I interviewed the Boston Typewriter Orchestra at The Paradise Rock Club in Boston. These guys make music using old manual typewriters. I spoke with Derrik Albertelli who told me how the band got started and Alex Holman who talked about making music with a typewriter. I was there during their sound check for a show where they were opening for Boston favorites, The Dresden Dolls. You can hear Amanda Palmer in the backgroud at the start of the interview if you listen closely. This report originally aired on Rocketboom on December 12, 2006.
They attempted to light 30,000 pumpkins on Boston Common. This event was held to draw national attention to Camp Sunshine, the renowned retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses, located in Casco, Maine
Deval Patrick: Just Words Speech 10/15/06 Boston Common
I will not engage in the politics of fear. Because fear is poisonous. All through history it has been used to hold back progress and limit fairness. Only hope defeats fear. It always has. At a candidates forum last week, the moderator asked each of us to say something nice about the other candidates. Kerry Healey rather grudgingly said, Well, he can give a good speech. She would know this not because she has ever attended a speech of mine but because she has them filmed by this fine fellow here. But her dismissive point, and I hear it from her staff, is that all I have to offer is words.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
I have a dream.
Let me say it before you do: I am no Dr. King, no President Kennedy, no FDR, no Thomas Jefferson. But I do know that the right words, spoken from the heart with conviction, with a vision of a better place and a faith in the unseen, are a call to action.