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Greetings Firepups! This week I write to you at 80 mph on the hot asphalt of the I-5 somewhere in Oregon. Our 1st show of the tour with The Donnas went well in S.F. after a frenzied load-in to the venue. It’s still kind of a blur, but I’m sure we had fun. The bad vibes happened after the show at The Beauty Bar where a drunken sorority girl and her British soccer hooligan companion threatened to throw my foxy male guitarists thru the saloon glass window, simply for looking better than they did. (Don’t hate them because they’re beautiful).

Last night, on our night off, we had the quintessential Eugene OR experience. We arrived after an eight hour van ride at a vegetarian pot luck dinner with a mellow funk jam going on in the living room. My friend (whom I re-connected with in “comments” here at FDL) invited us for some grub and a place to crash. The house was filled with healthy, glowing, friendly people, most of them barefooted river guides. It was sort of like studying another species in their own habitat: totally positive vibes from everyone. (Later that night, my drummer Dee had a nightmare that the beautiful, no makeup wearing women at the party, attacked me. We’re still trying to interpret this one). Gods and Goddesses bless Eugene!

Now we’re off to our show in Portland. I have tons of stuff to do online and I’m coveting Dee’s mobile internet connection card that I was too cheap to get for my laptop. Maybe she’ll let me use hers for “comments”. Hope to see you there!

This week’s playlist is provided by my bass player, Dat T. Ngo, and my lead guitarist, Alan the Italian Santalesa.


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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.