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Song of the Day — Moby

June 27, 2010
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Despite all the previous self-disclosure, I need to deal now with things that I don’t want to write about for general consumption.  This whole blog is a self-indulguence, but enough people have asked what’s up with the writing that I figure I should pick this up again when it is feasible.

I promise Anna Rabkina and all of the non-Anna Rabkinas out there to return before too long.  Another week?  A month?  Certainly not more than that.  Check back from time to time.  When I come back it will be for real.

Here’s the song I played over and over yesterday as I walked for hours in Salem, past the hill where they hanged the witches, past the Custom House that Hawthorne wrote about in the intro to The Scarlet Letter, past The House of the Seven Gables, past the wharves, along a jetty to the end where I was surrounded by Salem harbor and watched the waves gently push their way in from the Atlantic Ocean to break against the rocks at my feet.

Porcelain


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Song of the Day — Fiona Apple

June 23, 2010
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Was going to post “Criminal”, which is her best song and a great set of lyrics, but this one grabs me these days:

Carrion


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Song of the Day — Ella Fitzgerald

June 20, 2010
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Night And Day


Song of the Day — John Prine

June 19, 2010
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Dear Abby


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Song of the Day — Aretha Franklin

June 17, 2010
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Talk about the journey being more important than the destination — this is one bridge I never want to reach the end of.

Bridge Over Troubled Water


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Song for a Sabbatical — The Police

June 15, 2010
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Involuting now.  I’ll be back after I soak up some rays from the

Invisible Sun


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Song of the Day — Talking Heads

June 7, 2010
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This song used to puzzle me.  Kept thinking about it, kept getting mad at David Byrne for saying these mean things, then kept listening again and again because these mean things hit home.  It took me forever to realize that a good friend can be one who sticks with you, yet doesn’t let you avoid hard truths.

No Compassion

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Only six years later, this band — which mastered the art of the awkward and the overly intellectual — released a perfect love song.  Go figure.  Despite the song’s name, it’s anything but naive.  Can’t really open up like this unless you’ve gotten a grip on your own hard truths first.

This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)


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Song of the Day — Eva Cassidy and Charlie Haden & Hank Jones and The Graham Bond Organisation

June 6, 2010
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Buckets of rain flooded our part of the world today.  Here is how we got around:

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Excellent straight traditional version:

Wade In The Water (Eva Cassidy)

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Mellow instrumental version:

Wade in the Water (Charlie Haden & Hank Jones)

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Jazzy, boisterous mid-60s slightly psychedelic garage-y version:

Wade In The Water (The Graham Bond Organisation)


Band Names

June 5, 2010
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A friend of mine used to be in a band called “The Savage Towels”, which they took from a New Yorker cartoon about the least-feared gangs of New York.  Before that, he played in “Busload of Nuns”.  Here are some suggestions for future band names:

The Bimonthly Committee Meetings

The Bureaucratic Delays

Canadian Agricultural Summit

The Annual Performance Reviews

The Unexpected Payroll Deductions

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The Ineffective Mufflers

The Intermittently Functional Wireless Routers

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National Arbor Day

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The Foley Catheters

The Icy BMs

Dysuria

Anuria

The Enlarged Prostates

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The Electronic Prescriptions

The Approved Generics

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Honey, Did You Remember To Get Milk?

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The Replacement Windshields

Broken Window Theory

The Supply Closets

The Dirty Utility Closets

The Leaky Pens

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Quarters For The Laundromat

White Cotton Underpants

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Sorry I Farted

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The Beatles


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Song of the Day – Lucinda Williams

June 5, 2010
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“Well I saw you in the grocery store, buying tomatoes for a casserole.”

Guess what?  This is a hot line.  A hot, sexy verse.   It’s not the hottest one, though.  The hottest one is this:

“Well I saw you in the laundromat, washing your clothes, getting all the dirt out.”

Oh my God.  Chills.  This song shows the thrill of that moment just before, when you’re ready to pounce but haven’t yet.  Seduction has its rhythm, and this is the syncopated beat.  This is the space between the slats of the fence that lets you peek through.  The moment between the flash of lightning and the rumble of thunder.  The skipped heartbeat.

Hot Blood


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