Perhaps it was the vacation - a much needed break from the city - but coming home from work today my eyes were OPEN again! The whole place seemed so alive. Coming out of the store I came across the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble playing on 14th street to a very enthusiastic crowd. A few songs in into it and I too am an owner of a cd. You should check em out if you can, they seem to be around town a lot since finding their way from Chicago. The Nytimes just did an article on them too. Very cool indeed and made me glad to be back in the city!