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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."

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February 12, 2007

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Claire- I'd say you were the winner, choosing Josh over the Grammys. BG did a stellar job with her Herculean task, but I'd have to say, you sound like you came away with more than the viewers of the Grammys.

Claire, what a lovely write-up on Ritter. Sort of makes me wish I'd seen him too! Thanks.

Very nice recap of your night and such a great articulation and justification of your response to Josh (you're preaching to the choir here, though:)) ...too bad you didn't get to stay for the chat and hug.

Ummm, why aren't you writing concert reviews for the Reader or Paste? Seriously girl, you have a gift for writing about music and how it moves us. I can't wait to see Josh Feb. 28 in SF. I love him. And your blog. Miss you much and will call you this week.

Okay, I need to delve deeper with Josh. It's clear:-)

boise 2006:
when ritter launched into the intro chords to "good man" somebody from the audience couldn't hold back.
"Your a good man, Josh"... and everyone agreed.
It's hard to disagree with the mob.

this is music that makes me thankful i'm alive now, in these times

thanks for reminding me of that

and yeah, the hugs are nice..just ask stacey

I think this is one of the best posts you've ever written, Claire. Honestly.

I'm listening to the Animal Years right now and reading some bleak material about the Department of State's refugee programs.

That concert uplifted me despite the weight of the content. I don't know how you achieve that balance, but he does. The only thing I found lacking is that he is so popular now that we could only get seats in the balcony. The experience is not complete unless you get to see him smile during his songs. Infectious.

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