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March 3, 2007

Pernice. Gilmore. Again.

Joe will vouch for me on this one. I get confused. I mix and embellish stories. It’s not lying or misunderstanding exactly; it’s adapting for my logic capacity. For instance, when I was young, I knew that staring into the sun on Good Friday between noon and 3 p.m. would cause blindness. I was curious about how this worked, since it’s always between noon and 3 somewhere (except in Newfoundland where it’s always between 12:30 and 3:30) and I did know, because he told me, not because I’m good at science, that my cousin Thomas, who lived in Nova Scotia saw the same sun I saw in Boston. For this reason, I thought it best not the stare at the sun at all on Good Friday. Also as a young girl, I knew that on Easter Sunday, if Jesus emerged from his cave and didn’t see his shadow, spring was on the way.

However I am not confused about this – The Ashmont Industries/Pernice Brothers MVP award for the 2006/07 season* goes to Helen Pai, producer of the Gilmore Girls. She has just seen to it that yet another Pernice song will be used in a Gilmore episode.”Conscience Clean (I Went to Spain)” will be featured in the episode that airs this Tuesday March 6.

Now choosing an MVP is not for the fainthearted. This season’s race was tough. There was Phil Sullivan, who brought the saga of James’ pedal steel, chronicled in an earlier post, to an end by toting it all the way on his back from New England to Olde, saving me some heavy lifting and us some heavy postage. I don’t believe I am overstating things when I say that he probably staved off an international incident by providing James with the very tool he needed to keep the flowing in a country that sorely needs plaintive songs that sound like weeping. Then there was punk rock pilot Frank Early, a fan in Texas, who drove all the way from Denton to Dallas in a blinding snowstorm, uphill both ways in a truck with no heat or windshield wipers, to make sure that the people of Texas would have Pernice Brothers t-shirts. Without him, there would be dozens of shirtless Texans running around, and I think we can all agree on the disadvantages of that.

Anyway, the three-being vote was close. Charlie Ashmont cast the deciding vote in favor of Helen, I think because he’s completely in love with Paul Anka (not the real Paul Anka, but Paul Anka Gilmore). On Tuesday, the song will play in a scene in which Lane and Zack have Luke over for dinner. Lane, of course, is the Gilmore’s resident kooky music fangirl, and her character is reportedly based on Helen. As a token of our appreciation, we have offered use of our van (God knows it’s not going anywhere – we’re too tired to tour) to Hep Alien, Lane’s fictional TV rock band (featuring Sebastian Bach) whose name is an anagram for Helen Pai.

If you missed my last email due to the sophomorically humorous typo that might have triggered your spam filters, we have new t-shirts in the store, and a new big-budget video, for PCH One, which can be viewed if you scroll down.

Bye for now.

*An MVP must be someone to whom Ashmont Records, Inc. and its subsidiaries do NOT issue a 1099.  If we pay you, no matter how little, the heroism you provide is a commodity for which we are grateful, but also entitled.

Joyce @ 12:43 pm