Stronger: "Before Watchmen: The Minutemen" with everything by Darwyn Cooke, because he is a fucking powerhouse of magnificence. Things are remade. Made upon. Made against. Made for the before. Made for the after. Added too. Subtracted from. This is the current gradient we slide down in our desperation to find some new story to tell. This is why such a thing as "Before Watchmen" exists. I've long ago made my peace with this current storytelling state. Whether you agree with Moore, his views, and are appalled at his treatment at the hands of DC Comics; you also must realize that until the day comes where someone actively rewrites Moore's "Watchmen" script so someone else can draw it, we'll always have that original. They can construct whatever else you want around the original, but it will still stand while everything else comes and goes. Now, I do love "Watchmen", and there is nothing I can say that can either improve upon or enlighten your self-conceived notions on the material. Maybe you could care less or maybe it's your favorite piece of art. To some, telling new "Watchmen" stories is like writing a prequel to Homer's the Iliad or a sequel to Steinbeck's "East of Eden", and to others it is a an obvious choice and a fun addition to that superhero world. After reading Cooke's first issue, and the introduction to this "Before Watchmen" world; I can say I firmly stand in the middle. This was a great first issue. Not just for this mini-series, but as a reintroduction to the Watchmen universe. It serves as a prologue; following Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl, as he tries to sell his rather explicit tell-all book, "Under the Hood", to a publisher. Through him we catalogue the nature of the universe and meet each founding member of the Minutemen, that universes Golden Age team. This book isn't trying to be "Watchmen". I think Cooke is a smart enough storyteller to understand it can't be. It does, however, carry the mother books tone with its sense of violence, and the overall foreboding of a world careening out of control. This is a world full of desperate, flawed people trying to force sense into a world that refuses to make any. Cooke's sense of imagery is evocative of the original title, and he has the penciling chops to make it look great. When you buy a Cooke book, it's like buying a piece of art, you should hang it up somewhere. The story is complete and satisfying. It was my favorite read of the week (Right next to "Fury Max" #3 which if you're not picking up, I think you're insane). If this even runs at a borderline interest for you; pick it up. It's worth it. There are plenty of new stories out there. Most of them will be variations on something that has worked before. Some of them will be the trash you expect, and some will be well-executed, fine pieces of storytelling. "Before Watchmen: The Minutemen" is a fine piece of sequential storytelling. It's also just a fun fucking read.
Good job, Jim, and I waited since 198fucking6 for more "Watchmen" stories.
The 19th artist to be pheatured in the P.P.A.G. is comic book artist Robert Pope. And this is one of his pieces...
Robert will be a guest on the Phile this coming Saturday.
Today's Alumni guest was last on the Phile way back on January 10th, 2009. He is an American keyboard player and vocalist, his specialty being the Hammond Organ. His band The Phantom Blues Band has a new CD out available on iTunes and Amazon called "Inside Out" and he'll be next appearing at Olathe Summer Concert Series in Olathe, Kansas on July 20th. Please welcome back to the Phile, the great... Mike Finnigan!
Me: Hello, Mike, welcome to the 501th entry of the Phile. So, how are you?
Mike: I'm real good. Have a little break this week before I begin the Bonnie Raitt tour
Me: Q: I have to tell you, sir, your last interview here put me on the map for a lot of people and get really noticed, so thank you. You been really busy these last few years, haven't you?
Mike: Been fortunate to remain active. Been in more than 40 countries in the past 5 years, while gigging with Joe Cocker.
Me: Ever think about slowing down, Mike? LOL.
Mike: Satchel Paige, the legendary baseball pitcher, once said, "don't look back, somthin' might be gaining' on you." That's my philosophy, keep moving ahead. Working is way better than the alternative.
Me: So, recently I interviewed the Phantoms drummer here on the Phile, Tony Braunagel. How long have you known Tony, Mike?
Mike: Tony and I have known one another for more than 30 years!
Me: He's been working with Robert Cray. Have you ever worked with Cray?
Mike: Never have, but always dug what he does.
Me: You both have worked with Bonnie Raitt though. Do you play on her new album, Mike?
Mike: I did play on 8 tracks of Bonnie's new CD, and did a little singing, too.
Me: How long have you known Bonnie?
Mike: I've known Bonnie for more than three decades.
Me: Mike, I saw you on Letterman recently with Bonnie. That wasn't the first time you were on that show, right?
Mike: I've done the show a couple times prior to this most recent appearance. I did it with Etta James way back when the show was still on NBC, and also with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, about 15 years ago.
Me: Alright, let's talk about your band The Phantom Blues Band. Where did that name originally come from?
Mike: I think the band was named after the first album the band did with Taj Mahal, "Phantom Blues." That was before I joined.
Me: The band is primarily Taj Mahal's backing band... how did Taj and you guys originally get to work together?
Mike: It was primarily Taj's band, not any more. We do a lot of projects with other artists, and of course, have made three CD's of our own. So primarily is no longer an accurate description. We still work with Taj though. We did the January R&B Cruise with him and the other guys just did a gig with him at Lincoln Center in NYC. I couldn't make that one because of a scheduling conflict with my Bonnie Raitt gig.
Me: Was it during breaks with Taj that you guys started to make your own music?
Mike: Kinda. We just really enjoyed playing together.
Me: What do you prefer the most? Doing your own thing with the band or playing with somebody else?
Mike: I like playing and singing. I've been fortunate to have done several solo projects and several with groups of which I was a part. Done records and worked live with scores of other artists as part of their bands, too. It's all good, it's all playing, and every new opportunity is a valuable learning experience.
Me: Go ahead and mention all the other guys in The Phantom Blues Band, Mike.
Mike: To get a true picture of the depth and breadth of this band's experience and credentials, let me quote from a recent review of our new CD: There’s Tony Braunagel on the drums, from Houston, who has played with Eric Burdon, Rickie Lee Jones, Bette Midler, and Raitt. He produced Mahal’s Grammy-winning "Shoutin’ in Key"; last year’s "Wrong Side of the Blues" from "Trampled Under Foot", which is currently nominated for three BMA awards; and, co-produced Curtis Salgado’s just-released "Soul Shout". Oh, and he’s Robert Cray’s regular drummer, too, and on the LRBC he triple-dipped, also drumming with Coco Montoya. Handling guitar and many vocal duties for the Phantoms is Johnny Lee Shell, who also produced "Inside Out". Shell always looks like he’s getting away with something when he’s performing, with a twinkle in his eye and a big grin, like he’s having more fun than he deserves to have. He’s yet another Texan who learned the ropes working with Buddy Holly’s producer Norman Petty. Shell lead the band Baby, has recorded and toured extensively with Bonnie Raitt, The Bump Band, Ron Wood, and John Fogerty. Shell also runs Ultra Tone Studios where the Phantom’s CD was recorded, and he recently recorded and mixed Little Feat’s latest. Fulcher is the bass player and frequent vocalist on "Inside Out". He has recorded with Smokey Robinson and The Crusaders, and toured and recorded with reggae artists The Wailers, Third World, and Andrew Tosh. He was a featured vocalist on the Emmy Award-winning ABC-TV series "I’ll Fly Away". Then there is the terrific horn section, individually Darrell Leonard on trumpet and Joe Sublett on saxophone, together the Texacali Horns. Another pair of Texas transplants, they got together first in 1989 to record on Stevie Ray Vaughan’s "In Step", which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues CD. Leonard then spent time touring with Delaney and Bonnie before working with Dr. John, Mahal, Raitt, Elton John, Leon Russell, Glenn Frey, and Little Feat. A master arranger, Leonard’s work has been featured on recordings by Randy Newman, Vaughan, Mahal, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, and Raitt. And he’s featured on the new Bruce Springsteen CD, "Wrecking Ball". Sublett started his career in Austin with Paul Ray and The Cobras, which included a twenty-one year old Stevie Ray Vaughn. He has played on albums by The Rolling Stones, Mahal, Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, Keb Mo, Bono, Little Feat, Raitt, B.B. King, Macy Gray, The Black Crowes, Buddy Guy, The Crickets, and Bette Midler. The Texacali Horns have their own CD, and have appeared on more than seventy-five albums.
Me: Wow, that's bloody impressive, Mike. Last time you were here we talked about you playing with Jimi Hendrix. You got the gig on "Electric Ladyland" by bumping into him in New York, right? Was he aware of you before then? How did you get to be in his band?
Mike: It happened by pure chance. My band at the time, The Serfs, were in NYC recording an album at The Record Plant, which happened to be where Hendrix was making "Electric Ladyland". He heard us and invited tenor man Freddie Smith, percussionist Larry Faucette, and me, to stay after our session and play with he and Buddy Miles.
Me: You have worked with so many musicians and singers over the years, and there's one I have to ask you about and that is Etta James who passed away this year. When was the last time you ran into her, Mike?
Mike: I spoke with Etta on the phone briefly a couple months before she passed on. She had been quite ill for an extended period of time and was too weak to talk much. I knew Etta for about 30 years and worked with her regularly for about 20 years, from 1988 until 2009. We were very close and she was also close with my wife, Candy. Her sons, Donto and Sammetto were also in her band for a good portion of the time I played with her. They remain my friends. I was her music director for a couple years in the late 80's. I consider playing with Etta perhaps the greatest honor of my career. She was a giant. One of the most honest, gifted, and soulful singers ever... and an artist I had admired and loved since I was about 13 years old! Playing with her was an unbelievable gift. Truly, a dream realized.
Me: Most people know her just from the song "At Last". But her catalogue is huge. Do you think there'll ever be anyone like her?
Mike: Etta's career spanned over half a century. She transcended eras, trends, and styles. She was equally at home with classic ballads... like "At Last"... gospel, blues, rock, R&B, and was a convincing and conceptually evolved jazz singer. My description of her is inadequate. Like saying Einstein was bright.
Me: Me, personally, I love her version of "I Just Want To Make Love To You" for personal reasons. LOL.
Mike: I played that tune with her many times. She could sing the phone book and make you love it.
Me: Did you go to her funeral, Mike?
Mike: I was heartbroken that I was unable to attend her funeral. Her journey ended on the day The Phantom Blues Band had to leave on the January Blues Cruise and I was still at sea in the Caribbean the day of her funeral. My wife attended, though. Certainly my thoughts were with Etta and her sons and grandkids on that day, and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss her.
Me: Levon Helm also just recently passed away. Did you ever know or work with him?
Mike: Levon and The Band, minus Robbie Robertson, toured with CSN when I was with them. I hung with Levon and all the other cats for a couple months that summer so long ago. Richard Manual became a close friend and Rick Danko and I remained friendly. I last saw and hung with Levon several years ago in Memphis at the Blues Awards. I have jammed a little with him, but never played any official gigs. A great drummer and singer, he was what some people might have considered the real "Voice of America."
Me: Last time you were here I didn't talk about my dad at all, Mike. I am guessing you ran into him on the road or around, did you?
Mike: Yes. The Serfs were on a bill with Foghat in the late 60's and another band I was in played with them in Kansas City in the early 70's. I can't say I 'knew' your dad, though, which was my loss.
Me: In the late 60's it had to be Savoy Brown. Alright, also last time you were here you were working with Joe Cocker. Are you still working with him as well?
Mike: I'm on hiatus from Joe's band right now, touring with Bonnie Raitt.
Me: Since you were here as well I had Les Dudek on the Phile who you worked with. When and how did you first meet Les?
Mike: I met Les in the mid-70's and played on several of his albums. He played on my solo LP for Columbia and then, of course, we did an album together, also for Columbia. The DFK Band. Les, myself, and the late, Jim Krueger.
Me: That man likes to rant. Was he always like that? LOL.
Mike: He was never shy.
Me: Do you still keep in touch with him?
Mike: Last time I spoke to Les was a couple years ago in Florida, where he lives, when I played there with Joe Cocker. He came to the show and we hung. He also sat in with Steve Miller who was on the bill, and with whom he had recorded in the past.
Me: Would you ever work with him again?
Mike: No reason not to, if the opportunity arose. The man plays!
Me: Before we talk about PBB's new CD, I have to ask you about Ringo Starr. You have recorded with him, but would you ever play with his All-Starr band if you were asked?
Mike: Sure! Why not? Probably a damn good pay day, and Ringo is a real gentleman.
Me: Okay, let's talk about the new album "Inside Out" which I downloaded from iTunes and really dug. Do you do the singing on the album, Mike?
Mike: Of course! I sing several of the tunes on the new album.
Me: What do you like best? Singing or playing keyboards?
Mike: I like both equally well. I've always done both. Two different disciplines, but when you start out doing both, it seems pretty natural. I think being a singer can be helpful in understanding what complimentary accompaniment is all about when playing behind another singer.
Me: Who does most of the songwriting for the band?
Mike: All the guys contribute. A lot of our original compositions include two or more of the members.
Me: I have to ask you about the album name... "Inside Out". Where did it come from, Mike?
Mike: I can't speak for everyone, but to me, it means inspiration, whether it's musical or any other form of artistic expression, comes from the inside. Life is lived from the inside out. Mind, body, spirit.
Me: Do you do a lot of songwriting in your spare time?
Mike: Not that much...and I don't have a lot of "spare time!" I believe that songwriting, really good songwriting, is a craft and talent that is entirely separate from performing. There are, and certainly have always been, musicians who are also fine composers, but ability in one area doesn't automatically qualify one in another. There are countless examples of excellent singers and players who never wrote a song. Some of the best composers are lousy singers/players, and vice versa. That said, I don't consider myself a very good composer.
Me: As well as this album and Bonnie's, a live CD from Finnigan & Wood called "It's Only a Rock and Roll Show" was released last year. That was from a show in '71. Did you release this, Mike, or did somebody else?
Mike: Actually, The "Rock & Roll Show" collection was put together by recording engineer, and old friend, Stephen Barncard. He recorded Finnigan & Wood at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco. Those tracks were done a year or so before we did an album for Blue Thumb, an excellent 'boutique' label. Stephen's collection includes some of the same tunes that eventually made their way onto the Blue Thumb record, but they're entirely different performances. Amazingly, Stephen had held onto the tapes for 40 years, and thought it would be a good thing to release them. I had no objection, indeed, I was pleased and was interested in hearing the stuff.
Me: For readers that don't know, who is Wood?
Mike: Guitar player/organist/singer, Jerry Wood. He and the other members of that group were all Kansas City guys. He was a very gifted, soulful guy. It was a very hard-driving and funky band.
Me: Are you guys gonna be doing a new album with Taj by the way?
Mike: There are no plans for that right now, but I wouldn't be surprised. The last album the PBB did with Taj, was "Maestro," which was nominated for a Grammy in 2010.
Me: I have to congratulate you for winning the WC Hardy Blues Music Award. Did you get a cool statue or plaque?
Mike: We won that award about 10 years ago with Taj for "Blues Band of the Year." We all got blue statues of an eighth note!
Me: Man, I asked you a shit load of questions here, Mike. I know you are a busy man, so I will let you go... but first. Lets talk about the blog Crooks and Liars you write for. How long have been writing for them and how often do you post articles?
Mike: I helped a friend, John Amato, start the political blog, Crooks and Liars, back around 2003. He was the driving force, I just loaned him a little seed money. He's known in the blogosphere as, "The Vlogfather," because he was the first one to incorporate video in a weblog. This was before Youtube, and other video formats. It was quite revolutionary and put C&L on the map as a big player. The readership went from a few hundred to around a million readers a week within a couple years. I contributed a daily feature called Mike's Blog Roundup, which was a survey of what others in the world of political blogging were writing about. Sadly, I had to 'retire' from blogging last year because of my busy overseas touring schedule with Joe Cocker. I had been spending 15- 20 weeks a year out of the country since 2007, and after many years of daily posting, the time constraints made it too big a chore to continue. Mike's Blog Roundup still appears every day at C&L, but a team of people are doing it. I'm honored that John chose to keep the name, despite my absence. I may go back to it sometime because I miss doing it.
Me: Some people have complained about your liberal points of view, Mike. I get that a lot myself, as well as other things I put on the Phile. What do you say to those complainers?
Mike: I say, nobody is forcing you to read or listen. My politics and my art go hand in hand. I believe in equality, justice, and peace. It's a flaw.
Me: So, if you ever want to write an article on the Phile, you are welcomed to, Mike.
Mike: Thanks, Jason, but remember what I said about "spare time!"
Me: Yeah, I know. Mike, it's Jeff Cameron who has been a big part of the Phile who hooked the original interview with you on the Phile, Mike. When and how long did you know Jeff?
Mike: I've known Jeff for a long time. Maybe 25 years? He's a good man.
Me: That's cool of you that you worked on his "Bargofaxis" album. It's a small world after all, isn't it?
Mike: It is, but you know what they say..."small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it." I enjoyed being able to contribute to Jeff's project.
Me: Thanks again for being here and please come back again soon. Go ahead and mention all your websites and tell the other Phantom guys (including Taj) they need to be here on the Phile. And tell Tony I said hello. Thanks again, Mike, and take care.
Mike: phantombluesband.com is the only one I think I'll mention. Don't want to overload your readers with a lot of self-promotion Thanks for your interest, Jason. It means a lot...
Well, there you go, another entry of the Phile done. Thanks to my guests Director Brad Woodhouse, Jim Mello and of course Mike Finnigan. Alright, this Saturday the Phile will be back, there's been a change since yesterday, I know. The Phile will be back next Saturday with artist Robert Pope. Then on Sunday which is Father's Day the guest will be Chris Levy from the band Son of Levi and on Monday it's Alumni Lee Negin. Spread the word, not the turd. Don't let snakes and alligators bite you. Bye, love you, bye. I'll leave you with a picture Jen took of the storm last night.