Sage Words


Angie Haze

Opening act Angie Haze, courtesy of my co-worker Heather

Many many moons ago, I went to a Garrison Starr concert at Hal & Mal’s in Jackson, Miss.

People were yelling out requests, and I joined in, wanting her to play Passing, which has one of the most blisteringly awesome guitar intros ever. And she did, in fact, play Passing for me, and it was, in fact, even more blisteringly awesome live. So there’s that.

So, as I’ve mentioned, I think, last week I was in Cleveland. And in advance of the trip, I was looking for things to do, and one of the things I checked was the Cleveland concert calendar. It turns out Bryan Adams was going to be in town, but, eh, you know? But also on the calendar was a small club show by Rachael Sage. I have no clue how I first discovered her; I believe it was one of those “if you like X, you’ll like Y” suggestion things, on eMusic or Amazon or something, but who knows who was the X that led to her as Y. It’s been a while. Regardless, of what the X was, I did in fact like her, and picked up one of her CDs shortly thereafter and went on to download a few albums.

We were having trouble finding things to do in Cleveland, and it seemed a nice bit of serendipity to me that she was going to be playing on an evening I had nothing to do, so my coworker Heather and I went to see her. The opening act was Angie Haze, whom Heather actually preferred. I bought the CD she had for sale, which was just acoustic solo versions of her songs; it had some good stuff, but I’m looking forward to hearing some of the full-band versions she’s recorded.

She finished up, and Rachael Sage started setting up for her show. Like I said, I have a good bit of her stuff, but I only really know a fraction of what I have. Of that, there’s a handful of songs that have floated to the top, but probably my favorite is “Sacrifice.” I love the lyrics; they’ve spoken to me at different times, and I’ve shared them as encouragement with others. In fact, I wanted to share them once and discovered they weren’t online, so transcribed them myself. If you find the lyrics anywhere online, I’m the original source. (Well, you know, after her.)

I really wanted to hear her play Sacrifice. I didn’t know if there would be a chance to just call it out during the show like I did with Garrison Starr all those years ago. So I went up while she was setting up to ask. I played the great card I had in my hand — “I came up here from Huntsville, Ala. …”, which was true — and asked her if she’d be willing to play it. She said she hadn’t played it in years, and wasn’t sure if she could, but that she might be able to play a vignette from it at some point. She asked my name, and thanked me.

And, she did, in fact, play part of the song for me, enough that I was quite happy. And it was quite awesome. Despite her protestations, she completely nailed it. But, the cool part was, she mentioned me when she did, said that she was playing it for David. I’d never had an artist do that before, and it was rather neat.

Even cooler, though, was that wasn’t the only time she did. Throughout the show, she threw in references to me. “Can we keep going, or do we need to stop? Who’s in charge here? Is that you, David?” It really was a great experience, and a lot of fun.

And, in the wake of that rather cool evening, I would like to share this bit of completely unbiased advice: Buy her stuff!

Rachael Sage — “Even Love Dies” Lyrics


Rachael Sage — Even Love Dies

Eighteen hundred degrees in the palm of your hand;
I am waiting for the ocean to drop me in the sand.
Your silence is anything but deafening when
You unknowingly know me; I’m melting.

You say you have six cats,
But all I imagine
Are the tips of your fingers unravelling twine.
Could I be any more insecure;
Could I be any less courageous than it takes to go blind?

God forgive me I want who I want,
Need who I need,
Love who I can’t have.
Give me the grace to look into this face
And to realize even love dies.

Secretly you give me the keys to your garden
Where the sweetest tequila runs wild from the stream.
And you lie like Ophelia, a ghost in the water.
Are you sleeping or is this midnight a dream?

God forgive me I want who I want,
Need who I need,
Love who I can’t have.
Give me the grace to look into this face
And to realize even love dies.

Hey, now, now do I have enough patience
To swallow down this daydream in my mouth?
Time can be a liar, a cheater;
It’s impossible to beat her, when every breath is as deep as the sun.

Forgive me I want who I want,
Need who I need,
Love who I can’t have.
Oh, Give me the grace to get out of the place
And to realize even love dies.

God forgive me I want who I want,
Need who I need,
Love who I can’t have.
God forgive me I want who I want,
Need who I need.
Love who I can’t …
God forgive me I want who I want,
Need who I need.
Even love dies

Taking Up Space


My co-worker Heather’s official NASA blog is now online.

Actually, the first post published earlier this month, but we’ve been publicizing it very gradually. I was going to write this before going on my trip, because she included me in a post, but I didn’t get a chance before leaving.

The blog is “Taking Up Space,” a rather clever play on words that we’re fairly pleased with. Heather will be writing blog entries about student events and opportunities, and just about cool NASA stuff that strikes her fancy.

Finally seeing the blog online has been an awesome experience. It’s the result of a lot of planning and a lot of hard work making it happen. Heather wrote another, limited-run NASA blog last year, Free Falling, about her flight on a Zero-G aircraft. The new blog has been in planning for a good chunk of that last year, and we’ve both put a fair bit of time and effort into making it happen, with a huge amount of support from the education technology team. Getting this far has been a labor of love, and I look forward to seeing where it goes from here.

I’m excited about the project, and about seeing what Heather will be writing. Taking Up Space will provide a new twist on the stories we’ve been covering, and should make for some interesting reading. Check it out! We hope you enjoy it!

Drawing The Line


Jason Sims

Jason Sims

Amusing lines from last night’s Face2Face rehearsal, offered randomly without context:

David: “At Payless, we’re known for shoes. And death. But mostly shoes.”

Trevor: “Changing a lightbulb isn’t as easy it looks.”
Jen: “It requires a PhD?”
Trevor: “If you do it right.”

JaSims: “Bobby-Daddy, NASA called. They’re calling me up. It seems under the new administration they no longer want to send a man to the moon and bring him safely home. They just wanna send a man to the moon. I’m gonna live up there in a trailer.”

JaSims: “Hello, 911. There’s about to be a fire.”

Trevor: “Men, this is the sort of day when you look over the hill and say I’m probably going to bite the big one.”

Diana: “We keep the gunpowder in different sections so you don’t die all at once.”